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
Dahan took the place of Col. Roei Be’eri, who is to
serve as the Home Front Command’s head of the Southern District.
at the ceremony, Dahan said, “We’re in a most complex and challenging period,
which confronts us with many operational needs aimed at defending
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
“As a result, defending Eilat and its surrounding
communities is a mission of supreme importance,” he 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