But there might be some disconnect between the true severity of the situation and how the media is portraying it.
True to form, the mainstream media is pushing a “dramatic” narrative, and they ramped it up on Sunday when Israel’s N12 news portal presented a major scoop:
The heads of Israel’s three main security organs–the IDF, the Mossad and the Shin Bet (Israel’s FBI)–would sidestep Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and report directly to the public regarding the crisis.
According to N12, which cited “sources” within the defense establishment, IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi, Mossad chief David Barnea and Shin Bet director Ronen Bar were considering the move following Netanyahu’s refusal to let them directly update his cabinet on this particular matter. A few weeks ago, several cabinet ministers reportedly asked about the damage to the IDF’s combat readiness, and Netanyahu was said to reject any discussion on the matter for fear details would leak to the media.
The only problem with N12’s shocking new revelation is that it’s not true, at least not according to Halevi, Barnea and Bar, all of whom immediately issued denials and condemnations of what amounted to fake news.
The Mossad boss was most verbose in his response, stating: “The report on coordination between the security services regarding an impairment of military readiness is incorrect and does not reflect the position of the Director of the Mossad, which he expresses in security forums and to the political leadership, and not in the media.”
While the media is paying a lot of attention to groups of reservists, including some Air Force pilots, who are refusing to report for duty in protest over judicial reform, some have complained that much larger groups of soldiers committed to defending Israel no matter the circumstances are effectively being ignored.
In other words, yes, it’s troubling that some are saying they won’t serve unless their idea of democracy is served, but the reality is that the vast majority of IDF soldiers remain dedicated to the defense of the Jewish state.
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