Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai.
Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai. Photo by Tomer Appelbaum
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Defense Minister Ehud Barack approved Sunday the appointment of Brig. Gen. Yoav (Poly) Mordechai as the next IDF spokesman in line with the army chief's recommendation.

Mordechai will replace current IDF spokesman Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu within the next few weeks.

Mordechai, an intelligence officer, served until recently the head of the Israeli Civil Administration which deals with communications with the Palestinians in the West Bank.

As part of his position, Mordechai gained extensive experience in communicating with the press, mostly in the Arabic language.

Col. (res. ) Lior Lotan announced last week that he would step down as designated IDF spokesman.

Major General Yoav Galant, whose appointment as IDF chief was cancelled at the last minute due to a land dispute in which he allegedly fabricated information before the court, appointed Lotan to the position in January.

The decision was frozen when IDF Chief Benny Gantz entered his post.