Israel Defense Forces officially launched a new southern regional brigade tasked with protecting the Red Sea resort town of Eilat and its environs.
The creation of the Eilat Regional Brigade comes as Israel’s border region with Egypt becomes increasingly volatile. In recent years, several attacks on Israel originated from the neighboring Sinai peninsula, targeting the large desert region to the north of Eilat. Rockets have also been fired at the town from Egypt, though most have landed in Jordan or in the sea.
GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen Tal Russo said the brigade was the final piece needed to secure the area.
“We live in a period of change and upheaval. We are implementing numerous changes, including the foundation of the new regional brigade and a change of our concept of operation,” Russo said at a ceremony marking the brigade’s creation. “The establishment of the Eilat Regional Brigade is the final touch in implementing the changes that will improve security in the region.”
Israel is also building a wall along its long, porous border with Egypt, with the dual role of keeping out terrorists and African migrants.
While the tide of Africans has stemmed to a large degree, Israel saw an uptick in terror originating from Egypt over the last two years as groups reportedly from Gaza and elsewhere took advantage of the lax security in the mountainous peninsula.
The Eilat Brigade joins two other southern brigades, Sagi and Arava, that make up the Adom military formation.
“The events of the ‘Arab Spring’ and the influence of terrorist elements from the Gaza Strip and the environment have placed us before new operational challenges…the setting up of the Eilat regional brigade is an expression of our changed operational perception,” said Adom’s commander, Brig.- Gen. Nadav Pedent.
by The Times of Israel, The Jerusalem Post