An “exercise” was carried out Tuesday by the Israeli Air Force [IAF] and the IDF’s Technology and Logistics section, for which hundreds of reservists were called up.
The IDF’s Technology and Logistics section loads bombs on planes while the Army T&L is always the first to be called up since they have the job of issuing equipment to any other reserves being activated.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz also held a meeting of the Air Force’s Operational Forum and visited the IAF base at Ramat David for a situation assessment with commanders.
The “drill” took place as Israel conducted major reconnaissance operations inside Gaza, including a large incursion in the north of the Strip.
The Israel Air Force and the IDF’s Technology and Logistics Directorate completed a surprise drill on Tuesday that simulated a range of scenarios.
All air force units took part in the exercise, from the operational headquarters to the munitions units that arm fighter jets. The Technology and Logistics Directorate practiced drafting hundreds of reservists in an emergency call-up and mobilizing armored vehicles for combat situations.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz held an evaluation meeting with military commanders at the Operational Forum of Israel Air Force Headquarters, before visiting the Ramat David Air Base in the Jezreel Valley.
Meanwhile Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor, seeks a UN Security Council resolution condemning the rocket attack that followed the funeral of former premier Ariel Sharon the previous day.
In his letter, Prosor wrote, “While a nation grieved its fallen leader, rockets began falling a short distance from the funeral service.”
“In recent days, many people recalled the brave and decisive steps Sharon took to strengthen Israel and provide Palestinians in the Gaza Strip with the opportunity to build a better future,” he added, referring to Israel’s unilateral “Disengagement” from Gaza in 2005 which was orchestrated by Sharon.
“Instead, since 2005, Gaza has become a terrorist base used by Hamas to shoot rockets, carry out kidnappings, and launch attacks on Israeli citizens,” wrote Prosor.
“Israel holds Hamas responsible for the recent escalation in violence. I urge the Security Council to condemn Hamas’s attacks, loudly and clearly, before the situation escalates.”
The UN envoy warned in the letter that “Israel has thus far shown considerable restraint, but it will not allow its citizens to be the ongoing victims of attacks and will continue to take all necessary measures to protect its population.”
“Yesterday morning, Israelis and foreign dignitaries gathered in southern Israel to pay tribute to former Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. While a nation grieved its fallen leader, rockets began falling a short distance from the funeral service,” Prosor wrote.