Israeli fighters in the mixed-gender Caracal battalion, October 2016. Eliyahu Hershkowitz

Explained It’s Sex, Stupid: Why Israel's Orthodox Rabbis Are Battling the Idea of Women in Combat

The fear of members of the opposite sex touching each other has even the more moderate rabbis worried.

The brave young female soldier serving her country beside her male counterparts has been a central archetype of Israeli identity since the earliest days of the Jewish state.

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