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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

Providing for Lone and Needy IDF Soldiers During the High Holy Days

We here at Stand for Israel are thankful for the brave men and women of the IDF who protect the Holy Land and its people. And we are honored that The Fellowship is able to adopt IDF battalions and provide for lone and needy soldiers. Watch as Rabbi Eckstein visits an IDF base near Gaza, where The Fellowship has provided food cards for soldiers in need during the High Holy Days.

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 8:38 AM  | Stand for Israel

Israeli Navy Welcomes New Submarine

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(Photo: facebook/IDF)

Protecting the Holy Land’s shores and seas just as its counterparts do in the air and on land, the Israeli Navy is the pride of the people of Israel. It now has one more tool to defend Israel, The Times of Israel reports, as a new submarine was welcomed into port at Haifa:

The Dolphin-class submarine, which was purchased from Germany at a considerable discount, is diesel powered and is considered to be the most advanced and technologically capable submarine within the Israeli fleet.

“My friends, this is a holiday for the Navy, and this is a holiday present to the people of Israel as a whole,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech at Haifa’s port. “But there is another important dimension to this event: This sends a clear message to our enemies that Israel is determined to deal with any threat, any challenge, anywhere …”

The new submarines have engines that don’t require surfacing to acquire new air supplies, effectively expanding Israel’s naval — and, reportedly, nuclear — reach and allowing for more far-ranging and long-lasting tasks.

In 2012, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported that Israel’s submarine fleet had nuclear capabilities, of which Berlin was aware but opted to publicly remain mum in order to avoid having to defend the deals.

The submarines, according to Der Spiegel, are equipped with Israeli-designed Popeye missiles, which can carry a warhead of up to 200 kilograms. The nuclear warheads are produced at Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor, the report said.

Israel maintains a policy of nuclear ambiguity, neither confirming nor denying that it is in possession of nuclear weapons.

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 2:55 PM  | Stand for Israel

An IDF Soldier’s Experiences in Gaza

(Photo: IDF blog)

(Photo: IDF blog)

Throughout Operation Protective Edge, Stand for Israel brought you news of Israel’s battle to defend its people and homeland against Hamas. Now that the war is over – for now – stories of what the IDF encountered are now emerging. The IDF blog provides the experiences of one brave soldier’s service – and survival – in Gaza:

Sgt. Avi, the commander of the Sniper Squad of the IDF Paratroopers Brigade, entered Gaza with the purpose of dismantling Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure, including the vast underground tunnel network built to infiltrate and attack Israel. “My soldiers and I were prepared, both mentally and physically. We knew why we were going in,” said Sgt. Avi. “The company commander got on the radio and said, “pick up your bags’ and we started walking …

“On our second day inside Gaza we moved to a different house; it’s safer not to stay in the same place,” said Sgt. Avi. “We were taking turns keeping watch, and I decided to join the round so that my soldiers would have more time to rest. I had just finished my shift when I realized that the soldiers were tense. One of them had heard a person speaking arabic outside the house and spotted suspicious movement.”

Realizing that there were people in the area, Sgt. Avi and his soldiers heightened their awareness. “I joined my soldiers on the roof. After a few minutes, a man about 40 years old walked out of a house nearby, and then I saw that he was holding a woman, and he was using her as a shield.”

“That was the first time I saw with my own eyes someone using another person, a woman, as a shield. I’d seen videos at home, I’d heard about it on the news, and I had believed it, but now I was seeing…

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 10:52 AM  | Stand for Israel

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