The 'Clown Hat': Ukraine's Latest Piece of Military Equipment From Israel

© Flickr / Israel Defense ForcesA paratrooper of the Israel Defense Forces with his Mitznefet on.
A paratrooper of the Israel Defense Forces with his Mitznefet on. - Sputnik International
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The Ukrainian Armed Forces will soon sport Israeli-made camouflage headwear often referred to as a "clown's hat," Russia's Zvezda TV channel reported.

The removable helmet covering, known as a mitznefet in Hebrew, admittedly resembles a shower cap or a chef's hat but is said to be a potent piece of military gear. The flopping fabric is intended to obscure the familiar round shape of a soldier's helmet and protect against the light reflecting off the helmet's surface.

The Israeli Defense Forces introduced the mitznefet in 1994 but the covering is not really used elsewhere.

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The use of the term could be traced back to the biblical Book of Exodus. It was employed to describe a turban worn by the Jewish high priests in the Temple of Jerusalem. The term is often mistranslated as a "clown's hat" but its root meaning is believed to come from the verb to wrap.

Ukraine's military will receive 20 mitznefet coverings in the near future, Zvezda asserted, citing Tzvi Arieli of the Kiev Jewish community.

The Ukrainian government has been persistently pushing Western countries to provide military aid, including offensive weapons, to suppress self-defense forces in the Donbass region. The US has already delivered Humvees, lightweight counter-mortar radar units, medical kits, night-vision goggles and Kevlar vests to Kiev.

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