Before joining the army, Benayahu studied in the Shevah secondary school in Tel Aviv. He was drafted in 1977 and later served in various roles in the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, including the press liaison and chief of the Israel Defense Forces Radio (Galatz). In August 2007 he was promoted to brigadier general and entered the position of IDF Spokesperson, which he filled until April 7, 2011.
- "Brig. Gen. Yoav "Poli" Mordechai Appointed New IDF Spokesperson". IDF Blog. Israel Defense Forces. 10 April 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
- CV of Avi Benayahu, in IDF site
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