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A Miracle on the Way to King David’s Tomb

(Photo: flickr/visitisrael)

(Photo: flickr/visitisrael)

We know that God’s mighty hand of protection is behind the thwarted attacks we learn about during the ongoing violence facing Israel. Today, Arutz Sheva’s Hillel Findel reports the story of the miracle that saved an Israeli man and his family:

“He said that he comes every week with his two daughters to Mt. Zion, but this time, something different happened along the way. ‘We were passing through one of the narrow streets in the Machaneh Yehuda section, when all of a sudden, an Arab jumped out at us, screaming, ‘Itbah al-Yahud! [Slaughter the Jews!] Allahu Akbar!’ He was crazed with bloodthirsty hatred, and he came running towards us, and of course my daughters began to scream and yell.'”

Rabbi Berger noted that there was no one in the area at the time who could help, and there was room for panic. But at that point, “With great presence of mind and with help from Above, Yeshayahu ran towards the Arab and called out, ‘You cannot do anything to us, because we’re on our way to King David.’ He yelled this at the Arab – and the terrorist was simply overtaken by fear, and he ran away without doing anything…”

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Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 1:37 PM  | Stand For Israel

Jerusalem Stabbing Thwarted at Last Minute

(Photo: police spokesperson's unit)

(Photo: police spokesperson’s unit)

Israel is on high alert because of this past month’s wave of terrorism. But, Arutz Sheva’s Ido Ben-Porat reports, the alertness of an off-duty police officer saved lives in Jerusalem today when he noticed two teenage terrorists about to carry out a stabbing attack:

The officer, who had been on his way to work, waited at the site and noticed that they were observing pedestrians, apparently in an attempt to ambush the Jews and attack them as soon as possible.

He inched closer and began his own investigation, while keeping a safe distance – and soon found them to be carrying an ax and a knife

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Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 at 11:24 AM  | Stand For Israel

President Rivlin: Rabin “Ordered Us” to Defend Jerusalem

(Photo: facebook/PresidentRuviRivlin)

(Photo: facebook/PresidentRuviRivlin)

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Speaking at a memorial service at Mount Herzl cemetery, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin remembered Rabin and addressed the wave of terror gripping the Holy City:

“We are in the throes of a struggle in Jerusalem for Jerusalem, and Rabin [was] one of its great fighters and liberators,” Rivlin said, referring to the weeks of Palestinian unrest and violence against Israelis in the capital.

The memorial at Rabin’s grave site was attended by Rabin’s family and Israeli dignitaries, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Supreme Court President Miriam Naor.

“Rabin was the one who cleared our path to Jerusalem [in 1948], he’s the one who united Jerusalem for us [in 1967], and he’s the one who commanded us, the supporters and opponents of the Oslo [Peace Accords],” Rivlin said. “Today it’s clear to us all that we can’t continue to ignore East Jerusalem. We can’t continue to suppress its existence.”

Rivlin cited Rabin’s opening speech to the 13th Knesset in 1992, in which he said: “This Government, like all of its predecessors, believes there is no disagreement in this House concerning Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. United Jerusalem has been and will forever be the capital of the Jewish People.”

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Monday, October 26th, 2015 at 12:30 PM  | Stand For Israel

Police Foil Car Bomb En Route to Downtown Jerusalem

Photo: screenshot

Photo: screenshot

Another story of heroism in the face of terror:

A major tragedy was avoided Sunday morning when a 45-year-old police officer stopped a female suicide bomber at the al-Zaim checkpoint near Ma’ale Adumim, about three miles from downtown Jerusalem.

According to police, the vehicle looked suspicious as it traveled slowly in the bus lane on Route 437 shortly after 7 am, so the traffic police officer signaled for the driver to stop.

She obeyed, but as the policeman began to approach the vehicle, the driver yelled “Allahu Akbar!” and detonated a bomb in her car.

The policeman survived the blast, and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

During World War II, Winston Churchill addressed the enemy directly, saying, “You do your worst and we will do our best.” Even as terrorists attempt to sow fear, chaos, and carnage, we are seeing Israelis at their best — the citizens of a free, strong, and sovereign nation.

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Sunday, October 11th, 2015 at 8:02 AM  | Stand for Israel

Three Policemen Wounded in Latest Attack in Jerusalem’s Old City

(Photo: wikicommons/Soti)

(Photo: wikicommons/Soti)

The wave of terror in Israel continues:

Three police officers from the Yasam riot-control unit were wounded this afternoon (Saturday), near the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Two of the officers noticed the attacker as he approached them and demanded that he identify himself. Instead of cooperating, the terrorist pulled out a knife and stabbed them.

But Israelis remain courageous and defiant. Pray for the victims, for the safety of the men and women of the IDF and Israeli police, and for the peace of Jerusalem. God will never forsake His people.


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Saturday, October 10th, 2015 at 9:40 PM  | Stand for Israel

Photo Friday: A Place for You to Dwell Forever


“I have indeed built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.” (1 Kings 8:13)

Most people know about the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall), a portion of the retaining wall that once surrounded the Second Temple in Jerusalem. It’s considered the holiest site in all of Judaism, and Jews from around the world flock to this sacred spot to lift their prayers to God.

But did you know that there’s another portion of the wall that remains and is considered by some even more sacred, as it was situated closer to the Holy of Holies? Learn more about “The Small Wailing Wall,” or HaKotel HaKatan. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, August 14th, 2015 at 11:01 AM  | Stand For Israel

Israeli President Rivlin: “I Was Born in Jerusalem, I’m Israeli”

(Photo: twitter/PresidentRuvi)

(Photo: twitter/PresidentRuvi)

This week’s troubling ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court highlighted the fact that much of the world does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s. But when the American military’s Chief of Staff visited the Jewish state this week – in meetings that did much to show what friends the two nations are – Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin made sure to stress that the Holy City belongs to his country and people:

President Reuven Rivlin hosted U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey for a meeting at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Dempsey, set to retire in October, is visiting Israel for the final time as head of the U.S. military.

“We are proud to have you as a friend,” Rivlin told Dempsey. “We salute and appreciate you, and your friendship will be well remembered.”

Rivlin made a point of welcoming Dempsey to “Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel.” He was referring to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this week that struck down an existing but unenforced law that would have let American citizens born in Jerusalem have Israel listed as their country of birth in passports.

“I am a seventh-generation Jerusalemite, and even though I was born nine years before the State of Israel was established, I was born in Jerusalem and I am Israeli,” Rivlin said.

“Of course, we have no criticism of the decision of the Supreme Court in Washington. We salute the rule of law, and we appreciate and understand that they have decided not upon if Jerusalem is part of Israel or not, but who is going to decide upon those matters once it is a matter that goes between the Congress and the administration and the president.”

Dempsey thanked Rivlin for the warm reception and pledged that America’s “deep commitment” to its relationship with Israel would continue.

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Friday, June 12th, 2015 at 8:16 AM  | Stand For Israel

In the Words of Ben-Gurion

(Photo: flickr/GPO)

(Photo: flickr/GPO)

Yesterday, Stand for Israel reported on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against allowing those Americans born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their birthplace. Summoning the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, Israel Hayom’s Nadav Shragai writes that Israel and her supporters must unite for Jerusalem:

Yiddish speech is peppered with the phrase “Hat er gazant.” David Ben-Gurion tended to use it, and later translated it into a somewhat weaker Hebrew version: “So, he said it!”

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that American citizens who are born in Jerusalem cannot have Israel listed as their country of birth on their U.S. passports. We can and should revisit our birthright to Jerusalem; the historic Palestinian fraud; the hypocrisy of U.S. President Barack Obama (whose policy the Supreme Court upheld). We can prove that the ruling is ridiculous, but it looks like the most appropriate response in this case is actually the sarcastic, “So, he said it!”

Because Jerusalem is one of the cases in which the State of Israel has an obligation to do what is good for the Jews and think less about what the goyim say. To be committed to the dream and try a little harder to make it come true, and care less about the reality…

This is the vision that guided the State of Israel to stand up against the entire world to unite Jerusalem. Let the boycotters make threats, and the judges hand down worthless rulings — we will do our part and answer them once and for all in the words of Ben-Gurion: “Hat er gezant.”

Because Jerusalem is a special case, and we won’t let the diplomatic reality — however difficult — confuse us.

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 at 8:21 AM  | Stand For Israel

US Supreme Court: Jerusalem-Born Americans Are Not Israeli

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(Photo: wikicommons/WPPilot)

Americans born in Jerusalem have, until today, been allowed to list Israel as their birthplace. But The Times of Israel reports that with today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, this will no longer be allowed on the passports of those born in the Holy City:

The US Supreme Court struck down a disputed law Monday that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their US passports in an important ruling that underscores the president’s authority in foreign affairs.

The court ruled 6-3 that Congress overstepped its bounds when it approved the law in 2002. It would have forced the State Department to alter its longstanding policy of not listing Israel as the birthplace for Jerusalem-born Americans.

The policy is part of the government’s refusal to recognize any nation’s sovereignty over Jerusalem, until Israelis and Palestinians resolve its status through negotiations…

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Monday, June 8th, 2015 at 4:24 PM  | Stand For Israel

Six-Day War Memories: Into the City for the First Time

Six Day War - Day 3We continue to bring you Israelis’ remembrances of the Six-Day War, this time with the story of Josephine Bacon, who not only recalls the terror leading up to the war, but the joy felt by Israelis at its end when they were at last able to enter Jerusalem’s Old City:

We filled every available receptacle with water, because June is quite a hot month and Jerusalem is very dry. If we’d had our water supply cut off we would have been in difficulty, especially as I had a small child.

We did the usual things that one does in war – you stick tape over the windows so a blast won’t shatter them and cause damage inside. There were hardly any air raid shelters at the time.

For the first couple of days there was shelling from the United Nations building (captured by the Jordanians on the first day of the war) which landed around our house. We sheltered in the corridor, which had no windows, and put up the dining room table vertically to hopefully stave off any blast. I’m sure it wouldn’t have been any use if we’d had a direct hit, but it was comforting anyway.

On the day the fighting started I went to work as I hadn’t heard anything. I went into my office as usual and then the civil defence people told us we must go down to the shelter. I was sharing a room with Rabbi Rabinowitz, who had been the Chief Rabbi of South Africa, and we both said we wouldn’t bother to go down to the shelter. But of course Jordan entered the war about 1100 that day, and where I worked was in direct line of fire from Jordan. We were forced to go down stairs and sure enough our office got a direct hit. I’ve still got a piece of shrapnel that I picked up from the floor…

One of the greatest moments of my life was when we could go into the old city after the war…

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Friday, June 5th, 2015 at 10:44 AM  | Stand for Israel