Breaking News: Rocket Launched at Israel



In what is becoming a more frequent occurrence, red alert sirens sounded in southern Israel today. Yediot Achronot reports that a rocket was launched at the southern city of Ashkelon:

Rocket alarm sounds in Ashkelon, IDF confirms at least 1 rocket fired from the northern Gaza Strip. Residents of the Ashkelon area reported hearing an explosion north of the city.

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 2:36 PM  | Stand For Israel

The Rockets of Summer

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

In the past week, two terrorist rocket attacks have already been launched at Israel. At The Jerusalem Post, Fellowship Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein writes of the recent wars waged against Israel, most of which have occurred during the summer, and of the Israeli people’s resilience:

Last week, summer arrived in the Holy Land.

Unlike most places in the world, Israelis welcome summer somewhat reluctantly. Most of the recent wars waged against Israel have occurred in the summer, which has left many people associating warm weather with memories of sweating in a bomb shelter.

Yet, there is a divine resilience that the people of Israel possess, which enables us to move on with life.

So as the sun peaked out from behind the winter clouds, we left our fears in the secured rooms and headed for the beach.

When the summer flowers bloom and fill the air with a sweet perfume, the people of Israel go out to smell the roses. Two weeks ago the warm weather moved in, and you could practically feel the celebration and happiness in the air.

Children joyfully licked chocolate-banana popsicles, and laughed with excitement as it melted over their fingers.

Teenagers hit the beach with their iPods, and had picnics to celebrate the end of the school year.

Elderly people took the long-awaited journey outside to get some fresh air and defrost from the chilly winter.

And just as we all started to finally relax and feel confident in the carefree summer joy, the code red siren sounded and the rockets struck. When this happened, all Israelis – whether in southern Israel or Tel Aviv – were violently brought back into the fragile and sometimes terrifying reality we live with every day.

The sobering reality is that we can go to the beach, roam the malls, fly kites, and have summer picnics like the rest of the Western world. But we’re not like the rest of the Western world. Here in Israel we live from war to war. We have terrorists on every one of…

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Friday, June 5th, 2015 at 7:29 AM  | Stand for Israel

Israeli Planes Strike Gaza After Rockets Hit South



Yesterday we reported that red alert sirens had once again sounded in the Holy Land, as terrorist rockets from Gaza were launched at southern Israel for the second time in a week. The Times of Israel’s Ilan Ben Zion reports that Israel responded to the rocket attack with airstrikes on terrorist targets in Gaza:

Israeli Air Force planes bombed three targets in the Gaza Strip after midnight on Thursday, shortly after rockets fired from the Hamas-controlled territory hit southern Israel.

The IDF confirmed three airstrikes on “terrorist infrastructure” in the Gaza Strip that scored direct hits. Hamas media reports said one airstrike targeted a Hamas military training ground in the central Gaza Strip and another hit targets in the southern city of Khan Yunis. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the attacks.

IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said in a statement that the Israeli military “will act against the aggression, will act against those that wish to terrorize Israel and will act to protect Israelis in the line of indiscriminate Gaza rocket fire…”

The airstrikes came a few hours after three rockets were shot at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip Wednesday night, sending residents hurrying to bomb shelters for the second time in a little over a week. A Salafist group in the Gaza Strip named the Omar Brigades, which is sympathetic to the Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the rocket fire…

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Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 8:17 AM  | Stand for Israel

Rocket Sirens Sound in Southern Israel



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


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



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



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