IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz issued draft orders for 16,000 reservists on Friday, as Operation Pillar of Defense entered its third day. Most of the reservists serve in the IDF's Engineering Corps.
The engineering corps would play a vital part in any ground operation into the Gaza Strip, enabling armored vehicles to move across the border into Gaza. The IDF operation to root out terror in the coastal territory has consisted of air raids on terror targets thus far.
The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee unanimously authorized on Thursday Defense Minister Ehud Barak's request to enlist up to 30,000 reservists