Boyfriends and suitors in Israel are at a distinct disadvantage compared to young men in many other countries.
Girls drilling (2 shots)
SV Girls practising the use of rifles (3 shots)
SV Girls receiving course in first aid (2 shots)
SV Girls learning self defence combat (4 shots)
SV Girls being shown how to kick attacker
SV Girls practising kicking defense
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Background: Boyfriends and suitors in Israel are at a distinct disadvantage compared to young men in many other countries. For Israeli young women are learning how to repel any unwanted advances in a most aggressive way.
Most of Israel's female population, between the ages of 18 and 20, are conscripted into the country's military reserve.
There they do all the basic training girls in any army might do, drill, first aid courses and basic weapon training. But now they are being taught close combat fighting; the method of maiming, or even killing, an assailant.
The authorities say the training is aimed at preparing the girls for service in Israel's outlying regions, where they might come into contact with enemy forces.
However, the chances of this happening are rather remote as the principle of sending women into combat zone is studiously avoided, and girls have not taken part in actual combat since the Israeli "War of Liberation" in 1948. The girls could find themselves, inadvertently in a combat situation through an enemy surprise attack, particularly in remote border settlements, but they are usually evacuated at the first sign of an outbreak of hostilities.
But Israel is a country where hitch-hiking is not only legal but, amongst young Israelis, the cheapest and best method of travelling. Young women can be seen standing on roadside up and down the country with their thumbs out, appealing for a lift. And it is in these circumstances that a young woman could find herself fending off the advances of strangers.
But with the advent of close combat training being introduced into the women's military reserve, the chances are that the male will find himself regretting the day he attempted any such ungentlemanly conduct towards stranded young women.