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Hamas Raiding Building Materials to Rebuild Tunnels

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Perhaps the biggest (and most frightening) revelation of last summer’s Gaza war was the extent of Hamas’ terror tunnels. These tunnels were used by the terror organization to move weapons and supplies. But they were also used to carry out attacks – and large-scale massacres were avoided by the IDF’s discovery of the extensive tunnel networks. Now, The Times of Israel reports that in order to construct new terror tunnels, Hamas is confiscating building materials meant to rebuild Gaza’s infrastructure:

Yoav Mordechai, the coordinator of Israeli government activities in the territories, accused the group of misappropriating supplies — particularly wood — for its terror activities.

“Members of Hamas took over warehouses of construction materials and confiscated (them) for the benefit of the group’s underground infrastructure,” Mordechai said in a statement.

In an unorthodox operation Monday night, members of Hamas’s military wing raided a large number of carpentry shops and woodworking factories throughout the Gaza Strip and confiscated enormous quantities of lumber, apparently to shore up tunnel building efforts, Palestinian sources said.

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at 1:02 PM  | Stand For Israel

American Pastors and IDF Soldiers at Yad Vashem

(Photo: IFCJ)

(Photo: IFCJ)

This week, a group of African-American pastors from the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) has been visiting the Holy Land on a Fellowship-organized trip. Some of the biblical sites they have experienced have included Mount Precipice in Nazareth, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Sea of Galilee, and the Jordan River. One stop during their visit was Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust memorial, where the pastors toured the museum and met IDF soldiers.

(Photo: IFCJ)

(Photo: IFCJ)

To see more of what our friends are seeing and doing while in the Holy Land, visit our COGIC Israel Trip page and our online photo album.

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Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 12:11 PM  | Stand for Israel

IDF Responds to Syrian Missiles with Artillery Fire

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

We just reported on the missiles fired into northern Israel from Syria. Now, Arutz Sheva is reporting that the IDF has responded to the rockets – shot by the terrorist group, Islamic Jihad – with artillery fire:

After four rockets were fired at northern Israel from the Syrian Golan Heights on Thursday, the IDF responded with artillery fire just hours later.

Sources in Syria report that the 90th Brigade of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime army is coming under fire, reports Channel 2.

Israeli security sources said that the rockets were fired by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, funded and directed by Iran.

The attack comes even as an Islamic Jihad terrorist jailed in Israel ended his hunger strike on Thursday – a strike that led the group to threaten attacks if he were to die.

The IDF notes that the Syrian regime is responsible for the rocket attacks emanating from its sovereign territory, “and it will bear responsibility for the results.”

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Thursday, August 20th, 2015 at 1:07 PM  | Stand for Israel

IDF Prepares as Jihadist, Hezbollah Threats Mount

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

As Stand for Israel has mentioned before, Iran’s nuclear aspirations are not its only threat against Israel. Its sponsorship of terror across the Middle East and around the world is also of great concern. The Times of Israel reports that the IDF is preparing to defend the Jewish state against threats from Iran-backed Hezbollah and other jihadist groups along Israel’s northern border:

The Israeli military is preparing for a possible ground operation on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights in the event of sustained rocket strikes or coordinated terror attacks against Israel either by Sunni jihadists or Hezbollah operatives.

The number of Islamists flooding into the area close to the border with Israel has the IDF on high alert, Channel 2 reported Sunday, adding that the military held a large-scale drill last week simulating a possible advance into Syria and the evacuation of Israeli civilians from border communities…

The IDF is also planning for a possible Hezbollah offensive directed by Iran, with an IDF source saying that hundreds of Hezbollah members are present in the Golan, and that Tehran has been behind several recent attacks against Israel. Israeli officials have routinely raised concerns over the presence of Iranian and Hezbollah fighters using positions in the Syrian Golan, partially held by rebel forces, to attack Israel.

“It’s clear that Iran is behind all of the terror attacks here [in the Golan] in the past two years,” the IDF officer said Sunday during a briefing with reporters. “The Iranians are using the border – they establish units – whether it’s [Jihad] Mughniyeh, [Samir] Kuntar, and more – to carry out [the attacks].”

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Monday, August 17th, 2015 at 7:23 AM  | Stand for Israel

Three IDF Soldiers Hurt in Terror Attack

(Photo: Channel 2 screenshot)

(Photo: Channel 2 screenshot)

Terror has again struck the Holy Land today. The Times of Israel’s Judah Ari Gross reports that a vehicular attack left three IDF soldiers injured, two of them in serious condition:

Three Israeli soldiers were wounded when a terrorist plowed his car into them as they stood at a hitchhiking post in the northern West Bank on Thursday afternoon.

The attack took place at the Sinjil junction on Route 60, near the settlement of Shiloh and the Palestinian village of Sinjil, at around 3:10 p.m.

Two of the wounded were taken to Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem neighborhood, both in serious condition; the third — with light-moderate wounds — was taken to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva.

The terrorist was shot by IDF soldiers at the scene and trapped in his car when it subsequently flipped over. He was also in serious condition and treated by IDF troops at the scene, once security forces had established that his car was not booby-trapped.

We pray for the recovery of the injured soldiers, and for God’s hand of protection over all of His people.

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Thursday, August 6th, 2015 at 12:53 PM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: My Heart Will Not Fear

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

When the wicked advance against me
    to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,

    my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident. (Psalm 27:2-3)

This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a service to mark the one-year anniversary of Operation Protective Edge. Here he speaks with Lt. Colonel Shai Siman Tov of the IDF’s Golani Brigade. Siman Tov was critically injured while leading his men to expose a Hamas terror tunnel. We are thankful for the sacrifices made by him and so many others to protect Israel and her people. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, July 10th, 2015 at 12:16 PM  | Stand For Israel

They Touched the Sky: Remembering Those Lost in Second Lebanon War

July 12 marks the ninth anniversary of the start of the 2006 Second Lebanon War. On that day, Hezbollah terrorists began to fire rockets into Israel. At the same time, they ambushed an IDF patrol on the Israeli side of the border, killing three IDF soldiers and abducting two. These hostilities forced the Israeli military to respond, resulting in more than a month of conflict. During the war, 121 IDF soldiers were killed and 1,244 were wounded, while 44 Israeli civilians died and nearly 1,500 were injured. One of the brave IDF soldiers who lost her life was Sergeant Major Keren Tendler. In the above video, and this Jewish Journal article by Noga Gur-Arieh, Keren’s mother remembers her daughter, who paid the ultimate price to protect the Holy Land:

After completing the Air Force mechanics course, Keren entered squadron, and from the very first moment, she was simply elated. She called her family every day, thrilled, to share every experience. Then, she decided she wanted to become an on-flight mechanic on a “Yas’ur” helicopter. This type of job is far from simple, and this type of helicopter is very large and complex. She went through a series of tests, including boot camp and courses, as the sole woman in a group of men. But she was a natural athlete, a swimmer, and it helped her overcome the physical difficulties and reach higher benchmarks than her male companions.

In 2002, Keren finally started living her dream as the first woman to qualify to serve as an on-flight mechanic on a “Yas’ur” helicopter. In an interview with the Air Force magazine, she said: “I see myself as a combat soldier just like the others. My aim is to show other girls that they can do this job, too…”

“Yes. On August 11, she entered Lebanon for the first time on another flight that was aimed to support IDF forces in the field. She returned home late that night, and tried to calm us down by assuring us that everything was fine, quiet.

The next day she was on…

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Friday, July 10th, 2015 at 9:40 AM  | Stand For Israel

Continue or Abort? You Decide!

During Operation Protective Edge, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) did its best to defend Israel’s citizens from Hamas’ terrorism. But even when their missions involved stopping rockets from being launched or terrorists from attacking, IDF soldiers and pilots were faced with difficult ethical decisions. Watch (and interact with) the above video to see how the Israeli military made moral decisions while defending its nation and people.

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 at 12:48 PM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu Mourns Fallen Soldiers on Gaza War Anniversary

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

As we noted in today’s Daily Dispatch, Israel is commemorating of last summer’s conflict in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge. The Jerusalem Post’s Daniel K. Eisenbud reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at a ceremony mourning those brave IDF soldiers who gave their lives to protect the Holy Land:

Netanyahu – whose brother Yoni was the lone Israeli soldier killed during Operation Entebbe in Uganda in 1976 – said that while he empathizes with each bereaved family’s pain, he takes solace in knowing that his brother, and all fallen soldiers, saved lives.

“There isn’t any remedy for your pain,” he said. “But with all that pain, you truly understand that your loved ones saved lives… for the sake of Israel.”

Moreover, while Netanyahu said the decision to go to war is never taken lightly and that each fallen soldier is like a son to him, he emphasized that the IDF will “never hesitate to protect our country.”

“We come in peace, but we will protect our children and our future,” he said.

Still, the prime minister ended his speech on a hopeful, if not philosophical, note.

“Life is a flowing river that takes us forward and you will eventually know days of hope and happiness,” he said. “There will always be pain, but your loved ones died as heroes.”

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at 1:49 PM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: From Above

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

“Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness” (Isaiah 45:8 KJV)

This past weekend was Father’s Day, so we couldn’t help but share this photo of fathers and sons of elite IDF units parachuting together. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 11:40 AM  | Stand For Israel