Yoaz Hendel 58.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The cabinet on Sunday approved the appointment of a new overall communications
director for the Prime Minister’s Office, who quickly announced the addition of
The cabinet unanimously appointed Yoaz Hendel, a
strategic and military affairs columnist and commentator, to head the National
Information Directorate. He is replacing Gidi Schmerling, and is expected to
deal with overall communications strategy.
The Prime Minister’s Office
put out a statement saying that Hendel, who began work on Sunday, will change
the structure of the National Information Directorate, and has appointed Liran
Dan to head its media and spokesman’s unit.
Dan, according to the
statement, will be responsible for the Prime Minister’s spokespersons, as well
as the Internet and social media. Inside the Prime Minister’s Office there are
currently separate spokesmen for the Hebrew, English, Arabic and
Dan has served over the past four years as
Channel 2 News’ deputy managing director. He established its interactive unit
and was the chief editor of its website. From 2004-2007, he edited Channel 2’s
main news program after having previously developed its weekend news
Government sources said the boundaries’ of every persons’
positions were not yet clearly defined.
Hendel, a columnist for Yediot
, a military commentator for Makor Rishon and a talk show host on a
program dealing with security affairs on Army Radio, will be Netanyahu’s fourth
media adviser since he took office in 2009. A military historian and lecturer at
Bar-Ilan University and a research fellow at the Begin-Sadat Center for
Strategic Studies, Hendel recently wrote a book with The Jerusalem Post
Katz titled: Israel vs. Iran: The Shadow War