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November 16, 2012 1:21 pm

Major Call up of 75,000 Israeli Soldiers Approved

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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.

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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.

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    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.


    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.

    • Lieba

      Makes a lot of sense. So why don’t they do it?

  • 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.


  • EthanP

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