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September 10, 2014 12:13 pm

IDF’s First Female Major-General Retires After 34 Years

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In the pictured changing of the guard ceremony on Tuesday, Air Force General Command chief Brig. Gen. Hagai Topolansky replaced Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai (right) on Tuesday as head of the Israel Defense Forces' Personnel Directorate. Barbivai was the IDF's first female major-general. Photo: Israel Hayom video screenshot.

JNS.org – Air Force General Command chief Brig. Gen. Hagai Topolansky replaced Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai on Tuesday as head of the Israel Defense Forces’ Personnel Directorate. Barbivai, who is retiring, made history by becoming the first, and so far only, woman in the IDF to reach the rank of major-general.

Four women in the IDF currently hold the next-highest rank, brigadier-general.

“Orna is the first female major-general, but surely not the last,” IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said Tuesday, according to Israel Hayom. “Her abilities brought her to this, not her femininity. She has done a wonderful job for 34 years.”

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