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Photo Friday: Happy Birthday, Bibi!

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrated his 65th birthday. We pray that God grants him many more happy years. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 1:09 PM  | Stand for Israel

Netanyahu: Jerusalem Is Under Attack

(Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

(Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Yesterday Stand for Israel reported on the terror attack in Jerusalem that left a baby girl – three-month-old Chaya Zisel Braun – dead. In today’s Daily Dispatch, we noted that the Palestinian Authority has not only lauded the terrorist, but blamed Israel for inciting the murderous rampage. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has responded by saying that Jerusalem is under attack  – as are other world cities – and that Israel will not allow such terrorism to go unanswered:

“Jerusalem is under attack,” charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, less than 24 hours after a terrorist plowed through a crowd of Israelis at a Light Rail station.

The prime minister convened a security consultation at the Jerusalem Police headquarters with the internal security minister, the chief of police, the head of the Shin Bet, the mayor, and the regional commander – as rock throwing incidents continued across the capital …

“Jerusalem is not the only city under attack by terrorists; other cities across the world are, as well. But the offensive in Jerusalem is supported by the chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen, who glorifies the murderers and embraces the group they belong to – Hamas,” said Netanyahu.

Netanyahu used the occasion to remind world powers of the threat posed by terrorism. “Against these acts we face international flaccidity. But there is no such weakness here. We will stand strong for our rights and our obligations to protect our capital.”

We pray for the family of the infant who was killed, for the others injured in the attack, and for the peace of Jerusalem and elsewhere.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 11:19 AM  | Stand for Israel

Obama and Netanyahu Meet at White House

(Photo: ASHERNET/Amos Ben Gershom)

(Photo: ASHERNET/Amos Ben Gershom)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the White House today and met with President Obama. The Times of Israel reports on what the two leaders discussed during this, their first meeting since Operation Protective Edge:

Referring to Netanyahu by his nickname “Bibi,” the president said their talks would focus on rebuilding Gaza and paths to Israeli-Palestinian peace. It would also cover the struggle against ISIS, and the Iranian nuclear program.

“It’s challenging, I think, for an Israeli prime minister to have to work so hard during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur,” Obama said. “But I know that the prime minister’s utmost priority is making sure that his country is safe during these difficult times, and we’re glad that the United States can be a partner in that process.”

Netanyahu struck a conciliatory tone before the gaggle of cameras and reporters, thanking Obama for his “unflinching support” of Israel, praising the “strong” US-Israel relationship, and saying he is committed to a two-state solution. That would require, he stressed, however, “mutual recognition” and “rock solid security arrangements on the ground.”

He praised Obama for approving new funding for Iron Dome — “which has saved so many lives” — at the height of the conflict. He also highlighted the “continuous bond of friendship.”

He also repeated his call for Arab involvement in the peace process.

Something was “changing in the Middle East” offering a new “commonality of interest between Israel and leading Arab states, and I think that we should work very hard together to seize on those common interests and build a positive program to advance a more secure, a more prosperous and a more peaceful Middle East. I remain committed to a vision of peace of two states for two peoples based on mutual recognition and rock solid security arrangements on the ground,” he said. The US and Israel should “think outside the box” and “see how we can recruit the Arab countries to advance this very hopeful agenda.”

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 2:01 PM  | Stand for Israel

Netanyahu: Sounding the Alarm While Sounding Optimistic

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.N. General Assembly had a number of key points, two of which I will mention here. First, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, and Iran – all Israel’s enemies – are born from the same ideology that drives ISIS and other al-Qaeda offshoots currently being fought by the West. Second, the 20-year-old template of peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) must be retired for now, since the P.A. has left no doubt that they are unready, uninterested, and unwilling to achieve peace with Israel.

The prime minister took an optimistic tone after ruling out peace talks with the Palestinians, however. In the face of radical forces threatening not only Israel but other Arab countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, the Jewish state, Netanyahu explained, should aim to foster relationships with these relatively moderate regimes. This, he argued, would serve as the necessary prerequisite for future peace talks with the Palestinians by creating an environment conducive to peace.

This formula of recognition as the first step towards Arab-Israeli peace goes in the opposite direction of all the peace proposals in the past twenty years, which have offered recognition of Israel by its Arab neighbors as a reward to Israel once a Palestinian state is achieved.

In fact, it’s Palestinian rejectionism that has blocked Palestinian statehood. So it makes perfect sense that Arab recognition of Israel would only help moderate the P.A., which has always used Israel’s pariah status to get everything they want without making the necessary concessions for peace. This new formula sounds reasonable – Arab recognition of Israel could have a moderating effect on Palestinian positions.

However, the elephant in the room is still Iran, which Netanyahu emphatically tried to expose and shed light on in his address. If Iran’s nuclear program is not thoroughly destroyed, any chance of peace between Israel and its neighbors will be extinguished.

Addressing the threat of radical Islam, Netanyahu warned the West that defeating ISIS while leaving Iran’s nuclear program intact would be tantamount to…

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 9:05 AM  | Stand For Israel

Watch: Prime Minister Netanyahu Addresses U.N. General Assembly

Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touched on many of the issues faced by Israel and the rest of the world. He equated the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) – the Islamist terror group the U.S. and other nations are now fighting – with Hamas – the Islamist terror group Israel battled all summer. He warned that doing this while also allowing Iran – with its “global terror campaign” – to develop nuclear weapons “is to win the battle and lose the war.” And Prime Minister Netanyahu sent a clear message to the U.N. – whose Human Rights Council he called “an oxymoron” – a message of hope, truth, and justice.

Read the full transcript of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech here.

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Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 3:06 PM  | SFI

Watch Now: Bibi to Address U.N.

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(Photo: instagram/ israelipm)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be addressing the United Nations shortly. To watch live, go here.

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Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 11:17 AM  | Stand For Israel

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

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Recent terror attacks against nations founded on principles of peace, democracy, and the value of human life have been carried out by those who find these godly principles troubling and threatening. But despite the constant threat, these biblical ideals assure us Who will win this war.


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