April was a month of celebration and reflection for the IDF (Zahal). From breaking the matzah on base, to remembering the genocide of our people, to mourning our fallen soldiers, and to celebrating 64 years of Israeli independence, the IDF (Zahal) made it count.

Israel’s Southern Border

April 1: The IDF (Zahal) thwarted an armed infiltration attempt on the Gaza border. A suspect was caught planting explosives adjacent to the security fence in the Gaza Strip.

Israel Defense Forces: April 2012

Weaponry Confiscated in Infiltration Attempt

Desert Reconnaissance

April 3: How do you track faded footprints in the dark in a desert spreading over more than 10,000 square kilometers? The Bedouin Desert Reconnaissance Battalion has the answer for you.

Israel Defense Forces: April 2012

Desert Reconnaissance soldiers during a tracking exercise

Happy Passover

April 5: Most soldiers in the IDF (Zahal) were at their bases this Passover keeping Israel’s citizens safe during the holiday. Find out how these soldiers celebrated the seder with their comrades on base.

Israel Defense Forces: April 2012

IDF (Zahal) soldiers celebrating the Passover seder on base

Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 19: The IDF (Zahal) honored Holocaust Remembrance Day. Israel was founded to provide a home for the Jewish people. Never again will Israel let a holocaust happen to its people.

International Earth Day

April 22: For International Earth Day, IDF (Zahal) soldiers came together to preserve the environment in which we live. Also, the IDF (Zahal) Headquarter’s shutdown its electrical grid.

Israel Defense Forces: April 2012

IDF (Zahal) soldiers from the navy's technical division painting the munitions boxes. Credit: Command Sgt. Maj. Amir Ezer

Judea & Samaria Region

April 24: IDF (Zahal) soldiers save the life of 12-day-old Palestinian baby after a Palestinian woman arrives with her baby to an IDF (Zahal) post. The baby was immediately evacuated to a hospital after the soldiers witnessed excessive vomiting.

On the same day, IDF (Zahal) forces uncovered four improvised explosive devices in the bags of two Palestinians just north of Jericho.

Israel Defense Forces: April 2012

IDF (Zahal) forces uncovered four improvised explosive devices in the bags of two Palestinians

Remember first, celebrate after

April 23: The fact that Memorial Day and Independence Day are back-to-back is no coincidence. Israelis are acutely aware that without the sacrifice of thousands of IDF (Zahal) soldiers, there would be no state of Israel. Before freedom can be celebrated, the cost must be recognized.

Israel Defense Forces: April 2012

F-16I Planes Fly Over Tel-Aviv For Israel's 63rd Independence Day

 

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