Shimon Peres 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Complaints by IDF reservists that they are under-appreciated and treated
unfairly by their employers by legislators and law enforcers have found a
sympathetic ear in President Shimon Peres.
On Tuesday, the president was
the guest of Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, who escorted him on a
tour of the Tze’elim army base in the Negev to review the operations of some 100
reserve soldiers from Battalion 5037.
After reservists spoke with Peres
and Gantz about their problems in both the army and civilian life, Peres called
on the Knesset to enact legislation to provide greater support to reservists and
give them greater incentive.
Peres said it was unacceptable that young
couples, in which one or both partners serves in the reserve forces, cannot
afford to purchase a home.
It was even more unacceptable that individuals
who have missed work for reserve duty have been dismissed by their employers, he
This attitude has to be uprooted, the president said, emphasizing
that the quality of the army depends on its personnel.
with the reservists and told them their complaints that they were not being
adequately compensated for the time they give and the risks they take, were
It was unfair for them to be treated in such a manner
when they spent long periods away from their families serving the security
interests of the nation, he said.
The soldiers also complained to Gantz
that the onus for national security is placed on a few.
Gantz agreed that
the burden was not shared by all and that there is an imbalance between those
who serve and those who do not.