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In the wake of rockets fired from Syria into northern Israel – and the IDF’s response – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a statement, reports Arutz Sheva, highlighting that it was Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad terrorists who carried out the rocket attack:
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“I said this week that those who try to harm us – we will harm them. And that’s what we did,” said the prime minister.
“The IDF struck the cell that conducted the (rocket) fire, and the Syrian forces that enabled it. We don’t intend to escalate the incidents, but our policy remains as it was,” he said. At least 14 targets were hit by the IDF overnight, including a strike on an army post which Syria said killed one soldier.
Turning his attention to the IDF reports that Iranian military sources funded and directed the Islamic Jihad cell, Netanyahu condemned the world powers that sealed a nuclear deal with Iran just last month and are now advancing economic trade and diplomatic ties.
“The countries that rush to embrace Iran need to know that an Iranian commander is the one who gave the cover and direction to the cell that fired on Israel,” he said…
“This is further clear indication of Iran’s increasing involvement in attacks against Israel in particular and against regional targets in general. The ink on the nuclear agreement has not yet dried, and this attack shows clearly how Iran plans to act the moment after the international sanctions are removed.”
Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 8:32 AM | Stand for Israel
Yesterday, Rabbi Eckstein and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met at the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) with dozens of Druze students who were awarded Fellowship-funded scholarships:
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Monday in the Knesset with dozens of Druze students who had been awarded scholarships from the fund in memory of the late Maj. Salim Shufi.
Notable participants to the event were Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara (Likud), the mayor of Majdal Shams, MK Avi Dichter (Likud), International Fellowship of Christians and Jews President and CEO Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dov Tamari.
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 8:20 AM | Stand For Israel
While those who stand for Israel are lamenting the nuclear agreement with Iran, not so Israel’s enemies. Addressing the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) yesterday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Syria’s Assad and Hezbollah’s Nasrallah are celebrating the nuclear deal:
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“In recent days, [Syrian President Bashar] Assad and [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah have been celebrating the billions of dollars that they know Iran will give to their terror machine thanks to the Vienna agreement,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, referring to the nuclear deal reached earlier this month between world powers and Iran. “The agreement legitimizes both Iran’s effort to arm itself with nuclear weapons and the continuation of its aggression.”
Addressing a special Knesset session marking the 120th anniversary of the late Prime Minister Levi Eshkol’s birth, Netanyahu said, “It would be better for there to be no deal at all instead of a bad deal.”
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 8:07 AM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday, the Jewish people observed Tisha B’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar. On this solemn, mournful day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu read from a scroll containing the oldest-known version of the book of Lamentations:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marked Tisha B’Av — the fast day on which Jews mourn the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans — by reading from a 2,000-year-old Book of Lamentations scroll discovered in the Qumran Caves next to the Dead Sea.
The ancient scroll was presented to the prime minister by Pnina Shor, the curator in charge of the Dead Sea Scrolls for the Israel Antiquities Authority…
Netanyahu called the scroll an “important and moving find.”
“It is very significant that this scroll has been brought to the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, our united capital, on the fast of Tisha B’Av,” Netanyahu said.
Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 8:37 AM | Stand For Israel
In an address to the visiting prime minister of Italy, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke further on what last week’s nuclear deal with Iran – a deal since unanimously voted on by the United Nations – means to Israel and the world:
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…the deal with Iran poses grave threats to Israel and the Middle East, to Europe and the world.
It will put Iran at the threshold of an entire nuclear arsenal within a decade, because at that time the deal permits Iran to build as many centrifuges as it wants and to enrich as much uranium as it wants, which means that Iran could break out in a decade or so to dozens of nuclear bombs in zero time.
And almost immediately, starting from this year, as the deal passes, the deal will give Iran hundreds of billions of dollars to bankroll its aggression in the region and its terrorism around the world.
That’s more money for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, more money for the Quds Force, for Hezbollah, for Hamas and Islamic Jihad, for the Libyan proxy terrorists of Iran, more money for the Shiite militias in Iraq, for the Houthis in Yemen.
This bad deal is a historic mistake.
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 8:31 AM | Stand For Israel
As we reported yesterday, and in today’s Daily Dispatch, the United Nations Security Council has unanimously approved the nuclear deal with Iran. This occurred on the same day Iran’s leader again called for the destruction of Israel, a member of the U.N. Israel Hayom reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded by saying that to combat such hypocrisy, we must “tell the truth in a strong and unified manner“:
“Here is the truth: They say that this agreement makes war more distant. This is not true; this agreement brings war closer.
“First, because Iran will receive hundreds of billions of dollars and it is already openly declaring that it will use this money to finance and arm its terrorist movements and its aggression in the region and around the world.
“Second, there will be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
“They also say that a U.N. decision is the end of the story. This is not true, because as long as U.S. congressional sanctions are in place — and I remind you that the American economy is 40 times as large as the Iranian economy — Iran will be compelled in the end to make concessions, and not just receive them.
“They say that ‘it cannot be that the whole world is wrong,’ and from this they conclude that the agreement is good. This is not true.
“First, the entire world is not wrong and many in the Middle East see eye-to-eye with Israel and concur that this agreement is dangerous — dangerous to them, dangerous to the region and dangerous to the world.
“Second, history has already proved that when the world is united it is not necessarily right. Just a few years ago there was broad international agreement on a nuclear agreement with North Korea and today North Korea has approximately a dozen nuclear bombs and it is on the way to attaining many more. This truth must be said loud…Read More » Comments (29) »
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 7:44 AM | Stand For Israel
Like so many Israelis, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu grew up early, joining the IDF to protect the Holy Land. However, at the time Netanyahu enlisted, he was a high school student in the United States. Recently, four former classmates of the prime minister sent him the yearbook he missed when he joined the Israeli military:
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The Philadelphia Daily News reported classmates from Cheltenham High School’s Class of 1973 sent Netanyahu his 1967 yearbook.
Netanyahu left school around the time of the Six Day War in June 1967 and joined the Israel Defense Forces, causing him to miss out on graduation and his yearbook…
Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 8:22 AM | Stand For Israel
In the wake of yesterday’s terrorist shooting in Chattanooga, TN, that left four U.S. Marines dead, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed the Jewish state’s support and solidarity for its American friends and allies:
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Israel stands in solidarity with the United States following Thursday’s attack that claimed the lives of four Marines. On behalf of the people and government of Israel, I extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and wish a speedy and full recovery to the wounded.
Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 11:36 AM | Stand For Israel
While the world may seem impressed with today’s nuclear agreement with Iran, the deal is not a good one for Israel. The Times of Israel reports on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reaction to the agreement – that it is a “historic mistake for the world”:
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Israeli lawmakers voiced strong opposition to a landmark nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers Tuesday morning, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning the agreement was “a historic mistake…
“From the initial reports we can already conclude that this agreement is an historic mistake for the world,” Netanyahu said at the start of a meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders. “Far-reaching concessions have been made in all areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability.”
Echoing comments he made a day earlier, Netanyahu said the agreement was inevitable when the US was willing to cave to Iranian demands even as Tehran officials led public calls of “Death to America.”
“I would like to say here and now – when you are willing to make an agreement at any cost, this is the result.”
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 at 7:28 AM | Stand For Israel