Israel’s Iron Dome defense system is amazing and very effective, and very expensive. A Canadian from Calgary started a crowd-funding campaign that hopes to raise $62,000, the cost of a single Iron Dome anti-missile. Any amount collected will receive a heartfelt appreciation from Israel.
According to one CNN report, each Iron Dome anti-missile costs about US$62,000. What would happen if hundreds — maybe even thousands — of people around the world chipped in a few dollars here and there, and then we sent a cheque to the Government of Israel to buy more Iron Dome anti-missiles? Of course, we couldn’t actually buy an Iron Dome anti-missile. But we could donate the exact amount of money to the Israeli government, and ask them to put it towards that defensive system, or any other civilian defense project in affected parts of Israel.
It wouldn’t be for an offensive weapon. You can’t use the Iron Dome to attack anyone. It’s 100% defensive — like a bulletproof vest. It only saves lives. And it doesn’t discriminate — it protects Jewish, Muslim and Christian Israelis all the same.
Israeli soldier Lt. Hadar Goldin was killed in Gaza on Friday morning, IDF tells family. A military statement issued said, “findings in the field” were such that it could be established that Lt. Hadar Goldin was dead.” TimesOfIsrael 90 minutes into the humanitarian truce Hamas terrorist emerged from a tunnel in southern Gaza. A suicide bomber detonated himself in the vicinity of the Israeli soldiers, 2 soldiers were killed and one IDF soldier is believed to have been kidnapped. The missing IDF soldier is 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin, 23, from Kfar Saba is the son of British immigrants to Israel and cousin of Israel’s defense minister Moshe
“In phone call to Secretary Kerry, PM Netanyahu says Hamas breached the ceasefire in kidnapping and killing two soldiers in Rafah this morning. Netanyahu says Hamas will bear the consequences.” Times of Israel
Hamas attack on IDF soldiers in southern Gaza, which occurred an hour and a half after the start of a humanitarian truce, ended with the suspected kidnapping of a soldier, the IDF said Friday.
Second Lt. Hadar Goldin, a 23-year-old Givati officer from Kfar Saba, was named as the IDF soldier presumed to be abducted by Hamas. His family has been notified.
Two other soldiers were killed during the incident. Their families have been notified.
Terrorists emerged from a tunnel shaft, and a suicide bomber detonated himself in the vicinity of soldiers. Heavy exchanges of fire ensued, before one of the IDF soldiers was kidnapped, a senior army source said…
“The incident is ongoing, and the IDF is in the midst of operational and intelligence efforts to track down the soldier,” the army added.
Meriam Ibrahim with her husband and two children arrived in Philadelphia en route to Manchester, where her husband has family and where they will make their new home.
A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence arrived Thursday in the United States, where she was welcomed first by the mayor of Philadelphia as a “world freedom fighter” and later by cheering supporters waving American flags in New Hampshire. Continue reading “Meriam Ibrahim in New Hampshire”
“A Wind In The House of Islam” is a study of movements of Muslims to Christ, which chronicles what God is doing to bring people out of the Islamic world. Dr. David Garrison, a missions expert with the Southern Baptists, new book describes an unprecedented movement of Muslims into the Christian faith over the last 20 years. Since the founding of Islam by Mohammad there have been 82 movements of Muslims turning to Christ. Sixty-nine of those movements have started in the last 20 years.
Garrison investigates and chronicles the movements from Islam to Christ by dividing the house of Islam into nine “rooms”, each corresponding to a defined region in the Muslim world; Persian room, Arab room…. The historical and cultural factors of each area are helpful. Narratives of Christ drawing people to Him were gathered from every corner of the Muslim world from more than
1,000 former Muslims. A fastening and moving book with solid information and life stories of people transformed by Christ.
An Orthodox infantry Givati Brigade commander Col. Ofer Winter describes divine miracles protection “the likes of which he had never seen” that protected his solders during the fighting in the Gaza Strip.
Winter claimed to have witnessed a miraculous occurrence, the likes of which he had never seen before during his military career.
He said that a predawn raid that was intended to make use of the dark as concealment was delayed, forcing the soldiers to move toward their objective as the sun was about to rise. The soldiers were in danger of being revealed in the light but, Winter recalled, a heavy fog descended to cover their movements until the objective was achieved.
“Suddenly a cloud protected us,” he said, make a reference to the clouds that the Bible says protected the Israelites as they wandered in the desert. “Clouds of glory.”
Only when the soldiers were in a secure position did the fog dissipate, he said.
“It really was a fulfillment of the verse ‘For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to give you victory,’” he said, quoting a passage from Deuteronomy.
Three IDF soldiers were killed and 15 injured Wednesday trying to limit damage to the UNRWA clinic building while destroying a terror tunnel. Explosives rigged in the passage detonated and the building collapsed on to the soldiers. A tunnel with the entrance inside a building can not be dug without the people in the building noticing.
Three UNRWA schools also have been found housing rockets. A booby-trapped tunnel in a UNRWA clinic. The United Nations has some serious answering to do.
The army named the soldiers as Staff Sgt. Matan Gotlib, 21, of Rishon Lezion, Staff Sgt. Omer Chai, 21, of Savion, and Sgt. Guy Algranati, 20, of Tel Aviv.
The three soldiers, members of the elite Maglan unit, were taking precautionary measures in efforts to limit damage to the structure before eliminating the tunnel, when the explosives detonated in the small building.
The soldiers had sent in sniffing dogs and a small robot to minimize damage to the structure, located in Khan Yunis, but explosives rigged to the building detonated, toppling part of the building on top of the soldiers.
Following last weeks passing of U.S. House Resolution 657 in support of Israel the U.S. Senate this week unanimously passed a resolution in support of Israel. U.S Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), Robert Mendez (D-New Jersey), and Chuck Schumer (D-New York) proposed Senate Resolution 498 that expresses support for Israel.
S.Res.498 -A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate regarding United States support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization.
Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats carried out dozens of attacks hitting symbols of Hamas power in Gaza early Tuesday; “leveling the home of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, and damaging the offices of the movement’s Al-Aqsa satellite TV station, a central mosque in Gaza City and government offices.” Detroit Free Press
The fuel depot of the Gaza Strip’s only power plant was hit cutting electricity to Gaza City and many parts of the Gaza Strip. The Gaza fire brigade is not equipped to extinguish the blaze.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a joint statement on Monday that they are taking steps to ease the suffering of Christians now fleeing northern Iraq en masse.
“We will aid those who have been displaced following the threats from the Islamic State [formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS] and who have taken refuge in [the autonomous Iraqi region of] Kurdistan,” the ministers said in reference to the thousands of Christians who have fled Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, in recent days.
“We are ready, if they so desire, to help facilitate asylum in our territory,” the statement added, although it did not provide any details about the kind of aid France would provide in northern Iraq or the number of asylum seekers the country would accept…
The announcement by French ministers followed a rally in support of Iraq’s persecuted Christians that gathered around five thousand people outside Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral in the French capital on Sunday.
The U.N. issued a strong statement demanding that Israel and Hamas implement an “immediate and unconditional” cease-fire. A statement is not a resolution and therefore not legally binding. The Palestinians say they will continue to seek Security Council support for a legally enforceable resolution that demands Israel to halt its military actions in Gaza.
The U.S. backed a U.N. Security Council statement.
Israel has accepted a U.N. request for a humanitarian cease-fire three time, Netanyahu said, while Hamas violated
The diplomatic posturing of the Obama administration has been utterly deplorable. That “unshakable” commitment to Israel did not last long. A ban on FAA flights that backfired. Secretary of State trying to bring Hamas supporters, Turkey and Qatar, into the negotiations. A cease-fire agreement where Hamas demands were met and Israel scarcely mentioned. Hypocrisy.
Despite a history of rocky relations between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Obama administration could largely be counted on to watch Israel’s back in the U.N. Security Council, where it succeeded for more than five years in blocking successive efforts by the Palestinians to gain more of the trappings of an independent state and to get the world body to formally censure Israeli settlement policies.
That changed after the stroke of midnight Sunday when, in the early minutes of Monday, July 28, the U.N. Security Council, with the backing of the United States, issued a formal “presidential statement” demanding that Israel and Hamas implement an “immediate and unconditional” cease-fire to end fighting that has left more than 1,000 Palestinians and 43 Israelis dead….
“Ladies and gentleman, we heard a presidential statement right now from the Security Council that miraculously doesn’t mention Hamas or rockets or Israel’s right to defend its citizens,” Israeli U.N. envoy Ron Prosor said sarcastically.
Update: A Wednesday July 30th, Turkey agreed to cancel a ‘Freedom Flotilla’ to Gaza, in exchange Israel allowed the Turks to send planes of humanitarian aid to Gaza.
A ‘Freedom Flotilla” is being organized in Turkey by IHH to bring aid to Gaza with the protection of the Turkish military. This is the same group that attempted to break Israel’s Gaza blockade in 2010. IHH are radical Islamist that are listed as a terrorist group by the U.S. and Israel. The ‘Freedom Flotilla’ is a political act misrepresented as aid.
Chairman Bulent Yidrim of IHH said they will set sail, with the protection of the Turkish military, as soon as they receive the necessary permit form authorities in Ankara. It is not clear if the flotilla will set sail but reports are being watched carefully by Israel. What could possibly go wrong?
Amid Israel’s Operation Protective Edge to stop Hamas rocket fire from Gaza, a “Freedom Flotilla” was being organized in Turkey to bring humanitarian aid to the Hamas controlled Palestinian coastal enclave.
The flotilla being organized, called the “Freedom Flotilla II,” is the successor of the Mavi Marmara flotilla that sought to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip in May 2010.
The new flotilla is being organized by the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief” (Insani Yardim Vakfi), otherwise known as the IHH, the same organization behind the Mavi Marmara ship, which Israel Navy commandos boarded, killing nine aboard who attacked them.
Israel and the US have both labelled the IHH a terrorist organization.
IHH chairman Bulent Yildrim told local Turkish media last week that the activists will set sail as they had received permission from the authorities in Ankara and that the Turkish Navy will provide protection.