Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Major Call up of 75,000 Israeli Soldiers Approved

November 16, 2012 1:21 pm 5 comments

IDF troops.

Josh Hantman, a spokesman for Israel’s Ministry of Defense, has confirmed to The Algemeiner that Defense Minister Ehud Barak has approved further call-ups of reserve soldiers. A diplomatic source in Jerusalem told The Algemeiner the number of troops was 75,ooo, however Hantman would not confirm this.

Israeli daily Haaretz reports that Israeli government secretary Hauser is conducting a telephone poll of ministers to get the okay. The move would be approved by the Security Cabinet tonight.

In comparison to recent Israeli operations, the number of troops being discussed is quite high. For Operation Cast Lead in 2008 10,000 reserves were called up, and for Israel’s Second Lebanon War in 2006, 60,000 troops were called up.

Alon ben David, the chief military correspondent for Channel 10 news in Israel said that “Military sources advise to be ready for significant expansion of “Pillar of Defense”.

The Israeli Security Cabinet is now in session.

The increased troop call-up comes after two rockets were fired at Jerusalem by Hamas. They landed north of the city in the West Bank.

UPDATE: Israeli state radio Reshet Bet reported that the Defense Ministry’s request to draft 75,000 reserve troops has been approved.

5 Comments

  • For many years I was embedded in the Islamic world. There,Israel is regarded as a pompous weakling. Most of my Islamic Associates espouse enforcing tough positions as a means of making messages clear.

    Just imagine a Mafia family faced with the same circumstances. Then act as they would acted had they faced the Islamic world.

    What Israel should do is a combination of the following.

    Israel should announce that it’s retaliation/prevention policy is strictly proportional. Just keep announcing it and then the media will repeat it.

    The logic is simple. You obligate yourself to do enough but no more than is necessary. And, If Hamas does not stop its attacks, then by definition, you have not exercised sufficient force. Therefore, Israel must increase the intensity of the Israeli attacks until Hamas ceases its offensive actions.

    A land invasion is foolish and creates unnecessary Israeli casualties.

    What Israel should do is a combination of the following.

    Announce that certain residential buildings will be destroyed by attack if there are incoming missiles. Then, destroy the buildings. This constitutes ” fair warning” having been given to the inhabitants of these buildings.

    Specifically, what you do is announce that you have a list of 200 ( # ? )buildings and publicize your list. Then announce that for each incoming missile you’re going to destroy one of these buildings ….and if the Hamas attack continues, Israel must go ahead with these attacks. The residents of all 200 buildings. will feel the panic. Having given adequate warning, Israel must go ahead with these attacks.

    In the short run it might increase Palestinian casualties. In the long run it will reduce Palestinian casualties since it will end the attacks sooner.

    Also commercial properties and manufacturing properties should be on the target list and destroyed.

    Electricity should be cut off.

    Food should be blockaded and Israel’s new policy should be that for every missile over certain class that Hamas and its allies turns over to Israel, Israel will let one truckload of food in.

    ISRAEL IS AT WAR

    It’s two objectives are:

    short-range stop the current missile attacks.

    Long-range, prevent missile attacks, ambushes, and other Hamas offensive actions in the future.

    Anything else is an Israeli defeat.

  • Hashem bless and protect I.D.F. shabbat shalom everyone !

  • Norman Hauptman

    The nec path to victory lies in the leaast expense of energy (THE ART OF WAR by SunTzu). Highly recommended leafletting Gaza to supplement arms.

    Defense is not typically a path to victory. Offense is. The mind of Hamas populace can be exploited to cause its leadership to back off.(Gaza Spring to benefit Israel).
    Propaganda leafletting is part of this strategy.

    .

  • The official IDF site says the name is “Pillar of Cloud”.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Arts and Culture Huffington Post Accused of ‘Jew-Hatred’ After Tweeting ‘Offensive’ Joke About Comedian at Video Music Awards

    Huffington Post Accused of ‘Jew-Hatred’ After Tweeting ‘Offensive’ Joke About Comedian at Video Music Awards

    The Huffington Post is facing backlash after joking about a Jewish comedian’s  appearance at the Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday night. Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky took part in Nick Jonas’ performance of his song “Bacon,” staged in a New York diner — in a cameo role as a waiter throwing a handful of bacon in the air. Commenting on the show, the Huffington Post tweeted, “not thrilled at the fat jew [he] wasted all that perfectly good bacon!!!!!!” The message angered many Twitter users, who thought the joke […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Israeli Fans Mob, Dance With Basketball Player Amar’e Stoudemire at First Jerusalem Team Practice (VIDEO)

    Israeli Fans Mob, Dance With Basketball Player Amar’e Stoudemire at First Jerusalem Team Practice (VIDEO)

    Israeli basketball fans mobbed Hapoel Jerusalem’s newest player, American pro Amar’e Stoudemire, dancing around with him during a practice open to the public. On Friday, the team posted a video on Twitter of the happy romp with fans jumping around Stoudemire, while chanting in Hebrew. Unfamiliar with the lyrics, Stoudemire pumps his fist in the air. The basketball player, who has Jewish roots on his mother’s side, also waved a flag emblazoned with Hapoel Jerusalem’s logo. The former New York Knicks forward retired from the NBA earlier […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Playboy Columnist Calls Israel’s ‘Burning Man’ Festival ‘Ultimate Revenge on Hitler’

    Playboy Columnist Calls Israel’s ‘Burning Man’ Festival ‘Ultimate Revenge on Hitler’

    The Israeli version of the famed American Burning Man music festival is the “ultimate revenge on Hitler,” according to a column in Playboy magazine on Thursday. In his column, Jeff Weiss also took note of the fact that Midburn — a five-day bacchanal in the Negev Desert, self-described as an event celebrating “a communal life style, creativity, art and radical self-expression” — began on June 8, the day of the Sarona Market terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, which left four people dead. Weiss asked rhetorically, “What could needle the mustached […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Author of New Book on Connection Between Jews, Punk Rock Describes Bands Flinging Gefilte Fish, Bagels at Audience (INTERVIEW)

    Some punk rockers integrate their Jewish identity into their music through food, the author of a new book on the topic told The Algemeiner on Wednesday. Michael Croland, author of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk, described the way different musicians express this connection. “One band is known for throwing gefilte fish in the mosh pit, and people at its concert slide around on it while dancing,” he recounted. “Another used to drink Manischewitz [sweet kosher] wine out of a shofar [the ram […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    Scottish Soccer Club Manager Hails ‘Fantastic’ Jewish-State Visit After Victory Over Israeli Team (VIDEO)

    The manager of Scotland’s Celtic soccer club lauded Israel, after his team won a match against the Jewish state’s Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Tuesday night. Brendan Rodgers said at a post-match press conference: On behalf of the players, the people of Celtic and Scotland, Israel’s been fantastic for us. We came out here on Sunday, [and from] the hotel, the staff, we’ve been very, very warmly received. The atmosphere at the game was amazing and, obviously, one team has to lose, but you have a wonderful team here, […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    Second Jaffa Jazz Festival to Reunite International, Israeli Musicians

    For the second time, Israel will host the Jaffa Jazz Festival, according to Broadwayworld.com. The festival will unite 43 Israeli musicians and eight international artists for a three-day event. The program will include a special performance by an ensemble of top jazz students studying at Belgium’s Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, the Belgrade Music Academy in Serbia, Israel’s Rimon School of Music and the jazz program of the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv. There will also be a jazz show for children led by Israeli saxophonist […]

    Read more →
  • Sports Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    Israel’s First NASCAR Driver Revved Up to Win

    JNS.org – As a young boy growing up in Ashdod, Israel, Alon Day got his first go-kart at age 9. By 15, he was racing them. Less than a decade later, Day has become the first Israeli professional race car driver on the NASCAR circuit. He made history by competing in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 13. “Driving a race car is not like any other sport,” Day told JNS.org. “You are actually almost flying […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    Writer of Popular Kids Series to Premiere Autobiographical Solo Show ‘Not That Jewish’

    The writer of a popular children’s television series will premiere an off-Broadway solo show called “Not That Jewish,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Written and performed by Monica Piper — the Emmy Award-winning showrunner of Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” — the show is described as “the autobiographical telling of a Jew…’ish’ girl’s life.” “Not That Jewish” explores Piper’s Bronx upbringing in a show-business family, her comedy-club debut and her “almost” night with former Yankees legend Mickey Mantle. “Audiences can expect to leave laughed-out, a little teary-eyed and […]

    Read more →