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

An Open Letter to Hamas and the Arab World

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

As rockets continue to fall on Israel, Operation Protective Edge continues to target the terrorists who launch them. The IDF has called up 40,000 reserves in preparation for possible ground operations in Gaza. One of these reservists, the Israeli media personality Ari Abramowitz, has penned an open letter to Hamas and the rest of the Arab world, hoping for peace for all but promising that God’s children will be victorious:

We are enraged that this is what get after having gone to greater lengths than any country in modern history to make peace with you — even giving to you the very territory from which you are assaulting tonight — as a “confidence building measure”.

While our nature is to love peace, we are ready for war.

But do NOT mistake our hesitation for fear.

Do not mistake our compassion for weakness.

We are like a lion ready to pounce.

Remove our shackles and you will see a nation of warriors.

We will be victorious.

Not because of our own strength will we succeed, but because of the God of Israel who fights our battles for us – who fights our battles through us.

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 8:34 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

#GazaUnderAttack Spreads False Photos on Social Media

As the IDF continues Operation Protective Edge to combat the rash of terrorist rockets being launched from Gaza, many pro-Palestinian people on social media have tried to sway public opinion against Israel by posting and tweeting photos that supposedly show the results of Israeli air strikes. The problem is, BBC News reports, many of these images are either old photos or taken in completely different locations:

Over the past week the hashtag #GazaUnderAttack has been used hundreds of thousands of times, often to distribute pictures claiming to show the effects the airstrikes.

Some of the images are of the current situation in Gaza, but a #BBCtrending analysis has found that some date as far back as 2009 and others are from conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 12:56 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: Olivier Fitoussi)

(Photo: Olivier Fitoussi)

As Stand for Israel has reported, Israel has launched Operation Protective Edge against Hamas terrorists in response to the continued rocket attacks coming from Gaza. In a message today, Rabbi Eckstein asks for prayers that the operation will be successful, and discusses the cost of these terrorist rockets on the people of southern Israel and what The Fellowship is doing to help them:

All of Israel is praying that this operation will be a success. The cost of the seemingly endless terrorist war on Israel is intolerable. During my visit to southern Israel last weekend, I saw its toll written on the faces of two young girls, 7- and 11-year-old sisters, in the town of Sderot, which over the years has been hit particularly hard.

A rocket hit these girls’ apartment several days prior to my visit. No one was physically injured, thank God, but a deep psychological trauma remains. The 7-year-old now refuses to leave her mother’s side. The 11-year-old is afraid to leave the protected room in their apartment. Neither girl will go outside for any reason. Sadly, their story is not unique, which is why long ago The Fellowship established trauma centers in the region to help people cope with the overwhelming stress of living in a war zone.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 9:43 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: “The Gloves Are Off”

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

As we reported yesterday evening, Israel has launched Operation Protective Edge against Hamas. With terrorist rockets launched from Gaza continuing to rain down on southern Israel, the IDF has been instructed to continue its airstrikes and to prepare for a possible ground assault. Due to Hamas’ attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that “The gloves are off”:

“Hamas chose this escalation and will pay a heavy price,” he added.

Officials in Jerusalem told The Times of Israel that Netanyahu had therefore instructed the army to launch a “continuous, methodological, and forceful campaign” against the terrorist group in the Gaza Strip.

“The directive to the Israel Defense Forces is to be ready to go all the way,” the sources said, adding that even a ground operation was on the table …

The purpose of Operation Protective Edge is to “is exact a heavy price from Hamas, to hit it hard, and to create a significant attack that that will lead to deterrence,” the sources said.

We ask that you pray not only for the success of this operation against the terrorists threatening the Holy Land, and for the men and women bravely carrying it out, but for all the people of Israel living in constant fear of attack, that God grant them His peace and protection.

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 9:08 AM  | Stand For Israel
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Seeking Prayers for Safety and Comfort in a Time of Crisis

The news from Israel continues to grieve me deeply. Twenty-seven Israeli soldiers have been killed thus far during Operation Protective Edge.


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