The largest sukkah
Border Defense School, Ranger Shield Camp
In a scout camp, where Border Defense Corps fighters train, is the largest sukkah in the IDF. The sukkah can accommodate more than 800 soldiers and is more than 400 square meters. "I would like to wish all citizens of the country Happy holiday and safe. My soldiers and I here at the base will continue to defend the state anytime and anywhere," says Capt. Avishag Levy, the commander of the Jordan Valley company. "The task of defending the borders is difficult and challenging, but it also has a sense of significant action and great satisfaction, and you can feel it in the area where we are deployed. I am proud of all the fighters who even on holidays take care of the safety of all of us."
Their sukkah can accommodate over 800 people. Lavi Valley recruits, photo: IDF Spokesperson
The smallest sukkah
Axis 10, Negev
In honor of Sukkot, Route 10, which borders Egypt, considered one of the most beautiful and longest roads in the country, was opened for the benefit of travelers. IDF fighters, led by the Faran and Yoav brigades in the 80th Division, secure the entry of civilians into the area. The folding sukkots allow any soldier who so desires to eat and drink in the sukkah while securing travelers, and to do so easily.
The fighters who will enjoy this special sukkah are the paratroopers and the Border Defense Corps mech course. "While the people of Israel celebrate the holiday at home, the soldiers of the division continue their mission, which is to protect the residents of the Negev, Eilat and the Arava," says Maj. Aviad Hazani, Chief of the 80th Division. "In addition to the sukkots we built at every base and outpost, this year we also renewed the response to the soldiers guarding the travelers on Route 10, which was opened to civilian traffic for the holiday. Both at the base and in the desert, the 80th Division will continue to provide a broad and embracing service envelope that will enable soldiers serving in the division to celebrate the holiday as it stands."
Folding Sukkot that allows us to continue the mission of protection while observing the holiday commandments. A soldier from the Faran rabbinate, photo: IDF Spokesperson
Snow Observatory post, Mount Hermon
The Mitzpe Snow post is located on Mount Hermon in the area of the 474th Regional Brigade. It is the highest manned outpost in the country, at 2,224 meters above sea level. The post overlooks the village of Hader, and on clear sky days Damascus can also be seen from it. She is currently in operational employment at the post of the Alon Platoon Company of the 82nd Battalion.
"Despite the pastoral and quiet landscape, we are alert to everything that is happening and are working to thwart any threat," says Mitzpe Snow Company Commander, Capt. Nir Binyamin. "It's not for nothing that Mount Hermon is called 'the eyes of the state.' We man the highest point, look down on the enemy and do our best to allow everyone a safe and quiet holiday, and to protect all citizens of the State of Israel and all travelers who visit the sector these days. Now we mark the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, and it is a great honor to defend Mount Hermon these days and continue the legacy. I wish all the people of Israel a happy Sukkot holiday, there are those who protect you."
"You look at the enemy from above and do your best." Alon fighters from the 82nd Battalion, Photo: IDF Spokesperson
The northernmost sukkah
Astra Outpost, Golan Heights
The Astra outpost sits at the northernmost point - the border stone point, which is the meeting point between Israel, Syria and Lebanon. This outpost is a key point, and at its foot you can see the Lebanese village of Shebaa. The fighters who are in operational employment learn to deal with two sectors and with different enemies, which require a different and adapted coping.
"The silence and the pastoral landscape are very deceptive." Soldiers from Company A of the 90th Battalion (Kfir), photo: IDF Spokesperson
"We are at one of the most interesting strategic points," says the outpost's company commander, Capt. Amit Nachshon. "The distance between us and them is unimaginable. A few meters from us you can see the stone that sits on the slopes of Mount Hermon, symbolizing the meeting of three countries. This Sukkot holiday as well, we are doing everything to ensure a quiet border and full security for the citizens of the State of Israel. The quiet and the pastoral landscape are very deceptive, but we continue to remain sharp and alert to what is happening. I wish all citizens of the State of Israel Happy holiday, we will do our best to allow you a quiet and safe holiday."
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