Reservists from the Maglan commando unit send a letter to Defense Minister Yoav Gallant expressing opposition to the government’s planned overhaul of the judicial system, in the latest such protest by reserve troops.
The soldiers say they view the proposals as “as a gross deviation from the values on which we were raised.”
“We aspire for the State of Israel to preserve its character as a country that upholds complete equality of social and political for all citizens without regard to religion, race or gender, and will continue to ensure freedom of religion, conscience, expressing, education and culture, as written in the Declaration of Independence,” they write.
“Passing the judicial reform… negates some of these values and harms the democratic principles of the country,” they continue, adding that if it does pass, “we the undersigned will not be able to stand aloof.”
“We call on you to immediately act to stop the steps to weaken the judicial branch and protect the State of Israel.”
The letter was signed by over 400 reserve soldiers, according to Channel 12 news.