|900th "Kfir" Brigade|
|Allegiance||Israel Defense Forces|
|Branch||Israeli Ground Forces|
|Role||Counter-terrorism urban warfare|
|Size||Headquarters, 4 infantry battalions and a training battalion, one special forces battalion, one communications detachment|
|Part of||99th Paratrooper Division In Hebrew Since 2020|
(formerly 340th "Idan" Armoured Division and Judea and Samaria Division, Central Command)
|Garrison/HQ||Kfir Training Base – Bach Kfir|
|Colors||Spotted beret, camouflage and white striped flag|
|Engagements||Operation Hot Winter|
Operation Protective Edge
|Colonel Sharon Altit|
The 900th "Kfir" Brigade (Hebrew: חֲטִיבַת כְּפִיר, lit. "Lion Cub Brigade"), is the youngest and largest infantry brigade of the Israel Defense Forces. It is subordinate to the 340th "Idan" Armoured Division of Israel's Central Regional Command.
In the 1990s the IDF formed the Designated Infantry Battalions (also known as the "90s Battalions") as auxiliary troops accompanying its armored forces. On December 6, 2005, these were unified into a single regular-service brigade commanded by Colonel Eyal Nosovski.
The brigade is currently deployed in the West Bank where its primary missions include counter-terror operations, apprehension of Palestinian militants, raids, patrols, manning checkpoints and regular security activities. Before Israel's 2005 disengagement from Gaza, Kfir units were also stationed in the Gaza Strip. Members of this unit wear a camouflaged beret.
Until 2008 the brigade's battalions were operatively attached to regional brigades of the West Bank Division. Since 2008 the battalions are only attached to West Bank brigades when operationally needed.
- 90th Nahshon Battalion, previously assigned to Ephraim Brigade
- 92nd Shimshon Battalion, previously assigned to Etzion Brigade
- 93rd Haruv Battalion, previously assigned to Shomron Brigade. In the beginning of the year 2017, this battalion has been closed and reopened as Sayeret Haruv, which is now the new sayeret (reconnaissance) unit related to Kfir
- 94th Duchifat Battalion (94), previously assigned to Binyamin Brigade
- 96th Lavi Battalion, previously assigned to Yehuda Brigade, was disbanded in July 2015.
- 97th Netzah Yehuda Battalion (Formerly the Nahal Haredi Battalion)
Kfir recruits must complete 8 months of combat training in order to be received into active service. The first four months of training are dedicated to basic training in which the soldiers learn discipline and are introduced to physical fitness and various weapons. After basic training, they receive 3–4 months of advanced training in urban warfare, advanced weaponry, fighting from armored personnel carriers, chemical warfare and other challenges of today's battlefield.
In order to attract recruits to the brigade, the Israel Defense Forces decided that to join the elite Sayeret Oketz (Special K-9 unit) or Sayeret LOTAR (Special counter terrorism unit) recruits must choose Kfir as their first priority in the draft request form and during Tironut go through a selection process. Those who don't pass the selection process continue to serve in Kfir Brigade.
Weapons and Gear
The Kfir Brigade uses the M4 Carbine
Memorial in Afula
- "Lavi Battalion closing ceremony - IDF Spokesman Site". Haaretz.com. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
- "They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions."
- "Does a lion roar in the thicket, when he has no prey? Does a young lion (kfir) growl in his den, when he has caught nothing?"