IDF Snipers: Seeing but Unseen

IDF snipers are some of the world’s best, training for years to perfect their skills and accuracy. Today, we give you a rare look inside the lives of two elite snipers, Manor and Izhar who serve in the Givati’s Brigade Reconnaissance Battalion.

IDF Snipers

“Being a sniper is different from any other profession in the army,” says Manor, “and the training validates this statement – during training, we are required to accurately shoot a 10 cent dime.”

IDF Sniper at Work

“Nothing compares to the feeling a sniper has during an operation. While you’re watching your target from miles away and studying his every move, he is completely unaware that he is being watched,” says Manor.

The two agree that in order for a sniper to excel, he or she must have unique characteristics that distinguish him or her from others. “A good sniper is required to be calm, think fast and have good mathematical and analytical abilities in order to calculate the direction of his shot; a good sniper is always a sniper, long after his days in the army,” said Izhar. “Our IDF training assures that even after discharging from service, we will still be on call – using our abilities and experience for the secuirty of Israel’s civilians.”

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