Tamir Pardo: Women have the edge over men in multitasking - to carry out the mission and to survive.
3 October 12 13:04, Vered Ramon-Rivlin
"We're soldiers without guns. Our weapons are only between our ears. Our capabilities are based on our invisibility. Women are not only just as capable in what I call secret warfare, they actually have a great advantage, says MossadDirector Tamir Pardo."In this kind of warfare, our lives depend on our ability to multitask; in other words, to act in several channels simultaneously, to carry out the mission on one hand, and to survive on the other. Women have the edge over men in this area. It's harder for men - that's the way we were born and there's nothing you can do about it.
"In operations in the field, the number of women equals the number of men. Fighting women are at the Mossad's heart. Why are there no women in senior positions at the Mossad? It's their choice, not the organization's."
Pardo says, "Women start at the Mossad at younger ages, because if you bring a 23-year old man and a 23-year old woman to the induction training, the men wouldn’t stand a chance of passing. The men would fail. That is because they mature later. There is no problem in taking a 22-year old discharged woman soldier into the Mossad. But men? Don’t even try. They won't succeed at these ages. There is no point in even calling them in for an interview. They mature much more slowly."
He adds, "Another thing, women are skilled at perception. We take people with the same level of intelligence and identical basic skills, and we see the supremacy of women's performance in terms of outstanding perception of the field, reading of situations, and broad perception, all of which goes against the stereotype. They also have good technical skills. When they're good, they're very good. As commanders, they can get outstanding results from the team, especially if it’s a mixed team of men and women."
Pardo continues, "It's easier for women to forego ego, to look at the mission, and less at the ego. The moment you give them the mission, they do extraordinary work. Every mission I gave to a man, something you cannot imagine, the women do just as well. Women also know how to act much better than men.