Equality is a fact of life in the Israeli Defence Forces with women conscripts playing a key role.
GROUND TO AIR VIEW: Parachutists leaving aircraft.
SV PAN: parachutists land.
SCU Woman parachutist untangles her equipment.
CU other women parachutists walking away from landing zone (2 shots)
SV EXTERIOR: Airport control tower.
SV and CU Woman air traffic controller at work (3 shots)
SV Israeli fighter aircraft lands.
SV and CU woman operating fork lift truck (4 shots)
SV AND CU women working on electronic equipment (4 shots)
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Background: Equality is a fact of life in the Israeli Defence Forces with women conscripts playing a key role.
Reporting from Tel Aviv, Visnews cameraman, Rolf Kneller, said that with Israel's shortage of manpower young Israeli women conscripts have proved themselves as skillful as men in work areas traditionally regarded as male preserves.
Israel's equality policy starts at the cradle, continues the cradle, continues through the co-educational system, and reaches its peak with the compulsory military training for women between the ages of 18 and 20.
Their role is not a secondary one. There are women parachute instructors, defence airtraffic controllers and electronic specialists carrying out highly skilled work on defence equipment.
Others are employed as fork lift truck drivers moving military equipment.
However, government policy forbids the sending of women into combat zones, although women fought in the army prior to 1948.
Despite, the ban, the Israeli government says the armed forces train their women conscripts for battle and they have proved themselves invaluable in war situations, releasing more men for fighting.
SYNOPSIS: Israel, with young women parachutists taking their final training jump alongside their male colleagues. According to the Israeli Government, the existence of women paras in the armed forces proves there is no battle of the sexes or need for Women's Liberation among their thousands of female conscripts.
Visnews staff cameraman, Rolf Kneller, reporting from Tel Aviv explained that with Israel's shortage of manpower, young Israeli women conscripts have proved themselves as skillful as men in many areas traditionally regarded as male preserves. And neither is the women's role a secondary one.
In the Israeli Air Force, women play a vital part as air traffic controllers-taking responsibility for the direction and guidance of fighter and bomber aircraft. In a war situation they may find themselves aiding control of an airstrike or interceptor force.
However, there is still one area of discrimination. Government policy forbids the sending of women members of the armed forces into combat zones. In fact women have not taken part in actual combat since 1948.
Despite, the ban, the Israeli Government says that the armed forces train their women conscripts for battle and that they have proved themselves invaluable in war situations, releasing more men.
for actual fighting.
In some cases, the government says that women are superior to men -- particularly with electronics -- because they have far more patience.