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IAF’s First F-35 Stealth Fighters Set for Production

(Photo: USAF)

(Photo: USAF)

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning is an American-made stealth fighter jet that fills ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense roles. It is a “fifth generation” combat aircraft – the newest and latest in aeronautic design – and Israel Hayom reports that the first two F-35 aircraft ordered by Israel are now set for production:

The U.S. Defense Department and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement in principle on the production of 43 F-35 joint strike fighters, including the first two to be built for the Israeli Air Force. The deal is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.

This will mark the eighth lot of F-35 aircraft to be produced. Production and delivery of the lot will begin in 2016 …

In 2010, Israel ordered 19 of the state-of-the-art stealth fighter planes at a cost of around $2.75 billion, with an option of increasing the total number to 75.

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2014 at 9:19 AM  | Stand For Israel

Built on the Value of Life: A Thank You from the IDF

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

With The Fellowship’s Adopt a Battalion program, 11 IDF battalions have adopted so far, while 31 IDF bases have also received funding. Being able to help these brave men and women who give their all to protect the Holy Land is an honor for us. An additional honor was receiving this recent thank-you letter from the outgoing head of the IDF’s Human Resources Directorate:

“Our army is built on the value of human life” (David Ben-Gurion)

Honorable Rabbi,

After three years of service as Head of the Human Resources Directorate and the conclusion of my military service, I would like to thank you personally for your contribution to the empowerment of those serving who represent the IDF’s qualitative advantage.

Alongside the financial aid provided by The Fellowship, we found in you a faithful and true friend.

The main process which you recently advanced as part of the “Adopt a Battalion” project, proved once again the importance you place on the welfare of IDF soldiers who guard the security of the state of Israel.

Upon the conclusion of my task, I want to thank you and all those who work with you at The Fellowship for your constant contribution on behalf of the soldiers serving in the IDF.

Happy New Year,

Maj. Gen. Orna Barbivai
Head of the Human Resources Directorate

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Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 10:07 AM  | Stand for Israel

IDF Soldiers Educate the Next Generation

While so much of the focus on the Israel Defense Forces goes to those who defend Israel from the many threats and enemies that the nation faces – focus these brave men and women rightfully deserve – defense is not all that the IDF provides the Jewish state. Unlike many of the world’s military forces, the IDF not only protects the present population, it prepares and educates Israel’s future, as well:

Cpl. Yael Shtockman is one of the many soldier-teachers that work in Israeli schools across the country. As a Hebrew teacher in an elementary school in Beer Sheva, she is tasked with educating new immigrants and incorporating them into Israeli society. Her unique role as a soldier and teacher gives her a special opportunity to work closely with children.

Cpl. Shtockman works with the students every day, making her service different from many other soldiers in the IDF. “My goal is for the students to have the courage to speak in class,” she says. “Not just to sit in the classroom and understand, but also to speak amongst themselves.” She encourages the students by playing games, singing songs, and reading books with them …

The Education Corps was founded in 1957 and its representatives can be found in every branch and unit of the IDF. The corps duties include educating commanders and soldiers, developing leadership skills, teaching heritage and culture, incorporating minorities and special communities into the IDF, and spreading the values and Spirit of the IDF.

Cpl. Shtockman concludes that the importance of the Education Corps is to demonstrate a human aspect of the IDF, something that is not common in other armies throughout the world. “Part of our obligation as a nation is to help our citizens in every way possible,” she says.  “The IDF does more than just defend the nation. It is not only in charge of the security of its citizens, but also their education.”

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Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 3:24 PM  | Stand for Israel

Breaking News: IDF Soldiers Under Fire on Egypt-Israel Border

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

While Israel is still wary of Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, as well as the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) and other Islamist terror groups in Syria, The Times of Israel’s Mitch Ginsburg reports that two IDF soldiers were injured today in an attack by gunmen on the Egyptian border:

Gunmen in the Sinai Peninsula opened fire on an IDF patrol near the Egyptian border on Wednesday afternoon, injuring two soldiers.

The army said that the soldiers were wounded and were taken to hospital.

Both the IDF and Egyptian army were sending troops to the area.

The Israeli soldiers reportedly returned fire and there were ongoing exchanges in the area.

Egyptian security sources told Arabic news site Masrawy that the radical Islamist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis was behind the attack.

The incident occurred near Mount Harif in the central Negev Desert, about 112 kilometers from Eilat.

IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said that the shooting attack took place near the community of Izuz.

The soldiers came under anti-tank- and gunfire, he said, noting that the wounded soldiers were not in critical condition.

A female company commander in the Caracal Battalion, which patrols the area, was moderately wounded and a second soldier sustained moderate to serious injuries, military sources said.

Residents of the area were instructed to remain in their homes.

Lerner said the army did not know who was behind the attack but that “jihadi elements” were known to operate in the area.

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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at 9:12 AM  | Stand for Israel

Helping a Wounded IDF Soldier and His Family in Their Time of Need

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Yoni lives in the small city of Beit She’an with his family, which is working desperately to overcome its many struggles. “While he was still speaking, another messenger came …” (Job 1:16) was written about the bad news that kept coming to Job, and Yoni feels that this verse is relevant to his family, as well.

His wife is very sick, the family hardly has any money, and his son is fighting to recover from severe injuries he sustained in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge this summer.

When Fellowship staff member Avi Stern heard about this impoverished family, he immediately began to look for a way to help them. Stern is director of The Fellowship’s Kupat Yedidut program, which is active in 179 cities and towns in Israel. The funds distributed through this program enable the local social services departments to provide immediate assistance to the needy for urgent medical treatments, necessary appliances, clothing, and food – without having to deal with any bureaucracy.

According to Stern, “We received notice about the needy family of an injured soldier. I immediately began looking for Yoni, the father. I telephoned him a number of times, but he didn’t answer. I have lots of experience with people like him. Because of his many debts, he doesn’t answer phone calls from numbers that he can’t identify. He’s always afraid that they’re his creditors – loan sharks, bank clerks, or the owner of the local grocery store to whom he owes money. But I finally got through to him.”

“During our conversation, Yoni told me his son had been injured during a fierce battle in Gaza. A large piece of shrapnel entered his back and endangered his life. He briefly told me about his sick wife and his difficult economic situation. I told him that The Fellowship would give him money to use for urgent purchases and equipment for his hospitalized son,” Stern said.

“By that evening, The Fellowship had made a bank transfer. Yoni was so…

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 2:41 PM  | Stand For Israel

Israel Successfully Tests Naval Iron Dome

(Photo: wikicommons/ Georges Seguin)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Georges Seguin)

Throughout Operation Protective Edge this summer, Israel’s Iron Dome defense system saved the lives of many Israelis as it knocked down terrorist rockets launched from Gaza. Now Israel Hayom reports that Israel has successfully tested a similar defense system for the Israeli Navy:

The Israeli Navy secretly tested an upgraded anti-missile system designed to protect naval vessels several months ago. The test was crowned a success.

The defense system, which uses Barak missiles, was upgraded to confront the growing threat of Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles.

The Yakhont missiles pose a threat mainly because of their potential use by Israel’s neighbors. Russia has been supplying Syria with Yakhont missiles since 2010. Hezbollah, in southern Lebanon, is also believed to possess these shore-based missiles.

The test was conducted as part of a general overhaul of the navy’s defense systems, which also provide protection for offshore drilling rigs.

Not all the details of the test were released, but according to the military, the exercise involved a mock-Yakhont missile fired from sea, which was successfully intercepted by the Israeli Barak missile, fired from an Israeli Navy missile boat.

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Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 10:51 AM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking News: Hezbollah Claims Attack That Wounded IDF Soldiers

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

This morning, Stand for Israel reported that an explosion on the Lebanese border wounded two IDF soldiers. Now, The Times of Israel says that the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah has taken credit for the attack, and that Israel has responded with heavy fire:

Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah movement on Tuesday afternoon claimed a bomb attack against Israeli troops along the border that wounded two soldiers earlier in the day.

Hezbollah operatives “detonated an explosive device on the Shebaa hills against a motorized Israeli patrol causing a number of injuries among the occupation’s soldiers,” the group said in a statement.

The statement said that the bomb was planted in honor of Hussein Ali Haidar, a Hezbollah member who was killed in a September 5 explosion that Lebanese officials claimed was caused when Israel destroyed one of its own surveillance devices that had been uncovered inside Lebanon.

The explosion, in the contested Shebaa Farms area, also known as Har Dov, set off the second border clash in the area in three days.

The army said in a statement that the bomb was “activated against them during activity along the Israel-Lebanon border.”

“Initial reports indicate that the explosive device was planted with the intent to attack soldiers,” the statement read.

Israel responded by shelling an area next to Kfar Chouba, near the Shebaa Farms region. In all, the Israeli army reportedly fired dozens of shells into Lebanese territory.

One soldier was moderately wounded and the second lightly injured, the Ynet news outlet reported. Other Hebrew media reported that the two were lightly wounded.

Hours later, a second bomb went off along the border in the area, but did not cause any casualties.

We pray for the recovery of the IDF soldiers wounded in this attack, and for God’s protection on all the brave men and women protecting Israel from further attacks.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 10:41 AM  | Stand For Israel

Two IDF Soldiers Wounded in Explosion on Lebanese Border

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Two days ago, the IDF and the Lebanese army clashed on the Lebanese border. Now Arutz Sheva reports that two IDF soldiers were wounded today in an explosion, with the IDF returning fire:

The IDF Spokesperson Unit announced that two soldiers were wounded on Tuesday afternoon by an explosive set on the Lebanese border in the Har Dov (Shabaa Farms) area.

The two soldiers were defined as suffering from moderate and light wounds following the blast.

“Two soldiers were injured by an explosive device. It was activated against them during activity near the Lebanon border,” a military spokeswoman said. “Initial reports indicate it was intended to attack soldiers.”

Earlier Al-Manar, the news outlet of the Iranian-proxy terror group Hezbollah, reported on powerful explosions heard in the Har Dov area bordering Israel. According to the reports, a large quantity of smoke was seen billowing from the site.

In response to the explosive attack, the Lebanese Al Meyadeen news site reported that the IDF had returned artillery fire to the area of Kfar Shouba and Al-Haraba. The report added that the explosive was detonated as an armored IDF vehicle passed adjacent to the site.

The IDF dispatched two medical helicopters to the scene to evacuate the two wounded soldiers, and likewise has raised preparedness and reinforced troops in the area.

Just this Sunday IDF forces clashed with the Lebanese army at the site, with the IDF opening fire on suspects who attempted to infiltrate into Israel, apparently to conduct a terror attack.

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 8:57 AM  | Stand For Israel

Eyes of the Nation: Only 20, She Has Foiled Two Terrorist Attacks

(Photo: IDF blog)

(Photo: IDF blog)

Throughout Operation Protective Edge – and long before – IDF soldiers performed many amazing deeds. But the IDF’s blog brings us the incredible story of 20-year-old Corporal Lihi Meir, a brave young woman who has already helped thwart two terrorist attacks:

The IDF Field Intelligence Corps is responsible for monitoring Israel’s most sensitive borders. Hundreds of observers, most of them female soldiers, scan video monitors around the clock, searching for the smallest details.

These soldiers are the eyes of the nation, ensuring the safety of Israel’s civilians on a daily basis. Corporal Lihi Meir is one of the soldiers responsible for Gaza’s northern border. Pressure, adrenaline and speed – these are the words she used to describe when she spotted and thwarted a terrorist infiltration during Operation Protective Edge …

July 21, 2014 is a day Corporal Lihi won’t forget. Around 6:30am, as she was monitoring her surveillance screen, she detected 5 moving figures. They were five terrorists who had managed to infiltrate Israel through a tunnel from Gaza.

“The terrorists were lying on the ground, wearing IDF uniforms, equipped with body armor, helmets and weapons. I didn’t have time to think, I just acted,” she said, recalling those crucial moments.

Corporal Lihi immediately sent IDF soldiers to the site of the infiltration. The soldiers neutralized two terrorist cells composed of 9 members, who were planning to carry out kidnappings and attacks in Israeli towns near the border. They thought that by wearing IDF uniforms, they wouldn’t be detected.

“The terrorists were neutralized and the incident was considered over, but my mission was far from being over,” said Lihi. “After the event, I went right back to my screens to keep monitoring the area, searching for threats.”

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 2:56 PM  | Stand For Israel

IDF Nabs Bomb-Laden Terrorists

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

We here at Stand for Israel appreciate the bravery and determination shown by the brave men and women of the IDF who protect Israel and her people, and today they proved themselves heroes once again. The Algemeiner reports that alert IDF members stopped a terrorist attack in the West Bank on Thursday afternoon:

Alert army and Border Police forces foiled a planned terror attack by two Palestinians, as they tried to get through a busy Samaria junction, in the northern West Bank Thursday afternoon, according to Israel’s 0404, News.

Border Police inspectors at the Tapuach Junction, who stopped the pair to check their bags, found they contained three small explosive devices, an improvised gun, and a box cutter …

The checkpoint, near the large Palestinian-inhabited city of Nablus, is frequented by both Israelis and Palestinians, has often been the site of attempted attacks against both Israeli troops and civilians.

In early June, a Palestinian terrorist opened fire at Israeli soldiers at the junction, just three days after soldiers apprehended another Palestinian terrorist wearing a suicide belt at the same location.

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 1:31 PM  | Stand For Israel

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