IDF chief renews call for reservist refusers to ‘come back and report’

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

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi speaks to senior officers at the Glilot military base near Herzliya, July 31, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi speaks to senior officers at the Glilot military base near Herzliya, July 31, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

The chief of the Israel Defense Forces issues a new plea to reservists who have threatened to end their volunteer duty in protest of the judicial overhaul, to show up anyway.

“We embrace the reservists for who they are, praise those who chose to report for duty under any conditions, and call on everyone to come back and report,” Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi tells a group of senior officers.

“The IDF is the people’s army, the model that has been working for 75 years. Today, just as it was then, everyone must come to serve in the standing army and in the reserves,” he says, according to quotes provided by the military.

Regarding the judicial overhaul, Halevi says: “Everyone has an opinion that is equally important. We as wearers of uniform are not involved in that.”

“I very much trust the capabilities of the IDF and especially its people….it is good that these are the people,” he adds.

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