Against the background of the expected continuation of conflict in Iraq and the need to maintain readiness over time, the IDF continues to reduce the number of reserve soldiers who were called up.

Having stabilized the emergency situation, the main reduction will take place in the Homefront Command, whose current mission has been completed, or they will be replaced by regular soldiers.

This step will allow the IDF to maintain the required level of readiness, preparedness, and flexibility in employing personnel versus the threat, and will reduce the burden on reservists and on the Israeli economy.

The IDF would like to stress that the threat still exists, and that the public should follow the instructions given by the Homefront Command. The public should have their gas masks on them at all times and should maintain a sealed room in their house.