The Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) implements the government's civilian policy within the territories of Judea and Samaria and towards the Gaza Strip.

COGAT is responsible for implementing the civilian policy within Judea and Samaria and towards the Gaza Strip, in coordination and cooperation with officials from defense and government offices in various fields. The unit is subordinate to Israel's Minister of Defense and to the Major General of the unit, who is a member of the General Staff of the IDF. Major General Yoav (Poly) Mordechai currently holds this position as Coordinator since January 2014.

COGAT is responsible for coordination and liaison with the Palestinian Authority and in conjunction with the Palestinian population living in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip, serving as a major source of information for the Palestinian sector.

A part of the unit’s activities include promoting humanitarian projects, development in economy and infrastructure; and other major fields, which are in cooperation with the international community to develop and improve the standard of living for Palestinians living within these regions.

An additional component of the unit is the School for Coordination and Liaison, which trains and educates the unit’s soldiers and commanders in the following fields: Islam, government, English and Arabic, culture, history, and various fields such as economy, citizenship and humanitarian issues. The school’s course is operated in collaboration with the IDF and educates the soldiers on all the necessary challenges they may face in their service.

Unit Structure

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COGAT's Main Activities

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​Join the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories!

Are you interested in Israeli-Palestinian relations? Do the activities of international organization spark your interest? Do you want exposure to new subjects and to learn a new language? Are you interested in contributing to the state's security in a significant and extraordinary way?

The Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) is a professional branch of the Ministry of Defense that operates to preserve the state's security with civil tools in Judea and Samaria and towards the Gaza Strip.

The preparation to become a Coordination and Liaison NCO will prepare you to serve in front of the international community, Palestinian officials and representatives from each branch of the army and security forces.

Each NCO in the unit will learn the Arabic language, strengthen the Hebrew language, explore the history of the State of Israel, learn the theory of coordination and liaison between Israeli-Palestinian sides; and experience the Palestinian sector. During your service, you will promote regional development project in collaboration with international organizations, coordinate the civilian activities of Palestinians, focus on economic issues to promote the Palestinian economy and assist combat forces in the field to gain a deeper understanding of the region.