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Earlier this week, we reported on Hamas’ implementation of “human shields” – placing Palestinian civilians in or on terrorist buildings targeted by the IDF. Writing at Commentary, Jonathan Tobin takes a closer look at how Hamas targets Israeli civilians while at the same time placing its own in danger:
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Hamas situates its weapons and fighters next to or among civilians not just because Gaza is crowded but because it is hoping that Israel will kill as many of their own people as possible. It indiscriminately fires rockets at Israeli population centers in part to kill as many Jews as possible though it has, to date, failed in that effort. But it is just as important to them to generate the Israeli counter-attacks that inevitably lead to Palestinian civilian deaths even if those numbers are inflated because many of those killed are actually Hamas terrorists.
Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 9:08 AM | Stand For Israel
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.Comments (0) »
Sunday, July 6th, 2014 at 2:30 AM | Stand For Israel
More details are starting to emerge about the abduction and murder of the three Israeli teenagers, and as they come out we will keep you updated. David Horowitz and Mitch Ginsburg at The Times of Israel is reporting on what happened on the night of the kidnapping:
They had been hitchhiking home from outside the settlement of Alon Shvut in the Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem soon after 10:00, and took a ride in a Hyundai i35. Inside, Israel alleges, were Hamas terrorists Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme.Recognizing, too late, that the car was not an innocent Israeli vehicle, one of the teens called the police at 10:25 p.m. and whispered, “We’ve been kidnapped.”
The link above provides further details of what is believed to have happened after the phone call. Please pray that the perpetrators of this horrific crime are brought to justice, and that the families of the three murdered boys may feel God’s comforting hand upon them.Comments (5) »
Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 4:02 PM | Stand For Israel
As the Jewish state plunged into mourning Monday evening, after receiving news of the recovery of the bodies of the three kidnapped students, Israel’s leaders began to speak out against the terrorists who abducted and murdered the boys:
President Shimon Peres said the Israeli security crackdown will persist in its efforts to combat terror.
“Alongside the heavy mourning, we will remain determined to punish the villainous terrorists with a firm hand,” he said. “Our war on terror will only grow, and will not be weakened, such that this murderous terror will not dare raise its head.”
The president also offered his warmest wishes to the families, and praised them for “devotedly raising their children.”
Again, we pray for the boys’ loved ones, that they may feel God’s comfort in their time of mourning, as well as for the safety and guidance of the brave men and women who continue to battle those who would do harm to Israel and her people.Comments (1) »
Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 1:59 PM | Stand For Israel
We are deeply saddened to report the latest news from Israel: The bodies of the three kidnapped Israeli boys – 16-year-old Naftali Frenkel, 16-year-old Gilad Shaar, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrach – have been recovered:
The bodies were found in an area between Halhul and Karmei Tzur on Monday afternoon. Israeli security forces, which had been conducting extensive searches in the area, sealed off the area and declared it a closed military zone …
The parents were informed on Monday evening that the bodies had been found.
The three Israelis had been killed soon after their abduction, and the bodies were apparently disposed of hurriedly.
Since their abduction over two weeks ago, all of us who stand for Israel have been united in prayer for their safe return. Now please continue to pray for God’s comforting hand on Naftali, Gilad, and Eyal’s parents and loved ones, and for all of Israel. We will keep you updated on news related to this right here on the Stand for Israel blog.
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Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 12:59 PM | Stand For Israel
Last week, we discussed the United States and Iran’s different reasons for opposing ISIS, the terror group moving across Iraq. Now, ISIS has announced an Islamic caliphate in the area between Iraq and Syria, and pledged to “free Palestine.” In this piece at The American Interest, Walter Russell Mead explains the terror organization and the very real global threat it poses:
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ISIS is much richer, much bigger, much better organized and much better positioned to launch attacks in the U.S. and Europe than any of its predecessors. For now, the organization appears to be focused on its local wars, where it certainly has plenty to do. But we’ve consistently underestimated the group’s capabilities, strategic intelligence, innovative planning methods, and drive to prevail. It would be most unwise to assume that a jihadi terror organization 2.0 like ISIS, richer than Osama bin Laden and better supplied with arms and supporters, is incapable of thinking one or two steps ahead.
Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 9:01 AM | Stand For Israel
As the mothers of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali – the three kidnapped Israeli teens – stand strong as the IDF searches for their sons, very few can understand the pain and uncertainty these three women must be feeling. One woman who can relate, however, is Sherri Mandell. Sherri’s son Koby was stabbed and stoned to death in 2001 by Palestinian terrorists. Koby was a dual citizen of Israel and the United States, and his murder led to what was supposed to be a crackdown on terrorism. However, Ms. Mandell wonders in The Times of Israel, why isn’t President Obama speaking out about these three Israeli boys taken by terrorists?
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Yet the Koby Mandell Act promised that the US government would vigorously pursue the killers of American citizens, including those killed in Israel. So far, not one of them has been brought to justice with the help of the American government …
With these lofty goals, you would think that there would be a picture or at least a mention of Naftali on the website. Or a mention of Koby. Or of the many Americans citizens killed by Palestinian terrorists in Israel. But when it comes to Americans who are the victims of Palestinian terrorism, the Justice Department, like the President remains silent.
Friday, June 27th, 2014 at 10:02 AM | Stand For Israel
Earlier this week, Stand for Israel brought you a video of The Fellowship’s Yael Eckstein after her visit with Avi Frenkel, father of missing teen Naftali Frenkel. We also reported on the mothers of the three boys’ visit to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Now Rachel Frenkel, Naftali’s mother, has given this honest, touching, frank, and courageous interview to The Times of Israel. Watch it above, or read the transcript, where Ms. Frenkel opens up about how she is dealing with this unimaginable ordeal:
Basically I feel that if I’ll have to fall apart, I can always do it later … Right now I’m very optimistic. We have every reason to believe that they’re alive and what we need is patience. So an anxiety attack doesn’t help …
After watching or reading this, please continue to pray for this woman, her family, the families of the other boys, and the missing teens, that all may continue to stay strong and have faith in God.Comments (3) »
Friday, June 27th, 2014 at 9:51 AM | Stand For Israel
The kidnapping – probably by Hamas – of three teenage Israeli students is a tragedy and all lovers of Israel and her people should take time to pray for the three boys and their families. But we do those people and the Jewish state a disservice if we turn a blind eye to the need to reassess negotiation policies in light of this situation; and now is a good time to start.
For weeks, there has been a battle raging among the Arab populations of the West Bank and Gaza about who is doing more – Hamas, Fatah, or someone else – for Palestinian security prisoners (the category of detainees who have been found guilty of terror-related activities). Because of the unity deal struck between the two main parties, there is direct political competition between groups that existed below the surface until now. As these organizations fight for popularity and mindshare, we can expect to see more violence directed against Israelis.
In the morally retrograde world of Palestinian society, the big-name murderers – the ones whom the Palestinian Authority names streets, parks, squares, and schools after – are the most deserving of freedom. In recent weeks, several security prisoners had been on a hunger strike inside Israeli prisons and marches and riots had followed among the Palestinian population . Hamas called on its followers to abduct Israeli soldiers in order to compel Israel to trade hundreds and hundreds of craven mass killers.
Now, as difficult as it is in the midst of a crisis (and a crisis which we hope can still have a satisfactory ending), recall Israel’s agreement to trade over 1,000 security prisoners – including more than 200 with blood on their hands – for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Here’s what I wrote about that at the time of the trade.
I still believe we must be careful when criticizing Israeli policies. As an American, I don’t vote in Israeli elections or pay taxes there. Unless they choose to do so or emigrate to Israel,…Read More » Comments (13) »
Monday, June 16th, 2014 at 8:20 AM | Jonathan Greenberg
Please continue to pray for the safe return of the three boys believed to have been abducted by Palestinian terrorists:
“We are in the midst of a widespread operation to locate and bring back the three young yeshiva students. I spoke with their parents, and I told them that we are doing everything possible and more to bring back their boys, who are also our boys,” said the prime minister.
Netanyahu said he gave the following instructions to all the authorities and services aiding the ongoing search for the three teenagers:
“1. [We must] use all tools at our disposal to locate the boys. 2. prevent the possibility of their transfer to Gaza or anywhere else. 3. prepare our forces for all eventualities. 4. demand from the Palestinian Authority, and from its leader Mahmoud Abbas, from whence the kidnappers came, to do all that is necessary to make sure the boys return safely. This is the responsibility of the Palestinian Authority.”
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Saturday, June 14th, 2014 at 3:10 PM | Stand For Israel