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Israel's Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz (R) in action during a live fire exercise for Israeli army battalion commanders taking place on the Golan Heights. EPA photo

Israel's Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz (R) in action during a live fire exercise for Israeli army battalion commanders taking place on the Golan Heights. EPA photo

Israel’s army yesterday staged a surprise drill on the country’s northern border, the military said, amid tensions over Iran’s nuclear drive and the fate of Syria’s chemical weapons.

The one-day exercise was ordered by army chief Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, a military statement said, “in order to examine the competence and preparedness of several units in the army, led by [the] artillery corps.” The drill was not previously announced, but the military said it had been scheduled. Tens of thousands of soldiers were mobilized for the exercise, including artillery and air force personnel, making the drill unique because of the number of soldiers and senior officers involved, several officials said.
 
“The drill is a part of routine inspection in the army,” the statement said. Military sources said the drill began with soldiers being drafted from their homes, after which they were dispatched by air to the Golan Heights, which borders Syria. The drill ended with a live fire exercise in the Golan.

Israel is closely watching its northern border with Syria, where the embattled regime has reportedly considered supplying chemical weapons to the Lebanon-based group Hezbollah.

September/20/2012

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Rimon Tree

9/20/2012 12:39:02 PM

At least they could have shown a matching picture! This is not the Golan, this is Negev! @ Victor People like you make me shudder!

JRC JRC

9/20/2012 11:16:28 AM

Victor Trinidad, people who think like you are just as much of a problem as those in charge in Israel or Iran. To be so biased shows an uncompromising attitude or ability to find a middle ground.

Truth Teller

9/20/2012 7:38:45 AM

Dear Victor Trinidad. Thank for your clever remarks and analysis.

ilker avni

9/20/2012 4:32:44 AM

@ Victor Trinidad They are more than one devil in the world my frend and Iran is one of them,they want to spread the Shitte doctrin over the Muslims and rid the middle east of the state of Israel,they have said they want to wipe out Israel,.

VMT Ankara

9/20/2012 2:23:17 AM

The tensions that currently exist in Israel were manufactured by the Zionist terrorist who currently rule Israel like, Benyamin Netanyahu (a former furniture salesman), Ehud Barak (the terrorist mastermind of 9/11) and the Likud Party which is made up of retired terrorists. If Israel wants to relieve the tension they created, they should get rid of the Zionist within their country. The biggest threat to world peace, to America and to Israel is not Iran, it is Israel.
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