Yesterday, activities were planned for lone soldiers (soldiers who immigrated to Israel without family) around Israel. This group went hiking around Eilat and sailed the Red Sea.  

Honoring the flag of #Israel is a core #IDF tradition. #IDFin24

Honoring the flag of #Israel is a core #IDF tradition. #IDFin24

Don’t forget to exercise on #WorldHealthDay. 
In the #IDF, many of the fitness and #KravMaga Instructors are female.

Don’t forget to exercise on #WorldHealthDay.
In the #IDF, many of the fitness and #KravMaga Instructors are female.

Early this morning, our #IDF medical team  in Judea and Samaria got word of a serious car crash. Within 5 minutes,  they were at the scene treating the 20 #Palestinians wounded in the accident

Early this morning, our #IDF medical team in Judea and Samaria got word of a serious car crash. Within 5 minutes, they were at the scene treating the 20 #Palestinians wounded in the accident

“Krav Maga” is a special combat system, developed for the IDF. Krav Maga’s basic premise is to fight an enemy with your bare hands, without using any weapon. Every soldier who is recrutied to the IDF must go through basic lessons in Krav Maga. These Kfir Brigade soldiers serve mainly in Judea and Samaria, and specialize in face to face combat in order to be able to defend themselves.

During Passover, thousands of people are expected to visit the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. To prepare for the festival, The IDF, in collaboration with the Border Police, the Israeli Police and civilian medical teams, held an exercise that simulated a mass casualty event with 40 wounded civilians.

“On average, 800 people visit the Cave of Patriarchs every day,” said Major Amir Friedman, an Operations Officer in Judea Region, “We are preparing for around 70 thousand visitors in two days, so we want to be prepared for any scenario, even one involving a suicide bombing attack. The exercise today was definitely a great success.”

Meet Sgt. Tupik Handwey, a commander in the Bedouin Reconnaissance Battalion who did the unbelievable and decided to join the IDF when he was already 29 years old. Tupik had aspired to join the IDF since he was young, but due to his family’s financial problems his wish was put on hold. Thirteen years later, Sgt. Handwey decided he couldn’t wait any longer, and decided to make his dream come true. Now, Tupik is one of the most appreciated soldiers in his battalion. His message to everyone is that, “No matter your age, what’s important is to never give up on your dreams.”

Meet Sgt. Tupik Handwey, a commander in the Bedouin Reconnaissance Battalion who did the unbelievable and decided to join the IDF when he was already 29 years old. Tupik had aspired to join the IDF since he was young, but due to his family’s financial problems his wish was put on hold. Thirteen years later, Sgt. Handwey decided he couldn’t wait any longer, and decided to make his dream come true. Now, Tupik is one of the most appreciated soldiers in his battalion. His message to everyone is that, “No matter your age, what’s important is to never give up on your dreams.”

Maj. Limor Cohen has challenged expectations throughout her entire career in the IDF. She serves as a company commander in the Ordnance Corps, where she deals with all types of army vehicles, including transportation trucks and emergency vehicles. She has trailblazed a path for female soldiers to serve in her field.

Maj. Limor Cohen has challenged expectations throughout her entire career in the IDF. She serves as a company commander in the Ordnance Corps, where she deals with all types of army vehicles, including transportation trucks and emergency vehicles. She has trailblazed a path for female soldiers to serve in her field.

Meet Pvt. Asaf Stein, a combat soldier who moved to Israel from Alabama and joined the IDF’s Golani Brigade. Pvt. Stein, 29, is far older than other soldiers. Unlike most IDF recruits, he already has an advanced education, having earned his PhD in Biomedicine. “A lot of people ask me why a 29 year old man would join the IDF,” Pvt. Stein says. “I tell them I just wanted immigrate to Israel and join the army. They understand me.”

Meet Pvt. Asaf Stein, a combat soldier who moved to Israel from Alabama and joined the IDF’s Golani Brigade. Pvt. Stein, 29, is far older than other soldiers. Unlike most IDF recruits, he already has an advanced education, having earned his PhD in Biomedicine. “A lot of people ask me why a 29 year old man would join the IDF,” Pvt. Stein says. “I tell them I just wanted immigrate to Israel and join the army. They understand me.”

Last week, IDF soldiers simulated hostage situations at two crossings in southern Israel.  The soldiers trained with Israeli security forces to take control of simulated attacks at both crossings. In these types of incidents, “the security forces must alert IDF soldiers and create safe zones for civilians,” explains Lt. Shay Barak, an officer in the IDF’s Southern Gaza Brigade. “We also assemble a SWAT team that can negotiate and take control of the attack if necessary. In the end, we are the ones responsible for handling the incident.”


Rockets from Gaza fell on Israel last week, but that hasn’t stopped Israelis from enjoying Purim today. With our soldiers watching over them, our citizens can feel safe celebrating the holiday together. No matter what, we stand ready to protect them from any threat.

Rockets from Gaza fell on Israel last week, but that hasn’t stopped Israelis from enjoying Purim today. With our soldiers watching over them, our citizens can feel safe celebrating the holiday together. No matter what, we stand ready to protect them from any threat.

Purim is here, and IDF soldiers start the celebration! As Jews all over the world celebrate this holiday by holding feasts, exchanging gifts and wearing costumes, our soldiers make sure to keep the holiday tradition

WATCH: This evening, Gaza terrorists fired more than 30 rockets at Israeli communities. Over the past decade, a Gaza rocket has hit Israel every seven hours on average. SHARE THIS video.

UPDATE: We can now confirm that Gaza terrorists fired more than 30 rockets at Israel. 8 rockets hit urban civilian areas. Hamas is responsible for all attacks coming from Gaza Strip. SHARE THIS and follow the IDF Blog for live updates : http://www.idfblog.com/2014/03/12/breaking-gaza-terrorists-fire-rockets-southern-israel-2/
#IDF soldiers volunteer all year round with many different parts of Israeli society. In honor of #GoodDeedsDay 2014, here’s one of the countless stories of soldiers giving a hand. Every Tuesday, soldiers from the Gaza division volunteer in Aleh Negev, an organisation that cares for disabled children. They play with the children, and provide much-needed companionship to the adults who live in the center. They proudly live by the values of the IDF.

#IDF soldiers volunteer all year round with many different parts of Israeli society. In honor of #GoodDeedsDay 2014, here’s one of the countless stories of soldiers giving a hand. Every Tuesday, soldiers from the Gaza division volunteer in Aleh Negev, an organisation that cares for disabled children. They play with the children, and provide much-needed companionship to the adults who live in the center. They proudly live by the values of the IDF.