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Air Force chief reportedly dismisses reservist pilot leading anti-government movement

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative: Three pilots stand in front of an F-16 fighter jet as it takes off from the Israeli Air Force's 117th Squadron, which was closed on September 30, 2020. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: Three pilots stand in front of an F-16 fighter jet as it takes off from the Israeli Air Force's 117th Squadron, which was closed on September 30, 2020. (Israel Defense Forces)

The chief of the Israeli Air Force has dismissed a reservist fighter pilot leading calls to refuse to show up for training over the government’s judicial overhaul, Channel 12’s investigative show “Uvda” reports.

The officer is identified as Col. “Gimmel,” who can only be named by the initial of his first name in Hebrew. The reservist pilot gave interviews with Channel 13 news and the Kan public broadcaster last week.

The reported move comes after 37 out of 40 pilots from the IAF’s 69th Squadron said they would boycott yesterday’s day of training in protest of the judicial overhaul.

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