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Netanyahu: Hamas and ISIS Are “Branches of the Same Tree”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a statement today, speaking against Hamas – who broke the most recent ceasefire, and continues to launch rockets into Israel. The Jerusalem Post gives further information of Netanyahu’s remarks, in which he warned the terror organization that it is not invincible and will be targeted should it continue to target the people of Israel:

He said this his main priority at this time was to protect the citizens of Israel and keep them safe. He said the fight against terror, including international terror organizations, is Israel’s biggest challenge.

“This is the hardest that Hamas has ever been hit since it was founded. I promise that we will not stop until the goal of security for our citizens is achieved.”

Netanyahu warned Hamas that “If you shoot, you will be hit back seven-fold.”

When asked if Israel had attempted to assassinate Hamas military leader Muhammad Deif, Netanyahu said, “the leaders of Hamas are legitimate targets, no one is invincible.”

Netanyahu compared Hamas to the Islamic State, saying that the organizations were “branches of the same tree.”

The Prime Minister’s comments came following a long security cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv discussing the developments in Gaza, and how to go forward.

The meeting came amid an escalation of the fighting in Gaza, with Hamas firing dozens of rockets at Israel throughout the day.

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Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 at 2:40 PM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu Targeted in Tel Aviv

(Photo: GPO/Avi Ohayon)

(Photo: GPO/Avi Ohayon)

Tel Aviv was once again targeted by terrorist rockets on Friday. This time, however, the terror group Islamic Jihad took credit for the attack, Arutz Sheva reports, claiming its target was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the city to speak about Operation Protective Edge:

A siren was heard on Friday evening in central Israel, including in Tel Aviv and the region, sending residents to protected spaces.

Shortly afterwards, a rocket that was fired from Gaza was intercepted over Holon, near Tel Aviv, by the Iron Dome anti-missile system …

According to Army Radio, the Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the rocket attack on Tel Aviv.

The terrorist organization said in a statement that it purposely fired the rocket while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was giving a speech about Operation Protective Edge, in order to harm the Prime Minister and his staff.

We are thankful that no one was hurt in this attack, and pray for God’s continued protection over all of the people of Israel.

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Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 1:19 PM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: “The Entire Nation Is United in Our Struggle Against Murderous Terrorism”

(Photo: GPO/Avi Ohayon)

(Photo: GPO/Avi Ohayon)

After a day that saw the families of three families bury their murdered sons, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, before Israel’s Security Cabinet began its evening meeting. Netanyahu laid out three tasks for himself and the nation’s government, and warned Hamas and all those who would threaten the security of Israel and her people:

“Anyone who thinks that they can achieve anything by using terrorism against us will continue to be mistaken and will achieve the opposite results.

“Hamas is responsible. Hamas will pay and Hamas will continue to pay. We are acting with determination, sagacity and responsibility with the top consideration – of myself, the Defense Minister and the Chief-of-Staff – being to ensure the security of Israel’s citizens.”

Please pray for wisdom and guidance for Israel’s leaders and the brave men and women who defend the Israeli people from terror and evil.

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 at 3:42 PM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: “A National Day of Mourning”

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

At the funeral for Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the murdered teens’ loved ones and the throngs of Israelis there to show their love and support. Calling today a “day of mourning” for Israel, Netanyahu – no stranger to tragedy himself, having lost his brother during the 1970s IDF raid at Entebbe – addressed not only the boys’ grieving families, but a grieving nation, as well:

“Even the strongest embrace of the nation cannot erase the sorrow, the awful pain that will remain in your hearts long after the official mourning days are over. I know the pain of bereavement, there is nothing worse.

“But I know life has its own power, as a flowing river that drags us forward, and gives us strength of renewal and hope.”

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 at 1:07 PM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: Hamas Will Pay, After Bodies of Kidnapped Teens Found

(Photo: White House/ Lawrence Jackson)

(Photo: White House/ Lawrence Jackson)

As Israel’s security cabinet convened an emergency session after the bodies of the three missing teens were found, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a statement condemning Hamas’s responsibility for the murders:

Netanyahu said it was “with great sorrow that we found the three bodies” — of Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 — who he said were “kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by animals… Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay,” he said …

Netanyahu telephoned the families and expressed his condolences. “The entire nation is crying as one,” he said.

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Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 2:41 PM  | 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

Rabbi Eckstein Honored with Wallenberg Award

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

As Stand for Israel reported last week, today Rabbi Eckstein was given the prestigious Raoul Wallenberg Award. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the ceremony in Israel, which honored Rabbi Eckstein for his “profound contribution to the Jewish people”:

The ceremony took place at a Jerusalem event marking the JDC’s 100th anniversary.

The interfaith IFCJ group has worked to connect Jewish and Christian communities around the world and has been active in advocating for Soviet and Ethiopian Jewry.

IFCJ has raised over a billion dollars for Jews in need and is currently pouring funds into efforts to provide security for Jews in Ukraine.

“Rabbi Eckstein and IFCJ have done so much to help so many of the world’s most vulnerable Jews and we are proud of all that we have done together to reach so many in need,” said JDC CEO Alan Gill.

Congratulations, Rabbi Eckstein, for the incredible work you’ve done and for the important work you’ll continue to do.

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Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 4:44 PM  | Stand For Israel

On V-E Day, Bibi Speaks to WWII Vets

(Photo: Prime Minister's Office)

(Photo: Prime Minister’s Office)

May 8 is Victory in Europe (V-E) Day. Today we celebrate the United States and other Allied nations’ victory over Hitler’s Nazi Germany 69 years ago. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to a group of WWII veterans today, thanking and praising them for helping defeat the Nazis, as well as their part in the establishment of Israel. But in today’s world, Netanyahu warned, there are still major battles to win and obstacles to overcome, including the upcoming nuclear talks with Iran:

“Today we have a country, we have an army, we have the determination and we have the power, but with all this we know that the best defense against nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran is no nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran,” Netanyahu said …

Netanyahu ended by thanking the World War II veterans for their “extraordinary dedication that paved the way for the establishment of Israel.”

As those who defended freedom during WWII advance in age, we voice our own appreciation for the sacrifices they made in order to leave a better world for us.

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Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 10:48 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu Visits Grave of Brother, Yoni, Ahead of Memorial Day

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

This past weekend, as Israel prepared to remember its fallen on Memorial Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the grave of his brother:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the grave of his brother, Yoni, at the military cemetery on Mount Herzl, in advance of Memorial Day.

Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, visited the grave on Saturday night, in order to not interfere with the crowds who will visit Mount Herzl and the more than 50 military cemeteries throughout the country on Yom Hazikaron, or Memorial Day, which starts on Sunday night.

We, too, remember Yoni Netanyahu and the thousands of others who have given their lives defending the Holy Land and the Jewish people

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Monday, May 5th, 2014 at 11:25 AM  | Stand For Israel

Watch Bibi Gear Up for Israel Independence Day

With Israel’s Independence Day (Yom HaAtzmaut) coming up on May 6, everyone in the Holy Land is getting ready for the festivities – including Prime Minister Netanyahu. Check out this fun video of Bibi lending a hand with the Jewish state’s preparations.

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Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 10:12 AM  | Stand For Israel

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Remembering the Terror of 9/11, Confronting the Terror of Today

The attacks on 9/11 were a wake-up call to the dangers of Islamist terrorism, and the swift growth of terrorist groups such as the Islamic State should wake us up to a current threat that demands not just our vigilance, but also our unity.


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