Peres: Media storm surrounding Galant must stop

President calls on all IDF commanders to stop expressing opinions, show restraint for "sake of Israel and the IDF."

February 3, 2011 18:25
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President Shimon Peres inspecting gun

Peres with big gun 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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President Shimon Peres on Thursday said the media storm must end immediately surrounding the land affair relating to Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant, which subsequently led to the cancellation of his appointment as IDF chief of staff.

Peres called on all IDF commanders to stop expressing their opinion on the media coverage of the land affair.

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Peres explained that it is important to show restraint "for the sake of Israel and the IDF."

"Infighting and bickering between those in the higher echelons of the defense system must come to an end," Peres said. "It is especially important now, with everything around us burning, we must come to our senses," the president continued.

Peres was visiting Israel Police's elite Counter-Terrorism Unit and explained that the unit was "the best in the world."

During the visit, fighters from the unit told the president that they would "not hesitate to risk our lives for the freedom of [abducted IDF soldier Gilad] Schalit]." Peres was shown a training drill in which the unit's fighters took control of a building filled with "terrorists" holding hostages.

Snipers, K-9 units and advanced weaponry were also put on display for the president.

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