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In the early hours this morning, the IDF stopped an Iranian ship trying to smuggle weapons to terrorists in the Gaza Strip. See footage of the operation here:
The IDF has posted more information on its blog, including a video explaining what was seized and how the operation protects the Holy Land:
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“The IDF will continue to operate against the Iranian attempts to arm regional terrorist organizations, who intend to continuously ignite our borders,” said IDF Spokesman, Lt. Col. Peter Lerner. ”We will continue to employ all the necessary means in order to prevent the armament of terrorist organizations and will combat the Iranian smuggling attempts that threaten the security and sovereignty of the State of Israel.”
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 at 9:18 AM | Stand For Israel
The Israeli Air Force delivered an air strike against a terror cell in the Gaza Strip today. The Jerusalem Post reports that the target was about to fire rockets at Israel:
The air strike targeted a rocket launching cell in the final preparations stage before firing at Israel.
According to Palestinian sources, one person was killed and two others were injured in in the strike in the Beit Hanoun area in the northern Gaza Strip.
We thank the IAF for their perseverance and protection, and pray that those targeted by terrorists will be kept safe.Comments (35) »
Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 1:04 PM | Stand For Israel
When Toni Buda lost her son and the IDF lost a hero, little did they know what would be gained. IsraelSeen brings us the story of a grieving mother whose idea grew into a project to commemorate Israel’s fallen soldiers and celebrate their bravery and heritage:
“I believe that the relationship between the military and the bereaved families is very important,” Toni explains … After the memorial site opened, bereaved families were invited to see how their loved ones were being remembered. “Everything that the army does to commemorate fallen soldiers strengthens these families,” Toni says. “I still miss him every day.”
While we honor those like Toni’s son, Lieutenant Ariel Buda, who made the greatest sacrifice of all while protecting the Holy Land and defending freedom, let us not forget the grieving families left behind, as they are often forgotten.Comments (2) »
Thursday, February 20th, 2014 at 2:01 PM | Stand For Israel
Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.
This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. (Ezekiel 1:28)
Three IDF soldiers, recently drafted into the elite Golani Brigade, pause to admire the Holy Land they protect and the heavens above — all part of God’s glorious and radiant creation. Shabbat shalom, friends.Comments (2) »
Friday, January 24th, 2014 at 12:44 PM | Stand For Israel
As 2013 comes to a close, the IDF has posted its 13 most inspirational stories of the year. From two Muslim brothers from Galilee who volunteered to protect Israel to two Israeli brothers preparing for war who surprised their sister by attending her wedding, these stories nicely recap the year being finished and provide inspiration for the year to come. Beginning with the story of a young man who overcame disability to not only serve the Holy Land, but thrive, here are 13 heartening stories of the brave men and women of the IDF:
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Despite his lifelong struggle with Cerebral Palsy, Captain Yehonatan Cohen enlisted as a soldier in the IDF. Although unable to walk or move his hands, he eventually rose through the ranks to become an IDF officer.
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 at 1:21 PM | Stand For Israel
Spread over Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan, the Druze are an Arab ethnic group that broke away from orthodox Islam a millennium ago. With 126,000 Druze living in Israel, their youth, like all Israeli youth, join the IDF, where sixty-percent of them serve in combat units. The bond between Jewish and Druze soldiers is commonly known as “a covenant of blood.”
The late Salim Shufi was a member of Israel’s Druze community, as well as an officer in an IDF commando unit and mayor of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights. In partnership with Sayeret Matkal (the IDF’s General Staff Reconnaissance Unit), The Fellowship has announced a scholarship in commemoration of Shufi. The scholarship program will benefit Druze soldiers who have been discharged from the IDF and are ready to continue their education:
The scholarship, which will enable young people from the Druze community to pursue higher academic studies and integrate into Israeli society and economy, will be awarded to 25 young men and women to be chosen by a committee comprised of representatives of the family, graduates of Sayeret Matkal and representatives of IFCJ.
Speaking at a ceremony held at The Fellowship’s offices, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein said, “I’m very proud that The Fellowship is taking part in this program which will serve as a model for the young generation. We decided to give scholarships to 25 students who will, in turn, give back to the community. This is the way we’ll build a country together. For 35 years, my entire professional life, I’ve been building bridges for peace between Jews and Christians, and others.”Comments (3) »
Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 2:52 PM | Stand For Israel
While Israel continues to dig out from its largest snowstorm in decades, the IDF has been on the front lines throughout, providing assistance and warmth to all those stranded or affected by the winter onslaught. The IDF’s blog provides a pictorial account of their efforts:
The storm blocked roads, felled trees and power lines, caused flooding, and left thousands without electricity or water in their homes. As soon as the storm hit, the IDF was ready to act. This is how we helped Israelis and Palestinians alike to get back on their feet.
As relief efforts continue, you, too, can provide needed assistance.Comments (1) »
Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 2:40 PM | Stand For Israel
A Lebanese army sniper killed an Israeli soldier near the border fence near Rosh Hanikra on Sunday night.
An initial IDF assessment, based on data from lookout positions on the border, found shots were fired by a soldier from the Lebanese Armed Forces who apparently was acting alone.
Six to seven shots were fired at the IDF soldier who was standing on a road adjacent to the electronic border fence with Lebanon.
Please pray for the loved ones of the solider who was killed, and for the safety of all the brave men and women of the IDF who put their lives at risk every day defending their country.Comments (1) »
Sunday, December 15th, 2013 at 5:39 PM | Stand For Israel
While 2013 witnessed the IDF’s lowest enlistment levels in 20 years, one minority group of Israelis is enlisting in record numbers. Speaking with a Christian leader from Nazareth, JNS.org’s Josh Hasten marvels at the rise in Israel’s Christians who are joining the IDF:
“Christians, who live here, need to donate and to contribute, not just in talk, but with action … Everyone has to give his part to serve the State either in the army or through national service. We live here, and this country protects us, therefore we need to protect it.”
Hasten’s article mentions the challenges Christians face, both serving in Israel’s military and integrating into Israeli society. So we ask, while military service is not legally mandated for Christians in Israel, do you think it is spiritually and/or morally compulsory?Comments (23) »
Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at 2:31 PM | Stand For Israel
The engulfing waters threatened me,
the deep surrounded me;
seaweed was wrapped around my head.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit. (Jonah 2:5-6)
IDF soldier Avi Ohayun looks out over the Holy Land he has sworn to protect.
Read how Avi went from being a troubled teen to a member of one of the IDF’s elite units, along with other miraculous stories.
And reflect this weekend on how God loves each one of us, despite our flaws and imperfections, and plans to use us — as He used Jonah — to do His good. Shabbat shalom, friends.Comments (0) »
Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 1:12 PM | Stand For Israel