At the annual ceremony in memory of David Ben-Gurion, the nation's first prime minister, President Shimon Peres on Monday reiterated the importance of a military undivided and under one rule.
"Ben-Gurion did not want a rift in the nation," Peres said. "Political parties - yes, but parties that respect democratic rule ... only one army. Without divisions. An army subject to the existing government. An army that is courageous and moral. An army of the entire people, under one authority."
The remarks, released in a statement by his office, were made in the wake of the recent wave of IDF soldiers refusing to evacuate Jewish settlements.