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Orly Markman to become IDF’s third-ever female major general

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Brig. Gen. Orly Markman has been named the next president of the Israel Defense Forces’ Court of Appeals, the military equivalent of chief supreme court justice, and will be promoted to the rank of major general, making her the third woman to ever receive the rank, the Defense Ministry says.

Markman, who currently serves as the vice president of the military court of appeals, was chosen by the Military Judge Selection Committee, headed by Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

Markman will succeed Maj. Gen. Doron Piles in the role.

“Orly will the third female general in the IDF, and then it will be the first time that the General Staff will include two female generals — a significant and important achievement,” says IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi.

Military Advocate General Yifat Tomer-Yerushalmi was the second woman to earn the rank of major general, some 10 years after the first woman — Orna Barbivay, now economy minister — did so.

In addition to Markman, the Military Judge Selection Committee also decided to appoint Col. Maya Goldschmidt to the military court of appeals, the Defense Ministry says.

“We will continue to promote women to all positions and in all the departments of the IDF — foremost because there is a security need of the first order to improve the quality of the IDF and to increase the supply of high-quality manpower that commands it,” Gantz says.

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