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While Iran has now verified that it is still funding Gaza-based Hamas, it is encroaching on the West Bank, as well. Gatestone Institute’s Khaled Abu Toameh reports on Al-Sabireen, the Iran-backed terrorist group now threatening Israel in the West Bank:
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Emboldened by its nuclear deal with the world powers, Iran is already seeking to enfold in its embracing wings the Arab and Islamic region.
Iran’s capacity for intrusions having been starved by years of sanctions. Now, with the lifting of sanctions, Tehran’s appetite for encroachment has been newly whetted — and its bull’s-eye is the West Bank…
Al-Sabireen, Iran’s new ally, first popped up in the Gaza Strip, where they recruited hundreds of Palestinians, many of them former members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Palestinian sources report that Al-Sabireen has also succeeded in enlisting many disgruntled Fatah activists who feel betrayed by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its president, Mahmoud Abbas. This sense of betrayal is the fruit of the PA’s failure to pay salaries to its former loyalists. In addition, anti-Israel incitement and indoctrination in mosques, social media and public rhetoric has radicalized Fatah members and driven them into the open arms of Islamist groups…
Iran’s infiltration of the West Bank should serve as a red flag not only for Israel, but also for the U.S. and other Western powers. At the moment, there is little to be done to combat Iran’s presence in the Gaza Strip. But Iran on Israel’s West Bank doorstep is a flag of a different color.
An Israeli pullout, leading to a Hamas takeover of the West Bank, has been a subject of concern. Now, a growing number of Israelis and Palestinians are wondering if such a vacuum will provide an opening for Iran.
The future of the Middle East and Europe would be shockingly different if any Palestinian state were to fall into the hands of Iran’s Islamic extremists and their allies…
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 8:04 AM | Stand For Israel
February 9, 2016 – 8:00 a.m.
A terrorist stabbing attack was thwarted by Israeli Border Police at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City.
February 8, 2016 – 9:20 a.m.
An 11-year-old Israeli boy was stabbed and wounded by a terrorist in the city of Ramle.
February 7, 2016 – 8:07 a.m.
Soldier lightly hurt in attack by Sudanese national in Ashkelon
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 8:00 AM | Stand For Israel
While dozens of Israelis have been killed by terrorists since this fall, many more have found their lives shattered because of injuries suffered in terror attacks. The Jerusalem Post’s Benjamin Glatt writes about one of these victims, and how she – and many others – have been helped by IFCJ and its faithful friends:
“It didn’t matter whether I continue or I turn back, I thought to myself. It was all over,” Rivi Lev-Ohayon recalls, her voice still trembling.
October 7 started as a regular day for the 38-year-old lawyer, whose office in Jerusalem is a short drive from her home settlement of Tekoa in the Judean Mountains. The mother of three left her house at 8:30 in the morning, driving past the colossal Herodian palace and small Palestinian villages, as she does every day, and was set to enter the capital any moment.
On Road 398, just as she reached the Beit Sahour checkpoint, however, she was ambushed by more than 10 Palestinian terrorists with large rocks in their hands, who began throwing them at Lev-Ohayon’s car, shattering the windows. They had their faces completely covered with their ultra-nationalistic keffiyehs. Only the murder in their eyes could be seen.
“They had waited for a car right after there was a bend in the road, so I couldn’t see them ahead of time,” she says. “I hesitated for a second, thinking that if I continue they’ll stop me, so I decided to try to turn around and go back to my settlement.”
But escaping the mob wasn’t so easy. Lev-Ohayon started to do a U-turn, but the terrorists jumped on her car, breaking the driver’s-seat window and attacking her, simultaneously opening up the door, pulling her out of the vehicle and beating her. “I thought they were going to kill me. I thought I was going to die.”
Powerless in face of the mob, Lev-Ohayon, almost completely dragged out of the car could do nothing more to protect herself. “They kept kicking and beating me, and then all of sudden…Read More » Comments (3) »
Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 8:16 AM | Stand For Israel
While much of the recent violence against the Israeli people has been in the form of stabbings and shootings, Hamas is calling for that to change. The Times of Israel reports that yesterday the terror group called for suicide bombing attacks against Israel:
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The Palestinian terror group Hamas called Sunday on activists to carry out suicide bombing attacks against Israelis, specifically on buses, in a manner reminiscent of the devastating attacks of the 2000-2005 Second Intifada.
In a music video posted online, Hamas, the de-facto ruler of the Gaza Strip, praised terrorists who target civilians in front of a burning green-and-white Egged bus, Israel’s main public transportation provider.
“To die as a martyr for Al-Aqsa [Mosque] gives the explosive device more and more force,” the song posted by the official Hamas channel Al-Aqsa TV said.
“The intifada is not an intifada if the bus roof doesn’t fly off.”
The song praised terrorists who perpetrate attacks, claiming they served to “humble” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…
Monday, February 8th, 2016 at 7:27 AM | Stand For Israel
Yesterday we reported on the death of the 19-year-old police officer, Hadar Cohen, who was wounded in a Jerusalem terror attack. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the other officer wounded in the attack, who told him that Hadar saved her life:
Netanyahu praised the injured warriors, telling them “Your responsiveness and resourcefulness prevented a huge disaster. All of Israel embraces you and hopes you get better soon.”
Ravit recounted to the Prime Minister the sequence of events during the attack, adding, “We are here to protect citizens. This is why we enlisted and why we are here. I have no doubt Hadar knew this and acted out of this belief.”
“I understand that Hadar saved my life,” she added.
This afternoon, Hadar was laid to rest at Yehud Military Cemetery, where she was remembered by her loved ones as “larger than life”:
Cohen’s father Ofer recited the Kaddish prayer for his daughter, before eulogizing her: “My beloved Hadar, my dear daughter…who was more beloved to me than anything. How am I supposed to separate from you now, how?”
With grief in his voice, he continued, “everyone says you were a hero, a true hero, that you saved lots of people with your body and soul. But no one truly knows you my Hadar, your warmth. I have three words (in Hebrew – ed.) to tell you: I’m proud of you. I’m proud of you and salute you. Rest in peace, may your soul be entwined in life…”
An aunt, Zehavit Cohen, said, “Hadar was a good girl and stunning. Everything she wanted, she achieved. She longed to join the Border Police and fought to get there. She always said how fun and good it was, even when it was hard.”
“I told her, ‘Don’t worry, you are larger than life.'”
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Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 8:12 AM | Stand For Israel
Another terror attack was carried out against Israeli security today in the city of Ramle. The Times of Israel’s Raoul Wootliff reports that two teenage girls stabbed a security guard:
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Police said the two suspects, both minors said by police to be around 13 years old from Ramle’s Jawarish neighborhood, were arrested with knives in their possession. One was carrying a school backpack, a police spokesperson noted.
The stabbing took place at the central bus station located in the center of the working class city.
Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 7:58 AM | Stand For Israel
Last week, seven Hamas operatives were killed in the collapse of a terror tunnel. This week, the rebuilding of the terrorist organizations tunnel network continued and, Israel Hayom reports, two more terrorists were killed in another collapse:
Two Hamas operatives were killed on Tuesday when a tunnel they were digging from the Gaza Strip into Israel collapsed.
Hamas identified the men, aged 35 and 23, as members of its military wing.
Up to eight others were injured in Tuesday’s collapse, according to Palestinian media reports.
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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 8:06 AM | Stand For Israel
Today we learned of a second Hamas terror tunnel collapse in the past week. While this particular tunnel will be of no use for the terrorist organization’s plans to attack Israel, it shows that they are continually working on their network of tunnels. In response to reports of Hamas digging new paths into Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the terror group not to try his nation:
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“We are working methodically and calmly against all threats, including threats from Hamas, both with defensive and offensive measures. And of course, in the event we are attacked from tunnels in the Gaza Strip, we will act very forcefully against Hamas, and with much more force than Operation Protective Edge,” Netanyahu told a conference of Israeli diplomats, referring to the 50-day war in the Gaza Strip in 2014.
Israel Defense Forces officials and southern residents have expressed concern in recent days that Hamas is rebuilding a series of subterranean passages, used for attacking Israel, which were destroyed during the 2014 war between Israel and Gazan fighters…
Netanyahu, who is also Israel’s foreign minister, told the diplomats that Jerusalem would have international backing for such a move, and warned Hamas not to “try us.”
“I think they understand this in the region, understand this in the world,” he continued. “I hope we won’t need to, but our capabilities — both defensive and offensive — are developing rapidly.”
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 7:32 AM | Stand For Israel
The victims of one of this weekend’s terror attacks in Israel was an American teen who recently made aliyah (immigrated). The Times of Israel reports that despite the wounds the boy suffered, he won’t let his injuries keep him from serving in the IDF:
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The 17-year-old victim of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem on Saturday afternoon is a recent US immigrant to Israel, who says the incident will not deter him from joining the Israel Defense Forces.
The teen, who left his ultra-Orthodox family in Brooklyn for Israel just over a month ago, told the Ynet news website he hopes to enlist in the IDF’s top commando unit, Sayeret Matkal.
“I was stabbed, but I’ll still enlist in the army and give it my all,” he said. “I’m not afraid of anything.”
The teen said that he and a friend were surrounded by dozens of Arab youths as they returned from the Western Wall on Saturday afternoon…
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at 8:31 AM | Stand For Israel