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“Initially, I didn’t leave the tank for five consecutive days. My greatest fear was that something would happen to the soldiers. Just the thought that I wouldn’t be able to help a wounded soldier was driving me crazy. When morale was low, I remembered that I had to stay strong for them no matter what.”

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“On my last night in Gaza, we suddenly, we heard gunshots and shouting on the radio,” she recounts. “We rushed to the tank and drove a few meters until I saw a wounded soldier on a stretcher. He had been hit by a sniper and his legs were badly wounded. I quickly made a tourniquet and treated his wounds. Within minutes he was taken to hospital by helicopter. I cared for him so professionally and I can never forget it.”

Maor, Yonat and Tamar represent the important roles that women play in Israel’s military – even in the most dangerous situations. These women and others like them were an indispensable part of Operation Protective Edge and the IDF’s effort to defend Israel.

 

 

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  1. Surely ever Jewish Israeli young woman ( or any other Israeli citizen who wishes to do so ) , on graduating from high school , should be encouraged to do the proper army service as prescribed by the State of Israel.. Just think how many others , who merely do sherut l'umi ( & I am not denigrating the value of that in itself ) could achieve the great contribution to the life of Israel's soldiers and citizens , if she were to have the appropriate training , as these 3 brave , committed and appropriately trained young female chayalot did. I am certain there were others . But , there could be many more, if religiously observant women were not discouraged from doing their army service , as they used to do , with distinction , in the past

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