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excerpt from:  Netanyahu returns with progress on Iran, Syria while Palestinian issue remains dead-locked

(Jerusalem Post, 13 November 2015)

A US team is due to visit Israel in the coming weeks to assess its security needs in light of increased regional threats, including the growing Iranian presence in Syria.

This assessment will be made by “defense officials and experts on both sides,” the official said, adding that Israel’s need would be examined on a case-by-case basis.

Netanyahu also clarified for the Obama administration his three critical positions on Syria, which he summarized as follows on his Facebook page:

Israel will not allow Iran to set up a second front in the Golan Heights. Israel will not allow the Syrian Army or anybody else to use Syrian territory to attack us,” he wrote. “Israel will not allow Syrian territory to be used for the transfer of game-changing weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon.”


excerpt from:  Israeli Army Begins Broad Reserve Call Up for West Bank Deployment in 2016

(by Amos Harel, Haaretz, 13 November 2015)

The [Israeli] army is preparing for the possibility of deploying as many as 70 reserve battalions on unplanned operational activity in the West Bank next year, at a cost of some 300 million shekels ($77 million).

The first call-up orders for operational duty in the West Bank in January were received this week by four reserve battalions. But the 2016 plans drawn up by the Israel Defense Forces call for many other such battalions.

The [Israeli] General Staff doesn’t know how long the current clashes with the Palestinians will last. But its working assumption is that many months will pass before the violence ebbs. If so, it will need many reservists, in part to replace regular troops so they can train as scheduled.


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