Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon described the Locker Commission’s findings as "shallow, extremely unbalanced, and completely disconnected from the reality inside Israel around it."
The report, he said, "if implemented, will be a gamble on the security of Israeli citizens. The idea of shortening service to two years is the result of a total misunderstanding of the military," he added, in scathing criticism.
Ya’alon offered his full backing to the IDF’s Gideon multi-year program as the correct way to deal with threats and challenges facing Israel. He said the Gideon program is "effective, balanced, and responsible. It is the one that should be adopted."