Team Counter-Terrorists
Origin Israel flag Israel
Voiced By Yoram Yosefburg

This article is about the faction. For the weapon that shares a similar name, see IDF Defender.

Our mission is simple... Take them out.

The Israel Defense Force, abbreviated IDF, is a Counter-Terrorist faction featured in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.


The Israel Defense Force (Hebrew: צְבָא הַהֲגָנָה לְיִשְׂרָאֵל), (Read as "Tzva Ha'Hagana Ley'Israel") was founded on May 31, 1948, shortly after the founding of the State of Israel. The IDF became famous the following year in the Israel Independence War in 1949. They consist of ground, air, and navy forces. Some other actions the IDF took part in were the Six-Day War, the Yom Kippur War and both Lebanon Wars.


The IDF commandos wear olive green uniforms with green tactical vests and a large olive green rucksack as well as black balaclavas and knee pads. Some models are wearing either a helmet with goggles or a helmet with the famous "Mitznefet", an Israeli helmet cover that gives the impression of a militarized chef's hat. The purpose of the floppy helmet cover is to break up the distinctive outline of a helmeted head and thus assist in the camouflage of the wearer.

The IDF hand model features coyote brown military gloves with the right pointer finger un gloved in the 3rd person model.



  • Even though it is a Terrorist weapon in-game, the Galil AR was developed and used by the IDF in real life.
  • There seems to be concept art for at least one female version of the IDF. As seen in the gallery, the female operative has no balaclava and has camouflage paint over her face. However, this idea was scrapped later in development.
  • The IDF lack an official description in-game, likely due to developer oversight, as an unfinished and unused loading hint can be found in the files saying: "Israel Defense Forces info goes here".
  • The IDF were first seen on Dust2 in the first trailer for Global Offensive.
  • They were added to the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Beta in the August 10th, 2012 update.
  • Judging by their brown-red boots and their weapons, they are most likely an elite special forces unit that specializes in counter-terrorism, the best options being Sayeret Matkal (the equivalent of the British SAS) or Duvdevan (a semi-undercover counter-terror unit that specializes in combating the terror factions in the West Bank).
    • That being said, they may also belong to the Paratroopers Brigade's reconnaissance unit.

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