With the start of 2011, the frequency of
kassams, missiles and kaytushas coming from Gaza is increasing;
ten fell in the first week of the new year, with more each day.
There have been injuries and one Israeli soldier was killed.
As many Israelis do not visit Jerusalem,
after induction into the army new recruits are brought to the Old City
and to the Kotel, the Western Wall
which has been so important to the Jewish people for centuries.
For some, it is a time to pray;
for others, a time to write a note.
They learn about their history,
visit the sites,
Hundreds of young women,
armed with a rifle,
or at rest
are proud to be Israeli soldiers.
Recently three women completed their pilot training
and were qualified as pilots in the Air Force.
It was announced that religious women with children are to be drafted.
From now on, it will be even harder to stereotype the new IDF soldier.