The Committee for the Selection of Military Judges, headed by Defense Minister Gantz, today (Sunday) elected Brigadier General Orly Markman as president of the Military Court of Appeals – Markman will be the third woman in IDF history to the rank of major general, and second in the current General Staff forum. The committee also elected Colonel Maya Goldschmidt as a judge of the Military Court of Appeals.
Defense Minister Ganz: “We will continue to promote women in all positions, including in all IDF units – first and foremost because this is a first-rate security need that improves the IDF’s quality and increases the supply of quality manpower available to it.”
Chief of Staff Lt. Col. Aviv Kochavi: “Orly will be the third champion in the IDF, and thus for the first time the General Staff Forum will include two champions – a significant and important achievement.”
The Committee for the Selection of Forensic Military Judges, headed by Defense Minister Bnei Gantz, elected Brigadier General Orly Markman to chair the Military Court of Appeals at its meeting today (Sunday). Brigadier General Markman will be promoted to the rank of major general and thus become the third woman ever to become a major general in the IDF, and the second in the current General Staff forum after the appointment of Yifat Tomer Yerushalmi as the Chief Military Prosecutor. In addition, the committee selected Col. Maya Goldschmidt as a judge of the Military Court of Appeals.
Brigadier General Orly Markman serves as Vice President of the Military Court of Appeals, and previously held a number of positions in the Military Courts Unit, including chairing district military courts and the Special Court. Brigadier General Markman holds a master’s degree from Tel Aviv University, is married to Gilad and is a mother of four. . In her role, Brigadier General Markman will replace Major General Doron Piles, who has been in office for the past five years.
Colonel Maya Goldschmidt, was appointed a judge in the District Military Court in 2009, and from 2019 as the President of the Southern District Military Court and the Land Arm.
In the committee headed by Defense Minister Bnei Gantz, members Justice Minister Gideon Saar, Honorable President of the Supreme Court Justice Esther Hayut, Deputy President of the Supreme Court, Honorable Justice Neil Handel, Chief of General Staff, Major General Aviv Kochavi, President of the Military Court of Appeals, Maj. Gen. Doron Piles, Head of the Personnel Division, Maj. Gen. Yaniv Asur, Judge of the Military Court of Appeals, Col. Noa Sommer and Representative of the Bar Association, Attorney Noam Laor and the center of the committee is Lt. Col. Roi Zandani.
The committee also adopted the proposal to amend the rules regarding its rules of procedure regarding the confidentiality of the committee’s deliberations and compare them to the rules applicable in this matter in the committee for the selection of judges in the general system, so that minutes of committee hearings are not confidential Particular or in general.
In the words of Defense Minister Bnei Gantz: “The committee’s decision is based on Orly’s professional abilities over the years and she is the right person for this sensitive and important position as well as Maya who comes with the required experience. I am proud that another woman enters the General Staff forum, and she will not be the last. We will continue to promote women in all positions, including in the IDF – in the first place because this is a first-rate security need that improves the quality of the IDF and increases the supply of quality manpower available to it. “
In the words of Chief of Staff Lt. Col. Aviv Kochavi: “I welcome the worthy and important appointments of Orly and Maya to key and sensitive positions in the IDF. Orly will be the third champion in the IDF, and thus for the first time the General Staff Forum will include two champions – a significant and important achievement. We must continue the upward trend that has taken place over the past five years in the number of senior IDF officers, and we will work to increase it all the time. The IDF works to preserve these trends on a regular, permanent and reserve basis, and to make the most of the enormous contribution and unique skills of women in all IDF units.