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As Israeli as It Gets

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Today, Israel mourns a young IDF soldier, killed in a stabbing yesterday. And we’ve also learned that three soldiers and a police officer were wounded in an attack today. Yet young people who stand for Israel still gladly and bravely serve the nation and its people. Writing at Israel Hayom, a veteran of an elite Israeli combat unit writes a letter to his brother, who this week is making aliyah and enlisting in the IDF:

In the end, what will change most is you. When you enlist you will be fulfilling your dream, as well as the dream Jews have had for two thousand years to come home to the land of Israel. Our grandmother survived the Holocaust and dreamed of building a country where Jews would be safe and able to defend themselves, and you are now accepting the responsibility of protecting that country.

So during all those moments when you feel lost or confused, and you are trying to remember what went through your mind when you decided to come to Israel and join the IDF in the first place; or at the 47th kilometer of the Beret March, when your body hurts and you just want the whole thing to be over, don’t think about how much further you have to go. You have already made it. You are home.


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Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 at 8:14 AM  | Stand for Israel

Mother of IDF Soldier: “How Beautiful You Were”



Today, Ziv Mizrahi – the 18-year-old IDF soldier killed in a terrorist stabbing yesterday – was laid to rest at Mt. Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem. The Times of Israel reports that Mizrahi’s mother mourned him, remembering the day of his birth:

Mizrahi, an IDF private in the Nitzan Battalion of the Combat Intelligence Corps, was promoted to corporal after his death. He is the 22nd casualty killed by Palestinian assailants since the wave of terror and violence broke out in October.

“How beautiful you were the day you were born,” his mother reportedly cried at the funeral, according to NRG. “I don’t want to be here.”

“Twelve years ago I mourned my brother and thought I was done with this. Now I am a grieving father, but they won’t break our spirits,” Mizrahi’s father, Doron Mizrahi, said.

Ziv was the nephew of Alon Mizrahi, murdered in a terrorist attack at Jerusalem’s Cafe Hillel in September 2003.

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 at 7:41 AM  | Stand for Israel

Terrorist Wounds Four Police, Soldiers

(Photo: Israel Police)

(Photo: Israel Police)

Even as Israel buries Ziv Mizrahi, the young IDF soldier stabbed and killed by a terrorist yesterday, and even as John Kerry is in the Holy Land to discuss ways to reach peace, those who guard the Jewish state and its people are still being attacked. The Times of Israel’s Judah Ari Gross reports that four soldiers and policemen were wounded in a car-ramming attack today in the West Bank:

Three IDF soldiers and a Border Police officer were hurt in a car ramming attack shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank, army officials said.

One was moderately wounded, with injuries to the abdomen and head. The other three were lightly injured, with wounds to the arms and legs. All four were evacuated to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 at 7:35 AM  | Stand for Israel

Israeli Forces Arrest Two Terror Cells

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

While the rash of violence against Israelis over the past months has mostly been of the “lone wolf” variety, there are still terror cells planning attacks on the Jewish state and its people. The Jerusalem Post’s Yaakov Lappin reports that Israeli security forces have arrested members of two such cells:

Security forces arrested two unorganized terrorist cells in the West Bank, the Shin Bet said on Monday. In a joint Shin Bet, IDF, and Israel Police operation, suspects who attacked Israelis on Route 45, and a second cell that carried out attacks in Nebi Saleh and Halamish were nabbed in arrest operations.
The first cell threw firebombs at Israeli cars near Atarot Junction on Route 45, which is the continuation of key traffic artery Route 443, the Shin Bet said. The second cell carried out firebombing attacks on the settlement of Halamaish, hurled pope bombs at a nearby army checkpoint, near Nebi salah, and tried to overtake the position in recent weeks, the Shin Bet said.
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Monday, November 9th, 2015 at 11:30 AM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Like Eagles

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

They skim past like boats of papyrus,
    like eagles swooping down on their prey. (Job 9:26)

These brave flying men and women of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) recently took part in the largest joint air-force operation – called “Blue Flag” – in IAF history. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, November 6th, 2015 at 2:37 PM  | Stand For Israel

Female Terrorist Attempts Car-Ramming Attack

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

A female terrorist attempted to ram IDF soldiers in the West Bank today. Yediot Achronot’s Elisha Ben Kimon reports that the attacker was shot and apprehended, and that no soldiers were injured:

A female Palestinian attacker was shot by security forces after attempting to run over IDF soldiers while driving in her vehicle in Halhul, a town in the Gush Etzion Region of the West Bank…

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Friday, November 6th, 2015 at 7:34 AM  | Stand For Israel

Stabbing Attack Thwarted in Gush Etzion

(Photo: screenshot)

(Photo: screenshot)

The latest terror attack in the Holy Land was thwarted today, with no Israelis injured. Arutz Sheva’s Ido Ben-Porat reports that a terrorist attempted a stabbing attack at a bus station in Gush Etzion before being stopped by IDF soldiers stationed there:

An Arab terrorist was shot dead on Thursday afternoon after he tried to conduct a stabbing attack at a bus station in Gush Etzion Junction, located in Judea.

The terrorist approached the bus station in the direction towards Alon Shevut, but fortunately was unable to wound anyone before IDF soldiers stationed at the site spotted him and began to arrest him as a terror suspect.

They shot and eliminated him after he whipped out a knife and tried to stab them.

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Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 9:43 AM  | Stand For Israel

IDF Closes Palestinian Radio Station for Incitement

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

We’ve told you about the ongoing Palestinian incitement that has spurred the recent wave of terror against Israel and her people. Now, The Times of Israel reports that the IDF has shuttered a Palestinian radio station in Hebron – from which the greatest number of recent terrorists have come – for inciting violence:

Al-Huriya “broadcasts extreme incitement against the State of Israel, encourages stabbing attacks and supports violent demonstrations,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said Tuesday morning.

“The army will continue to take all legal steps available to it against the attackers and their accomplices in order to ensure security for the residents of the State of Israel,” the army said.

“The operation to confiscate equipment and close the station is a necessary step to rein in the incitement whose results we see in the field over the past month,” it said.

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 at 10:39 AM  | Stand For Israel

Attack Thwarted near West Bank Checkpoint

(Photo: flickr/palfest)

(Photo: flickr/palfest)

For once we provide some good news, even if it sheds light on the continued violence in the Holy Land. The Times of Israel’s Raoul Wootliff reports that IDF soldiers thwarted a terrorist attack when they apprehended a terrorist carrying a knife and explosives:

IDF soldiers apprehended a Palestinian man armed with a knife and an improvised explosive device Tuesday morning next to the Gilboa Crossing between Israel and the West Bank, south of Afula, the army said.

Soldiers seized the suspect at the gas station next to the checkpoint. He was arrested and taken for an interrogation after the weapons were found on his person.

In the wake of the attack, the army announced that the Gilboa Crossing would be closed until further notice.

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 at 8:08 AM  | Stand For Israel

Thank You to the People of Israel

(Photo: IFCJ)

(Photo: IFCJ)

Ofer is a Fellowship employee in our Jerusalem office. He is also the proud father of two sons who currently serve in elite IDF combat units, something that also, Ofer explains, “keeps us from sleeping and causes us much worry and concern.” One of his sons, Yonatan, is stationed in Jerusalem, tasked with securing the streets and key locations in the Holy City. In this letter, Yonatan shares the gratitude he has for the people of Israel, who he is protecting, but who also care for him:

For some time, people have been coming up to us and saying thank you – “Thank you for protecting us, thank you for being vigilant, thank you for being soldiers.”

After two weeks of providing security in Jerusalem, we want to tell you, the people of Israel, “thank you.”

Thank you to the person who brought me coffee on the morning when it was raining.

Thank you to the woman who brought me a plate and utensils with lunch, even though she didn’t know me and she knew I wouldn’t take her up on her offer.

Thank you to the nice boy for bringing me fun and a smile, because that’s what an 8 year old boy can offer.

Thank you very much, Madam, for the love you showered on me even though I’m not your biological grandchild.

Thank you for the accommodation in the hotel or the hostel, and for the comfort you provided us despite our distance from home.

Thank you to the man who paid the bill in the restaurant.

Thank you to the man who took my hand and insisted on buying me ice cream even though I refused.

Thank you to the cute girls who packed boxes of sweets and distributed them at the station.

Thank you to those who get up on the train even though they know that I won’t sit in their seat.

Thank you to the man who handed out 25 trays of pizza to random soldiers on the street.

Thank you to the man who gives out falafel.

Thank you to the…

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 at 7:44 AM  | Stand For Israel