Monday, March 12, 2007

March 12 Update

(15:31 12/03/2007)
Palestinians hurled rocks at an Israeli vehicle traveling near the Israeli community of Bet Horon, west of Ramallah, causing damage to the vehicle. No injuries reported

(14:42 12/03/2007)
Palestinians hurled rocks at a Border Police force near the village of Idhna, West of Hebron. No injuries or damage reported. The force identified one of the rock throwers and arrested him. The man was transferred to the Israeli police.

(14:41 12/03/2007)
Palestinians hurled rocks at an Israeli bus

(13:41 12/03/2007)
Palestinians have hurled rocks several times today at Israeli vehicles traveling near the Israeli community of Teqoa, south of Bethlehem, causing damage to several vehicles. In one incident, a woman was seriously injured and was treated on location.

(07:05 12/03/2007)
During the night IDF forces arrested 12 wanted Palestinians

Source: IDF


Just Released for publication:

IDF forces succeeded in preventing two shooting attacks targeting the Jews of Gush Etzion and the southern Jerusalem Har Homa neighborhood in the past week.

The attacks were planned in Gaza by the Popular Resistance Committee, a terrorist logistical planning group made up of members of all of the Arab terror groups operating in the Palestinian Authority.

Early Thursday morning, IDF soldiers in Bethlehem arrested three terrorists involved in the implementation of the attacks. Ta'a Hassan Abu Alya was wanted for a number of shooting attacks in Gush Etzion that failed to injure or kill anyone and for the production of explosives. Yakoub Aymad Al-Kadar Nubani was involved in shooting attacks in the same region in 2001.

Mahmoud Abed Raba was poised to carry out attacks on the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Homa and motorists using the main Tunnels Road leading from the capital southward to Gush Etzion.

Israel's reentry into PA-controlled Bethlehem and its environs in 2002 drastically reduced the many shooting attacks originating in the area since the outbeak of violence in 2000. Rock and fire-bomb attacks in the area are on the rise in recent months.

Rock and Knife Attacks

In Hevron on Sunday, an Arab woman with a 10-inch knife was arrested by Border Police while attempting to carry out a knife attack at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron. The woman told investigators that she intended to stab a soldier.

Arabs hurled rocks at a Jewish motorist adjacent to the Hawara checkpoint near Shechem in northern Samaria. The passengers and driver escaped unharmed but the vehicle was damaged. A bus was later targeted at the same location, with no damage or injuries resulting.

Near Ramallah, in the Binyamin region, a Jewish woman was injured by rocks thrown at her car from the Arab village Luban A-Sharkiya. She was treated at the scene as IDF forces searched for her attackers.

Arabs also stoned an Israeli car near Hevron Saturday night, near the village of Idna. The car was damaged but the Jewish motorists were unharmed. Also on Saturday night, IDF forces discovered a terrorist laying explosives by the fence surrounding southern Gaza. The
soldiers opened fire and wounded the terrorist, who fled.

Sea Smuggling

In the ocean opposite the Gaza-Egyptian border Saturday night, IDF Navy troops opened fire on boats they suspected of smuggling arms. The vessels were in a no-sail zone and appeared to make contact with an Egyptian boat, at which point goods and packages were exchanged.

The Navy tracked the boats until dawn, when they managed to reach the Gaza shore and were were met by crowds of local Arabs. Foreign press reports claimed the boats were fishing boats, but the IDF spokeperson responded that the incident involved "smugglers, not innocent

Last May, a shipment of more than a ton of explosives to be used in missile-manufacturing was intercepted by the Navy en route to Gaza. Intelligence assessments are that since the IDF's Disengagement from Gaza, a large amount of weapons and explosives does make it through

Source: 5236


Special Feature:

The Journey to the Purple Beret
Monday 12/03/2007 13:14

The March combat draft, which was launched yesterday with the enlistment of Golani Brigade recruits, continued today with the draft of future Givati Brigade warriors.

Hundreds of excited and motivated youths awaited their enlistment in induction centers around the country; from these centers the future soldiers will be taken to IDF's main induction center to be inducted into the Israeli military, and then will be taken by buses to Givati Brigade's training base at Ktziot, south of Be'er Sheva.

The journey to the prestigious warrior's pin is an especially demanding and intense process. The soldiers must first pass a 16 week long Basic Training, during which they will be trained in the field, in the elements of combat during day and night, target practices, and additional principles of warfare; at the end of the Basic Training the soldiers will have acquired professional infantryman 05 qualifications. Following this session, the soldiers will continue to advanced training; for nine months they will practice urban warfare and combat in open areas, and practice navigation and field training with the use of armored and air-borne vessels.

After having completed their advanced training, the soldiers will undergo a trek of dozens of kilometers, at the end of which they will acquire the purple beret and join the Brigade's continuous operations.

The Givati Brigade, out of which came the legendary Shaked Battalion, carries the heavy burden for warfare in the Gaza Strip.

Golani Came First:

On Sunday 11/03/07, the IDF's March 2007 draft was launched, drafting new recruits into IDF's combat units. The March 2007 draft is one of the three biggest drafts conducted by the IDF, along with the August and November drafts.

The hundreds of motivated recruits mounted the buses which took them to the main induction center to be inducted into the IDF, and then to their Basic training base. The recruits will complete an infantryman 05 Basic Training period of about four months. After having completed their Basic Training they will undergo advanced combat training, for about two and a half months, during which they will be trained in occupying fortified targets, urban warfare, and will complete their first exercises in combined warfare with tanks and helicopters.

At the finishing of their advanced training the new warriors will be awarded their select Brigade's symbol - Golani, Givati, etc. and will launch continuous and routine security activities, as well as special missions and training. Their exercises will include ambushes and reconnaissance operations against hostile forces, in cooperation with other IDF forces.

The Golani Brigade is one of IDF's veteran brigades and is considered one of its highest quality infantry brigades. Most enlistees intended to serve in battle requested to serve in this brigade. Service at the Golani Brigade is characterized by intense winter and summer training sessions, safeguarding Israel's borders, missions, ambushes, and day and night patrols. As part of IDF's infantry alignment, the Brigade specializes in combined warfare with heavy armored personnel

Source: IDF