Photo Credit: IDF
Kamil Abu Rokon (center), with his wife and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, March 29, 2018.

IDF Brig.-Gen. Kamil Abu Rokon, a member of Israel’s Druze community, was promoted to the rank of Major General this week and appointed to be the IDF’s new Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).

The promotion was carried out together with the appointment in a ceremony held at the Office of the IDF Chief of Staff in Tel Aviv.


Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and members of the IDF general staff attended the proceedings.

Abu Rokon succeeds outgoing COGAT Maj. Gen. Yoav (“Poli”) Mordechai.

The position of COGAT demands fluent Arabic in addition to Hebrew as well as great competence in diplomacy and administrative skills.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.