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In Monday’s Daily Dispatch, we reported that a female Israeli police officer had been stabbed in Bethlehem. The IDF policewoman is now recuperating in a hospital, where she was paid a visit today by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.Comments (4) »
Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 11:52 AM | Stand for Israel
Last night, four Israelis were wounded in a terrorist drive-by shooting. This comes after an Israeli policewoman was stabbed earlier by a female terrorist in Bethlehem. In response to these acts of terror, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the Palestinians to denounce such violence, while discussing what Israel continues to do to combat it:
“The attempts to harm us do not cease for a moment,” Netanyahu said. “The Shin Bet and IDF have thwarted dozens of terrorist attacks this year. We will act strongly and with determination and bring the terrorists to justice.
“The fact that the Palestinian Authority has yet to condemn these attacks should disturb not only us, but also the entire international community. Those who do not stand up unequivocally against terror cannot wash their hands of it.”
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Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 8:56 AM | Stand for Israel
Yonatan “Yoni” Netanyahu, the older brother of Benjamin Netanyahu, was killed in 1976 while leading a heroic rescue of hostages. Israel Hayom reports that Prime Minister Netanyahu visited his brother’s grave yesterday for a ceremony marking the operation’s anniversary:
“Yoni, my beloved brother, hero of Israel, I miss you every day,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday at a memorial ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem marking the 39th anniversary of the death of Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, the Sayeret Matkal commander who was killed during the famous Entebbe counterterrorist hostage-rescue operation in 1976…
Benjamin and Iddo Netanyahu recited the mourner’s prayer over the grave of their late older brother.
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Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at 8:04 AM | Stand for Israel
Once again, the United Nations has singled out Israel, with its Secretary General criticizing its actions during last summer’s conflict in Gaza. But The Times of Israel reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood up against the UN, calling it out on its “hypocrisy”:
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“This is a black day for the UN,” Netanyahu said in a late-night statement on the remarks concerning last year’s war in Gaza. “Instead of highlighting the fact that Hamas made hostages of Gaza’s children when it fired at Israel from preschools, and dug tunnels towards Israeli preschools, the UN has again chosen to reproach Israel.”
The Jewish state, Netanyahu said, holds itself to the highest moral standards in combat “as was determined just this past week by a group of senior American and European generals.
“At the same time the Hamas terror organization is awarded immunity by the UN, even though it has been proven beyond any doubt that it committed war crimes by firing from hospitals, mosques and from within UN facilities,” he said. “It turns out there is no limit to hypocrisy.”
While Ban on Thursday mentioned war zones such as Iraq, Syria and South Sudan, Israel was the only country he called on to take action to protect children in war zones.
Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 8:12 AM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the annual Herzliya Conference, stating that if peace is to be reached, the Palestinians must be demilitarized and also must recognize Israel. Watch his speech above.
Netanyahu’s vision of a peace agreement with the Palestinians includes continued Israeli security control in Judea and Samaria.
“These are not whims, these are not pretexts, excuses, arguments,” Netanyahu said. “This is real. How do you prevent tunnels from being dug from Qalqilya to Kfar Saba? … Who will go into Qalqilya and stop it? Who will prevent the smuggling of weapons?”
“Today, the problem in Gaza is not the smuggling of weapons,” Netanyahu said. “There isn’t much of that. The problem is self-production [of weapons] in Gaza. … This doesn’t happen in Ramallah, because, ultimately, Israeli security forces are the…Comments (4) »
Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 at 8:35 AM | Stand For Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has responded to yesterday’s rocket attack, determined to be carried out by the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization. The Jerusalem Post reports that Netanyahu said the IDF responded to the attack, and that Hamas will be held responsible for any attack launched from Gaza:
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Israel views Hamas as responsible for every rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday.
Netanyahu, in his first public comments on the rocket fire from Gaza Tuesday evening, said that the IDF responded immediately to the fire, in line with the government’s policy.
“We will do everything needed to preserve the quiet attained through Operation Protective Edge,” he said, referring to last summer’s operation in Gaza…
The prime minister’s comments echoed the senitments of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who said earlier Wednesday that Israel has no intention of ignoring rocket fire on its citizens. Ya’alon added that “elements in Islamic Jihad” carried out Tuesday’s attack on Gan Yavne.
“If there won’t be quiet in Israel, Gaza will pay a very heavy price, which will cause all who plan to challenge us to regret their actions,” Ya’alon said. “Hamas is advised to restrain any attempt to fire rockets at Israel or provoke it, otherwise we will be forced to
act with greater power. I would not advise anyone to test us,” he warned.
“We see Hamas as being responsible for what happens in the territory of Gaza, and we will not tolerate any threat to residents of the South,” he said.
Several hours after the rocket was fired, the Israel Air Force responded by attacking four targets in the Gaza Strip . The IDF identified the targets, in the southern part of the coastal enclave, as terror infrastructure.
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 at 8:43 AM | Stand for Israel
As Israel’s newest government has at last been formed, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gathered his new ministers yesterday. Israel Hayom reports that Netanyahu emphasized that the top priority for the government will remain Israel’s security:
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “This government has been established at a time of great challenges and opportunities. Our first challenge is to ensure the security of Israel in the face of accumulating threats around us. Radical Islam is lapping at all our borders, nearly all in the form of factions and forces led by Iran and other radical elements. At the same time, aided by the agreement proposed to it, Iran is making progress in achieving a nuclear weapon. All the enemies of Israel know that in the face of these threats, we have red lines.”
Netanyahu went on to say that, as of now, Israel has been able to stay out of the turmoil sweeping through the Middle East. “We will continue to guard the security of Israel,” the prime minister vowed. “The threats in the region also create opportunities. Many states around us have common interests with us, they see eye to eye with us on the dangers, and they see Israel as central partner in fending them off. We will make every effort to translate this cooperation into processes for stability and peace, including attempts to reach a responsible diplomatic settlement with the Palestinians, which will safeguard Israel’s essential interests. We will continue to promote deeper ties with the U.S. administration and the American people. Even at times of disagreements, this bond is stronger than any difference of opinion.”
Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 8:18 AM | Stand for Israel
Yesterday the people of Israel celebrated Jerusalem Day, which marks the reunification of the Jewish people and the Holy City. At the official ceremony in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the city is the Jewish people’s capital and will never be divided again:
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Speaking at a ceremony commemorating the war dead from that conflict on Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill, the site of one of the fiercest battles in the Six Day War, Netanyahu vowed that “Jerusalem won’t become once again a wounded and bisected city. We will forever keep Jerusalem united under Israeli sovereignty.”
“On this special day it is clear to us that a divided Jerusalem is a memory. The future belongs to the complete Jerusalem that shall never again be divided,” he said.
Netanyahu’s message was not meant for Israelis’ ears alone.
“Jerusalem was only ever the capital of the Jewish people, not of any other people,” he said in comments his office then sent to the media. “Here our path as a nation began, this is our home and here we shall stay.”
Netanyahu also lauded the city’s progress under Israeli sovereignty. “Jerusalem is now in one of its most glorious epochs. We continue to build and nurture her, to expand her neighborhoods, and we have much still to do and to improve in all parts of the city for all her inhabitants.”
Monday, May 18th, 2015 at 8:48 AM | Stand for Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recorded the above video as a greeting for today’s “occasion for genuine celebration” – Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel’s 67th Independence Day.Comments (41) »
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at 11:33 AM | Stand for Israel
Today is Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, when the Jewish state honors its fallen soldiers and terror victims. In the above video (subtitled in English), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave these remarks to the loved ones of all who have fallen so that Israel could thrive:
My brothers and sisters, to the bereaved families, on this day the entire nation remembers our loved ones who fell on behalf of the revival of our people and our land. This day is the most difficult for us. The warm embrace that we receive strengthens us but it cannot console us for the terrible loss. The pain rends our hearts, the grief chokes us and the longing will never go away.
On this day the people of Israel bow their heads in respect and gratitude. The poet Shlomo Sokolsky well expressed the heavy price. In his poem ‘Rosh Pina’, he wrote: ‘There is no conquering the top of the rock – if there is no grave on the slope.’ This is the reality of our life in the past 67 years since the establishment of the State of Israel and even before.
Last year many more families were added to the family of the bereaved including the families of those who fell in Operation Protective Edge whose sons fought to restore quiet and security to the cities of Israel and the communities of the south.
On Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars, we recall the heroism of those who gave their souls for the existence and security of the State of Israel. To our sorrow, in the current Middle East we are obliged to continue fighting for our existence, and our existence here is not self-evident without this sacrifice. Only thanks to the iron wall, every brick of which is held by our sons and daughters of the IDF and the security services, only thanks to them can we continue to live our lives here and continue to raise our children and grandchildren here.
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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 at 8:37 AM | Stand for Israel