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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.
IDF: 12 buildings razed were too close to security barrier
Senior officer: "We are looking towards future challenges in the next war-tunnels and urban combat-which could be in Gaza, Lebanon or Syria."
The Israeli army is the most revered institution in Israel, and IDF leaders have – over and over again – proven themselves capable of defending the state and defending her against all odds.
There are some 6,116 lone soldiers from 80 countries serving in the IDF today.
By EZRA TAYLOR
In recent months, lone soldiers have been in the news after the deaths of two soldiers highlighted the failings of the IDF in supporting troops during their service.
Alongside him is Lieutenant G., a helicopter pilot who is the first Druze to complete an IAF pilot’s course in the history of the State of Israel.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
The first flight took place on July 7, 1969 – 50 years ago next Sunday. The target was a row of Egyptian military positions located near Ismailia.
By YAAKOV KATZ
By LIAT COLLINS
His connection with Zionism was reinforced while serving in the Royal Scots Greys cavalry, when he was sent to Mandate Palestine to fight with a saber and rifle on horseback.
By STEVE LINDE
The IDF explained that the incident was purely civilian and did not affect any of its activities.
Following the video’s publication, an anti-Israel group staged a protest in Tunis, the capital, against the pilgrimage, urging the government to stop it and calling it normalization with Israel.
By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
A true democratic culture empowers individuals, encourages their initiative and commitment, and makes them more militarily effective.
By EHUD (UDI) EIRAN
81 soldiers were recruited, with 84% recommending it to their friends.
By ILANIT CHERNICK
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