Photo Credit: Staff Sergeant Alexi Rosenfeld, IDF Spokesperson's Unit
Golani Brigade recruits during their initial, one-week enlistment process

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot says women will not be allowed to integrate into the elite Golani combat brigade on the front lines of any battle as long as he is in charge of Israel’s Defense Forces.

Integration of women into the military is taking place, Eizenkot told cabinet ministers during a briefing on Monday, but “it needs to be limited to a certain extent.”

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Eizenkot said he doubts women will be integrated into the combat units that fight on the front lines, such as the Golani, Givati, Paratroopers and Nahal Brigades.

Women account for fewer than 10 percent of the population of combat soldiers in the IDF, despite a three percent increase in female combat troops over the past four years, and an availability of 90 percent of the IDF positions being open to women.

Combat posts available to females today include positions in Home Front Command, Military Police, Israel Navy, Artillery Corps, Spike Missile Operations and Skylark UAV (drone) Operations.

According to the IDF, at least 38 percent of females who enlist in the military request evaluation for combat positions.

Eizenkot said the IDF has only one agenda, however: to be strong and victorious in wartime.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.