Benayahu said in January 2011 that he had used a false name on a trip to Britain because he feared arrest for war crimes. According to the Jerusalem Post website, Benayahu stated:
- "In my last visit to London, I had to assume a false name because well-funded anti-Israel activists are exploiting universal jurisdiction powers to wage lawfare against us," Benayahu explained. "It's absurd, and I understand the government is trying to legislate changes to prevent this."
- Gilli Cohen, Former IDF spokesman drops Haaretz, Yedioth Ahronoth from libel suit, Haaretz, 12 September 2013.
- Brig. Gen. Yoav “Poli” Mordechai Appointed New IDF Spokesperson, IDF Blog, 10 April 2011.
- IDF spokesperson: I traveled to UK under a false name, jpost.com, 3 January 2011.