ISRAEL - Massive Military Exercise Prepares for War

Arno Froese

The Israel Defense Forces completed its premier exercise of the year, a large-scale simulation of war in the north against Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies, and of a smaller conflict in the Gaza Strip. 

Dubbed Lethal Arrow, the drill was meant to improve the military’s offensive capability, specifically the number of targets it is able to strike each day, according to senior IDF officers. 

“We are prepared—after this exercise, we are even better prepared—and we are ready for any development, from a day of fighting to more than that,” said IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi. 

“Lethal Arrow,” or Hetz Katlani in Hebrew, included the military’s first use of its so-called “Red Unit,” which was created earlier this year to act as enemy forces for exercises. The 99th Division, a multidisciplinary unit that was formed, also took part in the exercise for the first time, along with its Commando Brigade and the so-called “Ghost Unit,” which was created this year to test out new fighting styles, techniques and equipment, the military said.

In addition, noncombat logistics, cyber defense and telecommunications units simulated their role in a future war, said IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman, adding that Lethal Arrow was effectively “exercises inside of exercises inside of exercises.”, 29 October 2020

Arno's commentary

Only Israel has to literally defend its borders against enemies who boldly and publicly declare their intention to annihilate the state of Israel. 

For believers in Jesus, the words of 2 Corinthians 2:11 apply regarding preparedness, readiness, and knowing the enemy: “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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