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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 24, 2017 t I Israeli soldiers participate in a drill simulating the infiltra- tion of terrorists from Gaza in southern Israel Dec. 6, 2016. By Yaakov Lappin The Israel Defense Forc- es (IDF) has significantly stepped up the scope and fre- quency of its combat training, as sub-state jihadist enemies around the Jewish state build up their power. In the event of any future large-scale conflict--whether it be against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and possi- bly in Syria, where Hezbollah has a heavy presence; against Hamas in Gaza; or against other foes in other arenas--Is- raeli military planners believe they will need a ground of- fensive involving maneuver- ing divisions, in addition to the use of massive firepower against enemy targets. Should Israeli military formations need to cross borders to engage enemies and extinguish rocket fire on the Israeli home front, they will have to deal with heavily armed guerrilla-ter- rorist forces--entrenched in the middle of built-up civilian areas--with access to tunnels, underground bunkers, anti-tank mis- siles, mortars, machine guns and mines. At the end of February, the IDF's Golani infantry brigade held a large war drill in the Go- lan Heights, marking the peak of its military winter training season. During the drill, units simulated war in a northern arena. They practiced storm- ing a village, seizing an open hilly area, dealing with incoming artillery fire and moving around in the new- generation Israeli-produced Namer armored personnel carrier (APC). The Namer comes equipped with an active defense system, called Trophy, which intercepts missiles fired in its direction. This enables the vehicle to transport sol- diers under heavy fire. Golani Brigade Command- er Col. Shlomi Binder said on the IDF's official website that the Namer APC will provide the infantry with a major advantage in future ground offensives. Golani Brigade sources said the latest exercise featured close cooperation between Israel's infantry, ar- mored units, artillery corps, air force and special forces. This type of inter-branch cooperation has become a major focus of training during the past decade, Brig.-Gen. (Res.) Moni Chorev, a former IDF infantry brigade com- mander and former division commander, told He also said that "significant progress" has been made in this field. Technological break- throughs have allowed the IDF to merge the digital com- mand networks of all three branches. They also allowed the army to create a single digital command network for all ground units, including an interactive map showing the location of hostile and friendly forces. Many of the new develop- ments have had a profound impact on cooperation. Tanks, for example, can receive live intelligence feeds from drones or fighter jets, and battalion commanders can instantly transmit enemy target coor- dinates to a navy missile ship, which can then attack with guided sea-to-shore missiles. Further, the IDF's Military Intelligence Division, in the course of a battle, can send information on enemy targets as it receives it, making the targets come alive on digital maps accessed by command- ers in the field. The IDF has realized how acute integration is, and has invested in technologies that link intelligence collectors, field units, and units that deliver firepower, Chorev said. Gabi Siboni, director of the Military and Strategic Affairs Program at the Tel Aviv-based Institute for National Security Studies, told that the extent of IDF combat train- ing has risen dramatically in recent years as part of the military's new focus on readi- ness for war. Siboni, a consultant for Israel's defense establishment on a range of fields, served as a former combat soldier and commander within the Golani Brigade, where he commanded the brigade's elite reconnaissance unit. He also served as the Golani Brigade's chief of staff. "The IDF has invested many resources in recent years in training and ground maneuver capability, based on the view that the ground maneuver will form an an- swer to a large portion of the threats we are dealing with," Siboni said. "These exercises are sig- nificant, and simulate combat conditions, so that IDF units can be ready when battles commence," he said. Intelligence, Siboni added, "plays a deep role in this story of integration between the land, sea, and air branches, to be able to get to targets. All of the exercises you are now seeing are directed at increas- ing the readiness of combat soldiers and commanders, for northern and southern arenas." Although Hezbollah and Hamas are not sparking a By Jennifer Stempel (Nosher via JTA)--Be- cause I am someone who runs her life a million miles per minute, but still value the fruits of a home-cooked meal, the slow cooker is certainly a mainstay in my kitchen. Because of this favorite small appliance, my family gets to enjoy rich, hearty meals that taste like they've been simmering all day, even on those days when I've got just a few minutes to get dinner on the table. I especially love making this savory slow cooker pot roast for a festive Shabbat meal. Any good starchy side like rice, potatoes, or noodles will sop up the juices in a fabulous way. Plus, if you're lucky you'll have leftovers, which I have been known to turn into pot roast tacos the next day. conflict with Israel at this time, both are investing enor- mous resources in building up their own arsenals. The terror groups are expanding their surface-to-surface projectile stockpiles, and are improving their ability to attack the IDF. According to Israeli assess- ments, both Hezbollah and Hamas have built upwhat can only be described as armies, with military command struc- tures and the ability to direct firepower with a variety of state-level weaponry, particu- larly in Hezbollah's case. In Syria, Islamic State or radical Shi'a elements backed by Iran could open another front against Israel in the future. Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah recently issued his own threats against Israel, saying that Jerusalem should "think a million times before it goes to war with Lebanon," and that Hezbollah "is ready for any threat." He also boasted of Hezbollah's ability to fire missiles at the southern Israeli city of Dimona, home to Israel's nuclear reactor. His remark is a reference to Hezbollah's growing stockpile of guided heavy rockets that the terror group receives from Syria and Iran. "The IDF is dealing with complex threats," Siboni told "Recently, there has been much talk about tun- nels, but this is just one aspect of the combat theater. There are underground, overground and urban enemy activities that rely on the use of human shields." The IDF is adjusting its training programs to the lat- est intelligence assessments. This is part of its commitment to soldiers--both conscripts and reserves--to ensure preparedness at short notice, Siboni said. "The IDF's readiness is very high," he said. "Itwould not be a good idea to test it." Sponsored by Please join us on Sunday Evening, April 2, 2017 at 613 Concourse Parkway South Maitland, Florida 32751 :00 p.m. 7ruction" 8:00 pan. Admission: $18.00 per person Door Prize Complimentary R~freshments including Wine and Cheese Proceeds to benefit Youth, Education, and of her areas of Congregation Ohev ,Shalom For more information call the CO5 Office at 407-298-4650 Major Credit Cards Accepted for Art Purchases. Featuring Art in All Media & Price Ranges. Slow cooker pot roast. Jennifer Stempel Do the prep work the night before, and set the slow cooker in the morning. By the time dinner rolls around, your neighbors will be knocking on your door to join your Shabbat table. Ingredients: 1 5-lb boneless beef chuck roast 11/2 tsp kosher salt (or more, to taste) i tsp fresh ground black pep- per (or more, to taste) 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 large sweet onions, diced 2 large carrots, diced 4 cloves of garlic, finely minced i large sprig of rosemary 12 oz cremini mushrooms, chopped 1 15-oz can low sodium beef broth 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes 1 dried bay leaf Directions: Pat the beef chuck roast dry, and season with salt and pepper. In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil, and brown the beef on all sides (about 3 minutes per side). While the beef is browning, layer the onions, carrots, gar- lic, rosemary and mushrooms in the bowl of a slow cooker. Once the beef is browned on all sides, place the beef on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker. Deglaze the saute pan with the beef broth, making sure to scrape up any dark spots from the pan. Pour the broth in the slow cooker. Pour the diced tomatoes over the beef, and tuck in a dried bay leaf. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours. Remove the beef from the slow cooker using kitchen tongs, and set on a carving board. Shred or slice, and serve with a starchy side dish. Or, you can remove the sprig of rosemary and the bay leaf and blend the vegetables into a thick sauce that can be used as a gravy. Note: Steps 1-4 can be done the night before. Store the bowl of the slow cooker in the refrigerator overnight, and continue from step 5 in the morning. The Nosher food blog offers a dazzling array of new and classic Jewish recipes and food news, from Europe to Yemen, from challah to shakshuka and beyond. Check it out at www. TheNosher. com.