In a ceremony held Thursday (April 7th) at the IDF General Headquarters in Tel Aviv, Brig. Gen. Yoav “Poli” Mordechai was appointed the IDF Spokesperson, replacing Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu, who is completing his four-year term. The ceremony was led by IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, and attended by the members of the IDF General Staff. In addition a ceremony marking the change of command was held, in which the outgoing IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu transferred the command to the incoming IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Yoav “Poli” Mordechai. This part of the ceremony was presided over by the Head of the Operations Branch, Maj. Gen. Yaacov Ayish, previous IDF Spokespersons, senior commanders, military reporters, and the entire IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.
The outgoing IDF Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Benayahu, thanked the Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gantz, and his predecessor, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Gabi Ashkenazi. In addition he thanked the General Staff for the personal and professional backing he received and for the mutual work they have accomplished together over the years stating: “I was called to this role by the then Chief of the General Staff, in the days after the Second Lebanon War. Today, four years later, with the cooperation I had the fortune of receiving, we have succeeded in advancing significant steps in the field of public affairs, expanding into new domains and becoming an IDF Spokesperson’s network that is an integral part of Israeli public diplomacy. I complete my role after a time in which we have restored respect and public trust in the IDF.”
Brig. Gen. Benayahu wished his successor the best of luck handling the challenges that lay ahead.
The incoming IDF Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Mordechai, thanked the Chief of the General Staff for his trust, and Brig. Gen. Benayahu for the support and knowledge he has given him.
The Chief of the General Staff thanked the outgoing IDF Spokesperson and said: “Avi is finishing four years of remarkable work for the IDF and for the state of Israel. I’m sure our paths will cross again in the future. Avi will stay in the IDF in the upcoming months and I’m convinced we will enjoy his time with us.”
Lt. Gen. Gantz wished good luck to the incoming IDF Spokesperson, and said that he is convinced he will take the role to new heights.
Brig. Gen. Benayahu will, in the upcoming months, lead projects in the fields of media and public diplomacy in the IDF.