Israelis may put pigs on guard duty
( 2003-10-29 16:06) (Guardian)
The reviled pig - whose name ancient Israelites would not even say, and which
is still plucked from the boxes of imported toy farmyards - is set to make a
comeback in Israel, guarding Jewish settlers from their Palestinian foes.
The Hebrew Battalion, an organisation that supplies dogs to protect
settlers, has won permission from rabbis in a number of Jewish colonies in the
West Bank to use hundreds of pigs because they have a better sense of smell.
The rabbis cite a biblical let-out that permits otherwise prohibited actions
if they save a life. "Pigs' sense of smell is far more developed than that of
dogs," the head of the Hebrew Battalion, Yekutiel Ben-Yaakov, told Ma'ariv
But the Israeli army said it would have problems "drafting" an unclean