Tag Archive for Yoav Mordechai

IDF: “The State of Israel and its army care for Palestinian life more than Hamas”

IDF soldiers hastened to treat and save the life of a wounded man who stumbled into Israel after being shot in Gaza by Hamas.

By Israel Today Staff


A Palestinian man from the Gaza Strip stumbled across the security fence into Israeli territory on Wednesday after having been shot by Hamas forces.

Soldiers with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), who are so often smeared as blood-thirsty racists, did not hesitate to provide the man with emergency medical treatment.

IDF Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, head of COGAT (Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories), took the opportunity to set the record straight, posting to Facebook in Arabic the following message to the people of Gaza:

Nothing simpler: a Palestinian passed the security fence from the Gaza Strip into Israel today after Hamas forces shot him.

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Egypt ends deliveries of diesel fuel into Gaza over Hamas’ failure to pay

UN Envoy to the Mideast, Nickolay Mladenov, and Palestinian PM Hamdallah met with Major General Yoav Mordechai about Gaza’s fuel shortage and the plight of Gaza’s citizens, and no one questions Hamas’ withholding over a $100 million to spend on tunnel building.
– Israel insists solution should also address the issue of Hamas finally returning missing POWs, MIAs to Israel.

By Elior Levy


Egypt stopped allowing diesel shipments to enter the Gaza Strip Wednesday, causing the strip’s power station to cease operations. As a result, residents have been limited to three hours of electricity a day.

A meeting was thus called by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in light of the dire situation, attended by the United Nations (UN) Envoy to the Mideast Nickolay Mladenov and Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Major General Yoav Mordechai. Continue Reading »

UNRWA school in Gaza connected to Hamas terror-tunnel to fight Israel


‘The Hamas terrorist tunnel discovered beneath the UNRWA school in Gaza verifies what Israel has always known, Hamas exploits the UN schools as terror bases for attacks on Israel, while the terrorists use the children of Gaza as human shields.’

By Elad Benari, Canada


A Hamas terrorist tunnel was discovered under a school in Gaza run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA), Israeli media reported on Friday.

The tunnel was discovered a week and a half ago, according to the reports.

Ann Dismorr, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Lebanon, with a map that shows all of Israel as “Palestine”.-

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Minister Steinitz to Israeli General: ‘I don’t take orders from the Palestinian Authority’


Energy & Infrastructure Minister Steinitz opposes the COGAT head Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai’s decision to reduce electricity to Gaza in the face of an internal PA-Hamas dispute, saying we should decide where to cut “and not become a pawn in their hands.”

By Itamar Eichner


A sharp confrontation broke out between the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Dr. Yuval Steinitz, and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, following Mordechai’s decision to reduce by more than a quarter the amount of electricity that Israel transfers to the Gaza Strip.

Electricity on the way to the Palestinians – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Mordechai recently wrote a letter to the directors-general of the Ministries of National Infrastructures and Finance, the National Security Agency and the Shin Bet, as well as to the military secretaries of the Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, informing them of his decision to reduce the amount of electricity that would be transferred to the Gaza Strip via the electricity lines. Continue Reading »

After 4 days in jail, Abbas releases Palestinians for attending peaceful Sukkot event


Considering any kind of ‘normalization’ with Israel as fraternizing with the enemy, Abbas’ PA prohibits all Palestinian civilians from any kind of peaceful meetings with Jewish settlers, under penalty of law.
• In seeking help to free the 4 imprisoned Palestinians, PM Netanyahu said, “Where is the outrage of human rights organizations? There is none. To their great shame, they are silent.”

By Daniel Siryoti and Shlomo Cesana


Palestinian Authority security forces released four Palestinians who were arrested on Thursday for attending a holiday event at Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi’s sukkah in Gush Etzion. The prisoners were released after Maj. Continue Reading »

Saudi Delegation Visit Jerusalem to Meet IDF, Foreign Ministry Officials


Retired Saudi general Anwar Eshki visits Israel with businessmen & academics to promote the 2002 ‘Arab Peace Initiative’, including a meeting with the IDF’s head of the unit that coordinates Israeli activities in the West Bank & Gaza.



The head of a rare Saudi delegation to Israel and the West Bank met a senior Israeli government official during his trip, the Foreign Ministry told AFP on Sunday.

Gold in a previous meeting with Eshki

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the meeting between retired Saudi general Anwar Eshki and ministry Director General Dore Gold took place at the prestigious King David hotel in west Jerusalem but did not give further details. Continue Reading »

Israel revokes Hebron governor’s entry permit into Israel after visiting terrorists’ families


After visiting the mourning tents of two families of terrorists who attacked Israelis on Friday, COGAT head revoked Hebron governor’s entry permit into Israel, explaining, ‘Israel will not reward the supporters of terrorism.’

By Elior Levy


The Palestinian Authority has so far avoided condemning the two serious attacks last week in which two Israelis were murdered, with the PA’s Hebron Governor, Kamal Hamid, visiting on Saturday the mourners’ tents of two terrorists. In response, Israel has revoked his permit to visit Israel.

Kamal Hamid shaking the hands of mourners – Facebook

The governor visited the two mourners’ tents in the village of Bani Na’im: Mohammed Taraireh’s, who killed 13-year-old Hallel Ariel in her sleep, and Sara Hajaj’s, a relative of Taraireh’s who attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at the Cave of the Patriarchs.
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Hamas sneaks ISIS terrorists into Gaza via tunnels for military training, medical attention for cash & weapons

REPORT: Israeli general tells Saudi media that an ISIS operative, who snuck into Gaza from the Sinai by using a Hamas smuggling tunnel, is due to undergo military training in Gaza.



In Islamic State operative snuck into the Gaza Strip through Hamas’ system of underground tunnels connecting the Palestinian-ruled area with the Sinai Peninsula, Israel said on Friday.

Palestinian Hamas militants take part in a rally in memory of their seven comrades killed in mysterious tunnel collapse.

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IDF: Hamas syphoning off majority of construction materials meant for Gaza’s rehabilitation


IDF: Israel has facilitated the entry of 1,700,000 tons of construction material into Gaza (since end of 2014 conflict) that Hamas is seizing for its construction of attack tunnels.



Hamas is seizing construction imports to the Gaza Strip and using the materials to build tunnels to attack Israel, the IDF’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai told the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency on Tuesday.

Stolen Concrete & Iron bars meant for new homes

Stolen Concrete & Iron bars meant for new homes – Photo: AFP

In an interview with the agency, Mordechai said that Hamas is seizing quantities of wood and other materials, designed for civilian construction projects in the Strip. Continue Reading »

IDF General Says Hamas Assisted in ISIS Sinai Strike Killing Egyptian Forces 

Maj. Gen. Mordechai reported in an Al Jazeera interview that Israel has clear information showing Hamas worked with ISIS in savage attack on Egyptian security personal.

By Arutz Sheva staff


Israel said Thursday that Hamas was actively assisting the ISIS terrorist militia that killed over 70 Egyptian soldiers in a multi-pronged attack Wednesday.

“We have clear informatin that Hamas supports the Walayat Sinai organization, which belongs to ISIS,” Major General Yoav Mordechai said, in an Arabic-language interview for Al Jazeera.

“In the latest attacks, Hamas gave assistance in the form of weapons and organization to the group that supports ISIS,” he accused. Continue Reading »

IDF to produce ‘Jenin Jenin’ counter-film

IDF spokesperson chief Brig. Gen. Mordechai explains the media’s influence on warfare & reveals that the IDF is producing a film about Jenin, for internal educational use for it’s soldiers.

Yoav Zitun

During a conference held by the Israeli Lawyer’s Guild in the southern town of Eilat, IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav “Polly” Mordechai spoke about the important role media and culture have on the workings of the IDF, focusing on the influence of hasbara on the IDF’s legitimacy.

הפצ"ר עפרוני ודובר צה"ל מרדכי, בכנס אילת (צילום: עידן מילמן)

Mordechai, Efroni – Photo: Idan Milman

“Hence, in an age when war is screened live, before the camera’s lenses, spokespersons and hasbara have an increasingly critical role and influence military operations’ legitimacy. Continue Reading »

Gen. Mordechai: Lebanon will have many casualties in next war

IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai attributes Nasrallah’s strategic positioning in heavy populated civilian areas & Hezbollah’s upgraded rocket & missile arsenal, major factors to the increased risk of Lebanese non-combatants in any future conflict.

By Lilach Shoval, The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff



“If a war breaks out with Hezbollah, a large number of non-combatants could be hurt because the group is deployed in civilian population centers,” Israel Defense Forces Spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai said Wednesday.

IDF Spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai. – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

Speaking at the Beersheba Chamber of Commerce Wednesday night, Mordechai also noted that during Operation Pillar of Defense in November, when the IDF unleashed an aerial bombardment campaign on Hamas to put a stop to rocket fire on southern Israel, the IDF received messages of support from citizens in Arab countries. Continue Reading »