A Year After War, Israelis Relocate to Gaza Area



It was last summer when Israel was pressed into conflict in Gaza, after Hamas kidnapped and murdered three Israeli boys, launched countless rockets, and planned further attacks via terror tunnels. But a year later, Israel Hayom’s Yael Branovsky reports, many Israelis – including a woman who operated one of The Fellowship’s important and much-needed emergency hotlines during the war – are now moving to southern Israel, near Gaza:

During Operation Protective Edge, when rockets and mortars rained down on Gaza-adjacent communities, many families left their homes only to return after the fighting stopped. Other families moved permanently to quieter parts of the country. Some families, however, have not allowed the Qassam rockets and sirens to ruin their dream and have moved to an area where “emergency routine” is part of day-to-day life…

The Barkai family, from the tranquil northern Negev moshav of Givot Bar, moved to Kibbutz Or Haner at the height of the fighting last summer. At the time, Elad, the father of the family, was drafted to the reserves, the movers never came, and the family was living without furniture for several weeks because suppliers from the center of the country refused to come to the area. The mother, Mizhav, was busy operating an emergency hotline sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, whose volunteers delivered food and medical supplies in Ashkelon and Beersheba — and the family only became acquainted with their new home after the war was over.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 8:23 AM  | Stand For Israel

Yoni Netanyahu and the Raid on Entebbe

Last week, we reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the grave of his brother Yoni. Yonatan “Yoni” Netanyahu fell in service to his country while leading the daring raid on Entebbe – 39 years ago this Saturday. Watch the above video about this daring rescue mission that found Yoni giving his life to save the lives of over a hundred hostages.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 7:12 AM  | Stand for Israel

Netanyahu Visits Wounded Police Officer in Hospital

(Photo: facebook/IsraeliPM)

(Photo: facebook/IsraeliPM)

In Monday’s Daily Dispatch, we reported that a female Israeli police officer had been stabbed in Bethlehem. The IDF policewoman is now recuperating in a hospital, where she was paid a visit today by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 11:52 AM  | Stand for Israel

Hamas Readying for Next War with Israel

(Photo: Alamy/Ahmed Deeb/ZUMA Press)

(Photo: Alamy/Ahmed Deeb/ZUMA Press)

It has been a year since Hamas forced Israel into a fifty-day war, after kidnapping and murdering three teen boys, launching thousands of rockets into Israel, and planning further attacks via terror tunnels. While Operation Protective Edge put a dent in the terrorist organization’s capabilities, Israel Hayom’s Gideon Allon reports that Hamas is again readying to wage war on the Jewish state:

[Head of Shin Bet, Yoram] Cohen said Hamas has stepped up its preparations for a future military confrontation with Israel by resuming its tunnel construction activities, renewing its development and production of rockets, increasing training, and intensifying its efforts to receive Iranian aid.

Cohen said Hamas is unlikely to launch an offensive against Israel now, but warned that it is capable of fighting Israel for a protracted period in the event of flare-up. He added that some of the funds that were supposed to go toward the rebuilding of civilian infrastructure in Gaza have been used instead to shore up Hamas’ military capabilities, which were badly damaged during Operation Protective Edge last summer.


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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 8:00 AM  | Stand for Israel

Palestinians to Establish an Islamist State?

(Photo: flickr/  l_suddenly)

(Photo: flickr/ l_suddenly)

As usual, the West continues to not only believe the lies coming from both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, but also continues to pressure Israel to give in to its neighboring enemies. One of the greatest dangers posed to Israel, writes Gatestone Institute’s Bassam Tawil, is that the hasty creation of a Palestinian state would lead to an extremist Islamist state:

All evidence reveals that to establish a Palestinian state now would quickly turn it into an Islamist terrorist entity. Each time governments encourage Islamist movements, or ignore them in the hope that they will attack someone else, these movements have boomeranged into their own backyards and then moved on to their neighbors’. This will be the fate of Syria’s Bashar Assad, who let Hamas and other terrorist groups set up shop in Damascus. Former PA Chairman Yasser Arafat let Hamas into the neighborhood, and the Palestinian people are now being repaid by Hamas. Arafat wrongly assumed that letting Hamas in the door would serve him by forcing Israel to make concessions. Mahmoud Abbas thought that forming a Unity Government with Hamas would give the PA a unified front with which to harvest more money and diplomatic concessions from Europe. But last August, Abbas was informed of a Hamas murder plot against him. “We have a national unity government and you are thinking about a coup against me,” he said to Hamas’s leader, Khaled Mashaal…

Gaza has already been lost to Hamas and perhaps soon to ISIS. Libya and Lebanon may follow next. If the West pressures Palestinians and Israel to create a Palestinian state now, the West Bank and Jordan will be sure to follow. Enabling an expansionist Iran to have a nuclear threshold capability will also throw the region into war…

Some Palestinian politicians have turned to more extreme rhetoric to find favor with Israeli Arabs, but despite the tendency in Palestinian society towards extremism and terrorism, what is certain is that even if the establishment of the Palestinian state…

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Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 8:24 AM  | Stand for Israel

How Israel Defies Drought



The Jewish state has provided so many technological breakthroughs to the world, most of them brought about because life in Israel is often challenging. One of these obstacles that has made Israelis resourceful and tough is the desert. While the past year has been Israel’s driest one on record, its people ended up with a surplus of water. The Christian Science Monitor’s Christa Case Bryant looks at the lessons to be learned from Israeli ingenuity:

Even at night, the ground of Israel’s Arava desert pulsates with heat. For decades, the vast expanse of bleached hills looked like a mountain biker’s paradise and a farmer’s torment. With only about an inch of precipitation per year, not even Israeli vegetation had the chutzpah to grow here…

Today this former moonscape, though still barren, has become an agricultural Eden: Rows of greenhouses stretch across the land, harboring everything from apricots to mangoes, avocados to pomegranates. Other crops are grown outside with plastic stretched over them to reduce evaporation. This narrow strip of land along the Jordanian border produces 65 percent of Israel’s vegetable exports – mainly tomatoes and peppers – and helps feed the Jewish state itself. It’s one of the most productive salad bowls in the Middle East…

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Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 1:04 PM  | Stand for Israel

The Palestinians’ Real Strategy

(Photo: flickr/ crazymaq)

(Photo: flickr/ crazymaq)

With the unity government dissolved between the Palestinian Authority’s Fatah party and Gaza-based Hamas, Palestinians are again working on two different fronts. However, writes Gatestone Institute’s Khaled Abu Toameh, their common goal is still the destruction of Israel:

In many ways, the PA’s “diplomatic war” on Israel also helps Hamas. By constantly accusing Israel of “war crimes” and “atrocities,” the PA is helping Hamas justify its terror attacks against Israelis. The PA’s anti-Israel campaign also helps in creating sympathy and understanding for Hamas’s terror attacks.

Meanwhile, Hamas’s terrorism also helps the Palestinian Authority’s anti-Israel campaign in the international community. Each terrorist attack provides the PA with an opportunity to point out the “urgent” need to force Israel to submit to Palestinian demands as a way of “containing the radicals.”

This is how Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, although remaining sworn enemies, complement each other’s role against Israel…

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Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 8:26 AM  | Stand for Israel

Netanyahu Visits Grave of Fallen Brother

(Photo: facebook/IsraeliPM)

(Photo: facebook/IsraeliPM)

Yonatan “Yoni” Netanyahu, the older brother of Benjamin Netanyahu, was killed in 1976 while leading a heroic rescue of hostages. Israel Hayom reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu visited his brother’s grave yesterday for a ceremony marking the operation’s anniversary:

“Yoni, my beloved brother, hero of Israel, I miss you every day,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday at a memorial ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem marking the 39th anniversary of the death of Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, the Sayeret Matkal commander who was killed during the famous Entebbe counterterrorist hostage-rescue operation in 1976…

Benjamin and Iddo Netanyahu recited the mourner’s prayer over the grave of their late older brother.


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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at 8:04 AM  | Stand for Israel

Israeli Man Killed in West Bank Terror Attack

Terror struck the Holy Land today as a terrorist in the West Bank approached a car carrying two Israeli men – supposedly to ask for direction – before opening fire on them. The above video from Israel News Flash shows people running from the scene of the shooting. The Times of Israel reports that one man was killed and another was wounded:

 An Israeli man who was critically injured Friday afternoon in a shooting attack in the West Bank succumbed to his wounds later Friday. He was named as Danny Gonen, 25, from the central city of Lod…

The two men were traveling in their car after visiting a spring near Dolev, when they were flagged down by a Palestinian man, seemingly asking them for help, before being shot.

Please pray for the recovery of the wounded man, for the family of the man who was killed, for God’s protection over the Israeli authorities looking for the terrorist.

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Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 12:23 PM  | Stand For Israel

Rabbi Eckstein Condemns Galilee Church Arson

(Photo: flickr/dukie1)

(Photo: flickr/dukie1)

The Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha, on the Sea of Galilee, sits on the ruins of two previous churches, and is said to be the site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. The church building fell victim to arson on Thursday. Rabbi Eckstein spoke out against this crime, slamming it as a product of xenophobia:

Condemnation of the suspected arson at a Galilee church on Thursday morning continued to pour in on Thursday afternoon.

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), said that the action was “a product of the xenophobia which increasingly dominates our society, including the religious sector.

“I call the government and the police to follow a ‘zero tolerance’ policy against the perpetrators and instigators alike,” said Eckstein. At the same time, rabbis must break their silence and denounce these anti-Jewish phenomena.”

Eckstein was only one of many voices in Israel and the Jewish world condemning the alleged arson and desecration of the Tabgha church on the shores of the Kinneret earlier Thursday.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 9:10 AM  | Stand For Israel