In letter to Netanyahu, reserves officers pledge to ‘carry out any order’ and ‘execute any mission’
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In letter to Netanyahu, reserves officers pledge to ‘carry out any order’ and ‘execute any mission’

Message of support for the prime minister follows petition to pilots not to bomb Iran

An Israeli Air Force pilot salutes from the cockpit of an F-16 at an air force base in the Negev. (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)
An Israeli Air Force pilot salutes from the cockpit of an F-16 at an air force base in the Negev. (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Days after a petition circulated on the Internet asked IAF pilots not to bomb Iran if ordered to do so, some 100 officers in the reserves have signed a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowing to follow any lawful order given to them in the line of duty.

In the letter, officers in the air force, navy and ground forces pledge to “fulfill any order we receive and execute any mission we are assigned by the military and political echelons.”

The letter explicitly mentions the petition to pilots, condemning “any call to refuse orders.”

“The very fact of our reporting for service expresses our trust in the [military and political] establishment,” the authors write, “but in these days we feel the need to stress that which usually goes without saying.”

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