Herb Keinon reports at the JPost that Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah claimed this week that Israel is on the verge of collapse.
“The Israeli leadership knows that it is difficult to convince people to enlist in the elite units, the combat units, and everyone prefers to serve in rear units. They lack the willingness to sacrifice that they once had; they have no motivation to endanger their lives,” he said.
According to IDF statistics, Keinon reports, 67% of those who enlisted in the summer of 2017 wanted to serve in combat units, as opposed to 68.8% in 2016. One of the reasons was a desire to serve in high-tech units that are of increasing import in modern warfare. At the same time, there are more applicants than places available in most Israeli combat and elite commando units. This is not exactly the same as everyone preferring “to serve in the rear units.”