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The Times of Israel is reporting that terrorist missiles from Gaza have been launched on Israel:
Israeli reports put the number of rockets at over 60, and Islamic Jihad, which took responsibility for the attack, said it had fired 90 rockets at Israel. The organization said in a statement that it had launched an ongoing “military operation,” which it termed “Ending the Silence.”No Israeli casualties were initially reported in the largest attack from the Strip since Operation Pillar of Defense in late 2012.
Please keep the people of Israel and the IDF soldiers who defend them in your prayers as the enemy ramps up its attacks.Comments (0) »
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 10:43 AM | Stand For Israel
We have received this update from Rabbi Eckstein as he travels in Ukraine, visiting The Fellowship’s projects there and assessing the Ukrainian Jewish community’s needs:
I landed today in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, and was greeted with many sobering scenes. The main street of Ukraine’s capital and largest city is heavily damaged and lined with thousands of flowers and memorial candles. A strong sense of fear, mingled with the acrid smell of burning tires, is everywhere.
From the airport we went to a Fellowship-funded kindergarten. The police force has resigned, so the Jewish community has hired private guards to protect the children. A community official explained to me that a third of the city’s Jewish children aren’t coming to school because they are afraid to leave their homes. In one of the plazas that we passed youths shouted anti-Semitic slogans filled with hate.
The collapse of the authorities has left citizens without paychecks and pensions. Many, who were already struggling, now have no money to buy food, and some parents have decided to send their children to relatives in villages outside of town — it’s calmer there, and for the moment fruits and vegetables are still available. My visit reinforces what I already knew: the “quiet” that we hear about in the news is misleading and doesn’t represent the distress, fear, and hardship that the Jewish community in Ukraine is dealing with.
My friends, I ask that you continue to keep the people of Ukraine in your prayers, and that you continue to pray for me and other Fellowship staff here in Ukraine as we bring hope and comfort, and assess the needs firsthand in this troubled region.
We will continue to pray for Rabbi Eckstein and the Fellowship staff with him, as well as all those affected by the situation in Ukraine.Comments (0) »
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 8:55 AM | Stand For Israel
Jonathan Tobin, writing at Commentary, puts it more clearly than we’ve seen in a long time: there is only a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict when the Palestinians decide to get serious about achieving one (forget building one). Right now, the evidence suggests they are far away from that decision:
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Until the Palestinians embrace the reality of Israel’s permanence and renounce their century-old war on Zionism, the only viable scenario is one that manages the conflict rather than solving it.
Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at 8:21 AM | Stand For Israel
The Jerusalem Post is reporting that a terrorist rocket fired from Gaza just landed in Israel. Luckily, it is reported that no one was hurt:
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open area in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council on Tuesday night.
The projectile triggered a Color Red rocket alert across the area, before falling in an uninhabited area. It failed to cause injuries or damages.
Let us keep all of those facing violence and terror — in Israel, in Ukraine, and elsewhere around the world — in our prayers. May God’s hand protect them.Comments (11) »
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 4:23 PM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Israeli Navy dockyard in Eilat to see the shipment of Iranian weapons captured by the IDF. As Stand for Israel reported last week, the weapons — long-range missiles, as well as nearly 200 mortars and 400,000 rounds of ammunition for assault rifles — were hidden aboard the Iranian ship Klos C, and were discovered by the IDF. Thankfully these seized weapons — bound for terrorist organizations in Gaza — will not be able to hurt or kill Israelis. But their existence not only shows the hostile intentions of Israel’s enemies, but of Iran’s intentions, as well. As Netanyahu said at the navy yard:
“Like Iran hid these weapons, Iran is hiding its nuclear program. The world must awake and prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons.”
Let us be thankful that these particular weapons will not hurt anyone, but let us continue our prayers for peace in the Holy Land and the protection of God’s children.Comments (2) »
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 11:43 AM | Stand For Israel
Rabbi Eckstein and other Fellowship staff are currently in Ukraine, where they will be visiting Fellowship projects and assessing needs and how The Fellowship can best address them. We ask you to pray that all who are at risk of anti-Semitic hatred in Ukraine during this turbulent time will be protected, and that The Fellowship’s efforts will be effective in helping those who are suffering during this period of civil unrest and uncertainty. And please pray for the safety of Rabbi Eckstein and the other Fellowship staff as they travel through this troubled region.Comments (8) »
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 8:35 AM | Stand For Israel
In this morning’s edition of the Stand for Israel Daily Dispatch, we reported remarks by former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu. Like many of those who take sides against the Jewish state, Tutu accuses Israel of engaging in apartheid against the Palestinians. Unlike most of the anti-Israel crowd, Tutu’s words carry additional weight because he was among the greatest champions of the fight against South African apartheid.
Bishop Tutu was right about South African apartheid. But he is wrong about Israel. Beginning in 1950, the South African government went about legislating all aspects of life by racial category. They outlawed marriages between racial categories and forced complete separation between races based on the philosophy of “scientific racism” — that it was impossible and contrary to God’s will that the races live together.
The Israeli Declaration of Independence, on the other hand, says:
We appeal — in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months — to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions.
South African apartheid separated the races based on an ideology that held one race to be superior and the other inferior. Israeli policies are in place because, were they not, buses would blow up and civilians would die. Israel has sought to live with her Palestinian neighbors, and already does so with her Palestinian citizens — anyone who visits an Israeli mall can see that there’s no apartheid in Israel. Anyone who notes the fact that there are 12 Arab-Israeli members of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, knows there is no apartheid in Israel. Anyone who visits an Israeli hospital and sees Arab and Jewish doctors treating Arab and Jewish patients irrespective of race or religion knows there’s no apartheid in Israel.
The facts are there for all to see; either Bishop Tutu isn’t aware of them, or he doesn’t…Read More » Comments (12) »
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 8:20 AM | Stand For Israel
Much has been made — including by us — of the similarities between a previous Iranian weapons-laden boat bound for Gaza, the Karine A, and the ship captured last week. Now, Elliott Abrams, former National Security Advisor under President George W. Bush, writes at the Council on Foreign Relations that the incident reminds us about the foolishness of U.S. diplomatic efforts with the Palestinians (half of their putative state is controlled by the entity meant to be on the receiving end of the arms) and Iran (the origin of the weapons):
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Whatever peacemaking Secretary Kerry is undertaking with Palestinian authorities in Ramallah, Hamas remains in charge in Gaza and is dedicated to violence. But the larger issue this time is the donor rather than the recipient. While we talk of outreach to Iran and unclenched fists, Iran continues to be the largest state sponsor of terrorism.
Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 8:21 AM | Stand For Israel
Too many times to count (or link) we’ve written about the Western fantasies and blindness involved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Reuel Marc Gerecht writes at The Weekly Standard that the Jewish state isn’t going to do the only thing it can do to mollify the Arabs — cease to exist — so what, one wonders, are we spending all this time and energy talking about?
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Even the briefest trip to Israel, where rampant individualism and muscular capitalism have transformed a rather primitive socialist state into an economic, military, and cultural powerhouse, should suggest that the Jewish state isn’t going to self-immolate because of European distaste and Israeli angst. But bad ideas are sticky when fueled by Western guilt.
Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 8:13 AM | Stand For Israel