In a significant move on Wednesday, the Mobilization Department of the Israeli military has lifted a travel ban on soldiers, permitting them to venture abroad, barring countries deemed as high-risk by the National Security Council. This comes on the heels of a report published by Yedioth Ahronoth, an Israeli newspaper, revealing that several thousand reserve soldiers who didn't participate in operations in the Gaza Strip have been discharged from duty.
Scaling Down Forces
As part of a larger strategy, the Israeli military is set to scale down its forces based on situation assessments. A wave of discharges is anticipated, although no official announcement has been made yet. An Israeli officer candidly expressed the intention to bolster economic activity by relieving the forces from overbearing commitments.
Hamas and the Ongoing Conflict
Since October 7, when Hamas initiated attacks on southern Israel, Israeli forces have been actively targeting the leadership of the group. The Israeli military recently released a photograph of Hamas military leaders, highlighting five who have been eliminated. The conflict has claimed the lives of approximately 400 Israeli soldiers so far, according to the Israeli military.
Impact of the Conflict
The war has taken a heavy toll on Gaza, with the Palestinian health ministry in Ramallah reporting over 16,000 deaths, the majority being women and children. Simultaneously, Europe is on high alert for potential terrorist attacks over the Christmas vacation period, a direct fallout of the Israel-Hamas war.