The Jerusalem Post

First woman appointed as military advocate-general

- • Jerusalem Post Staff

Defense Minister Benny Gantz appointed Brig.-Gen. Yifat Tomer-Yerushalmi as military advocate-general on Thursday. She will be the first woman to hold the position, and the second woman to be promoted to the rank of major-general, after Economy Minister Orna Barbivay.

Tomer-Yerushalmi will replace Military Advocate-General Maj.-Gen. Sharon Afek, who has served in the role for six years.

Her appointmen­t follows the recommenda­tion of IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi and consultati­ons with Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit.

“Tomer-Yerushalmi is an experience­d and outstandin­g legal scholar, holding extensive knowledge in the workings of the Military Advocate-General’s Office,” Gantz said in a statement. “She is also a groundbrea­king woman who advanced several gender-equality reforms in her current role. I am proud to promote her to the rank of major-general, and I am sure she won’t be the last.”

The military advocate-general is tasked with assuring that the rule of law is being implemente­d within the IDF, representi­ng the military in front of institutio­nal bodies, giving legal advice to senior officers on military and internatio­nal law and supervisin­g the rules of conduct, investigat­ory arms and military detention centers.


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