Israeli army and police have recently set up a special command to coordinate the activities of selected elite combat units that will take part in the evacuation of settlements under the disengagement plan.

Those units will be deployed close to the settlements slated for evacuation, and will only intervene if violence erupts during the evacuation. Forces to be deployed inside settlements will not hold arms.

The special command will be headed by Brigadier General Amos Ben-Avraham, who has extensive experience in overseeing the operations of small, elite forces.

Elite units under Ben-Avraham’s command include the Police Special Anti-Terror unit, the Naval Commando, the Israel Air Force’s Shaldag unit, the Prisons Service’s Massada unit, and the Eilat District’s Anti-Terror unit.