IDF confirms Halevi planning meetings to deal with overhaul protests among troops

An Israel Defense Forces spokesperson confirms that military chief Herzi Halevi will meet with troops over concerns that reserves soldiers protesting against the government’s judicial overhaul will refuse to show up for service or training.

Halevi will meet Tuesday with reserves pilots and air force commanders, and on Wednesday with officers from an array of other reserves units, the spokesperson says, confirming an earlier report from Channel 12 news.

Halevi has warned that protests against the overhaul sparking refusals to serve or train could harm the military’s operational capabilities.

A military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirms that the top general will not hold a sit-down with the 37 pilots of a single IAF jet squadron who announced that they would not show up to one of their planned training sessions later this week in protest of the overhaul.

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