Israel’s top intelligence agency, Mossad publishes recruitment ad specifically targeting “powerful women” to apply.
Israel’s intelligence agency known as the Mossad has launched a recruitment campaign specifically targeting women for the first time since its establishment in 1949.
A series of advertisements published in national newspapers is aimed at drawing female recruits to the agency, whose staff is comprised of about 40 percent women – with 24 percent of those women occupying key top-level roles, according to Israeli news site Ynet.
One ad shows the face of a woman whose features are obscured in darkness, featuring the statement “powerful women needed”.
Additional text reads: “It doesn’t matter to us what you did, what matters to us is who you are! The Mossad is recruiting collection officers with unique personalities,” referring to soldiers in the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps, tasked with collecting combat intelligence.
The most famous former Mossad woman is Israel’s ex-foreign minister Tzipi Livni, who worked for the agency in 1980-1984 and who has seldom discussed her work there. Foreign media reports have said she worked on missions to locate Palestinians in Europe known to be participating in terrorism, according to Ynet.
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