In Israel, the first woman became a squadron commander in the air force

© AP Photo / Ariel SchalitИстребитель the Israeli air force. Archival photoIn Israel, the first woman became a squadron commander in the air force© AP Photo / Ariel Schalit

Woman pilot for the first time in the history of the air forces of Israel have been appointed to the position of squadron commander, said the army press-service.

The increase in pilots, which has the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, coincided with another round of debates involving politicians, rabbis and Newspapers about the advisability of implementing the principles of gender equality in the armed forces of the country.

«It will become the first female pilot in such a position and rank», — told the military.

Following the accepted in Israel, the rules of secrecy, the army’s press service distributed a photo of her retouched face and calls on the first letter of the last name — So we Know that the woman who serves in the military transport aviation, 35 years old, she has two children.

With it the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and the new command post was a female air traffic controller, also for the first time in the history of the Israeli air force.

Career military pilot was closed to women in Israel until 1994, when a native of South Africa, Alice Miller by the Supreme court gained admission to the summer courses. She was unable to finish for medical reasons, but behind her there came more than 1.2 thousands of Israeli women and fifty of them made it to release, wrote the newspaper «Haaretz», citing data from the army.

Not everyone in Israel perceive the growing presence of women in the armed forces as a positive development. Great response this week received the statement of two prominent rabbis who criticized the army for pursuing «aggressive feminist agenda», urged his followers to evade service in the «mixed» parts and demanded the resignation of chief of staff Gadi Gadi eizenkot.

The Israeli defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called the statements of the rabbis «outrageous» and demanded from them not to interfere in the Affairs of the army.

«Attacks against women in the army are no longer angry, and pathetic. It is easy to see that this Patriarchal discourse is a distress call from a handful of frightened men,» commented the largest newspaper of the country «Israel ha Yom».

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