Israeli military decorations

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The Israeli Military decorations are the decorations awarded to soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces who exhibit extraordinary bravery and courage.

Its decorations consist of the Medal of Valor (the highest decoration in the IDF), the Medal of Courage, and the Medal of Distinguished Service. It also includes the Citations (Tzalash), which are awarded in four classes.

Two soldiers share the title of being the most decorated soldier of the IDF: Captain Nechemya Cohen (1943–1967), and General Ehud Barak (formerly Chief of Staff, later Prime Minister).[1]


Medal of Valor.svg Medal of Valor
The highest decoration
Medal of Courage.svg Medal of Courage
Medal of Distinguished Service.svg Medal of Distinguished Service

Citations (Tzalash)[edit]

Zrm.svg Chief Of Staff (Ramatkal) Citation
Zla.svg Head of Regional Command (Aluf) Citation
Zma.svg Divisional Commander Citation
Zmh.svg Brigade Commander Citation

Campaign ribbons[edit]

Campaign ribbons awarded for service during war. Citation is worn on the campaign ribbon in times of war .

Independence war ribbon.svg War of Independence
Sinai war ribbon.svg Sinai War
Six day war ribbon.svg Six-Day War
Hatasharibon.svg War of Attrition
Yomkippurribon.svg Yom Kippur War
Lebanon war ribbon.svg First Lebanon War
Lebanon2ribon.svg Second Lebanon War
Protective Edge Opertion ribon shadow.svg Protective Edge

Service ribbons[edit]

Israeli veteran.jpg

Service ribbons awarded for activity in the struggle for the establishment of Israel.

Hashomer Ribbon.svg Hashomer Ribbon
Nili Ribbon.svg Nili Ribbon
Ha-Hitnadvut.svg Jewish Legion Ribbon
Hagana Ribbon.svg Haganah Ribbon
Etzel Ribbon.svg Etzel Ribbon
Lehi Ribbon.svg Lehi Ribbon
Mishmar Ribbon.svg Mishmar Ribbon
Fighters against Nazis Ribbon.svg Fighters against Nazis Ribbon

Other medals, awards and ribbons[edit]

Eliyahu Golomb Israel Security Award.JPG Eliyahu Golomb Israel Security Award
(right side decoration
(highest possible award)
Mandate Prisoners Decoration.jpg Mandate Prisoners Decoration
(right side decoration)
Chief of Staff Medal of Appreciation - ISRAEL.svg IDF Chief of Staff Medal of Appreciation
Service in Israel Medal.png Service in Israel Medal
Decoration of State Warriors.jpg Decoration of State Warriors
(ribbon device)
Hero Of Israel.svg Hero of Israel
(1948) (obsolete)
Katamon Medal.gif Qatamon Medal
(1948) (obsolete)


  1. ^ דרורי, עפר. "חיילי צה"ל המעוטרים ביותר". אתר הגבורה (in Hebrew). Retrieved 17 June 2015. 

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