These women are highly trained heavily armed soldiers who appear to be even better than typical men at their key combat mission:
While the Israeli conscript military’s gender egalitarianism is well known, when it comes to keeping the peace with Egypt over the border, women are valued perhaps even more than their male counterparts.
“It is no accident that so many women are in field intelligence – with all due respect to the men, women bring a special capability,” said Major Oshrat Bachar, the chief of operations for Sayarim.
She would not elaborate, but retired brigadier-general Ruth Yaron, a former chief Israeli military spokesperson, voiced her opinion that at draft age, women tended to be better suited for the patient vigilance required of surveillance.
“This is a role that multi-tasks between discipline, pro-activeness and long-term focus, attributes that are often less developed among 18- or 19-year-old male soldiers,” Yaron said.
The numbers suggest Yaron and Bachar are not alone in their thinking. Women make up 55 percent of Israel’s field intelligence corps, compared to just 33 percent of the armed forces overall.
I feel kind of weird right now. What is going on??? OH! PHEW!!!
Israel’s female troops are allowed to wear their hair long and pulled back in pony tails, clearly identifying them as women and making for an unusual ensemble with combat gear and war paint.
“When we’re not concealed, and they (the Egyptian personnel) can see that we are girls, they’ll sometimes try to get our attention with messages – like one time when they lined up rocks in the sand to form a heart,” said the Team Mor sergeant.
For a second there I had forgotten that the central point isn’t that these women effectively guard a dangerous border, but that they are cute and attract male sexual attention. Now my equilibrium has been restored.