Israeli Channel 12 reported that, in 2024, around 900 military officers requested to discharge from the army, adding that the annual average of those requests is less than 150.

The channel considered the sharp increase in the number of officers requesting discharge as a 'crisis for the state, not just the army,' describing the situation as 'worrying.' Zionist Channel 12 explained that one of the most challenging issues now is keeping officers in important positions within the 'army.' It noted that in recent months, it has become evident that officers are inclined to leave the 'army' or are considering doing so.

Regarding the reasons for the increase in the number of officers requesting discharge, Zionist Channel 12 mentioned that October 7 was one of the main reasons, along with incentives and bonuses, as well as the de-legitimization campaigns against the 'army' by some Israelis and certain politicians.

Haaretz newspaper indicated that dozens of reserve soldiers have announced that they will not rejoin the army even if they get punished.

Meanwhile, the Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant said the Israeli army needs 10,000 new soldiers immediately, 4,800 of which can be recruited from the ultra-Orthodox community, according to Israeli Channel 12.

This follows the Israeli High Court's decision last week that ultra-Orthodox men can be drafted for military service, which sparked protests against conscription.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant gives a press statement on January 15, 2024.

The Israeli media also reported that the occupation army is going to move into the third phase of its war on Gaza, which implies ground withdrawals in parallel with intensification of aerial attacks in order to avoid more of the losses inflicted by the Palestinian resistance.

Original Article Source: Al Manar | Published on Monday, 01 July 2024 14:38 (about 14 days ago)