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Military strategic information section the strategic division

Military-Strategic Information Section // The Strategic Division


Military strategic information section the strategic division

Defining Trends

The West Bank

The rise in terrorist activity in the West Bank continued this month. Assaults against Israeli civilians and security forces, using rocks, burning tires, and Molotov cocktails, have increased (79 Molotov cocktails were thrown, compared to 36 last month).

Over one weekend (18-20/03), 11 separate violent demonstrations were noted, resulting in several injured Israelis and Palestinians, as well as four Palestinian casualties, which led to an IDF probe. While Palestinian Security Force operations continue to improve, their scope and quality must be increased. Coordination between the IDF, Civil Administration, and Palestinian Security Forceshas improved.

In contrast, during the recent Christian holidays, goodwill measures were implemented by the IDF and COGAT for the benefit of the Palestinian population in the West Bank. These measures are part of a policy aimed to improve the quality of life of the population in the region. As an example, in the West Bank more than 10,000 Palestinian residents entered Israel this past month.


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Defining Trends

The Gaza Strip

  • This month saw a rise in terrorist activity, including rocket fire and activity along the security fence, leading to three Israeli casualties.Around 40 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip this month, doubling the number of rockets fired this year.

  • Of these, nearly 20 landed in Israeli territory, including one which landed in Kibbutz Netiv Ha’asara, killing a foreign worker (18/03). Additionally, 3 Israelis were killed near Kissufim crossing—one by friendly fire (22/03) and two by a targeted Palestinian attack (26/03).

  • The IDF responded with IAF surgical strikes targeting smuggling tunnels, a weapon manufacturing site,and terrorist infrastructure.

  • Efforts to aid the local residents in the Gaza Strip continue, including transfers of food, equipment, and medical supplies. For the Christian holidays, 500 Christian-Palestinian residentsentered the West Bank in order to visit their families and participate in religious ceremonies.


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Rockets and Mortars from the Gaza Strip

Monthly

March 2010:

41 Rocket Launchings

6 Mortar Shell Launchings

Yearly

Oct 09 – Mar 10

165 Total Launchings


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SUMGGLING ATTEMPTS AT THE CROSSINGS (ARCHIVE)

Humanitarian Support – Gaza Strip

Erez Crossing

March 1-31, 2010

Trucks: 2190

Supplies (tons): 54,688

Medical Evacuations: 1349

Fuel (liters): 4.7 million

Nahal Oz Crossing

Karni Crossing

Kissufim Crossing

Sufa Crossing

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN ‘EREZ’ CROSSING


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West Bank Update

West Bank - Update

The IDF has continuously sought to increase the quality of life within the West Bank. This has been a joint effort, relying on coordination and cooperation between the Palestinian Authority, the State of Israel and the international community.

  • Despite the security risks posed, 27 of the 41 inter-checkpoints in the West Bank have been removed in the past two years

  • The numbers of Palestinians permitted to enter Israeli territory for work has been increased as well – 30,000 Palestinians are now permitted to work in Israel, as well as 22,000 permitted to work in settlements. This has brought the number of permits issues in the past two years to over one million.

  • As a result of a Supreme Court decision, the IDF and the State of

    Israel chose to open Route 443 to Palestinian traffic.

  • Ever since the Israeli Supreme Court decision there have been two attacks on Route 443. This month (3/13) a Molotov cocktail was hurled at a vehicle driving on Route 443 near Ofer prison, lightly injuring a father and son in the process.

ROUTE 443


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Goodwill Measures Implemented During Christian Holidays

Humanitarian Efforts

During the recent Christian holidays, goodwill measures were implemented by the IDF and COGAT for the benefit of the Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

These measures are part of a policy aimed to improve the quality of life of the population in the region.

In the West Bank more than 10,000 Palestinian residents entered Israel.

In the Gaza Strip 500 Christian-Palestinian residents entered the West Bank in order to visit their families and participate in religious ceremonies. Moreover, senior delegations were authorized to cross into the Gaza Strip via Erez crossing.


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March 1st-2nd

Major Events – West Bank

March 1st –Israeli Police forces arrested a Palestinian carrying a knife near Tapuach Junction.

March 2nd – A gun and half a kilogram of explosives were turned over to IDF forces near Salem checkpoint.

Near Hava 5, two suspicious Palestinians carrying knives were arrested.

IDF forces confiscated a pipe bomb and 2 mortar shells found in an Arab village near Horesh Yaron.

Five Palestinians driving near Beit Horon shot at an IDF outpost in the area. An hour later, IDF forces near Dolev arrested the Palestinians and confiscated the weapon used for the shooting.

IDF forces confiscated a shock grenade Near Hebron.


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March 3rd-4th

Major Events – West Bank

March 3rd – IDF forces arrested a suspicious Palestinian carrying a knife in Kalandia.

A suspicious Palestinian vehicle was stopped near Negohot. Two knives were found in the vehicle.

A number of Palestinians hurled rocks at Israelis near Ashtemoa. One Israeli was injured lightly as a result.

March 4th – A Palestinian shot at an IDF outpost near Ram On. IDF forces responded with fire. No injuries were reported from the incident.


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Weekend March 5th

Major Events – West Bank

March 5th – Approximately 50 Palestinians demonstrated violently near Halamish, hurling rocks at IDF and BGP forces in the area and injuring 3 BGP soldiers lightly. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear, including rubber bullets. As a result, one Palestinian was severely injured.

BGP forces near Kalandia arrested 2 suspicious Palestinians. They were carrying 2 pipe bombs.

Approximately 100 Palestinians demonstrated violently in an Arab village near Halamish, hurling rocks at IDF and BGP forces in the area and lightly injured 3 BGP soldiers. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear. As a result, 4 Palestinians were injured; one severely and three lightly.


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Weekend March 6th

Major Events – West Bank

March 6th – Approximately 10 Palestinians demonstrated violently near Reches Ha’Sela. The rioters hurled rocks at IDF forces in the area and lightly injured a soldier. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear, injuring 3 Palestinians.

IDF forces arrested a suspicious Palestinian near Bekaot. The Palestinian was found to be carrying 3 pipe bombs.

A burning tire was found near Har Gilo. Further patrols in the area revealed an improvised explosive device.


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March 7th-9th

Major Events – West Bank

March 7th – Approximately 100 Palestinians demonstrated violently near Bir Zeit. The rioters hurled rocks at IDF forces in the area and lightly injured a soldier. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear. No Palestinian injuries were reported.

IDF forces confiscated 5 hand grenades and 2 explosives near Psagot.

March 8th – A number of Palestinians demonstrated violently near Shvut Ami. They threw Molotov cocktails at vehicles. No injuries were reported.

Near Yitzhar, it was reported that Israelis set fire to a Palestinian bus used for storage, a construction tractor and three water tanks.

March 9th – BGP forces demolished illegal Israeli structures in Sil’it.

IDF forces confiscated 5 pipe bombs and 21 fuses near Psagot.


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March 10th-11th

Major Events – West Bank

March 10th – IDF forces arrested two suspicious Palestinians carrying 9 Kalashnikov bullets and one 9-mm bullet near Tapuach junction.

BGP forces demolished illegal Israeli structures in Yakir.

A Palestinian threw a Molotov cocktail at IDF forces near Bir Zeit. Later, a number of Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails at an Israeli bus.No injuries were reported in both incidents.

A suspicious Palestinian was arrested in Hebron with a knife.

March 11th – A number of Palestinians demonstrated violently near Yavrod. The rioters threw rocks at vehicles driving in the area. One Israeli was lightly injured as a result.

IDF and BGP forces demolished an illegal Israeli structure in Bat Ayin.


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Weekend March 12th

Major Events – West Bank

March 12th – Three Palestinians hurled rocks at Israeli vehicles near Rantis checkpoint. As a result, one Israeli civilian was lightly injured.

Approximately 100 Palestinians demonstrated violently near Na’alin and about 100 Palestinians demonstrated violently near Bil’in. The rioters hurled rocks at IDF and BGP forces in both areas. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear. No Palestinian injuries were reported.

Approximately 100 Palestinians demonstrated violently near Halamish, hurling rocks at IDF forces in the area. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear and lightly injured one Palestinian in the process.

IDF forces near Tsalvanit junction arrested a suspicious Palestinian woman with a knife.

IDF forces near Efrat arrested a suspicious Palestinian with a 30cm-long knife.


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Weekend March 13th

Major Events – West Bank

March 13th - A number of Palestinians demonstrated violently and threw Molotov cocktails near Route 443, by Givon Hadasha. A father and son were lightly injured as a result.

IDF forces in Hebron arrested a suspicious Palestinian carrying 3 knives.

Around 50 Palestinians demonstrated violently and hurled Molotov cocktails near Kalandia checkpoint. No injuries were reported.

SENIOR HAMAS TERRORIST ARRESTED

Maher U’dda, a Hamas military wing operative was arrested in a joint IDF, ISA and Israeli Police operation in Ramallah.

During the Second Intifadah, U’dda held a managerial role in organizing and funding of a Hamas military cell that was responsible for the murder of 10 Israeli civilians.


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March 14th-15th

Major Events – West Bank

March 14th – A number of Palestinians rioters near Itzhar threw Molotov cocktails at an Israeli bus and lightly injured an Israeli in the process.

BGP forces near Kiosk junction arrested a suspicious Palestinian dressed in an IDF uniform.

March 15th – Approximately 200 Palestinians demonstrated violently near Nahliel. The rioters hurled rocks at IDF forces in the area, lightly injuring one soldier. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear and severely injured 2 Palestinians while lightly injuring another 5 Palestinians.

Approximately 40 Palestinians demonstrated violently near Giv’at Ze’ev. The rioters hurled rocks at IDF forces in the area and were observed to be carrying Molotov cocktails. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear. No injuries were reported.

BGP forces demolished illegal Israeli structures in Teqoa and Neve Daniel.


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March 16th

Major Events – West Bank

March 16th – Approximately 20 Palestinians demonstrated violently near Yitzhar. They hurled rocks at BGP forces in the area. No injuries were reported.

Approximately 200 Palestinians demonstrated violently by Ramallah. They threw rocks at BGP forces in the area lightly injuring one soldier. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear lightly injuring 5 Palestinians. Similar demonstrations occurred in A’Ram, Beitilu, and Na’alin. Throughout these riots, two Palestinians were lightly injured. The IDF identified another 18 violent demonstrations. No more injuries were reported.

BGP forces near Kalandia arrested a suspicious Palestinian with 2 pipe bombs.

Approximately 50 Palestinians demonstrated violently near Bethlehem. The rioters threw rocks at BGP forces patrolling the area. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear, lightly injuring 4 Palestinians. Similar incidents occurred by Beit Ha’Moshel, Teqoa, El-Arov, and Beit Omer, lightly injured a BGP soldier and two Israelis.

A number of Palestinians demonstrated violently in Hebron, hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails at IDF forces in the area. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear.


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March 17th-18th

Major Events – West Bank

March 17th – Approximately 100 Palestinians demonstrated violently near Habitot. The rioters threw rocks at IDF forces in the area. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear lightly injuring one Palestinian.

In Hebron, IDF forces arrested a Palestinian who threw a Molotov cocktail toward them. Shortly after, 3 IDF soldiers were assaulted and lightly injured by a group of Palestinians in Hebron.

March 18th – A number of Palestinians demonstrated violently near Hawara, throwing rocks at IDF forces in the area. IDF forces arrested one suspicious Palestinian as a result.

A number of Palestinians demonstrated violently near Kfar Etzion. The rioters threw rocks at Israeli civilians in the area and lightly injured one of them as a result.


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Weekend March 19th

Major Events – West Bank

March 19th – Approximately 50 Palestinians demonstrated violently near Baracha. The rioters burnt a tire and threw rocks at IDF and BGP forces in the area. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear killing two Palestinians.

Commander of the Judea and Samaria Regional Brigade, Brig. Gen. Nitzan Alon, appointed a team of experts, led by a Lieutenant-Colonel, to examine the circumstances surrounding the death of the two Palestinian rioters.

A number of Palestinians demonstrated violently near Ariel, hurling rocks at Israeli cars passing by. Though the car was damaged, no injuries were reported.

A number of Palestinians demonstrated violently and threw two Molotov cocktails at IDF forces. No injuries were reported.

A number of Palestinians demonstrated violently and threw three Molotov cocktails at IDF forces near Giv’on. No injuries were reported.


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Weekend March 19th

Major Events – West Bank

March 19th – Approximately 50 Palestinians demonstrated violently in Bil’in, throwing rocks at security forces in the area. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear, lightly injuring one Palestinian.

Approximately 100 Palestinians rioters threw rocks at IDF and BGP forces in Halamish. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear, lightly injuring a tourist. A BGP soldier was injured in the process as well.

Approximately 30 Palestinians demonstrated violently near Hashmonaim. They threw rocks at IDF forces in the area and lightly injured a soldier as a result.

A number of Palestinians demonstrated violently near Hizma junction. They threw rocks at cars passing by, lightly injuring an Israeli woman.


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Weekend March 20th

Major Events – West Bank

March 20th – IDF forces arrested a Palestinian carrying 2 hunting knives, IDF binoculars, an explosive detonation system and many bullets near Teqoa.

A number of Palestinians demonstrated violently near Kfar Etzion. The rioters threw Molotov cocktails at IDF forces patrolling the area. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear.


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March 21st-25th

Major Events – West Bank

March 21st – Two Palestinians attempted to stab an IDF soldier near Bethlehem. In response, IDF forces shot and killed the two Palestinians.

A number of Palestinians shot at IDF soldiers near Negohot. IDF forces responded with fire. No injuries were reported. Further patrolling of the area revealed several full AK-47 cartridges.

March 22nd – IDF forces near Hava 5 arrested 2 suspicious Palestinians carrying knives.

March 23rd – A number of Palestinians and Israelis threw rocks at each other near Habitot. As a result, 2 Israeli civilians were lightly injured.

March 24th – IDF forces arrested 2 suspicious Palestinians carrying knives.


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Weekend March 26th-27th

March 28th-31st

Major Events – West Bank

March 26th – IDF forces near Kalandia arrested a Palestinian woman carrying a 30cm-long knife.

Two Molotov cocktails were thrown at BGP forces near Kiosk.

Approximately 100 Palestinians demonstrated violently near Halamish, hurling rocks at security forces in the area. IDF forces responded with riot dispersal gear and lightly injured 3 Palestinians.


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Jerusalem

Major Events – Jerusalem


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Jerusalem

Major Events – Jerusalem


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March 1st-4th

Weekend March 5th-6th

Major Events – Gaza Strip

March 1st – During a routine patrol by Erez crossing, IDF forces identified 2 suspicious Palestinians near the technical fence. IDF forces shot at the Palestinians, killing one. Upon the Palestinian were wires and three cell phones. Additionally, IDF forces found one mortar shell and its detonation system. According to Palestinian media, one Palestinian died and two were injured as a result of the Israeli response.

March 2nd – Egyptian authorities reported that they detected 5 tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip near Rafah.

March 3rd – IDF forces near Erez Crossing identified 2 mortar shells connected to the technical fence in the area.

March 5th – Egyptian authorities reported the detection of a tunnel near Rafah.

A rocket launched from near Kissufim Crossing landed in the Gaza Strip.

March 6th – Egyptian authorities reported that they detected 3 tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip near Rafah.


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March 7th-11th

Weekend March 12th-13th

Major Events – Gaza Strip

March 7th – Egyptian authorities reported that they detected 2 tunnels near Rafah crossing.

March 10th - Egyptian authorities reported that they detected 2 tunnels near Rafah crossing.

A rocket was found near Karni crossing and dismantled by IDF forces.

March 11th – A rocket launched from near Kissufim crossing landed by Kibbutz Nirim.

Two rockets launched from near Kissufim crossing landed in the Gaza Strip.

In response to Gaza rocket fire, the IAF targeted an arms factory near Han Yunis and a smuggling tunnel near Rafah crossing.

March 12th – Egyptian authorities reported the detection of a tunnel near Rafah crossing.

March 13th – Egyptian authorities reported the detection of a tunnel near Rafah crossing.

A rocket launched from near Nozirath landed in an open field between Kibbutz Bari and Kibbutz Ra’im. No injuries were reported.


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March 14th-18th

LOCATION OF ROCKET LANDING WHICH KILLED ONE FOREIGN RESIDENT

Major Events – Gaza Strip

March 16th – Two rockets launched from near Erez crossing landed in Gaza Strip.

March 17th – A rocket launched from near Erez crossing landed by Sderot. One Israeli woman received treatment for shock injuries.

A rocket launched from Jabaliya landed by Sderot. No injuries were reported.

Egyptian authorities reported that they detected 7 tunnels near Rafah crossing.

March 18th – A rocket launched from near Al Atatra landed in a greenhouse near Kibbutz Netiv Ha’asara. One foreign worker died as a result.

A rocket launched from near Kissufim crossing landed near Kissufim. No injuries were reported.

An anti-tank missile launch towards Israel failed. The rocket landed in Gaza Strip near Sufa crossing.

In response to Palestinian rocket fire at Israeli communities, the IAF targeted 6 structures in Gaza—an arms storage facility and 5 tunnels.


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Weekend March 19th-20th

Major Events – Gaza Strip

March 19th– Two rockets were launched from Jabaliya—one landed in Gaza Strip and the other landed in Kibbutz Maflesim.

A rocket launched from near Karni crossinglanded in Gaza Strip.

Egyptian authorities reported the detection of a tunnel near Rafah crossing.

In response to deadly Palestinian rocket fire at Israeli communities, the IAF targeted a building in the southern Gaza Strip, near Dahaniya airport.

March 20th – Three rockets were launched from Jabaliya—one landed near Kibbutz Erez, one landed near Kibbutz Nir Am, and another one landed near Kibbutz Maflesim.

Egyptian authorities reported the detection of a tunnel near Rafah crossing.


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March 21th-25th

Major Events – Gaza Strip

March 22nd – A rocket launched from near Beit Hanoun landed near Sderot.

A rocket launched from near Gaza City landed in Gaza Strip.

Egyptian authorities reported the detection of a tunnel near Rafah crossing.

Three suspicious Palestinians crossed into Israel from near Kissufim crossing. IDF forces responded with warning shots. A second IDF unit mistakenly identified the IDF force as the infiltrators, accidentally killing a soldier. The three Palestinians were later arrested for questioning.

March 23rd - In response to Palestinian rocket fire at Israeli communities, the IAF targeted a weapons-storage facility in Gaza City. Later, a weapons-smuggling tunnel in the Rafah border area of the southern Gaza Strip was targeted.

A rocket launched from El Atatra landed near an IDF base.

March 24th - Egyptian authorities reported that they detected 3 tunnels near Rafah crossing.

March 25th - Egyptian authorities reported the detection of a tunnel near Rafah crossing.


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Weekend March 26th-27th

Major Events – Gaza Strip

March 27th – Two rockets were launched from near Karni crossing—one landed near kibbutz Kfar Aza while the other landed in Gaza Strip.

Egyptian authorities reported the detection of a tunnel near Rafah crossing.

IDF forces identified two armed Palestinians placing an explosive near the security fence by Kissufim crossing. In response, IDF forces patrolled the area for additional explosives. As they approached the said area, a number of Palestinians shot toward them injuring two IDF soldiers and killing two. Three mortar shells landed near IDF forces during the exchange of fire. During the exchange of fire, two terrorists were killed as well.


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March 28th-31st

Major Events – Gaza Strip

March 28th – Egyptian authorities reported that they detected 3 tunnels near Rafah crossing.

March 29th - Egyptian authorities reported that they detected 2 tunnels near Rafah crossing.

March 30th – A rocket launched from near Sufa crossing landed near Ami Oz.

Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated near the technical fence in several locations throughout the Gaza Strip. IDF forces shot warning shots in these locations. In one of these locations, IDF forces were forced to shoot at the demonstrators as well. According to Palestinian media sources, one Palestinian died and four other Palestinians were injured.

March 31st – Two rockets launched from Gaza landed near Sufa crossing.

A mortar shell launched from Gaza landed near Karni crossing.


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Military Prosecution Indicts Two IDF Staff Sergeants

Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi Visits Turkey

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March 11th – The Military Prosecution, in accordance with military jurisdiction, indicted two IDF Staff Sergeants for engaging in unauthorized conduct.

The indictment charges that during Operation Cast Lead, the two soldiers instructed a boy to open several bags suspected to be booby-trapped while searching a building in the Tel al Hawa neighborhood in Gaza Strip.

The Military Police initiated an investigation in June 2009 as soon as the incident became known.

The IDF is morally obligated to prevent harming uninvolved civilians and takes numerous measures in order to maintain the values of conduct in warfare and the law by taking legal action against those who breach these moral values.

March 15th – The Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi arrived in Turkey to attend a NATO conference on terror, headed by the Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces. Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi met his Turkish counterpart and the Turkish Defense Minister. He also placed a wreath on the mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk.


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Spanish Air Force Delegation Visits Israel

Around the IDF

March 17th – A group of senior Spanish Air Force officers, headed by the Air Force Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Juan Lewis Aabad, came to Israel for a short visit following an official invitation by the Israeli Air Force.

The delegation met with the IAF Chief of Staff, Brig. Gen. Nimrod Shafer, who took them on a helicopter tour of Israel. Afterwards, they visit several airbases and attended information sessions, during which the IAF and the Spanish Air Force each presented its structure and function.

The Spanish officers completed their trip with a visit of the Yad Vashem Museum and a tour of the Israel Military Industries factory.

SPANISH AIR FORCE OFFICERS MEETING WITH AN IAF PILOT


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IDF Commanders brief UN Secretary-General

Around the IDF

March 21st – Mr. Ban Ki-Moon met with the Head of IDF military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin for briefing on the Middle East strategic intelligence picture. Maj. Gen. Yadlin discussed with him weapon smuggling routes, Lebanon, Hezbollah’s violation of the UN Resolution 1701 ceasefire agreement, the Iranian nuclear project, as well as other issues.

Mr. Ban Ki-Moon met with President Peres and the Head of the IDF Planning Directorate, Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel. They discussed the strategic issues facing the Middle East and IDF cooperation with UN agencies and peace-keeping forces operating in the region.

Finally, Ban Ki-Moon met with IDF officers who participated in the rescue and medical aid mission after the earthquake disaster in Haiti.

UN SECRETARY GENERAL

MR. BAN KI-MOON


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Chinese Ministry Spokesperson of National Defense Visits Israel

Around the IDF

March 22nd – The Spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense and the Chinese Military, Senior Colonel Huang Xueping, arrived in Israel for a short visit as the personal guest of the IDF Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu. During his visit he heard briefings by IDF professional sources about public-relations work during both routine and emergency, as well as the public-relations lessons learnt during the Second Lebanon War and Operation Cast Lead. The delegation visited Sderot, the Western Wall, Yad Vashem, and the Home-Front Command training base, where they heard about the accomplishments of the Israeli Search and Rescue Aid Delegation in Haiti.

SENIOR COLONEL HUANG XUEPING AND THE IDF SPOKESPERSON


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2nd Generation Ethiopians Complete the IDF Amir Course

Around the IDF

March 22rd – Thousands of Ethiopians celebrated graduation from the IDF Amir course this week.

The Amir course was established four years ago with the goal of finding a solution to the problems Ethiopian soldiers face upon integration into the IDF.

The Amir course takes place in Michve Alon, an IDF military base specializing in educational programs, and lasts for four to seven intensive weeks. The course includes military content and content related to Zionism, heritage and history. In addition, there is a series of lessons to develop thinking and learning skills and personal empowerment.

RECENT AMIR GRADUATES


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Commander of the Kenyan Military Visits Israel

Around the IDF

March 25th – Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, met with the Commander of the Kenyan Military, General Jeremiah Mutinda.

General Mutinda arrived in Israel for a week-long work visit, as the guest of the Ministry of Defense, in order to strengthen the military cooperation between the two nations and examine possible cooperation with the Israeli Defense Industries. This is the first visit by a Commander of the Kenyan Military in the IDF in over a decade.

During his visit, the General attended security and strategy briefings from military officials, toured the Israeli Defense Industries, and visited a naval base and the Yad Vashem Museum.

LT. GEN. ASHKENAZI WITH COMMANDER OF THE KENYAN MILITARY


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