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The site where a small aircraft crashed in northern Israel near the Misgav region. The pilot was the Civil Administration chief, IDF Brig.-Gen. Munir Amar, age 47.

IDF Brig.-Gen. Munir Amar, 47, died Friday in a plane crash just a month after taking up his new post as head of the IDF’s Civil Administration.

Amar perished when the light plane he was flying solo crashed into a mountain in the Upper Galilee.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent condolences to Amar’s family during his opening remarks at the start of the weekly government cabinet meeting on Sunday.

“I would like to send condolences to the family of Brig.-Gen. Munir Amar who died in a regrettable airplane crash in the Galilee,” Netanyahu said.

“Munir was an outstanding fighter and commander. He excelled in all his posts, including his most recent one as head of the Civil Administration. He was imbued with a sense of mission to defend the State of Israel, his state, the state of all of us.”

Amar first served in the Herev infantry battalion, comprised of Druze soldiers. He later headed the Home Front Command in Haifa before commanding the Hermon Brigade along the northern border.

Amar was hailed by fellow military leaders as an outstanding commander and example for the Druze community. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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