The commander of the Golani Brigade won praise from a Golani soldier, the brother of a little girl who began crying at a ceremony marking the end of the training period for recruits.
The girl, who was standing in the audience, got a splinter in her foot; Col. Ghassan Alian stopped the event and swooped down to remove it. The moment was captured by the brother who posted a photo on Facebook expressing admiration for Alian.
“Today we had a ceremony to mark the end of the training period for Golani Brigade recruits from March 2014. Our beloved commander, Ghassan Alian, was there. My little sister, who was in the audience, was crying because she had a splinter in her foot. Without thinking twice, he bent down and removed it. Is there any such in the world?” wrote Golani soldier Sagi Berholz on Facebook.
The post and photo was then uploaded to a Facebook group called “Tweeting Soldiers,” and started being shared online.
Alian was moderately wounded in an infamous battle in last summer’s war with Hamas in which a total 13 soldiers from his brigade were killed and the remains of one of them was taken by terrorists. Oron Shaul was one of seven Israeli soldiers killed when, amid fierce battles in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City, his armored personnel carrier, stuck in the middle of a city street, was hit by a Hamas anti-tank rocket.
The Hamas attack was supported by machine gunfire.
The incident on July 20, 2014 took place shortly after 1 a.m. Three more soldiers were killed in exchanges of gunfire with Hamas some time later. Three more soldiers were killed when an anti-tank missile was fired into a building in which they were setting up a command post.