Daniel Hagari

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Daniel Hagari
Native name
דניאל הגרי
Born1976 (age 47–48)
Tel Aviv
Allegiance Israel
Service/branch Israeli Navy
Years of service1995–present
Rank Tat-Aluf (Rear Admiral)
UnitIDF Spokesperson's Unit
Commands held

Daniel Hagari (Hebrew: דניאל "דני" הגרי; born 1976) is an Israel Defense Forces Rear Admiral (Tat-Aluf) who currently serves as the head of the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. Previously he has served as the commander of the Israeli Navy's operations directorate, the Chief of Staff's assistant, Commander of the Shayetet 13 marine commando unit and the office of the Chief of Staff.

Military service

Hagari joined the Israel Defense Forces in March 1995, and volunteered to the naval special operations unit, Shayetet 13.[1] After completing the warrior course training in the Shaytet, he then went to the infantry officer course. At the end of the course he returned to the Shayetet 13, and was appointed a platoon commander during Operation Defensive Shield. He later served as deputy commander of the Gadsar Nahal between 2003 and 2004.[2] After that he was appointed deputy commander of a fighter in Shayetet 13.[2]

In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel (Sgan-Aluf) and appointed commander of a vessel squadron in Shayetet 13, and served in this position until 2009. He was then appointed commander of a training squadron in Shayetet 13 between 2009 and 2011. He later served as deputy commander of Shayetet 13 between 2011 and 2012. Afterwards he was appointed head of the Chief of Staff Benny Gantz's office, a position he served in between the years 2013-2015.[1]

In 2015 he was promoted to the rank of colonel (Aluf-Mishne) and appointed head of the operations directorate of the Israeli Navy, until 2017.[3][1] in May 2017 he was appointed as Chief of Staff's Gadi Eizenkot's assistant, and served in the position during the Northern Shield operation, in this position he served until 2019.[1] On July 31, 2019, he was appointed Commander of Shayetet 13, a position in which he served until June 15, 2021.[4][1] For the activities of Shayetet 13 under his command, he was awarded the Chief of Staff Medal of Appreciation and the Chief of Staff's award for outstanding units in 2020, and the Chief of Staff's citation on June 16, 2021.[5][6][7] At the end of his position, he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General (Tat-Aluf) and on June 17, 2021, he assumed his position as the Chief of the Navy's Fleet.[1]

On March 29, 2023, he was appointed Chief of the IDF Spokesperson's Unit[8][2] to succeed Ran Kochav. Hagari's appointment was the continuation of a recent policy to tap career military officials instead of civilian journalists as head of the Spokesperson's Unit.[9]

Awards and decorations

Daniel Hagari was awarded three campaign ribbons for his service during three conflicts, as well as one Chief of Staff Citation.

Chief of Staff Citation Second Lebanon War South Lebanon Security Zone Operation Protective Edge

Personal life

Hagari grew up with two brothers[10] in Tel Aviv. He has a wife and four children. Has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree in diplomacy and security, both from Tel Aviv University.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Spokesperson, IDF. "IDF Spokesperson: The biography of Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Hagari" (PDF).
  2. ^ a b c Buchbut, Amir (2023-03-29). "יתמודד עם סערות המילואים ופיטורי גלנט: דובר צה"ל החדש נכנס לתפקיד - וואלה! חדשות". וואלה! (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2023-04-05.
  3. ^ Caspit, Ben (16 April 2017). "ראש חטיבת המבצעים בחיל הים: "חמאס לומד מחיזבאללה כל הזמן והולך בדרכיו"". www.maariv.co.il. Retrieved 2023-04-05.
  4. ^ "אלוף-משנה ד׳ מונה למפקד שייטת 13 בטקס שנערך בבסיס בעתלית". 0404 (in Hebrew). 2019-07-31. Retrieved 2023-04-05.
  5. ^ "אלה היחידות שיקבלו "אות הערכה מבצעי" מהרמטכ"ל". www.idf.il. Retrieved 2023-04-05.
  6. ^ "אלו היחידות המצטיינות הזוכות בפרס הרמטכ"ל לשנת 2020". www.idf.il. Retrieved 2023-04-05.
  7. ^ "הרמטכ״ל העניק צל"ש לשייטת 13 ול-4 מלוחמיה". www.idf.il. Retrieved 2023-04-05.
  8. ^ זיתון, יואב (2023-01-05). "המינוי הראשון של הרמטכ"ל הבא הלוי: דובר צה"ל, לשעבר מפקד שייטת 13". Ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2023-04-05.
  9. ^ Fabian, Emanuel (2023-01-05). "Senior Navy officer Daniel Hagari tapped as IDF spokesperson". Times of Israel. Retrieved 25 October 2023.
  10. ^ Hagari visits his disabled brother Yoni in October 2023 at the rehabilitation village of Adi Negev: "IDF spokesman at ADI: 'This is what we're fighting for'. "This place, which I have known from the day it was built, highlights the goodness and strength of Israeli society," said Brig. Gen. Daniel Hagari". JNS (Jewish News Syndicate). 2023-11-04. Retrieved 15 November 2023.