The fox terriers that became toys
Posted On July 26, 2021
The foxes are back!
This past spring, the Israeli army launched an initiative to bring back the fox terries, the traditional emblem of the Knesset.
In 2014, the foxes were confiscated by the military for the first time since Israel’s founding, and they have since been banned from being used for military purposes.
The military said the fox-themed toys would promote peace, conservation, and harmony among the different breeds of foxes in Israel.
“The fox is the guardian of the people, and the fox is also the symbol of the army and of the State of Israel,” a military statement read.
Israeli military personnel carry a dog as they pose with a miniature fox at the Kfar Saba military base in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on March 8, 2021.
As of April, there were 2,624 foxes living in Israel, and about 20 percent of them were owned by Israeli military personnel.
But since the beginning of the current crisis, there have been concerns about the animals’ health.
Some have said the animals are dying from stress from being kept in cages in Israel and in captivity.
Others have questioned whether the animals should be kept in the wild.
Israel has been working on a plan to return the fox to its natural habitat and return the animals to the wild, the IDF said.
According to a report published by the Israel Animal Protection Association (IAPA), the army was considering a plan that would reintroduce the fox and other foxes to their natural habitat.
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