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 reserve soldiers
PM vows to do more for army reservists 'those who do more should get more'

Netanyahu said the reservists were the wellspring of innovation within the army.

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IDF not prepared for chemical weapons attack

Englman recommended that the commander of the land forces lead a campaign to improve combat units’ readiness for chemical weapons warfare.

IDF closes section of Gaza border for engineering work

Israeli farmers were earlier ordered not to work in areas near the Gaza border due to concerns of possible sniper fire.

Enforce the COVID-19 laws with sensitivity and determination -analysis

One message that the disengagement sent is that when the Israeli government makes a decision that then gets the imprimatur of the Knesset, it will carry it out, regardless of how difficult.

The sun rises over Haifa Bay, 2006.
Police arrest suspect for attempting to incite violence, IDF kidnappings

The unnamed male suspect, from the Northern Israeli-Arab town of Daburiyya, projected the calls to violence while participating in a protest organized in support of an Islamic Jihad terrorist.

34 years after capture, Ron Arad's wife: 'Let's not repeat same mistakes'

In a moving Facebook post, Tami Arad recalled early years of hope and despair waiting for her husband to return home.

Company commander removed from post after causing coronavirus outbreak in unit

IDF says officer from elite Duvdevan commando brigade "knowingly" infected others with virus.

How the corona chief of staff has handled the crisis

MILITARY AFFAIRS: It’s a battle Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi never imagined he’d be leading, but the fight against the coronavirus is what fate has tasked him with.

Cadets at Base 80 finally allowed to quarantine at home

Despite official change in military policy, it took over a day and a half before cadets could leave the base.

An IDF soldier sits on a beach in Tel Aviv
Newly discharged troops to get additional funds

In a statement, the Finance Ministry said it intends to present the plan to Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Netanyahu “in the coming days” in order to bring it to Knesset for approval.

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