Israel Brief August 29, 2011: Seven injured by Palestinian attacker in Tel Aviv

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Seven injured by Palestinian attacker in Tel Aviv

Source: JTA, 8-29-11

Seven people were injured in Tel Aviv by a Palestinian who rammed a stolen taxi into a police roadblock outside a nightclub and then got out of the car and began stabbing people.

The attack took place early Monday morning outside the Tel Aviv nightclub Haoman 17. The 20-year-old attacker, a resident of the West Bank town of Nablus, was subdued and taken into custody by Israeli police.

The man hijacked a taxi at 1:30 a.m. and some 10 minutes later drove it into a Border Police roadblock protecting the nightclub, which was packed with more than 1,000 high school students attending a party, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The attacker then got out of the car and shouted “Allahu Akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great!” — as he assaulted people with a knife.

According to The Jerusalem Post, five of those injured in the attack were members of the Border Police. One of those hurt in the attack was seriously injured, two were moderately injured and the rest were lightly injured, the newspaper reported.

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Israel Brief August 29, 2011: Tel Aviv Terror Attack Was Aimed at 2,000 Teens in Nightclub

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Terror Attack in Tel Aviv Was Aimed at 2,000 Teens

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-29-11

Police prevented a huge catastrophe by stopping a Palestinian Authority terrorist who wounded eight people at a Tel Aviv nightclub patronized by approximately 2,000 young people.

Border Police had been preparing for terrorist attacks, and their presence enabled them to stop the terrorist, hailing from Shechem (Nablus) in the Shomron (Samaria), before he could continue his assault with a knife.

The police “prevented a big disaster,” said Police Commander Yochanan Danino.

Dozens of police officers brought down the terrorist, age 25, after he hijacked a taxicab, wounding its driver, and was surprised by a police roadblock, which he slammed into. He then drove on for another half a mile. He then reached a nightclub holding approximately 2,000 young people at a party and continued knifing his victims for a short while until police, alert to his presence and therefore out in numbers, apprehended him.

One Border Police officer suffered wounds in his neck, and the taxi driver was cut on his hands when he tried to yank the knife away from the terrorist.

All of those wounded suffered light to moderate injuries.

The Palestinian Authority has not commented on the terrorist attack. Shechem, from where the terrorist arrived, is under control by the Palestinian Authority, which is committed to dismantling the terrorist infrastructure.

“The incident was further proof of the motivation of terrorists to attack,” Danino said.

The attack still is under investigation, but the Public Security Minister said that the terrorist appears to have acted on his own, bearing out warnings from intelligence officers that “lone terrorists,” without direct involvement of a terrorist organization, are prepared to carry out attacks at any time throughout the country.

A high alert against terror is in effect along the southern border.

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Israel Brief August 28, 2011: Six Injured in Tel Aviv Terror Attack

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Six Injured in Tel Aviv Terror Attack

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-28-11

Six people were injured in a terror attack in southern Tel Aviv overnight Sunday.

The attack occurred after an Arab stole a taxi, ran over a man and lightly injured him, then stabbed several other people at the corner of Abarbanel and Salame Streets in the city.

Magen David Adom reported that one person was stabbed in the head and stomach and was very seriously injured, two people were moderately injured and two others were lightly injured. They were all taken to Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.

Voice of Israel radio reported that the attack took place near a popular Tel Aviv night club, and that the terrorist called out “Allah Akhbar” as he stabbed people. It was also reported that he refused to heed the officers’ calls from him to stop, a fact which strengthened officers’ belief that the man is a terrorist.

The terrorist was lightly injured as police took over the cab and apprehended him and was taken to the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.

Police are investigating the incident, and a preliminary investigation has found that the terrorist came from the Shechem area. He initially made his way to Yafo, where he stole the cab and made his way towards southern Tel Aviv.

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Israel Brief August 28, 2011: Gilad Shalit Spends 25th Birthday & 6th Birthday in Captivity

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Shalit spends 25th birthday in captivity

Source: JTA, 8-28-11

Captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit spent his 25th birthday in captivity.

Sunday was the sixth birthday that Shalit has marked in captivity since he was captured by Hamas terrorists in a cross-border raid in June 2006.

Shalit’s parents led a protest in front of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office in Jerusalem on Sunday, with banners reading “We won’t let Gilad celebrate alone.” Another banner called on Netanyahu to give Shalit “his life back” for his birthday.

In a letter to their son to mark his birthday, Noam and Aviva Shalit wrote:

“With the burning sun beating on our heads, on the sidewalk adjacent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s home, we are trying to digest the fact that 1,890 days have passed and you still are not with us. …

“We’re here. We haven’t given up, we haven’t surrendered, and we have not been broken. And we are not alone. Our dearest Gilad, many many people who are strangers to you, who you have never met, think as we do, that it is inconceivable to speak of social solidarity, of national fortitude and of having faith in the State while abandoning you to your fate. Day after day, lonely and abandoned in Hamas dungeons for over half a decade.”

Israel Political Brief August 28, 2011: Social protesters march for sixth consecutive week in Israel over economic equality

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Social protest demonstrators march for sixth consecutive week

Source: JTA, 8-28-11

Some 20,000 demonstrators protested across Israel calling for social and economic equality.

The protests Saturday night marked the sixth consecutive weekend that Israelis have marched in social protests.

Some 10,000 gathered in Tel Aviv, joined by Noam Shalit, father of captured soldier Gilad Shalit, who said that social justice means bringing all Israeli soldiers home.

Jews and Arabs marched together in the Wadi Ara area of northern Israel, demanding not only social justice, but also to not expand a planned development for haredim in the area.

On Aug. 26, the five-month doctors’ strike was resolved. “This agreement is an additional step in a series of socio-economic steps that this Government has taken in various fields in order to improve Israeli society and reduce gaps,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s Cabinet meeting.

“We are not neglecting – neither as a result of our security responsibility nor of our economic responsibility – anything regarding our responsibility to implement social reform in the State of Israel.  We are doing this.  The Trajtenberg Committee is working with all due urgency.  It will submit its recommendations to us next month.  This is a very serious committee and we are talking about serious and responsible steps.  These will not be small steps, but major ones and will be submitted to the Socio-Economic Cabinet in the coming weeks.  Ours is a genuine commitment to social reform and the reform we are talking about is both genuine and serious,” Netanyahu said.

Israel Brief August 26, 2011: Second Ceasefire Broken, Rocket Lands in Israel

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Second Ceasefire Broken, Rocket Lands in Israel

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-26-11

A Grad rocket fired from Gaza landed in open land south of Ashkelon on Friday.gaza rocketf alls in ashkelon

Air raid sirens were heard before the rocket hit. No physical injuries or property damage were reported in the attack.

The attack came after the Islamic Jihad announced a new cease-fire agreement in Gaza early Friday morning. The agreement was reportedly brokered by Egypt and the UN.

The cease-fire announcement, made by Nafaz Azam, was unexpected as on Thursday Islamic Jihad had vowed to extend the range of their rocket capabilities, sending projectiles deeper into Israel. The terror group had said that it would triple the number of Israelis affected by rocket attacks.

At least 17 rockets and mortar shells pounded Israel on Thursday evening, just one day after Wednesday’s barrage of at least 21 such projectiles. On Wednesday a 9-month old baby girl was wounded by shrapnel from a rocket.

Most of the projectiles hit hit open areas near Ashkelon and in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council. A mortar shell struck the Erez crossing, which is frequently used by Gaza residents seeking to enter Israel for medical treatments, causing extensive damage.

Shortly after that attack the IAF reported a precise hit on a second terror cell seeking to launch a rocket in the area. Gaza sources said two Islamic Jihad terrorists were killed in the airstrike.

The immediate breaking of Thursday morning’s Islamic Jihad ceasefire is no surprise in light of the mass of rockets that struck Israel immediately following the Hamas-led ceasefire announced on Sunday.

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Israel Brief August 26, 2011: Gaza Terror Groups Announce New Ceasefire on Israel Rocket Attacks

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Gaza Terror Groups Announce New Ceasefire

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-26-11

Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and the other terror groups in the Gaza Strip declared another ceasefire with Israel late Thursday night, Voice of Israel Radio reported.

According to the report, rocket attacks aimed at southern Israel’s communities will stop at 1:00 p.m. Israel time on Friday.

The announcement came after at least 17 rockets and mortar shells were fired from Gaza on Thursday evening. The rockets and mortars exploded in open fields in Eshkol, the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council, and south of Ashkelon. The “Color Red” warning siren was sounded in the areas under attack.

Shortly after 7:00 p.m. another rocket was fired that struck near the Erez crossing. The IAF reported that warplanes struck a separate terror cell preparing a launch just before the Erez attack and scored a “precise hit.”

After 10:00 p.m., terrorists in northern Gaza fired yet another rocket at the western Negev city of Sderot. The rocket hit an agricultural facility east of the city.

Thankfully, there were no physical injuries in any of Thursday’s attacks, which came after at least 20 rockets were fired into Israel Wednesday night.

According to Voice of Israel Radio, the announcement of the latest ceasefire was surprising since only several hours before the announcement, the Islamic Jihad terror group criticized Hamas for suggesting that it stop firing rockets.

A spokesman for the Islamic Jihad had been quoted as saying that “whoever calls for a lull while Israeli aggression, including aerial strikes and bombardments of civil and military targets continues – must be living on a different planet.”

The latest ceasefire, however, may not mean much, as the terror groups have declared ceasefires in the past and almost immediately violated them. In fact, the latest round of violence came after Hamas declared a ceasefire on Sunday evening.

The Islamic Jihad used the fact that Israel killed one of its terrorists, who had been planning a terror attack in Gaza, as an excuse to launch a barrage of rockets at southern Israel.

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Israel Brief August 25, 2011: Gaza Rocket Fire Continues to Rain on Southern Israel

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Rocket Fire on Southern Israel Continues

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-25-11

More than 20 rockets were fired on southern Israel from Gaza during the night with strikes on Beersheva, Ashkelon, Sderot, Ofakim, Netivot and villages in the region, “IDF Radio” (Galei Zahal) reported. An 11-month old baby was lightly injured by the blast on one of the kibbutzim in the area. Damage was reported to a house in Sderot this morning.

The Iron Dome defense system successfully intercepted rockets kassam rocket from gazathat were fired on Beersheva and Ashkelon. Life has yet to return to normal in the region and cultural and sporting events including Ligat Ha’Al soccer matches that were postponed at the weekend and scheduled for last night had to be put off again on orders from the IDF.

In response to the ongoing attacks, the IDF bombed a band of Palestinians in Gaza firing kassam rockets. Reports say that six Palestinians were killed. The IDF also reported that during the night aircraft attacked a building used to store weapons in the northern Gaza strip, and that there were accurate hits.

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More than 20 rockets from Gaza hit Israel

Source: JTA, 8-25-11

Terrorists in Gaza renewed rocket attacks on Israel, ending a brief lull.

More than 20 rockets were fired at Israel overnight Wednesday through Thursday afternoon. A 9-month-old baby was wounded when a rocket hit a home near Ashkelon. One rocket was intercepted near Beersheba by the Iron Dome missile defense system, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Israel Air Force planes on Wednesday night struck several targets in Gaza, including a weapons storage facility, a smuggling tunnel and a weapons manufacturing site, the IDF said. At least four Palestinians were killed and 20 injured in the attacks, Palestinian sources told Israeli media.

The attacks followed a day of quiet that came after five days in which southern Israel was struck by more than 100 rockets and shells fired from Gaza. The outburst followed Israeli airstrikes that came in the wake of the terrorist attack a week ago near Eilat in which eight Israelis were killed.

Israel Brief August 24, 2011: Glenn Beck praises Israeli courage at Restoring Courage Jerusalem rally

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Glenn Beck praises Israeli courage at Jerusalem rally

Source: JTA, 8-24-11

Hundreds gathered in Jerusalem’s Old City for broadcaster Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Courage” rally.

More than 1,000 people gathered at Wednesday’s rally in a Jewish Quarter archeological park near the southern side of the Temple Mount, The Jerusalem Post reported. Others attended more than 1,400 viewing parties around the world, Beck said.

“In Israel there is more courage in one small square mile than in all of Europe,” Beck said at the rally. “In Israel there is more courage in one soldier than in the combined cold hearts of all the bureaucrats in the United Nations. In Israel you can find people standing against incredible odds against the entire tide of world opinion just because it’s right, just because it’s just and just because it’s good.”

Media reports described the crowd at the event as in large part made up of American Christians. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Likud lawmaker Danny Danon were among the event’s speakers.

The highly promoted Old City event was the climax of a series of three rallies Beck has held in Israel over the past four days. The start time for the event was changed to 5 p.m. so that it would end before Muslims arrived at the Temple Mount for their Ramadan evening prayers, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The left-wing Israeli group Peace Now mounted a small demonstration nearby at which protesters urged Beck to go home.

Full Text August 24, 2011: Glenn Beck’s Keynote Address from Restoring Courage: The Courage to Stand — Jerusalem, Israel

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Glenn Beck: The Courage to Stand

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-24-11

Glenn Beck’s Full Keynote Address from Restoring Courage: The Courage to Stand

Last year, hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial for an event called Restoring Honor.

Some of you were there. It may have changed you. I know it changed me.

In August, I challenged Americans to live a life of honesty and integrity. This year I have a new challenge.

Today, I ask you turn your eyes to Israel and restore courage.

I have been asked: What can you teach Israel about Courage? My answer is simple. Nothing.

Then they ask: Why are you coming to Israel? Because, I say: In Israel, you see courage.

In Israel, there is more courage in one square mile than in all of Europe. In Israel, there is more courage in one soldier than in the combined and cold hearts of every bureaucrat at the United Nations. In Israel, you can find people who will stand against incredible odds… against the entire tide of global opinion, for what is right and good and true. Israel is not a perfect country. No country is perfect. But it tries… and it is courageous.
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Today, the world needs courage more than ever.

glenn beck jerusalemWe need it because whether you live here in Jerusalem, or in London, or in Athens, or in Washington, D.C., you know – we all know — the world is changing, the world is burning, and whatever we have known… whatever we’ve thought would never change… whatever we’ve grown to think is solid and strong and durable … is under siege.

You don’t have to be a prophet to know that things are not going well in the world. The threats are mounting. Darkness is falling.

Far too many politicians are willing to look away. The shape shifters are at work. They have turned day into night, good into evil. They have changed the very meaning of words.

In New York, the so-called leaders of the world talk about abuses of human rights. But what they will do is abuse the very meaning of the phrase “human rights.”

“Human rights,” they say. But who will they focus on? Libya? Syria? North Korea? No.

They will condemn Israel. Tiny Israel. Democratic Israel. Free Israel. Israel, which values life above all other things.

Israel, as usual, is the exception.

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The world is adrift. The world is confused.

In Europe, the great nations of the past – Greece, Italy, Spain, Britain – are falling into chaos and violence.

We have raised up a generation who cannot tell the difference between what they owe society and what society owes them.

They interviewed the rioters in England. Why, they were asked, are you stealing shoes or televisions. “Because,” the rioters said in response, “because we deserve them.”

We may think: Oh, how different are today’s youth! But the young merely imitate their parents. They have seen how the world reacts to evil – with indifference. They watch, they learn, they imitate. What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.

When the Fogel family was killed in their sleep the world barely took note. The grand councils of earth condemn Israel. Across the border, Syria slaughters its own citizens. The grand councils are silent. It’s no wonder children light their streets on fire.

These international councils, these panels of so-called diplomats, condemn Israel not because they believe Israel needs to be corrected. They do so because it is convenient.

Everyone does it. In some countries, it’s a crime not to.

The diplomats are afraid, and so they submit. They surrender to falsehood. The truth matters not. To the keepers of conventional wisdom, a sacrifice of the truth is a small price to pay. What difference does it make if we beat up on little Israel? These are the actions of the fearful and cowards.

But I stand here to tell you this: Fear is the pathway to surrender. And to overcome fear, we must have courage.

This is hard to do. Especially here. Especially now.

The plotters plot. The schemers scheme. And it is easy to tremble with doubt.

Even Israelis – the most courageous people on earth – doubt themselves. “Did we do something to deserve this? Perhaps if we just do something else, it will all go away!”

My Israeli friends, I have a message: You must not lose hope. You must not lose confidence. You must have courage.

And you must draw courage from the knowledge that you were led to this land by God. And in the affairs of mankind, God is not a stranger to the children of Abraham.

He promised that Israel would rise again. For two thousand years the Jewish people held on to this promise. We have seen the promise fulfilled.

Israel, we have witnessed the dawn of your redemption.

We live in an age of manmade, technological miracles. But these are the days of divine miracles.

Not by the hand of any man, whether his name is Balfour or Truman, does Israel exist. Israel is here because the God of Abraham keeps His covenants.

In synagogues just over a week ago, they read the words of the prophet Isaiah:

“Comfort, oh comfort My people,
Says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
And declare to her
Her term of hard service is over . . .”

And look at us! Here we are – in Jerusalem united. Jerusalem rebuilt.

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is not neutral in the affairs of mankind. God is not indifferent to Israel. He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant he made with your forefathers.

In the 40 years of wandering in the desert, the ancient Hebrews were led through the dark of night by a pillar of fire.

Courage is the act of walking into the darkness, and knowing that each step would be guided and protected by the pillar of fire, if we follow it. God is with us.

I will admit, I did not know this, until very recently.

For the first half of my life I did very little. I was the stereotypical American that believed two oceans would forever shelter me.

As a radio and TV commentator, my job was little more than pointing out the problems. And I did. I saw what I thought were obvious things, and I made obvious observations.

I saw the interviews of Osama bin Laden, and so in 1999, I said he will attack New York again. He did.

I saw the unreal expectations of ordinary Americans in 2006, and so I said – there will be a crash in the housing market. It can’t keep going up. And it crashed.

I saw the global financial markets ready to seize up in 2007… I saw the coming unrest and riots in Europe in 2008.

It didn’t take a prophet to see these things – all you had to do was recognize that evil exists and evil was going unopposed.

And so this year, when I saw Tunisia’s and Egypt’s rulers crack and fall and the world called it the Arab Spring, I said: Where could this be going? And behind these revolutions was a familiar force, a force that will place those nations under a new pharaoh. And that force, I said, would come up to the borders of Israel. And so it has.

We are not at the mercy of these events. We can alter the course of history. We can stand against the dangerous arc of this story.

But we need people who are willing to speak truth. We need inspiration. We need a model to follow.

The last century was a century of genocide. A century where evil rose up again and again… swallowing up the lives of millions.

But evil met its match. Goodness eventually prevailed. People like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King Jr. and Lech Walesa and Mother Theresa and Henrietta Szold awoke the world.

They gave their lives to the pursuit of human rights. They took the side of justice against injustice, they held aloft the torch of freedom to push out the darkness of hate.

These men and women lived difficult lives. They often lived shortened lives. They were often born to relative privilege, but willing to take on suffering. They did want not to martyr themselves. They would have happily lived to the end of their natural lives in comfort… but to the righteous, there is no comfort when evil has taken root.

But the cause of human rights has been taken over by organizations who share little with the individuals who led the movement. Human rights was once a cry for justice. Now it used as a threat.

These organizations have become bullies and grotesque parodies of the principles they pretend to represent. They criticize free nations and spare the unfree. They denounce nations like Israel and America, who have high standards for freedom, and leave alone nations that have no freedom at all. They are nearly comical in their double-standards. Whatever moral force they once had is spent. Their time is up. And so, we dismiss them.

Today, we take back the phrase “human rights” and place it where it belongs, as the first half of God’s plan for humanity. The second half is responsibility.

If we want to be endowed with rights – real human rights, we have to act with responsibility. We must not be comfortable with rights. We must be comfortable with responsibility. We cannot use our few short years on this planet enjoying our rights… we must do everything we can living by our responsibilities to our fellow man. Rights and responsibilities. The two go hand-in-hand, arm-in-arm, together.

Nowhere in the Torah or the Christian Scriptures do you see the phrase words “human rights.” But there is a lot in there about responsibilities.

Everything we know about human rights and civilization came from this place. Whether you live by 613 commandments or 10 or just one golden rule, they all came from here. This throne of the Lord.

When the world turns its back on Israel and the Jewish people, the world turns its back on the source of all human rights. Without the Jewish people, humanity would not know that every individual life has dignity, that every life is sacred, that God names every star and knows every soul. That was God’s message to Abraham and Moses. It is the message of the Jewish people to the world, and by their very existence they teach it to us.

Today I propose a new path. I propose a path led by you – the individual, linked in arms with other individuals. A path where governments and so-called human rights organizations get out of the way and people come together to solve our problems. As God intended.

Some may ask: Why not leave this work up to others – the well-connected and well-educated and well-heeled, our political leaders or the media?

Well, I ask you: Whom do you trust to do this sacred work?

Who will protect your rights better? A king, president or you?

Who will protect the truth? A reporter, producer or you?

Who will protect and teach your children to seek truth? A textbook committee, an education bureaucrat, or you?

Did a commission of wise men stop the Holocaust? Did a committee of Congress end Jim Crow?

No. In each case, the work was done by individuals who would not abide convenient lies. They saw injustice and they called it out. They saw their nation wage war against a single group and they said “Not in My Name.” They didn’t wait for the conventions of society to catch up to God’s laws. They pushed. They pressed. And they were victorious.

This spirit lives within us. I believe that you will link arms with others and stand with courage, and walk behind the pillar of fire.

You see evil rear its head in our time. You see the signs again. The swastikas are on display in the street marches. This week they’re holding up signs in Cairo that say: We’re building the gas chambers. They dress their children in suicide belts. They are given the choice, and they choose death.

Let us have the courage to choose life. No more incitement. No more threats. No more terror. No more talk of genocide. No more hate. No fear. No more lies.

We can read their signs, listen to their speeches. So we know that they say what they mean and mean what they say.

Well: So do we.

And I know we will be victorious. Because while their conviction is rooted in hate, our conviction is rooted in love. And love always wins.

When Naomi and her daughters in law lost their husbands, Naomi knew that their future would be far brighter if they went back to their families, to start over. But her daughter in law Ruth would have none of it. She said,

“Entreat me not to leave thee,
or to return from following after thee:
for whither thou goest, I will go;
and where thou lodgest, I will lodge:
thy people shall be my people,
and thy God my God:
Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried.”

And so I say that if the world decides it must know who will stand with Israel, who will stand with the Jewish people, so they know exactly who to condemn, who to target, let them know this.

Condemn me. Target me. I will stand with Israel. I will stand with the Jewish people. And if they want to round us up again, I will proudly raise my hand and say “Take me first.”

There is courage in our time. It is here in this space. It is found everywhere God resides in the hearts of man. It is found in Joplin Missouri. Joplin was devastated by a tornado a mile wide. They lost their hospital and their school. Joplin looked more like a moonscape than the pleasant town it was.

But this is a town not looking to take help but to offer it. They began to gather early this morning. Many are taking the day off from work to show their dedication and love of the Jewish people and the state of Israel.

Our problems demand more than checkbook courage. It’s easy to write a check. But we can’t outsource love and truth and courage. We must do it ourselves. We must roll up our sleeves to make a lasting difference.

We will find hope. We will renew ourselves. We will be the first to regain what many of us have lost … Our faith. Together, we will begin to change the world.

We won’t find the answers in some global body halfway around the world…but in ourselves. We won’t find purpose in the drumbeat of destruction and disobedience we hear in the West, but in a mission of building and honor and courage.

In people like Rami Levi. In people like Tamar Fogel. In the owners, one a Jew the other an Arab, who built and reopened the Maxim restaurant after it was bombed. Each made a decision on their own to build.

The prophets and sages promise us, that by small and simple things do great things come to pass… and small means will confound the wise. Let us confound the world.

This will be a movement of honor…. courage… and responsibility.

God has made man in His image and after His likeness. He has endowed us with great privileges and rights. And He has given us purpose on this earth. His blessings are our rights. His purpose is our responsibility.

Because we have a right to worship freely, let us declare: We have a responsibility to fight for the rights of others to worship freely.

Because we have a right to pursue happiness, we have a responsibility to be thankful for our blessings and to comfort the needy.

Because we have a right to knowledge and truth, we have a responsibility to pursue it, and to fight falsehood.

These declarations of responsibility, and others, are being posted at http://www.glennbeck.com. In the coming days, I want each of you to print them, read them, carry them, and make them a part of your lives. Share them with your family and friends. Remember all that God has done for you, teach these lessons to your children, and obey God’s word. And join me on a historic march towards human responsibility.

Evil is counting on us to do nothing. Evil is counting on us to be afraid. But evil has misjudged us.

Evil has misjudged us as it has misjudged the Jewish people. The last line of a Jewish prayer is…

Adonai li, v’lo ira
God is with me, I fear not.

Those two lines have been uttered for centuries. Through crusades. Through progroms. Through the gas chambers. At the hands of butchers.

In every generation, they rise up to kill Jews. And in every generation, the answer is the same.

LO IRA. I fear not.

I will wait for someone else to rise no more. This time, we are the ones who say – LO IRA.

Let us begin here: some people call Israel an apartheid state. I reject that. And so immediately following this program I will fly to South Africa, which is where apartheid actually existed. I will broadcast from Cape Town tomorrow morning to remind the world what the evil of apartheid really looked like.

And I will learn from the people who conquered the hatred, ignorance and bigotry and who chartered a peaceful course for a new South Africa.

Then on Friday I will fly to South America to plead the case of human responsibility to a group of nearly 5,000 local leaders from all over the continent and ask them to join me in standing in defense of Israel, the Jewish people and responsibility.

Finally on Sunday, I will speak to 5,000 Americans in Dallas, Texas. I have chosen to end my week in the town where I will headquarter the charitable division of my company, Mercury One. Dedicated to the idea that one man, inspired by one God, makes a difference. This trip will end where a global moment begins.

This won’t be easy for me, and it won’t be easy for you.

Others will say, “come with us, over the horizon.” But that horizon is a cliff. And when you don’t go along, you will stand out. You will be mocked and in some cases your life may be in danger.

So you must remember to say: LO IRA. I fear not.

No one wants to be on the point, the person that sticks out. My first death threat came in 2002 after my first visit to Israel and my declaration of support of the Jewish people and state. My latest death threat was today.

And so I say: LO IRA. I fear not.

Many of us may fall along the way. Some will have their reputation destroyed or business or career ended and others still may pay the ultimate price.

But let us link arms and make the journey together and if one shall fall, let 10 join our ranks.

You were not born so someone else could rule over you. God did not create you, endow you with rights so you could remain silent while injustice and evil grow. You have a purpose and it is rooted in love, compassion and responsibility.

There are many reasons to hear my words, leave here and do nothing. We all have been trained to believe that we are not strong enough, smart enough or powerful enough.

Abraham was old, Moses was slow of speech, Ruth was a widow, David was a little boy, Joseph was in prison, and Lazarus was dead. What is your excuse?

You were born for a time such as this. Begin by declaring that this is why you were placed on this earth. It doesn’t matter how you’ve spent your years on this planet. What matters is what you do now from here.

I cannot promise you safety, prosperity or comfort.

But I can promise you this. One day, your children and grandchildren will ask you: “What did you do when the world was on the edge again? What did you say when the West, Israel and the Jews were blamed again?”

You will look them in the eye and say: I had courage. And on the 24th of Av, I committed to stand with courage… to walk… to march… arm in arm… behind God’s pillar of fire.

Adonai li v’Lo Ira.

God is with me, I fear not.

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Israel Brief August 24, 2011: Glenn Beck Addresses Restoring Courage Rally on Day 3 in Jerusalem, Israel

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Glenn Beck: Love the Jews As They Are

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-24-11

Read Glenn Beck’s Full Keynote Address from Restoring Courage: The Courage to Stand

The debate over whether former FOX News talk show host and Conservative commentator Glenn Beck is good for the Jews or bad for the Jews goes on in advance of his “Restoring Courage” rally to be held in Jerusalem on Wednesday afternoon.

Moshe Feiglin, head of the Jewish Leadership faction inside the Likud, recently wrote.glenn beck knesset

“I must admit that when a friendly non-Jew starts to quote the Bible, I get a bit nervous. It is not just the long history of anti-Semitism that has developed a genetic mutation in the noses of Jews, giving them great sensitivity to anything that smells of Christianity – but also my own personal experience with avowed lovers of Israel and the settlers who took great pains to mask their Christian motives.”

But David Ha’Ivri, head of the Shomron (Samaria) Liaison Office, rejected the criticism of Beck on Tuesday, saying he is a “unique Gentile” who loves Israel and Jews.

“Glenn Beck is one of those unique gentiles who appreciates the Jewish people and our national, historical and theological goals,” Ha’Ivri said. “His agenda is out in the open and very clear: he wishes us well as the Jewish people preserving our Torah culture on our Holyland.”

However, in his pre-rally event held for 3,000 mostly American Christians at the Roman amphitheater in Caesarea on Sunday, Beck did not show any indication that he knows of the controversy he caused and simply told the world to “not only love Israel but love the Jewish people as they are.”

Declaring that the entire world is “reentering the age of miracles of God,” he received thunderous applause when he said, “While there may not be a political solution, the good news is the G-d of Israel ain’t running for office.”

Simultaneously broadcast to over 80 countries throughout the world and close to 1,200 viewing parties, Beck said, “Let the Jewish people know, no matter what our governments may say, we are not our governments, we stand with you. We bring truth, we bring peace, we bring support, we bring comfort.”

Joining Beck on stage were Pastor John Hagee, founder and president of the Christians United For Israel (CUFI), American born Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat, David Barton, world-renowned historian and Dr. Mike Evans, award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author who has sold over 23 million books.

Providing musical entertainment for the evening was Grammy nominated R&B/soul/gospel singer Vernessa Mitchell, who was joined by Israeli singers and musicians.

“The Jews are still the apple of G-d’s eye, still the chosen people, still the covenant people,” declared Pastor Hagee as he took the podium. He drew an analogy with the late president John F. Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, when he announced “Ani Yisraeli” (I am an Israeli). He then led the rally participants in chants of: “I am an Israeli!”

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, formerly of the Lincoln Square Synagogue on Manhattan’s upper west side, spoke of Jewish appreciation for the support of the Christian pro-Israel community, and in particular that of Glenn Beck, who, Riskin said, is a “deeply patriotic American, a true friend of Israel.”

Lauding the stoic character of the Christian supporters of Israel, Rabbi Riskin said, “We are not alone. We are Jews and not Christians.You Christians, nevertheless, have the courage to love us in our otherness. We are profoundly grateful for your courage to love us and stand with us.”

Prior to the rally in Caesarea, Beck had toured the Samaria (Shomron) region, providing support to the communities there with a special visit to the town of Itamar, the site of the barbaric murder of five members of the Fogel family by Arab terrorists in March of this year.

Said Beck on his radio program broadcast from Israel, “I went to Itamar in Judea and Samaria; our cameras were the first to be allowed into the home. It is empty now and they are gone but they couldn’t get all of the blood off the walls. I will tell you, this was one of the most horrific, bloodiest massacres I could imagine. It was horrifying, horrifying.

“And yet in that community, profound hope. If you stand in their backyard, you can see the two mountains: The Mountain of Blessing and the Mountain of Curse. It is scriptural. Which do you choose? The mountain of blessing or curse. And this community has both.

“I can’t believe what people go through here in Israel, and the world stays silent. The media is distorting and lying, lying to you. Lying to you. And it is important that you know it.”

Arab Knesset members have warned of possible violence on Wednesday as Beck holds his “Restoring Courage” rally at the Southern Wall excavation sites near the Temple Mount, an event expected to garner an audience of over 2,000 at the Davidson Center in Jerusalem.

Arutz Sheva reported that Hadash MK Muhammad Barakei said, “There are enough racists in Israel without importing them from the US. The lessons from Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount apparently haven’t been learned. This event isn’t for building coexistence, but to spark fires in a sensitive location ahead of the United Nations vote on a Palestinian state in September. There is a danger that the event will lead to people being harmed, and the police should have prevented it.”

MK Ahmed Tibi (UAL-Ta’al) called Beck “a bizarre, conservative, neo-fascist comedian who is motivated by a hatred of Islam.” He also accused MK Danny Danon (Likud), who is involved in Beck’s event, of “dancing to Beck’s flute-playing and rejoicing to every outrageous word against Arabs and Muslims.”

Beck advised his critics to watch the event before casting judgment. He said that when he held his Restoring Honor event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, last August, people said he would desecrate the site with what they thought would be a right-wing political rally, but it ended up being nothing of the kind.

“Jerusalem is an example of coexistence working. You can’t deny truth,” he said.

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Isral Brief August 24, 2011: Three Eilat terrorists were Egyptian, newspaper claims

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Three Eilat terrorists were Egyptian, newspaper claims

Source: JTA, 8-24-11

Three of the terrorists in last week’s coordinated attacks near Eilat were Egyptian members of an extremist Islamic group, an Egyptian newspaper reported.

The Egyptian daily newspaper Al-Masry Al Yaoum reported that one of the terrorists had escaped from an Egyptian prison during the recent spring revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak. The identities of the terrorists were discovered during an investigation into the incident by the Egyptian security forces, according to the newspaper. The three terrorists were killed in firefights with Israeli troops.

The Egyptian investigation also reportedly found that Israeli troops entered the Sinai Peninsula in pursuit of the terrorists, and that the troops exchanged fire with Egyptian forces. Five Egyptian policemen and soldiers were killed in the fighting.

Meanwhile, protesters demonstrating in front of the Israeli Embassy in Cairo are calling for a million-man protest demanding the expulsion of Israel’s ambassador to Israel, Al Masry Al Yaoum reported. Protesters also marched in front of the home of the Israeli ambassador.

The newspaper also reported that Egyptian Ambassador to Israel Yasser Reda declined an iftar dinner invitation by Israeli President Shimon Peres and sent his deputy instead, a move perceived as a sign of disapproval.

Israel Brief August 24, 2011: Israel strikes terrorist as Gaza rockets hit Israel, Egypt

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Israel strikes terrorist as Gaza rockets hit Israel, Egypt

Source: JTA, 8-24-11

An Egyptian woman was injured when rockets from Gaza struck the border town of Rafah, and an Israeli airstrike killed a terrorist operative as cross-border fire interrupted a fragile cease-fire.

Israel’s Air Force targeted the car of a local Islamic Jihad leader in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. The early Wednesday morning strike came after the Air Force struck Gaza terrorists preparing to fire rockets into Israel’s south. The dead terrorist leader reportedly was responsible for funding last week’s coordinated attacks on Israeli civilian vehicles.

Later Wednesday, at least two rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel.

A cease-fire reportedly negotiated by Egypt with Hamas and the smaller terrorist groups has been mostly holding despite the small breaches.

Also Wednesday, an Egyptian woman was lightly injured when a rocket fired from Gaza landed in the Egyptian town of Rafah, striking a residential area, and not the desert, as has been the case in the past.

Israel Brief August 23, 2011: Canada’s restructured Jewish advocacy agency named the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

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Canada’s restructured Jewish advocacy agency gets name

Source: JTA, 8-23-11

Canada’s newly restructured Israel and Jewish advocacy agency finally has a name: the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

The name was announced last week by the organization’s branding committee, which reportedly surveyed preferences from among a select group of stakeholders and interested parties. The new agency oversees and coordinates the work of the Canadian Jewish Congress, the Canada-Israel Committee, Quebec-Israel Committee, National Jewish Campus Life and the University Outreach Committee.

The restructuring of Canada Jewish and Israel advocacy organizations was an 18-month-long process conducted largely behind closed doors. The restructuring also resulted in the firing of nine employees, six of them formerly with the Canadian Jewish Congress.

All along, some community members expressed concerns that the consolidation of agencies would result in the demise of the 92-year-old Canadian Jewish Congress. After the announecment, Frank Bialystok, the CJC’s Ontario region chair, said his organization has not disappeared.

“The national executive of Congress is still intact,” Bialystok told the Canadian Jewish News. “We have no budget so we can’t operate. But we own the name. We own the logo. And only we can decide to fold up.”

Israel Brief August 23, 2011: Tel Aviv Police Remove Housing Protesters From Squat

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Police Remove Protesters From Tel-Aviv Squat

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-23-11

The police removed the social protesters this morning from the abandoned building on Tel Aviv’s Dov Hoz Street that they took over yesterday. “We shall not be moved,” the squatters declared as they set up what they called a “community center” in the building.

200 protesters entered the building, which was once the boarding school and dormitories for young theater actors. The protestors hung a large signtel aviv housing crisis tent cities “Liberated Building” and chanted protest slogans. In a reminder of Tel Aviv’s People’s House, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, the protesters said that they would set up a People’s House for community housing in the squat.

Protest leader Hadar Shemesh told “IDF Radio” (Galei Zahal), “The police evicted us. There was no violence on our part. There was some shoving and scuffles, but nothing more. We also counted two arrests. The protest is not over, and it continues by every means. We are united and the eviction will not end this.”

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said that the squatters crossed the line and broke the law. “Until now, the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality allowed and even assisted the protest in the city in accordance with the spirit of Tel Aviv democracy. I have frequently expressed my public support for this just protest and personally attended the large rally held in the city,” he said yesterday.

“Regrettably, a line was crossed by a minority of hotheads who chose to break the law and take over a public property which is unsafe. These people exploited the public’s credit for this acceptable and legitimate protest that is in line with Tel Aviv’s values of peace, freedom of expression, and obeying the law, and put it on the path of violence and criminality. The squat is a crime, and such actions not only do not help the protest and violates democratic values, but will boomerang and hurt the protest’s power, the broad support it has had until now, and its legitimacy.”

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Israel Political Brief August 22, 2011: Palestinian Rockets Fall in Israel After “Ceasefire”

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Rockets Fall in Israel After “Ceasefire”

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-22-11
Southern Israeli cities came under rocket fire again for a fifth night despite claims by Gaza terrorists they were committed to a “ceasefire.” rockets ashkelon

Residents in the coastal city of Ashkelon raced for cover as the Color Red air raid siren blared its warning at about 7:40 p.m. local time.

Two medium-range Grad Katyusha missiles, fired by terrorists in northern Gaza, exploded in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council district. Both landed in open areas, although one set off a brush fire in a field that quickly ignited, dry from the summer heat.

Earlier in the day, a rocket struck an empty building in the Eshkol Regional Council district as well. No physical injuries were reported in any of the attacks.

The Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) terrorist group had announced earlier Monday in a statement on its website that it would adhere to a Hamas-led ceasefire.

However, more than a dozen rockets were fired Sunday night after the so-called truce was imposed.

No Gaza-based group took responsibility for the attacks.

A deadly Grad Katyusha missile barrage on Be’er Sheva Saturday evening left a 38-year-old man dead and eight others seriously wounded. Ofakim was also targeted, as were numerous other southern Israeli cities and communities. Nearly 40 people were hospitalized due to severe anxiety.

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Israel Political Brief August 22, 2011: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Meets With US Congressional Delegation

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Meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Republican Congressmen delegation headed by Eric Cantor in Jerusalem.
Photo: Amos Ben Gershom GPO

Source: The Prime Minister of Israel, 8-22-11

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today (Monday), 22.8.11, in Jerusalem, met with a delegation of 25 Republican members of the US House of Representatives, led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price.

Prime Minister Netanyahu emphasized the direct links between the terrorists in Gaza and the Iranian regime and said that, “Those who fire missiles at Israel are supported by Iran with weapons, money and training.  They constitute a forward Iranian post on our borders.  Just as Iran threatens us, so too it threatens the US.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the US and the Congress for their strong support of Israel.  He noted the successes of the Iron Dome system in intercepting missiles and added that he intends to station additional batteries in order to defend Israeli cities.

מפגש ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו עם משלחת חברי קונגרס מארה”ב, 22 אוגוסט 2011

ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו נפגש היום בירושלים עם משלחת של 25 חברי קונגרס אמריקאים מהמפלגה הרפובליקנית. בראש המשלחת עומדים מנהיג הרוב בקונגרס, ח”ק אריק קנטור וראש הוועדה הרפובליקנית למדיניות, ח”ק טום פרייס.

ראש הממשלה הדגיש בדבריו את הקשר הישיר בין המחבלים בעזה ובין המשטר האיראני ואמר: “אלו שיורים טילים על ישראל נתמכים ע”י איראן בנשק, בכסף ובאימונים”. עוד הוסיף כי “הם מהווים שלוחה קדמית של איראן על גבולותינו. כפי שאיראן מאיימת עלינו כך היא מאיימת על ארה”ב”.

ראש הממשלה הודה לארה”ב ולקונגרס על תמיכתם האיתנה בישראל. נתניהו ציין את הצלחותיה של מערכת “כיפת ברזל” ביירוט טילים ואת כוונתו להציב סוללות נוספות להגן על ערי ישראל.

Israel Political Brief August 22, 2011: Palestinians announce ceasefire after five-day rocket attacks on Israel

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Palestinians announce ceasefire after five-day rocket barrage

Source: JTA, 8-22-11

Palestinian factions in Gaza appeared to be observing a ceasefire with Israel reportedly brokered by Egypt.

The Popular Resistance Committee, blamed for last week’s coordinated attacks near Eilat that left eight Israelis dead, on Monday announced a “temporary halt of rocket fire,” according to reports.

Hamas reportedly agreed to enforce the ceasefire on smaller Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza.

Israeli officials told reporters that the ceasefire was unilaterally declared by the Palestinians. Still, Israel has not launched any retaliatory strikes on Gaza since midnight on Sunday.

At least four rockets from Gaza were fired at Israel early Monday morning. One was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system and one landed near a public building in Israel’s south, damaging the building.

The ceasefire comes after a five-day barrage of rockets fired from Gaza on southern Israel, to which Israel responded to with retaliatory strikes on sites in Gaza. Twelve rockets were fired at Israel after the original ceasefire was to go into effect on Sunday afternoon.

Israel Political Brief August 22, 2011: Glenn Beck Kicks Off Israel Restoring Courage Rally

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Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-22-11

Some 3,000 people turned out for the kickoff event in Israel of conservative American talk-show host Glenn Beck’s four-day rally.glenn beck rally

Beck professed his support for Israel and the Jewish people at the event at the ancient Roman amphitheater in Caesarea on Sunday night. He was joined on stage by historian David Barton, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin of Efrat in the West Bank, author Mike Evans, and Pastor John Hagee, the evangelical pastor at the helm of Christians United for Israel.

“We are not alone,” Riskin said in Caesarea. “We are Jews and not Christians; you Christians, nevertheless, have the courage to love us in our otherness. We are profoundly grateful for your courage to love us and stand with us.”

Beck said, “There’s an important distinction of saying I love Israel, I defend Israel, and not separating that from the Jewish people. Make sure to say not that we only love Israel, but we love the Jewish people as they are.”

Some 2,000 Christians, mostly American, accompanied Beck to Israel for the event.

The main program of the four-day rally, called Restoring Courage, is to come Wednesday night at the Davidson Center in Jerusalem. The event, with space for 2,000 people, is sold out. Beck originally had wanted to hold the event on the Temple Mount.

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Israel Brief August 22, 2011: Israel Home Front Command “No Need to Panic” about Southern Israel Rocket Attacks

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Israel: “No Need to Panic”

Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 8-22-11

While Israel’s skies are still raining rockets despite an alleged “ceasefire” local radio announcers are broadcasting bravery to bolster its citizens who are facing the fire.

After days in which mortar shells and missiles of all ranges have been fired rockets ashkelonat southern Israel, local radio announcers have been reviewing the defense instructions of Home Front Command – and stressing the importance of following them to the letter.

“When one hears the air raid siren, one must immediately proceed directly to a safe space,” a radio announcer quietly reminded his listeners in a calm voice during a recent broadcast on the popular local southern radio station, Radio Darom.

“One does not need to run, nor does one need to panic. There is a full minute’s travel time for the missile to reach Be’er Sheva from Gaza, 60 seconds, in which to find shelter – more than enough time,” he said soothingly, “so don’t run. Just don’t dawdle. If you are traveling in a car, park and leave the car. Knock on the nearest door or enter the nearest shelter.

“I am sure that anyone with a shelter will share their safe space with you in such times,” he added in a comforting tone. The announcer also reminded listeners not to leave the shelter for at least 10 minutes after impact is heard in order to be sure there is no secondary attack.

That last bit of information was especially important; Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino commented to reporters regretfully at one missile impact site last Friday, “This could have been prevented – this event could have ended with no casualties.”

He called on residents to stay indoors and avoid gathering in public places, even though many have expressed real curiosity about the Iron Dome anti-missile system and the desire to watch it in action.

“I know that the Iron Dome looks like fireworks (when it operates) and it draws people out on the streets,” Danino said, “but we must put a stop to it. We need to put our curiosity aside,” he appealed.

Even though the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza allegedly initiated a ceasefire late Sunday night, the so-called truce had already been violated more than a dozen times within its first 24 hours. It was also unclear how many of Gaza’s numerous terrorist organizations have actually signed on to cooperate with the agreement.

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