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Israelis You Should Know: Ariella Lazrovitch

Ariella Lazrovitch (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

So many brave men and women serve the Jewish state by serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). This week's Israeli You Should Know is not only the first woman to serve as the IDF's chief financial adviser, but only one of four to serve on its General Staff:

Lazrovitch received her official promotion to brigadier general from her former rank of colonel. She is the fifth woman currently serving in the IDF to hold that rank, alongside brigadier generals Meirav Kirschner, Ariella Ben-Avraham, Michal Teshuva and Sharon Nir.

Lazrovitch’s full title is financial adviser to the chief of staff and head of the Defense Ministry’s Budgets Department. She replaced Brig. Gen. Sasson Hadad, who has served in that position for the past three years. She leaves her position as head of the Ground Forces’ budget department.

A part of both the military and the Defense Ministry, the chief of staff’s financial adviser builds the army’s budget, in coordination with the IDF’s Planning Directorate and the Finance Ministry. In some cases, the adviser also works with the United States on issues pertaining to Israel’s aid package and joint defense projects.

This promotion makes Lazrovitch the fourth woman to serve on the IDF General Staff...

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