Built with help from the Americans - money, technology, 'intelligence', and partnership - this mock Arab city could be in Lebanon...Iran...Iraq... And that's just for starters...
From the article: "We're definitely training for the next war," said Sgt. Shalev Nachum, a medic who fought in the Lebanon campaign. "Next time, it will be different."
The $40 million Urban Training Center, built with help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was unveiled as
Israel named a new army chief of staff. Gabi Ashkenazi, a retired general, succeeds Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, who resigned last week over the failure of Israeli's largest operation since 1982.
The training center consists of some 500 structures packed into eight square miles. It has all the elements of an Arab city of 50,000 — a main square, high-rise apartment buildings, even a mock refugee camp, Moskovich said.
Some buildings are designed to rotate and walls to become transparent, enabling the military to prepare for various scenarios of urban warfare — in Lebanon or against Palestinian militants in the
West Bank or Gaza.
In the future, the training center will host friendly foreign armies for a series of war games.
"This is our playground to practice for anything we need," said Lt. Col. Arik Moreh, the base's second in command. "This complex is the only one of its kind in the world — its size, its characteristics and its technical abilities."