Peres joins tributes to first female Major-General Barbivai

May 29, 2011 02:29

President Shimon Peres was among the many people on Friday who called to congratulate Maj.-Gen.-designate Orna Barbivai, and wish her well in her new rank and position.

A long-time advocate for equal rights for women, Peres stressed the importance of promoting a woman to the rank of major-general – not just as a mark of recognition of Barbivai’s capabilities, but also in terms of advancing the status of women in Israel, and in the IDF. Peres said she had earned her promotion by excelling in all previous positions in the army. Peres expressed confidence that she would fulfill her duties with distinction, and serve as an inspiration to all women serving in the IDF.

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