Israel Defense Force (IDF)

Reversal of fortune: How the IDF turned the Yom Kippur War around

Friday, September 29, 2017

Close to midnight, after another briefing to the cabinet and before another helicopter flight to the front, the unrelenting stress of running two wars simultaneously for six straight days caught up with IDF Chief of Staff David Elazar. He was discussing the next day’s battle plans on the Egyptian and Syrian fronts with two generals … Read More

2 IDF soldiers killed, 4 injured in training accident

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

An IDF lieutenant and a sergeant were killed and four soldiers were injured when a self-propelled howitzer in which they were traveling flipped over during a training exercise in the Golan Heights late Tuesday night, the army said. One of the soldiers was severely injured and taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital. The army … Read More

IDF soldiers take part in a unique collaboration to help children with autism

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Soldiers, parents of autistic children, high school students and random volunteers joined forces in Tel Aviv to make life easier for people with autism and their caregivers. Some 85 people took part in a 24-hour hackathon last month organized by OFEK, the computing unit of the IAF. Held jointly with ALUT, the Israel Society for … Read More

In anguish, longing, 1.5 million Israelis pay respects at military cemeteries nationwide

Monday, May 1, 2017

The annual two-minute memorial siren sounded at 11 a.m. Israel time, bringing the country to a halt on Monday to commemorate the 23,544 members of the security forces and 3,117 terror victims in Israel’s history. Road closures and increased train traffic surrounded the country’s 52 military cemeteries and hundreds of smaller military sections in civilian … Read More

Israel’s annual Memorial Day remembers 23,544 fallen soldiers

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Israelis bowed their heads for a minute of silence as the siren wailed on Sunday evening to remember the men and women who died during active duty or were killed in terror attacks. The siren marked the official start of the annual Memorial Day, although several events were held earlier Sunday. Speaking earlier at a … Read More

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Six-Day War: The Israeli Navy’s commandos ‘suicide missions’

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Shayetet 13 (‘Flotilla 13′), the Israeli Navy’s special operations unit, was sent at the start of the Six-Day War on a daring series of missions deep within enemy territory, which included covert assault on harbors in Syria and Egypt. Those missions can now retroactively be called suicide missions, as in spite of the soldiers’ bravery, … Read More