In the late 1950's the first groups of Israel Defense Forces career military personnel began to retire. They shared a common military background and faced similar challenges and difficulties during their post-discharge period in transitioning from military service to a new civilian life. In October 1960 nine members decided to form the Tzevet organization to attend to issues of common concern to IDF veterans.
The organization steadily gained strength and the number of members grew. In 2010, the organization's 50th anniversary year, Tzevet members number some 33,500 members, among them approximately 31,200 veterans (men and women) and 2,300 widows of former members. Members, veteran officers and NCO's, some of whom still serve in reserve components, reside throughout Israel and are organized into 40 branches, from the Upper Galilee in the north to Eilat in the south. They are employed in many varied positions. Some hold high ranking public positions - government ministers, members of the Knesset, heads of local authorities, judges, hospital administrators, etc. Some hold executive positions such as director generals of government ministries and of public and private companies, bank managers, business people, leaders of industry, as well as academics, teachers and principals in the education system.
Tzevet is a unique organization that represents and furthers generations of IDF service veterans within Israeli society, while maintaining their connection to IDF values and heritage. The organization's objectives and activities are geared toward working and volunteering to support the State and the Community as well as to safeguard members' rights and employment, promote cultural enrichment and foster fraternity and general well being.
- To act on behalf of IDF career service veterans and unite them within an organization that protects their rights, status and well being as veterans. 9 To represent IDF career service veterans veterans before State authorities and other bodies.
- To maintain the ties between IDF career service veterans and the IDF / Israeli security forces and to preserve and cultivate their affinity for matters of State and security.
- To promote volunteering on behalf of the People, the State of Israel, Israeli Society and Mankind.
- To organize cultural and social activities for members and their families.
- To further mutual aid among members, to help them and to attend to their needs, including their integration into the civilian work force.
- To preserve IDF heritage and values, to cultivate ties among members and between members and personnel currently serving in IDF career military, as well as members of similar organizations in Israel and abroad.
- To maintain a mutual support framework for IDF -veterans, providing services Mat further their economic and social security, well being, health and other needs.
Dr. Baruch Levy