Lapid Taps Ex-supreme Court Judge to Head Panel Appointing Israeli Army Chief

Israel's attorney general gave the green light for the defense minister to appoint the next army chief, even though he serves in an interim government that will be replaced after Israel heads to polls in November

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Menachem Mazuz.
Menachem Mazuz.Credit: Daniel Tchetchik
Jonathan Lis
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Prime Minister Yair Lapid is set to appoint former Supreme Court Justice Menachem Mazuz to head a committee responsible for vetting senior officials, including the next Israeli army chief.

The prime minister will bring the nomination of ex-attorney general Mazuz to a cabinet vote on Sunday in a bid to expedite the process of appointing a new Israeli chief of staff.

Earlier in July, Israel's Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara gave the green light for Defense Minister Benny Gantz to elect the chief of staff for the Israel Defense Forces, even though he serves in an interim government that will be replaced after Israel heads to polls on November 1.

If confirmed, Mazuz will be replacing the former head of the government's advisory committee on senior appointments Eliezer Goldberg, who passed away in March.

There are currently two main candidates in the running for the top job in the Israeli military: Deputy Chief of Staff Major-General Hertzi Halevi and Major-General Eyal Zamir. According to most estimates, Gantz seeks to appoint Halevi to the position.

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