Violent Clashes Between IDF and Palestinians Break Out in Hebron

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

As many Jewish people traveled to the Cave of the Patriarchs and other holy sites around Jerusalem in order to celebrate Passover, and as many Palestinians gathered to demonstrate for the release of Palestinian prisoners, violence erupted in Hebron:

On Wednesday evening, the IDF injured seven Palestinians in Hebron when a riot broke out in the city.

The IDF said that dozens of Palestinians demonstrated and threw stones at an IDF post situated between the Jewish settlement of the city and the rest of the Palestinian city.

During its attempts to disperse the demonstrators using riot dispersal methods, seven Palestinians were injured, the army confirmed.

We pray for the safety of the IDF troops protecting the Holy Land, as well as the protection of those celebrating Passover, God’s liberation of His people.

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Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 10:16 AM  | Stand For Israel

Rabbi Eckstein’s Seder with IDF Lone Soldiers

Before celebrating Passover with his own family, Rabbi Eckstein attended a Fellowship-funded seder for IDF lone-soldiers — who came to Israel as immigrants and have no family with whom to share such holidays. We wish a joyous Passover to these brave men and women, as well as all those around the world preparing to celebrate God’s protection and deliverance.

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Monday, April 14th, 2014 at 4:29 PM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Rejoicing in His Whole World

(Photo: IDF blog)

(Photo: IDF blog)

I was there when he set the heavens in place,
    when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
when he established the clouds above
    and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
when he gave the sea its boundary
    so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
    Then I was constantly at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
    rejoicing always in his presence,
rejoicing in his whole world
    and delighting in mankind.
(Proverbs 8:27-31)

“Horizon 10,” an Israeli observation satellite, was successfully sent into space on Wednesday. We hope you delight in this photo from its launch. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, April 11th, 2014 at 2:01 PM  | Stand For Israel

IDF Welcomes Newest Strategic Aircraft, the “Samson” Squadron

(Photo: U.S. Air Force)

(Photo: U.S. Air Force)

The Israeli Air Force gained a major advantage today with the arrival of its new “Samson” Squadron, equipped with Lockheed C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the U.S. The IDF’s blog details the C-130J’s capabilities — including a tour of the cockpit — and how it will help protect the Holy Land:

With its great holding capacity and technological innovation, this new giant of the skies will bring a major strategic advantage, which will strengthen the IDF’s ability to carry out its mission of protecting Israel’s borders and citizens.

Yet another instance of American and Israeli cooperation being used to defend freedom!

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 11:20 AM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: How Good Is His Resting Place

(Photo: Flickr/IDF)

(Photo: Flickr/IDF)

… how good is his resting place

and how pleasant is his land … (Genesis 49:15)

A member of the IDF’s Givati Reconnaissance Brigade gets some rest in the Holy Land he so bravely protects. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 12:33 PM  | Stand For Israel

IDF Soldier Killed When Vehicle Flips Over

(Photo: IDF)

(Photo: IDF)

An IDF corporal was killed today when his vehicle crashed near in Galilee near the Lebanese border, Arutz Sheva reports:

An IDF soldier was killed, and another soldier wounded lightly, as the military vehicle they were driving in crashed and flipped over on Thursday.

The soldier’s name has been released by the IDF: Corporal Sheetrit Elhai z”l, a 19-year-old from Ashkelon …

The IDF noted in a statement that the tragic crash occurred in the western Galilee, near Kibbutz Malkiya, which is located right on the border with Lebanon …

Israel has been on high alert on the Lebanese border, after an explosive was set on the border and detonated as an IDF patrol passed nearby in mid-March. While none were injured, three soldiers were checked for shock from the blast. Terror suspects days later were chased away from the border.

Please pray for the loved ones of this young man, as well as for the protection of the brave men and women who selflessly protect the Holy Land.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 at 2:11 PM  | Stand For Israel

IDF Soldiers with Autism Producing Stellar Results

(Photo: IDF blog)

(Photo: IDF blog)

To support Autism Awareness Month we bring you a story of how the IDF is being greatly helped by a group of soldiers with autism. Recently, the IDF’s Intelligence Unit 9900 has been staffed by soldiers who bring unique skills and strengths to Israel’s military operations. Gidon Ben-zvi tells how these talented young men and women have overcome adversity to make the Holy Land a safer place:

The Israeli Satellite Intelligence Unit provides essential information used by the military to execute highly complicated operations. This data is gathered using satellites orbiting Earth, high above the combat arena. In addition to satellites, Unit 9900 uses manned and unmanned aircraft, and advanced sensors.

The autistic young men and women who serve in Unit 9900 can sit for hours  in front of electronic maps spotting the minutest changes, Channel 10 said. This is a rare ability that eludes most non-autistic soldiers.

We salute these soldiers for giving their all, as well as the IDF for realizing how best to utilize their abilities.

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Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 at 9:08 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu Visits Injured Soldiers



As we reported yesterday, three IDF soldiers were wounded when an explosive device detonated near their patrol vehicle at the Syrian border. Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the injured soldiers in the hospital. Again, pray for the recovery of these three brave troops, as well as the safety of the brave men and women who protect the Holy Land and its people.

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 4:22 PM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking: Explosion at Syrian Border Injures 3 IDF Soldiers


(Photo: Israel Defense Forces)

The Jerusalem Post reports:

An IDF jeep traveling on the Golan Heights near the Syrian border came under attack Tuesday, when an explosive device was detonated in its vicinity.

Three soldiers sustained light-to-moderate injuries.

The incident came after an IDF convoy traveling in the Har Dov (Shaba Farms) area, on the border with Lebanon, was the target of a bomb set off by Hezbollah on Friday night.

Please pray for the swift recovery of the three injured soldiers — and, as always, for safety and protection for all Israel’s fighting men and women.



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Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 8:56 AM  | Stand For Israel

Israeli War Hero Meir Har-Zion Dies

(Photo: IDF Archives)

(Photo: IDF Archives)

Meir Har-Zion, a celebrated and somewhat controversial Israeli war hero, died yesterday at the age of 80. From rejoining the IDF with only one good arm in order to serve Israel (and do so bravely and skillfully) in the Six Day and Yom Kippur Wars, to going on an illicit mission into the desert to avenge the murder of his beloved sister at the hands of a nomadic tribe, the life of Har-Zion played out like something from an action film. But, as Israeli leaders remember, this champion of the Holy Land and its people was very real, and a very real hero:

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that he was “one of the greatest warriors in the history of the IDF — an audacious, distinctive commander whose influence in molding generations of fighters and units was pivotal.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called him “one of our greatest heroes,” a man who “was steeped in love for the nation and the land.”
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Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 2:27 PM  | Stand For Israel
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Rabbi's Commentary
God Is Present This Holy Season

Even as efforts for peace seem to be at an impasse all around the world, the Passover story can give us hope and affirmation that God is always present in our lives, and even when situations seem impossible, He is working in ways we cannot imagine.

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