A compilation of video footage from the IDF's 64 years
On May 26, 1948, the Israeli government — then less than two weeks old — enacted an “Ordinance establishing a Defence Army of the State of Israel.” Signed by then-Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, the ordinance said that the Israel Defense Forces would be comprised of “land forces, a navy and an air force.”
The decision was officially put into effect on May 31, 1948. This date is the official founding date of the IDF and is celebrated each year. After the IDF was established, the underground organizations that operated during the British Mandate — the Palmach, Irgun and Lehi — were disbanded and merged into the IDF.
Read more about the IDF turning 64: http://www.idfblog.com/2012/05/25/the-israel-defense-forces-turns-64/
Happy Birthday IDF!
This is an excellent video celebrating Israel's 64th Birthday. Yom HaAtzmaut began in the evening of Wednesday, April 25, 2012, and ended in the evening of Thursday, April 26, 2012.