Photo Friday: Because of Your Great Compassion


(Photo: IDF)

(Photo: IDF)

Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness. (Nehemiah 9:19)

An IDF soldier prays atop a hill overlooking the Holy Land. We thank God for not abandoning His children – especially those who defend Israel and her people. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 1:52 PM  | Stand for Israel

Photo Friday: Under the Sun

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

I have seen something else under the sun (Ecclesiastes 9:11)

An IDF soldier and his partner, Herman, watch the sun set over the Holy Land they serve and protect. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 1:22 PM  | Stand for Israel

Breaking News: IDF Soldier Wounded by Stray Fire from Syria

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

The Syrian government’s war with Islamist groups such as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda-affiliated rebels continues to reach across Syria’s border with Israel. Yediot Achronot is reporting that an IDF soldier stationed on the Golan Heights was wounded by stray fire that crossed the border into Israel:

An IDF soldier was wounded Monday evening in light condition from a bullet fired from Syria, north of kibbutz Ein Zivan. He was evacuated to a hospital in northern Israel.

In recent weeks, while the fighting has raged on the other side of the border fence, stray mortar rounds and artillery shells have exploded in Israeli territory. The most recent incident occurred last Thursday – when the air raid siren was sounded in the northern Golan Heights …

The IDF has said that it sees the Syrian Army as the authority responsible for all cross-border fire into Israel.

We pray for the soldier’s recovery, and that God will give His protection to the brave men and women of the IDF who are protecting protecting Israel from threats on all fronts.

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Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 11:33 AM  | Stand for Israel

77-Year-Old IDF Soldier Took Fight to Hamas

(Photo: Channel 2 screen capture)

(Photo: Channel 2 screen capture)

Israel is unique in that its young people are required to serve in the IDF. Even Israelis in their forties still often serve in the reserves, something many did during the latest war against Hamas. But The Times of Israel brings this amazing story of a man who served in Operation Protective Edge, and whose service has lasted for 59 years … and counting. Meet Nahum Gilboa, the oldest combat soldier in Israeli history:

Having first served as a reservist in the IDF’s 1956 Operation Kadesh in the Sinai Peninsula, Gilboa donned the IDF’s green uniform this summer in the Paratroopers Brigade. He’s served in the IDF for a staggering 59 years.

Gilboa, a farmer from Lachish, a community near Kiryat Gat, told Israel’s Channel 2 news he enjoys his time with the younger soldiers, and that reserve duty – and hard work on the farm – help keep him young.

His family doesn’t object, Gilboa said, “it’s part of who I am.”

Gilboa said he has a reserve duty ID card that expires in 2017, and he hopes the IDF will let him renew it.

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 11:11 AM  | Stand for Israel

IDF on High Alert in Golan Heights

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Stand for Israel has been reporting on the developments across Israel’s border with Syria – of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters doing battle with Syrian forces. Israel is well aware of what is going on, and the IDF is on alert in the Golan Heights:

As a result of the fighting on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, the level of alert was raised on the Israeli side, an army spokesperson said Thursday, without confirming that it had been increased to the highest level.

The announcement followed several incidents in the area, including the capture and execution of 160 Syrian soldiers by the Islamic State, gruesome pictures of which appeared online Thursday, and the abduction, also Thursday, of 43 Fijian U.N. peacekeepers by al-Qaeda-affiliate al-Nusra Front at the Quneitra crossing with Israel, where fighting has raged this week between Syrian rebels and government forces.

Please pray for the return of the captured U.N. peacekeepers, for God’s protection over the brave men and women defending Israel in this dangerous situation, and for God’s peace over all of His people.

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Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 11:51 AM  | Stand For Israel

A Soldier’s Account from Gaza: How Hamas Used Human Shields

Throughout Operation Protective Edge, reports of Hamas using human shields have surfaced, along with evidence of the terrorist group’s dastardly tactics. In the video above, an IDF soldier – Lt. Adam Landau – gives his firsthand account of Hamas’ use of human shields during his time serving in Gaza:

On several occasions, Lt. Landau saw Hamas operatives using civilians as human shields. “Once, we started to look for a terrorist who we knew was in a specific house,” he said. “Suddenly, a small boy appeared, and the terrorist grabbed him and escaped with him.”

“They shot at us from mosques, schools, and of course from civilian houses,” Lt. Landau said. “In the end, if they shoot at you from a mosque, You see a family’s house and you see the clothes hanging outside…And behind all of this is a terrorist holding an AK-47, shooting at you.”

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Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 3:42 PM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: I Walk in the Way of Righteousness

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

I walk in the way of righteousness,
    along the paths of justice (Proverbs 8:20)

IDF soldiers in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. After Hamas broke the latest ceasefire with rocket attacks on Israel, fighting has again increased. We thank God for the brave men and women who fight the righteous and just fight, and pray that He protects them. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at 2:09 PM  | Stand For Israel

IDF Mobilizing 10,000 Reservists After Israel Targets Senior Hamas Leaders

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

As we reported in today’s Daily Dispatch, the IDF killed three senior Hamas officials last night in an airstrike on the terror organization. Hamas retaliated with rocket attacks on Israel. Now The Jerusalem Post reports that 10,000 IDF reservists are being called up:

The IDF has called up 10,000 reservists, who will replace other reserve forces that are being sent home for rest.

The cabinet approved the measure after the air force carried out an overnight targeted assassination of two senior Hamas terrorists and a lower ranking terrorist in the Gaza Strip.

A total of 86,000 reserves have been called up since the beginning of the conflict this summer, and many of them replaced conscripted ground forces in the West Bank, who were rotated to the Gaza border. Some reserve units have also taken up positions around Gaza.

Meanwhile, the IAF bombed 40 terrorist targets since midnight on Thursday. Half of the targets were struck after being detected in real time by a range of electronic sensors and intelligence gathering capabilities …

The IDF stated on Thursday evening that more than 300 rockets have been fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip since Hamas broke the cease-fire on Tuesday afternoon.

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at 9:58 AM  | Stand For Israel

Fellowship-Sponsored Conference Highlights Lifesaving Medical Innovations

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Many modern medical innovations have come about during times of war. The current conflict in Gaza has been no different. The Jerusalem Post reports that this week in Jerusalem, the Fellowship-sponsored Israel Medical Conference highlighted some of the medical innovations that have been saving lives and relieving suffering during Operation Protective Edge:

A major difference between the current military operation and previous ones in Gaza and other battlefields was that IDF doctors and paramedics were on the scene within seconds or minutes to treat the wounded, instead of lesser-trained medics.

In addition, all soldiers on the front were supplied with special tourniquets that can be applied by a wounded-but-conscious soldier immediately after an incident, to reduce or halt the amount of bleeding. All regular and reserve soldiers in battle were supplied with personal tourniquets …

There was access to hemostatic dressings to stop arterial bleeding too, and reduce bleeding from deep, penetrating injuries, bullet wounds and lacerations.

When medics were not immediately available, wounded fighters’ fellow soldiers had been trained to use lifesaving equipment on the spot, said Kreiss. He commended the selected hospitals around the country who performed excellently in treating the wounded.

Capt. Dr. Sammy Gendler of the IDF Medical Corps, said that many battlefield deaths could be prevented if treated immediately …

Plasma used on the battlefield used to be frozen and difficult to use; freeze-drying makes it as simple as mixing a cold drink.

The original blood is collected from large numbers of healthy soldiers, checked more than once for infectious disease and then freeze-dried and packed.

“During the Gaza operation, we used it on over 150 wounded soldiers.”

In addition to giving fighters self-applied tourniquets, instant plasma, speedy evacuation and better preventive equipment saved lives, he said.

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at 8:20 AM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking News: IAF Strikes Gaza in Response to Rocket Fire

(Photo: USAF)

(Photo: USAF)

Despite the ceasefire still in place, rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza. Arutz Sheva reports that the Israeli Air Force has struck targets in Gaza in response to the rocket attacks:

The Israeli Air Force has struck terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire this afternoon, following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s order to strike back hard against the perpetrators.

An IDF spokesman said: “The IDF was prepared for this possibility and is determined to protect the security of the residents of the State of Israel.

IDF sources say the rocket fire came from the Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya, where some of the fiercest fighting between the IDF and Islamist terrorists has taken place during Operation Protective Edge.

In an even more explosive development, an unnamed security source told Walla! news site the rocket attack was ordered directly by Hamas’s Qatar-based head Khaled Meshaal. The source claimed Meshaal had bypassed Hamas’s official “military wing”, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, and ordered a specially-assigned unit of Hamas operatives answerable directly to him to launch the attack.

The source claimed Meshaal was aiming to sabotage negotiations for a long-term truce in Cairo, which were not going his way.

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