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Senior adviser to Mandelblit nominated as next deputy AG

Panel recommending Gil Limon for position was headed by the attorney general, despite the pair’s close personal ties

Dr. Gil Limon was nominated as deputy attorney general on August 2, 2021 (Courtesy/Gideon Sharon)
Dr. Gil Limon was nominated as deputy attorney general on August 2, 2021 (Courtesy/Gideon Sharon)

Gil Limon, a senior adviser to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, was nominated Monday as deputy attorney general.

A Civil Service Commission panel unanimously recommended Limon for the position, handing over the nomination to Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar.

The nomination needs to be signed off by the justice minister and the cabinet.

If confirmed, Limon would replace former deputy attorney general for public administrative law Dina Zilber. The attorney general has seven deputies, all with a particular legal focus.

Mandelblit headed the panel nominating Limon and despite his personal connection to his aide, did not submit a legal opinion explaining why this did not constitute a conflict of interest, according to the Haaretz daily, which described the attorney general and his aide as close friends.

If Limon receives the position, a key part of his role will be appraising the conflicts of interests of government officials.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit attends a conference of the Association of Corporate Counsel, in Tel Aviv, June 29, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Limon, 44, holds a doctorate degree 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.

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