The Medal for Service in Israel

Medal and ribbon for military attachés who served in Israel

By government decision of 12.01.2007 a new medal, "The Medal for Service in Israel" was instituted to be awarded to foreign military attachés, on ending their mission in Israel, as a token of gratitude for their service in Israel.

The decoration consists of a medal to be worn on ceremonial occasions and a ribbon for wear on daily work uniform. The decoration will be accompanied by a document written in one of the following languages: English, French, Spanish or Russian.

Entitled to the decoration will be foreign military attachés or their next of kin, serving presently in Israel, on leaving their post in Israel, after serving for a period of at least 2 years.

Military attachés up to the rank of colonel will receive the decoration from the Head of Strategic Planning and International Military Cooperation in the IDF Planning Division. Attachés with higher rank will receive the decoration from the head of the IDF Planning Division.

The decoration may be withheld in the case where the head of the IDF Planning Division, in agreement with the IDF Chief of Staff, is convinced that the military attaché damaged the security of Israel or her laws, or insulted the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

Source: of 2007

Versions found of this medal:
    Back of clasp and pin painted black 
Clasp pin type
Medal: reverse smooth
Ribbon: plastic
  Back of clasp and pin not painted 
Clasp: pin type
Medal: reverse smooth

    Clasp: clutch back 

Medal: reverse pitted texture, not smooth 
Another design for The Medal for Service in Israel:
    Here a picture of a design for this medal that was produced in a very small number by the Zechovoy company.
The design was rejected in favor of the above medal.

Source: eBay seller Israel Insignia
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