TEL AVIV (Aug. 26)
Israel’s mobilization exercise ended today earlier than the 24 hours scheduled for the test as top officials called it a success. Defense Minister Shimon Peres, who visited the assembly points, decided to shorten the exercise in view of the excellent response by reservists.
Chief of Staff Gen. Mordechai Gur also said today that the exercise was a success. He said many units had 100 percent of their men report while others came close to the target. He praised the public which helped transmit news of the call-up and helped those mobilized reach their posts. Israel’s military command will now study the results of the mobilization.
The scene through Israel yesterday was reminiscent of war-time. Shops closed down in the main cities with the owners putting up notices “closed because of the exercise.” Public transportation returned to normal today as the buses recruited for the mobilization were back on their regular routes.