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Besides the obvious threat of a nuclear Iran, the deal made with the Islamic Republic poses many other dangers to Israel, the greater Middle East, the United States, and the world. One of these already being witnessed, reports The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff, is increased funding to Iran’s terror proxies, Hezbollah and Hamas:
Since the deal was signed, Iran has significantly increased its financial support for two of the largest terror groups in the region that have become political players, Hamas and Hezbollah. In the years before the deal was signed, the crippling sanctions limited this support, which had significantly diminished along with Iran’s economy. But Tehran’s belief that tens, or hundreds, of billions of dollars will flow into the country in the coming years as a result of sanctions relief has led to a decision to boost the cash flow to these terror organizations.
This support, for example, has enabled Hezbollah to obtain highly developed new armaments, including advanced technologies that many militaries around the world would envy. Al-Rai, a Kuwaiti newspaper, reported Saturday that Hezbollah has received all the advanced weaponry that Syria has obtained from the Russians. The report cited a security source involved in the fighting in Zabadani, on the Syria-Lebanon border, where Hezbollah is fighting the al-Nusra Front, the Islamic State, and other groups. It is evidently the growing Iranian financial support that is enabling the Lebanese Shiite militia to purchase advanced weapons, including ones that were hitherto outside of its reach…
As regards the Palestinians, in the past two months, Iran has sent suitcases of cash – literally – to Hamas’s military wing in Gaza. Not everyone is happy about this, including some Hamas officials. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who was always the man who controlled the money, has found himself outside the circle of Iranian funding over the summer. Tehran, which was none too pleased by his visit to Saudi Arabia and meeting with King Salman, decided to take revenge on him in an original way. It bypassed…Read More » Comments (24) »
Monday, September 21st, 2015 at 7:14 AM | Stand For Israel
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:
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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.
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 2:50 PM | Stand For Israel
Of the many alarming things about the Iranian nuclear agreement, one of the most frightening is the sanctions relief given to the Islamic Republic, and what Iran will do with these billions in funds. One of the main beneficiaries of this money will be Iran’s terrorist proxy, Hezbollah. Yediot Achronot’s Ronen Bergman provides a current and in-depth look at the terrorist organization as it continues to fight in Syria and prepares for its next war with Israel:
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Despite Hezbollah’s tough situation – and perhaps because of it – Nasrallah and his men are constantly busy preparing for the next war in Israel. “They are operating on the ground as if the war is about to break out tomorrow morning,” says a senior military source…
According to estimates, Hezbollah currently has 80,000 to 100,000 missiles and rockets, which are all directed at Israel. In addition, the organization has greatly improved its unmanned aerial vehicles and has built a unit of “suicide” aircraft, which can reach many areas in Israel and explode on selected targets.
“Hezbollah has an interest to divert the attention from what is happening in Syria,” the journalist from Beirut says,” and to repeat all the time: Don’t think that the fighting in Syria is discouraging us from fighting Israel.”
A Lebanese journalist was recently permitted to enter some of the “modern bunkers” built by the organization. He was led there with his eyes covered, and the cover was only removed once the door behind him was closed. His report spoke about new electricity and ventilation systems, modern encoded communication with the Hezbollah headquarters in the Dahiya, and more. All this, he was explicitly told, is part of the preparations ahead of the next war with Israel…
Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 7:28 AM | Stand For Israel
July 12 marks the ninth anniversary of the start of the 2006 Second Lebanon War. On that day, Hezbollah terrorists began to fire rockets into Israel. At the same time, they ambushed an IDF patrol on the Israeli side of the border, killing three IDF soldiers and abducting two. These hostilities forced the Israeli military to respond, resulting in more than a month of conflict. During the war, 121 IDF soldiers were killed and 1,244 were wounded, while 44 Israeli civilians died and nearly 1,500 were injured. One of the brave IDF soldiers who lost her life was Sergeant Major Keren Tendler. In the above video, and this Jewish Journal article by Noga Gur-Arieh, Keren’s mother remembers her daughter, who paid the ultimate price to protect the Holy Land:
After completing the Air Force mechanics course, Keren entered squadron, and from the very first moment, she was simply elated. She called her family every day, thrilled, to share every experience. Then, she decided she wanted to become an on-flight mechanic on a “Yas’ur” helicopter. This type of job is far from simple, and this type of helicopter is very large and complex. She went through a series of tests, including boot camp and courses, as the sole woman in a group of men. But she was a natural athlete, a swimmer, and it helped her overcome the physical difficulties and reach higher benchmarks than her male companions.
In 2002, Keren finally started living her dream as the first woman to qualify to serve as an on-flight mechanic on a “Yas’ur” helicopter. In an interview with the Air Force magazine, she said: “I see myself as a combat soldier just like the others. My aim is to show other girls that they can do this job, too…”
“Yes. On August 11, she entered Lebanon for the first time on another flight that was aimed to support IDF forces in the field. She returned home late that night, and tried to calm us down by assuring us that everything was fine, quiet.
The next day she was on…Read More » Comments (1) »
Friday, July 10th, 2015 at 9:40 AM | Stand For Israel
Writing for Yediot Achronot, Ron Ben-Yishai says that a recent attempt to plant explosives on Israeli side of Syria border fence shows an attempt to carry out an attack that leaves no Syrian fingerprints:
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The attempted attack across Israel’s border with Syria on Sunday night would not be the first time that the Lebanon-based Hezbollah organization has tried place explosives beyond the border fence, in Israeli territory.
The aim was to place explosives so that the shrapnel would wound IDF patrols on the Israeli side of the border, leaving no Syrian fingerprints that could give Israel grounds to attack Damascus.
In the aftermath of the attack it is still unclear if Hezbollah was responsible. But it is certainly highly likely, using its own fighters and locals who work in its name.
The area where the explosives were planted is close to Syrian army fronts and is controlled by the Syrian regime, unlike the central and southern Golan Heights, which are under control of the rebels.
An almost identical type of attack occurred in March 2014, when an explosive was placed beyond the border fence, on the Israeli side, hitting an officer and soldiers from the Paratroopers Brigade.
The attack was similar to several others on the Lebanon border, with Hezbollah taking advantage of the fact that Israel built the border fence slightly to the west, several feet from the cease-fire line, so that it would be in a better topographical position to block infiltrations and shooting. …
Stopping the attempted attack has reopened an account that Hezbollah wanted to close, and one can expect similar attempts in the future. In the meantime, the IDF is not taking any special measures, but there is no doubt that that there will be heightened intelligence awareness on the Golan Heights and in the north in general.
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at 9:23 AM | Stand For Israel
The recent Hezbollah attack in the Golan Heights that killed two IDF soldiers and wounded seven showed once again that Israel is threatened from all sides. Yediot Achronot hammers this point home today as it reports that Syrian and Hezbollah forces are advancing toward the Israeli Golan Heights:
Syrian troops and fighters from Lebanese terror group Hezbollah seized several towns and villages south of Damascus on Wednesday, state media and activists said, advancing in a region bordering the Israeli Golan Heights.
“The operations are being led by Hezbollah’s special forces,” said Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “Their aim appears to be to eventually reach areas bordering the occupied Golan and set up a border zone under Hezbollah’s control.”
The Observatory, which relies on a network of activists around the country, said Iranian volunteers are also taking part in the fighting. It said 20 opposition fighters were killed there on Tuesday alone.
Hezbollah has been fighting alongside forces loyal to Assad, saying it is battling Sunni Islamic extremists who pose a threat to the whole region. Israeli officials accuse Iran, through Hezbollah, of working to establish a base in southern Syria to launch attacks against the Jewish State.
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Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 8:36 AM | Stand For Israel
In yesterday’s Daily Dispatch, we reported that Hamas, Fatah, and other Palestinian terror groups had congratulated Hezbollah on the deadly strike this week that killed two IDF soldiers and wounded seven. Now The Times of Israel’s Elhanan Miller reports that Hezbollah is congratulating itself on the attack, while threatening more such violence against Israel:
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A day after Hezbollah’s deadly attack on an IDF convoy on Lebanon’s border with Israel, the organization on Thursday touted the strike as a masterful display of military prowess and intelligence acuity while collecting plaudits from abroad.
The Shiite terror group received letters of congratulation from across the Arab world, including from rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, according to a report in pro-Hezbollah daily As-Safir.
Mahmoud Abbas’s movement displayed an image of Hezbollah’s claim of responsibility on its official Facebook page.
Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah had postponed a much-anticipated appearance from last week to Friday, “opting for a response before the speech, not vice versa,” reported As-Safir.
“This is the first installment of the open account between us and Israel,” As-Safir quoted Nasrallah as saying.
But despite Nasrallah’s promise of more to come, the excited coverage on Lebanese media affiliated with Hezbollah indicated the mission was complete, and characterized it as a job well done.
According to As-Safir, Hezbollah’s attack on the IDF convoy was a necessary response to Israel’s alleged airstrike in Quneitra last week, an attack which had “tried to change the rules of engagement” along the northern border.
Friday, January 30th, 2015 at 8:27 AM | Stand For Israel
As the dust settles after Hezbollah’s attack on the Israeli-Lebanon border killed two IDF soldiers and wounded seven, the Lebanese terrorist organization claims to be seeking calm. However, Israel Hayom’s Yoav Limor writes that Hezbollah will act again, and that Israel’s borders with Syria and Lebanon are now theaters of war:
Even if the flare-up in the north has been extinguished, it sent a disturbing message: The northern front is awakening, both on the Syrian and Lebanese borders, and it is doubtful that Hezbollah is deterred from acting again.
The Israel Defense Forces has yet to officially declare a return to normalcy, but the messages Israel received from Hezbollah, via UNIFIL, indicated that Hezbollah was seeking calm. Despite the heavy price paid, Israel’s defense establishment can move on from the recent events in the north …
It will take time to determine if the message was received and Hezbollah will be deterred from operating again in the Golan Heights. Most official Israeli entities believe the answer is no and that the renewal of Hezbollah’s activities in the Har Dov area indicates a significant change in the security reality in the north. This is bad news, because the consequences of this change are far-reaching and problematic. The concern is that we are now on a downward slope to another war in the north, sooner or later.
Even if both sides do not want such a war to take place, the IDF must take advantage of the upcoming time period to boost its readiness (mostly in the operational realm) for such a scenario. Lessons must be learned from both Operation Protective Edge and the recent events in the north …
Both the borders with Syria and Lebanon are now not just hostile ones, but also theaters of war, requiring a change of operational behavior and thinking. Given the current frenzy in the Middle East, it will not be…Read More » Comments (12) »
Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at 8:59 AM | Stand For Israel
As we report in today’s Daily Dispatch, the two IDF soldiers killed in yesterday’s Hezbollah attack on the Lebanon border will be laid to rest today in Israel. Now all of Israel and the world wait to see what the next developments will be. The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff looks at the perilous situation and says that neither side wants an all-out war, though the same was true in 2006:
The latest developments along the northern border can be summed up in a single word: escalation. The rocket fire on Tuesday toward the Golan Heights and Wednesday’s anti-tank missile attack against an IDF convoy in the Mount Dov area, in which two soldiers were killed, show that Hezbollah seeks to convey to Israel that it is not afraid of full-fledged war.
The Shiite group may even actively seek to draw Israel into a ground incursion in the Syrian Golan …
Despite the indications that a further deterioration may be lurking just around the corner, we can safely say that Hezbollah is not running headstrong to all-out war with Israel. There has been no action as of this writing that indicated a true desire for war, or that we could witness rocket fire against the center of the country and against major cities like Haifa and Tiberias. As of yet, this is not the story.
Thing is, once Hezbollah decides to play a game of “catch me if you can” by targeting IDF soldiers, it is hard to tell how far things will spiral. It can begin with “only” anti-tank missiles, escalate to an Israeli response hitting Hezbollah targets, which will be answered by the Shiite group, and so on and so forth, until both sides find themselves at war without having wished for it. Hezbollah was not looking for war when it abducted Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev on July 12, 2006 …
And there is another question to ponder: How will Hamas act in case of an escalation in the north? The last war against Hezbollah started when the organization decided…Read More » Comments (1) »
Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at 8:42 AM | Stand For Israel
In an attack on an IDF patrol on the Israeli-Lebanon border today, two IDF soldiers were killed and seven more were wounded:
Two soldiers were killed Wednesday when an Israeli army patrol came under anti-tank fire from Hezbollah operatives in the northern Mount Dov region along the border with Lebanon.
The IDF confirmed that at least seven soldiers were wounded in the attack and ruled out the possibility that a soldier had been kidnapped.
The two soldiers were not immediately named. They were identified as a company commander and a combat soldier.
The incident took place in an area of the border that doesn’t have a fence. At the same time, and for over an hour after the attack, IDF positions in the area, as well as on nearby Mount Hermon, were hit with mortar shells.
Israel responded to the attack with artillery strikes in southern Lebanon.
Stand for Israel will keep you updated on these events, and we ask you to join us in praying for the injured soldiers, as well as the families of those who were killed.Comments (18) »
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 8:44 AM | Stand for Israel