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Elite IDF Bedouin Trackers Eliminate Israel’s Northern Border Threats

The Northern Bedouin Tracking Unit commanded by Lt. Col. Majdi Mazarib protects Israel from kidnapings, infiltrators and 100,000 rockets.
The IDF Bedouin Tracking Unit is an invaluable part of the Israeli army that cannot be replaced by technology.

The IDF Bedouin Tracking Unit is an invaluable part of the Israeli army that cannot be replaced by technology.
Photo Credit: Screenshot: IDF Spokesperson's Unit / IDF Blog

A special unit in the Israeli army comprised solely of Bedouin trackers is keeping Israel’s northern border safe.

The Northern Bedouin Tracking Unit commanded by Lt. Col. Majdi Mazarib protects Israel from kidnapings, infiltrators and 100,000 rockets, among myriad other threats emanating from Lebanon’s Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Speaking in Arabic, Lt. Col. Mazarib tells an interviewer in a video piece on his unit, “From Israel’s founding, the Bedouin community has chosen to volunteer and serve in the IDF, and actively participate in founding the country.”

The unique skills of a Bedouin tracker are unmatched anywhere else in the region, and cannot be duplicated by technology – a fact the IDF understands and accepts.

“Without the Bedouin, Israel would not be able to properly protect its borders,” the commander adds.

Bedouin are not obligated to serve in the IDF, though they volunteer in large numbers.

“The skills that they possess are unique” and the Bedouin soldiers are essential to the protection of Israel, notes the report on the unit posted this week on the IDF Blog.

“I am Israeli, and proud to be an Israeli Arab and to serve in the IDF,” Lt. Col. Mazarib says.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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11 Responses to “Elite IDF Bedouin Trackers Eliminate Israel’s Northern Border Threats”

  1. Alan Kardon says:

    We thank you for your service. Bless you.

  2. Vito Raccah says:

    Elo.im ishmor Am Israel

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yet the Bedouin overwhelmingly vote for Ra'am Ta'al- an anti-Zionist Islamist political party closely associated with the Muslim Brotherhood's views. Inconsistency to say the least.

  4. “in that day the least of them shall be like King David”

  5. GOD BLESS AND PROTECT THEM AMEN

  6. Leon Kab says:

    Pride of Israel Idf !!!!!

  7. Danuta Glendenning says:

    I think that's a great story. Showing pride in your country, benefitting from superior services and contributing by taking responsibility for the safety of your country.

  8. Gene Strong says:

    Israel should reclaim Jerusalem Gaza and west bank. Deport all dissenters.

  9. Looks like you can't take them all by the same measure,
    as there are those who serve in the IDF with pride, and those others who vote for the Muslim Islamist party! Two very different groups!

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