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Soldiers of the IDF Bardelas Battalion prepare for urban-warfare training near Nitzanim in the Arava area of southern Israel on July 13, 2016. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Israeli military sees 160 percent rise in number of females in combat roles

The number of women in combat roles in the Israeli Defense Forces has risen by 160 percent over the past six years, it was revealed on Tuesday during a discussion at the Knesset’s Foreign...
Soldiers of the Bardales Battalion train in urban warfare on an early foggy morning, near Nitzanim in the Arava area of southern Israel, on July 13, 2016. Formed in 2014, the Bardales Battalion is an infantry combat battalion of the Israel Defense Forces, composed of 50 percent female soldiers, and assigned for future routine security along the Jordanian border in central Israel. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Court rules Education Ministry must create pre-army programs for national religious girls

Israeli’s High Court of Justice has ruled that the Education Ministry must fund educational programs to prepare young women from the national-religious sector for army service, like it does for boys from the same...