Netanyahu: Out of national responsibility, I decided to suspend the legislation in order to reach a broad consensus (Leam)
The leaders of the pilots' protest against the legal revolution announced this morning (Tuesday) that they will return to the ranks of the pilots, to training and operational competence, hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the delay of the legislation.
A former senior officer in the Air Force, and one of the leaders of the reservists' fight against the legal revolution, said that Netanyahu's announcement "affects us. For him, the idea was real, but now that there is a stop - it is clear that we are going back to the squadrons, going back to training."
On the other hand, he claimed that the struggle is not over yet and that the protestors are "sleeping with their shoes on", which expresses a state of readiness for a return to the struggle.
"Trust in the political captains has not improved," he explained, "yesterday's speech was a speech that did not encourage unification and reconciliation. He simply announced a halt. But we have full confidence in the military captains, the commander of the air force and the chief of staff."
F15 plane, Hatzor base (photo: Reuven Castro)
Regarding the continuation of the protest, the former senior official said: "The idea was that the little time I have in the week for reserves - I will invest a moment in the protest. I assume that this will also change, therefore the vast majority of us are returning to the squadrons. Returning to fight for what needs to be defended - the country, but keeping one eye open to protect democracy."
The senior officer was asked if there are pilots in the reserve who will not come to service in the squadrons, despite Netanyahu's announcement of stopping the legislative process.
"If there are any? It could be. I am not talking to all of them. The vast majority of us also in advance and that includes me. We said we would decide after a third reading and some said after the High Court.
In advance we said that for two weeks we would be on the street instead of in the squadron, therefore by definition the red line set by many of us has not yet been crossed."
The senior officer referred to the criticism voiced yesterday in an interview on radio FM103 by a ground crew member in reserve from one of the squadrons against the air crews' protest and said: "Obviously we have work to do within the Air Force. We will hold talks with everyone necessary. We will explain what we fought for. We will talk about the spirit of the IDF and the values of the IDF and the necessary cohesion and I hope we will succeed in uniting the ranks."
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Netanyahu (Photo: Flash 90, Yonatan Zindel)
In his statement last night, Netanyahu announced that "out of the desire to prevent a rift in the people", he decided to delay the votes in the second and third readings on the law to change the composition of the committee for the selection of judges.
He claimed that the purpose of the delay is to reach a broad agreement for the legislation during the next session of the Knesset.
"One way or another, we will bring a reform that will restore the balance that was lost between the authorities," he noted.
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