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While the United Nations has long persecuted Israel, its attempts to blame the Jewish state for war crimes during Operation Protective Edge (while siding with Hamas, who have admitted to war crimes) have been particularly troubling. Now Arutz Sheva reports that one of Israel’s Christian leaders has gone before the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and declared Israel is the only safe place for Christians in the Middle East:
Greek Orthodox priest Father Gabriel Nadaf, a leader of the Aramaean Christian minority in Israel, spoke before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday in a strong show of support for the Jewish state.
Despite speaking before a body that has consistently condemned Israel – recently it appointed a biased committee to investigate claims of “war crimes” against Israel in Gaza, and praised the human rights “achievements” of Hamas and Islamic State (ISIS) supporter Qatar - Nadaf spoke firmly, calling for the world to stand by Israel against terror.
“Across the Middle East, in the last ten years, 100,000 Christians have been murdered each year. That means that every five minutes a Christian is killed because of his faith,” reported Nadaf. “Those who can escape persecution at the hands of Muslim extremists have fled. …Those who remain, exist as second if not third class citizens to their Muslim rulers.”
Nadaf continued “in the Middle East today, there is one country where Christianity is not only not persecuted, but affectionately granted freedom of expression, freedom of worship and security. …It is Israel, the Jewish State. Israel is the only place where Christians in the Middle East are safe.”
Speaking immediately after a panel discussion on the “Human Rights Situation in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab Territories,” Nadaf called “it is time the world woke up to the fact that those who want to destroy the Jewish State are signing the death warrant on the last free Christians in the Holy Land.”
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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 10:30 AM | Stand for Israel
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:
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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.
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 2:55 PM | Stand for Israel
Earlier this summer, all of us who stand for Israel prayed for the safe return of the three kidnapped Israeli teens – Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel. When the bodies of the murdered boys were found, our prayers of hope turned to a longing for justice. Earlier this morning, justice was done. Yediot Achronot provides this detailed report of the operation – Israeli security forces cornered the two kidnappers and a shootout ensued, leaving the two terrorists dead:
At 1 am Tuesday, a special police force encircled a house in one of Hebron’s northern neighborhoods. It was a two-story building. The top floor was street-high and the bottom floor was under the road at the slope of the hill …
The two murderers were hiding in a carpentry shop at the bottom floor under the road. The force from the elite YAMAM unit opened fire at the walls of the bottom floor and called on the terrorists to come out. There was no response. IDF forces secured the operation in the wider circles and detained several wanted men in the area who are believed to have helped the terrorists with food supplies, warnings of security forces’ presence, etc. The Shin Bet provided the intelligence for the operation and during the operation.
When the two terrorists failed to respond, the forces’ commander in the area – in full agreement with the YAMAM commander – decided to proceed in a way which would not endanger the forces raiding the building. Judea and Samaria Division Commander Brigadier General Tamir Yаdai ordered the forces to bring over a large bulldozer, which razed the upper floor of stores …
The bulldozer created a hole in the bottom floor’s ceiling, trapping the terrorists. The YAMAM officers, who were not interested in a hand-to-hand fight with the terrorists on the same level, tried to establish contact with them from the top floor after they did not respond to the call to surrender.
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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 8:34 AM | Stand for Israel
Throughout Operation Protective Edge, those of us who stand for and support Israel prayed fervently for the safety of the brave men and women of the IDF. Yet our worry was paltry compared to that felt by the many mothers whose sons and daughters were serving in or near Gaza. One mother of two IDF soldiers, Minna Felig, writes honestly and touchingly about her fears while her boys were gone, and her concerns for them after they returned:
They say that you haven’t really made aliyah until your first child is drafted into the Israel Defense Forces …
Nothing prepared me for the anxiety and helplessness that I felt when faced with 50 days of both sons being stationed near or in Gaza. Not even my two decades of living in Israel with intermittent hostilities, military operations and even incessant bombings of buses and civilian locales, during which the whole nation shared the tragedy of innocents dying. Those times were terrifying, but they weren’t personal. Somehow, living through those periods I was always able to believe that I was safe. This time it was different. My sons were soldiers, my sons were on the front line, my sons were the targets that the entire world believed the enemy was justified to kill …
During the war we waited with bated breath for news from them, or even news about them when their phones were taken away. When they were given the opportunity to call and report that they were OK we breathed a long sigh of relief and believed it was so. And when the bloody operation ended, despite the tears and grief up to the last moments before the ceasefire, we finally exhaled.
But the crisis wasn’t over and it is not clear when it will end. Those moments of vivid reality, the horror of destruction and death, of killing and being killed, those pictures and experiences will never leave their memories. It seems like yesterday that my son’s biggest complaint was an…Read More » Comments (7) »
Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 8:42 AM | Stand for Israel
While much of the world’s attention is on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, war will certainly come again to Israel. Ironically, one of Israel’s enemies is currently involved in the fight in Syria. Writing at The Jerusalem Post, Yaakov Lappin warns that Hezbollah is learning from its experiences in Syria – lessons that will be used in an upcoming war with Israel:
Although a war is unlikely at this time, the IDF is preparing to fight Hezbollah, which has developed new offensive cross-border capabilities alongside its massive arsenal of rockets and missiles, a senior military source said on Sunday.
Hezbollah plans to send dozens and perhaps hundreds of terrorists into Israel in any war, while targeting the home front with many projectiles, in a conflict that could last as long as four months, according to the officer.
The Shi’ite group’s focus will be to rain rockets and missiles down on Israel, but it also plans raids based on lessons it has learned from its intervention in the Syrian civil war. A preemptive Israeli ground offensive could prevent such raids, he said.
“Hezbollah’s confidence is growing, along with its combat experience in Syria,” the officer said. “The battlegrounds of Syria have enabled Hezbollah to upgrade its capabilities. Hezbollah plans to send many combatants into Israeli territory near the border and seize it.” This has prompted Israel to make “dramatic changes” to its border-defense plans, he added.
“We understood that Hezbollah is thinking offensively. It is gaining experience in Syria where it is initiating assaults in built-up areas, and attacking cities. It is learning about subterranean warfare from the perspective of the attacker … and [its officers are] learning more about themselves as the defenders in Lebanon… They are learning about controlling hundreds of fighters, coordinating intelligence, firepower, and command and control. This is a serious development that requires us to prepare accordingly,” the officer said.
In the event that Hezbollah tries to surprise the IDF by occupying part of Israel near the border, the…Read More » Comments (11) »
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 8:38 AM | Stand for Israel
The Fellowship and its generous friends seek to help every needy part of the Holy Land’s population. Today The Jerusalem Post tells about the Fellowship-funded Friendship House, a residence that provides youth with autism a home life that also meets their individual needs:
The opening of the Friendship House – the first home-for-life for autistic youth in Tel Aviv – is an important milestone, demonstrating that the state grants rights to people with autism and to their families, said Welfare and Social Services Minister Meir Cohen on Tuesday …
The planning for the home was conducted according to the accumulated experience and belief of ALUT that a home-for-life is essentially a familial framework in a residential neighborhood, which allows the autistic residents to experience as close to a family lifestyle as possible while taking into account the personal needs of each resident.
The house is divided into three living sections, with eight residents residing in each section acting as a family unit, eating together, engaging in joint activities, and sharing a common area to watch television.
“The biggest fear of parents of autistic children is a concern for the future, thinking about the day when they can no longer care for their children in need of treatment and close supervision,” said Einat Cassuto-Shefi, director-general of ALUT.
“The construction of permanent homes for them is a huge relief for the parents, who know that they now have a little piece of paradise where there is someone looking out for their children from here on out,” she said …
The funding for the home came in part from the National Insurance Institute Disabled Services Development Fund and from generous donations of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews …
“This house is the result of the continuous efforts of the parents,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president and founder of the IFCJ at the opening of the house.
“We have a lot of problems and challenges in Israel, especially when it comes to welfare.
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Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 8:23 AM | Stand for Israel
So far, the fighting near the Israeli-Syrian border has been between Syria’s military and the al-Nusra terror forces. But now The Times of Israel’s Elhanan Miller reports that the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) is creeping into the Golan Heights near Israel’s border:
The Islamic State terror group is operating sleeper cells in southern Syria near the border with Israel, a spokesman for the opposition’s Free Syrian Army charged Sunday.
The spokesman, speaking to The Times of Israel on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to communicate with Israeli media, said that some of the 6,000 Islamist fighters who fled southward toward the borders with Israel and Jordan in July actually belong to the Islamic State, not to the less extreme Nusra Front as previously believed …
“There are sleeper cells in the south, which are hidden. They don’t do anything [military] at all,” the spokesman said of IS. “Many people [in the moderate Syrian opposition] are following them and will strike at them before they organize.”
According to the intelligence agency of the Free Syrian Army, Islamic State activists would approach individuals in the area, offering them basic food staples or financial aid.
“They say: ‘Stay at home, no one will know about you. The moment we need you, we’ll call.’” The spokesman said that many locals refused the IS overtures, but that could change given the region’s grave poverty.
Prices have skyrocketed recently, he added, with a liter of diesel fuel costing $15, for example.
Two villages where IS representatives made such proposals are Hayt and Sahem Al-Jawlan, near the Syrian-Jordanian border, the spokesman said.
“They were sent by the Islamic State to control the largest portion of land possible,” he said. “We are against them wholeheartedly. They have nothing to do with Islam, which they merely use as a cover.”
Eyal Zisser, an expert on Syria at Tel Aviv University, said he was unaware of the IS presence in southern Syria, but was not surprised by…Read More » Comments (3) »
Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 10:28 AM | Stand for Israel
The world is now focused on stopping the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), and the media – as it so often does – has forgotten the war against terrorists, Operation Protective Edge, that only just finished. Now, the Associated Press is reporting that Hamas has admitted to war crimes during that conflict – war crimes that those who stand for Israel knew about all along – and Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin worries that the world won’t take notice:
But perhaps some of those who pooh-poohed Israel’s claims that Hamas was firing rockets at Israeli cities from civilian areas and thereby using the people of Gaza as human shields will pay a smidgeon of attention to the news that, as the Associated Press reported today, Hamas operatives admit that they did exactly what the Israelis said they did.
According to the AP, contrary to the claims of its defenders, Hamas operatives have admitted firing rockets from civilian areas in Gaza …
Hamas figures quoted by the AP contend that it was impossible for them to fire missiles without being in the vicinity of civilians because the strip is so congested. There are two answers to this argument.
One is to point out that, despite the contentions about Gaza being the most congested place on earth, that there are, plenty of vacant areas in the strip. Parts of Gaza are crowded but it is not one continuous urban jungle. If Hamas really wanted to avoid Israeli fire being brought down on areas where civilians lived they could have used such places. But, firing from beaches or open fields doesn’t provide the cover that hospitals, mosques or school courtyards give the terrorists.
More to the point, if the only places they shoot missiles that are deliberately aimed to cause the maximum civilian casualties for the Israelis are an urban area, and then a group that was not a pack of bloodthirsty terrorists would have held its fire. Hamas did not.
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Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 8:32 AM | Stand for Israel