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Big Country man called to serve in the Israeli Army Reserves

Big Country man called up as an Israeli reservist

ABILENE, Texas - Rami Morrison served in the Israeli Special Forces for three years. Last week, as a reservist, he got a call to come back for active duty. Because he's not in the country, Morrison said it's not required that he return for military service even though he would like to.

"I was disappointed that I was here and not in Israel because I knew it was coming I just wish I had been in Israel to actually go," said Morrison.  

Southern Israel has been under attack by Islamist groups for almost a decade. Last week, the terrorist organization Hamas started launching long-range missiles that were able to reach all the way to Jerusalem. For Israelis like Morrison that hit a little too close to home. 

"It's terrorists lobbing rockets into my friend's houses and my neighbor's apartment buildings," said Morrison.

Abilene Christian University Department Chair of Political Science Neal Coates said Israel's mobilization of ground troops is a threat to Hamas.

"You can't just indiscriminately attack a country self-defense is something any country around the world would want to employ and so it has to defend itself," Coates said.  

For Morrison's fellow reservists it could become a major sacrifice.

"It's scary because you know that if something happens and we do need to go in, chances are some people won't come back," Morrison said.

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