In the video: Gallant called for the legislation to be stopped: "There is an immediate danger to the security of the state" (Photo: Ministry of Defense spokespersons)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to depose Defense Minister Yoav Galant this evening (Sunday) was met with astonishment in the ranks of the IDF. IDF officers did not believe that the Prime Minister would decide on such an extreme move, especially after Galant presented in his speech the prevailing opinion in the army.
This, in light of the cracks that have formed in the past month, and senior officials at the General Staff have warned of them, which pose a clear danger to the implementation of a special operational activity.
Officials in the IDF even expressed concern that the next Minister of Defense will order soldiers to be tried or removed from military service if they protest or are absent from reserve service as part of measures against the legal revolution. the area and allow the soldiers to express their opinion as much as possible.
"He knew that the move would cost him his job."
Gallant (Photo: Reuven Castro)
A security official explained in a conversation with Walla!
Because "seniors at the top of the defense establishment think like Gallant. The worrying data speaks for itself. He could not stand by, so he made a decision knowing that it would cost him his job."
The source referred to the criticism leveled at Gallant following his policy towards the reservists' protest.
"What did they want, for him to judge thousands of reservists? This is a very sensitive process and that's how they handled it. Any abnormal action can cause this issue to expand," said the source.
One of the officers said in a closed conversation that "Nobody thought of firing a defense minister during a sensitive time. This is a very explosive time, just today the defense minister was in Qalandia to see what is happening on the ground and what is being done to prevent escalation, and in the evening he is fired?"
Another military source warned that the Prime Minister's decision will deepen the debate in the army about how to deal with the reservists' protest.
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The source added that Chief of Staff Hertzi Halevi received full backing from the ousted Defense Minister, he used to update and consult with him several times a day so that nothing would go beyond what was allowed. Now, the decision to fire the minister will increase the pressure within the army and create confusion. Another military source said that the Chief of
Staff "L recently postponed the publication of the motivation indicators in the various cities for recruitment to the IDF and service among me, following a fear of provoking a debate that would heat up the spirits. From the second week of the Chief of Staff, it was decided at the General Staff to follow a policy of "working inside the organization among the regular, permanent and reserve soldiers" , and not in the media so as not to escalate the protest, bring the protestors together and obey the orders.
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