IDF Passover vacation canceled

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz has ordered all units to cancel their traditional Passover breaks.

For the first time in many years, all IDF units will maintain regular operations and remain on full alert throughout the holiday. As a result of the unexpected decision, thousands of soldiers at IDF headquarters and bases will have to report for duty as usual.

Officials dismissed suggestions that the decision is related to operational circumstances or preparations for military maneuvers. The army said Gantz made the call after asserting that he does not accept the notion of an army-wide Passover vacation.

However, soldiers who received the news could not be convinced that the timing of the decision was arbitrary.

Over the years, an army-wide break during Passover became a tradition followed by all major military units, including the air force, navy and intelligence corps. —