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Jerusalem - Israeli TV: Israel Taking Steps To Mobilise Up To 75,000 Reserve Troops For Gaza Campaign

Published on: November 16, 2012 12:43 PM
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An Israeli Border Police officer searching for the remains of a missile that was shot from gaza and landed in the Gush Etzion area. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 An Israeli Border Police officer searching for the remains of a missile that was shot from gaza and landed in the Gush Etzion area. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Jerusalem -  - Defence Minister Ehud Barak sought government approval on Friday to mobilise up to 75,000 reserve troops for Israel’s Gaza campaign, political sources  said, in a sign of preparations for a possible ground offensive.

The sources, speaking after Palestinian rockets were fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, said ministers were being polled by telephone by the cabinet secretary to approve the call-up.

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Religious Israeli soldiers gather for Friday evening prayers inside a tent set up in a tank staging area along the border with the  Gaza Strip in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. Behind a bulldozer moves earth to make fortifications, as soldiers (R) make final preparations for a sit-down Friday night meal, as the Sabbath begins. (Credit: EPA)Religious Israeli soldiers gather for Friday evening prayers inside a tent set up in a tank staging area along the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. Behind a bulldozer moves earth to make fortifications, as soldiers (R) make final preparations for a sit-down Friday night meal, as the Sabbath begins. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers next to their armored personnel carriers (APC), on a military site along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, on 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers next to their armored personnel carriers (APC), on a military site along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, on 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers next to their armored personnel carriers (APC), on a military site along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, on 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers next to their armored personnel carriers (APC), on a military site along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, on 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers next to their armored personnel carriers (APC), on a military site along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, on 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers next to their armored personnel carriers (APC), on a military site along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, on 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers next to their armored personnel carriers (APC), on a military site along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, on 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers next to their armored personnel carriers (APC), on a military site along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, on 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers hug each other as they meet at a military site along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, on 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers hug each other as they meet at a military site along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, on 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers next to their armored personnel carriers (APC), on a military site along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, on 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers next to their armored personnel carriers (APC), on a military site along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, on 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
An Israeli soldier talks on his mobile telephone as he sit on an armored vehicle, on a military site along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, on 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)An Israeli soldier talks on his mobile telephone as he sit on an armored vehicle, on a military site along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip, on 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers prepare armoured personnel carriers (APC) at an area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 16, 2012. Israel has started drafting 16,000 reserve troops, the military said on Friday, in a sign that violence could escalate further with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.  (Credit: REUTERS)Israeli soldiers prepare armoured personnel carriers (APC) at an area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 16, 2012. Israel has started drafting 16,000 reserve troops, the military said on Friday, in a sign that violence could escalate further with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Israeli soldiers prepare armoured personnel carriers (APC) at an area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 16, 2012. Israel has started drafting 16,000 reserve troops, the military said on Friday, in a sign that violence could escalate further with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. (Credit: REUTERS)Israeli soldiers prepare armoured personnel carriers (APC) at an area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 16, 2012. Israel has started drafting 16,000 reserve troops, the military said on Friday, in a sign that violence could escalate further with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. (Credit: REUTERS)
A soldier stands next to an Israeli flag as he prepares an armoured personnel carrier (APC) at an area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 16, 2012. Israel has started drafting 16,000 reserve troops, the military said on Friday, in a sign that violence could escalate further with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.  (Credit: REUTERS)A soldier stands next to an Israeli flag as he prepares an armoured personnel carrier (APC) at an area near the border with the Gaza Strip November 16, 2012. Israel has started drafting 16,000 reserve troops, the military said on Friday, in a sign that violence could escalate further with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.  (Credit: REUTERS)
An Israeli soldier directs a Merkava tank in a staging area on the border with the Gaza Strip border in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)An Israeli soldier directs a Merkava tank in a staging area on the border with the Gaza Strip border in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers greet one another as they meet in a tank staging area on the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers greet one another as they meet in a tank staging area on the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the border with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers in a tank unit with a Torah scroll and religious prayer books at a tank staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. One soldier said that every tank carries a prayer book inside. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers in a tank unit with a Torah scroll and religious prayer books at a tank staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. One soldier said that every tank carries a prayer book inside. (Credit: EPA)
An Israeli soldier in a tank unit carries a Torah as soldiers and machinery prepare in a staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)An Israeli soldier in a tank unit carries a Torah as soldiers and machinery prepare in a staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
An Israeli soldier jumps from a tank after maneuvering it in a staging are along the  border with the Gaza Strip, somewhere in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)An Israeli soldier jumps from a tank after maneuvering it in a staging are along the border with the Gaza Strip, somewhere in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers from a tank unit with their gear at a staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers from a tank unit with their gear at a staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
An Israeli soldier near tanks that are positioned in a staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)An Israeli soldier near tanks that are positioned in a staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
A slow exposure shows an Israeli Merkava tank on a truck transport as it arrives in a staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)A slow exposure shows an Israeli Merkava tank on a truck transport as it arrives in a staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers pass a tank on a carrier truck as they stop for near the border with the Gaza Strip, somewhere in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers pass a tank on a carrier truck as they stop for near the border with the Gaza Strip, somewhere in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
An Israeli tank maneuvers in a field at a staging area along the  border with the Gaza Strip, somewhere in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)An Israeli tank maneuvers in a field at a staging area along the border with the Gaza Strip, somewhere in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers from a tank unit with their gear at a staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers from a tank unit with their gear at a staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers from a tank unit with their gear at a staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers from a tank unit with their gear at a staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers in a bus as they arrive to a staging area along the border with the Gaza Strip, somewhere in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers in a bus as they arrive to a staging area along the border with the Gaza Strip, somewhere in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers take their gear out from a bus as they arrive at a staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers take their gear out from a bus as they arrive at a staging area on the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)
Israeli soldiers greet each other at a refreshment stop near the Gaza Strip  border, n southern Israel, as they travel to a staging area 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)Israeli soldiers greet each other at a refreshment stop near the Gaza Strip border, n southern Israel, as they travel to a staging area 16 November 2012. Israel has called up thousands of soldiers and has moved hundreds of military vehicles to the borer with the Gaza Strip in the escalating Operation Pillar Cloud. (Credit: EPA)

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 Nov 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM esq Says:

Our soliders are mobilizing, bringing with them Torahs and Tanks. They'll need both. May Hashem keep every single one safe and allow them to fulfill their mission of defending the Holy Land. Amen

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 Nov 16, 2012 at 01:10 PM ab1234 Says:

u should be aware that u are not alowed by halachah to look on shaboos in israely websites

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 Nov 16, 2012 at 01:15 PM kZLER Says:

The bricha in 1942 carried a sefer torah and Rav Goren A'H was with them from El Alamein to Mionte Cassino. The new "daas torah the N.K. wished Adminjad bracha v'hatzlocha

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 Nov 16, 2012 at 02:19 PM DRE53 Says:

I feel so bad for all those soldiers. May hashem keep all of them safe and bring peace to the region very soon.

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 Nov 16, 2012 at 02:31 PM SherryTheNoahide Says:

I 2nd what poster #1 said. I hope & pray that the Israeli soldiers come through, that not too many civilian lives are lost, but that the right people who deserve to pay for the suffering they've caused, pay for it themselves in the end. I pray the soldiers themselves are protected, make rational & fair choices, clear decisions & that HaShem will be w\them every single step of the way.

And to anyone here on VIN who have family & friends in your homeland (which I would venture to guess is the bulk of you), I want you to know that there are countless Noahides & other righteous gentiles who will ALSO be praying along w\your communities this weekend\Sabbath. We are with Israel!

And regardless of our political differences, we all love Israel & want to support Her & to see Her succeed in all things. I pray that all the friends & family you have over there remain safe & secure throughout this difficult time! Very scary & surreal all of the events taking place right now. Politics takes a backseat when such Holy souls are in jeapordy.

Much love to you all - Sherry & Family

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 Nov 16, 2012 at 03:09 PM Anonymous Says:

may god keep our children safe in the battlefield and help them succeed in all their missions

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 Nov 16, 2012 at 04:03 PM Liepa Says:

Reply to #5  
SherryTheNoahide Says:

I 2nd what poster #1 said. I hope & pray that the Israeli soldiers come through, that not too many civilian lives are lost, but that the right people who deserve to pay for the suffering they've caused, pay for it themselves in the end. I pray the soldiers themselves are protected, make rational & fair choices, clear decisions & that HaShem will be w\them every single step of the way.

And to anyone here on VIN who have family & friends in your homeland (which I would venture to guess is the bulk of you), I want you to know that there are countless Noahides & other righteous gentiles who will ALSO be praying along w\your communities this weekend\Sabbath. We are with Israel!

And regardless of our political differences, we all love Israel & want to support Her & to see Her succeed in all things. I pray that all the friends & family you have over there remain safe & secure throughout this difficult time! Very scary & surreal all of the events taking place right now. Politics takes a backseat when such Holy souls are in jeapordy.

Much love to you all - Sherry & Family

Thank you, Sherry!

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 Nov 17, 2012 at 06:26 PM Benny Says:

Return safe!
We will daven for you!
עם ישראל חד

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