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Photo Friday: To All the Beasts of the Earth

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

“‘And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so.” (Genesis 1:30)

A newborn baby rhino is cared for by her mother – both beautiful examples of God’s perfect creation – in Ramat Gan, Israel. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 11:09 AM  | Stand For Israel

I Have Chosen a Path of Faith

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

Life in Israel can be hard and frightening, with enemies threatening destruction from all sides and the protective measures which must be taken. But Fellowship Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein writes that she saw both the hardship and the hope when she prepared her young son for his first day of school:

We took a wonderful tour around the school, exited the building into the warm summer sun, and just as I sighed a deep breath of fresh air, the “code red” sound, signaling a possible incoming terrorist rocket, went off on my telephone. Within a few minutes more beeping began.

Tugging at my shirt, my son looked at me deep in the eyes. “I love this school,” he said, “but I want to know where the bomb shelter is before I come back again.”

With a gentle hand, my son’s future first-grade teacher walked him to the bomb shelter and pointed out how it is located right next to the first-grade classroom.

I stood speechless as I took in the absurdity and sadness of the situation. In silence, I bitterly stared at the entrance to the bomb shelter, desperately yearning, with tears in my eyes, for peace.

I wish we didn’t need bomb shelters here in Israel.

Yet if there was ever a bomb shelter depicting hope, this was surely it. The outside wall at the entrance to the shelter was covered in a beautifully painted mural depicting children frolicking in the rolling hills of Israel, studying Torah, with the Temple in Jerusalem built directly in front of them. There was a sentence from Psalms written in big letters: “I have chosen a path of faith.”

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Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 7:40 AM  | Stand for Israel

Israel Strikes Hamas After Rocket Attack

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

As we note in today’s Daily Dispatch, a terrorist rocket from Gaza was launched at southern Israel. The Times of Israel reports that the IDF responded with an airstrike on a Hamas weapons site:

The army said it struck a Hamas weapons production facility in the center of the territory, stating that it considered Hamas to be solely responsible for the happenings in the Gaza Strip…

The military noted that eight rockets had been fired from Gaza since the beginning of the month. Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said the army would “not tolerate any attempt to undermine the security of Southern Israel. The Hamas terror organization is responsible for today’s attack against Israel.”

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Thursday, August 27th, 2015 at 7:31 AM  | Stand for Israel

Israel Must Be Annihilated, Top Iranian Official Declares

(Photo: youtube)

(Photo: youtube)

Even as the rest of the world hopes that the nuclear deal with Iran will result in peace, the Islamic Republic continues to spout its violent and hateful threats and rhetoric. Israel Hayom reports that a top Iranian official has not backed down on his country’s position calling for the destruction of the Jewish state:

Iran’s anti-Israel policies remain strongly in place, Hossein Sheikholeslam, the international affairs adviser to the speaker of the Iranian parliament, said on Tuesday.

“Our positions against the usurper Zionist regime have not changed at all,” Sheikholeslam said. “Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan.”

Sheikholeslam’s comments came following British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s visit to Tehran, during which Hammond claimed that the current Iranian government, led by President Hassan Rouhani, has displayed a more nuanced approach toward Israel than previous Iranian governments.

 

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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 9:00 AM  | Stand For Israel

Pastors Visit Nazareth’s Mount Precipice

(Photo: IFCJ)

(Photo: IFCJ)

The group of Detroit pastors from the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) began their Fellowship-organized trip to the Holy Land yesterday with a visit to the biblical Mount Precipice, the site where Christians believe Jesus was rejected by the people of Nazareth. We pray to God for safe travels for these friends, and thank Him for the bridges of faith being built and strengthened.

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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 at 8:46 AM  | Stand For Israel

Reporter Recounts Hamas’ Ruthless Tactics

(Photo: Alamy/Ahmed Deeb/ZUMA Press)

(Photo: Alamy/Ahmed Deeb/ZUMA Press)

Last summer’s war in Gaza, forced upon Israel because of Hamas’ incessant rocket attacks, all too often found the IDF portrayed in a poor light by the international media. However, Stand for Israel and other outlets who support the Jewish state continued to tell the truth about what Israel’s terrorist foes were doing. Now, Tablet’s Yair Rosenberg tells the story of a Polish journalist who saw firsthand Hamas’ ruthless tactics:

While saying that he does not have “hard evidence” beyond his personal experience, Cegielski attests that from “spending a month in the middle of this hell, it was obvious that they [Hamas] were breaking international rules of war and worst of all, were not afraid to use their own citizens as living shields.” Cegielski then proceeds to recount two arresting instances of Hamas placing civilians in harm’s way for which he was personally present:

The first incident happened late in the evening. I was in the bathroom when [I] heard a loud rocket noise and my Spanish colleague, a journalist who was renting a flat with me near the Gaza beach, started to scream. He wanted to light a cigarette and came to one of the open windows. The moment he was using his lighter, he saw a fireball in front of his eyes and lost his hearing…

(more…)

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Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 3:22 PM  | Stand For Israel

African-American Pastors Traveling to Israel

(Photo: IFCJ)

(Photo: IFCJ)

Last week we reported on Rabbi Eckstein’s visit to Detroit to rally support for Israel among church congregations there. This week, Detroit Free Press’ Niraj Warikoo reports that several of the city’s leading pastors are making a visit to the Holy Land:

Several Christian leaders from metro Detroit with the largest African-American religious group left for Israel on Monday on a trip to solidify their ties with the Jewish nation and its people.

About nine pastors from metro Detroit with the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) will be in Israel on a week-long trip organized by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, a Chicago-based organization led by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who has done extensive outreach to evangelical Christians who support Israel…

“It’s exciting to make this trip,” said the Rev. P.A. Brooks of New St. Paul Tabernacle Church in Detroit and the second-highest-ranking leader of COGIC nationally. “We want to continue our good relations with Israel.”

Like many other conservative Christians, Brooks said that supporting Israel and the Jewish people is mandated by the Bible…

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Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 at 7:58 AM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Back to School

(Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/ASHERNET)

“Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
(Proverbs 22:6)

Children everywhere are set to return to school after summer break. President Reuven Rivlin paid a visit to these Israeli youngsters as the fall term began. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 11:26 AM  | Stand for Israel

Hamas Claims to Nab Israeli Spy Dolphin

(Photo: NASA)

(Photo: NASA)

A couple of years ago, Stand for Israel reported on the ridiculous Hamas claim that it had captured an eagle trained by the Mossad. Now, the Gaza-based terror group is up to the same type of shenanigans. The Times of Israel reports that Hamas is now claiming to have nabbed an Israeli spy dolphin:

Hamas claims to have captured a dolphin that was spying for Israel, Army Radio reported Wednesday.

The dolphin was said to have been equipped with “spying equipment” including cameras.

It was captured off the Gaza coast by the naval unit of the Hamas military brigades…

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 10:25 AM  | Stand for Israel

Desire to Destroy Israel Is Part of Iran’s “Founding Vision”

(Photo: Presidential Press and Information Office)

(Photo: Presidential Press and Information Office)

While much of the media ignores Iran’s threats against Israel, that doesn’t mean such threats have not been – and don’t continue to be – made. The Algemeiner reports that an Israeli think tank published a report yesterday that details Iran’s continued threats to destroy Israel:

In the report, the author, Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall, calls Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei the “chief agitator for the extermination of Israel.” He says this position is a continuation of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s “founding vision” that “the eradication of Zionism is an inevitable precondition for redeeming contemporary Islam.”

According to the report, this fight to destroy the Jewish state has been an axiomatic directive of the Islamic Republic of Iran from the founding of the theocracy in 1979, which could never be “questioned or strayed from,” and was an “objective to be perpetually and actively pursued…”

This hostility towards Israel, he asserts, allows Iran to fulfill two main aspects of Khomeini’s ideology: exporting the worldview of the ruling mullahs by posing as a champion of the Palestinian cause, expanding its regional influence in the process, and ultimately gaining enough power to pose a significant threat to Israel…

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Monday, August 17th, 2015 at 7:34 AM  | Stand for Israel