Benny Gantz
Benny GantzElad Malka

National Unity leader Benny Gantz spoke this evening (Sunday) with Chief of Staff Lt. Col. Herzi Halevi. In the conversation, Halevi reflected on the situation in the IDF in light of the threats of refusal to serve due to the judicial reform.

Those close to Gantz emphasized that the conversation was carried out on the advice of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and with his approval.

Gantz said at the end of the conversation: "The security situation is very worrying and requires attention and strategic security decisions in a variety of arenas of action. The Prime Minister must convene a political-security cabinet discussion to understand the implications of the legislation on the IDF before passing the legislation. The same is true for the need to convene the Foreign Affairs and Security Committee. The conversation this evening emphasized to me even more the need to avoid unilateral moves."

"I have proposed a responsible path out of the crisis, and this is how I will continue to act until the last moment to make this happen. At the same time, I would like to strengthen and appreciate all the commanders and all the soldiers of the IDF, enlisted, career, and reserve, who guard our security, and I call tonight, too, to the patriotic and loyal servants and volunteers, whose pain and desire to protect the country is great and important, to continue to contribute to the security of Israel. Even if, God forbid, the legislation passes - we will repeal it and fix it, sooner or later," Gantz said.