For the first time in the history of the Golani Brigade, an officer with the Druze
community is to serve as the brigade's chief. Colonel Ghassan Alian, currently deputy commander of the Golan Division, is a resident of the northern town of Shfaram and has been serving in many senior posts in Golani.
As deputy commander of the Golan Division, Alian was in charge of upgrading the border fence in the Israel-Syria
border, including fortifying the fence, deploying intelligence measures and bolstering security posts along the fence.
Before serving as deputy commander of Golan
Division, Alian was commanding the Menashe District Brigade, which is in charge of the Jenin region. According to the IDF
Central Command, despite the fact that the Jenin region is extremely sensitive, Alian's work has managed to maintain the peace, as he coordinated with his Palestinian counterparts.
Prior to that, Alian served as Golani deputy commander, the commander of the Duchifat Battalion, and a reserve unit commander with the Alexandroni Brigade.
The appointment was made by IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz,
as part of several senior appointments, including the appointment of Colonel Uri Gordin as Nahal Brigade commander, the appointment of Colonel Yoram Knafo as commander of the Northern Command's artillery unit and more.
Appointments require the approval of the Minister of Defense.
Alian would be the second Druze officer to command IDF infantry brigade, the first being Imad Fares
who was chief of the Givati Brigade.
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