The website will be the official gateway to the IDF online, and will eventually serve as a portal to the various IDF related websites. The site will provide news updates and information (also during emergencies), serving as an official IDF channel relaying directly to both the public in Israel and abroad.
New visual and content upgrades have been made, adding official operational updates, IDF Spokesperson announcements (including archives) and articles from the various IDF commands and branches written by the website’s team of journalists. The website, updated 24/7, will include features on routine and operational activity, and special events.
Approximately 700,000 visits are made to the IDF website every month, 65% of which are from Israel with the remainder visiting from over 150 countries worldwide. During operational events the site is updated in real time, and the number of page views is five times the normal daily traffic.
The IDF website is operated by the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit and commanded by Cpt. Tzahi Biran, who also serves as its editor-in-chief and oversees a staff of twenty soldiers: editors, reporters and translators. “The main improvement the revamped website offers is the natural sync with the official IDF social network platforms. It is clear to us that internet surfers live through social networks, and look to them for information, using them to directly contact the IDF”, said Cpt. Biran.