Israeli army drafting 16 000 reservists

2012-11-16 11:03

Jerusalem - The Israeli army started calling up 16 000 reservists on Friday, as officials said the Jewish state was preparing for a possible ground offensive into the Gaza Strip.

"They're distributing emergency call-up notices now, the process has started," an army spokesperson said.

"As part of Operation Pillar of Defence, the IDF [army] will begin recruiting 16 000 reservists," the military said on its official Twitter feed.

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday approved the call-up of 30 000 reserve soldiers, who can be drafted into action by the military at any point, the army's official spokesperson said.

The move came as Israel pressed a relentless air campaign against Gaza militants which looked increasingly likely to expand into a ground operation after a rocket struck the sea just off the coast of Tel Aviv and a second landed to the south of the sprawling coastal city.

Ground operation

"We are in the process of expanding the campaign," the military's chief spokesperson, Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai, told Channel 2 television on Thursday.

"The defence minister approved ... based on the army's request, the recruitment of another 30 000 soldiers. We will determine how many of them will be called in," he said.

"This means that all options are on the table."

Senior cabinet minister Moshe Yaalon also warned that Israel was considering a ground operation in order to stamp out rocket fire.

"We are preparing all the military options, including the possibility that forces will be ready to enter Gaza in the event that the firing doesn't stop," he wrote in a series of postings on his official Twitter account.

  • moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-11-16 11:23

    Dear Gazans Possible invasion? What the heck were you thinking? You think you can fire rockets at Israel and have parties without paying some sort of price? The world warned you to stop the rocket fire or else the world would not be able to protect you from Israeli self defence. Well... too late she cried... you have to sleep in the bed you make... If Gaza promises to stop the rocket fire I guarantee that Israel will stop its attack, sadly Hamas loves death more then they love their own people. Israel has, does and always will want peace with Palestine, but first thing is first, stop the rocket fire from Gaza onto Israel or Israel will stop it for you.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-16 11:38

      Stop stealing other people's land first!

      neutedop.opinie - 2012-11-16 11:43

      Hear hear Mabhida!

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-16 11:59

      Thieves backed by the US, their bankers and the Vatican. It's not even a Jewish war, it's a war on the people of the world, used to divide us all.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-16 12:23

      Nothing has been stolen.

      gianni.blayse - 2012-11-16 13:37

      zionism is a racist and shameful policy. Why do poor russians who may have some jew in their bloodline but could care less about judaism or israel, get to immigrate to israel and live better than palestinians who have been there for generations. why dont you answer that instead of deleting my comments , you bladdy one-track minded robots. read a book for once, im so sick n tired of people who think they are clever and are just so ignorant. the biggest problem in hte world today

      mikel.kiparski - 2012-11-16 18:16

      dont these silly palestinians realize who is the boss,,,FOR NOW????????

  • larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-16 11:29

    Israel must retake and occupy Gaza.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-11-16 11:36

      It's not their land, they are thieves.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-16 11:38

      Land stealing thieves, exactly the same as the Nazi philosophy of lebensraum!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-16 11:48

      Larry, you claim to be a proud Zionist and claim to want peace on the other hand. The two are incompatible as Zionism demands the establishment of Eretz Israel, a Jewish state stretching “From the Brook of Egypt to the Euphrates”. Who are you going to make peace with, the Iraqis?

      theodor.herzl.3 - 2012-11-16 12:01

      @infidel The mantra of the pro pal's! They stole the land, they stole the land... You need to be educated, read! Not Stealing Palestine but Purchasing Israel

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-16 12:15

      “Our task consists of preparing the Israeli army for the new war approaching in order to achieve our ultimate goal, the creation of an ISRAELI EMPIRE. - Moshe Dayan "The Promised Land extends from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates. It includes parts of Syria and Lebanon." -Rabbi Fischmann This is the sickness inherent in the Zionist credo!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-16 12:25

      Which land did menecham begin and his terrorist groups, the Irgun buy at Deir Yassin ; Balad Esh Sheikh; Sa'sa; Lydda; Ed-Dawayimeh; Kaba Bir'im; Mahlul; Jibta; Huneifis; Tal al-Shuman; etc. How much is the terrorist government in Israel paying for the land in the West Bank? I have no interest in reading your Zionist propaganda!

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-16 12:25

      Your interpretation of Zionism, Fidel, is no longer relevant, but obviously serves your bias and hate. Zionism is simple Jewish nationalism, for which I am an ardent supporter.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-16 12:43

      That is what the sick Zionist movement has been able to achieve through their propaganda, linking their racism and exceptionalism with Judaism, two totally unrelated principles, and you've bought all of it. The quotes I've provide are by ardent Zionist mongrels, and it's no use trying to distance yourself from their ideology. Larry I'd like to recommend this book to you about Zionism, as explained by non Zionist proud Jews. The Hidden History of Zionism By Ralph Schoenman It's available online in PDF format for free!

      dave.kofang - 2012-11-16 13:28

      Israel must be wiped of the map.The world cant be held 2 ransom by the israelis.

      gianni.blayse - 2012-11-16 13:34

      A jewish homeland? israel is mostly a secular country Larry, please explain to me how its a jewish homeland, besides to fundamentalist psycho american jews who think its their rightful home. most israelis, at least the ones with any sense cant stand diaspora jews thinking its their homeland. zionism is outdated and now has become oppressive. Jews should know plenty about what oppression is, yet they turn around and do it to other groups of people .wake up larry, youre on the side of the bullys with the big guns and the big money. i support the underdog. in fact any idiot that supports the rich over the disenfranchised does not have the sense to see further than the front of their nose

      michelle.walkerblake - 2012-11-16 14:27

      If Israel retakes Gaza where do the Palestinians go? You say the Israelis want to be left in peace, but they make no accommodation for the Palestinians. I'm not saying the Israelis must give their entire country to them, but there must be compromise from both sides and continuing to expropriate land for settlers is not a contributing to a win/win solution. The Israelis in my view have lost a lot of friends through their continuing human rights abuses, even the Yanks are fed up ...

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-16 15:39

      Hamas is not about compromise, so they will have to be wiped out. The sooner the better. There can be only one winner in this war, and it will not be Hamas.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-17 22:15

      Two groups of people resented and opposed the creation of an Israeli homeland for the Jewish people after the horrors of World War II, notwithstanding that the amount of land was a tiny, minuscule slither relative to their vast lands, and Jewish people had inhabited that land for millennia. Guess which groups that was, and is. Violent Muslims and White Supremacists. Fidel is in bed with them.

  • Gary.desousa7 - 2012-11-16 11:57

    Israel as you prepare to defend your borders once again to make your country safe for your citizens I salute your moral and correct outlook on anyone aound you who attacks you. In this country the police watch as we are murdered every day(40 a day)or they bribe. The politicians watch from their bunkers and pontificate about human rights. I just wish I could offer more support than just a comment.

  • abraham.karlsamura - 2012-11-16 13:00

    The world must not sit in hipocrisy and watch countless numbers of people perish. Certainly there is no winner in a war no matter how many people are killed. This issue of iraeli palestanian land tussle should not be treated with the kind of hipocrisry the international community is demonstrating. Palestine is weak and incapable of standing Israel. Israel is quite strong and must not see evey little incidence as an opportunity to use it musles. There can never be a just war. The only way out of this conflict is a sincere peace settlement through diplomacy. The world will not remain the same for ever, the bllod letting must stop and must stop now.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-16 13:08

      Thank you, but your words should be directed at the Palestinians and Arab nations. Israel wants nothing but to be left in peace.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-17 22:16

      Israel was created in 1948 from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. Palestinians with their unelected, self-serving neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they even invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you wrongly call "stealing land". There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children. Kindergarten. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. Israel defends herself. Yes sometimes going too far, which is unacceptable, but self-defense nonetheless. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward now because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people, one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own internal political ploys.

  • abraham.karlsamura - 2012-11-16 13:08

    When the strong is threatened it uses it might but when the weak is threatened the worl turns it face. did god ordain this war?

  • ModernMetaphysicist - 2012-11-16 13:32

    Seems things are going to get real ugly real soon, make love not war... life to short

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2012-11-16 14:31

    People should stop spreading lies. Jews bought israel from arab landowners, in 1948 the arab nations wanted to drive jews out but israel took up arms and drove them back claiming more land. Lots of land were swamps and deserts full of disease but the jews made it habitable. The way the jewish national fund got the land was one of the most peacefull ways ever. Rich greedy arabs sold palesine to the jews and the jews calls it israel today

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-17 22:17

      Two groups of people resented and opposed the creation of an Israeli homeland for the Jewish people after the horrors of World War II, notwithstanding that the amount of land was a tiny, minuscule slither relative to their vast lands, and Jewish people had inhabited that land for millennia. Guess which groups that was, and is. Violent Muslims and White Supremacists.

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