Outgoing Samaria Commander: I Failed in Itamar (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gil Ronen 05/17/12)
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Col. Yoav Yarom officially replaced Col. Nimrod Aloni Thursday as the
commander of the Samaria Regional Brigade. The switch in command was
formalized in a ceremony at the Horon Base, in the presence of
Central Command Head Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon.
Col. Aloni will go to the United States for a period of academic
Aloni spoke at the ceremony about his experiences as Brigade
Commander, including joyous occasions like a wedding at the Tomb of
Joseph, but also tragedies. "I failed at Itamar," he said
pointedly, "and in my failure, the members of the Fogel family were
murdered cruelly. There are no words to describe the sadness and
frustration I felt on that Friday night."
"We initiated an operation that had no precedent after such a terror
attack. We decided to leave no stone unturned in the village of
Awarta [from which the murderers came – ed.]. I saw in the soldiers´
eyes that they do not require motivational speeches."
Col. Yarom began his career as an officer in the elite Sayeret
Golani. During an operation in Lebanon, he stepped on a landmine that
caused him to lose his foot. Amazingly, he managed to go back to
serving in the Sayeret. Legend has it that the Sayeret´s commander
initially refused to allow him back into the unit, but Yarom
challenged him to a foot race. When he defeated the commander, the
latter had no choice but to let him back in.
In the great terror onslaught known as the Oslo War or the Second
Intifada, he was wounded in the stomach from gunfire. He recovered
and again returned to active combat service in Golani, serving as
deputy commander of the elite Egoz unit and as commander of the
Reconnaissance Battalion (Gadsar). (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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