Rule of law: Efroni’s wars

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.


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