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This weekend, a 22-year-old Israeli man, Aharon Banita, was stabbed and killed by a terrorist. His wife Adel was also stabbed. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Adel and her son in the hospital. Here, Netanyahu kisses and reassures the 2-year-old boy, who was also injured in the attack. Please pray for this family, and for peace in Israel. Shabbat shalom, friends.Comments (0) »
Friday, October 9th, 2015 at 12:00 PM | Stand For Israel
The violence against Israelis continues with yet another terrorist attack in Jerusalem. The Times of Israel reports that a young Israeli man was stabbed and seriously injured:
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A Jerusalem yeshiva student, 25, was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack in northern Jerusalem.
A second Israeli, apparently a light rail security guard, was very lightly hurt after wrestling with the attacker in an attempt to prevent him from fleeing the scene.
Police said the attacker, a 19-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem, was “neutralized” within minutes…
The terror attack took place just after noon at the light rail stop near the Israel Police’s national headquarters close to Ammunition Hill.
Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 10:03 AM | Stand For Israel
This past Saturday, even as the Holy Land was gripped in terror from the ongoing violence facing its people, singer Jon Bon Jovi not only played his first concert in Israel, but also, The Times of Israel reports, dedicated a new song to the nation’s people:
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Jon Bon Jovi’s kicked off his band’s first-ever performance in Israel Saturday evening by telling 50,000 cheering Israelis “I’ve waited a long time for this!”
A few songs into the show, he underlined his empathy with Israel by introducing a new song called “We Don’t Run,” released earlier this summer, with the comment: “This should be the fight song for Tel Aviv.”
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 4:20 PM | Stand For Israel
As we reported in yesterday’s Daily Dispatch, for the past week the Jewish state has been gripped by growing terrorist threats. From stabbings to shootings to other attacks, The Algemeiner’s Ruthie Blum writes about the violence and terror currently facing Israel and her people:
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The stabbing of an Israeli family by a 19-year-old Ramallah resident and Jerusalem law student — culminating in the death of 22-year-old Aharon Bennett and 41-year-old Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, who came to the rescue; the critical wounding of 21-year-old Adele Bennett; the injury to the couple’s two-year-old boy and trauma to their physically unscathed baby daughter — was not merely brutal. It was documented on the cellphones of Arab onlookers, who laughed and spit at the young mother covered in blood, begging for help as she tried to flee the scene with a knife wedged in her shoulder.
“You should die, too,” they chanted, while she stumbled ahead in the direction of Israeli Border Police.
The horrifying event also came on the heels of Thursday night’s slaying of Naama and Eitam Henkin, the parents of four children under the age of 10, among them a nursing baby, whose own lives were spared by a fluke accident that occurred, mid-slaughter, to one of the Hamas terrorists. Different neighborhood, same purpose: to kill Jews for being Jews, whenever and wherever possible…
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 2:26 PM | Stand For Israel
As Israel continues to mourn the couple who left six orphans after they were murdered by Palestinian terrorists, the Jewish state is seeking to restore calm even as such attacks are ongoing. Israel Hayom reports on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the site of the terrorist attack, as well as his plans to stop the current violence:
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot visited the site in Samaria where Eitam and Naama Henkin were murdered last week by Palestinian terrorists in a drive-by shooting attack…
“The focus of this visit is active defense along the roads,” Netanyahu said. “A significant portion of the attacks are taking place along main roads and we have agreed here on a very serious plan in which we will deploy ground and aerial cameras on all roads in Judea and Samaria, with command and control centers, communication centers and fast response times. This change can significantly enhance our ability to thwart such attacks and of course to locate the perpetrators. This is a very important element in restoring security.”
Netanyahu vowed that “we can break this wave [of terrorism], as we broke previous waves.”
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Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 11:08 AM | Stand For Israel
Last week, an Israeli couple was killed by terrorists in the West Bank. Writing at Arutz Sheva, Giulio Meotti asks why the world is indifferent to such a heinous attack:
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Jewish bodies turned into fountains of blood from delirious Islamist murderers who shouted “Allah Akbar.”Jewish children aged 4 months, 4, 7 and 9 years old witnessed their parents being gunned down. Jews slaughtered just because they were Jews in the Biblical Samaria region…And the world, the Western media and the Western governments should feel ashamed for their silence about these 4 Jewish orphans and their double standard. Is Jewish blood like water?
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 9:23 AM | Stand For Israel
In the latest terrorist attack to strike the Holy Land, just hours after PM Netanyahu delivered a speech against such violence, The Times of Israel’s Judah Ari Gross reports that terrorists gunned down an Israeli mother and father of six in the West Bank:
An Israeli couple were killed in a shooting attack on their vehicle Thursday night in the northern West Bank, medical teams confirmed.
The couple leaves behind six orphaned children. Four of them, aged 4 months, 4, 7 and 9, were in the vehicle but were not hit by the gunfire…
The attackers’ car then sped toward a nearby Palestinian village.
Please remember the couple’s family – especially their six children – in your prayers.Comments (27) »
Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 2:44 PM | Stand For Israel
A couple weeks ago, we reported on Iran’s Supreme Leader’s claim that Israel would not last 25 years – as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s swift response to the contrary. Now Iran’s top military commander has reiterated that his country will destroy Israel:
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“We will certainly destroy Israel,” declared the commander-in-chief of the Iranian Army, Maj. Gen. Ataollah Salehi, during the parade that launched Defense Week, which commemorates the 35th anniversary of the beginning of the eight-year Iran-Iraq War.
“We long for Israel to take action against us as soon as possible so we will be able to destroy it before 25 years are up,” Salehi said, refererring to a recent statement by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei predicting that Israel would not exist in another quarter century.
According to Salehi, the annihilation of Israel would cleanse the U.S. from Israeli influence.
Friday, September 25th, 2015 at 8:11 AM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday, the Jewish people observed Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Forty-two years ago, the Jewish state was thrust into conflict on this holiest of days. Writing at Israel Hayom, Yishai Fleisher looks at some lessons that can still be learned from the Yom Kippur War:
The world respects strong principled Jews and abhors weak ones. If you want good PR for Israel, show an Israel that is strong, show an Israel that strikes fear in the hearts of terrorists…
Yom Kippur is here again — the Day of Atonement and, in another way, a day of potential change because repentance is about acknowledging our sins and taking steps to make sure they don’t happen again. On a personal level we ask for forgiveness from our fellow man and woman for hurting them, and from God above for not fully fulfilling our roles in His world — and we promise to do better.
On a national-state level we remember our heroic brothers who fought valiantly for Israel’s survival and held the line on the Golan and Sinai 42 years ago during the Yom Kippur War. Yet we must also repent for the sins of hubris, fear, and calcified conceptions that caused 2,656 Israelis to be killed in that war and that continue to plague and weaken us today — and we must resolve to change.
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Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 7:54 AM | Stand For Israel