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The IDF, defenders of the Jewish state and flag, are finally going blue and white.

After two decades of adapting the US’s M-16 for Israeli use, the Israeli army will be casting aside the American-made product for an Israeli one – the Tavor assault rifle.

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Prior to investing in a stock of M-16s, Israel had used the Galil, an Israeli-designed weapon based on Russia’s AK-47.

The Tavor first entered distribution in November 2001 to the Givati Brigade.  At the moment, Tavors are in use by all military personnel except for Paratroopers, Kfir Brigades soldiers, and reservists.

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Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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