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IDF appoints second female major-general

Brig. General Yifat Tomer-Yerushalmi has been named as the Israel Defense Forces’ next military attorney general, making her the second female major general in the country’s history.

Tomer-Yerushalmi will replace Major General Sharon Afek, the first openly gay Major General in the IDF. His appointment was approved by Defense Minister Benny Gantz and IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit was also consulted about the appointment.

“Tomer-Yerushalmi is first and foremost a wonderful lawyer, with experience and a wealth of experience in all areas required by the military attorney general,” said Gantz. “I am sure that she will carry out her mission perfectly, taking care of the complicated missions included in the role, including defending IDF soldiers and international law and helping the operational level carry out their duties. mission in accordance with the law.

In recent years, the military has come under fire for failing to promote women to leadership positions, as Kohavi noted earlier this year as he pledged to address the issue.

Gantz, who as IDF chief of staff promoted the first female major general, current Minister of Economy Orna Barbivai, hails Tomer-Yerushalmi as a “pioneer” who reshaped the legal status and legal protections for women and combated sexual harassment.

“As Minister of Defense, I am proud to name her the second woman in the rank of Major General, and I am sure she will not be the last,” said Gantz.


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