Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

(Photo: Kfar Citrin)

(Photo: Kfar Citrin)

In observance of Shemini Atzeret (the Eighth Day of Assembly) and Simchat Torah (when the Jewish people end and begin the cycle of reading the Torah), Stand for Israel is suspending activity Monday and Tuesday, October 5 and 6. We’ll be back on Wednesday, October 7 — and rest assured, if any critically important developments related to Israel come up over the weekend, we’ll be here to let you know about them. Thank all of you for always standing for Israel!

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Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Bibi and the Four Species

(Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/ASHERNET)

“On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees – from palms, willows and other leafy trees – and rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days.” (Leviticus 23:40)

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared for the biblical celebration of Sukkot – the Festival of Tabernacles – by receiving the Four Species. These are etrog (the fruit of the citron tree), lulav (a palm frond), hadass (a myrtle bough), and aravah (a willow branch). We wish all of our Jewish friends a joyous Sukkot. Shabbat shalom.

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Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at 9:31 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu Silently Indicts the World

(Photo: twitter/IsraeliPM)

(Photo: twitter/IsraeliPM)

In prior speeches at the United Nations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sometimes relied on props and graphics to illustrate his case, the case for Israel. But, writes The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz, Netanyahu’s speech yesterday will be remembered for the silence he used to highlight the world’s inaction to stop Iran’s continued threats against the Jewish state and ongoing support of global terror:

“Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews, Iran’s rulers promise to destroy my country, murder my people. And the response from this body, the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here,” he charged furiously, “has been absolutely nothing. Utter silence. Deafening silence.”

And then Netanyahu paused, staring defiantly, reproachfully out into the hall, head nodding slightly. For 44 very long seconds. In silent rebuke. And in apparent mourning for international morality…

After a year in which the Iran deal was concluded over all his loud objections, the Syrian civil war rages bloodily on, Islamic State continues its campaign of killing, and the Middle East remains predictable only in its chronic instability, Netanyahu is only too aware of how isolated he is. It is unlikely anybody will even have seriously registered his pledge that “Israel will not allow Iran to break in, sneak in, or walk in to the nuclear weapons club,” and that “No one should question Israel’s determination to defend ourselves against those who would seek our destruction.”

The Israeli prime minister barked. The Israeli prime minister fell shamingly silent. But the UN caravan goes inexorably on.

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Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at 7:57 AM  | Stand For Israel

Abbas Tells UN Palestinians No Longer Bound to Oslo Accords

iitnIn his speech to the United Nations this week, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said that Palestinians are no longer bound to the agreements that they signed with Israel. Abbas said that Israel must assume fully its responsibilities as an “occupying power.”

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave his own address on Thursday, blasting member nations for remaining silent on the threat of Iran’s nuclear program in what Israelis are already calling “The Speech of Silence.”
• Unidentified Palestinian terrorists shot and killed an Israeli couple, parents of six children, as they drove in the West Bank. Some in Israel are blaming Abbas’ speech for inciting the attack.
• Russia entered the fray in the Syrian civil war, using airstrikes on what it says are ISIS targets. U.S. intelligence reports are challenging that claim.
• On the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, stone-throwing continued with Muslims lashing out at visitors at the disputed Temple Mount site.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot and the lessons it teaches about security.

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Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 7:34 PM  | Stand for Israel

Israeli Couple Killed in West Bank Shooting Attack

(Photo: facebook/IDF)

(Photo: facebook/IDF)

In the latest terrorist attack to strike the Holy Land, just hours after PM Netanyahu delivered a speech against such violence, The Times of Israel’s Judah Ari Gross reports that terrorists gunned down an Israeli mother and father of six in the West Bank:

An Israeli couple were killed in a shooting attack on their vehicle Thursday night in the northern West Bank, medical teams confirmed.

The couple leaves behind six orphaned children. Four of them, aged 4 months, 4, 7 and 9, were in the vehicle but were not hit by the gunfire…

The attackers’ car then sped toward a nearby Palestinian village.

Please remember the couple’s family – especially their six children – in your prayers.

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Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 2:44 PM  | Stand For Israel

An IDF Sukkah


The IDF’s ITAM Field Intelligence Battalion is located in Eilat, the southern-most city in Israel. Primarily consisting of female combat soldiers, the battalion is responsible for protecting Israel’s border and preventing infiltrators. The Fellowship is proud to support these brave defenders of the Holy Land, and Stand for Israel is happy to bring you this video of them constructing their sukkah to celebrate Sukkot, the biblical celebration also known as the Festival of Tabernacles.

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Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 2:07 PM  | Stand For Israel

Watch Netanyahu’s UN “Speech of Silence”

Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu gave an impassioned speech at the United Nations, a speech that because of a moment of quiet, is being called his “Speech of Silence.” Watch the speech in its entirety above.

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Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 1:18 PM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu Attacks Iran in UN “Speech of Silence”



In today’s speech at the U.N., Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered what is already being called his “Speech of Silence.” Yediot Achronot reports on what the PM said as he addressed the recent Iranian nuclear deal and the terror and hatred with which the Jewish state is confronted:

Netanyahu devoted the majority of his speech to addressing his concerns regarding the recent nuclear deal with Iran, mentioning the many security problems posed by Iran…

The prime minister said that Iran has only increased its aggression since the deal was signed, increasing support for Assad, Hezbollah and Hamas, as well as setting up terror cells around the world, including in the Western Hemisphere.

Netanyahu argued that the world has long been watching outrageous Iranian behavior in silence — “Utter silence. Deafening silence.” In order to bring this point home, he then spent roughly 40 seconds staring at his audience in complete silence.


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Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 12:44 PM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu Poised to Attack Abbas’ Lies in UN Speech



Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak at the United Nations. Watch it live here.

While Netanyahu will address the current conflict in Syria and the Iran nuclear deal, he will also respond to Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas’ own U.N. speech from yesterday:

“In Syria, Iran is being presented as part of the solution, when in fact it itself is the problem,” Netanyahu said on Wednesday. “Iran’s support for [Syrian President Bashar] Assad is enormous. There would be no Assad regime today without Iran. The Iranian commander in Syria is Ghasem Soleimani [the head of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force] and his deputy is Hassan Nasrallah [the leader of Hezbollah]. They are working to keep Assad in power. Recently, they have been reinforced by [Russian President Vladimir] Putin. The problem in the Middle East now is Iran’s massive onslaught in the region.

“In my U.N. speech, I will put these things on the table. In the speeches I’ve heard so far at the U.N., there has been no real reference to two issues: Iran’s massive aggression in the Middle East and its increasing aggressiveness toward Israel.”

An official close to Netanyahu said on Wednesday, “The prime minister will deliver a resolute speech in which he will attack the campaign of incitement and lies being conducted by [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas. He will also attack international hypocrisy and clarify what Israel’s policies are regarding the aftermath of the Iran nuclear deal and the developing situation in Syria.”


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Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 7:41 AM  | Stand For Israel

Abbas’ Nightmare Vision

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

(Photo: White House/ Paul Morse)

In today’s Daily Dispatch, we report on Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the United Nations yesterday – a speech that disavowed any past agreements with Israel. Today, The Algemeiner’s Ben Cohen writes of what Israel can expect if Abbas’ vision comes to pass:

The problem is that Abbas has little control over how events pan out. Many Palestinians resent him and his corrupt, nepotistic rule, while quite a few openly detest him. As Abbas weakens in the West Bank, Hamas—with whom he fought a bitter civil war in Gaza in 2007—becomes strengthened. And that’s not to mention the terrorist groups in the wider region, like Islamic State and Al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria, who are salivating at the prospect of the West Bank turning into Afghanistan. Nor can we ignore the machinations of the Iranian regime, which now exercises supreme control in Syria and Iraq.

Ironically, the first victims of a collapse along these lines would be Abbas and his regime, as well as the growing Palestinian middle class in Ramallah and its environs. They may not like Israel’s presence, but how many Palestinians in Jenin, say, would swap places with their brethren in Syria currently facing Assad’s barrel bombs? By reneging on his agreements with Israel, Abbas has brought this regional nightmare one step closer to the territory whose interests he claims to represent.

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Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 7:12 AM  | Stand For Israel