Rabbi Eckstein and PM Netanyahu Meet with Scholarship Winners

(Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)

(Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)

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:

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.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 8:20 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: Assad and Nasrallah Are Celebrating Iran Deal

(Photo: flickr/spdl_n1)

(Photo: flickr/spdl_n1)

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:

“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.”

Tell your congressmen and senators to say no to a nuclear Iran.

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 8:07 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu Reads from Ancient Bible Scroll on Tisha B’Av

(Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO)

(Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO/ASHERNET)

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.

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Monday, July 27th, 2015 at 8:37 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: The Deal with Iran Poses Grave Threats to Israel…and the World

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:

…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.

To voice your opposition to this agreement, which threatens not just Israel and the United States, but the entire world, sign our petition.

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 at 8:31 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: “Truth Must Be Told About Iran Nuclear Deal”

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(Photo: facebook/IsraeliPM)

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…

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 7:44 AM  | Stand For Israel

Former Classmates Send HS Yearbook to Netanyahu

(Photo: wikicommons/GPO)

(Photo: wikicommons/GPO)

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:

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…

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Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 8:22 AM  | Stand For Israel

Bibi: Israel Stands in Solidarity with the United States

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

(Photo: ASHERNET/GPO/Haim Zach)

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:

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.

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Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 11:36 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu Calls Iran Deal “Historic Mistake for the World”

(Photo: facebook/IsraeliPM)

(Photo: facebook/IsraeliPM)

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”:

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.”

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 at 7:28 AM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: My Heart Will Not Fear

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

When the wicked advance against me
    to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
    who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,

    my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
    even then I will be confident. (Psalm 27:2-3)

This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a service to mark the one-year anniversary of Operation Protective Edge. Here he speaks with Lt. Colonel Shai Siman Tov of the IDF’s Golani Brigade. Siman Tov was critically injured while leading his men to expose a Hamas terror tunnel. We are thankful for the sacrifices made by him and so many others to protect Israel and her people. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, July 10th, 2015 at 12:16 PM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu Mourns Fallen Soldiers on Gaza War Anniversary

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

As we noted in today’s Daily Dispatch, Israel is commemorating of last summer’s conflict in Gaza, Operation Protective Edge. The Jerusalem Post’s Daniel K. Eisenbud reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at a ceremony mourning those brave IDF soldiers who gave their lives to protect the Holy Land:

Netanyahu – whose brother Yoni was the lone Israeli soldier killed during Operation Entebbe in Uganda in 1976 – said that while he empathizes with each bereaved family’s pain, he takes solace in knowing that his brother, and all fallen soldiers, saved lives.

“There isn’t any remedy for your pain,” he said. “But with all that pain, you truly understand that your loved ones saved lives… for the sake of Israel.”

Moreover, while Netanyahu said the decision to go to war is never taken lightly and that each fallen soldier is like a son to him, he emphasized that the IDF will “never hesitate to protect our country.”

“We come in peace, but we will protect our children and our future,” he said.

Still, the prime minister ended his speech on a hopeful, if not philosophical, note.

“Life is a flowing river that takes us forward and you will eventually know days of hope and happiness,” he said. “There will always be pain, but your loved ones died as heroes.”

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Tuesday, July 7th, 2015 at 1:49 PM  | Stand For Israel