​Military service features prominently in the Israeli experience. The IDF is a citizens' army and serving in it is regarded as a rite of passage into mainstream Israeli society. Prior to the establishment of the State, people served in undergound military organizations, the Hagana, as well as in the British army during World War II. During the War of Independence, Israel was in many senses governed by the IDF.


The IDF is thus a fundamental component of Israeli national identity and representative of Israeli society apropos the outside world. Military service is a pivotal experience for most Israeli citizens. This is widely reflected in the publications that served as a means of communication between the IDF and civil society.

  • Conscription of women into the British army in the pre-State period, 1941
  • Call to enlist in the Hebrew army, from Jerusalem District intake commander, 1948-1949
  • Call to those avoiding enlistment to step forward, Tel Aviv, district command, 22.8.1948
  • Call-up of women aged 40-50 to cook in the British army support corps in Palestine, 1940-1941
  • Call-up for soldiers vacationing in Jerusalem, from district command, 1948
  • Join The A.T.S, 1941-1940.
  • Jewish Soldiers' Fund, 29.3.1942
  • National conference of Palmach members, Tel Aviv, 14-15.10.1949
  • Call-up for essential civilian jobs, Jerusalem District, 1948
  • Two-month call-up for 17-year-old boys, Havaad Hapoel, Jerusalem, 6.7.1948
  • Jewish Soldiers' Day, Tel Aviv, 15.4.1941


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