The Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Mr. Ehud Barak, approved the IDF Chief of staff’s decision to appoint Maj. Gen. Doron Almog to GOC Southern Command. Maj.-Gen. Almog will replace in the near future Maj.-Gen. Yom Tov Samia who decided to end his military service.

Maj. Gen. Doron Almog was born in 1951 in Israel, a graduate of the 15th class of the IDF military secondary school near the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa.
Maj. Gen. Almog enlisted in 1969 to the Paratroopers Brigade. In the Yom Kippur war he served as company commander in the Paratroopers. In the Entebbe Operation he was commander of the Paratrooper Reconnaissance Unit. In the Lebanese war he served as a force commander leading the Paratrooper Brigade in most stages of combat from landing at the Awali, all the way to Beirut.
In recent years he commanded the Paratrooper Brigade and served as commander of an armored formation.
In September 1991 – appointed Chief Infantry and Paratroops officer. He later commanded on IDF forces in the Gaza Strip.
1996 – appointed head of the Doctrine and Instruction Division in the IDF General Staff.
October 1998 – appointed head of an IDF Corps and was promoted to the rank of Maj.-Gen.
During his service he took part in many operations, among them: the raid on Saduan Island in Jan 1970, the raid on Tripoli in Feb. 1973.
A graduate of Company commanders course, the IDF Command and General Staff college, and Brigade commanders course.

Maj. Gen. Almog has an MBA from Tel Aviv University, and a masters degree in International relations from Haifa University. He is studying for a Ph.D. in International relations at TAU, in addition, his dissertation on Israel’s deterrence strategy as a model for accumulating deterrence received the Chechnick award from TAU and the Jaffee Center of Strategic studies

Maj. Gen. Almog lost his brother Eran during the Yom Kippur War. He is married and has a daughter and a son.
Maj. Gen. Yom Tov Samia is ending his post of GOC Southern Command, which he has filled for over three years.
During his military service he filled many diverse roles in the field, beginning with platoon commander, until commander of the Paratrooper Brigade.
During the years 1988 – 1990 he was the commander of the Givati Brigade. In September 1991 he was appointed commander of the IDF forces in the Gaza Strip.
He was a member of the negotiation team with the Palestinians in the security committee at the Taba and Cairo peace talks. He was the Israeli chairman of the joint IDF and Palestinian Police security committee which established the security mechanism for coordination and cooperation on the Israeli side.
In 1994 – 1996 he was commander of a reserve armored tank division in the Central Command and was the command’s representative at the Interim agreement talks with the Palestinians for about four months.
In July 1996 he was appointed commander of the Galilee Formation.
In August 1997 he was appointed GOC Southern Command.
He is a graduate of the Staff and Command College and the National Security College, as well as the Main Defense College of the United States Army.
He has a general BA from the University of Tel Aviv and an MA with thesis from the university of Haifa, in political science and sociology. He is studying for a Ph.D. at the University of Haifa and is submitting these days his doctorate thesis regarding organizational climate in the sociology and political science faculties.
He is married and father of four children.