Col. (res.) Danny Efroni will soon be appointed as the Military Advocate General instead of Brig. Gen Avichai Mandelblit, who is completing a seven-year term and is expected to retire from the IDF. He is reportedly a compromise candidate – selected after the Defense Minister and IDF Chief of Staff each suggested their own candidate but failed to convince the other to accept him.
New IDF Advocate General
Col. (res.) Danny Efroni will be the next Military Advocate General, instead of Brig. Gen. Avichai Mandelblit.
As Advocate General, Mandelblit was often in the eye of political storms. He approved the legality of steps taken by the IDF against the residents of Gush Katif, who were forcibly evicted from their homes in 2005. He also approved a series of orders that restricted IDF soldiers' freedom to use force and fire at suspects.
Mandelblit also defended the IDF's seizure of the Mavi Marmara ship before a commission of inquiry.
Efroni was the Deputy Military Advocate General between 2004 and 2009. He will receive the rank of brigadier general.
Col. Efroni has had a long career at the Military Advocacy General. He was in charge of the Military Prosecution in Judea in 1991-93. He was then appointed to head a district in an intelligence unit, and held the position until 1996. He was then appointed deputy to the Chief Military Prosecutor.
In 2000 he was appointed Advocate to Northern Command, a role he discharged for three years. He was then appointed Chief Military Defense Attorney, and from this post went on to become Deputy Military Advocate General. When he completed a five year term in this position, he retired from the IDF.
Efroni is 53, married with three children, and holds degrees in business administration and law. He lives in Re'ut.