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History of the Israel Defense Forces

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									   History of the Israel Defense Forces
                       1948 – 2000s

  The history of the Israel Defense Forces is connected with the
birth of the State of Israel in 1948. The Israel Defense Forces
(IDF) were formed following the independence on May 14 th,
1948. It was formed to defend the state of Israel, to protect the
people of Israel and to combat all forms of terrorism which
threaten their daily lives.

  1949 – 1956
  During these years the IDF started to build itself as a modern
army. It got heavier weapons and formed an armored corps and
the Israeli Air Force.
  In 1956 hostilities grew at the Israeli-Egyptian border and this
led to the 1956 Suez War.

								
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