Human Values in Every IDF Soldier’s Pocket – The IDF Spirit

It is kept in every soldier’s pocket at all time. It is read and analyzed in depth, together with their commanders, during basic training. It is hung in every IDF office as a constant reminder: The IDF Spirit.
So what is the “The IDF Spirit”, and why is so significant for our multicultural region?

The IDF Spirit is a set of values every soldier in the IDF follows, some of which include Human Life, Professionalism, Morality in Warefare and more. Another way to say – the IDF declares its support for human rights, and guides every soldier in the IDF to behave ethically and morally.

Soldiers Graduating Combat Training are Showing the True "IDF Spirit"

Soldiers Graduating Combat Training are Showing the True "IDF Spirit"

The “Spirit of the IDF” has three fundamental values:
  1.   Defense of the State, its Citizens and its Residents
    The IDF’s goal is to defend the existence of the State of Israel, its independence and the security of the citizens and residents of the state.
  1.   Love of the Homeland and Loyalty to the Country
    At the core of service in the IDF stand the love of the homeland and the commitment and devotion to the State of Israel-a democratic state that serves as a national home for the Jewish People-its citizens and residents.
  1.   Human Dignity
    The IDF and its soldiers are obligated to protect human dignity. Every human being is of value regardless of his or her origin, religion, nationality, gender, status or position.

This upcoming Saturday (December 10, 2011), the IDF will mark the International Human Rights Day. Every year the IDF invests much energy – manpower, money and time – to spread these values. Famous examples include participating in volunteer projects for poor communities in Israel, sending off International aid delegation and more.

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