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Rocket Sirens Sound in Southern Israel

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

A week after rockets were launched from Gaza – with one landing in Israeli territory – The Times of Israel reports that rocket sirens have again sounded in southern Israel:

Rocket sirens rang out in southern Israel Wednesday night, sending residents hurrying to bomb shelters for the second time in a little over a week.

Alarms were heard in the Sdot Negev and Hof Ashkelon regions bordering the northern Gaza Strip, as well as the towns of Netivot and Ashkelon.

Two rockets landed in the Sdot Negev region, but caused no casualties or damage, news site Ynet reported.

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 3:33 PM  | Stand for Israel

An Update from Yael in the Holy Land

Fellowship Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein gives an update on the situation in Israel following a rocket attack from Gaza earlier this week.

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Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 8:20 AM  | Stand for Israel

Hamas: Masters of Deception

(Photo: Alamy/Ahmed Deeb/ZUMA Press)

(Photo: Alamy/Ahmed Deeb/ZUMA Press)

In the wake of this week’s rocket attack on Israel from Gaza, the terrorist group Islamic Jihad has been blamed. But, writing at Israel Hayom, Dr. Shaul Bartal says that Hamas are behind this terrorist attack and others on the Jewish state and its people:

The Grad rocket that exploded near Ashdod on Tuesday and Israel’s retaliation shortly thereafter raised concerns of escalation once again. Various commentators argued that perhaps Hamas was not responsible for the rocket, which was fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Perhaps it was a rogue group like Islamic Jihad or the Salafist groups that operate there, so Israel mustn’t view the rocket fire as a violation of the cease-fire agreement reached with Hamas following the last war. In any case, extreme caution is required.

This is not the first time that Hamas violates a cease-fire agreement and chooses to lay the blame on some other organization…

Hamas continues to carry out terrorist attacks against Israel by way of small, little-known groups directly overseen by Hamas officials, thereby distancing Hamas from culpability.

The terrorist attacks in Jerusalem also bear the concealed fingerprint of Hamas…

But in the case of the Gaza Strip, there appears to be no doubt as to Hamas’ culpability for the rocket fire into Israel. Hamas rules the Gaza Strip with an iron fist…

“The threats made by the occupation will not deter us from continuing forward in the path of jihad and resistance until we liberate Jerusalem and Palestine,” Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh declared Wednesday in Gaza, while describing the rocket launched into Israel as “errant fire.”

Hamas has not been working diligently on manufacturing Grad rockets and testing them just for fun. Hamas is planning the next round, and in the meantime, from time to time, they remind us that they exist and what they can do.

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015 at 8:37 AM  | Stand for Israel

Netanyahu: Hamas Responsible for All Fire from Gaza

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

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:

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.

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 at 8:43 AM  | Stand for Israel

When Gazans Fight, Israel Suffers

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As we reported yesterday, several rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza, with one landing in Israeli territory. The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff reports that this latest attack stemmed from an Islamic Jihad dispute, and provoked a measured response from Israel:

The rocket barrage that Islamic Jihad launched — due to internal tensions within the group — drew a limited, measured Israeli response that included bombardments of two of its targets in Rafah and Khan Yunis, the headquarters of the Popular Resistance Committees, and a Hamas position in the northern Gaza Strip. All the positions were empty and no one was injured, evidently due to an Israeli effort to prevent loss of life that likely would have drawn an additional Palestinian attack…

Gaza’s rulers also find it convenient, to a certain extent, to enable sporadic rocket fire in order to avoid being dragged into an internal war in Gaza, to not be seen as collaborating with Israel, and to signal to Jerusalem that total calm will remain elusive as long as the Gaza problem is not solved entirely and comprehensively.

Tuesday night’s rocket fire, as The Times of Israel reported, came out of an internal conflict between sector commanders in Islamic Jihad. In a personal conflict between the incoming and outgoing commanders of the northern Gaza Strip — a conflict that included the kidnapping of activists close to the dismissed commander — close associates of the latter fired rockets at Israel. And that is the status quo between Israel and the Gaza Strip: Two Gazans fight one another, and the chips fly at Israel.

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 at 8:29 AM  | Stand for Israel

Rockets Fired into Israel from Gaza

(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

After a period of relative silence since last year’s war in Gaza, terrorist rockets have again been launched at Israel. Yediot Achronot reports that at least one rocket landed in Israel, out of several that had been launched:

Code red sirens sounded in Ashdod and Lachish near Kiryat Gat in southern Israel Tuesday evening just after 9 p.m. An IDF Spokesperson confirmed that one rocket landed near Gan Yavne.

One resident in Lachish said, “There was a siren and we heard a big explosion.”

Israel’s Channel 2 initially reported that there had been, “an attempt to fire four rockets into southern Israel.” Meanwhile Channel 10 reported that three or rockets had landed in open territory inside Israel’s borders, but these reports have not yet been confirmed.

Stand for Israel will stay on top of this and keep you updated with any further developments.

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at 1:50 PM  | Stand for Israel

In Between Wars

(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

Despite the fact that this summer is nearing, last summer’s war with Hamas still reverberates with the people of Israel and its scars – both physical and psychological – still show. Israeli mother and Times of Israel editor Sarah Tuttle-Singer writes about the toll that war has taken on her family and her country:

Nine months since the war last summer.

And  still, we line our shoes by the door just in case we have to run again, like we did so many nights, over earth, dry and cracked — the little one fell, the scar still there on his knee.  Look carefully, just below the thigh.

Their shoes wait: From sandals to rainboots to sneakers, now… And sandals again soon as summer rolls around. Only one size bigger because children grow.

(Each day takes us further from the last war, but closer to the next.)

And the fear is always there for me, even when I laugh with all my teeth. But I never turn the music to full volume because we can’t afford to miss the siren, and miss that chance to run…

And today, I walked by one of the many bomb shelters that dot our fields and our valleys, that fill our cities and our mountains. And behind this door — this very door — the teachers in my son’s preschool transformed this cold grey space into a classroom, with plastic cars and fuzzy bears, with books and puzzles, and a bubble machine, so that life could go on as normally as possible while the rockets fell and the sirens wailed.

They planted seeds, the children and the teachers, during that stretch of time when no one strayed far from any shelter…

But the shelters stand. Thank God they’re empty, but Thank God they’re there… but still…. while stone and metal stays the same, look how the flowers grow.

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at 8:23 AM  | Stand For Israel

Israel Won’t Tolerate “a Dribble of Rockets”

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Late yesterday, we reported on rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, attacks which were countered by the IDF. The rocket attack came at the end of Israel’s Independence Day celebration, and The Times of Israel’s Itamar Sharon and Joshua Davidovich report that the Jewish state was quick to state that such incidents will not be tolerated:

Israeli security officials warned Thursday night that the nation would not tolerate a “dribble” of rocket attacks against Israel, saying Hamas was responsible for keeping the peace in the Gaza Strip…

Though officials said Hamas was not believed to be behind the rocket fire, a senior security official told Ynet news that “we view Hamas as responsible… and expect it to enforce order in its territory. Hamas is the ruler on the ground and needs to ensure that there is quiet, otherwise it bears responsibility.

“We will not accept a situation of a dribble (of rockets) by some party or other,” the unnamed official added.

Israeli forces struck a site in the northern Gaza Strip late Thursday night, hours after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave at southern Israel broke months of a shaky truce between the sides.

The Israel Defense Forces targeted a “terror site” belonging to Hamas near Beit Hanoun. There were no reports of injuries or damage in Gaza.

The army said tanks were used to hit the target. The strike came shortly after a rocket exploded in an open field in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

The launch of the rocket set off alarms across a number of communities bordering the Gaza Strip, sending many residents scurrying for shelter.

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Friday, April 24th, 2015 at 8:24 AM  | Stand For Israel

Rocket Fired at Israel from Gaza

(Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90)

(Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90)

As night fell on Israel’s 67th Independence Day, The Times of Israel reports that the celebration was broken by a terrorist rocket launched into Israel from Gaza:

Rocket warning sirens were heard in the western Negev region near the Gaza Strip Thursday night, and the army said shortly afterwards that a rocket had been fired by terrorists in the Strip.

The attack came on the final hours of Israel’s Independence Day celebrations.

The military said the rocket may have exploded inside Israeli territory, but an impact has not yet been confirmed. Channel 2 News said residents reported hearing an explosion in the area…

Israel is wary of Gaza terrorist groups rearming after Operation Protective Edge. The IDF says Hamas has been conducting test launches in recent months in order to increase rocket launching capabilities.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at 1:50 PM  | Stand for Israel

Rockets Fired at Jewish Center in Ukraine

(Photo: JDC)

(Photo: JDC)

The Fellowship and our partners on the ground in Ukraine continue our work to help those in the Jewish community who have been left behind to face that nation’s ongoing turmoil. Today, The Algemeiner reports on a Jewish welfare center run by one of our partners that was hit by two rockets fired by pro-Russian separatist forces:

A Jewish welfare center in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, was hit by two rockets today, as pro-Russian forces launched a deadly attack targeting both Ukraine’s military headquarters and a residential area in the city.

The rockets, which damaged the 9-story building where the center is located, did not explode, as one hit the roof and another landed in the backyard. No injuries were immediately reported at the center and the building has been evacuated. However, at least five people were killed and 26 wounded in the latest Russian attack on the city, RFE/RL reported.

The center, a part of the ‘Hesed’ network supported by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), serves over 560 elderly and poor Jews and employs 42 people …

“Obviously today’s rocket attack in Kramatorsk highlights the harsh, challenging environment that Ukraine’s neediest Jews are living in,” Gill said. “While we mourn the loss of life, and are thankful there were no injuries at the Hesed, we have to redouble our efforts on the ground to ensure the safety and well-being of the elderly and poor who are hit hardest by the violence and economic turmoil brought on by the conflict.”

JDC’s work in Ukraine is undertaken in cooperation with the local Jewish community and with partner organizations including Chabad, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews …

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 at 8:37 AM  | Stand For Israel