Ghassan Alian, 1972-

A major general, Alian is the highest-ranking Druze officer in the IDF. He is a native of the Galilee town of Shefa-’Amr. He serves in the Central Command. He was the first non-Jewish commanding officer of the Golani Brigade. He has seen combat in the First Intifada, Lebanon, and Operations Cast Lead, Pillar of Defense and Protective Edge. He was wounded in Gaza during Protective Edge in 2014.

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