PH Army to train with Israeli forces

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The Philippine Army (PA) will be collaborating with the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) in training their respective troops in combat skills.

The IDF, headed by Brig. Gen. Dan Goldfus, paid a courtesy call to Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto on Monday, June 17, at the Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.

The two military officials met and “exchanged views on latest issues; expressing their interest to learn from each other’s experiences in fighting threats through the Counter-Terr0rism Trainer’s Training (CTTT)”.

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This will be the first CTTT training collaboration between the Philippine troops and the Israeli forces to be held in  Philippine soil.

“The training aims to enhance the counter-terr0rism capabilities of PA personnel. It also aims to improve the operational and instructional skills of the PA Training Schools in anti-terr0rism and combat techniques,” said a statement from the PA’s Facebook page.

During the courtesy call, Gen. Goldfus acknowledged that his Israeli soldiers can learn many lessons from their Filipino counterparts based on what happened during the 2017 Marawi siege, while Gen. Alberto said “the exchange will be fruitful since the two countries share similar views on terr0rism and ways to counter it.”

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A GMA News report said around 180 members of PA will train under 10 IDF soldiers which will be held in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija this coming June 26 to July 4.

The Filipino participants will come from the 2nd Infantry Division, 5th Infantry Division, 7th Infantry Division, 9th Infantry Division, and the Special Forces Regiment, the Scout Ranger Regiment and Light Reaction Regiment, according to Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala.

Image from PA’s Facebook post

Gen. Alberto, meanwhile, said the PA sees the collaboration in addressing terr0rism as necessary, especially after its experience in the Marawi crisis which  lasted for nearly 5 months and left a huge number of casualties. as well as the displacement of 1.1 million residents.