Iron Dome Intercepts Rocket over Tel Aviv

(Photo: facebook/IDF)

(Photo: facebook/IDF)

Nearly 200 rockets fired into Israel in the past day, with the IDF busy trying to prevent further terrorist actions with Operation Protective Edge. Hamas’ reach has now extended to Tel Aviv, where Arutz Sheva reports Israel’s Iron Dome defense system has intercepted a rocket over the central city:

Tel Aviv deep in the heart of Israel’s “central” coastal region was proven Tuesday not to be impervious to the scores and scores of rocket fire showering down on Israel, fired by terrorists in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza.

“Color Red” rocket warning sirens were sounded in the coastal region on Tuesday night in Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Kfar Shmaryahu, Rishon Letzion, Nes Tziona, Beit Shemesh and its environs, Rehovot, Gadera, as well as southern communities of the coastal region, the Gezer Regional Council area, Yavne and additional communities …

The barrage of rockets towards Tel Aviv apparently was launched from Beit Hanoun in Gaza; at least one of those rockets was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

In the latest escalation, over 170 rockets were reportedly fired at Israel as of Tuesday morning in the preceding 24 hour period …

A full 70% of Israel’s population and 80% of its industry is estimated to be in the region.

We pray for God’s protection over all of Israel – not only those in the south who have endured the bulk of the attacks, but also those in the cities and regions now being targeted.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 1:33 PM  | Stand For Israel

Tel Aviv Opens Bomb Shelters

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(Photo: flickr/ lorenia)

As rockets continue to far further and further into Israel – showing that Hamas’ range has grown – the municipality of Tel Aviv has opened public bomb shelters, The Jerusalem Post reports, in order to provide its citizens with protection:

The Tel Aviv Municipality was preparing on Tuesday to inspect and open public bomb shelters in the city in order to “provide an optimal response for residents if necessary” in the event that escalations in the South reach the Center.

The Home Front Command also instructed Tel Aviv residents to prepare for utilizing protected rooms and shelters in their private homes.

Under the same instruction, the division responsible for civil security ordered for bomb shelters in Tel Aviv schools to be opened.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 11:21 AM  | Stand For Israel

3.5 Million Lives in Danger: The Growing Range of Hamas Rockets

As the IDF begins Operation Protective Edge to combat terrorist rocket attacks from Gaza, it also presents this video showing how the range of Hamas’ rockets has grown. Please continue to pray for the people of Israel, especially those 40% who are directly endangered by these terrorist attacks.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 10:31 AM  | Stand For Israel

Operation Protective Edge

(Photo: IDF)

(Photo: IDF)

In response to continual terrorist rocket fire from Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces has launched Operation Protective Edge. Live updates from the IDF here:

Gaza terrorists have fired more than 450 rockets at Israel since the beginning of the year. The attacks have sent thousands running into bomb shelters and threaten 3.5 million Israeli lives.

Since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, terrorists from the strip have fired more than 8,000 rockets into Israel.

Although Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense system stops some of the attacks, most rockets are capable of reaching Israel’s biggest cities. More than half a million Israelis have less than 60 seconds to find shelter after a rocket is launched from Gaza into Israel. Many have only 15 seconds.

Please pray for the success of the IDF’s efforts, and for peace and protection for all of Israel.


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Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 7:26 PM  | Stand For Israel

Israeli Officials: Rocket Fire Could Reach Tel Aviv

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(Photo: flickr/ theisraelproject)

As Stand for Israel has reported, dozens of rockets have been fired into Israel today, with Hamas claiming responsibility for many of them. Israeli officials have said that rockets could reach Tel Aviv, Arutz Sheva reports, among other warnings they’ve given to the population:

As Israel prepares for a possible military action in Gaza, residents of Ashdod and Beersheva have been told not to conduct public gatherings of more than 500 people, while residents of Gaza border communities have been told to remain within 15 seconds of protected areas, in order to take cover in the event the Red Alert missile warning system goes off.

In addition, the Homefront Command ordered that bomb shelters in towns and cities within 40 kilometers of the Gaza border be cleaned out and prepared for use. This is the first time such orders have been given since 2011′s Pillar of Defense operation against Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

Dozens of rockets fell in Israel throughout the day Monday, and the Red Alert missile warning system sounded throughout the day in southern Israel.

We pray for all of Israel, that God will protect His children during this troubling time, and we will keep you updated as news becomes available.

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Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 3:49 PM  | Stand For Israel

Thirty Rockets Fired into Israel in Ten Minutes

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(Photo: flickr/IDF)

The IDF’s announcement of preparations for an escalation with Hamas – which Stand for Israel just reported – has led to a large barrage of rockets fired from Gaza in just the last few minutes. Arutz Sheva reports on the multiple attacks, but no news of damage or injuries have been released yet:

Hamas fired over 30 rockets in a ten-minute period into Israel on Monday, with hits reported in Sha’ar HaNegev, the Eshkol Region, Netivot, Sderot, and Be’er Sheva between 8:00 – 8:10 pm IST …

The barrage follows the Security Cabinet decision to prepare for escalation in the South, including a possible military campaign …

“We are also investing significantly in gathering our security forces,” the official stated to Arutz Sheva Monday afternoon. “Until now we have had two full staffs working on the situation and we are readying ourselves for escalation [with Hamas].”

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Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 12:43 PM  | Stand For Israel

Israeli Students Take Exams Amid Falling Rockets

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(Photo: flickr/ lighthousenews)

As terrorist rockets rain down on southern Israel, life still goes on for the people who live there. The Jerusalem Post reports on the students who are still taking their exams despite the rocket attacks, and on how The Fellowship is helping the region’s children and other residents during this difficult time:

“The matriculation exam was stressful – both because of the material and also because of the Kassams [rockets]. If there wasn’t a threat of a Code Red siren it would much less stressful,” said Aviv Levy, a 10th-grade student from Sderot who took the matriculation exam in communications on Thursday morning.

Levy said that just prior to the start of the exam the siren sounded.

“We received instructions from teachers beforehand on how to act and how to stay calm, so we did, it really helped a lot,” he said.

According to Levy, the night prior to the exam was “not an easy night.” Multiple rockets fell near his house and the electricity went out, “So I arrived [to the exam] quite unsettled,” he said …

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the IFCJ, spoke with municipal leaders in Sderot, the Eshkol Regional Council and the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council and offered emergency aid to assist residents whose homes were destroyed by rocket fire and any other needs the municipalities deemed necessary.

In addition, the IFCJ announced it would seek to integrate children into summer activities in areas outside the range of rocket fire as part of the “Summer of Friendship” program funded by the organization.

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Monday, July 7th, 2014 at 10:30 AM  | Stand For Israel

IAF Strikes 10 targets in Gaza Overnight

(Photo: USAF)

(Photo: USAF)

As rockets continue to rain down on Israel, the Israeli Air Force has targeted more terrorist sites in Gaza:

The attacks followed escalated rocket barrages on Israeli communities in recent days, including a salvo aimed at Beersheba on Saturday, one rocket of which was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

According to media reports, the Israeli air force targets included weapons caches east of Rafah, three targets in Rafah and at least one in Khan Younis, and several sites throughout the strip used by Hamas.

As Israel seeks to protect herself and thwart terrorism, the threats and challenges are growing, and The Fellowship has responded by increasing its aid to embattled communities in the south. There’s a battle taking place not just in southern Israel, but also in the streets of Jerusalem and other cities around the nation, on the Internet, and, inevitably, in the media. Today, we ask you to join us in praying for the peace of Jerusalem, and for the safety of all of Israel’s people.

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Sunday, July 6th, 2014 at 2:30 AM  | Stand For Israel

Close Call: Rocket Strikes Israeli Daycare Center

(Photo: facebook/IDF)

(Photo: facebook/IDF)

As we’ve reported, rockets fired from Gaza have been striking Israel, with one hitting a home. Another struck a daycare center in the southern city of Sderot. Israel Hayom reports that tragedy was avoided, with those inside narrowly escaping:

At around 8:30 in the morning, the early warning alarm sounded in Sderot followed by a salvo of three rockets. One of the rockets penetrated the wall of the second story of a building. On the first floor of the same building, a day care teacher and five infants in her care scrambled to the nearest protected area, narrowly evading tragedy.

We thank God for His protection over the children and their caretakers, and ask Him to continue to provide the same as rockets continue to fall on His people.

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 at 10:55 AM  | Stand For Israel

Rocket Fire Continues As Homes Hit

(Photo: facebook/IDF)

(Photo: facebook/IDF)

Yesterday we reported the barrage of Hamas rocket fire from Gaza that has been targeting Israel, and the Israeli government’s response. Today the rockets continue to fall, with many of them being brought down by the Iron Dome defense system, though two have struck buildings (one a home, seen in the photo above) and one unexploded projectile is being disarmed as it fell next to a preschool. The Times of Israel reports on the attacks and the rising tensions around the Holy Land:

One of the rockets hit the side of a building that contains a preschool, but did not explode. The area was closed off to passersby, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld tweeted on Thursday morning, and police sappers were working to remove the unexploded warhead.

Israel’s Iron Dome system shot down two rockets fired from Gaza fired in the direction of the southern town of Netivot early Thursday morning.

Security officials said Thursday that Hamas was believed to be responsible for the continuing salvo of rockets striking southern towns. Officials believe the organization is responding to rising tensions in the West Bank in the wake of the kidnapping-murder of an Arab teen in East Jerusalem this week, which officials believe may have been an attack by extremist Jews in retaliation for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens on June 12 by Hebron-based Hamas members.

Please pray for peace in Israel, as well as for God’s protection over His people and all of the brave men and women who are working hard to protect them.

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 at 8:39 AM  | Stand For Israel
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