Amazing ! The History of Women in the Israel Defense Forces / Beautiful Israel Army Soldiers.


Alongside its longstanding security challenges, the state of Israel has also been grappling in recent years with an intense controversy over the service of women in the Israel Defense Forces. The dispute recently came to a boiling point with the amendment of the “Joint Service Order,” which sets out guidelines for women’s military service alongside Orthodox men who observe, inter alia, religious restrictions on interacting with their female fellow-soldiers. The IDF is one of the only armies in the Western world in which women are drafted to military service by law. Women have served in the Israeli army ever since its establishment in 1948. At first they served mainly in administrative jobs or as instructors in a variety of fields, but they gradually moved into operational positions due to both a shortage in combat soldiers and demands of Israeli feminist groups. the number of female combatants has more than doubled in recent years. In 2012, 3 percent of women in the IDF served in combat positions. Four years later, in 2016, the percentage more than doubled to 7 percent and it will likely continue to rise. A major milestone came in 1995, when the High Court of Justice ruled that women were entitled to both formal and substantive equality in their military service opening up combat positions to women, first to serve as pilots and then as combat soldiers in various prestigious units. The possibility of expanding the integration of women into additional combat roles is currently being examined. Alongside the expansion and diversification of opportunities for women in the IDF, the military has also seen a significant rise in the number of religiously observant soldiers, many of whom serve as officers and members of elite units. Current data on the IDF officer training course indicate that out of the 392 cadets who completed the course in 2021, 40 percent defining themselves as “religious. These observant male soldiers often refuse to serve side by side with women on religious grounds. So the increase in Orthodox soldiers alongside the increase in women serving in traditionally “masculine” units created a clash of interests. The IDF first attempted to regulate the joint service of women and observant soldiers in 2002. The regulation, entitled “The Proper Integration Ordinance,” mainly reflected the perspective of Orthodox soldiers. It set out rules for modest behavior and separate living arrangements for men and women, and established various privileges for religious soldiers, such as exempting them from certain tasks that would require doing work alongside women.
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