Role Military Officer
|Name Yoav Mordechai|
Rank Aluf (major general)
|Education Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
Commands held IDF Spokesperson's Unit
EXCLUSIVE: Al Jazeera Interviews COGAT Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai
Yoav (Poli) Mordechai (Hebrew: יואב מרדכי; born March 1964 in Jerusalem) is a major general (aluf) in the Israel Defense Forces, serving since 2014 as the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.
Mordechai was recruited to the IDF in 1982 and served as a soldier and an officer in the 51st Battalion of the Golani Brigade. Then he served in the Research Department in the Intelligence Directorate, and in an operational unit in the branch. In 2001 he was appointed to be chief of coordination and connection headquarters in Gaza, and later served as chief of civilian administration in the West Bank in the staff of the Government's Actions Coordinator in the Territories.
From April 7, 2011, to October 14, 2013, Mordechai served as the IDF Spokesperson. On January 29, 2014, following his promotion to the rank of aluf (major general), Mordechai was appointed as the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.
Mordechai speaks fluent Arabic. He has a Master's Degree of government and politics and additional Master's degree in National Security studies in the frame of the National Security College.
Mordechai is married and a father to three daughters.