Is the Middle East headed towards a war? It sure looks that way. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have mobilized six battalions of reserve duty troops to meet what Israelis have termed a growing threat on the Egyptian and Syrian borders. The Knesset, Israels parliament, has approved the mobilization of an additional sixteen combat battalions, should the army brass feel it necessary.
The Times of Israel quoted an IDF spokesman as stating that intelligence assessments called for the deployment of more soldiers to face what the news site termed new dangers on Israels northern and southern borders.
Israeli newspaper Maariv also reported on the situation, revealing that the IDF had to decide between canceling training sessions for regular duty troops but instead called up the reserves because canceling training would mean soldiers would not be prepared in the case of an all-out war.
All Israelis, with the exceptions of Arab and the ultra-orthodox, serve a mandatory term of service following high school graduation and male veterans can expect to serve yearly stints in the reserves for until they reach their fifties.
The reason for the call up? The Times of Israel reports that Rising tensions between Israel and Egyptand the ongoing unrest in Syria caused the army to ask the Knesset for special permission to call up more soldiers, more often.
In terms of Egypt, Israel is worried due to rising Islamic influence in the country following the fall of Mubarak, especially the ascendency of the Muslim Brotherhood, and a popular backlash against the Camp David Accords which have kept the peace between Cairo and Jerusalem since 1979.
Amr Moussa, a popular Presidential candidate in Egypt, has publicly stated that while Egypt still honors its peace with Israel, the accords are dead.
This signifies that the IDF regards the Egyptian and Syrian borders as the potential source of a greater threat than in the past, said former Israeli deputy chief of staff Dan Harel on Wednesday evening.
The army needs a better answer than in the past to the threat, he said, citing Egypts deteriorating control over the Sinai, marked by an upsurge in Bedouin smuggling of weapons and other goods. He also spoke of the growing threat of terrorism from Sinai, as exemplified by an infiltration last August in which eight Israelis were killed.
The Syrian situation was also highly combustible, Harel said, and it could explode at any moment and pose a direct challenge to us.
One thing is for sure, Israel sure seems to be prepping for a war
Re: Middle East War? Israel Mobilizes Reserve Battalions On Egyptian Border
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May 3 2012, 3:43 AM
no you are wrong. it's people like you that jump the whistle and spread bs like this that make this world a chittier place to live in. I hope you get older and become less concrete minded and more logical. you know generations of my family have fought in every major war for centuries, whether they were right or wrong it doesnt mean I have to emulate them to make me feel better.
if a war has pride and honor in it then I'm all for it. If it's for greed and politics then I'm all for the revolution.
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I have no problem with conservatives, my friends tell me I am (I don't think I am) they are who change the world.
this man is a clown. he's big in our country because he advertises that war is okay, just like half of the discovery channel and all the video games we play. the guy has the mental capacity of a 17th century english prostitute, you should not look up to him.
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