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.

Reopened Yom Kippur War archive reveals new docs from Arganot Commission

The material released includes correspondence between the committee and the head of Military Intelligence, Maj.-Gen. Eli Zeira who admitted "I do not shirk from this responsibility" of error.

Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Michael Lurie, head of the land maneuver systems directorate at Rafael
Rafael head of land maneuver systems directorate praises IDF Trophy system

The Trophy system detects missiles when launched and destroys the incoming missile before it can reach the tank.

Former IDF soldier sues BDS activist who slandered her online for $6m.

Rebecca Ram, 26, originally from California, made Aliyah in 2012. She enlisted as an instructor to the IDF Education and Youth Corps.

Helping soldiers who are far from home

The Jerusalem-based Lone Soldier Center in memory of Michael Levin helps conscripts get through the toughest time of their lives

SMASH Hopper on Plasan Reem vehicle.
Smart Shooter develops SMASH Hopper to be mounted on armored vehicles

Next step: Mount precision fire control system on autonomous vehicle

General Kochavi at Daliet El Carmel
IDF chief observes coronavirus relief efforts in northern Israel

During the visit, Kochavi was presented with local emergency preparation plans. He also observed IDF's local relief efforts in wake of the coronavirus.

No date set for cabinet vote on UAE peace

A spokesman for Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said that it may be on the agenda for next week.

Defense Ministry begins construction of smart-fence along Gaza border.
IDF's Border Defense Array school trains thousands of troops each year

The school started out with 70 instructors, by next year it will have 150

Walking in Jerusalem ahead of the September lockdown.
This Rosh Hashanah, let’s strive to be better

There is fear because we don’t really know how the country will look when we emerge, what the economy will look like, and whether we will still have jobs.

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