To promote integration, IDF shuts down Druse battalion

The IDF on Monday shut down the Druse 299 Sword infantry Battalion, saying the move is a reflection of the desire of Druse conscripts to join the wider IDF, and not be limited in their unit options.

A military source said the decision was taken by Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot following consultations with the heads of the Druse-Israeli community and former battalion commanders.

"Our wish is to fulfill the wants of Druse youths, who clearly want to integrate into the wider IDF, and not be in their own battalion," the source said. He paid tribute to the battalion’s "magnificent" combat legacy, adding that a commemoration site for its casualties will be set up.


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