IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz has ordered unit commanders to begin preparing for a near shutdown of the military in two months due to a continued standoff with the Treasury over the defense budget.
On Monday, Gantz and Deputy Chief of Staff Maj.-Gen. Yair Naveh, convened the top IDF brass – officers with the rank of colonel and up – for an annual gathering to discuss Israel’s strategic challenges for the coming year.
During the meeting, Gantz told the hundreds of officers that they will need to cut back on training exercises starting April 1. In addition, the IDF is planning a major cutback in the training of reservists over the next year.
“We are canceling all kinds of exercises from the division level down to the battalion level,” a senior IDF officer who was at the meeting said on Tuesday. “We will not be able to call up reserves and even when we hold exercises we will be limited in the amount of ammunition we can use.”