MK Michael Ben Ari (National Union) said that the appointment "exemplifies the expression 'a bull in a china shop.' At this time, the officer appointed to head Central Command should be one with slightly less radical political views than those of Alon."
Activist Noam Federman called the appointment "a declaration of war against the settlement enterprise." Alon "is a man of the extreme left, a representative of Machsom Watch whose wife is even active in the organization. He will make the settlers' lives miserable. He is the wrong man at the wrong time."