“A Clarification regarding the mobilization of reserve soldiers in the occupying army:
- The army of the Israeli occupation forces consists of 180,000 soldiers, with an additional 550,000 in the reserve.
- This morning, the spokesperson of the occupation army announced the call-up of 300,000 reserve soldiers.
- Notes: The reported numbers for reserve soldiers are significantly inflated. If accurate, their intended purpose would be to secure other fronts, not specifically Gaza.
In past conflicts since 2008, including the 2006 Lebanon war and the 2014 Gaza war, the regular army has expressed concerns about the readiness of reserve soldiers, viewing them more as a burden than support.
Some leaders of infantry units have even refused to deploy reserve soldiers.
- Therefore, the dissemination of this number primarily serves as a form of information, attempting to boost the morale of a demoralized population.
On one hand, it aims to secure other fronts such as the West Bank, Jerusalem, the 1948 territories, and the north.
- Moreover, even if the occupying army decides to initiate a ground battle, the geographical expanse of Gaza does not require even a quarter of the reported numbers. Conversely, a large deployment would likely increase their casualties.
We pray for the safety of our people. Patience is good, and we seek help from God.”
– Manager of Nafha Center for Prisoner Studies and Israeli Affairs