The Israeli Army
Following the Israeli State’s Declaration of Independence and the subsequent departure of British Mandate forces,
neighboring Arab countries launched an invasion, forcing Israel to defend itself . On May 28th 1948, the inaugural Prime Minister,
David Ben Gurion, announced the establishment of an Israeli military, to be called Israel Defense Forces (IDF) -
The Israeli Army, whose first chief of staff was Jacob Dori.
The IDF constitution’s main sections are:
The IDF will be assembled from 3 corps - Navy, Infantry and Air Forces
In a state of emergency, a general draft will be issued
Every person serving in the IDF must swear an Oath of Allegiance to the state of Israel, its constitution and authorities
Israel will not have any other armed force apart from the IDF
The procedure of the establishment of the IDF was initiated by the Defence Minister over a period of 7 months.
Initially, the IDF was improvised, its manpower consisted of former 'underground' resistance men with military background, plus
drafted citizens. The equipment was simply whatever could be grabbed.
The IDF’s basic values are:
Goal - the IDF’s goal is to protect the Israeli State’s existence, and the security of its civilians and residents.
Patriotism and loyalty to the State of Israel - at the basis of IDF service stands patriotism, commitment and devotion to Israel.
Dignity - the IDF and its soldiers are obliged to uphold human dignity, regardless of race, religion, gender, creed, status and nationality.
After bravely defending Israel in numerous defensive wars, in recent years the IDF’s main goal has been to fight and destroy terror
and terrorists that will stoop below humanity to achieve despicable aims.
The IDF has proved itself and is proving itself continuously in this ongoing mission.