MembersThe IDF Celebrates 70 Years

Shortly after the State of Israel marked its 70th Independence Day, the Israeli army also celebrated its 70th anniversary.

By Dov Eilon |
Photo: (Flash90)

The Israel Defense Forces (Tzava Hagana L’Israel in Hebrew, or Tzahal for short) was officially established in May 1948, about two weeks after the founding of the state. It was a merger of former Jewish underground militias, primarily the Hagana and the Palmach. Since its inception, the IDF has fought seven wars, provided humanitarian aid to more than 25 countries (including citizens of the enemy state of Syria), and developed amazing new technologies.

During a special ceremony at the Armored Corps Memorial at Latrun, IDF Chief of Staff Gen. Gadi Eizenkot stated: “The IDF will continue to act with utmost commitment to the security of the State of Israel.” Turning to his fellow officers, Eizenkot continued: “Our soldiers look up to you, the commanders of the Israeli army. You must exhibit high standards, you must be role models for your soldiers. We must emphasize the...

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