Medals of peacekeeping and observer forces on Israel's borders
United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO)

Established in June 1948 to assist the Mediator and the Truce Commission in supervising the truce in Palestine called for by the Security Council. Since its inception, UNTSO has performed various tasks entrusted to it by the Security Council, including the observation of the cease-fire in the Suez Canal area and the Golan Heights following the Arab-Israeli war of June 1967. At present, UNTSO assists and cooperates with UNDOF and UNIFIL in the performance of their tasks; observer groups are stationed in Beirut and in Cairo with liaison offices in Amman and Gaza City. UNTSO also provided cadres of Military Observers for the initial set-up of UNGOMAP, UNIMOG, UNIKOM and UNPROFOR.

The ribbon has a UN blue background with two narrow white stripes, the colours of the UN. Six months service is the eligibility period for service with UNTSO.

At present, UNTSO assists and cooperates with UNDOF on the Golan Heights in the Israel-Syria sector, and with UNIFIL in the Israel-Lebanon sector.

United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) 1956-67

In 1956, Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal Company and put a blockade on the international waters of the Straits of Tiran for Israeli ships. On 29 October 1956, Israeli forces launched an attack on Egypt and occupied Sinai and the Gaza Strip. A few days later British and French troops landed in the Suez Canal Zone. The UN Assembly established the first United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF). Its main functions were to supervise the withdrawal of the three occupying forces and, after the withdrawal was completed, to act as a buffer between the Egyptian and Israeli forces and to provide impartial supervision of the ceasefire. In the event, UNEF, stationed entirely on Egyptian territory with the consent of the Government, patrolled the Egypt-Israel armistice demarcation line and the international frontier to the south of the Gaza Strip and brought relative quiet to a long-troubled area. The Canal, blocked as a result of the conflict, was cleared by the United Nations. UNEF I was withdrawn in May-June 1967 at the request of the Egyptian Government, which informed the Secretary-General that it would no longer consent to the stationing of the Force on Egyptian territory and in Gaza.

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United Nations Emergency Force II (UNEF II)

Established in October 1973 to supervise the cease-fire between Egyptian and Israeli forces and, following the conclusion of the agreements of 18 January 1974 and 4 September 1975, to supervise the redeployment of Egyptian and Israeli forces and to control the buffer zones established under those agreements. The mandate for this Mission expired in July 1979 and the troops were withdrawn.

The ribbon bears a wide central band of a sand or buff colour symbolizing the Sinai Desert with two narrow dark blue lines through the middle, representing the Suez Canal. Two wide bars of UN blue appear at either end. Eligibility period was 90 days of service in the Mission.

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United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF)

Established in June 1974 to supervise the cease-fire between Israel and Syria; to supervise the disengagement (redeployment) of Syrian and Israeli forces; and, to establish a buffer zone, as provided in the Agreement on Disengagement between Israeli and Syrian Forces of 31 May 1974. The Mission continues to perform its functions effectively with the cooperation of the parties. The ribbon contains a central stripe of UN blue with a red line down the middle representing the UN patrolled Area of Separation; two narrow stripes of black, representing the volcanic rock of the Golan region appear on either side with two narrow bands of white, symbolic of the snow on Mt. Hermon, outside these. At either end are wide bands of burgundy, symbolizing the purple haze at sunset and the native thistles of the Golan. Ninety days service is the qualifying time for award of the medal.

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United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)

This Mission was established in March 1978 to confirm the withdrawal of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon, to restore international peace and security, and to assist the Government of Lebanon in ensuring the return of its effective authority in the area. The Mission continues to the present date.

The ribbon bears three equal bands of UN colour: blue, green and UN blue. The bands are separated by two equal sized white stripes, each bisected by a narrow red line. The colours represent the UN and Lebanese flags. The qualifying period of service to earn the medal is 90 days of service in the Mission.

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Multinational Forces Observer's Medal

The MFO was established to monitor a neutral ceasefire zone, between Egypt and Israel, as the result of the Yom Kippur War of 1973. The MFO medal was instituted on March 24, 1982. Awarded for a term of 170 days.


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EU COPPS was established in January 2005 within the office of the EU Special Representative (EUSR) to the Middle East Process, Marc Otte. It aims at assisting the Palestinian Authority in developing a modern and effective civil police service.





"European Union Co-ordinating Office for Palestinian Police Support"

EUPOL COPPS was established following an EU Council decision in November 2005, and builds on the work of the EU Co-ordination Office for Palestinian Police Support (EU COPPS), which was established in January 2005 within the office of the EU Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process, Ambassador Marc Otte.

The operational phase started on 1 January 2006 and will have an initial duration of 3 years. The EU Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories, code-named EUPOL COPPS, has a long term reform focus and provides enhanced support to the Palestinian Authority in establishing sustainable and effective policing arrangements.

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The European Union Border Assistance Mission at the Rafah Crossing Point code name EUBAM Rafah was launched on 24 November 2005, to monitor the operations of the border crossing point between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, after Israel and the Palestinian Authority concluded an Agreement on Movement and Access on 15 November 2005. The Council of the European Union welcomed the Agreement and approved that the EU should undertake the third-party role proposed.

The operational phase of the mission began on 30 November 2005. The Rafah Crossing Point was last opened with the presence of EUBAM monitors on 9 June 2007.

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Temporary International Presence in Hebron

TIPH is a civilian observer mission stationed in the city of Hebron. The mission was called for by the Israeli and the Palestinian authorities in 1997, to support them in their efforts to improve the situation in Hebron. The mission works with a mandate which states that the TIPH is established to promote by their presence a feeling of security to the Palestinians of Hebron and to help to promote stability in the city. TIPH monitors the situation in Hebron and reports on breaches of the agreements on Hebron between the Israeli and the Palestinian side, as well as international humanitarian law and international recognized human rights standards.

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Medals of several countries for peacekeeping service along the borders of Israel

Many countries have medals for peacekeeping missions. We present here only those medals that are specifically issued for missions like UNIFIL or MFO or have clasps mentioning these missions.


Australian Service Medal (ASM) (1945 - 1975) with Clasp "MIDDLE EAST"


30 days service with any of:

- the UN Truce Supervision Organization from 11 June 1948 to 13 February 1975.

- the Second UN Emergency Force from 25 October 1973 to 13 February 1975.

-the UN Disengagement Observer Force from 3 June 1974 to 13 February 1975.



Australian Service Medal (ASM) (1975-Present) with clasp Sinai


30 days service with the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai (MFO) between 9 February 1982 and 28 April 1986
on Operation MAZURKA with the Multinational Force and Observers, with effect from 6 January 1993 Present





Australian Service Medal (ASM) (1975-Present) with clasp "MIDDLE EAST"


30 days service with:

 - the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation (UNTSO) from 14 February 1975 Present

- the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) from 14 February 1975 Present

- the second United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF II) from 14 February 1975 31 July 1979

- the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) from 1 March 1978 Present





Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) with clasp Middle East for service with UNIFIL in 2006


Service of 1 or more days with the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organisation (UNTSO) in southern Lebanon from 12 July 2006 to 14 August 2006.





Denmark: The Defence Medal for International Service, UNIFIL
(Forsvarets Medalje for International Tjeneste, UNIFIL)

Instituted January 1st 2010 by Queen Margrethe 2nd.

Awarded to members of the Danish Defense who have been deployed on the UN mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for a minimum of 30 days.

Design: Worn in a red ribbon narrow white line at the left edge. Obverse contains the 3 danish lions. The reverse have a laurel wreath and inscription of place and date (Example: Libanon 2011)

Other information: The second mission is denoted by an oak leaf device, the third by a gold leaf device, fourth mission by a silver and a gold oak leaf device and fifth mission by two gold oak leaf devices.

Italy: Commemorative Cross for the Peace mission in the Sinai desert  (Multinational Forces and Observers)

(Croce commemorativa per le missioni di pace Sinai)


On reverse of the medal: SINAI



Italy: Commemorative Cross for the Peace mission in Lebanon

Multinational force (USA, France and Italy) 1982-1983

On reverse of the medal: Libano


Italy: Commemorative Cross for the Peace mission UNIFIL in Lebanon

(Croce commemorativa per le missioni di pace UNIFIL)

On reverse of the medal: UNIFIL


Italy: Commemorative Cross for Peace missions abroad

(Croce commemorativa per le missioni di pace all'estero)

Front: PER LA Pace

Reverse empty

with clasp on ribbon for:



Germany: The German Armed Forces Service Medal (Einsatzmedaille der Bundeswehr) with UNIFIL clasp

This decoration of the Bundeswehr, the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany, is awarded for military service in a designated military campaign.  It is the only type of German campaign medal awarded, the only difference is the campaign bar worn on the medal and ribbon. The decoration has three grades that express the time a person served in the designated campaign area.

- Bronze for 30 days in country.
- Silver is for 360 days in country.
- Gold for 690 days in country.



Netherlands: Commemorative medal for multinational peacekeeping missions with Sinai clasp

(Herinneringsmedaille Multinationale Vredesoperaties met speld Sinai)

for service of at least 3 months



Netherlands: Commemorative medal for UN peacekeeping missions with clasp "Libanon 1979"

(Herinneringsmedaille VN-Vredesoperaties met gesp "Libanon 1979")

for service of at least 3 months



New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 with clasp Sinai

for service with the Multi-National Force Observers in the Sinai for at least 30 days.



Norway: Defense Operations Medal Lebanon

Forsvarets operasjonsmedalje (LIBANON)