Photo Friday: Lift Up Our Banners

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

May we shout for joy over your victory
    and lift up our banners in the name of our God. (Psalm 20:5)

As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day, let us remember the historic friendship shared by the United States and Israel. Here, U.S. and Israeli flags fly over Washington, D.C. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, July 3rd, 2015 at 12:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

The Fellowship Responds to Druze Refugee Crisis in Syria

iitn The Fellowship is providing aid to more than 50 Druze refugee families who fled Syria for Jordan to escape the violence. Founder and President of The Fellowship Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein says the Druze people are “true partners to Israel’s security and wellbeing.”

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Nuclear talks deadline is extended as Iran hardens its stance against inspections and research limits.
• NATO allies and the U.S. pledge support to defend Eastern Ukraine with plans for a “rapid response force.”
• Holocaust hero Nicolas Winton, who helped rescue hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis, died this week at the age of 106

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship‘s Yael Eckstein on a shared love for freedom.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 2:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Happy Independence Day

(Photo: wikicommons/ James Emery)

(Photo: wikicommons/ James Emery)

Because of Independence Day in the United States, we’re suspending activity for July 3. We’ll be back on Monday, July 6. If any critical developments related to Israel come up in the meantime we will post them on the Stand for Israel blog. Have an enjoyable 4th of July and thank you for always standing for Israel.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 1:59 PM  | Stand For Israel

A Year After War, Israelis Relocate to Gaza Area

(Photo: bibleplaces.com)

(Photo: bibleplaces.com)

It was last summer when Israel was pressed into conflict in Gaza, after Hamas kidnapped and murdered three Israeli boys, launched countless rockets, and planned further attacks via terror tunnels. But a year later, Israel Hayom’s Yael Branovsky reports, many Israelis – including a woman who operated one of The Fellowship’s important and much-needed emergency hotlines during the war – are now moving to southern Israel, near Gaza:

During Operation Protective Edge, when rockets and mortars rained down on Gaza-adjacent communities, many families left their homes only to return after the fighting stopped. Other families moved permanently to quieter parts of the country. Some families, however, have not allowed the Qassam rockets and sirens to ruin their dream and have moved to an area where “emergency routine” is part of day-to-day life…

The Barkai family, from the tranquil northern Negev moshav of Givot Bar, moved to Kibbutz Or Haner at the height of the fighting last summer. At the time, Elad, the father of the family, was drafted to the reserves, the movers never came, and the family was living without furniture for several weeks because suppliers from the center of the country refused to come to the area. The mother, Mizhav, was busy operating an emergency hotline sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, whose volunteers delivered food and medical supplies in Ashkelon and Beersheba — and the family only became acquainted with their new home after the war was over.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 8:23 AM  | Stand For Israel

Yoni Netanyahu and the Raid on Entebbe

Last week, we reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the grave of his brother Yoni. Yonatan “Yoni” Netanyahu fell in service to his country while leading the daring raid on Entebbe – 39 years ago this Saturday. Watch the above video about this daring rescue mission that found Yoni giving his life to save the lives of over a hundred hostages.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 7:12 AM  | Stand for Israel

Netanyahu Visits Wounded Police Officer in Hospital

(Photo: facebook/IsraeliPM)

(Photo: facebook/IsraeliPM)

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.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 11:52 AM  | Stand for Israel

Abducted Ukrainian Jew Makes Aliyah on Fellowship Freedom Flight

(Photo: Baz Ratner)

(Photo: Baz Ratner)

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:

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.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 11:23 AM  | Stand for Israel

Hamas Readying for Next War with Israel

(Photo: Alamy/Ahmed Deeb/ZUMA Press)

(Photo: Alamy/Ahmed Deeb/ZUMA Press)

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

Israel Slams Church Boycott as Immoral

(Photo: Flickr/ Takver)

(Photo: Flickr/ Takver)

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”:

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…

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 7:48 AM  | Stand for Israel

Bibi: “Those Who Don’t Condemn Terror Cannot Claim Innocence”

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

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