Israeli Army Mobilizes Two Reservist Battalions to West Bank

Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot seeks to limit disruptions to the training of regular army units.

Israeli soldiers in Hebron.
Reuters

The Israel Defense Forces will send two reservist battalions to the West Bank next month to try to help contain the knifing and car-ramming attacks that began in September.

Last month mobilization orders went out to four reservist battalions, but in recent days that number was downgraded to two.

Reservists are expected to conduct routine security assignments, replacing conscripts. The reservists are being called up as Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot strives to limit disruptions to the training of regular army units.

Last month the army reinforced its forces near Hebron with two infantry battalions, bringing the total number operating there to nine, including Border Police forces.

There was action in Hebron on Sunday when a female Palestinian tried to stab a settler in the Givat Ha’avot neighborhood. Members of the Givati infantry brigade shot and seriously wounded the assailant, who was taken to Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem.

Two attacks in the West Bank were foiled Saturday; at an intersection near Hebron, a driver tried to run over a group of soldiers but was shot and killed. Also, a man opened fire near Jenin but no one was hurt.

On Monday, 11 people were injured when a man rammed his car into a bus stop at the entrance to Jerusalem near the Chords Bridge.