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Four Rockets Fired at Jerusalem, Two Intercepted

(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

Even as Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza continue to launch rockets far into Israel, it is still shocking that so many are reaching the nation’s largest cities. Arutz Sheva reports that four such rockets were fired at Jerusalem on Thursday evening, with two of them being brought down by Iron Dome:

“Four rockets were fired at Jerusalem, of which two landed in open areas and two were intercepted,” an army spokesman told AFP, without giving further details.

Witnesses and Palestinian security sources told AFP one rocket struck near Maaleh Adumim, while a second hit close to an Israeli military prison near Ramallah.

Three loud blasts could be heard around the city shortly after sirens wailed, sending people scrambling for shelter …

We continue to pray for God’s protection over all the people of Israel as they lead their daily lives during this chaotic conflict.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 11:09 AM  | Stand For Israel

Fires Break Out in Jerusalem Hills

(Photo: IFCJ)

(Photo: IFCJ)

Three large fires have broken out in the hills near Jerusalem. Reporting for The Times of Israel, Lazar Berman says that the blazes are being battled and their cause is being investigated:

Police told The Times of Israel that they were looking into the possibility that the fires were deliberate.

Thirty nine teams and six aircraft are involved in battling the flames near Even Sapir, close to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. The main road to the hospital was closed to traffic.

We pray that all of those affected will find safety, and for the safety of the firefighters busy working to put out the fires and protect the public.

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 at 11:29 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: Jerusalem to Remain United Forever

(Photo: wikicommons/ Juandev)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Juandev)

Today marks Jerusalem Day, the commemoration of the Holy City’s reunification after the Six-Day War of 1967. Speaking at a religious institution in Israel’s capital, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed demands to share what he called “the heart of the nation”:

Netanyahu said that in the 47 years since Israel wrested East Jerusalem from Jordanian control, the city has been united: “That’s how it’s been since and that’s how it will always be.”

“Jerusalem is also Mount Zion, Jerusalem is Mount Moriah (the Temple Mount), Jerusalem is the Western Wall, and Jerusalem is eternally Israel,” the prime minister said, cataloging sites of historical and religious significance to Jews in the areas of the city captured in 1967.

We stand with Israel today on Jerusalem Day – as we do every other day – and pray that her Holy City will remain united and under God’s protection.

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 9:57 AM  | Stand For Israel

Terror Cell Nabbed in Jerusalem

(Photo: wikicommons/ Justin McIntosh)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Justin McIntosh)

The Shin Bet (The Israeli Security Agency) and the Jerusalem District Police have arrested members of a terror cell that is responsible for numerous ongoing attacks against Israeli residents, including students of Hebrew University. Arutz Sheva reports that the authorities nabbed five suspected terrorists – the second such cell they’ve dismantled in the past day – who had carried out terrorist attacks against residents for years:

Attacks from Issawiya have become so violent over the past several months that students at nearby Hebrew University Mount Scopus Campus have declared the area a “war zone” …

Residents of the French Hill area stated earlier this month that they felt “abandoned” by the State and the IDF over the waves of terrorism in their neighborhood.

We thank God for the determined work of law enforcement and military to keep Israel safe, and pray to Him for their protection, as well as the protection of all those in the Holy Land.

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 at 12:25 PM  | Stand For Israel

Jerusalem Is Not Up For Grabs

(Photo: wikicommons/ Assayas)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Assayas)

Professor Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, writes that Western pressure is unlikely to make a difference on the issue of partitioning Jerusalem. Regardless of the failure of the international community to understand, there is no political consensus inside democratic Israel to support dividing the holy city:

The Palestinians and most of the international community fail to understand that the past offer by Ehud Barak to divide Jerusalem at the Camp David summit in 2000, which was repeated by Ehud Olmert in 2007, was divorced from the strong attachment a majority of Israelis feel towards the eternal city. This incredible concession has continually lacked the necessary domestic political support.

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Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 8:28 AM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: In Like a Lion

(Photo: Library of Congress, c. 1890-1900)

(Photo: Library of Congress, c. 1890-1900)

The old saying goes that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. As we prepare to bid a particularly lionlike March farewell, we give you this photo, of the Lions’ Gate into Jerusalem’s Old City, taken around the turn of the century and colorized. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, March 28th, 2014 at 2:12 PM  | Stand For Israel

Zeppelin over Jerusalem

The Graf Zeppelin — the largest airship of its day — along with its sister ship, the ill-fated Hindenburg, was the pride of Germany after WWI, carrying passengers in luxury and achieving many “firsts” during this time of aerial exploration.

On March 26, 1929, the Graf Zeppelin flew over the Holy Land for the first time. It carried and dropped mail for the city of Jaffa, and also soared above Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. This trip, however, happened at night, so no photographs are available to commemorate the scene. But the airship made a return trip in 1931, and luckily pictures of this flight still exist.

Graf Zeppelin over Mount of Olives and Gethsemane, c. 1931 (Photo: Library of Congress)

Graf Zeppelin over Mount of Olives and Gethsemane, c. 1931 (Photo: Library of Congress)

 

Graf Zeppelin over Tower of David, c. 1931 (Photo: Library of Congress)

Graf Zeppelin over Tower of David, c. 1931 (Photo: Library of Congress)

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 12:12 PM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: The Holy Place Where the Most High Dwells

(Photo: Library of Congress)

(Photo: Library of Congress)

… the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts. (Psalm 46:4-6)

Taken in 1931, this view of Jerusalem from the air looks at the Temple Mount from the east. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 2:26 PM  | Stand For Israel

Pretending Tel Aviv Is the Capital of Israel

(Photo: wikicommons/ Rubinstein Felix)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Rubinstein Felix)

Daniel Pipes includes a handy listing of some of the more amusing and ludicrous attempts by a wide variety of voices in the mainstream media and more than a few world leaders to pretend that Jerusalem is either not the capital of the Jewish state or that there is some level of ambiguity about the question:

An article on Jan. 23, “Israel PM urges European ‘fairness’ in Mideast,” states that four European Union states lodged “a formal protest against Tel Aviv’s drive to expand settlements on the West Bank.”

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 9:32 AM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Look on Zion

(Photo: Smithsonian/ Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey)

(Photo: Smithsonian/ Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey)

Look on Zion, the city of our festivals;
    your eyes will see Jerusalem,
    a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved;
its stakes will never be pulled up,
    nor any of its ropes broken. (Isaiah 33:20)

The Smithsonian has made available the first ever photographs taken of the Holy City – Jerusalem as seen in 1844 by French photographer Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey. Enjoy these historic images of the ancient and eternal city. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 2:44 PM  | Stand For Israel
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