The diverse Desert Reconnaissance Battalion secures Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip
Date: 24/04/2012, 11:47 AM Author: Hadas Duvdevani
The Desert Reconnaissance Battalion, known as an ethnic melting pot of Israeli society, held a drill this month to cap off a training period. The drill was conducted at the Israel’s largest urban warfare training facility in Tzelim.
In the battalion, Bedouins, Ethiopians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Russians, and new immigrants serve side by side. It is an infantry brigade in all ways, and battalion soldiers are trained in all types of warfare that IDF (Zahal) combat soldiers engage in. The battalion is permanently stationed on the Gaza border to conduct operational activities.
Battalion soldiers have the sharpest eyes for changes in the border area due to their familiarity with the territory, which they know better than people recognize their own front porches.
“The battalion finished the training period during which it practiced the use of armored combat vehicle and urban combat, the peak of which was the battalion drill,” said Lieutenant Colonel Waheed Al-Huzayel, battalion commander. “From a mental and physical standpoint, the battalion returns to operational activities in good shape, with high levels of motivation and readiness.”