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Military training facility for rent
GOC army headquarters offers foreign armies to rent urban-warfare training facility in Tze'elim. For a fee, soldiers from various countries will train, receive guidance and sleep in nearby hotel

Senior IDF officers appear to be worried about the drop in the dollar's exchange rate – it's not good for business: Several weeks ago, the IDF Foreign Training Division started taking representatives of foreign armies on guided tours of the urban-warfare training facility in Tze'elim.

 

"There is lot of interest, we hope to close some deals soon," a military source told ynet.

 

The urban-warfare training facility is a "city" composed of hundreds of structures – including high risers, an audio system that simulates the sounds of people, artillery, explosions and helicopters; simulation of enemy forces on the attack and more.

 

Along with training, the GOC army headquarters offers the foreign armies' representatives a package deal that includes classes, guidance and housing.

 

The division, headed by Major Tal Lazarus, saw the financial potential of the center and decided to market it: "You can rent the center for a small unit to train a short period of time, or have an entire division train for extended periods. It's all about the money.

 

"Every country in the world is interested in urban warfare although some countries are more interested in the center to train forces to fight crime," a military source said.

 

Next month, the Foreign Training Division is scheduled to hold its first international course in military psychology. Representatives from 14 countries will receive instruction on how to prepare forces for a large-scale military operation and what should be done with the soldiers after the operation.

 

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