IDF Calls Up 6 Battalions to Guard Egyptian, Syrian Fronts (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 05/03/12)
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The IDF has issued call up orders for six battalions to guard the
Egyptian and Syrian borders, with authorization for more if needed.
The orders were approved by the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense
Committee as part of a request to call up as many as 22 battalions.
The call up came following intelligent assessments calling for
increased deployment of more troops, an IDF spokesperson said.
Former deputy IDF chief of staff Dan Harel said Wednesday night the
call-up meant the IDF views the Egyptian and Syrian borders as
a “potential source of greater threat than in the past.” He cited
Egypt´s reduced control over the Sinai Peninsula, and the upswing in
smuggling of weapons and other items by Bedouin tribes in the area.
Harel also pointed to the growing threat of terrorism emanating from
the Sinai – an issue that has been constantly underscored by Israel´s
Center for Counter-terrorism in every alert issued prior to each
holiday in a vain attempt to prevent Israelis from traveling to the
In addition, the former deputy chief of staff warned the situation in
Syria “could explode at any moment...and pose a direct challenge to
Although the current term of service for non-combat recruits may soon
be reduced due to planned cuts by the IDF, the plan to cut service
for combat soldiers has been put on hold due to the enemy threats,
Israel Defense has reported.
The need for budget cuts and the aim to increase efficiency in the
military structure were two factors cited for the decision to shorten
army service for non-combat personnel.
IDF troops deployed along the so-called international “Blue Line” on
Tuesday to prepare for a possible attack while preparing to build a
six meter high separation wall on the de facto border between Israel
The construction, which had begun Monday, will result in a wall that
will stretch from the former Jidar al-Tayyib Gate to the Fatima Gate
crossing. It is intended to protect residents of the border town of
Metula, which faces Kfar Kila. Members of the Hizbullah terrorist
organization have posted pictures of Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad along the road connecting the Fatima Gate to Adaysseh.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/03/12)
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