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Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon.

The Israel Defense Forces are set to call up the reserves in January in order to enable drafted troops to train for combat, the defense ministry announced on Monday.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told reporters at a briefing at the ministry in Tel Aviv the move would also take place to help address the current wave of terror, which is likely to continue for some time, “I don’t know for how long.”


Although Israel has blocked efforts by Hamas and other terror groups to organize any major operations there have been dozens of lone wolf stabbings, shootings and ramming vehicle attacks.

It is also possible the terror groups could gain strength, Ya’alon warned. “More significant hostile action is possible,” he said, pointing to the widespread radical Islamist anti-Israel incitement filling jihadist and social networking sites.

“The deeper background goes back to what is being taught in the Palestinian Authority,” Ya’alon noted, referring to murderous images flashed by Da’esh (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq. “[The PA] education system does not prepare the next generation for co-existence.”

Israel, however, is “safeguarding the economic routine” for Arabs in the Palestinian Authority, because it is in Israel’s interest, Ya’alon said.

The bottom line rests with Israel’s policy of punishing terrorists while enabling Arabs living in the Palestinian Authority to live their lives in dignity.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. … not so crazy about him, his policies and the fact this was delayed for almost a year doesn’t do us any good especially when he is signing approvals for building 2 Arab cities in the north bringing at least 80,000 more terrorists into Israel … exactly how will our beloved children – the IDF deal with these numbers???

  2. Aarabs should live with dignity while Jews have to fear going out to work, school or shul? Disgusting he cares more about the Arabs than Israeli Jews. He always has and that is why the violence broke out in the first place. He appeased them when the violence started, ordered soldiers not to shoot terrorists even when they were trying to kill someone, and generally displayed total weakness in the eyes of the Arabs. Arabs perceive any sign of appeasement as vicory for the Arabs . Unfortunately, Ya'alon belongs in Meretz and not in Likud.

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