IDF Overhaul Expected After Iran Deal
The Iranian nuclear deal has not only prompted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other officials to declare that Israel will defend itself – it has also prompted the IDF to take drastic measures to act on that plan.
On Monday morning, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot presented to the General Staff the Gidon Plan, a multi-year overhaul of the IDF designed to deal with every possible scenario which would force Israel to defend its borders.
The plan assesses Iran as the biggest threat, according to Maariv, and it takes into account the possibility of an Iranian-Israeli war breaking out. Six top generals from around the world and leading IDF generals formulated the plan.
Highlights of the Gidon plan, according to an anonymous GS officer, include:
- the closure of six IDF divisions;
- the addition of unmanned aircraft to the cyber intelligence unit, the general intelligence unit, and the Israeli Air Force;
- cuts to the Home Front Command reserves;
- changes in the IDF’s weapons arsenals – likely, more upgrades, and phasing out antique equipment;
- layoffs of more than 4,500 career soldiers, a move designed to bring up the average salaries of careerists as well as the quality of service;
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