Welcome to Zahal Online Store’s new website. We have been in business since 2001 and ever since, we have had the privilege of serving thousands of customers reaching from Hawaii to Vladivostok. Our mission is to offer state of the art Israeli army equipment and hard to find IDF memorabilia together with competitive prices and exceptional service. Our customers consist of professional soldiers, contractors, arms enthusiasts and Israel/IDF supporters.

 

Zahal was established when Uri Dotan-Bochner, a retired Israeli Submariner, had the idea of offering a large product range made in Israel for the IDF and police, to far away markets abroad. Apart from stocking a large amount of products, we at Zahal believe that it’s not only the quality of the merchandise that counts, but the professional, speedy service as well. We are aware that you the customer have many other vendors to choose from, and because we truly enjoy what we do, we will do our utmost to make your purchasing experience a great one.

Uri's Story : We belong to a family that is committed to the security of Israel since the establishment of the state. My late father, Michael Bochner, fought as a Partisan against the Nazis in the mountains of Serbia during World War II. After the war and at the end of our War of Independence, he joined the young Israeli Police force. He retired as a Brigadier General. My dad was very active until his last days. At the age of 80, he was still working for the sake of our state. My dad passed away in December 2008 at the age of 84. His deeds for the state will never be forgotten.

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Michael Bochner right after the victory over the nazis and 15 years later as a young police inspector in Jerusalem.

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Uri Dotan Bochner as young submariner,
Haifa naval base, 1970.

I was born in Jerusalem and served my military service in the Israeli submarine force. While in the navy, my wife Irit served in the Air Force. Sea and Air met together and we married a year after the Yom Kippur War. Our older son works for Israel's Leumi Bank, while our younger son runs our business now. He followed my footsteps into the submarine force, a fact that makes me extremely proud.

After my studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, I joined the public service and served my country in various missions overseas, mostly in Germany and South Africa. My last overseas position was Director General of the United Israel Appeal in Germany. Shortly after our return to Israel I decided that the time was ripe to close an old chapter and open a new one.

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With Prime Minister Yizhak Rabin in Berlin.

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I retired, left my comfortable desk job in Jerusalem and established together with my wife our on-line business. My old connections allow me to get the best IDF products and surplus for our clientele. Since we have launched our online store we expanded slowly and have served tens of thousands of satisfied customers who love and support Israel and not by word of mouth only.
Allow me to show you some pictures out of our photo album:

Irit with Mayor of Jerusalem and
later Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

 

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Uri with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Uri with Speaker Of the Knesset Shlomo Hillel.

King Hussein

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With King Hussein of Jordan at

the Royal Palace in Amman.

Uri with Prime Minister and currently
State President Shimon Peres in Pretoria, South Africa.

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State dinner with President Weizman in Berlin, Germany.

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Yoav with Minister of Defense Saul Mofaz.

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With my wife Irit,  our older son Ira and daughter in law, Kerstin

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With my late dad and our two sons.

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Picture published in Maariv, one of Israel's largest newspapers. Caption says:" Two generations under the water". My son and I are over the bridge and deck of the new INS Leviathan. I served over the first Leviathan some 30 years ago.

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Yoav Dotan while serving in the Submarines