Haruv (1966-1973)

Haruv was the IDF Central Command reconnaissance unit. The unit was founded at the end of 1966 to patrol along the Israeli-Jordanian border, in a manner similar to that of the IDF Southern Command's Shaked.

In early 1967, the unit began patrolling and setting ambushes along the Jordanian border and participated in the Six Day War.

After the war, the unit was reallocated to the Jordan Valley and participated in the mission of safeguarding the new border from terrorist infiltration attempts. At the time the unit was expanded into a battalion size. Some of the battalion's companies were deployed in counter terror raids in the Jordan Valley region; others did so in the Judea and Samaria settlements.

In December 1968, the unit commander, Lieutenant Colonel Zvika Ofer, was killed in action during a raid.

Later, the unit was adopted by the Central Command CO at the time - Major General Rehav'am Zeevi, and up until the Yom Kippur War focused on deployment inside Jordanian territory, ambushes and pursuits in the Jordan Valley region as well as preventing terrorist activity in the Gaza Strip.

Haruv operated in the Yom Kippur War in the Suez region before the ceasefire took effect. As with other command-level Sayerets, Haruv was disbanded after the war. 

From 1995 to 2016, one of the Kfir brigade's battalions was named after the unit. In 2016 the Haruv battalion was re-designated as a SF unit.

Disbanded Units Guide