TEL AVIV (Mar. 27)
Reserve soldiers in the IDF will have to serve 45 days army service if they are members of regular units and 60 days if they belong to specialized units. Chief of Staff-elect Gen. Moshe Levi told military correspondents here. Under normal circumstances reservists serve 30 days a year.
Levi said the army would remain in Lebanon “as long as required, as demanded by the government,” He said the situation had been re-examined by army headquarters in December “according to data which may alter the situation.” Israel Radio’s military correspondent said Levi was hinting at the presence of Soviet-made SAM-5 missiles inside Syria.
Levi said that Defense Minister Moshe Arens had decided in favor of an army reorganization involving the establishment of an overall land forces command — a controversial proposal put forward six years ago by Gen. Yisrael Tal and not implemented till now because of opposition by most currently-serving senior officers and several former Chiefs of Staff.