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While the Iranian threat against Israel has come to the international forefront as of late – with Iranian operatives killed in an airstrike on Hezbollah in Syria and the U.S. debating further sanctions on Iran – the threat is not new to Israel. Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Khaled Abu Toameh says that Iran is working hard to achieve its goal of encircling Israel:
As U.S. President Barack Obama continues to seek a negotiated deal on Iran’s nuclear program, the Iranians have been working hard in recent weeks to infiltrate the Palestinian arena and re-establish ties with their erstwhile ally, Hamas.
Emboldened by Obama’s obsession with the nuclear negotiations, which are set to resume next month, Iran’s leaders apparently trust that the Obama Administration is prepared to turn a blind eye to whatever they do.
So the Iranians are apparently feeling free to meddle once again in the internal affairs of the Palestinians, to strengthen their hand still further in the Middle East.
With bases in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq, Iran has surrounded Saudi Arabia and all the oil fields of the Persian Gulf. This encirclement can be comfortably backed with Iran’s ongoing nuclear weapons program.
Tehran’s main goal is to regain control over the Palestinian Islamist movement so that it can turn itself into a player in the Israeli-Arab conflict.
The Iranians already have Hezbollah sitting on Israel’s northern border. All they need now is another terror group in Gaza to the south, in order to create a similar encirclement. And they are working hard to achieve this goal …
Iran and Hamas need each other badly. Iran wants Hamas because it does not have many Sunni allies left in the region. An alliance with Hamas would enable Iran to rid itself of charges that it is leading a Shiite camp fighting against the Sunnis.
Hamas, for its part, is desperate for any outside support, especially in wake of its increased isolation in the Palestinian and international arenas.
Hamas is also beginning to feel the heat at home…
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Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 8:35 AM | Stand for Israel
Since an airstrike that targeted Hezbollah terrorists and Iranian operatives over a week ago, Israel’s enemies have been vowing to attack the Jewish state. The Jerusalem Post reports that two rockets were fired into the Golan Heights from Syria today, and that the IDF directed artillery fire at the source of the attacks:
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Two projectiles fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights on Tuesday. The IDF returned artillery fire toward the source of the projectiles. The army said that it scored a direct strike against the source of enemy fire.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the attack.
Rocket alert sirens were sounded in the area prior to the attack. The rockets fell in the Mount Hermon area and in Merom Golan.
The IDF was clearing the Mount Hermon ski resort area of visitors in the aftermath of the attack.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but it comes just nine days after a strike on a Hezbollah convoy in Syria which has been widely attributed to Israel.
Six Hezbollah operatives were killed in the strike, along with six Iranians, including a high-ranking Revolutionary Guards general. Among the Hezbollah operatives killed in the strike was Jihad Mougniyeh, the son of Hezbollah’s former military leader, Imad Moughniyeh.
Iran and Hezbollah have both vowed to retaliate for the strike.
Since the alleged Israeli air strike, the IDF has increased its presence in northern communities as part of a measure to boost defenses around civilian areas ahead of a potential Hezbollah attack.
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 8:31 AM | Stand for Israel
Last week’s stabbing attack aboard a Tel Aviv bus brought terror back to Israel. But the attack also showed the Jewish state and her people’s resilience and strength even during the hardest of times. A fine example of this is found in The Times of Israel - a volunteer paramedic’s account of the attack:
7:00 am, first call of the morning: mass casualties on ____, near the ____ bridge. We arrive at a chaotic scene, suffused with blood and terror, reverberating with the screams of horrified bystanders and moans of the afflicted.The instructors at Magen David Adom tell you that this is a possibility, that working on an ambulance is potentially dangerous, and despite your best efforts, nothing can prepare you for the inevitable confrontation with tragedy.
We are instructed by the highest ranking paramedic on the scene that we are immediately needed to assist a woman suffering from a hemothorax (sucking-bloody chest wound) lying on the pavement in the parking area located in the rear — an apparent stab wound to the chest.
Although she is bleeding profusely, she is conscious and able to communicate. I am surprisingly calm, my mind somehow putting the situation into context, which allows me not to panic. Oxygen is administered and we get her into an Advanced Life Support vehicle (נ׳׳תן), sirens blazing as it speeds away. As we return to our ambulance, a Basic Life Support vehicle (לבן), we discover another person, critically injured, waiting for us inside. I am instructed to get in the back of the vehicle with the victim as the driver starts the car. Today is only my fourth shift on the job …
“Where is she injured?!” The driver asks in Hebrew. She too is conscious but bleeding at an alarming rate, half the ambulance floor is now covered in blood, yet I don’t see any wounds.
Now I panic. My heart is beating so fast I can taste its tissue on my tongue. I am alone with a critically injured patient and I don’t…
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Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 8:51 AM | Stand for Israel
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The Fellowship is continuing to provide blankets and heating checks to elderly throughout Israel as part of its Operation Warmth campaign, and new statistics released by The Fellowship on Thursday show that this lifesaving initiative is more critical than ever:
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The IFCJ released statistics on Thursday gathered by some 2,000 volunteers participating in the organization’s annual “Operation Warmth,” a heating project for the elderly launched earlier this month. …
According to the IFCJ’s findings, 10 percent of Israel’s elderly cannot afford to eat a hot meal at least once a day, and 20 percent forgo using hot water due to the high costs.
The statistics were collected by IFCJ volunteers during hundreds of home visits throughout Israel. They used a unique smart-phone application developed by the IFCJ to collect data – in real time – on the living conditions of the country’s disadvantaged elderly.
The findings further indicate that one in five of the homes surveyed by volunteers did not have sufficient insulation, and one in four suffered from serious dampness.
As part of the heating campaign, the IFCJ has distributed NIS 8.5 million in heating grants to some 25,000 impoverished elderly eligible for the Nursing Care Law and receiving old-age benefits, including income supplements.
The grants, totaling NIS 350 per person, were provided in the form of a check that could be cashed at any bank. They were distributed by social workers and IFCJ volunteers in 62 local authorities that do not receive National Insurance Institute heating grants for the elderly.
Friday, January 23rd, 2015 at 9:04 AM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday we kept you updated on the vicious stabbing attack on a Tel Aviv bus, including the story of a brave eighth grader who fought the terrorist off with his backpack. Today, The Jerusalem Post provides these gripping eyewitness accounts of the Holy Land’s latest brush with terror:
For almost two hours on Wednesday morning, one of central Tel Aviv’s busiest junctions was gripped with fear and adrenaline, as dozens of witnesses and journalists recounted the city’s first lonewolf terrorist attack in over two months.
Kazis Metzliyah, the head of the traffic division for the Dan bus company, was one of the first to hear about the attack. Around 7:30 a.m. his phone rang, and on the other end was Herzl Biton, the driver of the No. 40 bus.
Moments earlier, Biton had been stabbed repeatedly by the attacker, whom the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) named as 23-year-old Hamza Muhammad Hassan Matruch from Tulkarm. “He told me he was going to die, and if he does, to take care of his children for him … ”
Moses Collins witnessed the attack from a second No. 40 bus riding behind the one where the attack happened.
He saw people running off the bus in front of him, he said, but didn’t understand why at the time. His bus stopped, and the passengers got off and gathered on the pavement, unsure of what had happened on the bus in front of them.
Collins said he had seen the attacker run south down Menachem Begin and then disappear off a side street.
Standing at the scene on Wednesday, one could piece together the timeline of the attack – if one just followed the blood …
The blood remained in the parking lot around the corner, where Ezra Malfout, a middle- aged employee of the lot, stood helping a customer.
“They’re lucky I was a medic in a combat unit. Two of the victims were stabbed and laid here, and I helped them and stopped the bleeding until the…
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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 8:56 AM | Stand For Israel
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This week, Stand for Israel has been keeping close tabs on Iran’s escalated threats against Israel, the Islamic republic vowing revenge for the Iranian operatives killed in an airstrike on terrorists near the Syrian-Israeli border. Now The Times of Israel reports on the first images of an Iranian missile that has a dangerously far-reaching range:
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Iran has built a 27-meter-long missile, capable of delivering a warhead “far beyond Europe,” and placed it on a launch pad at a site close to Tehran, an Israeli television report said Wednesday, showing what it said were the first satellite images of the missile ever seen in the West …
The Channel 2 news report showed satellite imagery documenting what it said was Iran’s “very rapid progress” on long-range missile manufacture.
It showed one photograph of a site near Tehran, which it said the West had known about for two years, where Iran was working on engines for its long-range missiles.
It then showed a satellite photograph of a second site, nearby, which featured a launch pad, with the 27-meter missile on it — an Iranian missile “never seen before” by the West … capable of carrying a conventional or non-conventional warhead “far beyond Europe,” the report added.
The TV report said the satellite images were taken by the Eros B commercial Earth observation satellite, which was designed and manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries, launched in 2006, and is owned by the Israeli firm ImageSat International.
Israel has long charged that Iran is working toward a nuclear weapons capability, and has publicly opposed any negotiated accommodation with Iran that would leave it with a uranium enrichment capability for potential nuclear weapons use.
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 8:35 AM | Stand For Israel
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In today’s Daily Dispatch, we brought you David Horovitz’s in-depth look at the suspicious death of an Argentine prosecutor who’d been investigating an anti-Semitic bombing. Now The Algemeiner reports that a group of Israelis visiting Argentina has been targeted by an anti-Semitic attack:
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A group of Israeli tourists has been forced to leave a hostel in Lago Puelo, a national park in Argentina’s Patagonia region, following a violent antisemitic attack which left ten people injured.
Argentine newspaper Clarín reported that three assailants carried out the attack against the Onda Azul hostel, which is popular with Israeli backpackers. Sergio Polak, the owner of the hostel, said, “There were several hours of terror. They shouted, ‘f***ing Jews, you are stealing Patagonia.’”
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 4:08 PM | Stand For Israel
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More than a dozen Israelis were wounded in today’s stabbing attack on a Tel Aviv bus. Yediot Achronot brings us this story of a young boy who survived the attack:
Liel Suissa, an 8th grader from Bat Yam, was on his way to his new high school Wendesday morning, when a Palestinian terrorist armed with a knife began to attack people on the number 40 bus in central Tel Aviv.
“The terrorist suddenly began stabbing,” the 13-year-old recalled. “We all ran back. Most people came flying towards me.
“I was sitting on the bus and I heard people shouting. The terrorist had suddenly gone to the driver and stabbed him. He was shouting things, but I couldn’t hear clearly. I saw him stab the driver, and I ran to the back with the others to get away from him. He approached us, I broke the window and got out.”
Suissa added: “I threw my bag at the terrorist as he approached so he would not come closer. The driver hit the brakes when the terrorist approached us. The terrorist flew into the air and I used my elbow to break the window so that we could get out. The driver opened the door as well.
“He chased us even after we left the bus, with the knife in his hand. I ran behind some cars, and when the security guards came to chase him, I pointed to where he had run. They said afterwards that they had shot him in the leg. I was nervous at first, but then I got over it. I feel alright. It felt like a movie, not like something real. There was a lot of stress.”
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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 11:34 AM | Stand For Israel
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Terror has returned to the Holy Land today. While France’s recent Islamist attacks are still fresh in our minds, The Times of Israel reports that on Wednesday a Palestinian terrorist stabbed more than a dozen people aboard a Tel Aviv bus, wounding several of them seriously:
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A Palestinian man stabbed commuters on a Tel Aviv bus during rush hour Wednesday morning, injuring some 17 people, several seriously, police said.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said it was a terror attack.
Four of the victims were hospitalized in serious condition, another five were left in a moderate condition, and the remaining were lightly injured according to media reports.
The attacker was identified as a Palestinian from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, 23. He was shot after a short chase, during which he continued to stab people on the street, and taken into police custody.
He was named later as Hamza Matrouk, 23, of the West Bank town of Tulkarem. He was in Israel illegally. He said he was motivated to carry out the terror attack by the Israel-Hamas war this summer, and recent tensions surrounding the Temple Mount.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed incitement against Israel by the Palestinian Authority, and its head Mahmoud Abbas, for the attack. Hamas praised the attack as heroic …
The attack occurred at about 7:30 a.m. on a No. 40 bus heading north through the city from Bat Yam.
The attacker first stabbed the bus driver, Herzl Biton, who attempted to fight back, including using pepper spray, before attacking others as passengers attempted to escape the scene. Biton was among those seriously injured.
Officers from a prison service who happened to be nearby and saw the bus swerving out of control and a man running away, gave chase, shot the man in the leg, wounding him lightly and subsequently arrested him.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 9:16 AM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday Stand for Israel reported on this weekend’s airstrike against Hezbollah and Iranian terrorists. Now Arutz Sheva reports that Iran – and its terrorist proxy, Hezbollah – have vowed retaliation and revenge against the Jewish state:
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Thousands gathered Wednesday in Tehran at a funeral procession for a Revolutionary Guards general killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria, after his commander warned the Jewish state it should “await destructive thunderbolts.”
General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi died alongside six terrorists from the Lebanese-based Iran-proxy terror group Hezbollah, in a strike Sunday near Quneitra on the Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights …
“The path of martyr Allahdadi is unstoppable and will be continued until the liberation of the Holy Quds (Jerusalem) and obliteration of the Zionist regime,” Guards commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said at a ceremony at the base, according to the official IRNA news agency.
The mourners chanted “Death to Israel” and burned two Israeli flags.
Allahdadi died alongside terrorist leader Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of former Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, along with Mohammed Issa, a terrorist responsible for the Lebanese terror group’s operations in Syria and Iraq …
On Tuesday, Jafari took aim at Israel, saying “the Zionists should await destructive thunderbolts.”
“They have in the past seen our wrath,” he said, adding that the Guards “will continue its support for Muslim fighters and combatants in the region.”
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 9:02 AM | Stand For Israel