IDF appoints Eilat Brigade commander

The IDF appoints Col. Avi Dahan as the man who will take up the post this week.

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October 11, 2013 00:17
An IDF drill in the Negev

IDF drill in the Negev 370. (photo credit: Reuters)

The IDF appointed a new Eilat Brigade commander, naming Col. Avi Dahan as the man who will take up the post this week.

A ceremony to mark the changing of commanders was held in Eilat on Wednesday, in the presence of Southern Command chief Maj.-Gen. Sami Turgeman, and other senior southern commanders.

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Dahan took the place of Col. Roei Be’eri, who is to serve as the Home Front Command’s head of the Southern District.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dahan said, “We’re in a most complex and challenging period, which confronts us with many operational needs aimed at defending Eilat.”

The head of the 80th (Edom) Division, Brig.-Gen. Roei Elkabetz, observed that Eilat is Israel’s main tourism city, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, and forms a top economic, security and strategic asset.

“As a result, defending Eilat and its surrounding communities is a mission of supreme importance,” he said.

Be’eri said that the past year saw a build-up for military forces within the IDF’s Eilat Regional Brigade, accompanied by growing intelligence capabilities in the southern sector.


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