Dafni Leef named ‘Woman of the Year’

"Leef, 25, became the generator of the biggest revolution Israel has ever known. She opened the valve, and the pent up pressure blew out."

September 15, 2011 05:39
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Dafni Leef 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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Globes has named tent protest leader Dafni Leef as its “Woman of the Year” for 2011. She beat OC Manpower Maj.-Gen. Orna Barbivai, the first woman to be appointed a major-general in the IDF; billionaire Shari Arison, Bank Leumi CEO Galia Maor, Kadima leader Tzipi Livni, Apax Partners Israel CEO Zehavit Cohen, Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch and Labor MK Shelly Yacimovich.

In announcing its choice, Globes said: “People said that she stammered, that she lacked clout, that she did not know what she wanted. But in the end, Dafni Leef, 25, became the generator of the biggest revolution Israel has ever known. She opened the valve, and the pent up pressure blew out with a force that no one expected. Even after repeated attempts to push her aside and thuggish acts against her, she insisted on taking command on the most exciting and earthshaking event in the country.”

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The top 21 women include six executives in companies controlled by Shari Arison, including Arison Holdings Ltd. chairwoman and CEO Efrat Peled, Bank Hapoalim vice presidents Lilach Asher- Topilsky and Anat Levin, Isracard chairwoman Irit Isaacson and Shikun u’Binui Holdings Ltd. CEO Ravit Barniv.

Other women in the top 20 include Strauss Group Ltd. chairwoman Ofra Strauss, HOT Telecommunication Systems Ltd. chairwoman Stella Handler, Bank of Israel Deputy Governor Karnit Flug, Accountant- General Michal Abadi- Boiangiu, Ofer Investments Ltd. chairwoman Liora Ofer, First International Bank of Israel CEO Smadar Barber- Zadik and Bank Leumi Deputy CEO Rakefet Russak- Aminach.

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