The following entry is part of a commentary on Ezekiel 36-39, which is fictionalized in my book, The Last Aliyah – Book 1 of The Time of Jacob’s Trouble trilogy.
Ezekiel 39:10-11 – So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down [any] out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD. And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the [noses] of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call [it] The valley of Hamongog.
The area east of the sea (the Dead Sea) is downwind from the population centers of Israel. East of the Dead Sea is the wastelands and the northwestern edge of the Arabian Desert. Few people live there, and it currently useless land. Israel is cramped for space already, and the safest, largest place to bury this invasion force is in the wastelands east of the Dead Sea.
Ezekiel 39:12 – And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.
Immediately after the destruction of the invaders, Israel as a whole will begin to bury the dead. The pestilence from all the rotting corpses and weapons would create a health crisis if they were left to rot.