Netanyahu: No democracy would tolerate a military group threatening an elected government

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opened the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday with a furious assault on the reservist pilots and other senior servicemen threatening to withdraw from voluntary duty if the government continues to promulgate judicial overhaul.
“It is unthinkable for a group within the military to threaten an elected government to switch off security failing obedience to its will,” Netanyahu said. “No democracy would stand for this kind of diktat. Those waving the flag of democracy should be the first to condemn such behavior.”

On Friday, Defense Minister Yoav Galland and Chief of IDF Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevy conferred on the issue and concluded that Israel’s military preparedness remained in good shape, but saw signs that the sweeping vocal street protests against the overhaul had begun to impinge on the IDF’s “internal cohesion.”


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