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Tel Aviv- Israel’s renowned spy agency, the Mossad, has started its first recruitment campaign specifically designed to attract women.

With ads splashed across newspaper pages and on its official website, the agency has declared it’s on the hunt for new female intelligence-gathering officers with “exceptional” character.

An advertisement, published Tuesday in the Israeli press, shows a portrait of a young woman with white lettering stating “wanted – powerful women.”

“We don’t care what you did; we care about who you are!” the ad reads.

The agency is looking for women to join their mostly male group of case officers, who are in charge of recruiting, training and handling agents.

Inside the agency, 40 percent of employees are women with 24 percent holding high-ranking positions.

The ad refers the potential candidates to their website.

Last week, President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu awarded certificates of excellence to 12 outstanding Mossad employees, half of them were women.

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.

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