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In Monday’s Daily Dispatch, we reported that a female Israeli police officer had been stabbed in Bethlehem. The IDF policewoman is now recuperating in a hospital, where she was paid a visit today by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.Comments (0) »
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 11:52 AM | Stand for Israel
Today, the latest Fellowship Freedom Flight brought 89 Ukrainian Jews from their war-torn country to their new home in the Holy Land. The Times of Israel’s Amanda Borschel-Dan reports on one man’s journey – from being abducted by Russian separatists to finding freedom in his historic homeland, Israel:
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As on many days in the past months, David, 68, heard shots on his way back to his eastern Ukraine home near Donetsk last year on June 17. There had been fighting in the area since April, but this time the soldiers behind the guns grabbed him and forced him into a nearby vehicle…
David, who immigrated to Israel on Wednesday morning, says he’s lucky his captors didn’t know he was Jewish. He feels sure they would have killed him had they known…
David and his wife, however, immigrated with another 89 Ukrainians this morning through the efforts of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. The IFCJ has brought over some 800 immigrants from Ukraine since December 2014.
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 11:23 AM | Stand for Israel
It has been a year since Hamas forced Israel into a fifty-day war, after kidnapping and murdering three teen boys, launching thousands of rockets into Israel, and planning further attacks via terror tunnels. While Operation Protective Edge put a dent in the terrorist organization’s capabilities, Israel Hayom’s Gideon Allon reports that Hamas is again readying to wage war on the Jewish state:
[Head of Shin Bet, Yoram] Cohen said Hamas has stepped up its preparations for a future military confrontation with Israel by resuming its tunnel construction activities, renewing its development and production of rockets, increasing training, and intensifying its efforts to receive Iranian aid.
Cohen said Hamas is unlikely to launch an offensive against Israel now, but warned that it is capable of fighting Israel for a protracted period in the event of flare-up. He added that some of the funds that were supposed to go toward the rebuilding of civilian infrastructure in Gaza have been used instead to shore up Hamas’ military capabilities, which were badly damaged during Operation Protective Edge last summer.
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 8:00 AM | Stand for Israel
The boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel gained strength yesterday, as the United Church of Christ voted yesterday to divest from companies operating in the West Bank. The Times of Israel reports that Israel’s Foreign Ministry slammed the move as “immoral”:
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Israel challenged the morality of a decision by a US church to divest from companies that operate in the West Bank Tuesday, saying the Christian congregants would be better off helping to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians instead of helping the ‘demonization’ of the Jewish State.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the United Church of Christ’s policies have “reflected the most radical politics for more than a decade and in no way reflect a moral stance or reality-based position…”
“People of faith ought to be acting to help Israel and the Palestinians to renew efforts to achieve peace, rather than endlessly demonizing one party in the conflict — in our view, the aggrieved party,” Nahshon said following the vote…
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 7:48 AM | Stand for Israel
Last night, four Israelis were wounded in a terrorist drive-by shooting. This comes after an Israeli policewoman was stabbed earlier by a female terrorist in Bethlehem. In response to these acts of terror, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinians to denounce such violence, while discussing what Israel continues to do to combat it:
“The attempts to harm us do not cease for a moment,” Netanyahu said. “The Shin Bet and IDF have thwarted dozens of terrorist attacks this year. We will act strongly and with determination and bring the terrorists to justice.
“The fact that the Palestinian Authority has yet to condemn these attacks should disturb not only us, but also the entire international community. Those who do not stand up unequivocally against terror cannot wash their hands of it.”
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Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 8:56 AM | Stand for Israel
Today is the deadline for Western powers to agree with Iran on a deal regarding its nuclear program. With the Islamic Republic clearly having aspirations for nuclear weapons – which would threaten not only Israel and the rest of the Middle East, but the whole world – here is the list of five requirements for any deal to be successful:
- Iran must allow inspections of its nuclear sites
- Iran must be forthcoming about its past arms activity
- Iran must hold up its end of any deal in order to get sanctions relief
- Any nuclear deal must be kept in place permanently
- Iran must dismantle its nuclear weapons infrastructure
Update: The Times of Israel reports that today’s deadline was extended until July 7.Comments (7) »
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 8:33 AM | Stand for Israel
Four Israelis were injured in a shooting in the West Bank, north of Ramallah, on Monday night, The Times of Israel reports:
Three victims were in serious condition and were airlifted to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, and a fourth suffered minor injuries and received treatment on site from paramedics.
Israel Defense Forces soldiers were on the scene and searching the vicinity for suspected perpetrators.
The circumstances of the incident, which took place off of Highway 60, the main north-south artery running through the West Bank, weren’t immediately clear. Initial reports indicated that the three were riding in a car which was shot at by a passing vehicle. Photos posted on social media claiming to be of the victims’ vehicle showed the car riddled with multiple bullet holes.
Please join us in praying for the safety of those in the area and for the victims’ recovery.Comments (0) »
Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 4:05 PM | Stand for Israel
Leaflets distributed in Jerusalem in the name of the Islamic State terror group threatened Christian residents of the city with a “massacre” if they do not evacuate by the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to Israeli media reports:
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Haaretz reported the discovery of leaflets in several Jerusalem locations on Saturday that were signed by “Islamic State, Jerusalem Emirate” and stated, “We tell the heretic Christians, you must clear out immediately or we’ll massacre you on Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, and one month is time enough to evacuate.” Additionally, Israel National News reported that leaflets signed by “ISIS Palestine,” vowing “revenge” against Christians, were found in eastern Jerusalem on Thursday.
Islamic State is notorious for its brutal slaughtering of Christians and other regional minority groups during its conquests in Iraq and Syria.
Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 9:00 AM | Stand for Israel
The Fellowship has launched a new initiative to provide humanitarian assistance to members of the Druze community hurt by the ongoing conflict in southern Syria, according to an announcement made by Rabbi Eckstein on Sunday:
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IFCJ announced it will provide monthly assistance to roughly 50 families who recently fled from Syria to Jordan to escape the ongoing violence.
The six months of assistance will cover food and medical care costs and amounts to 500,000 shekels [about $132,000]. During the meeting, Rabbi Eckstein promised to provide additional support to the Druze refugees, as needed, and to remain in close contact with Druze leaders in Israel who can keep him updated on the volatile state of the Druze community in Syria.
“From the very beginning, the IFCJ has worked to safeguard the Druze community and to advance their integration into Israel’s society and economy,” said Rabbi Eckstein, who added, “We believe the Druze to be true partners to Israel’s security and wellbeing.”
Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 8:34 AM | Stand for Israel
“Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness” (Isaiah 45:8 KJV)
This past weekend was Father’s Day, so we couldn’t help but share this photo of fathers and sons of elite IDF units parachuting together. Shabbat shalom, friends.Comments (0) »
Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 11:40 AM | Stand For Israel