30 August 2009

IWI Micro Tavor

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The IDF is rolling out the Tavor to more and more units, replacing the M4 and M16 variants. Basic trainees will begin their service with the Tavor and use it throughout their conscription.

IDF Special forces units will use the Micro Tavor.

Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni,
the proud recipient of the first officially deployed
Micro-Tavor rifle.

The IWI Micro Tavor (M.T.A.R 21), also designated X-95 and sometimes called Tavor-2, is a stand-alone extremely compact weapon specifically designed for special forces units, as well as military personnel who are normally not issued long assault rifles.

With the use of a relatively simple conversion kit, the M.T.A.R 21 can be converted from a 5.56 mm assault rifle to a 9 mm submachine gun loaded with 20, 25, and 32-round magazines. A suppressor can also be added to the weapon, it is part of the 9 mm conversion kit.

Issued to IDF Brigade Reconnaissance Companies.

Future Weapons Micro Tavor Episode Part 1

Future Weapons Micro Tavor Episode Part 2

The Tavor is compact enough for 14 year old Girls

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28 August 2009

IDF Women

A reader sent these to me.

Apparently the IDF Women on the right...with the fork...

on the right...

on the right...
on the left...
and in this picture, holding the grease pump...
on the left...
looks very familiar to him
Anyone know who she is?
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27 August 2009

IDF Golani Brigade Unit Pride!

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IDF Units are constantly pitted against one another in all forms of competition. This instills a feeling of Esprit De Corps, or what we in Israel call Unit Pride. In the Golani Brigade, one of the IDF's Infantry units, they are famous for taking it to the extreme.

From an IDF Infantryman's blog:

...we have medics in our unit, of course, and they are constantly being tested by the commanders. One of those tests is preparing a person for fluid injections. I guess if you get shot it's good to get some fluids in you.

So, randomly during gear checks a commander will point over to a medic and tell him to open up some poor kid's vein. Surprisingly, these kids are pretty good at it, so I never mind if I'm chosen.

The other day we all were gathered around as our medics were pitted against each other in a competition of who could prep a person for fluids first. Now, one of the things you have to do when you inject a person is write on their arm the info of what has been done so that a doctor taking over will know what's been done to the patient. That's pretty standard stuff as far as I'm concerned. Now, one of the ways you make due in combat is, errr, to use that person's blood to write on their arm.

So, Golani pride took over in the competition, and one kid showboated. Guess what he wrote?

Mesayat - RESPECT!

That's the kind of stuff people join Golani for. Honestly.

Lots more here

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25 August 2009

Open Carry Israel

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Here in Israel, where weapons permits are issued to those that need them, and are limited to a single weapon per person, there is no such thing as concealed carry.

Or open carry.

Weapons permits for private citizens are granted as Carry Permits.

So you can chose based on fashion, comfort, tactics, or personal preference how you want to carry your weapon. As long as you have your valid Carry Permit and ID on your person, you can legally carry just about anywhere in the country.

I've carried my pistol openly in government offices, military installations, malls, supermarkets, sports arenas, and synagogues. I've even been to political functions and open carried with our current Prime Minister in the room.

Here are a few pictures of what it's like in Israel.

Some random guy looking through his backpack

At a hot dog stand.

At the cell phone counter
How's that for a patriotic custom pistol on the salesman?

At a wedding

In the park
At a Synagogue
Lots more on how and why we carry weapons here and here

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24 August 2009

Jerusalem Beer Festival

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The Jerusalem Beer Festival is celebrating its 5th year with an exclusive production in the heart of Jerusalem, Israel in Independence Park.

The Jerusalem Beer Festival is the largest, most impressive and the leading beer festival in the Israel.

Over 100 beer brands from around the world, both main stream and local breweries, will exhibit at the 5th annual beer festival.

During the two days (August 26-27) of the festival, Independence Park will turn into a huge bar with impressive settings and luxurious attractions.

Besides the large variety of fabulous beers, visitors will be able to enjoy the following: food stands, accessories market, exclusive beer store, common areas, live demonstration of the beer brewing process and various attractions, creating the perfect beer fest experience.
Every night on the main stage, visitors can enjoy a live show by Israel’s leading bands along with an exciting party hosted by one of the Israel’s top DJs.

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Libyan Terrorist Lockerbie Bomber Freed

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Scotland, which is part of the United Kingdom but has its own devolved powers, including its own parliament and a separate legal system, decided on Thursday to free the Libyan terrorist Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, who carried out the Lockerbie airline bombing, due to a terminal illness.

"To my friends in Scotland; the Scottish National Party, and Scottish Prime Minister, and the Foreign Secretary, I praise their courage for having proved their independence in decision making, despite the unacceptable and unreasonable pressures they faced. Nevertheless, they took this courageously right and humanitarian decision ... my friend Brown, the Prime Minister of Britain, his government, the Queen of Britain, Elizabeth, and Prince Andrew, who all contributed to encouraging the Scottish government to take this historic and courageous decision, despite the obstacles."
Muammar al-Gaddafi, Dictator of Libya
Source: Libya's Gadhafi welcomes home Lockerbie bomber

From the website BoycottScottland.com

Lockerbie Bomber : Dry Bones cartoon.Hat tip DryBones

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23 August 2009

IDF Women Spotlight

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer,
former Israeli Sniper,
sitting on the hood of an IDF Jeep

The future Dr. Ruth Westheimer was born Karola Ruth Siegel in Germany in 1928, the only child of an Orthodox Jewish couple. In 1939, after her father had been taken by the Nazis, her mother and grandmother sent her to Switzerland to get her out of harm's way. She did not see her family again, as they were murdered in the Holocaust.

Ruth was 17 with no home, family or country when WW II ended. Like many other Jewish Holocaust refugees, she moved to Israel (the Palestine). Ruth, dedicated to the building of a Jewish homeland, joined Haganah, an underground Jewish military organization. She served as a sniper. Says Dr. Ruth of that interval:

"When I was in my routine training for the Israeli army as a teenager, they discovered completely by chance that I was a lethal sniper. I could hit the target smack in the center further away than anyone could believe. Not just that, even though I was tiny and not even much of an athlete, I was incredibly accurate throwing hand grenades too. Even today I can load a Sten automatic rifle in a single minute, blindfolded."


Her military career was cut short when she was seriously injured:

On her twentieth birthday, just 8 days after the Haganah was absorbed into the IDF, just as she finished up her watch, an Arab shell exploded at her feet, seriously injuring her.

"My legs were almost ripped off on my 20th birthday in 1948 in Jerusalem from cannon ball shrapnel which exploded in the residence where I was living. Three others were killed instantly and many more were wounded. The metal pierced both my legs, and there was blood everywhere. A cannon ball from Jordan had smashed through the window. I was thrown 20 feet. The strangest thing was that all I could think about was whether there might be some blood on the brand-new shoes I had just gotten for my birthday, and amazingly there wasn't even a drop on them, which was all I cared about in some kind of strange denial."

A friend of mine met Dr. Ruth recently and she added this:

They rushed her to the hospital only to find no available beds as all of them were occupied with other war wounded. She was so short (how short was she?), she was so short that they had her recuperate on a bookshelf!!!!!!!!!!

In an interview with Tom Foreman, Dr Ruth answered some questions about her experience in the fledgling Israeli Military, the Haganah and the IDF.

Tom Foreman: You were trained as a sniper?
Dr. Ruth: We were all trained in the forerunner of the Israeli Defense Force, and for some reason that I can't explain I'm a very good sniper. I can put five bullets into this little red circle (makes circle with her fingers). I know how to throw hand grenades...
Tom Foreman: There was a bomb that went off in the barracks.
Dr. Ruth: Yes.
Tom Foreman: Many of your friends were wounded as well?
Dr. Ruth: Yes and died. Boy you did your homework.
Tom Foreman: Do you think that some of those experiences of your life made you bolder? Many people comment that the thing that strikes them about you is that you so fiercely walk into any culture and you ask very intimate questions.
Dr. Ruth: I am what you call bold because the one thing that I've learned coming out of Nazi Germany is that I have to stand up and be counted for what I believe. And that's how people are listening to me, because they know it's not a put-on.

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21 August 2009

IDF Women

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