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IDF Col. "N" appointed first female Military Secretary to the President of Israel, to be promoted to Brigadier General. Dec. 20 2021

In a historic decision, President Isaac Herzog decided Monday to appoint IDF Col. “N.” as the next Military Secretary to the President of the State of Israel and to promote her to the rank of brigadier-general.

The decision was made through an organized recruitment process and in coordination with Defense Minister Benny Gantz and IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi.


Col. “N.” — who will succeed Brig.-Gen. Alaa Abu Rukun, who has served in the role for the past three years — has served in the IDF for 22 years, serving as IDF Central Command’s chief intelligence officer for the past year-and-a-half.

During her military career, she has held a series of commands in the field and in staff roles. “N.” is 40 years old, lives in central Israel, is married with two children, and holds degrees in the history of the Middle East.

“I congratulate Col. ‘N.’ on her appointment and I trust and am confident that she will be a welcome addition to my team of advisors,” the president said, adding his confidence that “her professional and personal talents will bring tremendous value to the institution of the Presidency, the IDF, and the whole State of Israel.

“The glass ceiling is being smashed every day in Israel and I am proud that during my Presidency, another glass ceiling is being smashed, by a worthy and promising officer,” he added.

“I want to thank Brig.-Gen. Alaa Abu Rukun for his devoted service at the President’s Residence and for his significant contribution to the IDF and the State of Israel.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.