Daily Israel Report

IDF Calling Up Reserves Ahead of PA Statehood Bid

The IDF Central Command raised its alert level amid reserve call ups as the PA statehood bid at the United Nations nears.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 9/16/2011, 3:37 PM

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The IDF Central Command raised its alert level in in Judea and Samaria ahead of next week's expected Palestinian Authority statehood bid at the United Nations. 

Reserve troops from three regiments were mobilized in the last week alone in a bid to reinforce troops deployed in Judea and Samaria with more call ups underway.

The mobilization of troops, who are well versed in the operations in Judea and Samaria, was planned in advance as part of the IDF's preparations for the September bid.

Within the framework of these preparations the IDF has additional troops stationed on standby, and additional reserves were also being prepared for the possibility that the IDF would be forced to mobilize them in a state of emergency.

The reserve units from the Central Command will be joined by an additional reserve regiment from Southern Command in order to allow additional forces to be sent to the Israel Egypt border due to recent terror threats.

The forces being deployed in Judea and Samaria have been given a large supply of crowd dispersal equipment, but no such means were transferred to the Palestinian Authority.

GOC Central Command Avi Mizrahi's directives are that senior commanders be placed at the forefront of every incident and that they exercise the proper discretion and restraint in order to avoid casualties and prevent the situation from escalating. 

Military commanders believe fatalities that result from Arab protests would ignite mass violence in PA and Hamas controlled enclaves and could threaten nearby Jewish communities.

Meanwhile, the IDF has completed its training of civilian response units in Jewish communities in the region in order to take into account the possibility that mass Arab demonstrations may march on Jewish towns. Designated units have been placed in problematic areas.

The IDF said the preparations are not just for September, but for any events that could unfold in the coming months.