Tell Washington – Say No to a Nuclear Iran

(Photo: wikicommons/ James Emery)

(Photo: wikicommons/ James Emery)

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are key players in maintaining Israel’s strong relationship with Washington. Friends of Israel need to let their elected officials know how they feel about the nuclear deal made with Iran.

We’ve made it easy for you to tell your congressmen and senators to protest the Iran nuclear deal.

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Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 5:17 PM  | Stand For Israel

Justice Finds Child-Killer Terrorist

(Photos: wikicommons/Mardetanha)

(Photos: wikicommons/Mardetanha)

In the past, Stand for Israel has told the tragic story of the Harans, the Israeli family who in 1979 were murdered by terrorists. One of those child-killing terrorists, Samir Kuntar, was reportedly killed today by an IAF airstrike. Tablet’s Liel Leibovitz writes that an unrepentant murderer of children such as Kuntar at last received the justice he deserved:

Danny Haran, 31, and his daughter Einat, 4, were taken hostage. Smadar, Danny’s wife, managed to grab her infant daughter Yael, 2, and hide in the apartment’s narrow attic. Terrified, and anxious to keep the child from crying, Smadar accidentally choked her baby to death. Kuntar and his men, meanwhile, took Danny and Einat to the beach, where they were met by Israeli soldiers and police officers. A short firefight ensued, but Kuntar had other targets in mind. He shot Danny in the back at close range, murdering him in front of his small daughter. Then, he took Einat and smashed her skull against a rock with the butt of his rifle.

Samir Kuntar was captured later that evening, and sentenced to life in an Israeli prison. There, he married an Israeli citizen, completed a bachelor’s degree and part of a master’s degree through the Tel Aviv-based Open University, and contemplated a run to the Lebanese parliament, cashing on his popularity in his native country. On July 16, 2008, Kuntar was released as part of a deal between Israel and the Hezbollah, and wasted no time espousing his favorite cause and calling for the kidnapping and murder of more Israelis. If he was indeed killed this morning in Lebanon, it’s nothing less than justice finally served.

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 2:50 PM  | Stand For Israel

From Ukraine to the Holy Land

As we reported yesterday, the latest Fellowship Freedom Flight from Ukraine has brought nearly 200 more Jews to Israel. In the above video and a feature article, Arutz Sheva’s Yoni Kempinski reports on the violent and traumatic life these Ukrainian Jews left behind to come to their new home in the Holy Land:

Most of the new arrivals are refugees from the war-torn eastern section of Ukraine, and they were greeted by Bnai Akiva volunteers and IDF Border Patrol officers, as well as the Association of Ukrainian Immigrants in Israel.

One particular immigrant had a highly unusual story, which gives clear expression to the hardships being suffered by Jews in eastern Ukraine where the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebels continue to clash…

“Being a driver I saw many dead people, many wounded. There was blood in the streets. I cannot tell you how many times I had just left a certain place and then seconds afterwards a bomb fell there.

“The hardest part of his job was evacuating the dead, he said, noting: “one time, I had to put 137 corpses in trash bags. They were faceless, nameless, and we buried them in huge mass graves. The morgues were full to capacity. I lost 15 kilograms just from the stress of seeing such things. My sister (from the burns she suffered) became half a human-being. This is what life is like in Eastern Ukraine and no one can tell you any different.”

The Krugolovs were welcomed at Ben-Gurion Airport by the Zvagorodenei family who came to Israel on IFCJ’s first Freedom Flight in December 2014.

“They set an example for us,” the new immigrants said of their predecessors. “Things worked out for them relatively quickly. We also hope to start new – and better – lives here.”

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 7:47 AM  | Stand For Israel

More Than Half of Americans Want Congress to Nix Iran Deal

(Photo: wikicommons/Martin Falbisoner)

(Photo: wikicommons/Martin Falbisoner)

While leaders in the U.S. continue to push for the nuclear agreement with Iran, sentiment among the American people says otherwise. The Times of Israel’s Josefin Dolsten reports that a new poll shows that over half of all Americans want Congress to reject the Iran deal:

A little over half of Americans want Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. Fifty-two percent of respondents said that Congress should reject the agreement, while 44% said Congress should approve it…

Congress has 60 days from July 14 to review the nuclear deal reached earlier this month between Iran and six world powers. American lawmakers then have the option of voting to approve or disapprove of the deal, or take no action. Obama has vowed to veto any vote that disapproves of the deal.

The July poll found that the public was split along party lines, with 66% of Republicans saying Congress should reject the deal, and 61% of Democrats saying Congress should approve the deal.

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 7:30 AM  | Stand For Israel

Jonathan Pollard to Be Released

(Photo: US Navy)

(Photo: US Navy)

The Times of Israel’s Rebecca Shimoni Stoil reports that Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard will be released on parole this November 20:

Spy-for-Israel Jonathan Pollard will be released from US jail on November 20, Israel’s Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said in a statement Tuesday evening.

Pollard was formally eligible for parole on November 21, but will be freed a day earlier, on Friday the 20th, because the 21st is a Saturday, the TV report said.

Under the terms of his parole, Pollard will not be able to leave the US for five years…

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 1:39 PM  | Stand For Israel

Rabbi Eckstein and PM Netanyahu Meet with Scholarship Winners

(Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)

(Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)

Yesterday, Rabbi Eckstein and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) with dozens of Druze students who were awarded Fellowship-funded scholarships:

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Monday in the Knesset with dozens of Druze students who had been awarded scholarships from the fund in memory of the late Maj. Salim Shufi.

Notable participants to the event were Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara (Likud), the mayor of Majdal Shams, MK Avi Dichter (Likud), International Fellowship of Christians and Jews President and CEO Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dov Tamari.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 8:20 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: Assad and Nasrallah Are Celebrating Iran Deal

(Photo: flickr/spdl_n1)

(Photo: flickr/spdl_n1)

While those who stand for Israel are lamenting the nuclear agreement with Iran, not so Israel’s enemies. Addressing the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Syria’s Assad and Hezbollah’s Nasrallah are celebrating the nuclear deal:

“In recent days, [Syrian President Bashar] Assad and [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah have been celebrating the billions of dollars that they know Iran will give to their terror machine thanks to the Vienna agreement,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, referring to the nuclear deal reached earlier this month between world powers and Iran. “The agreement legitimizes both Iran’s effort to arm itself with nuclear weapons and the continuation of its aggression.”

Addressing a special Knesset session marking the 120th anniversary of the late Prime Minister Levi Eshkol’s birth, Netanyahu said, “It would be better for there to be no deal at all instead of a bad deal.”

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 8:07 AM  | Stand For Israel

Fellowship Freedom Flight from Ukraine Lands in Israel

(Photo: Daniel Bar On)

(Photo: Daniel Bar On)

We are pleased to announce that 161 new olim (immigrants) from Ukraine arrived safely in Israel today on the latest Fellowship Freedom Flight. An additional 14 Ukrainian Jewish immigrants will make aliyah (immigrate to Israel) tomorrow.

Fellowship Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein was at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel to greet the refugees from war-torn eastern Ukraine and welcome them to their new home in the Holy Land.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 8:02 AM  | Stand For Israel

The Iran Deal and the Rut of History

(Photo: US State Dept)

(Photo: US State Dept)

The philosopher George Santayana is the one who said that those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Sadly, it seems that such historical forgetfulness has come into play with the Iran deal. Writing at The Atlantic, Leon Wieseltier says the administration who has made this agreement not only has a shallow regard for history, but “a deep scorn for the past”:

But it is important to recognize that the rut—or the persistence of the adversarial relationship between Iran and the United States—was not a blind fate, or an accident of historical inertia, or a failure of diplomatic imagination. It was a choice. On the Iranian side, the choice was based upon a worldview that was founded in large measure on a fiery, theological anti-Americanism, an officially sanctioned and officially disseminated view of Americanism as satanism. On the American side, the choice was based upon an opposition to the tyranny and the terror that the Islamic Republic represented and proliferated. It is true that in the years prior to the Khomeini revolution the United States tolerated vicious abuses of human rights in Iran; but then our enmity toward the ayatollahs’ autocracy may be regarded as a moral correction. (A correction is an admirable kind of hypocrisy.) The adversarial relationship between America and the regime in Tehran has been based on the fact that we are proper adversaries. We should be adversaries. What democrat, what pluralist, what liberal, what conservative, what believer, what non-believer, would want this Iran for a friend…

This accord will strengthen a contemptible regime. And so I propose—futilely, I know—that now, in the aftermath of the accord, America proceed to weaken it. The conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action should be accompanied by a resumption of our hostility to the Iranian regime and its various forces. Diplomats like to say that you talk with your enemies. They are right. And we have talked with them. But they are still our enemies. This is…

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 7:34 AM  | Stand For Israel

Inside the Hospital Where Israeli Doctors Treat Syrian Patients

(Photo: ziv.org.il)

(Photo: ziv.org.il)

While Israel must always be prepared for the threats that await her from every direction, Israelis are also prepared to show kindness and care for those who cross the borders needing medical treatment. Vice News’ Sara Elizabeth Williams takes us inside Ziv Medical Center in Safed, Israel, where Israeli doctors provide lifesaving care for many Syrians:

In nearly two and a half years, around 2,000 Syrians have been admitted to Israeli hospitals. While the vast majority are male — up to 90 percent at Ziv, the hospital closest to the border — there are women, too, and 17 percent of all patients are children.

There are the very old, and the very new: At least 10 Syrian babies have been born at Ziv alone since Syrians began arriving in February 2013.

Word has spread that Syrians can access medical help over the border from people they’ve long believed are the enemy. Medics say more patients, and less urgent cases, are filling the beds of publicly-funded Israeli hospitals…

Ziv Medical Center in the mountain city of Safed, just west of the Golan Heights, is the first port of call for most patients who come through the border fence near the devastated Syrian city of Quneitra. With 331 beds and seven operating theatres, Ziv is modern, well-equipped, and only 40 minutes from the border in a fast-moving IDF ambulance…

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Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 3:01 PM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu Reads from Ancient Bible Scroll on Tisha B’Av

(Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO)

(Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO/ASHERNET)

Yesterday, the Jewish people observed Tisha B’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. On this solemn, mournful day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu read from a scroll containing the oldest-known version of the book of Lamentations:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marked Tisha B’Av — the fast day on which Jews mourn the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans — by reading from a 2,000-year-old Book of Lamentations scroll discovered in the Qumran Caves next to the Dead Sea.

The ancient scroll was presented to the prime minister by Pnina Shor, the curator in charge of the Dead Sea Scrolls for the Israel Antiquities Authority…

Netanyahu called the scroll an “important and moving find.”

“It is very significant that this scroll has been brought to the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, our united capital, on the fast of Tisha B’Av,” Netanyahu said.

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Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 8:37 AM  | Stand For Israel