IAF reservist pilot ousted over call for protest refusals says he will appeal decision

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

Outgoing commander of the Ramat David Airbase, Col. Gilad Peled, July 26, 2022. (Nevo Levin/Israeli Air Force)
Outgoing commander of the Ramat David Airbase, Col. Gilad Peled, July 26, 2022. (Nevo Levin/Israeli Air Force)

Israel Air Force reservist pilot Col. Gilad Peled says he will appeal a decision to oust him from the IAF, which accused him of leading reservists’ calls to not show up for duty in protest of the government’s judicial overhaul.

Speaking to the Haaretz daily after the announcement, Peled denies coordinating the pilots’ refusal to show up for duty. He tells the paper there is “no truth” to the claim that he was acting against the orders of the IAF chief.

In an interview with Army Radio, Peled says he intends to appeal the decision and will ask to speak with IAF chief Maj. Gen. Tomer Bar again. “I hope that his mistake will become clear to him.”

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