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Seen recently on the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) (<>) a flag which is supposedly the Israeli Army flag.
The flag has 5 diagonal stripes, orange-red/white/green/black/orange-red, of proportions 2/1/5/1/2. In the center of the red stripe is a white-bordered gold disk, containing 4 semicircles of green, orange, black and orange-red. Superimposed over them is a upright black-outlined white bayonet blade, partially enclosed on its right by an olive branch, also in black-outlined white.
Eugene Ipavec, 19 November 2005

It is the Land Arm Command flag. The Land Arm Command was established in 1998 and replaced Field Forces Command (est 1983)..
Photo of the said flag at <>, showing the change of command of 7 November 2005 with the CoS, LtG Dan Halutz handing the flag to the new Land Arm commander, MjG Beni Gantz.
I think that the colors represent the main forces incorporated in this arm (armour (black), infantry (green), artillery (red) , engineering (orange). Note that the emblem is only the sword and olive branch (no wings and no anchor) as it relates only to the land forces.
Dov Gutterman, 20 November 2005

There are several photos at the Israeli National photo collection. One of these photos (code 4290/D67-072) clearly shows the ground force flag with yellow bottom, not red.
Miles Li, 21 January 2006

The photo of the IDF Ground Force flag at <>, shows the flag clearly. Unlike Miles Li and Željko Heimer's version, though, the bottom/fly-most diagonal stripe should be red, not gold, and the white
and black diagonal stripes should touch the corners of the flag.
That photo
The photo at the Israeli National photo collection is from 1995; <> one is recent. Perhaps a change was made inthe interim?
The central badge in the older photo looks larger than in the newer one, too - it seems to touch the black and white bands.
Eugene Ipavec, 21 January 2006

Maybe the angle of the sun and the camera took also part, as bottom/fly-most diagonal stripe is not yellow and not red....In my opinion, it is orange!
Dov Gutterman, 21 January 2006

The Emblem

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