Avichai Mandelblit

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Avichai Mandelblit
Avichai Mandelblit.jpg
Born (1963-06-29) 29 June 1963 (age 53)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Allegiance Israel Israel
Years of service 1985 – 2011
Rank Aluf
Commands held Military Advocate General
Battles/wars 1982 Lebanon War, First Intifada, al-Aqsa Intifada, Second Lebanon War, Operation Cast Lead
Other work

Cabinet Secretary

Attorney General of Israel

Aluf Avichai Mandelblit or Mendelblit (Hebrew: אביחי מנדלבליט‎‎; born 29 June 1963) was the Chief Military Advocate General of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) between the years 2004 and 2011. On April 2013 he was appointed Cabinet Secretary.[1] In February 2016 he was appointed Attorney General of Israel.


He was born and raised in Tel Aviv and became an Orthodox Jew at the age of 26.

He was allowed to postpone his mandatory military service in the Israel Defense Forces to attend Tel Aviv University as part of the Atuda program. He joined the IDF in 1985 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in law

Military career[edit]

Upon joining the IDF, he held a variety of positions in the Military Prosecutor's Office and Military Defense. Between 1991 and 1992, he served as a judge in the Military Court of the Gaza region. In 1997, he was appointed Deputy President of the Military Court of the Southern Command and the Ground Forces. In 2000 he was appointed as the Head of the Chief Military Defense, and, in 2003, as the Deputy Military Advocate General.

In 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Tat Aluf (Brigadier General) and appointed as the Chief Military Advocate General. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Aluf.

During his service as the Chief Military Advocate General, Mandelblit frequently expressed the IDF's legal viewpoint upon different issues of the international humanitarian law. In December 2007, he declared that the IDF's use of cluster bombs during the Second Lebanon War complied with international humanitarian law.[2] He was also a part of harsh criticism against Goldstone Report, stating: "We ourselves set up investigations into 140 complaints. It is when you read these other reports and complaints that you realize how truly vicious the Goldstone report is. He made it look like we set out to go after the economic infrastructure and civilians, that it was intentional. It’s a vicious lie."[3]

On September 15, 2011, Mandelblit was succeeded as the Chief Military Advocate General by Danny Efroni.


  1. ^ http://www.haaretz.co.il/news/politics/1.2007388[need quotation to verify]
  2. ^ Hanan, Greenberg (24 December 2007). "IDF: Use of cluster bombs during war legal". Ynetnews. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  3. ^ "IDF set to counter Goldstone Report". Ynetnews. 23 January 2010. Archived from the original on 2016-08-30. Retrieved 2010-01-30. 

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