first published on August 14, 2019 by Will
The people of Israel live in a constant forward-deployed type environment, surrounded and existing amongst an enemy that wants them wiped from the Earth.
They need advanced military units specializing in irregular warfare to detect, prevent, and respond to constant threats against civilians. Let’s take a quick look at a few of those high speed units.
Sayeret Matkal, the General Staff Reconnaissance Unit, is a special forces unit of the IDF that specializes in field intelligence-gathering and conducting deep reconnaissance behind enemy lines to obtain strategic intelligence. Sayeret Matkal is also tasked with counter-terrorism and hostage rescue beyond Israel’s borders.
Shayetet 13 is an advanced marine commando unit operating in a SEAL (sea, land, and air) capacity. They specialize in infantry fighting, counter terrorism and guerrilla warfare, parachuting, and naval assault operations.
Mista’arvim are counter-terrorism units that operate undercover, in enemy territory, in order to assassinate or capture wanted terrorists. These operators often infiltrate and exploit enemy networks from within.