Israel’s New Military Advocate General to Be Its Second Female Major General Ever

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Yifat Tomer-Yerushalmi, to replace Sharon Afek as military advocate general.
Yifat Tomer-Yerushalmi, to replace Sharon Afek as military advocate general.Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

The next military advocate general will be Yifat Tomer-Yerushalmi, making her only the second female major general in the history of the Israel Defense Forces, Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced Thursday.

Currently she serves as IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi’s adviser on gender issues.

The first female major general was Orna Barvivai, who is now economy minister. Tomer-Yerushalmi will replace Sharon Afek, a man, who has been military advocate general since 2015. Gantz appointed Tomer-Yerushalmi on Kochavi’s recommendation, after also consulting Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit.

Before becoming Kochavi’s adviser on gender issues, Tomer-Yerushalmi headed the military prosecution’s legal advice and legislation department. Before that, she was a military judge, eventually rising to the post of deputy president of the Jaffa military court.

She has two master’s degrees in law, one from Tel Aviv University and one from the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center & School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Tomer-Yerushalmi is first of all an outstanding jurist with broad background and experience in all the military prosecution’s fields of activity. I’m certain she will cope with defending IDF soldiers and with international law, while helping operational units do their job in accordance with the law,” Gantz said in a statement.

“Tomer-Yerushalmi is also a groundbreaking woman who, in her current job, promoted reforms important to women in the career army. She took part in integrating women into key roles in the IDF and in dealing with sexual harassment.”

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