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.