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Netanyahu Targeted in Tel Aviv

(Photo: GPO/Avi Ohayon)

(Photo: GPO/Avi Ohayon)

Tel Aviv was once again targeted by terrorist rockets on Friday. This time, however, the terror group Islamic Jihad took credit for the attack, Arutz Sheva reports, claiming its target was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the city to speak about Operation Protective Edge:

A siren was heard on Friday evening in central Israel, including in Tel Aviv and the region, sending residents to protected spaces.

Shortly afterwards, a rocket that was fired from Gaza was intercepted over Holon, near Tel Aviv, by the Iron Dome anti-missile system …

According to Army Radio, the Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the rocket attack on Tel Aviv.

The terrorist organization said in a statement that it purposely fired the rocket while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was giving a speech about Operation Protective Edge, in order to harm the Prime Minister and his staff.

We are thankful that no one was hurt in this attack, and pray for God’s continued protection over all of the people of Israel.

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Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 1:19 PM  | Stand For Israel

My Kids Are in Bomb Shelters

(Photo: wikicommons/ James Emery)

(Photo: wikicommons/ James Emery)

While the United States has upheld Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Gaza, it has also urged both Israel and Hamas to “show restraint.” Blogging for The Times of Israel, American Rabbi Shmuley Boteach – who has four children currently living in Israel, living under fear of terrorist rockets – asks that America do the right thing and stand with Israel:

My four children, American citizens all, are running to bomb shelters in the Israeli capital while you’re asking terrorists to show restraint. For goodness sake, Mr. President. Do the moral thing. Say outright that the United States stands with Israel fully, completely, and unreservedly. That it supports the right of Israel to enact all military measures to defend its citizens. That it utterly condemns Hamas for its terrorism and will never recognize Hamas in any shape or form, other than to recognize it as a terror entity that must be destroyed. That it will supply Israel with everything it needs to eradicate the Hamas terror network in Gaza. That the United States, in having experienced the horrors of 9/11, understands the threat Israel is facing and stands with democratic countries everywhere, especially its most reliable ally, in defeating terrorists wherever they may be found.

Mr. President. This is a moral issue. And you are a moral man. Do the right thing.

We thank you, our friends in the United States and around the world, for doing the right thing and standing with Israel, and ask that you continue with your prayers and support.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 2:45 PM  | Stand For Israel

Four Rockets Fired at Jerusalem, Two Intercepted

(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

(Photo: ASHERNET/IDF)

Even as Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza continue to launch rockets far into Israel, it is still shocking that so many are reaching the nation’s largest cities. Arutz Sheva reports that four such rockets were fired at Jerusalem on Thursday evening, with two of them being brought down by Iron Dome:

“Four rockets were fired at Jerusalem, of which two landed in open areas and two were intercepted,” an army spokesman told AFP, without giving further details.

Witnesses and Palestinian security sources told AFP one rocket struck near Maaleh Adumim, while a second hit close to an Israeli military prison near Ramallah.

Three loud blasts could be heard around the city shortly after sirens wailed, sending people scrambling for shelter …

We continue to pray for God’s protection over all the people of Israel as they lead their daily lives during this chaotic conflict.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 11:09 AM  | Stand For Israel

“Moderate” Fatah Also Firing Rockets

(Photo: flickr/ lighthousenews)

(Photo: flickr/ lighthousenews)

While Operation Protective Edge is primarily Israel’s response to Hamas’ attacks – since Hamas is behind the majority of the attacks – other terrorist groups are also launching rockets at Israel. Islamic Jihad has taken credit for some, but now Fatah groups have also announced its hand in multiple attacks. Khaled Abu Toameh looks at the group’s involvement, as well as Fatah and P.A. head Mahmoud Abbas’ actions (and inaction) during the conflict:

So as far as Abbas is concerned, “it all started when Israel fired back” in response to hundreds of rockets that were fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip during the past few days.

Why did Abbas refrain from condemning or calling for an end to the rocket attacks?

First, Abbas does not want to anger Hamas by issuing a condemnation of its rocket attacks. Such a condemnation would certainly lead to the collapse of the “reconciliation accord” that his Fatah faction signed with the Islamist movement last April.

Second, condemning Hamas would be seen as an admission that the “national consensus” government bears responsibility for the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip. After all, this is a Fatah-Hamas government, although its ministers are described as “independent technocrats.”

Third, Abbas is fully aware that the Palestinian public would not accept such a condemnation, especially in the wake of increased tensions with Israel in the aftermath of the kidnapping and murder of the Jerusalem teenager, Mohamed Abu Khdeir.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 8:48 AM  | Stand For Israel

Hamas Fires at Israeli Nuclear Reactor, Iron Dome Intercepts

(Photo: flickr/ sandiandsteve)

(Photo: flickr/ sandiandsteve)

Terrorist rockets were launched at the Israeli nuclear reactor in the southern city of Dimona, with Hamas taking credit for the attempt. The Jerusalem Post reports that the Iron Dome system once again came through, downing one of the rockets, while two others missed their mark:

Three rockets were launched at Dimona in southern Israel on Wednesday afternoon. The Iron Dome intercepted one rocket before it could land, while two other rockets landed in open areas.

Dimona is the location of Israel’s nuclear reactor. There was no indication that rockets damaged any part of the reactor.

Hamas claimed responsibility for the rockets, stating that it had been attempting to hit the nuclear reactor.

Militants from Hamas’s Qassam Brigades said they had launched long-range M-75 rockets towards Dimona.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 1:31 PM  | Stand For Israel

A Nation United As One

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Israel has been dragged into another mini-war with Hamas. As rockets rain down on the southern and central part of the country, the Israeli Air Force has widened its targets to include top Hamas and Islamic Jihad commanders in the Gaza Strip. Sirens have been heard in numerous cities across Israel, including in my little town. At around 10:00 last night, my wife and I heard the blaring sirens, we grabbed our three sleeping kids and – since we don’t have a bomb shelter – hunkered down with our kids on the staircase. Thank God, the rocket targeting our area caused no harm.

The situation in Israel began to deteriorate after three kidnapped Israeli teens were found murdered, and later a Palestinian boy was murdered in what is suspected to be a revenge killing. Israeli Arabs in northern Israel and Jerusalem began rioting. Mass alerts were sent via text message and email warning parents to keep their doors locked and account for their children at all times. Many of these worries were later debunked by authorities, but they added even more stress to an already tense Israeli public.

All citizens of Israel, not just those in the south where most of the rockets are landing, are feeling the burden of the current round of violence. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reserves have been called up, and daily life has been disrupted. I was forced to call off one work meeting in Ashkelon, where the rocket fire has been continuous. Another meeting in northern Israel was called off at the last minute when the person I was to meet was called up for immediate IDF duty along the Gaza border.

What action the IDF should take against Hamas is being debated heavily here in Israel. There are differing views about the extent to which the IDF should strike back. Some Israelis feel that Israel should reassert its control over Gaza, arguing that that the Israeli government promised that a reduction of rockets and terror would…

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 11:59 AM  | Stand For Israel

IDF: Rockets Hit Major Israeli Cities

(Photo: IDF blog)

(Photo: IDF blog)

The IDF is reporting that Israel’s major cities are being reached by terrorist rocket fire, while southern Israel still faces the worst of the attacks from Gaza. An interesting note in the IDF post – the long-range rockets reaching Israel’s cities are of the same type intercepted by the IDF in a raid earlier this year. While Hamas still has such weapons at its disposal, the IDF is going its best to protect the people of Israel:

The rocket that hit Hadera is an M-302 type rocket, similar to the ones found onboard the Klos-c, a vessel on which was an Iranian shipment of advanced weaponry intended for terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip the IDF intercepted on March 5. Onboard the Klos-C were forty M-302 rockets reaching up-to the range of 160 kilometers …

Overnight, terror organizations in the Gaza Strip suffered a severe blow, as the numerous IDF strikes in Gaza managed to significantly impair terrorist capabilities and prevent possible schemes against Israelis. The targets have been selected specifically following long-term intelligence efforts indicating a direct link between them and terrorist infrastructure.

We continue to pray for the success of the IDF, as well as for God’s protection over them and all of Israel.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 10:50 AM  | Stand For Israel

Iron Dome Is Proving Its Worth

(Photo: ASHERNET/Ancho Gosh-JINIPIX)

(Photo: ASHERNET/Ancho Gosh-JINIPIX)

As Stand for Israel reported yesterday, Israel’s Iron Dome defense system knocked down many of the terrorist rockets launched from Gaza, including one over Tel Aviv. Writing at Israel Hayom, Aharon Lapidot says that Iron Dome has proven its worth by protecting the people of Israel:

So far, Hamas has no way to counter Iron Dome, meaning it does what it is supposed to do.

Naturally, no system is foolproof and if the rocket salvos continue at this rate, one or two rockets may breach the shield, and may — heaven forbid — cause casualties. But in the grand scheme of things, Iron Dome dramatically reduces the potential number of casualties to a minimum, and with it public panic.

As such, Iron Dome is a game changer, in the sense that the lack of casualties means that decision makers can consider their options free of public pressure, affording them much greater leeway. Iron Dome provides a protective umbrella under which the IDF can operate more freely, and since it is a defense system by nature, even the international community cannot fault it.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 8:47 AM  | Stand For Israel

Rockets Hit As Far As Jerusalem, North of Tel Aviv

Iron Dome in Tel Aviv (Photo: ASHERNET/Ancho Gosh-JINIPIX )

Iron Dome in Tel Aviv (Photo: ASHERNET/Ancho Gosh-JINIPIX )

As evening fell on Israel, air raid sirens sounded in its largest cities, all far from Gaza. Arutz Sheva reports that these long-range rockets struck in or around Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa, farther than any from Gaza have traveled before:

Around 11:30 p.m. it was reported that a rocket from Gaza exploded in Hadera, which is located approximately 45 kilometers (28 miles) north of Tel Aviv and south of Haifa.

This would be the furthest point to date that a Gaza rocket has reached.

As well, for the first time since the IDF launched Operation Protective Edge, Color Red air raid sirens sounded in Jerusalem, and residents reported hearing at least three explosions. AFP claims its correspondents in the capital saw “four flashes” in the night sky …

Hamas took responsibility for the attacks, claiming it had launched long-range rockets as far as the northern port city of Haifa, though no reports of explosions in that area have been reported.

“For the first time, the (Ezzedine al-) Qassam Brigades strike Haifa with an R160 rocket, and strike occupied Jerusalem with four M75 rockets and Tel Aviv with four M75 rockets,” a statement said, referring to the group’s military wing.

Please pray that God will protect Israel and her people as they face this terrifying and dangerous onslaught.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 4:18 PM  | Stand For Israel

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
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