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Photo Friday: I Am in Israel

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Then you will know that I am in Israel,
    that I am the LORD your God,
    and that there is no other (Joel 2:27)

An IDF soldier from the Nahal Infantry Brigade completes a 50km march through the Negev Desert, arriving at Masada, sure that the Lord our God is with him and with Israel. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, February 27th, 2015 at 1:03 PM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Walk in the Ways of the Good

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Thus you will walk in the ways of the good
    and keep to the paths of the righteous. (Proverbs 2:20)

An IDF soldier walks along Israel’s northern border near the Jordan Rift Valley, while an Israeli helicopter flies overhead. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 12:44 PM  | Stand For Israel

On the Frontline with Gaza, Fence Menders Face Nightly Peril

credit: Netta Asner/ IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

credit: Netta Asner/ IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

For members of the Israel Defense Forces’ Kometz unit, nights are spent tending to the northern half of the Gaza border fence, re-stringing torn strands of barbed wire and repairing the electrical damages done by winter rain and lightning — it’s work that is unremittingly dangerous, laborious, and absolutely crucial:

The 60 kilometers of fence separating Israel from Gaza, first built with the onset of the Oslo Accords in 1994 and bolstered physically and technologically since then, can be, at times, a ticket to relative safety for some Gaza residents.

In recent months, from September to January, 84 Palestinians from Gaza have been arrested for crossing the border fence, The New York Times reported this week. The rise, up from a reported 13 per month average before the summer’s war, is seen as an expression of desperation. Compared with Gaza, “the prison in Israel is like a five-star hotel,” Youssef Abbas, a former fence-crosser, told the paper.

For the army, though, and for the majority of Israelis, the fence is the frontline against terror infiltration. And the men tasked with its upkeep are prime targets in an area that is seldom visited by patrolling troops on account of the dangers of sniper fire and IED ambushes, sprung by luring the troops to the fence.

“It’s like being a duck on a firing range,” said Sgt. Maj. Ran Shlomo, the Kometz unit commander, who has been tending to Israel’s many border fences in and around the Gaza Strip since he joined the army in 1990.

Shlomo, who began his service with Kometz along the Philadelphi Corridor, which separated Gaza from Egypt, said in an interview that he has seen the threats against the Kometz soldiers evolve from gravel to fist-sized stones, to small arms fire, to mines, to short-range anti-tank missiles, to more complex guided missiles.

Speaking of improvised mine fields, a terror tunnel packed with so much explosives that it blew an empty jeep high into the air, and an RPG anti-tank…

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015 at 2:42 PM  | Stand For Israel

Female Christian IDF Soldier: “I Came to Serve My Country and My Home”

Stand for Israel fully backs Israeli Christians who decide to protect the Holy Land by serving in the IDF – The Fellowship has long supported projects that both promote this and that support Israel’s Christians. This video from the IDF features Monaliza, who joined the IDF to protect her country and all its citizens.

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Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 11:46 AM  | Stand For Israel

IDF Arrests Three Hamas Smugglers

Operation Protective Edge put a dent in much of Hamas’ terrorist capabilities in Gaza, but that does not mean that the terror organization has stopped its plans to attack Israel. Just cleared for publication, the IDF reports that less than a month ago, it intercepted three terrorists trying to smuggle weapons materials into Gaza:

On January 19, IDF forces identified a suspicious boat making its way towards the Gaza Strip. The navy, in conjunction with the Israel Security Agency (ISA), intercepted the vessel after requesting that the passengers stop the boat.

The craft was disguised as a fishing boat, but underneath the fishing gear liquid fiberglass was concealed. The liquid fiberglass was intended for Hamas and meant to be used in the manufacturing of rockets and mortars …

The three suspects, Mahmed Bechar, Ahmed Zaidi and Awad Zaidi​, were arrested and interrogated by the ISA. During the interrogation, the suspects admitted that they were sent to collect the manufacturing materials from the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt and to deliver the liquid fiberglass to Hamas’ military wing.

Furthermore, the three men provided detailed information about previous weapon smuggling activities and how Hamas intended to use the fishermen and smugglers for future smuggling attempts.

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Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 9:47 AM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: The Lord Your God Will Fight for You

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

“The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes…” (Deuteronomy 1:30)

This week, a Hezbollah attack killed two IDF soldiers and wounded seven more. Here, a member of the IDF artillery – part of the Fellowship-adopted Brigade 282 - in the Golan Heights looks to the Syrian border, knowing that God is on the side of Israel. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, January 30th, 2015 at 12:52 PM  | Stand For Israel

Visiting Soldiers on the Syrian Border

At the Israel-Syria border, an IDF base adopted by The Fellowship receives a visit from Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein. On the base, soldiers monitor violence in Syria and make sure Israel and her citizens are safe. Thanks to you, The Fellowship’s generous donors, we are able to stand together with these guardians of Israel.

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Friday, January 30th, 2015 at 8:37 AM  | Stand For Israel

2 IDF Soldiers Killed, 7 Wounded in Attack on Lebanon Border

(Photo: Flash90)

(Photo: Flash90)

In an attack on an IDF patrol on the Israeli-Lebanon border today, two IDF soldiers were killed and seven more were wounded:

Two soldiers were killed Wednesday when an Israeli army patrol came under anti-tank fire from Hezbollah operatives in the northern Mount Dov region along the border with Lebanon.

The IDF confirmed that at least seven soldiers were wounded in the attack and ruled out the possibility that a soldier had been kidnapped.

The two soldiers were not immediately named. They were identified as a company commander and a combat soldier.

The incident took place in an area of the border that doesn’t have a fence. At the same time, and for over an hour after the attack, IDF positions in the area, as well as on nearby Mount Hermon, were hit with mortar shells.

Israel responded to the attack with artillery strikes in southern Lebanon.

Stand for Israel will keep you updated on these events, and we ask you to join us in praying for the injured soldiers, as well as the families of those who were killed.

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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 8:44 AM  | Stand for Israel

Photo Friday: Swifter Than Eagles, Stronger Than Lions

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

They were swifter than eagles,
    they were stronger than lions. (2 Samuel 1:23)

As Israel is threatened from all sides, the swiftness, strength, and service of the IDF’s brave men and women keep her safe, much like those seen here in the Golan Heights. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 1:27 PM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Who Can Withstand His Icy Blast?

(Photo: twitter/IDF)

(Photo: twitter/IDF)

He spreads the snow like wool
    and scatters the frost like ashes.
He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
    Who can withstand his icy blast? (Psalm 147:16-17)

This week, a severe winter storm descended on the Holy Land. The Fellowship was on the ground, distributing aid and warmth to Israel’s elderly and poor. And the brave men and women of the IDF – including the soldiers above – continued to keep Israel safe. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, January 9th, 2015 at 1:23 PM  | Stand for Israel

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