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Video of Live Rifle Fire Drill: Two Languages, One Message

Soldiers of the IDF's Druze "Herev" battalion conduct a drill in the Golan Heights, capture targets and train with live fire.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 11/28/2011, 10:17 AM

Soldiers of the IDF's Druze "Herev" battalion conducted a drill in the Golan Heights last week, during which they captured targets and trained with live fire.

The Herev battalion soldiers, backed by tanks, plowed their way through the muddy soil and green meadows of the Golan Heights in northern Israel.

The soldiers of the battalion receive commands in Hebrew but communicate amongst themselves mainly in Arabic, making the battalion a unique place in the IDF where Israel's second official language is used on a routine daily basis.

Currently, Israel's northern borders are relatively quiet. But as unrest grows in Syria and Hizbullah continues to strengthen in Lebanon, the Herev battalion of Druze soldiers, residents of the Galilee, is the cutting edge of Israel's northern defenses and the most familiar with the contours of the northern theater.