Israel-Hezbollah War

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Call up notice number 8

Our morning started with a text message to Irit's mobile phone that her son in-law Eli received a phone call at 3 a.m. from his reserve army unit advising him that he is called up for emergency reserve service in the north - that means in Lebanon.

All Israeli men and most women have to do compulsory military service at the age of 18 - 3 years for men and 2 years for women. In theory all the men have to do one month's reserve duty every year until their mid-forties. In practice the heaviest burden falls on those 20% of soldiers who are in combat units such as Eli. Normally the yearly reserve duty is scheduled a few months ahead so people can plan, although it is almost always a great disruption for students (Israelis go to university at age 21 after army service) and the self-employed. In times of war or exceptional military activity, the army can call reserve soldiers up (by a call-up notice number 8) in which case the civilian soldier has to report to his reserve unit straight away.

So at 5 a.m. this morning Eli headed up north towards Lebanon while Irit's younger son has been called up for service in the West Bank. Apparently thousands of Israelis were called up last night for emergency reserve service. This will be a time of great worry for parents, wives and children.

- David

2 Comments:

Anonymous Rob said...

Best wishes and prayers to Eli and the thousands that serve with him.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second Eli's post. We will pray for Eli's safe return and for the sfae return of all the other Israeli soldiers called to war.

-Lisa

1:17 AM  

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