Israel moves on reservists after rockets target cities

Reuters, By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Jeffrey Heller, November 16

Gaza/Jerusalem – Israeli ministers were on Friday asked to endorse the call-up of up to 75,000 reservists after Palestinian militants nearly hit Jerusalem with a rocket for the first time in decades and fired at Tel Aviv for a second day.

The rocket attacks were a challenge to Israel’s Gaza offensive and came just hours after Egypt’s prime minister, denouncing what he described as Israeli aggression, visited the enclave and said Cairo was prepared to mediate.


Tanks and self-propelled guns were seen near the border area on Friday, and the military said it had already called 16,000 reservists to active duty.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened senior cabinet ministers in Tel Aviv after the rockets struck to decide on widening the Gaza campaign.

Political sources said ministers were asked to approve the mobilization of up to 75,000 reservists, in what could be preparation for a possible ground operation.

Previously: Rockets Over Tel Aviv Mean Gaza Ground Invasion Looks Certain

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    Lisa Goldman ‏@lisang

    Israeli cabinet today discussing draft of 75K reserved soldiers. In Cast Lead / 2008-9, 10K were drafted. This is very alarming.
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    • I wouldn’t necessarily jump to the conclusion that this means that any ground action would be 8 times larger. I would presume that they need some of this for homeland defence. The percentage of Israel that Palestinian forces can hold at threat now is many, many times larger than it was previously. In addition, I’m hard pressed to think how one would maneuver 8 times the forces in that constrained an area – if four brigades +/- was at times tight, what does many times forces get one.

  • Cabinet OKs 75,000 reservists for possible Gaza operation

    Government increases cap of reservists for possible ground operation in Gaza from 30,000 to 75,000; thus far, IDF issued 16,000 draft orders to reserve troops.

    Jerusalem Post, By Staff & Yaakov Lappin, November 16

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak approved the IDF’s request on Friday evening to increase the maximum number of reservists it could enlist, seeking cabinet approval to mobilize up to 75,000 troops ahead of a possible Gaza ground operation.

    On Friday morning, as Operation Pillar of Defense continued for a third day, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz issued draft orders to 16,000 out the 30,000 reservists the cabinet approved Thursday. Most of the reservists called up thus far serve in the IDF’s Engineering Corps.

    The engineering corps would play a vital part in any ground operation into the Gaza Strip, enabling armored vehicles to move across the border into Gaza. The IDF operation to root out terror in the coastal territory has consisted of air raids on terror targets thus far.

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  • IAEA: Iran ready to sharply increase nuclear work

    Latest report from UN nuclear watchdog could soon double number of centrifuges operating in Fordow bunker site.

    Reuters, November 16

    Vienna – Iran is ready to sharply expand its uranium enrichment in an underground site after installing all the centrifuges it was built for, a UN nuclear report showed on Friday, a development likely to fuel Western alarm over Tehran’s nuclear aims.

    The Islamic state has put in place nearly 2,800 centrifuges that the Fordow enrichment site, buried deep inside a mountain, was designed for and could soon double the number of them operating to almost 1,400, according to the confidential International Atomic Energy Agency report obtained by Reuters.

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