Senior-level IDF officer: Women need to be given more opportunities to serve as combat soldiers

The head of the IDF Armored Corps expressed optimism regarding the incorporation of women in additional combat roles within the military. In an interview with Channel 2 News, the senior-level commander said that women have already proven themselves in other combat units but admitted that the subject still needs to be evaluated in depth.
Illustration Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

During an interview with Channel 2 News’ Oded Ben-Ami, head of the IDF Armored Corps Brigadier-General Guy Hasson commented on the heated debate regarding the incorporation of women in combat roles under his command. Hasson said that women have already proved themselves useful in various combat roles. “The opportunity needs to be given,” he added. “We will examine it in depth and give our recommendations.”

“The first thing we are checking is physical capabilities,” continued Hasson. “A few years ago, we tried to evaluate this but our attempt wasn’t really successful.” Hasson also added that advanced technology, which could reduce the physical burden put on a combat soldier, is being examined.

“At the moment, we are focusing on including women in the regular operations and guard duties along the country’s borders,” continued the senior-level IDF officer. “We are also reviewing the option of having co-ed forces. I don’t know what will happen five years from now but I hope that we will give the best recommendations for women and the IDF in general soon.”

Female combat soldiers Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

As JOL has been reporting over the last couple of weeks, there is a heated debate in Israel regarding the incorporation of women in additional combat roles within the IDF. Last week, hundreds of male students from military preparatory programs signed a petition that was sent to IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, voicing their opposition to the new directives to integrate female soldiers into the Armored Corps.

Prior to this petition, former Commander of Ground Forces Major General (res.) Yiftach Ron Tal said he is strongly against the new directives, claiming that they will weaken the IDF. In an interview with Israel Army Radio, he stated that the integration of women into the Armored Corps is “a scandal that will hurt all imaginable possibilities and even the IDF's own capabilities.”

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