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IDF: Gil Messing replaces Brig.Gen Ronen Manelis as IDF Press Officer – Israel News



IDF: Gil Messing Replaces Brig.Gen Ronen Manelis as IDF Press Spokesman

The new IDF Spoksperson Gil Messing service will begin its service in a few months.
(photo credit: IDF SPOKESMAN & UNIT)

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The Israeli army announced on Monday that Gil Messing will replace the IDF spokesman Brig-Gen. Ronen Manelis, who has served in the role of the last two years.

Messing was chosen by Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, read the statement issued by IDF.

Born in 1983, Messing served in several IDF roles before leaving in 2006.

His last role in the army served as a spokesman for Kochavi when he was commander of the Gaza Division between 2004 and 2006.

After leaving the army, Messing served as media adviser to the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2009, and then as advisor to MK Tzipi Livni, while she was head of the opposition between 2009 and 2012.

He then moved to Britain where he was a researcher at the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King's College in London from 2012 to 2013.

From 2013 to 2018, he served as Director of Communications and External Relations at Strauss Group and then became Director of Global Corporate Communications at Check Point Software Technologies.

Married to two children, Messing lives in Tel Aviv. He holds a BA in State Administration, Diplomacy and Strategy from Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center and Master of Law from Bar-Ilan University.

Messing will assume its new role in the coming months.

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