The Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), Gadi Eisenkot, has appointed the Druze officer Ghassan Alian as the commander of the Israeli army in the occupied West Bank, Israelâs Channel 2 reported yesterday.
The decision is conditional upon approval by the Israeli defence minister, Avigdor Liberman.
Alian, 45, is a senior officer in IDFâs ground forces, who formerly held the position of the IDFâs Givati Brigade, an infantry brigade that serves as its amphibious force.
The Druze officer also commanded the Israeli armyâs ground battle that took place in the east of the besieged Gaza Strip at beginning the 2014 war, where he was injured and was transferred to hospital.
Observers believe that Alianâs appointment in that position was ânot coincidental,â but said it came in an attempt to calm down the Druze community, which has been engaged in a wave of protests against the Israeli law of nationalism. The Israeli law of nationalisim was reported to be ignoring the Israeli Druze minority and to be treating them as a group that have not served the Israeli state.