Updates from the IDF

Bullets from Egypt 

On Tuesday night, an IDF officer was lightly wounded by shrapnel from a shot that was fired from the Egyptian side of the border. The officer was treated on the scene and is stable. Arab media has reported that the shot came during clashes between the Egyptian Army and smugglers, and the IDF believes the shot was in fact an accident and not a hostile provocation.     

Enemy drones 

A drone was spotted flying by the border of Lebanon and was promptly brought down by the IDF. The purpose of the drone is unclear. The Lebanese Government claimed it belonged to a Lebanese singer who was in the middle of recording a music video to be released on the anniversary of the Second Lebanese War. This explanation doesn’t explain why the drone crossed into Israeli airspace and it comes amidst a recent wave of attempted infiltrations from Lebanon.

COVID-19 in the IDF

A second wave of COVID-19 is in full swing in Israel and according to a report conducted by the IDF, it will likely stick around for a while. With the virus expected to stick around, Gabi Ashkenazi, Israel’s Foreign Minister, has openly stated that the management of the virus should be moved from the Health Ministry to the IDF. His reasoning is that the IDF is well prepared and trained to handle crisis situations as well as natural disasters – and the Homefront Command is the best-equipped unit to help Israel get over the pandemic. 

Meanwhile, the IDF has faced a spike of their own in COVID-19 cases – as of this writing their have been a confirmed 886 cases within their ranks. In addition, there are 7,558 members who are at in-home quarantine. 

 

Upcoming Events 

Many IDF exercises have been canceled recently due to the many problems that have cropped up in wake of the novel coronavirus, but there seems to be a big one in the works. This Tuesday night, the 22nd of July, a large exercise is planned in the western Galil area on the Coast. It will last through the night until Wednesday morning. There will be explosions and use of flares during the activity, whos objectives were not disclosed, and swimming will be prohibited all along the coast in the area. 

Inauguration of The 7th Aerial Special Forces Wing

This past Sunday, a historic moment occurred in the IDF with the opening of a brand new unit in the Israeli Air Force – The 7th Aerial Special Forces Wing. The new unit will serve the purpose of bringing all of the Air Forces Special Forces Units together in a more centralized unit. Until now, all of the units operated separately in the air force – but after two years of planning and setting up the infrastructure for the larger wing – the air force is ready to bring them together and streamline their work to become more effective overall. 

This change comes along as the IDF makes moves to reorganize from the bottom up in order to become more effective and lethal in the modern era. According to IAF chief Amikam Norkin, the new wing “will make our special forces more effective in battle, more influential in our aerial superiority and more a part of all the processes and scenarios taking place in the air force.” 

So what are the units that make up the 7th Aerial Special Forces Wing?

Unit 699

Unit 699 is a heliborne Combat Search and Rescue Extraction unit, highly trained and experienced in both military and civilian cases. Their responsibilities include extracting soldiers from war zones under intense fire, sailors in distress and they have even been flown out to crisis around the world to assist in search and rescue operations. 

 

Shaldag Commando Unit  

The Shaldag Commando Unit is tasked with the difficult mission of infiltrating enemy territory undetected and carrying out military operations. They participated in many operations in many wars – paving the way for success for the rest of the IDF

Frontal Landing Unit

The Frontal Landing Unit is trained in setting up ad hoc runways and landing strips outside of the airbase, including in enemy territory. Their goal is to ensure that Israel can land anywhere, anytime – giving Israel’s airforce more reach and flexibility. 

In addition to the special forces units, the new wing will also have its own dedicated intelligence unit, as well as a special forces school for training new recruits. Congratulations to the IDF on this monumental event and to many more in the future!

 

Number of Soldiers with COVID-19 Triple

IDF-chief-medical-officer

Over the course of the past week, it has been reported that the number of soldiers diagnosed with the coronavirus has tripled. According to Brig.-Gen. Tarif Bader, most of these soldiers are showing minor symptoms or are asymptomatic. This is a positive note as the IDF have most soldiers continue performing their duties, albeit separately.

During the first wave, the army took drastic steps to reduce their exposure to coronavirus. Senior command required soldiers to remain on base for over a 2-month period which includes the holiday of Passover. This helps keep the number of soldiers becoming ill to only 60-65.

In this second wave, the army is already showing a sharp increase in the number of soldiers testing positive, 384. This does not necessarily impact operational performance but the number of soldiers in quarantine has skyrocketed to over 10,000 including IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi.

But the second wave differs in many aspects. There is more testing available reducing the quarantine time for soldiers if their test comes back negative. Soldiers are required to remain within their units for longer periods of time, 21 days, instead of shorter 2-week periods.

The IDF’s Medical Corps is working hand-in-hand with the Health Ministry and Home Front Command, as well as other emergency services to help where needed and educate soldiers on keeping healthy.

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Congratulations to the recent graduates of the Officers course

Congratulations to the recent graduates of the Officers course! They worked hard and they are ready to take on their new leadership roles in the IDF. Without further ado, meet the newest grads!

Officer Gilad Rivlin

Where do you serve?

In the 890th Battalion in the Paratroopers Brigade

Where are you from?

Givat Zeev

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

 Traveling Around Israel

Officer Ohad Rokach

Where do you serve?

In the 55th Battalion 

Where are you from?

Naharia

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Playing Basketball

Officer Shani Bruchi

Where do you serve?

In the 334th Battalion

Where are you from?

Kvutzat Yavneh

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Packing my bags and travelling

Officer Daniel Danino

Where do you serve?

In the 55th Battalion

Where are you from?

Petah Tiqwa

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Playing Soccer

Officer Irad Saban

Where do you serve?

In the 334th Battalion

Where are you from?

Kiryat Bialik

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

 Travelling around the world

Officer “A”

Where do you serve?

Intelligence 

Where are you from?

Zichron Yaakov

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

 Travelling

Officer Ben Carmel

Where do you serve?

In the 101st Battalion in the Paratroopers Brigade

Where are you from?

Ramat Hasharon

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Eating

Officer Nadav Eliraz

Where do you serve?

In Nachal 

Where are you from?

Kfar Saba

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Playing American Football

Officer Jimal Abbas

Where do you serve?

In the 101st Battalion

Where are you from?

Pikiin

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

 Soccer

Officer Azriel Chong

Where do you serve?

Givati Special Forces

Where are you from?

Rosh Pina

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

 Travelling

Officer Yuval Leikin

Where do you serve?

Nachal

Where are you from?

Jerusalem

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Basketball

Officer Omer Kanias

Where do you serve?

Sabra Battalion in the Givati Brigade

Where are you from?

Jerusalem

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Playing Basketball

Officer Idan Stern

Where do you serve?

In the Shaked Battalion in the Givati Brigade

Where are you from?

Beit Shemesh

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Going to the beach

Officer Ori Avraham

Where do you serve?

Shaked Battalion in the Givati Brigade

Where are you from?

Rosh Haayin

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Playing volleyball

Officer Barak Nachum

Where do you serve?

Special Forces in the Paratroopers Brigade

Where are you from?

Even Yehuda

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Soccer and Crossfit

Officer “M”

Where do you serve?

Commando Unit

Where are you from?

Efrat

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Playing any sport

Officer Dvir Nachmias

Where do you serve?

12th Battalion in the Golani Brigade

Where are you from?

Aniam

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Playing soccer

Officer Malachi Weiss

Where do you serve?

Shaked Battalion in the Givati Brigade

Where are you from?

Netanya

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Playing soccer

Officer Matan Noy

Where do you serve?

Golani Special Forces

Where are you from?

Hugla

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Drinking Cold Coffee in the summer

Officer Sand Hamdan

Where do you serve?

In the 90th Battalion in the Kfir brigade

Where are you from?

Yanuach

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Dirtbiking

Officer Yedidya Shmuelian

Where do you serve?

The Sabra Battalion in the Givati Brigade

Where are you from?

Har Bracha

What’s your Favourite Hobby?

Dirtbiking

This article was translated from the original article which can be found here