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IDF Promotes Woman to Major General for First Time

Brig.-Gen. Orna Barbivai, 49-year-old deputy head of the IDF Human Resources Directorate, will make history in a few weeks when she becomes the first woman to hold the rank of major general in the Israeli army. Barbivai will become the head of the General Staff personnel department.

“There is no rank that is too heavy for a woman’s shoulders and there is no doubt that Brig.-Gen. Barbivai was appointed because of her talents,” said Opposition leader and Kadima Chairwoman MK Tzipi Livni.