Israel’s newest lawmaker has come up with his maiden idea to improve Israel: give women a knock back.
Akram Hasoon was sworn in last month after veteran politician Gideon Ezra died. He represents Kadima, as did Ezra, a party that was until recently led by a keen advocate of progress for women, Tzipi Livni.
But Hasoon’s big new idea is to undo women’s hard won advancement in the Israeli military by ending physical training for all women, except got those in combat positions. Currently, all soldiers go through physical training, an important part of integration in to the army. Halting physical training for non-combatant men would be unthinkable. But Hasoon thinks it is a great way to save the equivalent of $50 million a year.