VIP Visits

The following guide features visits to Israeli SF units by high ranking guests.

Duvdevan


Shimon Peres speaking with plain cloths Duvdevan operators during a visit to the unit (photo: GPO).

Egoz


Shimon Peres visiting Israel's northern borders and witnessing a demonstration by Egoz.

Moshe Ya'alon visiting Egoz near the Gaza Strip.

Oketz


Ehud Barak pose with a female Oketz SAR operator and her dog after an Israeli SAR mission to Turkey, following the 1999 earthquake.

Moshe Ya'alon and the U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visiting Oketz.

Benjamin Netanyahu visiting Oketz. Left operator armed with a M4 Commando fitted with a stock, a flip-up sight, a Meprolight MOR, a forward grip and a flashlight; right operator armed with a M4 Commando fitted with a flip-up sight, a Meprolight MOR, a forward grip and a AN/PEQ-14 (photo: Government Press Office).

Alpinistim


Shimon Peres visiting Alpinistim. All operators are armed with CAR15 fitted with Eyal 3x20.

Shayetet 13


Benjamin Ben-Eliezer (middle) visiting Shayetet 13 after Operation Noah Arc, the seizure of the Karin A Palestinian weapons ship, January 3, 2002. The minister is checking weapons used at the raid including a suppressed handgun and various Uzi variants.

Moshe Ya'alon speaking with a Shayetet 13 operator during a visit to the unit. The operator is armed with a suppressed weapon and wearing a NVG head harness (photos: Israeli MOD).

YAMAM


Shimon Peres visiting YAMAM. All operators armed with M4 Commando fitted with EOTech sights, AN/PEQ-15 and flashlights (photo: MAGAV).

Shimon Peres checking out a camouflaged integrally suppressed PGM Précision Ultima Ratio mounted on a Lone Star Field SPEC-REST tripod during a visit to YAMAM. Note a camouflaged PGM Précision PGM338 in the background (photo: MAGAV).

Benjamin Netanyahu observing a YAMAM demonstration during a visit to the unit.

Benjamin Netanyahu observing a YAMAM demonstration during a visit to the unit.

Gideonim


Shimon Peres (middle) visiting Gideonim. Left and right operators are wearing Ghillie suits and armed with M4A1 fitted with Trijicon ACOG 4x32, stocks, forward grips/bipod combos, rail systems, flashlights and AN/PEQ-15. Note middle plain cloths operator disguised as a sheep herder (photo: Israeli Police).

Reuven Rivlin (middle) visiting Gideonim. Left and right operators are wearing Ghillie suits and armed with M4A1 fitted with Trijicon ACOG 4x32 (with a rubber eyepiece), stocks, forward grips/bipod combos, rail systems, flashlights and AN/PEQ-15; Middle plain cloths operators armed with suppressed Mini Uzi. Note operators armed with Glock handguns rappelling in the background (photo: Government Press Office).

Miscellaneous - Shaul Mofaz


Shaul Mofaz talking to female Gil ATGM instructors. Note CAR15 and desert camouflage suits including Mitz'nefet for the helmets.

Miscellaneous - Ariel Sharon, Shaul Mofaz


Ariel Sharon, Shaul Mofaz and high-ranking IDF officers, including Moshe Ya'alon, visiting the IDF Sniper School. The visitors are observing a Sniper Instructor armed with a M24 fitted with the Rada/Vectop Sniper Witness Sniper Coordination System.

Miscellaneous - Gila Katsav


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IDF Female M82A1 instructor wearing an IDF camouflage suit demonstrating the weapon to Gila Katsav during her visit to the IDF.

Miscellaneous - Benjamin Ben-Eliezer


Benjamin Ben-Eliezer (right) during a weapons exhibition in an IDF base. From left to right - M4A1, M24 and a Barrett M82A1.

Benjamin Ben-Eliezer checking out a Micro Tavor.

Miscellaneous - Ehud Barak


Ehud Barak checking out firearms equipped with MILES training laser simulations adapters during a visit to an IDF base. From left to right - a CAR15, a Negev and a FN MAG.

Ehud Barak fire an early prototype of the Negev LMG, 1992. Note that the weapon in photo is an pre-production model with its barrel is lacking the ITL AIM1/D rail adapter found in the production model.

Ehud Barak (left), and former Chief of General Staff, Gabi Ashkenazi (right), checking out an Elbit Amit TAS on display (photo: IDF).

Miscellaneous - Benjamin Netanyahu


Benjamin Netanyahu, aiming a CAR15 fitted with the then new Elbit Falcon and an ITL AIM1/D during a visit to the IDF Officers School.

Benjamin Netanyahu checking out a CAR15 fitted with an AN/PVS4 NVD during a visit to an IDF post near the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Benjamin Netanyahu checking out Tavor and Negev shortly after their introduction in 1997. Note that the Tavor in the photo is fitted with an ITL MARS prototype.

Miscellaneous - Shimon Peres


IMI personnel demonstrating a M4 Commando fitted with an IMI Orion fire control module to Shimon Peres. The recently introduced Orion is designed to compete with the ITL Viper, and similarly controls programmable smart munitions such as the IMI REFAIM (left photo: IDF).

Miscellaneous - Foreign Military Dignitaries


The Columbian Army Chief of Staff testing a CTAR fitted with an ITL MARS a visit to the IDF (Photo: IDF).

The USMC 33'rd Commandant, General Michael W. Hagee, testing a CTAR fitted with an ITL MARS and an ITL Trisight X3 during a visit to the IDF (photo: USMC).

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