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Hamas Terror Leaders’ Assassinations Infused Hope in Rocket-Battered Sderot

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

From the time Hamas rockets began battering Israel, the southern part of the country has received the brunt of the attacks. The southern Israeli town of Sderot has been among the worst-hit in the area, and The Fellowship has done much to help its children, elderly, and other vulnerable citizens during this time of terror and violence. With the IDF targeting Hamas’ terror leaders this week, the mayor of Sderot says that there is hope that life in his city might return to normal:

“We have patience,” Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi said Thursday, of the IDF’s campaign to end rocket attacks against his struggling town … Davidi said that the IDF’s recent elimination of senior Hamas commanders brought him hope that the start of the school year in his city will be held as usual.

“My daughter asks every day, if we’re buying textbooks, if she’s going back to school soon,” he shared …

“Hamas failed, both in hostilities, and in negotiations, and so it tries to scare us in a psychological war. New families who come to settle in the city prove that it is failing,” Davidi boasted.

“Headlines that are appearing in the media the last few days make us hopeful that we can get back to normal soon, and that it will be a ‘real normalcy,’ and not an ‘ongoing emergency normalcy,’ like we’ve had over the years,” Davidi said, hopefully.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at 8:35 AM  | Stand for Israel

Following Truce Breakdown, Rockets Fired at Tel Aviv, Southern Israel

Rocket lands on road in Tel Aviv

Rocket lands on road in Tel Aviv

Hours after the most recent cease-fire between Israel and Gaza was shattered, rocket fire was heard as far north as Tel Aviv and across southern and central Israel:

Three loud explosions were heard over Tel Aviv, shortly before 11 p.m., for the first time in over a week.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks. It also said it launched a J-80 rocket at the Ben Gurion Airport, though there were no reported strikes near the airport.

Rocket alert sirens were heard all over southern communities, Beersheba, central Israel and as far as Beit Shemesh – which borders the nation’s capital.

One explosion in open territory in the greater Tel Aviv area was so far confirmed. Two rockets exploded in open areas of Sha’ar HaNegev. A rocket directed at the Ashkelon Coast Regional Council shortly before the latest salvo of rockets landed near a shopping center in the area. No injuries were reported but damage was caused to a building. …

The Home Front Command has instructed all cities within 80 kilometers of the Gaza Strip to open public bomb shelters.

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at 4:00 PM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking News: IAF Strikes Gaza in Response to Rocket Fire

(Photo: USAF)

(Photo: USAF)

Despite the ceasefire still in place, rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza. Arutz Sheva reports that the Israeli Air Force has struck targets in Gaza in response to the rocket attacks:

The Israeli Air Force has struck terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire this afternoon, following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s order to strike back hard against the perpetrators.

An IDF spokesman said: “The IDF was prepared for this possibility and is determined to protect the security of the residents of the State of Israel.

IDF sources say the rocket fire came from the Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya, where some of the fiercest fighting between the IDF and Islamist terrorists has taken place during Operation Protective Edge.

In an even more explosive development, an unnamed security source told Walla! news site the rocket attack was ordered directly by Hamas’s Qatar-based head Khaled Meshaal. The source claimed Meshaal had bypassed Hamas’s official “military wing”, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, and ordered a specially-assigned unit of Hamas operatives answerable directly to him to launch the attack.

The source claimed Meshaal was aiming to sabotage negotiations for a long-term truce in Cairo, which were not going his way.

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Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at 9:02 AM  | Stand For Israel

App Offers Real-Time Updates About Rocket Attacks on Israel

(Photo: itunes)

(Photo: itunes)

The Yo! app was originally created as an April Fool’s joke, but now it’s being used for deadly serious purposes – to alert people worldwide whenever a rocket is fired at Israel.

Developed by an Israeli team, Yo! is now partnering with the Red Alert: Israel app that became popular during Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, sounding a warning whenever a rocket was fired at Israel:

Now, in 2014, with the Israeli military (IDF) embarking on what could be a long-term campaign against Hamas, missiles and rockets are likely to continue falling on Israel’s south, and perhaps center, as well — and Red Alert: Israel has gained renewed popularity, not only among residents of the south, said Sprung [Red Alert co-creator], but among supporters of Israel abroad.

In an effort to get the information about what is going on in Israel to even more people, said Sprung, he and Snir [Sprung’s partner] have teamed up with the people at Yo!, the “joke app” that made headlines a few weeks ago when it raised a million dollars from investors. In an example of how “socially redeeming” Yo! can be, users of the app who subscribe to updates from Red Alert: Israel will get a “Yo!” every time a warning is sounded anywhere in Israel, said Sprung.

The Red Alert: Israel platform (for iOS and Android) “has turned into a way for people throughout Israel and around the world to show their empathy for Israel,” Sprung told The Times of Israel. “People who have relatives and friends in the affected areas who want real-time updates on what is happening have been downloading the app, as have many people around the world. Our servers have been overloaded with download requests over the past several days.”

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Thursday, August 14th, 2014 at 1:23 PM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking News: Sirens Sound in Southern Israel, at Least One Rocket Strikes

Gaza missiles being fired at Israel(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

Gaza missiles being fired at Israel(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

With more than two hours remaining on the current ceasefire, Arutz Sheva reports that the truce has been broken by a barrage of rockets fired into Israel:

Sirens sounded in southern Israel after 9:00 p.m. and at least one rocket that was fired from Gaza exploded harmlessly in the Hof Ashkelon area. Sirens were reported in Hof Ashkelon, Lachish, and the Eshkol regions, as Hamas terrorists broke the truce with Israel more than two hours before it was scheduled to end.

Thousands of IDF reservists were deployed to the Gaza front Wednesday, reported Israel Hayom, which said that the deployment is in preparation for a possible resumption of hostilities …

The Israeli delegation to the talks flew home Wednesday evening. The Palestinian team is scheduled to hold a press conference at 9:30 p.m. local time.

Some Palestinian and Egyptian sources said Hamas had toughened its positions, apparently on the instructions of its kingpin Khaled Meshaal. Israeli sources said that the talks are “stuck” and estimated that Israel is preparing for a resumption of fighting.

Please pray for God’s protection over those in danger as these terrorist attacks begin again.

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Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 at 2:36 PM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas Attacks Israeli Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

This video from the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry shows rockets being fired at the border crossing through which Israel delivers humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. Because of the rocket attacks yesterday, the border was closed and deliveries of aid were stopped. Yet again, this shows that while Israel is trying to help the people of Gaza – even as the Jewish state defends its own people during this conflict – the terrorists of Hamas have no regard for the people who they claim to represent.

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Monday, August 11th, 2014 at 10:41 AM  | Stand For Israel

Six Injured, Three Seriously, by Mortar Attack

(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

While the Iron Dome defense system has done well protecting the people of Israel from terrorist rocket attacks, it can do little against the shorter-range mortar rounds launched on southern Israel from Gaza. Arutz Sheva reports that terrorists fired a mortar round into southern Israel today, causing serious injuries:

Six people were injured, three of them seriously, when a mortar shell fired by Gaza terrorists struck the Eshkol region Thursday evening.

The casualties were evacuated by helicopter to Soroka and Tel Hashomer hospitals.

Earlier Thursday, residents of the Shaar Hanegev region were warned of a possible infiltration and asked to stay inside their homes.

Hamas terrorists fired rockets at Gush Dan at 6:00 pm Thursday, sparking “code red” sirens in Tel Aviv, Bnei Brak, Givat Shmuel, Givatayim, Ramat Gan and Ramat Ef’al.

The Fellowship continues to do all that it can to aid the residents of southern Israel, and we thank our friends and supporters for your love and generosity in helping us do so.

Help us meet the growing needs in Israel throughout this crisis.

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 12:26 PM  | Stand For Israel

U.S. Suspends Flights to Israel

(Photo: flickr/nico_)

(Photo: flickr/nico_)

Due to the continued rocket attacks from Gaza – including one where shrapnel damaged a home near Ben Gurion Airport – the United States has suspended flights for at least 24 hours, with some airlines putting flights on hold indefinitely:

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration barred flights to Israel Tuesday evening for 24 hours, citing security concerns.

The notice came after U.S. airline Delta said it was indefinitely suspending flights between the United States and Israel.

 U.S. Airways also announced it was suspending flights, but only until Thursday.

The moves were announced hours after shrapnel from a rocket damaged a home in the central Israeli town of Yehud, which abuts Israel’s main international airport.

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 at 12:07 PM  | Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: Do Not Be Terrified

(Photo: IDF)

(Photo: IDF)

Do not be terrified by them, for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God. (Deuteronomy 7:21)

As Israel continues its ground campaign against Gaza terrorists, please pray that God will give His people the strength and courage they need during these trying times, and that He will protect the brave men and women of the IDF fighting to protect the country they love. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, July 18th, 2014 at 1:40 PM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking: IDF Begins Ground Incursion into Gaza

Photo: IDF

Photo: IDF

IDF ground forces have begun moving into the Gaza Strip with the purpose of destroying Gazan terror tunnels leading into Israel, the prime minister’s office confirmed Thursday:

“Israel is committed to act to protect its citizens. The operation will continue until its goals are reached: To bring quiet to the citizens of Israel for a long period of time, and to seriously harm Hamas and other terrorist organizations’ infrastructure in the Gaza Strip,” the statement read.

Prior to the commencement of the ground invasion, the IDF launched a massive wave of combined air and artillery strikes on Thursday night.

The IDF said that the operation will involve infantry, engineering corps, and tank units combined with air force and naval support and intelligence.

Thank you for keeping Israel in your prayers as she continues to fight for her safety.

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Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 3:02 PM  | Stand For Israel

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