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Gallant to reportedly brief Knesset defense panel on IDF’s combat readiness

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant delivers a video message at an Israel Air Force base on May 23, 2023. (The Ministry of Defense)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant delivers a video message at an Israel Air Force base on May 23, 2023. (The Ministry of Defense)

Members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee have been invited to a classified briefing with Defense Minister Yoav Gallant that will address the IDF’s readiness for battle, according to Israeli television reports.

The invitation was sent out today, with Channel 12 news reporting that members were told the hearing “will focus on the skill and readiness of the IDF in carrying out its missions, both routinely and in an emergency.” The meeting is expected to be held next Monday.

Growing numbers of reservists have announced they will stop volunteering for reserve duty or have threatened to do so in protest of the government’s judicial overhaul legislation, the first piece of which was passed into law on Monday, raising concerns that military’s fighting capacities could be hurt.

Yesterday, the IDF warned combat readiness could be harmed within weeks due to the reservists’ protests.

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