Sayeret Matkal is a special forces unit of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) directly subordinate to the Directorate of Military Intelligence.
Primarily a field intelligence-gathering unit specializing in special reconnaissance behind enemy lines, Sayeret Matkal is also tasked with counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, and foreign espionage.
Modeled after the British Army's Special Air Service — from which it emulated the motto, "Who Dares, Wins" — the unit is considered to be the Israeli equivalent to the famed Delta Force of the United States .
As one of Israel's most elite commando units, Sayeret Matkal has reputedly been involved in almost every major counter-terrorism operation since its inception in 1957. The unit is one of the best of the world’s special forces
- Country: Israel
- Activity: 1957-present
- Branch of The Military: Infantry
- Unit Type: Special Operations
- Specialization: Special reconnaissance,
assaults, raids and
- Nickname: "The Unit"
- Motto: " "חצנמ זעמה
("Who dares wins")
War of attrition
Yom Kippur War
Lebanon War (1982)
First Intifada (1987)
Second Intifada (2000)
Lebanon War (2006)