Israela Oron

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Brigadier General (Ret.) Israela Oron served as Deputy National Security Advisor at Israel’s National Security Council (NSC) during the terms of Ehud Barak and Ariel Sharon as prime ministers. In this capacity, Oron briefed the Israeli cabinet on strategic issues and headed inter-agency policy planning projects on several issues, including the Palestinian refugee issue. Before joining the NSC, in 2000, she was a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Israel, establishing and leading the Organizational Strategy Department. Oron served in the IDF for 27 years in various key positions. In 1991 she was the first woman to be appointed to the post of Deputy Spokesman of the IDF, and in 1992 she became the first woman to serve as a faculty member at the IDF National Defense College. In her last appointment, she was Head of the IDF’s Women’s Corps, the highest rank attainable for women in the IDF.[1]



  1. Brig. Gen. (ret.) Israela Oron, Geneva Initiative, accessed 4 August 2012.