Daily Israel Report

Reserve Recruiting in September? ‘No Need,’ Says IDF Spokesman

IDF Spokesman says he doesn't believe reserve soldiers will be needed to combat Arab riots in September.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 8/6/2011, 2:06 AM

IDF Spokesman Yoav Mordechai
IDF Spokesman Yoav Mordechai
Haggai Huberman

IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Yoav (Polly) Mordechai said this week that he believes that there will be no need to call up reserve soldiers to deal with possible Arab riots in September.

According to a report by Voice of Israel Radio on Friday, Mordechai said he believes the month of September, when the Palestinian Authority plans to submit its bid for recognition of a state at the UN Security Council, will pass without incident as will the following months.

Mordechai, who reportedly made the comments during a briefing on Thursday to representatives of the Arab media, added however that the IDF will be ready for any scenario and would defend Israel and its citizens if violent demonstrations should in fact occur.

Mordechai’s comments come after earlier in the week, MK Shaul Mofaz (Kadima), who chairs the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and is a former IDF Chief of Staff and Defense Minister, said that the IDF will likely have to call up reserves in September.

The concern over violent Arab riots may be legitimate, particularly after the violent riots which took place in May during “Nakba Day.”

During those protests, Lebanese protesters who called themselves Palestinians tried to cross the Israeli border, but were prevented by Lebanese forces. In another incident, nearly 1,000 Syrian Arabs crossed the border with Israel and invaded the Golan Heights. One of the infiltrators managed to reach Tel Aviv. This was widely seen as an effort by Syria, who bussed them to the border, to get its citizens' minds off the revolt against Assad. On the second attempt, the IDF reacted strongly and the idea was aborted.

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