Staff Sgt. Oz, a soldier in the Givati Brigade, was born in the Gaza Strip. In 2005, as part of the Israeli disengagement from Gaza, he and his family left the area. Staff Sgt. Oz will never forget the moments he entered Gaza during Operation Protective Edge as an Israeli soldier defending his country.
“The moment I crossed the border, I knew that I had to be the most professional soldier I could be, the soldier I had been trained to be, because we deserve to live in this country without constantly being afraid.”
Whether you are Jewish, Muslim, Christian or Druze, each and every soldier has a place in the IDF. Lt. Shmueli is a member of the Military Rabbinate, his job is to make sure that every soldier has the opportunity to practice his faith’s traditions. “We don’t just make it possible for religious Jews to serve in the army, we are always working hard to make sure that all soldiers from all backgrounds can find their place in the IDF”.
Throughout the year, our soldiers work nonstop to protect Israel and its civilians. Today, during the first week of the Jewish year, we remain steadfast in our mission to protect Israel. We wish you all a calm and peaceful week.
On June 12, 2014, Eyal Yifrach (19), Gilad Shaar (16) and Naftali Fraenkel (16) were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists in Judea and Samaria. After weeks of relentlessly searching, the bodies of the three teenagers were found.
Overnight, as IDF special forces attempted to arrest Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme, the two kidnappers and murderers, they were killed in an exchange of fire.
IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said, “We promised the families that we would find the murderers. This morning, we did just that.”
The border between Israel and Lebanon has remained relatively quiet in the past few years, though recent events are threatening to deteriorate stability in the area. Hezbollah remains strongly present in southern Lebanon, and is now gaining experience in Syria. But the IDF remains prepared to face any challenge.
An Imam in the Gaza Strip exposed the true face of Gaza’s Islamic terror organizations: He carried out his Friday sermon while holding a gun.
While Hamas does all it can to hurt and terrorize Israelis, we do all we can to minimize harm to Gaza’s civilian population. That’s why the IDF is thoroughly looking into incidents in which civilians in Gaza were harmed. We remain committed to the standards of international law.
Hamas puts Gazan civilians in the line of fire, but the IDF does everything it can to ensure their safety. As our soldiers entered battle in Gaza, they carried this reminder of their obligation to uphold human rights.
During Operation Protective Edge, the dogs of the IDF’s Oketz unit battled terrorists in Gaza. Many of them were wounded in combat, but that didn’t stop them from continuing the fight.
The newest submarine of the Israel Navy, the INS Tanin, is about to reach Israel’s shores. It will arm us with unprecedented capabilities, making us faster and stronger in the face of threats. Our forces at sea are more prepared than ever to defend the people of Israel.
When Sgt. Yissachar Ruas was called up from reserve duty to serve in Operation Protective Edge, he brought his camera along. This is how he documented the operation and his company’s experiences.
Yesterday, a new generation of commanders took on the mission to protect Israel. They were the 129th class to graduate from the Israeli Naval Academy in a ceremony that was attended by the Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz: “Teamwork, the IDF’s code of ethics and the unique heritage of the Israel Navy will allow you to navigate your ships through difficulties and face any challenges on your way.”
Lt. Libby Weiss from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit gives an exclusive look into one of Hamas’ terror tunnels, near Kibbutz Ein HaShlosha.
Despite the constant rocket fire from Gaza and the start of Operation Protective Edge, 300 teens from around the world decided to come to Israel and join the IDF.
Last week, they underwent their first military experience in which they learned about subjects ranging from field training to the values of the IDF. In the next few months, these young people will settle in their new home—the State of Israel. We salute them and wish them the best of luck!