Why doesn't Israel have European-style parade units?
I am measuring in World Military History and Traditions, and I am writing a paper on the costums of the IDF. Something that I found strange is that Israel, which evidently has the largest amount of immigrants of European origin in the Middle East and is very culturally influenced by European traditions and values, does not have any kind of ceremonial military units while neighboring Arab countries such as Syria and Jorden do have European style ceremonial uniforms despite not having European origins in culture or military traditions. Any ideas?
- Clatty MaryLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
It's a good question and one with a logical answer I think.
It is a question of where the leaders of the middle eastern nations have had there military training.
Jordan for sure, have had a very long tradition of sending their "elite" to the Sandhurst Military academy in England, hence the traditional European look to their parades, uniforms etc etc.
Syria, I am not sure of.
In the end, this can be reduced to the British Empire and it's legacy showing itself in the Uniforms, traditions and style of the military of the now "independent" nations.
Israel on the other hand was born out of terrorism.
Soon after the end of World War II, there were three basic para-military Zionist organizations in Palestine, working against the Arab people, with the specific purpose of driving it out of Palestine. These were the Haganah, the Irgun Zvai Leumi, and the Stern Gang.
Before the British Mandate, the Jewish settlers had formed a group of mounted armed watchmen called Hashomar and with the advent of the British Mandate, it became the Haganah (Defense). With a membership of 60,000 Zionist Jews, the Haganah had a field army of 16,000 trained men and a unit called the Palmach, which was a full-time force, numbering about 6000.
The Irgun Zvai Leumi included between 3000 and 5000 armed terrorists, and grew out of the Haganah and its Palmach branch in 1933. The Irgun was not ready to obey the Jewish Agency which sought to dilute the terror of the Haganah in order not to lose its respectability.
In 1939, one of Irgun's commanding officers, Abraham Stern, left the parent organization and formed the Stern Gang, numbering some 200 to 300 dangerous fanatics. Future Prime Ministers of Israel began their careers in these gangs.
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- Doug BLv 79 years ago
The IDF is a small, extremely professional military faced by foes on each side. They don't have the time or budget for large demonstration units.
The Arab nations you mention were trained by European armies during the colonial period. They picked up the traditions and organizations from their colonial masters and kept them.
- paul sLv 69 years ago
The Israeli military has very little in the way of formal 'parade dress' uniforms.
as a fundamentally conscript army, it doesn't view spending money on parade uniforms as value for money, add to that the short term nature of IDF training and high troop turn over, they simple do not have enough troops in the military long enough to actually train them in parade drills (which are hugely time consuming, and take hours and hours of repeat practice) (not very practical when your dealing with 18yr olds who are doing an 12-18 month commitment, in an army that is already overstretched with various security issues)
- Anonymous9 years ago
Your premise is faulty. The most of the Middle East is highly influenced by European Military traditions most of which were strong allies of Nazi Germany. Imagine Israel patterning themselves after those traditions.
Also, Israel doesn't need to stoke nationalism in the same manner. Israel has to fight constantly just to survive. Their military is not a propaganda piece to stoke the ego of her leaders.
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- OttoLv 79 years ago
It all depends on the desires of the heads of the military and their established traditions. BTW "lana"...parade units are made up of actual soldiers. Their job is not to just go from place to place for parades. You are absolutely clueless about military matters. Stick to answering questions about cooking or something you actually know. Your comments are a joke and it is obvious you just want points.
- keevenLv 43 years ago
merely seem at Israel historic past. As you be attentive to Israel grew to become a center jap united states on account that Zionists occupied a center jap united states (Palestine). So its adequate to occupy an ecu united states...!
- Love.CanadaLv 79 years ago
Israel has a military for business, not games
- lana_sandsLv 79 years ago
IDF is a real army, The Europeans play Army. In a force as small as they are, they can't waste manpower on fluff units.
- Anonymous9 years ago
IDK why Israel doesn't have any, but most Arab countries in that area (Jordon, Syria, Egypt, etc.) were colonies of either Britain or France.
- Anonymous9 years ago
They have no flare.