Hezbollah Renews Hostitilies Against Israel As IDF Fires on Infiltrators

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(Photo: flickr/ theisraelproject)

We’ve been keeping you updated on the recent rising hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah. Today, The Algemeiner reports that not only has the Lebanon-based terror group announced its intention to attack Israel, the IDF has fired on infiltrators on Israel’s northern border:

As another shooting incident heated up Israel’s border with Lebanon on Monday, a Hezbollah-affiliated newspaper, al-Akhbar, has reported that the Shi’ite terror group has resolved to renew overt military operations against Israel.

According to initial reports, IDF soldiers from the Horev infantry battalion opened fire on what the Israeli 0404 news site referred to as “three suspicious figures” that had entered a “no-go” area adjacent to an army outpost at Har Dov, along the northern side of Mt. Hermon.

Troops reportedly opened fire in order to frighten off the intruders, when they spotted what they believed to be roadside explosive charges carried by the individuals. There was no report of injury to either side in the confrontation.

The trio fled back within Lebanese territory, and the army is searching the area, according to the report.

The incident comes in the wake of a series of hostile encounters between the IDF and Hezbollah in recent weeks …

Hezbollah is prepared to “storm the Zionist regime by its high-precision missiles,” Lt. General Hossein Salami of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps’ said.

“Today, all the residents in the occupied territories feel insecure and the security of the occupied territories is in an equation that on one side the powerful Hezbollah exists which is ready to storm the occupied territories and everyone knows the destruction power and preciseness of its weapons…”

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Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 12:43 PM  | Stand for Israel

Israel Not to Blame for the Rise of Islamic Extremism

(Photo: U.S. Dept. of Defense)

(Photo: U.S. Dept. of Defense)

Even as the United States continues to battle the spread of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), it has once again shown that it does not understand the dynamics of the Middle East. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for the rise of ISIS. Khaled Abu Toameh refutes Kerry’s claim, writing that the two situations have nothing to do with one another:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s claim that the lack of a “two-state solution” has fueled the rise of the Islamic State [IS] terrorist group reinforces how clueless the U.S. Administration is about what is happening in the Arab and Islamic countries.

Speaking at a State Department ceremony marking the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, Kerry said that the resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians was vital in the fight against Islamic extremism, including Islamic State …

The Islamic State is one of the by-products of the “Arab Spring,” which began as a secular revolt against Arab dictatorships and degenerated into anarchy, lawlessness, terrorism and massacres that have claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Arabs and Muslims.

The “Arab Spring” did not erupt as a result of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rather, it was the natural and inevitable outcome of decades of tyranny and corruption in the Arab world.

The Tunisians, Egyptians, Libyans and Yemenis who removed their dictators from power did not do so because of the lack of a “two-state solution.”

Nor did the Arabs revolt because of the failure of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. This is the last thing these Arabs had in mind when they took to the streets to protest against decades of dictatorship and bad government.

It is this “Arab Spring,” and not the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that brought the Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt. And it is the same “Arab Spring” that saw the emergence of Islamic terror groups such as the Al-Nusra Front, the Islamic Front, the Army of…

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Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 8:30 AM  | Stand for Israel

Syrian Jewish Family Smuggled into Israel

(Photo: wikicommons/ Talmoryair)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Talmoryair)

Between the civil war that has taken the lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrians and the threat of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), life in Syria is brutal. This is especially so for the few Jews remaining in the ravaged nation. The Times of Israel brings us this uplifting story of a Syrian Jewish family who was smuggled into Israel by a network of caring people, so that they might find a better life:

The family, one of the few remaining Jewish families in Syria, arrived in Israel “with nothing,” according to a Netanya businessman who helped them immigrate, Army Radio reported.

“In the first stage, the mother and daughter arrived, then the whole family came,” the businessman, identified only as David, told the station. The family arrived with no possessions, so “we donated to help them with everything they needed… we did our best to help them in their acclimation to Israel,” David added.

The businessman is part of a network of Israelis of Syrian origin who helped the family. MK Yisrael Hason of Kadima, who was born in Damascus and came to Israel at age seven, is part of the group. MK Shaul Mofaz of Kadima, who was born in Iran, hosted the Syrian family in his sukkah on Sunday.

The Jewish community in Syria is one of the most ancient in the Diaspora and was once concentrated mainly in Aleppo and Damascus. After World War I the community saw mass emigration to the US, the land of Israel and Latin America. After the creation of Israel in 1948, most of the remaining Jews left Syria, while only a few thousand remained, many of whom were slowly smuggled out of the country.


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Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 11:18 AM  | 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

With Attack Inside Israel, Hezbollah Lays Down New Ground Rules

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(Photo: wikicommons/ yeowatzup)

Yesterday we reported on the explosion on the Lebanese border that wounded two IDF soldiers, an attack for which Hezbollah claimed responsibility. The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff discusses the terror group’s explanation for the attack, and says that while it may not lead to all-out war, it will likely lead to more bloodshed:

The ring of explosives detonated alongside an IDF patrol on the border with Lebanon on Tuesday was another in a series of messages from Hezbollah to Israel. It was a brazen attack, carried out inside Israeli territory, the message being that, from now on, every incident in which Israel causes Lebanese injuries will be greeted with a response along the Lebanese or Syrian borders.

As opposed to other recent cross-border attacks, in which the perpetrators didn’t claim responsibility, the message this time was loud and clear: a full admission by Hezbollah. The claim of responsibility also gave a reason for the attack.

“The Group of the Martyr Ali Hassan Haydar detonated an explosive device in the Shebaa Farms,” the Shiite group said in a statement, using the Lebanese name for the Mount Dov region, where the attack took place …


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Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 8:41 AM  | Stand For Israel

Blackballed Jordanian Author: “Jews Have a Right to the Land of Israel”

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(Photo: facebook)

While we might stand for Israel, would each of us put our lives and livelihoods on the line to do so? The Algemeiner’s Dave Bender tells about Jihad Ali Alwan, an author from Jordan who has been blackballed because of his support for the Jewish state:

Despite being arrested, fired from his job, called “crazy” and an “infidel” and being left destitute, Jordanian writer Jihad Ali Alwan, 42, has no intention backing off his full-throated support of Israel, and from every possible platform, Israel’s NRG News reported Monday.

“I don’t care what price I’ll pay. I will not apologize for my beliefs,” Alwan said, writing on his personal blog, “I suggest the Arabs normalize relations with Israel,” he wrote in October of last year.

The striking statements by the married father of four were read by some eight million readers, including the Jordanian Writers Association, who called him in for a clarification.

But after refusing to appear before the committee, the guild revoked Alwan’s membership. Which also prompted an irate blog post by the man known in the Hashemite Kingdom, as “The Normalizer.”

“A short time ago I was invited by the so-called ‘Committee of the Struggle to Oppose Normalization with the Zionist Enemy’ at the Jordanian Writers Association, located in Amman, and they told me to get to a hearing before the committee on my article under the title ‘normalization with Israel.’ I rejected the request, and then they told me, ‘If you refuse, then the decision will be made in your absence,” he wrote.

“I have suffered persecution for 16 years, economic and political persecution, and they accused me of courting Jewish and Christian Zionist institutions. All those who are attacking me, eat and drink in the United States and use American and Israeli technology in their homes; their flour comes from America and they receive financial support from the United States.

“I’m not a criminal, but rather a man of peace, a man of respect for others, and I suffer from hunger and poverty because no…

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Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 3:23 PM  | Stand For Israel

In Israel, Growing Crops Under Biblical Law

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(Photo: flickr/kpang21)

A couple weeks ago, Rabbi Eckstein explained shmita, which commands that every seven years the land should lie fallow. With the new year beginning – and this year being one of shmita – the Holy Land is preparing to obey this biblical law. USA Today’s Michele Chabin provides some insight into how Israelis are readying themselves for a year of shmita:

On Friday, when Israeli Jews sit down for their pre-Yom Kippur meal, prior to the Day of Atonement fast, many will be discussing where to buy their produce during this agricultural sabbatical year.

That’s because this Jewish New Year, 5775, is a sabbatical year, when, according to the Bible, the land of Israel is supposed to lie fallow. Called a shmita year in Hebrew, the sabbatical is intended to allow the poor to reap whatever may still be growing on the land “so that the poor of your people may eat,” Exodus 23:11.

The start of the sabbatical-year prohibitions, which include sowing, planting, pruning, reaping, harvesting and improving the land, coincided with the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year that began this year on Sept. 24. Produce planted before the shmita can be harvested this year …

Recently, leaders in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), one of the largest public institutions in Israel, had to decide whether to purchase fruits and vegetables from Israeli farmers this year, as it has always done, or to obtain the produce from abroad.

To accommodate the small minority of ultra-Orthodox soldiers in the army, the IDF initially decided to purchase only imported food as well as food grown in the southern Arava desert, a stretch of Israeli land outside the boundaries of the biblical land of Israel …

Not only the army is affected. So too, are many other institutions.

The majority of the farms that donate food to Leket, Israel’s national food bank and the country’s largest food rescue network, abide by heter mechira. That means it will accept Israeli-cultivated crops.

Shaya Sheveks, director…

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Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 2:15 PM  | Stand For Israel

Jerusalem: The Undivided Capital of Israel

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(Photo: flickr/ agroffman)

Smiles and warm handshakes exchanged by Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu at their White House meeting yesterday quickly turned into jibes and snarky rebukes which have been the hallmark of the often hostile relationship shared by the two leaders, whose mutual dislike for each other is fortunately overcome by the bond of the two nations they lead.

The squabble which overshadowed the warm White House reception enjoyed by the Israeli premiere erupted when reports of a Jerusalem Municipality decision to approve construction of 2,500 apartment units in East Jerusalem was publicized by leftist NGO Peace Now, just hours before Obama and Netanyahu met in Washington. Shortly after the meeting, the White House issued some of its harshest condemnation towards Israel to date, warning that construction of these units would distance the Jewish state from its “closest allies” and declaring that Israel’s decision to build in East Jerusalem is “poisoning the atmosphere” with our supposed “peace partner,” the Palestinian Authority.

Netanyahu and mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat defended the building approval by stating that Jerusalem is Israel’s undivided capital and no construction freeze will be imposed based on race or religion. In fact, a third of the residential units in the new plans are intended to be used for Arab housing. Considering that Arabs make up roughly one third of Jerusalem’s residents, this new project equally benefits both Jews and Arabs living in an overcrowded metropolis in desperate need of new housing to meet the growing demands of its residents.

In general, Arab residents of Jerusalem enjoy far greater freedom to live anywhere in the city than their Jewish neighbors. Just this week, Jewish residents moved into legally purchased apartments in Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood, on the eastern side of the Western Wall, a mere five-minute walk from Judaism’s holiest site. Upon moving into their newly purchased apartments, the Jewish residents were greeted by their new Arab neighbors with a bombardment of stones and Molotov cocktails. Riot police had to be called in to calm the situation….

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 8:58 AM  | Stand For Israel

Abbas Incites and Israel Is to Blame?

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Peter Fedynsky)

The U.N. address given by Palestinian Authority (P.A.) President Mahmoud Abbas was abhorrent in all facets – from its incitement to its accusations of genocide. But Israel Hayom’s Dror Eydar writes that one of the most outrageous moments in Abbas’ speech was his juxtaposition of the Islamic State with what he considers an even more loathsome entity – the state of Israel:

We watched as he stood up and lied in the worst speech of incitement a Palestinian representative has ever made to Westerners, using the verified accusations made against the Palestinian Authority and turning them against Israel without batting an eye. Not a word about the reason for the war this past summer; not a word about the putsch Hamas planned against him. And we’re expected to trust him?

Here are some of the terms he used heavily in his speech: genocide, a new “nakba” (“catastrophe”), a racist occupier state, apartheid, colonialism, a state above the law. This is our fault. For years, the Israeli media and academia have pounded this false doctrine. Zion was the starting point for the dogma that reached the strongholds of Western fundamental liberalism, the ones that are ashamed to admit their hatred for Jews and find a substitute in hating and slandering Israel.

Genocide? In the second half of the 20th century alone, across the Muslim world — in Algeria, Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Jordan, Chad, Kosovo, Tajikistan, Syria, Libya — Muslims slaughtered millions of other Muslims and Christians. In most places, it was a brutal, methodical extermination that fit the chilling definition of genocide. Who cares? They were Muslims, not Jews trying to protect themselves.

Toward the end of his speech, this so-called moderate partner asserted that what had caused terrorism in our region was — get ready — international leniency toward Israel. He then discussed the Islamic State group, saying: “Confronting the terrorism that plagues our region by…

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Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 8:44 AM  | Stand For Israel

Israel: The Only Place in the Middle East Where Christians Are Safe

(Photo: flickr/ Prime Minister of Israel)

(Photo: flickr/ Prime Minister of Israel)

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.”

“Leaders of people, seekers…

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Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 10:30 AM  | Stand for Israel

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