Defense Ministry asks Knesset for reservist stop-loss stopgap

The Defense Ministry is interested in the possibility of raising the age for retirement from Israel Defense Forces reserve duty by a year, to keep soldiers and officers from leaving in the middle of a war.

The move is presented in a proposal to the Knesset, which must approve any such extension.

Currently, soldiers can bow out at 40, officers at 45 and special roles, including positions like drivers, at 49.

According to reports in Hebrew-language media, the retirement moratorium would be in place for a year.

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