Full Alert Over Passover

For the first time in a long, long time, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) is going to remain on full alert over Passover.

I don’t know about you, but that’s unsettling.

And no, this is not some last minute change in IDF policy. Benny Gantz (IDF Chief of Staff) didn’t wake up and suddenly realize that Israeli soldiers have turned into a bunch of pansies and need to be in uniform during the High Holy Days. It’s certainly not a change in policy that you make at the last minute.

Jewish mothers everywhere are going to be upset, and you do NOT want that.

So, what’s up?

Is Hamas planning something nasty?

Is the IDF planning something nasty?

(Okay, they’re ALWAYS planning something nasty.)

Or, did Benny get up on the wrong side of the bed Tuesday, and he’s making everyone pay for it.

Nooo… something nasty is going down.

IDF to Remain on Full Alert Over Passover
IDF chief Benny Gantz ends the Army’s long-customary Passover vacation, orders commanders to cancel leaves and remain at full strength.

By Gabe Kahn, 3/29/2012, Arutz Sheva

The IDF on Tuesday broke with Israeli tradition and ordered all units to cancel the long-customary Passover leaves and remain on full alert over the holiday.

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.

But this year soldiers will have to divide their vacation days among themselves in order to ensure that their units remain at full strength.

Senior military officials insisted the decision did not stem from any planned military operations set to occur on – or immediately after – the holiday.

IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz said Wednesday he gave the order saying he “does not accept” the notion of an army-wide vacation during Passover.

According to reports, many soldiers who received the news Tuesday did not believe the timing of the decision was arbitrary and dismissed Gantz’s explanation as obfuscation.

Read the rest of the article here.