Duvdevan Unit

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Unit 217
CountryState of Israel
AllegianceIsraeli Defense Force
Roleurban warfare
covert operations
counter terrorism
Part of89th "Oz" Brigade
Motto(s)(Hebrew: כִּי בְתַחְבֻּלוֹת, תַּעֲשֶׂה-לְּךָ מִלְחָמָה.‎) "For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war" (Proverbs 24:6).
ColorsRed and white

Unit 217, frequently called Duvdevan (Hebrew: דובדבן‎; lit. cherry) is a mista'arvim (undercover counter-terrorism) unit within the Israel Defense Forces, part of the Commando Brigade.

Duvdevan are noted for undercover operations in urban areas, during which they often wear Arab civilian clothes as a disguise.[1] They are also known to be trained in human and mechanical counter-surveillance. Unlike other special forces units, they can operate independently in more than one place at a time. The unit performs many high-risk and complicated operations, including targeted killing of terrorists and a range of other undercover operations in Arab areas, many of which are classified.[citation needed]

Organization and mission[edit]

The unit is part of the "Oz" 89th Commando Brigade (a brigade dedicated solely to special operations) but Duvdevan operators undergo basic training in the Paratroopers Brigade. The unit is most similar to the Yamas police unit.


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  1. ^ Steve Macko, The IDF Duvedevan Unit Archived 2007-11-25 at the Wayback Machine, Emergency Response & Research Institute (August 11, 1997)
  2. ^ a b c d e Lewis, Jack (28 February 2011). "Israel's Guns Against Terrorism". Assault Weapons. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. p. 21. ISBN 1-4402-2629-6.

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