Avichai Mandelblit named cabinet secretary
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Avichai Mandelblit named cabinet secretary

Former chief IDF lawyer says he'll contribute from his professional experience

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Avichai Mandelblit (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)
Avichai Mandelblit (photo credit: Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

Avichai Mandelblit was named the next Cabinet secretary on Monday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who wished him “the best of luck” in his new job.

Mandelblit served as the IDF’s advocate general between 2009 and 2011. He will replace Zvi Hauser, who announced three months ago that he’d leave the post once a replacement was found.

“I’ve come to contribute from my professional experience to the challenges facing the government,” Mandelblit said following the announcement.

While in the army, Mandelblit was responsible for the IDF’s legal work during the Second Lebanon War and Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. Among other things, he also dealt with the legality of using cluster bombs, and the Goldstone Report.

During his service Mandelblit was also a military judge in Gaza, where he welcomed dialogue with human rights groups, famously claiming “they do their job and I do mine.”

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