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A female IDF soldier with the Caracal Battalion stands with her hands on heart under an Israeli flag (Photo: flickr/IDF)

Last week, Israel and those who stand with her mourned the loss of Hadar Cohen, the policewoman killed in a Jerusalem terror attack. Today, Israel Hayom's Itsik Saban tells us about the many brave women currently serving with Israel's Border Police, keeping the Israeli people safe, especially during this time of increased violence:

In this current wave of terrorism, it's hard to ignore the sign of the long hair flowing out from beneath some of the Border Police helmets. The excellent female fighters have become an inextricable part of the forces, and they enjoy full equality. The Border Police was the first security brigade to integrate women into combat roles, and today, after completing grueling basic training, they serve in the most combatant positions in the most sensitive areas: checkpoints, patrols, ambushes and arrests of terrorists.

"This is very demanding service," says 1st Sgt. Chen Cohen, who is stationed in Jerusalem.

"The sense is one of satisfaction with a huge desire to contribute to the state and a lot of desire to protect the lives of civilians -- even knowing that in our jobs, we could find ourselves in painful situations, even have to give our lives," Cohen says.

"The female fighters' routine is intense -- at flashpoints, we work around the clock along with the guys," she adds...

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