COGAT Slams Incitement in Al Jazeera Interview

Major General Yoav Mordechai blasts radical Islamic movements for 'rumors and lies' that Israel is trying to take over holy sites.

Kobi Finkler ,

Gazan Hamas-supporters on Temple Mount
Gazan Hamas-supporters on Temple Mount
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Major General Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), agreed to an interview with Al Jazeera in an effort to fight the lies disseminated by the Arab world against Israel.

During the interview, Mordechai asserted that the recent wave of terror is the result of radical Islamic elements and that talks of Israel's "attempts to harm" holy places in Jerusalem are all rumors and lies. 

The COGAT stressed that any Arab attack on Israeli civilians or security forces will be met with a harsh response. 

Mordechai also noted that the status quo would remain the same on holy places - namely the ban on Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount - and emphasized that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had reiterated time and again that this was to be the case. 

Commenting on the arson in the Palestinian Duma village in which three members of the same family were killed, Mordechai said, "The Duma incident is a terror attack and that's why all Israeli leaders came out against it." 

"Once more details became clear, the perpetrators were put in prison, the Major General added.  

Mordechai concluded by noting that he has been present at various riots in the Binyamin region and that the events are under control. He also requested that Al Jazeera and similar Arabic media not fan the flames of violence nor incite. 

The surprised interviewer asked: "We're inciters?" before thanking the COGAT for the interview.