Since the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 Israel has never seen peace. It has seen quiet times but the threat of war has never been far away. With this constant threat came the need to form a very strong army and this is exactly what the Israel Defense Force is. It is in the merit of these courageous men and women, who stop their lives to fight for our beloved country, that today we can call the State of Israel our home, the homeland for the Jewish people.
The IDF though is not only strong in physical terms, it not only used top technologies in order to protects its people, the IDF is also a moral army that values human life. This is not something to be taken for granted. The IDF could use its air force and fight from the sky dropping targeted bombs but unfortunately this can also cause civilian casualties. (In fact, even when the times have come for the Israeli Air Forces to drop bombs, planes first fly over and rop leaflets to tell civillians to leave the area.) This is where places like Baladia City come into play.
Baladia City, a city built for military urban warfare training in Israel’s Negev near the Tze’elim army base. Used by the IDF to train for Urban warfare in cities in Gaza, Lebanon and Syria, it also put to use by the US marines. “You have here,” says Major Rubi Omar, a commander at the site, “the best facility and the best simulation for training. And you can see improvement… every day.” Built in 2005, spanning over 7.4 square miles, Baladia City ensures that our soldiers are able to get the extensive “real life” training needed for urban warfare.
We pray to God that we will see times of true peace where we will not need an active army but for now, the nation of Israel can sleep at night knowing that the men and women of the IDF are watching over them.