While the IDF and the Israeli Air Force mark the appointment of the first-ever female squadron commander, certain people are not quite as excited. HaBayit HaYehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich, who is known for making controversial statements, stressed that it would not be ideal “if all women become men.”
Major T. Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
After the Israeli Air Force (IAF) chief’s historic decision to appoint the first-ever female squadron commander on Tuesday, Habayit HaYehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich said on Wednesday that he is not enthusiastic about the decision during an interview with the Israeli radio station Kan Bet. Smotrich, who is well known for making controversial statements in the past, stressed that it would be bad “if all women became men” and addressed the integration of women into IDF combat positions.
“There are positions that are suitable for men and there are positions that are suitable for women – oh dear, if all women became men,” Smotrich said. Smotrich also claimed that the IDF is responsible for providing proper service conditions for religious Jewish male soldiers, slamming the values that he claims the IDF is attempting to promote. “The army must allow for service conditions suitable for the lifestyle of a religious soldier,” Smotrich stated. “The IDF needs to win a war, not promote all kinds of ‘enlightened and liberal values.’”
MK Bezalel Smotrich Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90
Smotrich added that he has been fighting against integrating women with men in IDF combat positions, claiming that he has been successful in doing so. He also directly addressed the IAF decision to appoint Major T. as the first-ever female squadron commander. “Of course, I wish everyone great success, but let me not get excited about this campaign,” Smotrich added. “In the end, the percentage of girls in the pilot course – recently, some article was published on this subject – is very small, it’s minor.”
“At the end of the day, there are professions and positions in life that are suitable for men and there are professions that are suitable for women – that is how God created the world and that is what’s good for the world,” Smotrich explained. “Oh dear, if all women became men or men became women. The world needs male characters and female characters. Anyone who tries to blur these very simple and natural distinctions is doing an injustice to himself and to the world.”