Many of the regular army soldiers who had been on active duty in Judea and Samaria have been moved down to Gaza – and reserve soldiers have taken their place.
Although the mission of a soldier in Judea and Samaria is very complicated, said Reserve Colonel David Loberbaum in an interview with Arutz Sheva, reserve soldiers had no problem leaving their families – at the height of summer vacation, and in the midst of a war – to do their part for the country.
“The reserve soldiers serving in Judea and Samaria have some experience in the field here, and all of them arrived a very short time after they received their emergency callup orders,” said Loberbaum. “We were able to integrate ourselves in the day-to-day and special missions that need to be carried out very quickly. We know how the work is done here, and we know the area, the residents, and the security needs.”
Still, not taking chances, the reservists immediately embarked on a major military exercise to better prepare for the activities and missions they may face.
“Our objective is to develop and maintain the skills necessary to deal with the situations residents of Judea and Samaria, and of Israel in general, face from this area.”
Despite the fact that many of the reservists have young children – who are home, in many cases, due to the “double blow” of a summer vacation in which allowing kids to roam too far from home is perhaps not a good idea due to security threats, there was a great enthusiasm among soldiers to serve.
“Nearly everyone who was called up came right away, with great dedication to their work,” Loberbaum said. “Their families have been very patient and understanding, and we are very appreciative of that.”
Apart from those deployed in Judea and Samaria, many reservists have also been called to the border with Gaza to support troops operating inside the Hamas-controlled territory.