Lior Lotan to be the Next IDF Spokesman

The newly appointed IDF (Zahal) Spokesman designate, Col. (res.) Lior Lotan, is a former commander in Sayeret Matkal (General Staff Reconnaissance Unit) and an expert in the field of negotiation and counter-terrorism.

Date: 06/01/2011, 1:04 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

The next IDF (Zahal) Spokesman will be Col. (res.) Lior Lotan, according to a decision made by Minister of Defense Ehud Barak on Wednesday evening (Jan. 5), following the recommendation of the Chief of Staff designate, Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant. Col. (res.) Lotan will be promoted to the rank of Brigadier General and will replace the current IDF (Zahal) Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu, who will end his term in office after serving for three and a half years.

Drafted to Sayeret Matkal, the elite General Staff Reconnaissance Unit in 1983 where he eventually took on the role of commander, Col. (res.) Lotan participated in many of the unit’s operations. In 1994, he was awarded the IDF (Zahal) Chief of Staff Medal of Honor for his part in an operation for the attempted release of abducted IDF (Zahal) solder Nachshon Waksman.

Col. (res.) Lotan also served as commander in the IDF (Zahal) negotiating unit which specializes in hostage situations and as the head of the Hostage and Missing Persons division in the Military Intelligence unit. In addition, he took part in operational activity during the Second Lebanon War.

After his leave from the IDF (Zahal), Col. (res.) Lotan served as Head of the International Institute for Counter Terrorism and as a lecturer at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. He is known as an expert in the field of negotiation in situations of crisis and for dealing with terrorism.

Col. (res.) Lotan has a law degree from Bar Ilan University and is a trained attorney.