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Bearded IDF Paratroopers Banned from Yad Vashem Ceremony

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Paratroopers’ battalion 890 in 1955 with Chief of Staff Moshe Dayan, and (l-r standing) Lieutnant Meir Har-Zion, Major Arik Sharon, Captain Dani Matt (bearded), Lieutnant Moshe Efron, Major General Asaf Simchoni. Sitting: Captain Aharon Davidi (bearded), Lieutnant Ya’akov Ya’akov, Captain Raful Eitan. It turns out that IDF soldiers, religious and secular alike, are banned from representing the Jewish army in official ceremonies, News 0404 discovered this week, and the IDF Spokesperson’s office confirmed. The event was a Yad Vashem commemoration ceremony, and the soldiers were warriors from Battalion 202 of the storied Paratroopers Brigade.

It should be noted that General Danny Matt, the legendary commander whose name is synonymous with the IDF paratroopers’ brigade was endowed with a thick and bushy beard that any Hasidic rebbe would have been proud to wear (even though he was not a particularly religious person). Likewise Brigadier Aharon Davidi, another legendary paratrooper.

In fact, some inside the brigade were astonished to find out that bearded Jewish soldiers would not be let into an institution dedicated to documenting the tragic fate of millions of bearded Jews.

MK Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) called on Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot to change the humiliating rule. “The directive shows a disconnect, even a cultural distance from the world of Jewish values,” Smotrich told News 0404, “and I call on the Chief of Staff to change it. It is inconceivable that we’ll be at the same time encouraging the service of religious and Haredi soldiers in the IDF and then barring them from state ceremonies because their appearance is a disgrace to the army.”

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Red Boots in Green Tanks

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

The IDF is testing out a new initiative to improve battlefield performance and integration, according to the IDF blog.

Commanders in infantry units, starting with paratroopers — noted for their distinct red boots, have been undergoing tank training, teaching them how to both operate and command a tank.

The operational goal is for infantry commanders to better understand the workings, capabilities and tactical usage of tanks, so they can better deploy and utilize their services in the field.

During Operation Protective Edge, infantry troops and armored units worked closely together in Gaza, and the IDF hopes that a better understanding of the other unit’s tools, weapons, capabilities and tactics will increase battlefield performance even further.

The IDF has been running similar programs for IDF infantry officers with the Air Force and Navy — resulting in more accurate and more effective use of the Air Force and Navy’s tactical capabilities on the battlefield.

If the infantry-tank pilot program is successful with the paratroopers, it will be extended to all the infantry units.

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First Hand Account of Gaza Operation by Wounded IDF Soldier

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

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Sgt. O. entered Gaza with the IDF Paratrooper Special Forces during Operation Protective Edge with orders to dismantle terrorist infrastructure. On the fourth day of the ground operation, he was wounded in a firefight with terrorists. His first-hand account of the fighting in Gaza sheds light on the tactics used by Hamas and the IDF’s parallel attempts to deal with those tactics while minimizing harm to civilians.

Operation Protective Edge

On July 8, in response to weeks of escalating rocket fire from Gaza, the IDF embarked on Operation Protective Edge to restore quiet to the south of Israel. On July 17, after consistent airstrikes on terror targets, ground forces were sent into Gaza to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure there, including the vast underground network of tunnels built to infiltrate and attack Israel. Sgt. O.’s platoon was among the forces transferred to southern Israel and then sent into Gaza to complete the mission.

“We were preparing to enter Gaza and my friends and I were called in for a briefing. Our commander told us that our mission in Gaza was exclusively to find tunnels,” he says. “We were told not to fight or open fire on anyone who does not present an imminent threat to us, even Hamas operatives.”

Sgt. O. says that his commander reiterated: “We do not fight indiscriminately. We are an army, not a terrorist organization.” Sgt. O. recounts how his unit entered areas where no civilians were present, apparently having evacuated after receiving constant warnings from the IDF to distance themselves from combat zones. However, in many of the homes the soldiers entered in these areas, they found large stockpiles of weapons and explosives.

The whole neighborhood was a terrorist base

Sgt. O. tells of the profound impact that witnessing Hamas’ indoctrination of the people of Gaza made on him. “It was very difficult to see how in Gaza there is an entire generation being raised on the values ​​of hatred and violence against Israel,” he says.

“In every house we found magazines, newspapers and other media for anti-Israel propaganda,” he recalls of an operation inside a neighborhood of Gaza. “We even found some documents containing plans to conquer Israel to build a Palestinian state over all the land of Israel.” Still worse than the brainwashing was seeing how Hamas had converted the neighborhood’s civilian buildings into terrorist infrastructure. “The most worrying thing was the inconceivable amount of weaponry they had in their homes,” he says. “We even found explosives in nurseries. The whole neighborhood was practically a terrorist base.”

Weapons and explosives found next to a crib in Gaza

Weapons and explosives found next to a crib in Gaza


Hamas steals from the people of Gaza

Sgt. O. explains how clear it is that the people of Gaza suffer while Hamas funnels resources into terror activity.

“It was shocking to see how ordinary people live in poor conditions in empty houses while Hamas operatives  from those working in the tunnels to senior officials  live in big houses full of luxuries,” Sgt O. says. “Not to mention all the money Hamas embezzled in constructing tunnels and smuggling weapons.”

Price of Hamas

Sgt. O. explains how his experience inside Gaza taught him that Hamas has no value for human life. “They do not want peace,” he says. “Hamas terrorists saw an IDF ground operation as an opportunity to kill as many soldiers as possible before dying themselves. Kill and die. That was their mission.” Sgt. O. was shot by terrorists on the fourth day of the IDF’s ground operation. His force was ambushed by a Hamas cell that emerged from a tunnel. They then came under fire from another group of terrorists who fired from the windows of surrounding homes in the neighborhood. Sgt. O.’s entire team was injured in the ambush, but they fought on. Sgt. O.’s team killed a number of terrorists during the battle while one IDF reservist was also left dead.

A part of who I am

Despite his injury, Sgt. O. does not regret fighting in Gaza. He understands that Israel would have continued to face major terror threats had the IDF not initiated Operation Protective Edge.

“In one of the tunnels we searched, we found a stockpile of weapons equivalent to the armaments of an entire battalion. All of that was intended to carry out a massive terrorist attack on Israeli civilians,” he says. “It is these moments where one really understands the importance of this operation.” Sgt. O. says that protecting the homeland is a core value in his family, and thus he knew from an early age that he would serve in a combat unit. After enlisting in the Paratroopers Brigade he tried out for, and was accepted to, the brigade’s elite special forces unit. “Since childhood I always wanted to be part of a special unit. It is a part of who I am.”

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IDF Paratroopers Expose Weapons and Tunnel Openings

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

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Paratroopers in Gaza Foil Ambush

Friday, July 25th, 2014

IDF paratroopers foiled an ambush in Gaza on Thursday when they surprised terrorists who had prepared an explosive device to kill them.

Operation Protective Edge entered its 18th day Friday with a significant decline in the number of rocket and missile attacks on Israel and what is perceived as clear signs of a decline in the morale of Hamas.

No IDF casualties were reported overnight, but four soldiers, including two paratroopers were seriously injured. It is not known if the paratroopers were wounded in the same incident in which the combat units foiled the ambush, as explained n the video below.

A Golani battalion commander suffered serious injuries when a terror tunnel collapsed one him.

The IDF carried out more than 130 attacks on Hamas terror targets Thursday, bringing to more than 3,00 the number of actions taken against the Hamas terrorist infrastructure.

Government unity for continuing the counter-terrorist campaign is weakening in the face of new proposals from  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for a ceasefire. Opposition leader Yitzchak Herzog said Friday morning he is in favor of a ceasefire if Hamas accepts it, while most Likud, Jewish Hem and Yisrael Beitenu Knesset Members want the IDF to finish the job and disarm Hamas.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

PA Lawmaker Khaled Ibrahim Arrested in Kidnap Search

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

It has been 13 days since Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Sha’ar and Eyal Yifrach were abducted by Arab terrorists as they hitchhiked home from yeshiva in Gush Etzion to be with their families for the Sabbath, but motivation remains high among the IDF soldiers who search every night for the teens.

There is no word on their whereabouts or condition, but tens of thousands of Israeli soldiers are combing the hills of Judea and Samaria, hunting for the boys and those who abducted them, while trying to make the area safer from now on for those who live there.

The other goal is to neutralize the creeping presence of the Hamas terrorist organization — which publicly states its whole-hearted commitment to Israel’s annihilation and that of its citizens — and which has managed to infilitrate the region over the past several years.

Palestinian Authority lawmaker Khaled Ibrahim was among the 17 PA fugitives who were arrested by IDF soldiers overnight Tuesday in the continuing search.

Ibrahim, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was among those taken into custody during Operation Brother’s Keeper.

The IDF has meanwhile uploaded to YouTube a video from a Skylark drone, showing a paratroopers unit raiding the home of a Hamas terrorist in Beit Awwa, a suburb northwest of Hevron.

Thanks to the operators of the Skylark, the IDF soldiers were able to track down the fugitive as he tried to escape. The drone showed him running to a nearby house where he apparently thought he could hide, and the paratroopers used the data to make the arrest, without resistance.

IDF troops also discovered a cache of weapons in Jenin late Tuesday night, but were forced into clashes there with PA Arabs before confiscating the arms. No injuries were reported.

Hana Levi Julian

Operation Brother’s Keeper

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

After an operation in Judea and Samaria Wednesday night, Israeli forces have arrested about 280 Palestinian Arab suspects in connection with the recent abduction of three Israeli teenagers.

IDF soldiers arrested 30 terror suspects Wednesday night in connection with Operation Brother’s Keeper, the mission to find Hamas operatives who abducted three Israeli teenagers last week.

Since the beginning of the operation, IDF forces have detained approximately 280 suspects, including 200 Hamas operatives. Fifty five of the arrested were released as part of the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange in 2011.

Forces detained the suspects in the Judea and Samaria region, where Hamas terrorists abducted the three teens last Thursday. Soldiers also searched about 900 locations and carried out operations against Dawa institutions, the civilian mechanism used by Hamas to recruit operatives, disseminate information and raise funds.

During an operation in Nablus earlier this week, the IDF uncovered hundreds of weapons and explosives hidden in Palestinian weapons caches. As forces left the city Wednesday night, Palestinians hurled rocks and an improvised explosive device at the soldiers, leading to several arrests in the area.

A violent riot also erupted Wednesday night in Jenin, where soldiers were operating as part of their mission to find the teens. Like in Jenin, Palestinians hurled explosives and opened fire at the forces. The soldiers responded with live fire, identifying hits.

On Sunday morning, the IDF confirmed that Hamas terrorists were responsible for last week’s abduction. The IDF’s soldiers are working around the clock, on all fronts, to find Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frenkel – the three Israeli teenagers abducted last Thursday.

Soldier guides a drone in an IDF exercise

Soldier guides a drone in an IDF exercise.

Soldiers controlling drones on the ground are enhancing Israel’s operation. Their technology provides crucial intelligence to forces trying to find the kidnappers. “As soon as we identify [a target], we’ll be able to notify forces in the area,” said Captain Yochai Varso, an IDF company commander. “When they ask to see a house, we’ll be able to show them the structure and movement nearby.”

During an overnight operation Saturday, IDF forces arrested about 80 Palestinian suspects connected to the terrorist kidnapping. “Palestinian terrorists will not feel safe,” IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner stressed after the operation. “They will not be able to hide and will feel the heavy arm of Israel’s military capabilities.”

gantz During a press conference on Saturday evening, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz discussed the IDF’s broad search effort. “We are operating wherever needed and our efforts are growing,” Lt. Gen. Gantz stressed. “We remain determined to achieve our operational objectives, and will act with responsibility, poise and determination to accomplish whatever is required of us.”

Israeli forces searched throughout Hebron for signs of the young Israelis. Their operation took them between alleys, on top of houses and through the city’s markets. Israeli forces performed similar operations across the Judea and Samaria region.

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