Right wing takes aim at Ya'alon: 'IDF is not a junta'

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May 16, 2016 01:02

 
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The Israeli political battle lines were clearly delineated once again late Sunday, with right wing-nationalist lawmakers denouncing Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon for his support of an army high command that has become more vocal in offering its opinions on the current state of society.

Ya'alon late Sunday was summoned for "an urgent meeting" with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

During the sit-down, which is scheduled to take place Monday morning at the prime minister's office, the premier is expected to reprimand Ya'alon for his remarks on Sunday encouraging the senior officer corps to continue "speaking their mind" about contemporary Israeli society.

"Somebody needs to remind Bogie (Ya'alon's nickname) that we live in a democracy, not a military regime," Likud MK Oren Hazan said. "The IDF is not a junta. Its job is to implement the decisions of the civilian leadership and not to disagree with it and chart its own policy."

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