The Caracal Battalion, Israel's co-ed combat unit, wins praise after battle with militants

Dark_Falcon9/25/2012 6:13:35 pm PDT

According to other things I’d read, one of the women of Caracal wasted one of the terrorists, and is coming in for high praise. Another one of the female soldiers, however, did not do as well:

The female soldiers’ ability to fight alongside men has been questioned. But the battalion’s men also have been stigmatized, written off as too weak to be accepted into a regular, all-male unit. Skeptics have also wondered how focused young men and women can be when working so closely with the opposite sex.

And the praise that followed Friday’s incident was marred by a report Monday that one of the female Caracal soldiers chose to duck for cover rather than return fire during the border attack.

Israel Radio quoted the soldier as saying: “I didn’t have a chance against them,” referring to the militants. The soldier was not named in line with military policy.

I’d heard she was just to be reprimanded but I honestly think she should be court-martialed for cowardice in the face of the enemy.