Photo Credit: COGAT Spokesperson
Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai and Hussein al-Sheikh of the Palestinian Authority

IDF Major-General Yoav Mordechai told Arab viewers in a live broadcast on his Facebook page Sunday that he believes in “real reconciliations, not fake ones.”

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Mordechai spoke in Arabic, and responded to questions in Arabic from viewers in Judea and Samaria, Gaza and elsewhere in the Arab world.

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Mordechai said long and difficult conflicts can only be solved through dialogue, and spoke about the current reconciliation process taking place between the Palestinian Authority’s leading Fatah faction and Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist group.

“Will Hamas indeed disengage from Iran, and from terrorism?” he asked.

“Given the pace of the visits by Saleh al-Arouri (ed: Hamas politburo deputy chief) to Tehran and to the Dahiya section (ed: Hezbollah stronghold) of Beirut last month, I doubt it,” Mordechai commented.

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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 Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.