American Pastors and IDF Soldiers at Yad Vashem

(Photo: IFCJ)

(Photo: IFCJ)

This week, a group of African-American pastors from the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) has been visiting the Holy Land on a Fellowship-organized trip. Some of the biblical sites they have experienced have included Mount Precipice in Nazareth, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Sea of Galilee, and the Jordan River. One stop during their visit was Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust memorial, where the pastors toured the museum and met IDF soldiers.

(Photo: IFCJ)

(Photo: IFCJ)

To see more of what our friends are seeing and doing while in the Holy Land, visit our COGIC Israel Trip page and our online photo album.

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Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 12:11 PM  | Stand for Israel

Photo Friday: To All the Beasts of the Earth

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

“‘And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so.” (Genesis 1:30)

A newborn baby rhino is cared for by her mother – both beautiful examples of God’s perfect creation – in Ramat Gan, Israel. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 11:09 AM  | Stand For Israel

I Have Chosen a Path of Faith

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

Life in Israel can be hard and frightening, with enemies threatening destruction from all sides and the protective measures which must be taken. But Fellowship Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein writes that she saw both the hardship and the hope when she prepared her young son for his first day of school:

We took a wonderful tour around the school, exited the building into the warm summer sun, and just as I sighed a deep breath of fresh air, the “code red” sound, signaling a possible incoming terrorist rocket, went off on my telephone. Within a few minutes more beeping began.

Tugging at my shirt, my son looked at me deep in the eyes. “I love this school,” he said, “but I want to know where the bomb shelter is before I come back again.”

With a gentle hand, my son’s future first-grade teacher walked him to the bomb shelter and pointed out how it is located right next to the first-grade classroom.

I stood speechless as I took in the absurdity and sadness of the situation. In silence, I bitterly stared at the entrance to the bomb shelter, desperately yearning, with tears in my eyes, for peace.

I wish we didn’t need bomb shelters here in Israel.

Yet if there was ever a bomb shelter depicting hope, this was surely it. The outside wall at the entrance to the shelter was covered in a beautifully painted mural depicting children frolicking in the rolling hills of Israel, studying Torah, with the Temple in Jerusalem built directly in front of them. There was a sentence from Psalms written in big letters: “I have chosen a path of faith.”

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Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 7:40 AM  | Stand for Israel

Iran May Have Built Extension to Secret Military Site

(Photo: isisnucleariran.org)

(Photo: isisnucleariran.org)

One of the most troubling areas in Iran is its top-secret Parchin military facility – the very same location that the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has agreed to allow the Islamic Republic inspect on its own. Now, Arutz Sheva’s Ben Ariel reports that the IAEA says Iran has built an extension to this very site:

Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the UN nuclear watchdog said in a report obtained by the Reuters news agency on Thursday.

A resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Parchin file, which includes a demand for fresh IAEA access to the site, is a symbolically important issue that could help make or break Tehran’s July 14 nuclear deal with six world powers.

The confidential IAEA report obtained by the news agency says, “Since (our) previous report (in May), at a particular location at the Parchin site, the agency has continued to observe, through satellite imagery, the presence of vehicles, equipment, and probable construction materials. In addition, a small extension to an existing building” appeared to have been built.

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Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 7:18 AM  | Stand for Israel

How to Destroy a City in Five Minutes

(Photo: wikicommons/BishkekRocks)

(Photo: wikicommons/BishkekRocks)

Over the past year, there have been numerous attacks around the world perpetrated by Islamist terrorists. None was more horrifying than the June massacre of 38 tourists in Tunisia, which Michael Totten writes, destroyed a place he loved and is indicative of how these extremists wish to destroy all that stands in the way of their own insane ideology:

There’s a lot to love about Sousse. It’s an Arab city to emulate. If only Egyptians and Saudis and Iraqis could see this place, I thought to myself when I first got there, they’d see what’s possible in their own countries.

And that’s precisely why the likes of ISIS want to destroy it. ISIS isn’t gunning for Mecca. It is not targeting the Taliban-ruled parts of Afghanistan. It wants to swallow as much as it can, of course, but it can’t tolerate anything in the Muslim world that reminds people like me of a decadent infidel nation like France…

 

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Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 7:02 AM  | Stand for Israel

Iran Unveils New Ballistic Missile, Plans for More Arms

iitnThe Iranian government unveiled a new ballistic missile this week, and announced plans for purchasing more arms from Russia. Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said his country “will buy, sell and develop any weapons and not ask for permission or abide by any resolution.”

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• British diplomats, speaking at the reopening of their embassy in Tehran, said Iranian leaders are softening their stance toward Israel — a claim Iran’s state news outlet said was false.
• The Russian government has jailed two Ukrainians on what the U.S. State Department is calling trumped up terror charges.
• The Islamic State (ISIS) has destroyed yet another ancient site in Syria dating back to the Roman era.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on the heroes who stood up to evil.

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Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Former Top US Military Officers Call for Rejection of Iran Deal

(Photo: wikicommons/David B. Gleason)

(Photo: wikicommons/David B. Gleason)

Countless voices of those who stand for Israel – including many thousands who have signed our petition – have let their objections to the Iran nuclear deal be known. Now, Israel Hayom reports that nearly 200 retired U.S. generals and admirals have urged Congress to reject the deal:

Nearly 200 retired U.S. generals and admirals have sent a letter to Congress calling on lawmakers to reject the nuclear deal with Iran, saying it poses a threat to America’s national security, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

“The agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous, render the Mideast still more unstable and introduce new threats to American interests as well as our allies,” the letter said.

In the letter, which was addressed to Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate and the House of Representatives, the former military officers said the deal would not prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons…

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, one of the letter’s signatories, told the Washington Post that he considers the Iran deal to be the most dangerous nuclear accord in American history.

Tell your congressmen and senators to say no to a nuclear Iran.

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Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 7:39 AM  | Stand for Israel

Israel Strikes Hamas After Rocket Attack

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

As we note in today’s Daily Dispatch, a terrorist rocket from Gaza was launched at southern Israel. The Times of Israel reports that the IDF responded with an airstrike on a Hamas weapons site:

The army said it struck a Hamas weapons production facility in the center of the territory, stating that it considered Hamas to be solely responsible for the happenings in the Gaza Strip…

The military noted that eight rockets had been fired from Gaza since the beginning of the month. Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said the army would “not tolerate any attempt to undermine the security of Southern Israel. The Hamas terror organization is responsible for today’s attack against Israel.”

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Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 7:31 AM  | Stand for Israel

Rabbi Eckstein on CBN’s The Watchman

 

On the latest edition of CBN’s The Watchman, Erick Stakelbeck interviews Rabbi Eckstein about his new biography, The Bridge Builder, and his lifelong work of building bridges between Christians and Jews.

Learn more about Rabbi Eckstein’s biography at bridgebuilderbook.com

Click here to order your hardcover copy of The Bridge Builder, or click here to order a copy for Kindle.

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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 4:15 PM  | Stand For Israel

Standing with The Fellowship Against a Nuclear Iran

Tell your congressmen and senators to say no to a nuclear Iran.

In this video, Rabbi Eckstein urges Christians and Jews to stand together against the Iran Nuclear Deal. Watch now and learn how you can help block this treaty from passing.

Tell your congressmen and senators to say no to a nuclear Iran.

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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 12:32 PM  | Stand For Israel