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    Cracks Are Emerging in Israel’s Military. Reservists Threaten Not to Serve if Government Plan Passes

    Cracks Are Emerging in Israel's Military. Reservists Threaten Not to Serve if Government Plan Passes

    — Cracks are emerging in Israel's .

    The Middle East's best equipped and most powerful force is under one of the worst assaults it has encountered — a battle within its own ranks.

    A contentious government to overhaul the country's judiciary has cleaved deep rifts within Israeli society. Those rifts have infiltrated the military, where reservists in key units have pledged not to show up for duty if the legislative changes are pushed through.

    The letters, signed by thousands of reservists over the last seven months, have up to now mostly remained threats. But this week, 161 critical force personnel announced they will stop their service, raising concerns about the military's readiness in the face of similar refusals at a time of heightened violence and tensions on several fronts. On Wednesday, hundreds of reservists from various units joined a rally in Tel Aviv, declaring they would not report for duty anymore.

    WHY ARE RESERVISTS REFUSING TO SHOW UP?

    Israel's military is compulsory for most Jewish men. After their three-year service is complete, many continue reserve duty well into their 40s or beyond.

    Reservists make up a critical pool of soldiers who fill an important role in reinforcing the regular army. They cover a range of positions and forces, from air to land to sea to cyber.

    As soon as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government announced the overhaul in…

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