Yesterday, the IDF twitter account released its 10,000th tweet. For the past four years, our tweets have defined our history, reporting everything from humanitarian missions to terror attacks and moments of joy in Israel. In honor of yesterday’s milestone, we take a look back at our most memorable moments and the tweets that captured them.
We live-tweeted the emotional release of Sergeant First Class Gilad Shalit, an IDF soldier who returned home to his family after five years in captivity.
We reported the tragic murder of the five Fogel family members, who were stabbed to death by a terrorist in Judea and Samaria.
IDF Press Release: Five family members murdered in Itamar terror attack- http://ow.ly/4d04n
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) March 12, 2011
When the rest of the world wasn’t watching, we closely followed rocket fire from Gaza on Israeli communities.
We announced the IDF’s strike on Ahmed Jabari, a senior terrorist who led Hamas’ military. Our attack marked the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, an 8-day mission that dramatically reduced Gaza rocket fire on Israel.
We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead. — IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012
Moments later, we announced the operation on Twitter – making us the first military in history to declare a military operation online.
We downed a Hezbollah UAV that flew into Israeli airspace and then reported the interception on Twitter.
A short time ago, a UAV attempted to infiltrate Israeli airspace from the north. The craft was intercepted. RT pic.twitter.com/2mEre0NZ3N
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) April 25, 2013
We tweeted updates of the daily terror attacks in Judea and Samaria.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 29, 2013
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) October 17, 2013
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) August 6, 2013
Last September, media images distorted Israel’s treatment of French diplomat Marion Castaing, suggesting she was manhandled by IDF troops. We analyzed the photos and showed that soldiers performed their duty without harming the diplomat.
When this tweet was misread by oil traders, who mistakenly concluded that the IDF was attacking Syria, we inadvertently caused a surge in global oil prices.
We answered the toughest questions from people all over the world in our unprecedented #askIDF campaign.
We released real-time updates of the IDF’s rescue mission in the Philippines, where we treated 2,686 patients, performed 60 surgeries, and delivered 36 babies after a devastating hurricane struck the region.
Soon after we arrived, the IDF field hospital delivered its first newborn baby. His mother named him Israel.
And finally, we released our 10,000th tweet. And the rest is history.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) December 4, 2013