ISRAEL - Navy Recruits Females for Missile Ships

Arno Froese

Amidst the continued controversy surrounding women joining combat units in the military, six female naval combat recruits enlisted in the Israeli Navy for the first time to serve on the new Sa’ar 6 corvette missile ships.

“In the framework of the November 2018 enlistment, five female soldiers were recruited for the first time to serve as naval fighters on the Sa’ar 6 missile ships,” read a statement from the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. A sixth female soldier will join the other combat soldiers at the end of basic training.

While the prestigious Naval Officers Course opened its gates to women in 1998 and in 2014 the option of becoming a naval vessel commander became available to women, there have not been any female sailors serving on missile ships prior to these five recruits.

The construction of the four Sa’ar 6 warships was agreed to in a €430 million deal between Israel and the German company ThyssenKrupp in 2015. The first ship will arrive at the end of 2019, and the last in 2021. The boats will defend Israel’s offshore natural gas reserves, as well as other strategic maritime assets.

According to the IDF, the female soldiers will serve in command and control centers responsible for the building of a maritime image as well as in attack centers which are responsible for the launching and operation of weapons aboard the missile ships.

The Sa’ar 6 will have a maximum speed of 26 knots and a crew of 70 sailors, a range of 4,000 km (2,500 mi.), and advanced capabilities able to deal with a wide range of threats.

They will be fitted with two naval Iron Dome short-range defense missile launchers with 20 Tamir missiles for each launcher and Barak-8 long-range surface-to-air missile naval defense system., 28 November 2018

Arno's commentary

Equality is the key word to the modern society. There is much debate and controversy regarding female soldiers; in this case, being trained to command the most modern navy vessels in the world.

We note the words in Revelation 13: “…and all the world wondered after the beast… And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him…And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads” (Revelation 13:3b, 8a, 16). That is the final picture we receive in the prophetic Word. “All” includes women. It will happen precisely as recorded for us.

In the church, women’s liberation has also caused great controversy. Wikipedia informs us that the first nation to grant women the vote was New Zealand in 1893; then Australia in 1902, followed by most European nations, and finally in 1920, the United States. This progress is a natural development of the Industrial Revolution of the nations. The woman’s place was at home in olden times; that was more than a full-time job. Today, modern machines have replaced much of that work. Electricity, for example, supplies the power for light, cooking, washing, cleaning, and an ever-increasing volume of prepared food. Thus, technology has replaced the traditional place of a woman in the home; that process continues.

Israel, one of the most liberal nations in the world, is the leader in modernization. This is self-evident by their granting equal rights to women in the armed forces.

This is just another step toward global equality, erasing the borders between the distinct differences between male and female. This, incidentally, is also evident in the church: leadership positions used to be exclusively placed in the hands of men. Today, an increasing number of women have taken leadership roles in several denominations.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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