The IDF Herev-Sword Battalion (السيف الكتيبة), formerly known as the IDF Minorities Unit, is an Arabic-speaking unit of the Israel Defense Forces. Non-Jewish minorities also serve in the Druze Reconnaissance Unit and the Bedouin Trackers Unit.
Part of the basic training for new recruits in every IDF unit is the beret hike, a grueling track after which they’re deemed worthy of wearing the unit’s special beret.
I’ve no idea who picked the battalion flag colors. I would have gone with mauve.
Anyway, like every good soldier, the Herev soldiers love their moms.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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