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Netanyahu: Refusal to Serve Is a Terrible Danger for Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded on Friday afternoon, March 24, during a press briefing in London, to the announcement by pilots in the reserves that they will not be attending training flights this week, in protest of the government’s judicial reform plan.

"Surrendering to refusal to serve is a terrible danger for Israel. Surrendering to refusal to serve will lead to refusal on the other side as well. The state cannot exist without the IDF," said Netanyahu.

"People who were responsible for the security of the country suddenly crossed all lines with such cynicism. I'm waiting to see one 'former' [top commander] who will stand up and say no," he added.

Netanyahu’s comments came after about 200 senior pilots announced they would no longer be participating in reserve duty, until further notice. The group said they made their decision after Netanyahu’s televised address Thursday night,

During this speech, Netanyahu vowed to get directly involved in the judicial reform, following the passage of the Incapacitation Law, which limits the ability of the Attorney General to declare a Prime Minister unfit for office only to situations in which the premier suffers from physical or mental incapacitation. (INN / VFI News)

“All of them wearing the sword, all experienced in battle, each with his sword at his side, prepared for the terrors of the night.” - Song of Songs 3:8