Friday, May 27, 2011

Israel Army appointed the first woman general in its history

The Israeli Army has awarded for the first time in its history the rank of general to a woman, Orna Barbivay, 49, who takes office in the coming weeks, local media reported Friday. The military, which direct the Human Resources department of the Armed Forces, served until now as manager of that department in the General Staff, a male-dominated establishment.

Married with three children, Barbivay enlisted in 1981 in the Israeli Army in the Corps of Human Resources, having served in ranks to become manager of the Infantry Corps Command. The general range is the second largest in the Israeli military hierarchy and the highest can aspire to a soldier before being appointed Chief of Staff or the Army, who normally receive official appointment in office with the rank of lieutenant general.

Barbivay promotion, decided yesterday by the army chief, Benny Gantz, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak was greeted with enthusiasm by Israeli policies and deputies. Tzipi Livni, leader of the main opposition party, Kadima, welcomed the decision, calling it the "right message to society in Israel, both men and women" and said that "there is too high rank can not support a woman's shoulders.


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