Women increasingly join the fight in Israel's army

An Israeli female soldier from the Bardalas battalion takes part in training at a military camp near the northern Israeli city of Yoqne'am Illit“I don’t regret choosing this unit,” said Smadar, who was not allowed to provide her last name under Israeli army rules. Smadar is part of a discreet but profound change taking place within the Israeli military, with a growing number of women taking part in combat units. The increase has come both due to changes in society, with women’s participation in combat units no longer dismissed, and a shortage in available soldiers due to reductions in the amount of required service time for men.

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