Israel calls up some reservists to deal with Egypt, Syria threats

It's only six battallions - for now. But as the violence in Syria threatens to spill over into neighboring countries, and Egypt moves closer to outright belligerent status, the Knesset agreed to authorize an additional 16 battalions if they're needed. Times of Israel: The IDF has issued emergency call up orders to six reserve battalions in light of new dangers on the Egyptian and Syrian borders. And the Knesset has given the IDF permission to summon a further 16 reserve battalions if necessary, Israeli media reported on Wednesday. An IDF spokesperson said intelligence assessments called for the deployment of more soldiers. An army statement highlighted last August's infiltration from the Sinai north of Eilat in which eight Israelis were killed, and said the subsequent division of that area into two distinct military zones necessitated additional manpower. According to 2008′s Reserve Duty Law, combat soldiers can be called for active reserve duty once every three years, ...(Read Full Post)