The IDF has initiated the creation of a new Jordan Valley Battalion, a senior commander announced Thursday.

Col. Ofir Livius said the Lions of Jordan Battalion light infantry unit will be fully operational by mid-2016, and made up of around half male half female combat soldiers.

Asked by The Jerusalem Post if the establishment of the unit represents an expectation of instability from this traditionally peaceful eastern border, Livius stressed that at this time, the Jordanian border is quiet and stable, but that in the future, this might change. […]