Senior officials in the military and the government have condemned the letter. Air Force Commander-in-Chief, Major General Dan Halutz, issued an order to ground the 27 signatories – nine of who are still on active duty. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that the letter reminded him that there had also been an attempt to overthrow the government during the 1982 Lebanon War. ‘The Israeli Defence Force is not an organisation where you can do as you please,’ he said. ‘This matter will be dealt with appropriately by the defence establishment.’