As the Arabs in Judea and Samaria threaten to storm Jewish communities, the women at Pnei Kedem in Gush Etzion, in the Judean hills, are learning to shoot firearms.
The extra precaution is due to concerns that Arabs will descend on communities en masse, spreading IDF forces too thin to effectively block them. In such a scenario, the civilians in some communities may have to fend for themselves.
The IDF has been given instructions to fire only at Arab intruders' legs, even if they enter the communities. The women may not yet be marksmen who can aim with that kind of precision. However, if they feel that their families are endangered, it is highly doubtful that this will deter them.
Photos: Nati Shochat, Flash 90