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Israeli Women, Part 1: Ace Pilots Reporting for Duty

What the feminist left doesn't get about the Jewish state.

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P. David Hornik

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March 30, 2014 - 7:00 am
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As of 1996, if you were a woman, you could be a pilot in the Israeli air force. As of this year, you can keep being one even if you’re pregnant.

The Times of Israel reports that “the IAF…has opened the skies to pregnant pilots and navigators” and that “transport plane pilots will be allowed to fly until the 25th week of pregnancy.”

It was in 1995 that an Israeli woman named Alice Miller, who was already a civilian pilot and an IAF officer, petitioned Israel’s Supreme Court to strike down the IAF’s ban on female pilots. In 1996 the court ruled in her favor, and since then about 35 women have received their wings from the IAF.

It’s part of a general trend where more and more women are filling combat roles in the Israel Defense Forces. About 3% of its combat soldiers are now women, including 70% of the Caracal infantry battalion, 10% of the artillery corps, and 6% of the Border Police. Also this year the IDF appointed Oshrat Bachar as its first-ever female battalion commander.

One might think all this would make Israel a hero of the feminist left. But you’d be more likely to stumble upon an Israel Apartheid Week exhibit on a campus than see the left give Israel credit for much of anything these days.

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Could be that "family values" are the very thing that prompts these women to serve in direct combat roles. The fact that they're also apparently socially well-adjusted speaks volumes about a culture that is surrounded by enemies.
I'll wager that if it was an article about Palestinian women pilots, HuffPo, MediaMatters and the rest would feature it front and center. Israelis, not so much so.
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And we are supposed to be proud of this insane decision by our (Israel's) runaway Supreme Court, a court that makes the US Supreme Court look sane by comparison? BTW, about 35% of Israeli women take a religious exemption from the draft.
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"Actually, a pregnant air force pilot is not a bad symbol of the whole thing."

Actually that's a horrible symbol. I can understand the reason the Israelis arm their women, it makes sense being surrounded by murderous tribes. Relying on women - pregnant women no less - for your first line of defense is shameful and a society that allows that is sick. No less the Israelis than this country apparently.
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The fact is that every Chief Rabbi since the founding of the state has opposed women allowing themselves to be drafted - in fact 35% take a religious exemption - and according to the IDF spokesman, Israel is the only country in the world to have universal military conscription for women. I cannot believe that this anti-Jewish policy is necessary here in Israel and nowhere else.
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Could be that "family values" are the very thing that prompts these women to serve in direct combat roles. The fact that they're also apparently socially well-adjusted speaks volumes about a culture that is surrounded by enemies.
I'll wager that if it was an article about Palestinian women pilots, HuffPo, MediaMatters and the rest would feature it front and center. Israelis, not so much so.
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It is true that the Israeli army is very family oriented. It is assumed that the soldiers have a home, and there are special programs to help "lone soldiers" who do not. It is not unusual for the soldier's mother to call up his commander to make sure he has what he needs. Quite different from the popular view of Israel as some sort of modern-day Sparta. Of course, the IDF is quite successful, perhaps precisely for this reason.
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