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Israel's first female haredi pilot flies Netanyahu to Greece

El Al’s first female fervently Orthodox pilot flew Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to a summit in Greece.

Nechama Spiegel Novak, a mother of four who has been flying for the national carrier since earlier this year, left Ben Gurion International Airport on Wednesday morning guiding a chartered Boeing 737 to Thessaloniki, where Netanyahu is participating in a trilateral summit with Greece and Cyprus.

The prime minister and his wife, Sara, took several photos with the pilot, who was the first officer on the flight, before they took off.

Novak attended flight school in the United States, where she worked to log enough flight hours. Unlike most Israeli pilots, she did not serve in the Israeli Air Force, where most pilots log their flight hours and get their licences.

“Being a pilot has always been a dream of mine. My husband is very supportive, and he is helping realise this dream,” she said in 2015 when she started her flight training.

Novak lives in a haredi neighbourhood of Jerusalem and is reluctant to grant interviews.

 Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

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