Rocket from Gaza Lands in Israel

(Photo: Israel Police)

(Photo: Israel Police)

This summer’s conflict saw numerous terrorist rockets fired from Gaza into Israel. Since the end of Operation Protective Edge, however, rocket attacks have tailed off (terrorists have attacked using other means, such as vehicles, knives, and guns). But The Time of Israel reports that for the third time since the summer, a rocket from Gaza has been fired into Israel:

Palestinians in Gaza fired a Kassam rocket at an Israeli community in the Eshkol region near the Gaza Strip on Friday morning.

The rocket fell in an open area, causing neither casualties nor damage.

It was the third time that Gaza terrorists have fired rockets at Israel since the conclusion of Operation Protective Edge, last summer’s war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

IDF soldiers swept the area and found the remains of the rocket.

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Friday, December 19th, 2014 at 8:28 AM  | Stand for Israel

10 Dead When Ukrainian School and Bus Are Shelled

(Photo: youtube)

(Photo: youtube)

While the recent ceasefire in Ukraine has provided something of a respite for the nation’s Jewish communities and all others whose lives have been devastated by war, a tragic incident today shows that there is no real peace in the embattled region. Vice News reports that fighting in the city of Donetsk has resulted in the shelling of a school and bus, leaving 10 people dead:

At least 10 people were killed on Wednesday as fighting around Donetsk airport spilled into a nearby residential area, with shells hitting a local bus and a school playground in the north of the city.

The shells hit the playground in the Kyivskiy district on the first day of the school year in Donetsk, where the start of term had already been delayed by a month due to safety concerns over fighting in and around the city. No children were killed, but a parent, biology teacher, and rebel wearing military fatigues were among the dead, Reuters reported. Six bodies from the bus, which took a direct hit, were visible in the street, two inside the bus and four more on the sidewalk where emergency services battled to save the lives of the seriously wounded …

Wednesday’s violence comes more than three weeks into a supposed ceasefire that has long only existed on paper. Although officially the peace deal agreed by the warring parties on September 5 in Minsk is still holding, in practice it has been violated near daily ever since it was signed.

Violence is now escalating with heavy fights being reported in several flashpoint areas across the region including districts near Donetsk airport, as well as Debaltseve, Shchastya and Popasna.

On Monday alone heavy fighting in the vicinity of the airport killed seven Ukrainian soldiers and three civilians. A further 28 people were wounded.

The United Nations estimates that more than 3,000 people have been killed in fighting in east Ukraine since the conflict broke out in mid-April and up to 1 million people have been displaced.

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 1:11 PM  | Stand for Israel

Poll: 80% of Palestinians Support Resumption of Rocket Fire Against Israel

(Photo: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

(Photo: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

After Operation Protective Edge, one would imagine Palestinians might think twice about launching rockets into Israel. However, The Algemeiner reports that a new report published this week instead shows that 80% of the Palestinians polled support resuming terrorist attacks against the Jewish state:

The poll, conducted in recent days among 1,200 respondents aged 18 and over, at 120 locations throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip, presents a different picture than that obtained from a similar survey conducted immediately after Operation Protective Edge about a month ago

Eighty percent of respondents made ​​it clear they would support firing rockets and mortars at Israeli communities if Israel does not allow unfettered access to the coastal enclave. 57 percent of respondents also claimed that they supported launching rockets from populated areas in the Gaza Strip. However, the breakdown of this figure shows that most Gaza residents – 52 percent – oppose such a course of action, while in the West Bank that step has a clear majority: 62 percent …

Meanwhile, Hamas may be returning to self-production of rockets in Gaza, and has been testing out new models, by firing them out to sea, according to Israel Defense News.

A rocket was recently fired from the ruins of the former Jewish community of Netzerim, according to Monday’s report, the fifth such test since the end of Protective Edge on Aug. 26th.

As well, Hamas is seeking to restore hundreds of lathes used to construct rockets, according to the IDF; some 50 percent of them were destroyed during the fight, the army believes.

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 11:58 AM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking News: Rocket or Mortar Fired from Gaza at Israel

(Photo: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

(Photo: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

The Times of Israel is reporting that for the first time since the truce began three weeks ago, a rocket or mortar has been fired at Israel from Gaza:

A projectile was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel on Tuesday evening, the IDF confirmed, the first since a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas on August 26.

The Red Alert rocket warning system did not sound and the IDF said it was searching for the impact point that was believed to be somewhere near the border fence in the Eshkol Regional Council.

Army Radio reported that Eshkol residents heard an explosion nearby.

No injuries or damage were reported.

However, Ynet reported that the rocket may have landed near the fence inside the Gaza Strip.

The fire came hours after Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said he did not think Hamas would resume rocket fire on Israel.

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 12:49 PM  | Stand for Israel

Video: Iron Dome Intercepts 15 Rockets at Once

In the above video, Israel’s Iron Dome defense system does its job, intercepting 15 terrorist rockets as sirens wail and residents look skyward. We thank God for the protection He has shown for His children during this terrifying time.

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 1:37 PM  | Stand for Israel

Israel’s Blitz Survivors Dodge Rockets Again

(Photo: National Archives)

(Photo: National Archives)

Throughout World War II, London suffered through – and withstood – Nazi Germany’s Blitz. From 1940 to 1941, Hitler’s Luftwaffe bombed England’s largest city, destroying over a million homes and killing tens of thousands. Later, the Nazis unleashed “vengeance weapons” – V-1 flying bombs and V-2 rockets – that wreaked greater havoc. Many British residents who lived through the prolonged attacks were Jewish, and many of these Jews made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) after the war. The Times of Israel’s Lazar Berman takes this fascinating look at four now-elderly survivors of the Blitz who once again face a constant barrage of terror from an evil enemy:

Those who stayed in London, or returned from their host families in the country, spent a lot of time in bomb shelters. There were bombings almost every night during the Blitz. “At the beginning of the Blitz,” said Wertheim, “we went into the coal cellar. Later, we were allotted beds on a Tube station platform … ”

Initially, it wasn’t rockets that Londoners faced, but German bombers. For eight months from September 1940, Luftwaffe planes struck London 71 times, killing over 40,000 people while losing 3,300 pilots. They would drop incendiary bombs in an attempt to burn entire neighborhoods. As frightening as that sounds, the men didn’t seem especially scarred by the experience. “If the firebombs were treated early enough,” said Vecht,”you just threw sandbags on them and it stopped. Water would make it worse.”

The Germans tried to sow panic in various ways, including putting sirens on Stuka dive bombers. “I don’t know how other children reacted but I was bloody scared,” Wertheim said, “especially as the bombs had a screaming device as they fell, added for that purpose … “

The bombing of England moved into a new phase in June 1944 with the advent of the Luftwaffe’s V-1 Flying Bomb, which British soldiers nicknamed the Doodlebug. The V-1 was a predecessor of the cruise missile, complete with an autopilot guidance…

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 10:53 AM  | Stand for Israel

Daniel Tragerman’s War

(Photo: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

(Photo: Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

On Friday we told you about the killing of a four-year-old Israeli boy by a terrorist rocket launched from Gaza, and yesterday Rabbi Eckstein asked that we pray for Daniel Tragerman’s family and for peace in Israel. In The Times of Israel, David Horovitz writes that this tragedy is the symbol of a battle between one side that longs for peace and safety and the other that only wants bloodshed:

His heartbroken mother Gila said, as she leant on his small-child’s coffin for support at his funeral on Sunday, that Daniel had “iron discipline” when it came to the rocket alerts. He was resolute and mature about taking shelter, because he knew that his little, loving family — parents Gila and Doron, younger sister Yuval and baby brother Uri – would be safe only once they reached that protected room.

There’s symbolism there, too, of course — in a nation reestablished too late to offer safe refuge to the Jews of Europe, and adamant about ensuring safe refuge for subsequent generations. Because when all is said and done, that’s all we want here: safe refuge. Peace and security in our historic national homeland, alongside, not instead of, the Arab peoples around us.

That’s all we want. That’s what was denied to four-year-old Daniel Tragerman. “We were the happiest family in the world,” said Gila Tragerman. Until Friday.

Hamas has its victory picture, and is drawing further delight in Israelis’ temporary abandonment of the kibbutzim and moshavim close to the treacherous border with its Gaza terror state. Israel stopped or evaded most of its thousands of rockets; Israel smashed most of its terror tunnels; so now it batters the south with barrages of shorter-range rockets and mortar shells — anything, everything, in the cause of our destruction …

Let no one forget, either, that Hamas killed its own Palestinian people in seizing Gaza seven years ago, plotted the violent ouster of the Palestinians’ own Mahmoud Abbas-run leadership…

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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 8:33 AM  | Stand for Israel

Over 120 Rockets Fired at Israel from Gaza Strip

(Photo: Ziv Koren)

(Photo: Ziv Koren)

Terrorist rocket fire continued to hammer Israel this weekend into today. Yediot Achronot reports that not only have more than 120 rockets from Gaza targeted southern Israel, but fire from Syria and Lebanon struck northern Israel, as well:

Some 126 rockets were fired on Sunday since midnight from the Gaza Strip at Israeli territory.

In a heavy barrage around midnight, four rockets were intercepted over Kiryat Malachi. Earlier Sunday night, the rocket alert siren was sounded in the area surrounding Jerusalem. One rocket was intercepted over the Jerusalem mountains. Two other rockets were intercepted over Ashkelon, while three hit open areas.

In the evening hours, rocket shrapnel hit two houses in Ashkelon and in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council on Sunday evening, while two rockets were intercepted over Ashkelon …

On Saturday night, as many as five rockets fired from Syria exploded in the northern Golan Heights, with three falling next to a community. Earlier Saturday night, a rocket fired from Lebanon hit an empty house in the Western Galilee …

Some 100 rockets were fired at Israel on Saturday, with one of the rockets hitting a communal dining hall in Nahal Oz, the very same kibbutz in which 4-year-old Daniel Tregerman was killed from a mortar hit the day before …

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that the mortar that killed Tregerman was fired from a Palestinian Authority school that provides shelter for refugees in the Gaza Strip, and is close to an UNRWA facility.

Earlier Saturday, security officials stated that the mortar had been fired from within an UNRWA school in Gaza.

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Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 10:40 AM  | Stand for Israel

Four-Year-Old Israeli Boy Killed by Mortar Attack

(Photo: twitter/ IsraelHatzolah)

(Photo: twitter/ IsraelHatzolah)

As we reported earlier, a synagogue in southern Israel was hit by a terrorist rocket, one of dozens that have been launched today. Now The Times of Israel reports that a four-year-old Israeli boy has been killed by a mortar launched from Gaza:

A four-year-old boy was killed by a mortar launched from the Gaza Strip and which landed near the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council, bringing the death toll in Israel since Operation Protective Edge began to 68.

According to initial reports, the boy was critically wounded when the projectile made a direct hit in the car he he was in, and later died of his wounds.

Gaza-based terror groups have launched over 70 rockets into Israel since the morning hours on Friday.
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Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at 11:06 AM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking News: Rocket Scores Direct Hit on Israeli Synagogue

(Photo: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

(Photo: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Arutz Sheva is reporting that a terrorist rocket fired from Gaza just struck a synagogue in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod:

A rocket fired by terrorists in Gaza has caused considerable damage to a synagogue in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod.

Paramedics from the United Hatzalah and Magen David Adom emergency organizations rushed to the scene, after a massive explosion was heard. Three people were injured and have been evacuated for further medical treatment after receiving first aid.

Medical sources described two of the victims as males, aged 25 and 26, who suffered shrapnel injuries to their extremities. They have been evacuated to the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.

The third victim, a 40-year-old woman, suffered injuries to her torso, and has been evacuated to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

Several others were treated at the scene for shock.

The rocket strike in Ashdod is the latest in a barrage of some 40 rockets fired from Gaza Friday.

We pray for the recovery of those injured, and pray for God’s protection over all of Israel – especially the rocket-weary south – as terrorists continue their attacks.

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Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at 8:53 AM  | Stand for Israel