The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense committee approves a limited calling up of reserve army forces.

Knesset members and IDF officers attend a Foreign Affairs and Defense committee meeting in the Israeli parliament on Thursday, November 15 (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Knesset members and IDF officers attend a Foreign Affairs and Defense committee meeting in the Israeli parliament on Thursday, November 15 (photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The approval allows the army to draw up reserve units only to bolster forces for Operation Pillar of Defense.

The committee also gives the defense minister and chief of general staff the right to declare a state of emergency, on condition that if it continues for more than 48 hours they explain in person to the committee why it is necessary. If they fail to show up, then after 72 hours the committee reconvenes.

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