5 Extraordinary Women Who Shaped Israel's Military
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Who are the brave women of Israel’s military, ignored by history books and often fetishized by pop culture?
Even before the State of Israel was founded in 1948, women have played daring roles in its defense.
Devorah Drechler was a young Ukrainian immigrant who led in a revolt in 1918 demanding that the women of Hashomer, a Jewish defense organization, be included in security duties and agricultural work.
Known as one of the “Female Guardians of the Galilee,” she was killed in the battle of Tel Chai, when more than 100 Arab villagers and militants attacked the settlement.
These brave women paved the way for woman like Miriam Shachor, an elite soldier in the Palmach, and Alice Miller, who took the Israeli military to the Supreme Court in 1995 and won.
Because of her, the Israeli military’s pilot program was opened to women for the first time. Today, Major General Yifat Tomer Yerushalmi works as the highest legal authority in the Israel Defense Forces.