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In the past, Stand for Israel has told the tragic story of the Harans, the Israeli family who in 1979 were murdered by terrorists. One of those child-killing terrorists, Samir Kuntar, was reportedly killed today by an IAF airstrike. Tablet’s Liel Leibovitz writes that an unrepentant murderer of children such as Kuntar at last received the justice he deserved:
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Danny Haran, 31, and his daughter Einat, 4, were taken hostage. Smadar, Danny’s wife, managed to grab her infant daughter Yael, 2, and hide in the apartment’s narrow attic. Terrified, and anxious to keep the child from crying, Smadar accidentally choked her baby to death. Kuntar and his men, meanwhile, took Danny and Einat to the beach, where they were met by Israeli soldiers and police officers. A short firefight ensued, but Kuntar had other targets in mind. He shot Danny in the back at close range, murdering him in front of his small daughter. Then, he took Einat and smashed her skull against a rock with the butt of his rifle.
Samir Kuntar was captured later that evening, and sentenced to life in an Israeli prison. There, he married an Israeli citizen, completed a bachelor’s degree and part of a master’s degree through the Tel Aviv-based Open University, and contemplated a run to the Lebanese parliament, cashing on his popularity in his native country. On July 16, 2008, Kuntar was released as part of a deal between Israel and the Hezbollah, and wasted no time espousing his favorite cause and calling for the kidnapping and murder of more Israelis. If he was indeed killed this morning in Lebanon, it’s nothing less than justice finally served.
Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 2:50 PM | Stand For Israel
While Israel must always be prepared for the threats that await her from every direction, Israelis are also prepared to show kindness and care for those who cross the borders needing medical treatment. Vice News’ Sara Elizabeth Williams takes us inside Ziv Medical Center in Safed, Israel, where Israeli doctors provide lifesaving care for many Syrians:
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In nearly two and a half years, around 2,000 Syrians have been admitted to Israeli hospitals. While the vast majority are male — up to 90 percent at Ziv, the hospital closest to the border — there are women, too, and 17 percent of all patients are children.
There are the very old, and the very new: At least 10 Syrian babies have been born at Ziv alone since Syrians began arriving in February 2013.
Word has spread that Syrians can access medical help over the border from people they’ve long believed are the enemy. Medics say more patients, and less urgent cases, are filling the beds of publicly-funded Israeli hospitals…
Ziv Medical Center in the mountain city of Safed, just west of the Golan Heights, is the first port of call for most patients who come through the border fence near the devastated Syrian city of Quneitra. With 331 beds and seven operating theatres, Ziv is modern, well-equipped, and only 40 minutes from the border in a fast-moving IDF ambulance…
Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 3:01 PM | Stand For Israel
Ever since the U.S. and other world powers agreed to the recent nuclear deal with Iran, Israel and those who stand with her have been voicing their disapproval to the agreement. Israel Hayom’s Boaz Bismuth writes of this ridiculous appeasement and of the similarities between the current Iranian regime and that of Nazi Germany in the 1930s:
The Israeli government should not be ashamed of its efforts to scuttle the deal. The government has a national duty to continue these efforts. Ahead of the elections in March, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not hide his stance on Iran. In fact, this stance was one of the reasons he was re-elected.
The claims against Israel bring us back to the September 1938 Munich Agreement, under the terms of which Czechoslovakia was forced to hand over the Sudetenland to Nazi Germany. The breaking apart of Czechoslovakia led to the outbreak of World War II…
The similarities between the deals signed in Munich in 1938 and Vienna in 2015 are uncanny. Just as then there were those who refused to recognize the evils of Nazism, now there are those who refuse to recognize the evils of Khomeinism. Then, as now, appeasement and hopes for the best were the options chosen by world powers. Then, France and Britain promised to guarantee the new borders in Europe, exactly as world powers are now promising security guarantees on the Iranian nuclear program.
Given all this, how is anyone surprised by the Israeli government’s steadfast opposition to the Iran nuclear deal?
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Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 8:28 AM | Stand For Israel
The hearts of the people
cry out to the Lord.
You walls of Daughter Zion,
let your tears flow like a river
day and night;
give yourself no relief,
your eyes no rest.
Arise, cry out in the night,
as the watches of the night begin;
pour out your heart like water
in the presence of the Lord.
Lift up your hands to him
for the lives of your children,
who faint from hunger
at every street corner. (Lamentations 2:18-19)
At sunset on Saturday begins Tisha B’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. On Tisha B’Av, Jews mourn such disasters that occurred on this day, including the destruction of the First and Second Temples. Here, Israelis sit and listen as the book of Lamentations is read. Shabbat shalom, friends.Comments (2) »
Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 12:40 PM | Stand For Israel
Of the many alarming things about the Iranian nuclear agreement, one of the most frightening is the sanctions relief given to the Islamic Republic, and what Iran will do with these billions in funds. One of the main beneficiaries of this money will be Iran’s terrorist proxy, Hezbollah. Yediot Achronot’s Ronen Bergman provides a current and in-depth look at the terrorist organization as it continues to fight in Syria and prepares for its next war with Israel:
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Despite Hezbollah’s tough situation – and perhaps because of it – Nasrallah and his men are constantly busy preparing for the next war in Israel. “They are operating on the ground as if the war is about to break out tomorrow morning,” says a senior military source…
According to estimates, Hezbollah currently has 80,000 to 100,000 missiles and rockets, which are all directed at Israel. In addition, the organization has greatly improved its unmanned aerial vehicles and has built a unit of “suicide” aircraft, which can reach many areas in Israel and explode on selected targets.
“Hezbollah has an interest to divert the attention from what is happening in Syria,” the journalist from Beirut says,” and to repeat all the time: Don’t think that the fighting in Syria is discouraging us from fighting Israel.”
A Lebanese journalist was recently permitted to enter some of the “modern bunkers” built by the organization. He was led there with his eyes covered, and the cover was only removed once the door behind him was closed. His report spoke about new electricity and ventilation systems, modern encoded communication with the Hezbollah headquarters in the Dahiya, and more. All this, he was explicitly told, is part of the preparations ahead of the next war with Israel…
Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 7:28 AM | Stand For Israel
A U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II and an Israeli war hero who helped the Jewish state win its independence, Lou Lenart passed away this week at the age of 94.
Born Layos Lenovitz in Hungary in 1921, at the age of 9, Lou Lenart and his family immigrated to Pennsylvania. Lou joined the U.S. Marines at the age of 17, eventually training to be a fighter pilot. During World War II, Lou saw action in the Pacific, where he fought in the Battle of Okinawa and flew bombing raids over Japan.
After the war, Lou learned that 14 of his relatives in Hungary had been murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Fueled by this and his growing Zionism, the pilot volunteered to help Israel win its independence. First smuggling surplus WWII fighter planes into the Holy Land, Lou then led the 1948 air attack on the Egyptian forces that were only 16 miles from Tel Aviv. The brave volunteer pilots’ actions – there were only four of them at the time, and they flew aging versions of the Nazi ME-109 fighter plane – saved the city and spurred Israel on to win its indendence.
Lou remained in Israel and kept on flying, helping airlift Iraqi Jews, as a pilot for El Al, and producing action films such as Iron Eagle. But it was his heroic and selfless actions in the face of adversity – as one of the Jewish-American volunteer pilots who Rabbi Eckstein lauded in a message last year – that truly made Lou Lenart an Israeli you should know.
May his courageous feats and his love of Israel inspire us all, and may his memory be a blessing.Comments (10) »
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 at 2:52 PM | Stand For Israel
Last summer’s Operation Protective Edge put a dent in Hamas’ terrorist capabilities, with the IDF targeting not only its rocket-launching sites, but also its terror tunnels. However, The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff reports that despite hard times, Hamas is again gearing up to attack Israel:
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Yet despite the hunger, heat and financial hardship, the hundreds of workers digging tunnels under the Israeli border, inside the Gaza Strip and on the Egyptian border, kept on with their labor. That they worked at a slower pace was not because of the fast. Hundreds of Palestinians, members of Hamas, continued building the network, including new attack tunnels to reach Israel in the next war and smuggling tunnels to Sinai. The problem they have encountered over the past few weeks, causing a slowdown in the pace of digging, is a severe shortage of some of the materials critically important for the tunnel industry.
Quite a few reports on these tunnels have been published recently in both Israeli and Hamas media. Some in the Israeli defense establishment have a working assumption that, a year after Operation Protective Edge, it is likely that Hamas already has one or more tunnels crossing the border fence and reaching inside Israel.
Hamas’s intense focus on its tunnel project can only bolster this assumption. Hamas is putting an enormous amount of effort, personnel and money into digging with heavy engineering equipment…
Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 7:19 AM | Stand For Israel
This week’s nuclear deal once again highlighted the tensions between Iran – which calls for the destruction of Israel – and the Jewish state. But the Islamic Republic did not always hold such animosity for Israel. In fact, The Times of Israel’s Mitch Ginsburg reports that after the heroic 1976 rescue that cost Yoni Netanyahu his life, Iran sent a letter commending the Entebbe mission and lamenting Yoni’s death:
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The letter – written during a period of close cooperation between Israel and Iran and made public now, as the two states battle over Iran’s nuclear program – is striped with colorful language and saturated in praise.
Written to Reuven Merhav, the Mossad station chief at the time, it begins in mid-sentence. “Well planned and flash executed impetuous operation of the Antebbe [sic] Airport in Uganda, by the brave Israeli commandos, saved the lives of a number of defenseless people who had been trapped in the grab of Air route bandits, aimed at persuing [sic] their defiled and unhuman goals and ended the adventure, alerting International Terrorism to think about the grievous consequences of their unwise and cruel attempts.”
The unsigned letter continues: “Kindly convey my sincere greetings and admiration for successful accomplishmont [sic] of this valuable military and intelligence operation along with sympathies and condolences for the loss and martyrdom of the her” – here the letter is severed, perhaps cutting the word heroic – “unit commander dispatched to the scene to your respective chief.”
Thursday, July 16th, 2015 at 9:58 AM | Stand For Israel
Early this morning, the latest terrorist rocket attack from Gaza targeted southern Israel. The Times of Israel reports that the Israeli Air Force carried out airstrikes on terrorist targets after the attack:
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Rocket alert sirens rang out early Thursday morning in towns near the Gaza Strip after a missile was fired from the Palestinian territory. The air force struck the Gaza Strip hours later in response…
The IDF said it wouldn’t tolerate any attempts to harm Israeli citizens and that it holds Hamas responsible.
Earlier this week, rocket sirens sounded across northern Israel in what turned out to be a false alarm. Sunday’s incident was the latest in a string of false alarms in recent weeks in which sirens sounded in southern Israel and the Golan Heights.
The rocket was the latest to hit southern Israel. Earlier this month, an Islamic State-affiliated group fired three rockets into southern Israel from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, causing no injuries or damage.
Thursday, July 16th, 2015 at 7:18 AM | Stand For Israel
Those who stand for Israel were appalled by yesterday’s international nuclear deal with Iran, while many others around the world lauded the agreement. Writing at Time, Dr. Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and current Knesset member, explains why the Jewish state is not joining in the celebrations:
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So why, then, are only Israelis united in opposing this deal? The answer is that we have the most to lose, at least in the short run. We know that the deal allows Iran to break out and create nuclear bombs in as little as three months, too quickly for the world to react. We know that the Ayatollahs, who have secretly constructed fortified nuclear facilities that have no peaceful purpose and have violated all of their international commitments, will break this deal in steps too small to precipitate a powerful global response. And we know that the sanctions, once lifted, cannot be swiftly revived, and that hundreds of billions of dollars Iran will soon receive will not be spent on better roads and schools. That treasure will fund the shedding of blood – of Israelis but also of many others…
The planned celebrations in Tehran and Iranian declarations of victory contrast starkly with the gloom hanging today over almost all Israelis. We believe that with stronger sanctions and tougher demands, a better deal is still possible. But we also understand that the present deal poses grave dangers not only to us, but ultimately to America and the world.
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 at 8:21 AM | Stand For Israel