Leon Charney’s legacy Presented by Forum Dvorah

Over 200 distinguished guests attended the annual benefit dinner in honor of Mr. Leon Charney's legacy at the Hilton Tel Aviv, where the main topic was analyzing the USA’s Presidential election from a political, media, and gender perspective. Keynote speaker Tzipi Livni, co-head of the Zionist Camp, spoke about the fundamental importance of female leadership, and women’s roles in affecting political change. According to Livni, although she believes that the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people, a political compromise is necessary to ensure the future safety and prosperity of Israel. Afterwards, a panel chaired by Brigadier General Israela Oron and featuring Dana Weiss, Talley Singer, and Sima Shine discussed the role that “post-truth” played in the US’ presidential election and outlined a vision for developing an honest political atmosphere for the future.

Also During the event an award presented by Ms. Tzili Charney, in honor of her late husband Mr. Leon Charney, was presented to Ms. Inbal Kreis, Deputy Director at the Israel Aerospace Industries’ Mabat facility. Inbal is the first woman to manage the Hetz 3 anti-ballistic missile defense system, a nation-wide project.

Ms. Tzili Charney presenting the award to Ms. Inbal Kreis

Ms. Tzili Charney presenting the award to Ms. Inbal Kreis

The organization Forum Dvorah: Women in Foreign Policy and National Security is a non-partisan, active network of almost one hundred professional Israeli women in an array of fields from security, through law to finance and environment. The forum was established by the Institute for Inclusive Security and in light of UNSCR 1325 (2000), which stresses the importance of “equal participation and full involvement” of women “in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security”. The Steering committee includes twelve notable women from diverse fields: Eti Livni, Israela Oron, Orit Adato, Halit Barel, Shlomit Lir, Pnina Sharvit-Baruch, Sima Shine, Miri Eisin, Gila Khalifi, Tzipi Iser Itzik, Deb Hosner-Coriel and Michal Hatuel.

L-R: Eti Livni (former MK advisor), Helit Barel (former Director at the Israeli National Security Council), Sima Shine (former Head of Strategic Division at Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs), Deborah Housen-Counriel (Advisor), Tzipi Iser-Itzik (former Executive Director of the Israel Union for Environmental Defense & Advisor), Dr. Shlomit Lir (Bar-Ilan University, Gender Studies Department), Orit Adato (Lieutenant-General), Israela Oron (Brigadier General Ret.) and  Pnina Sharvit Baruch (Colonel Res.)