Women are taking over the world

The toughest women in the world

Israeli women exude strength, they are uncompromising, they take responsibility and yet they plunge into life. A bow.

With French women it is like this: the very name "the French woman" has a sound that makes you think of women celebrating their femininity.

When we talk about Swedes, women march in front of the inner eye who speak loudly and firmly and with whom one does not mess. For the Swedes, feminist is a synonym for woman.

Israel women have something of both. Young secular Israeli women seem incredibly self-confident and independent, the English word is particularly fitting: tough. They can handle weapons, which has impressed anyone who has seen the young soldiers in the cafes in Tel Aviv or on the tram in Jerusalem with their assault rifles.

With them you know where you stand. Israeli women are seen as straightforward and ruthlessly honest and do not like to keep things in suspense. You only have to try to flirt with them once. If you are afraid of being rejected or of finding out the truth about yourself, it is better not to do it.

At the same time, Israeli women show a robust zest for life that is exuberant on a summer day on the beach. And because you're so ready to fight, you can allow yourself to be sexy at it without loss.

So much for my little typology, which is naturally presumptuous, but which I am happy to continue with. Because she is confirmed in one of the currently most popular Netflix series, the third season of "Fauda".

In «Fauda» - the Arabic word for chaos - Israeli intelligence agents hunt down Palestinian terrorists. The thriller is full of heat and brutality, the characters have depth on both sides. They wrestle with their own shadows, are driven and lost in this conflict that seems insoluble. But not the tough guys in their worn out T-shirts and combat boots did it to me. But the women.

For example, there is Nurit (Rona-Lee Shim’on), the only woman in the anti-terrorist unit: beautiful, proud and fearless. Her affair with the boss ends when he is blown up in the car. In the third season, the intelligence chief for Gaza, Hila (Marina Maximilian), is added. Hila silences the men with a glance. Another look, and Doron (Lior Raz), the show's hero, is caught.

You can tell Israeli women that they know how to assert themselves in a man's world. They learn how to deal with the macho culture in the military service, which they have been doing since the state was founded in 1948. In the army, however, women also experience respect and respect. For them, a sexist slogan is no proof that they are not considered to be of equal value. When Hila is introduced to the fighting force, the men hoot and whistle. One later commented: "I bet she talks about Hamas rockets during sex."

Can it be any more outrageous? But instead of suing this as an attack on the dignity of women, the testosterone overdrive receives no attention. If need be, women could fight back.

A woman in a camouflage suit intimidates and dresses. Armed Israeli beauties are available as pin-up calendars. I suspect the hot woman's male fantasy has to do with the fact that a woman is the more desirable the more dangerous it seems to conquer her.

A society that is under constant threat shapes the nature of its members. Feeling at risk encourages a passion for life. This not only makes you tough, it also makes you surrender to the here and now and forget everything for a moment. It gives the women an erotic power that also captivates me for the heroines in the books of the Israeli author Zeruya Shalev. With her, surrender is always the other side of the loss, of the threatening and real experience. The affairs in "Fauda" also have this desperate effect.

And if women also talk about the enemy during sex: bad luck for whoever is there.