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The IDF, or, Israel Defense Forces, is the national military force of the State of Israel, consisting of ground, air, and navy forces. The force is currently led by Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot.
The IDF was officially formed in May 1948 after the establishment of the Jewish state, by then prime minister David Ben-Gurion, incorporating the military groups Haganah, Irgun, and Lehi, which existed in Israel pre-formation of the state.
Conscription to the force is mandatory for all Israeli citizens, male and female, who have reached the age of 18.
The army has engaged in multiple wars since its establishment, amongst them, the War of Independence, the Sinai War, the Six-Day War, the Yom Kippur War, and the two Lebanon Wars. It has also engaged in a multitude of operations, amongst them, Operation Cast Lead, Pillar of Defense, and most recently, Protective Edge.
Egypt is close to the bottom of the list at 138, significantly lower than the Palestinians “under occupation.”
‘I’m good with my right hand, now. It’s amazing how you can change when you have to’
The IDF has confiscated half a million shekels in terror funds since the beginning of the year
Petition by Hiddush said military was discriminating against non-Orthodox soldiers.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM,ILANIT CHERNICK
Head of the IDF Intelligence Directorate's Special Operations Division quits after learning military wanted to replace him.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
‘Perhaps someday it will be possible to visit you in peace,’ I said. ‘I hear Tehran looks a lot like Tel Aviv.’
By BRIAN BLUM
An Islamist insurgency in the desolate, thinly populated Sinai Peninsula has increased in violence and pace since the Egyptian military toppled President Mohammed Morsi.
By HAGAY HACOHEN,ANNA AHRONHEIM
‘Everyone feels something towards this sector,’ explains the IDI’s Yair Sheleg.
By ILANIT CHERNICK
First of 65 boats was transferred Tuesday via the Kerem Shalom crossing.
“We are all happy to go to prison for the sake of learning Torah,” and “We will die instead of being drafted.”
By DAVID DIMOLFETTA,EMMA MCAVOY
The residents of Binyamin are claiming that the work being carried out by the Palestinian Authority is too close to two Gush Shilo Israeli settlements in Area C, causing security concerns.
By ZACHARY KEYSER
The latest incident, which threatens to rouse mass protests from the Ethiopian community, took place on Sunday night in Kiryat Haim, near Haifa.
By JPOST EDITORIAL
While an attack by Iranian proxies is a major concern for the IDF, it’s Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs that worry Israel’s defense establishment the most.
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