Two social changes that have taken place within the Israel Defense Forces - feminism and religiosity - are marching toward a confrontation. It is a clash between two groups that have significantly increased their presence in the combat units since the 1990s. Central to this dispute is the rabbis' demand that men and women be kept separate in combat units, a demand that may reset barriers to the equal integration of women into these units. Using an interpretative methodology, this paper argues that this clash is a multilayered conflict, which is nurtured by institutional interests, cultural symbols, and hidden agendas. It is an asymmetric conflict in which religious groups have a definite advantage.
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society|
|State||Published - Mar 2010|