IDF Drill Simulates Combat on Fronts With Syria, Lebanon

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkott seen during an army exercise at the IDF Northern Command, January 20, 2016. Photo by IDF Spokesperson/FLASH90 *** Local Caption *** ?????? ?????? ? ???? ?????
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkott seen during an army exercise at the IDF Northern Command, Wednesday. (IDF Spokesperson/Flash90)

The IDF has conducted a drill to prepare for simultaneous combat along its northern frontier with Syria and Lebanon. It said Wednesday the two-week exercise that combined air, ground and naval forces was aimed at “preparing troops for a long-term multifront conflict.”

Northern Command chief Aviv Kochavi said it showed how the military is able to “implement operational plans in all arenas.”

Israel fought a month-long war against Lebanon’s Hizbullah in 2006. The Shin Bet said Wednesday it thwarted a plot by Hizbullah to recruit Palestinians to attack Israelis.

On the Syrian frontier, Israel has been warily watching as terrorists battle forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. Israel and Syria are bitter enemies but Assad kept the border quiet for decades.