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The Israeli army needs 15 new battalions to carry out its tasks on several fronts

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Israeli Channel 12 said that Israeli Chief of Staff Herzi Halevy informed the political leadership of the army’s need for 15 new battalions, the size of a military division of 4,500 soldiers, so that it can carry out its tasks on several fronts.

In a letter to the political leadership, Halevy warned of what he called a severe shortage of manpower within the Israeli army to achieve the desired goals.

According to the channel, Halevy explained that the shortage is not only a result of the war, but also due to the need to increase the size of the forces for additional army tasks.

Halevy also revealed that work is currently underway on a temporary solution by creating 5 battalions consisting of soldiers who had previously been relieved.

Halevy pointed out – according to the channel – that the manpower crisis in the army is very costly and that the amount spent from the state treasury since the beginning of the war to recruit reserve forces exceeded 40 billion shekels (one dollar equals 3.75 shekels).

The Israeli channel explained that Halevy’s warnings came against the backdrop of the crisis of voting on a law that exempts Haredi Jews (religious Jews) from military service.

Search for volunteers

A few days ago, reports from Israel stated that the reserve forces were suffering from a severe shortage of soldiers. Israeli Channel 12 reported that army reserve units had begun searching for volunteers to fight in Gaza through advertisements on the “WhatsApp” application.

The channel added that the announcements searching for volunteers for the army come in light of a severe shortage of soldiers in reserve units, as the war enters its ninth month.

She confirmed that soldiers in reserve units in Gaza and the north expressed the difficulty of maintaining their strength throughout this time.

The channel quoted a reserve soldier as saying, “There is a state of great exhaustion among the soldiers, and great pressure from families and workplaces.”

A reserve officer said that with the beginning of the war, the attendance rate reached 120%, while it currently only reaches 70%.

Earlier, an investigation conducted by the Israeli newspaper Calcalist revealed “severe dissatisfaction” prevailing among Israeli army reserve soldiers due to the long period of service, about 9 months after the start of the Gaza war.

As part of its investigation, the newspaper met many reserve soldiers participating in the war on Gaza, who complained about the long period of service, working long hours during the day, and discrimination between soldiers in shouldering the burdens.

These soldiers warned that this matter was exhausting for them, pointing out that it also caused psychological, marital, and other problems that prolonged their working lives.

The Israeli Institute for National Security Studies, affiliated with Tel Aviv University, estimated that at the beginning of the war, 300,000 reserve soldiers were recruited to participate in the war.

On October 7, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, and launched an attack on the settlements surrounding the Gaza Strip, killing hundreds of Israelis and capturing others, in response to the ongoing Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people.

Since then, Israel has launched a war on Gaza that has left more than 121,000 Palestinians dead or wounded, most of them children and women, and about 10,000 missing amid massive destruction and famine that has claimed the lives of children and the elderly.