Israelis can't even handle the thought of a captive male soldier. They still think the state should protect the soldiers and not the other way around. To some extend Israelis are getting used to having their soldiers kidnapped and held, but still. Imagine the histrionics when Hamas and/or Hizballah kidnap female soldiers. Physical ability and IDF preparedness are irrelevant: the Israeli public and press are completely unprepared for this. It would be a disaster.
Knesset passes 'Norwegian Law' allowing ministers to resign their seats, remain in cabinet (Haaretz)
from the article: Is the IDF ready for women in combat?