I'm a teenager, who arrived to his historical native land through NAALE project. I had some information about Israel and knew that in Israel, the army is the honor and power of the state, and serving in it is not a grim duty, like in the countries we came from, but honor. I dreamt of finishing the school and joining the army. Everyone understands that serving in the army means not simply completing his duty but to contribute to the welware of the motherland. As the graduation is coming closer, I start asking myself and think more and more about these things: how, where, and in what units to serve. It is very difficult to find answers to these questions, if you don't know where to look for them. I found where and have found them. I think this information will not change our friends' opinion but it may show them one of many different ways of life, what they can choose in this country, where they and me going to live and build happy future.
Like in other countries the army of Israel (IDF) has its own special units for different special missions.
Regular civilian doesn't know whom he must be grateful for his safety and life, we don't know how many times our life has been saved by solders of special units who arrested or killed suicide bombers who wanted to kill innocent people. And there is enormous work what is done in Arab and Israeli towns to capture and arrest criminals and
terrorists, who were clear and present danger to Israeli citizens. There were also a lot of special secret operations in countries of potential enemy, which were not only dangerous for life of the solders but were also dangerous for whole Israel. This was one of the reasons; I decided to make this project.
Now I will tell you about one of these units-about Golani brigade. About history of this unit and historical role, it played in history of our country. I made up my mind to tell about Golani, because there are a lot of pupils who want to go there. And live in the north of Israel, where unit the Golani is based.
The Golani Brigade (חטיבת גולני ) is an Israeli infantary brigade that was formed in February 28 1948,when the Levanoni brigade in the upper Gallelee was divided in two smaller brigades. It is one of the most famous units in IDF
After the War of Independence the Golani Brigade participated in a number of reprisal raids in the first part of the 1950s. In 1951 against Syria In October 1955 in a joint operation with the Paratroopers Brigade against Egypt.
In the 1956 Sinai Campaign the brigade's task was to capture the area around the city Rafah in the Sinai desert.
They have operated all over Israel and even beyond; in Beirut, Lebanon, Syria, and even Uganda
The symbol of the brigade is a green olive tree with its roots on a yellow background. The colors green and yellow are the colors of the meadows of the Golan Heights, where the brigade was stationed at the time of its creation. The olive tree is known for its strong roots that penetrate and strongly hold the land, that's why this symbol was chosen. Early Golani soldiers were farmers, so the strong connection to the land was important to symbolize. For this reason, Golani's soldiers are wearing brown berets. The brown symbolizes the earth. This is in striking contrast to other Israeli infantry brigades, who display bright colors (purple, bright green, red) .
As of 2004, Golani operates within the northern border of Israel and in Samaria (north part, mainly Jenin). During 2004, Golani battalion reinforced the Givati Brigade in Gaza.
In the upper Galilee located in the north of Haifa at the Golani Junction stands the Golani Brigade Museum commemorating the brigade and its heroes.We have been there on our school trip,and it is very interesting.I think it's very interesting to know who protected the land,where we live.
Preparing this project I convinced that Israel Army is really a honor and pride of Israel's state. I found a lot of interesting facts which will help me and my friends and classmates to choose over the life ways in future.One of theese ways is to make a military career in the Jewish state army, may be even in Golani...
Symbol of Israeli army
One of counter-terrorist operations
Mostly snipers are
Emigrants from post-Soviet
Sometimes it is necessary to choose
between a duty and own desires
Special forces in Army of Israel
Migdal Ohr School
Table of Contents:
About my project and army
What is Golani?
Pictures and Interview
Web-sites,I have used
"They are rich, they are poor... religious and secular. Doctors, lawyers, rabbis, teachers, plumbers, carpenters....the army of Israel is largely an Army of reservists, most Israelis summoned to military duty every year.
They represent the full spectrum of Israeli society, all joined by a common purpose and desire....the readiness to put their life on the line
defending the country and the people that they love. "
Jontatan P.,who is serving in the Army if Israel, in Golani,
agreed to give me his interview:
-Hi Jonatan, how long you are in the army?
-I'm here for one and half year.
-And why did you decide to go here?
-I thought: If I I am going to serve, I must do it in the best way, I can.
-Why did you go to Golani?
-My brother was there, and I thought, It could be a nice tradition...
-Have you already had combat operations?
-Can you tell about them?
-Sorry but it is secret information,I cant't tell you.
-What can You tell young people about military life?
-If you want to defend country, where you live, feel that you can
be a good soldier,prepared for difficulties, and danger,military career
is for you.