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October 25, 2013 4:06 pm

IDF’s Golani Brigade Gets First Druze Commander

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JNS.org Col. Rasan Alian was appointed Thursday as the Golani Brigade commander, making Israel Defense Forces history as the first member of the Druze community to fill the role, Israel Hayom reported. Alian, 41, is from the northern city of Shfaram and will be the second Druze officer to become an infantry brigade commander—the first was Brig. Gen. (ret.) Imad Fares who was the commander of the Givati Brigade.

Alian rose through the ranks of the highly regarded Golani Brigade, serving in various operational roles as an officer and a combat soldier. During the Second Lebanon War in 2006, he served as deputy commander of the brigade, and during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2008-9 he served as battalion commander of the brigade’s reconnaissance unit. Following that, Alian served as the commander of the Menashe Brigade, which is responsible for the Jenin area.

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  • james ainoris

    Please send this article to Israels detractors such as chomsky and rodger waters etc. I find it interesting that most of the world thinks Israel is populated by european jews…Druze are heros..yaakov

  • Kris Kristian

    This should be sent all over the world, esp. BBC and Guardian.
    This shows that israel s not an apatheid state.
    It shows that citizens and soldiers, other than Jewish, do reach high office.
    In the old South African Apartheid day, no no white had any chance of holding high office, be it government, private, or military.
    If Israel would be an apartheid state, these Druze officers would never have been in the military, nor would so many Israeli Arab Christians volunteer for military service.
    G-D Bless Israel

  • Dov Meir

    רמב”ם הלכות מלכים פרק א הלכה ד

    אין מעמידין מלך מקהל גרים אפילו אחר כמה דורות עד שתהיה אמו מישראל, שנאמר לא תוכל לתת עליך איש נכרי אשר לא אחיך הוא, ולא למלכות א בלבד אלא לכל שררות שבישראל, לא שר צבא לא שר חמשים או שר עשרה, אפילו ממונה על אמת המים שמחלק ממנה לשדות, ואין צריך לומר דיין או נשיא שלא יהא אלא מישראל, שנאמר מקרב אחיך תשים עליך מלך כל משימות שאתה משים לא יהו אלא מקרב אחיך.

    “Maimonides, Laws of Kings Chapter I”

    “No man be made king live audience even after several generations until his mother from Israel, thus can not give you a foreigner who is not your brother, not a kingdom only, but all choices Israel, not of the army not fifty Minister or Minister century, even in charge of the aqueduct part of it to the fields, and there is no need to say enough or the president will not only Israel, put your brother told you from the king of all the tasks you are putting not only from among your Gorge.”