The cabinet on Sunday approved Gil Limon, a senior adviser to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, as a deputy attorney general.
There was no opposition among ministers to the appointment, which also requires the signature of Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar.
A Civil Service Commission panel had unanimously recommended Limon for the position, handing over the nomination to Sa’ar.
Limon will replace former deputy attorney general for public administrative law Dina Zilber. The attorney general has seven deputies, each with a particular legal focus. As a deputy attorney-general, a key part of Limon’s role will be appraising the conflicts of interests of government officials.
Mandelblit headed the panel nominating Limon and, despite his personal connection to his aide, did not submit a legal opinion explaining why it did not constitute a conflict of interest, according to the Haaretz daily, which described the two men as close friends.
Limon, 44, holds a doctorate in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has advised Mandelblit since 2016. The two also formerly worked together in the military prosecution. He has also served as legal counsel to Israel’s UN mission and to the cabinet secretary, according to the Justice Ministry.