Munir Amar
Munir Amar Civil Administration

The head of the Civil Administration for Judea and Samaria, Brig. Gen. Munir Amar, was killed on Friday afternoon when his light plane crashed near Misgav, in the Galilee region, while on a private flight. His family has been notified.

An initial investigation found that Amar took off in his plane from Haifa, and fifteen minutes after takeoff contact with him was lost. A few minutes later the crashed plane was found in between Rama and Karmiel. Extensive searches in the area were conducted until the body of the officer was found.

Amar, a Druze, graduated from high school in Yarka and lived with his family in the village of Julis.

Among his many roles in the IDF, he was appointed in August of 2013 commander of the Haifa District of the Home Front Command, and served in this capacity until last summer. Last month he was appointed head of the Civil Administration.

He held a BA in Israel Studies and an MA in political science from Haifa University.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon expressed sorrow over the death of Amar and said, "In the last month and a half, since he was appointed head of the Civil Administration, I met Brigadier General Munir Amar, who was killed today in a plane crash, on several occasions.”

“In every such meeting I was very impressed with his personality, his expertise, his understanding of the area and his judgment. The role of head of the Civil Administration is a very complex one, especially in the current reality, and in the short time he served in it, Munir did it in the best possible way,"added Ya'alon.

"Munir was the salt of the earth - a fighter and a great commander with an impressive track record, who served for many years in places where one must take responsibility and deal with the challenges. He was a symbol of our lifelong alliance with the Druze and an example for young people of the community to enlist to the IDF. Munir's death is first and foremost a tremendous loss to his family, his friends and to the Druze community. It is also a great loss to the IDF and the State of Israel. May his memory be blessed."

MK Motti Yogev (Jewish Home) also released a condolence message over the death of Amar.

"I share in the grief of the Amar family, the IDF and the people of Israel, over the death of the late Munir Amar in the plane crash in the Galilee. Munir served in the army for many years and served in roles as a commander, the Hermon Brigade Commander, the Northern Command operations officer and was recently appointed as head of the Civil Administration in Judea and Samaria,” said Yogev.

“I did not know Munir personally, but I heard from his subordinates that he was a valued officer who was liked by his subordinates and commanders in the IDF and was a highly respected figure in the Druze community. May his memory be a blessing.”

The Yesha Council said it “mourns together with all the people of Israel the death of Munir Amar, head of the Civil Administration.”

“Munir was a senior, respected and honest officer, who greatly contributed to the security of Israel and his untimely death is a loss to the state. Only recently did he assume the role of head of the Civil Administration, an important and significant role to the settlement enterprise, and had already developed good relations with the leaders of the settlement enterprise. We express our condolences to his family and to the Druze community as a whole. May his memory be a blessing.”