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Photo Friday: The Holy People Who Are in the Land

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

I say of the holy people who are in the land,
    “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” (Psalm 16:3)

A member of the IDF’s decorated Givati Brigade looks out on the Holy Land given by God to His holy people, a land that the brave men and women of Israel’s military protect. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, February 5th, 2016 at 9:40 AM  | Stand For Israel

IAF Keeps Eye on Iran Despite Nuclear Deal

(Photo: USAF)

(Photo: USAF)

After Western powers completed the nuclear agreement with Iran, the world’s media felt content that the Islamic Republic would no longer be a global threat. But The Jerusalem Post’s Yaakov Lappin reports that since then – and especially after the recent release of $100 billion after sanctions were lifted – Israel’s military has kept tabs on Iran, as it still remains a current and future threat:

“Hezbollah in Lebanon remains the main threat,” a senior military source said.

“That’s where things are happening that we may not fully grasp. If a third Lebanon war breaks out, we may not fully be aware of the scope and intensity of that event. Hezbollah in the north is the main thing,” the source told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

But Iran remains a very significant potential theater in the future, he said.

Despite the historic nuclear agreement last year, “We always have to be ready. Iran heads an axis that threatens Israel. Who said that on the twelfth day of a [potential] war with Hezbollah, we won’t get an order from the prime minister to punish Iran [which sponsors and arms Hezbollah]?” Iran could build its confidence over the next three to five years, and then, in eight to 10 years, it could “lift its heads” and seek a nuclear breakout capability, the source said.

Meanwhile, Iran still “nourishes” the area with malicious terrorism and weapons, the source added.

“The IAF and Military Intelligence have to be ready,” he said.

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Friday, February 5th, 2016 at 7:47 AM  | Stand For Israel

American Israeli Stabbing Victim Will Still Join IDF

(Photo: screen capture/ynet)

(Photo: screen capture/ynet)

The victims of one of this weekend’s terror attacks in Israel was an American teen who recently made aliyah (immigrated). The Times of Israel reports that despite the wounds the boy suffered, he won’t let his injuries keep him from serving in the IDF:

The 17-year-old victim of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Saturday afternoon is a recent US immigrant to Israel, who says the incident will not deter him from joining the Israel Defense Forces.

The teen, who left his ultra-Orthodox family in Brooklyn for Israel just over a month ago, told the Ynet news website he hopes to enlist in the IDF’s top commando unit, Sayeret Matkal.

“I was stabbed, but I’ll still enlist in the army and give it my all,” he said. “I’m not afraid of anything.”

The teen said that he and a friend were surrounded by dozens of Arab youths as they returned from the Western Wall on Saturday afternoon…

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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at 8:31 AM  | Stand For Israel

IDF Responds to Shooting Attack with Blockade of Ramallah

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

This weekend, we reported on the shooting attack by a Palestinian Authority police officer that wounded three IDF soldiers. In response to the shooting, as well as the ongoing terror, The Jerusalem Post’s Yaakov Lappin writes that the IDF has instated a partial blockade around Ramallah:

The IDF has placed a partial blockade around Ramallah on Monday morning, allowing only residents of the Palestinian city to enter and leave it.

An army spokeswoman said the partial closure placed around the major city – the first since the wave of terrorism began four months ago – came following “concrete alerts regarding future acts of terrorism originating in the city,” as well as a spate of recent attacks, including the shooting attack by a PA policeman on IDF soldiers on Sunday…

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held the Palestinian Authority accountable for the day’s two attacks, particularly the one near Beit El, since he said the terrorist was a member of the PA’s security apparatus and received a salary from the PA.

It is the same PA that “stands behind the incitement that stokes the terrorist attacks,” Netanyahu said, adding that PA President Mahmoud Abbas did not even condemn the attack carried out by one of his men.

“I demand that the international community stop the hypocrisy and do everything it its power to pressure the Palestinian Authority to cease its incitement against Israel,” Netanyahu said.

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Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 7:35 AM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Happy 60th, IDF Paratroopers!

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Yesterday, the IDF Paratroopers Brigade celebrated its 60th birthday. This elite infantry force has a long history of carrying out the most difficult missions the nation of Israel assigns. During the Six-Day War in 1967, the Paratroopers captured the Western Wall and Temple Mount, the most sacred parts of the Holy City of Jerusalem. We salute these brave warriors of Israel, past and present. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 10:22 AM  | Stand For Israel

This Is How You Stand for Israel

Col. Richard Kemp, a retired British Army officer, writer, and friend of the Jewish state, appeared before the U.N. to speak about the IDF’s high standards, especially in regard to the most recent war in Gaza. Col. Kemp shows us all how – even in the face of international bias – to stand for Israel!

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Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 8:16 AM  | Stand For Israel

IAF Strikes Hamas Military Facility in Response to Rocket Fire

(Photo: wikicommons/ Alexey Goral)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Alexey Goral)

This weekend, we updated you on a rocket attack from Gaza. After the rocket fire struck southern Israel, Israel Hayom reports that the IAF launched an airstrike against a Hamas military facility in response:

A rocket fired by terrorists in the northern Gaza Strip exploded in an open area in southern Israel on Sunday evening, causing no injuries or damage.

A second rocket fired toward Israel fell short and exploded in an open area inside Gaza.

In response to the rocket fire, the IAF targeted a Hamas military training facility in central Gaza.


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Monday, January 25th, 2016 at 7:38 AM  | Stand For Israel

IDF Warns Hamas Is Ready for Next War

(Photo: flickr/  l_suddenly)

(Photo: flickr/ l_suddenly)

Yesterday, terrorists in Gaza launched rockets into southern Israel, prompting a response from the IDF. While much of the violence against Israel as of late has come in Jerusalem and the West Bank, JNS reports that a senior IDF official warns Gaza-based Hamas is against ready for war on the Jewish state:

A senior Israel Defense Forces Gaza Division official said that the Palestinian terror group Hamas has completely rearmed itself and is prepared for the next war with Israel.

The terror group “has rebuilt the tunnels, its rocket systems, intelligence collection, reconnaissance, and it is essentially prepared for war,” said the senior IDF official, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

The source, however, conceded that Hamas currently does not yet desire a conflict with Israel and is instead focused on defeating rival Salafi terror groups in Gaza, who seek to overthrow Hamas’s rule there.

Hamas is also believed to have completely rebuilt its network of terror tunnels running underneath the border between southern Israel and Gaza.

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Monday, January 25th, 2016 at 7:26 AM  | Stand For Israel

Hope for the Holy Land’s Soldiers

(Photo: IFCJ/Eva Geller)

(Photo: IFCJ/Eva Geller)


IDF soldiers are known for their courage, strength, and faith, yet hidden beneath the uniform they proudly wear, these brave men and women face unseen hardships. These hardships are often a continuation of the same obstacles they have dealt with their entire life – the struggle to afford basic needs.

Nearly 25 percent of Israel’s population lives below the poverty line. With every 18-year-old obligated to serve three years in the IDF, and the military salary being approximately only $150 per month, the hardships for soldiers are the same ones that The Fellowship sees throughout Israeli society – the desperate struggle to afford basic needs such as food and clothing, and hygiene items such as toothpaste and shampoo.

With nowhere to turn to for help, thousands of promising young men and women after leaving their military service work at dead-end, minimum wage jobs just to make ends meet. This continues the cycle of poverty and leads to a feeling of failure for some of Israel’s brightest and most capable youth. An Israeli sailor asked me, with some embarrassment, how he could protect the lives of his nation’s people while suffering from a rash because he can only afford to wear the same unwashed t-shirt underneath his naval uniform.

For years The Fellowship has been operating dozens of projects that provide tens of thousands of poor soldiers and their struggling families with basic needs such as food, refrigerators, and other emergency items. These gifts enable the IDF’s soldiers to focus on their mission instead of their poverty.

And now The Fellowship has launched a new project to provide poor combat soldiers with the basic hygienic products they desperately need, yet can’t afford. These aren’t big, expensive items, but rather everyday necessities that we take for granted. But going without these small, but crucial things can lead to true despair and hopelessness.

At the emotional Fellowship launch of this program, the IDF’s director of welfare said, “Everyone knows that food, rent, and appliances are expensive. Poor families and soldiers need help in…

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Friday, January 22nd, 2016 at 10:16 AM  | Stand for Israel

IDF Soldier Shot and Wounded

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

An IDF soldier was shot during a routine search operation in the city of Tulkarem. Israel Hayom’s Lilach Shoval reports that the soldier was injured and taken for treatment, while the search for the terrorist shooter was ongoing:

According to Channel 10 News, the incident took place in the village of Danaba, when the soldiers came under fire as they were canvassing the area. The troops returned fire and began a search for the shooter, who remains at large at this time. The wounded soldier was taken to the Rabin Medical Center in Petach Tikva for treatment.

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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 at 7:44 AM  | Stand for Israel