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Colonel Ala Abu Rukon was appointed as military secretary of the President of the State of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, on Thursday announced the IDF.
Abu Rukon, currently serving as China's military attaché for the FDI, will replace the General Brigade Boaz Hershkovitz, who has played the role in the last three years, and will be promoted to brigadier general's position.
He was appointed after a decision by Rivlin along with Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and head of the IDF cabinet, General Aviv Kochavi.
Congratulating Abu Rukon for his appointment, Rivlin said that "it is an impressive and professional addition to Beit HaNasi's advisory team. I trust that your experience and skills will deepen the strong ties with the FDI and the entire security establishment."
While drunkers in the Golan do not need to serve, those serving in Galilee like Abu Rukon. More than 85% of Druze voluntarily act in the IDF with a large majority in combat positions or in special units and border police, with many arriving at higher positions in the army and the police.
The 47-year-old Druso resident of Usfiya has a doctorate in Middle East studies at the Bar-Ilan University and has three married children.
Abu Rokun served in the IDF in the last 25 years beginning as a soldier and commander in the Parachute Brigade and continuing in a series of command positions in the Intelligence Branch for many years.
In addition, Abu Rukon commanded the Havat Hashomer base that helps soldiers who are part of the endangered populations.
In January, Rivlin visited the base and thanked the commands for their hard work in addressing "some of the more complex educational and command challenges".
"Your determination not to give up any soldier -" no soldier left behind "- persistence, the mental resistance that is required of you when you seed and picking up seeds of hope, are an example for everyone," he continued.
Abu Rukon is not the first member of a minority community that has been appointed military secretary of the President of Israel. Hassan Hassan, a retired brigadier general, made history for being the first member of the Druze community who was appointed military assistant of the state president. He was appointed by President Shimon Peres and remained for two years with Rivlin.
Hassan is involved in the fight for the amendment to the State-Nation Law. Hassan's father-in-law, Kamal Mansour, was a 40-year minority counselor for seven presidents of Israel, beginning with Zalman Shazar and concluding with Peres.
Greer Fay Cashman contributed to this story.
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