The IDF Spirit
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- Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2006 19:26:47 -0600
The IDF Spirit
The Israel Defense Forces are the state of Israel's military force. The IDF
is subordinate to the directions of the democratic civilian authorities and
the laws of the state. The goal of the IDF is to protect the existence of
the State of Israel and her independence, and to thwart all enemy efforts to
disrupt the normal way of life in Israel. IDF soldiers are obligated to
fight, to dedicate all their strength and even sacrifice their lives in
order to protect the State of Israel, her citizens and residents. IDF
soldiers will operate according to the IDF values and orders, while adhering
to the laws of the state and norms of human dignity, and honoring the values
of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.
Spirit of the IDF-Definition and Origins
The Spirit of the IDF is the identity card of the IDF values, which should
stand as the foundation of all of the activities of every IDF soldier, on
regular or reserve duty. The Spirit of the IDF and the guidelines of
operation resulting from it are the ethical code of the IDF. The Spirit of
the IDF will be applied by the IDF, its soldiers, its officers, its units
and corps to shape their mode of action. They will behave, educate and
evaluate themselves and others according to the Spirit of the IDF.
The Spirit of the IDF draws on four sources:
a.. The tradition of the IDF and its military heritage as the Israel
b.. The tradition of the State of Israel, its democratic principles, laws
c.. The tradition of the Jewish People throughout their history.
d.. Universal moral values based on the value and dignity of human life.
Defense of the State, its Citizens and its Residents - The IDF's goal is to
defend the existence of the State of Israel, its independence and the
security of the citizens and residents of the state.
Love of the Homeland and Loyalty to the Country - At the core of service in
the IDF stand the love of the homeland and the commitment and devotion to
the State of Israel-a democratic state that serves as a national home for
the Jewish People-its citizens and residents.
Human Dignity - The IDF and its soldiers are obligated to protect human
dignity. Every human being is of value regardless of his or her origin,
religion, nationality, gender, status or position.
Tenacity of Purpose in Performing Missions and Drive to Victory - The IDF
servicemen and women will fight and conduct themselves with courage in the
face of all dangers and obstacles; They will persevere in their missions
resolutely and thoughtfully even to the point of endangering their lives.
Responsibility - The IDF serviceman or woman will see themselves as active
participants in the defense of the state, its citizens and residents. They
will carry out their duties at all times with initiative, involvement and
diligence with common sense and within the framework of their authority,
while prepared to bear responsibility for their conduct.
Credibility - The IDF servicemen and women shall present things objectively,
completely and precisely, in planning, performing and reporting. They will
act in such a manner that their peers and commanders can rely upon them in
performing their tasks.
Personal Example - The IDF servicemen and women will comport themselves as
required of them, and will demand of themselves as they demand of others,
out of recognition of their ability and responsibility within the military
and without to serve as a deserving role model.
Human Life - The IDF servicemen and women will act in a judicious and safe
manner in all they do, out of recognition of the supreme value of human
life. During combat they will endanger themselves and their comrades only to
the extent required to carry out their mission.
Purity of Arms - The IDF servicemen and women will use their weapons and
force only for the purpose of their mission, only to the necessary extent
and will maintain their humanity even during combat. IDF soldiers will not
use their weapons and force to harm human beings who are not combatants or
prisoners of war, and will do all in their power to avoid causing harm to
their lives, bodies, dignity and property.
Professionalism - The IDF servicemen and women will acquire the professional
knowledge and skills required to perform their tasks, and will implement
them while striving continuously to perfect their personal and collective
Discipline - The IDF servicemen and women will strive to the best of their
ability to fully and successfully complete all that is required of them
according to orders and their spirit. IDF soldiers will be meticulous in
giving only lawful orders, and shall refrain from obeying blatantly illegal
Comradeship - The IDF servicemen and women will act out of fraternity and
devotion to their comrades, and will always go to their assistance when they
need their help or depend on them, despite any danger or difficulty, even to
the point of risking their lives.
Sense of Mission - The IDF soldiers view their service in the IDF as a
mission; They will be ready to give their all in order to defend the state,
its citizens and residents. This is due to the fact that they are
representatives of the IDF who act on the basis and in the framework of the
authority given to them in accordance with IDF orders.
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