Preparing to qualify as an IDF tank crew member, 15 handpicked women have been undergoing special training, a first in IDF history, performing maneuvers on Merkava Mark III tanks, and will continue through the next eight months until the program’s conclusion.
By Yoav Zitun
Despite a relatively low profile, the past few days have seen commencement of the main and most meaningful step in the IDF’s new project allowing women to serve in tank crews for the first time in the army’s history.
Two weeks ago, 15 infantry corps female soldiers were handpicked to participate in this experimental program at the conclusion of the four-month gunner training course at the Ktzi’ot training base, where female combat soldiers from the Caracal Battalion are trained. Continue Reading »
During the performance of her very first guard shift after completing her specialized ‘lookout observer’ course, Pvt. Gali Badhani identified a terrorist aiming, then firing at Israeli forces from Gaza, prompting the IDF to destroy the Hamas outpost on Monday.
By Matan Tzuri
Despite military evaluations which conclude that Hamas presently has no interest in provoking Israel into another conflict with the Gaza Strip, a number of incidents have taken place in recent weeks which have prompted forceful responses from the IDF.
One such incident took place two weeks ago in which a member of Hamas began firing on IDF soldiers from an observer outpost inside the strip and was stopped thanks to a female soldier who spotted the attack near a military lookout post near Gaza in the Kissufim in the Negev
Shooting recorded on IDF camera (Watch 9 second mark very carefully)
Private Gali Badhani, was on her first guard shift since completing the lookout observer course when she spotted a Hamas terrorist loading his gun and taking aim against Israeli forces near Gaza in the Kissufim in the Negev. Continue Reading »
“What’s most important is being a combat soldier & contributing to the state,” (of Israel) says 25 yr-old Alisa Sheldon of the IDF’s Lions of the Jordan Valley Battalion.
By Danny Brenner
For 10 years, Alisa Sheldon couldn’t shake her dream of moving to Israel and serving in the IDF as a combat soldier. Two months ago she realized that dream, joining the ranks of the Lions of the Jordan Valley Battalion.
Alisa Sheldon – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
On Saturday, the 25-year-old Sheldon stood at attention with her male and female comrades, swearing their allegiance to the IDF and the State of Israel. Continue Reading »
The new infantry battalion will be assigned to protect the border, with the women having to agree to serve an extra year, to make their induction time in the IDF matching that of men’s service.
By Lilach Shoval
This year’s August draft will also inaugurate the third mixed-gender combat battalion in the Israel Defense Forces, Israel Hayom has learned. The new battalion will be defined as a light infantry battalion assigned to protect the borders, much like the existing Caracal and Lions of Jordan battalions.
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During an exercise male & female soldiers push each other along while some carry the stretcher.
After conducting extensive trials, Israel’s army rejects allowing female recruits to join the Armored Corps tank crews.
By Yoav Zitun
A series of trials conducted in recent months by GOC Army Headquarters – in coordination with the Medical Corps – concluded that female soldiers could not serve as combat troops in the IDF’s Armored Corps.
Tank crews from the Seventh Brigade’s 75th Battalion train with their new Merkava Mk. 4 tanks. – Photo courtesy: IDF SPOKESMAN’S UNIT
The field tests were undertaken as part of an IDF initiative to increase the number of combat positions available to women.
“Medical Corps officials examined the workloads and noted that integrating female soldiers into tanks was harmful,” a senior Army officer told Ynet. Continue Reading »
Day after reports circulated that Gill Rosenberg, who is fighting IS alongside Kurds in Syria, was abducted by terror organization, she posts on Facebook to discredit ‘bullshit stories.’
By Roi Kais
Gill Rosenberg, the Israeli-Canadian, who joined Kurdish forces in their battle against the radical Islamic State terror group and was said to have been taken captive by the group, posted on her Facebook page Monday night to say that she was “safe and secure.”
Status report from Gill Rosenberg’s Facebook account – Screenshot
“I don’t have Internet access or any communication devices with me for my safety and security,” she wrote. Continue Reading »
Earlier this month, Gill Rosenberg, 31, said she decided to join the Kurdish fighters for humanitarian & ideological reasons, saying, “because they are our brothers.”
By JPOST.COM STAFF
The Canadian- Israeli woman who joined the ranks of Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State earlier this month has been kidnapped by the organization that she went to fight, Channel Two reported on Sunday citing Syrian jihadi websites.
Gila Rosenberg(R) – Photo: FACEBOOK
Gill Rosenberg, 31, from Tel Aviv, said in an interview with Israel Radio earlier this month she had decided to join the fighters for humanitarian and ideological reasons and “because they are our brothers” who are fighting the evil of Islamic State. Continue Reading »
The new position opened up within the IDF for female soldiers, following a new Chief Rabbinate policy allowing women to serve as kashrut inspectors.
The IDF has decided to let female soldiers serve as kashrut (Jewish dietary law) inspectors for the first time. Brigadier General Rachel Tevet Vizel, Advisor to the Chief of Staff on Women’s Issues, was behind the new move, although she notes female soldiers have yet to request the position.
Vizel told Kipa that regarding standards of religious public services, the IDF follows the policy of the state as established by the Chief Rabbinate and the Religious Services Ministry, and therefore women have not been allowed to serve as kashrut inspectors till now. Continue Reading »
The IDF has appointed its first female battalion commander, Maj. Oshrat Bachar, who will head a Combat Intelligence unit in the Southern Command along the border with Egypt.
IDF soldier Oshrat Bachar – Photo: IDF archiv
Maj. Bachar will be promoted to the rank of Lieut.-Col, and will take charge of a battalion named Eitam, tasked with monitoring hostile terrorist activity in the Sinai Peninsula. Continue Reading »
Revision in regulations now allows expecting women to continue flying during 15th – 25th week of pregnancy. Flights will be for transports only, less than 4 hours long
By Yossi Yehoshua
The Israeli Air Force has decided to let pregnant pilots keep flying.
It was 15 years ago that the first woman graduated from the Air Force Flight Academy, and since then, many other high-quality women have reached the same prestigious stage. Now these pilots will only have to take a minor pregnancy recess to keep up with their male counterparts.
Women pilots in the IAF – Photo: Tal Shachar
According to the recent change in policy, women will no longer be grounded if they’re pregnant. Continue Reading »
Suspected 16 yr-old punches soldier on her way from Army Radio (Galatz) station to parking lot.
Motive behind attack still unclear.
By Eli Senyor
A 20-year-old soldier serving in the Army Radio (Galatz) was attacked Friday evening outside the radio station in the heart of Jaffa. According to the soldier’s testimony, an unknown man hit her in the face.
Magen David Adom in Jerusalem. illustrative – Photo: Jini
Magen David Adom emergency services evacuated the soldier in light condition to Edith Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.
Police arrested a 16-year-old boy, resident of Jaffa, on suspicion of being involved in the event. Continue Reading »
Despite the IDF’s best efforts, photos of scantily clad IDF female soldiers continue to circulate throughout the Internet
The newest batch of photos, posted on the photo-sharing site Imgur, are highly explicit & even pornographic.
Despite the best efforts of the Israel Defense Forces, dozens of photos of scantily clad female soldiers continue to circulate on the Internet.
The phenomenon, which started with photos of partially dressed female soldiers from an infantry training base in the south posing with their weapons, has continued for weeks. The original photos caused a stir and were published by media outlets throughout the world. Continue Reading »