Maj. Gen. Danny Efroni, the IDF military advocate-general. (photo credit:IDF SPOKESMAN’S UNIT)




Historians years from now may wonder how the guy who accidentally became the military advocate-general ended up being the most dominant figure of his era in Israel’s wars and in the legitimacy battles with the International Criminal Court.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then-IDF chief-of-staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz were technically in command during the wars where Maj.-Gen. Danny Efroni was the military advocate- general.

But Efroni, especially after the pressure put on Israel following the UN 2009 Goldstone Report on alleged war crimes from the 2008-2009 Gaza war, had outsized power in determining how far the IDF could go in targeting, and in investigating the wars afterward.

Ironically, Efroni, who just stepped down as the military advocate-general last week, was never supposed to hold the post.


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