Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday appointed IDF Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Moshe Edri as chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission.

Edri, 59, currently serves at the Ministry of Defense as both director of special means and as director for civil defense, according to a government press statement. He assumed those positions in 2015.

As director for civil defense, Edri has been responsible for coordinating and leading the effort to deal with the coronavirus on a national level.

Edri, who served for 31 years in the IDF in various senior positions, mainly in the Air Force, was discharged in 2011 with the rank of brigadier-general. Edri then served for three and a half years as a senior official with the Atomic Energy Commission.

The appointment will commence in July 2022 following the completion of a transition and approval process, the government release stated.


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