Help Provide a Bomb Shelter for the Women at the Eden Organization in Israel

The Eden Organization is located in the Negev region of Israel, impacting thousands of children and teenagers. However, they do not have a bomb shelter at this facility. Song For Israel is partnering with Operation Lifeshield to provide a shelter for them. The bomb shelter will cost $30,000. Operation Lifeshiled has collected all but $7,000 of thefunds needed to protect those living here. 

Right now, the Israeli government is matching donated dollars. Song For Israel has already raised $1,436 toward this project. After the Israeli government matches this, our gift looks like $2,868. We are very close to being able to provide safety for these needy friends in Israel.  Please watch this video and then click here to donate to this project. Thank you for helping us to bless them!

Children of Netivot, Israel

Rockets keep hitting Israel and in Netivot, the sound of the Code Red siren continues to pierce the stillness of summer. For the children, where activities and summer camp have been cancelled by the IDF, the local park (or parking lot) is where most of the long hours of the day are spent. Last week, between sirens and while rockets fell close-by, Operation Lifeshield delivered more Lifeshield shelters to Netivot.

Song For Israel is helping to raise funds to bring more bomb shelters to Israel to help save lives. Right now, the Israeli government is matching donations we collect. We have already collected over $1,000 from generous donors, which will mean $2,000 to Operation Lifeshield! 

Help save lives today! Click here to donate.

Fighting Without Silver Bullets by Carolyn Glick

Caroline Glick has become one of my favorite writers! Please read this article she has written that gives much food for thought on the Middle East.

Posted By Caroline Glick On August 6, 2014 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage. Originally published by the Jerusalem Post

Hours before Israel accepted the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire deal on Monday night, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu traveled to the south to try to allay the fears of area residents.

It’s not at all clear how successful he was.

Residents of the communities bordering the Gaza Strip who evacuated their homes are skeptical of the IDF’s claims that it is safe for them to return.

In an interview with NRG website, Yael Paz-Lahiany, a mother of three young children from Kibbutz Nahal Oz just across the border from Gaza professed profound confusion and concern.

“I really don’t understand what is happening here and don’t know what to think. Just on Saturday we had 10 red alerts at Nahal Oz and I don’t know what to say. I also don’t understand what the prime minister said [Saturday].

I just know that I am staying at Kibbutz Dorot, and here too they are operating on emergency footing, the nurseries are only partially open, and no one is going back to normal. So if 10 kilometers from Gaza they haven’t returned to their routine, how are we supposed to go back to our lives 800 meters from the wire?” Israel’s operations in Gaza so far have been based on the hope that Hamas can be convinced to stand down.

Israel has destroyed its tunnels. The IDF killed hundreds of Hamas terrorists. The IDF destroyed Hamas’s bases.

Hamas’s missile arsenal is depleted. Its leaders are safe only so long as they remain hidden in their illegal bunkers under Shifa hospital. Hamas remains cash strapped and without access to resupply from Iran or other allies.

Assuming that Hamas maintains the 72-hour ceasefire that it requested, in negotiations that may ensue for a more detailed cease-fire agreement if the US is unable to coerce Israel and Egypt into agreeing to open the borders and save Hamas, Hamas will be destroyed through attrition.

If this happens, Israel will have won a great victory.

But if Hamas continues to attack southern communities at any level Israel will have no choice. It will have to send its forces back into Gaza with the mission of retaking control there.

There is only one thing worse than reasserting Israel’s military control over Gaza: Losing southern Israel. So long as residents of the south fear returning to their homes, Israel is losing southern Israel.

This looming prospect of having to retake Gaza would be bad enough if Israel only had to concern itself with Gaza. But Israel enjoys no such luxury.

Far more dangerous than Hamas is Hezbollah. Whereas Hamas’s missiles are unguided, Hezbollah has guided missiles that are capable of reaching every centimeter of Israeli territory. And their payloads are big enough to destroy high-rise buildings.

Unlike Hamas, Hezbollah has anti-aircraft missiles and anti-ship missiles capable of disrupting air and naval operations.

Hezbollah has drones that it has launched successfully.

And the possibility that Hezbollah has some level of unconventional weapons cannot be ruled out.

Hezbollah commanders and fighters have gained massive experience fighting in Syria and Iraq. They have sophisticated intelligence gathering capabilities including human intelligence and signals intelligence assets.

They have advanced command and control systems.

And by all accounts, Hamas’s terror tunnels are nothing in comparison to Hezbollah’s extensive network of tunnels that run beneath the border with Israel.

Hezbollah’s announced war plans involve invading and taking control over communities in the Upper Galilee.

In the face of Hamas’s repeated aggression in recent years, many Israelis are now looking wistfully at our quiet northern border. It was the massive destruction Israel wreaked on Lebanon during the 2006 war, they say, that is responsible for this tranquility. We deterred Hezbollah.

Unfortunately, this is dangerous nonsense that bespeaks a fundamental refusal by those that express this view to reconcile themselves with the nature of Hezbollah and its decision making process.

Hezbollah’s decision to go to war in 2006 was made in Tehran, by Hezbollah’s Iranian masters. The decision not to go to war since has also been made by Tehran.

Tehran decided to deploy Hezbollah to Iraq and Syria.

And Tehran will decide, based on its own sense of priorities, when Hezbollah and its massive arsenal of terror should attack Israel.

The only way that Israel’s operations in 2006 have impacted Hezbollah’s future aggression is by enabling it. Israel agreed to a cease-fire that enabled Hezbollah to rearm, reassert control over southern Lebanon and expand its influence over the Lebanese military and state. Had Israel routed Hezbollah in 2006 or refused to accept the pro-Hezbollah cease-fire terms embodied in UN Security Council resolution 1701 then the situation would be different.

This brings us to Iran, the hidden hand behind the 2006 war, and at least to some degree behind the present war with Gaza, and the direct threat that it constitutes for Israel.

Last month US President Barack Obama bought himself and Iran four more months. Iran can continue to develop its nuclear weapons until after the US midterm election unconstrained by international scrutiny.

Obama can pretend for four more months that he is going to achieve a nuclear deal that will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Israel however, was not given four months.

Without the Iranian nuclear umbrella, Iran’s terror proxies in Gaza were able to develop weapons to attack nearly the entire country. What will they develop if that nuclear umbrella is instated? Prime Minister Netanyahu is correct. Iran’s nuclear weapons program is an existential threat to Israel. And it needs to be wiped out.

Given the threats from Lebanon and Iran, it is clear that Israel’s decision to try to limit its operations in Gaza was necessary. Israel cannot afford to tie its forces down indefinitely. And if Israel is forced to retake control over Gaza, it will need to deploy its forces in such a way that it maintains sufficient reserve capacity to handle Gaza, Lebanon and Iran simultaneously.

This would be challenging enough under the best of circumstances. Unfortunately, the situation is made all the more complicated by the Obama administration’s strategic aim of appeasing Iran by enabling it to develop nuclear weapons and by siding with Hamas against Israel and the US’s traditional Sunni Arab allies.

The administration’s unswerving devotion to this policy aim was again clarified on Monday when Palestinian sources at the Cairo talks told the media that the US had again joined forces with Hamas-supporting Qatar to achieve an alternate cease-fire, undercutting Egyptian efforts and giving Hamas reason to walk away from the table.

Just last week the US media lambasted Secretary of State John Kerry for supporting Hamas against Israel in cease-fire negotiations. The fact that the Obama administration continues to act in this manner suggests that it is completely committed to this course of action.

Israel can cope with all of these challenges and surmount them. But it won’t be easy.

In recent days a spate of government ministers and foreign supporters have recommended bevy of options that involve getting someone else to deal with Hamas for Israel. Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Monday that Gaza should become a UN mandate.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and her colleagues on the Left, joined by former Bush administration deputy national security adviser Elliott Abrams say that Fatah can be brought into Gaza to fight Hamas for Israel.

These suggestions are all based on wishful thinking and an extraordinary capacity to ignore reality.

The UN is institutionally committed to delegitimizing and ultimately destroying Israel.

Fatah can only come into Gaza after Hamas has been destroyed completely and driven from leadership by Israel.

Under any other circumstance, Fatah will collaborate with Hamas against Israel, as it has always done. And if Hamas is routed and destroyed Fatah would only destabilize the situation.

The time has come for us to recognize that there are no easy answers for Israel. IDF operations in Gaza in recent weeks have dealt a harsh blow to Hamas. Perhaps the terror commanders have been deterred. Perhaps not.

Whatever the case may be, if Israel and Egypt are able to continue to block US attempts to open the borders for Hamas resupply until Kerry gets swept up in another major crisis, then Hamas can be defeated through attrition.

If not, then Israel will have no choice but to retake control of Gaza while maintaining enough forces in reserve to respond to a second front in the North, and finally end Iran’s dream of becoming a nuclear power.

There are no silver bullets. The price of freedom is hard work and vigilance.

Only if we act in full cognizance of the gravity of the moment and the absence of easy answers will we navigate the minefield we find ourselves in successfully and restore the safety of the south, the north, the east and the center of the country. 

Article printed from FrontPage Magazine: http://www.frontpagemag.com

URL to article: http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/caroline-glick/fighting-without-silver-bullets/

Click here to print.

 

Save Lives in Israel - Help NOW With this Emergency Fund

Terrorists are bombarding Israel with rockets that are reaching highly populated areas (Tel Aviv and Jerusalem)!  Lives are being lost. Sirens like the one in the video below are heard on a regular basis and families are running for bomb shelters.

“We live in fear and anxiety….we only have 15 seconds to find a shelter….”

Unfortunately, not everyone has access to a bomb shelter. Many do not survive. Even if the Iron Dome intercepts a rocket mid-air, the debris falling is much like bullets being scattered to the earth. Shelter is imperative!

We are stepping up our campaign to build bomb shelters during this time of emergency for Israel. Last year we raised $2,000 and donated it to Operation Lifeshield to build a shelter.  A very small shelter costs $12,000. We need a lot of money to build larger shelters for schools and public places.

Right now, the Israeli Government Ministry is matching funds donated to us for Operation Lifeshield! This new program provides special shelters for social service institutions located in areas hardest hit by rockets launched by Hamas. These matching funds make your donation right now go a lot further to help save lives in Israel.

Please donate NOW during this time of emergency by clicking here.

To read more about our Bomb Shelter project, please click here.

To see a Tribute to the Soldiers Who Have Given their Lives to Protect Israel, click here.

A Tribute to the Soldiers Who Gave Their Lives to Protect Israel

Please pray for the families and friends who have lost loved ones who gave their lives protecting Israel.

Please help save lives in Israel by donating to our Bomb Shelter Campaign.  To read all about it, click here.

How to Pray for Israel

Pray for Israel

Below is a personal report and Prayer Points that we have received from Sally Shiff, representing our partner congregation in Israel called: Kehilat Hamaayan (The Congregation of "The Wellspring.")

Here is what to pray for:

Here is what to pray for:

  • the safety of our soldiers that have been called up for active duty
  • wisdom for each soldier and to listen to the holy spirit where to turn, where to look
  • wisdom for the leaders of the military to make accurate decisions
  • wisdom for our Government to make decisions and not capitulate to foreign countries due to lack of accurate information
  • salvation for not only the Jews but Arabs as well
  • for all of us to find the heart of God
  • to live in the shelter of His care
  • pray against fear and shock and trauma
  • for this not to escalate out of revenge but to trust in the arm of God.

 A personal note from Sally at the Hamaayan Congreagation in Israel:

On a "how am I doing note", I am fine...for the most part.  I have moments of realization that my country is at war, and that is taxing.  It feels the same way the days after 9/11 did, just to give you a reference. The longer this takes, the longer the times of this "feeling" lingers.  At the same time, I feel the encouragement of the Lord and the joy of being there for others.  But, focused in on daily life only to be shocked by the instant alarms is a reality that I, growing up in Tucson, would have never imagined I would come to know. I can't imagine what it would be like to live in the south where they are getting rockets every 6 minutes. This has brought me closer to His secret place even more, and that is priceless.  And the appreciation for everyday life has grown immensely. This letter was cathartic, and I am grateful for your prayers...I can feel them, and God uses them to sustain me. 

Thank you! Sally

Liaison for Hamaayan

http://www.kehilat-hamaayan.org.il/

Sally will be visiting us in Orange County this coming December...watch for information about that upcoming event in our Song For Israel newsletter.

Here is a note from Rachel, of the same congregation:

Shalom and thank you for your prayers and for your encouragement. We pray God's work in our hearts as a Nation, as well as in the Palestinians. may the Lord use this terrible situation to bring many to His kingdom, using His vessels both in Israel and in Gaza.

About half an hour ago, around 9PM here, while I was bathing my 2 year old boy, we heard the sirens again today, indicating

we should run to the bomb shelter just across the street. We couldn't do that, than we heard the strong noise of the Iron Dome intercepting the missiles coming from Gaza in this direction. We have no idea yet where it fell, but we can only be grateful for God's protection.

 

Important Update -- The War in Israel

God made a special promise to Israel that they can cling to in these times of war: "Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand....The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever" (Psalm 121).  Because God NEVER breaks His promises, of any kind, we know He is keeping watch over the war that is going on in Israel.

Today is Day 21 in the Israel/Palestinian war.  In a nutshell here is what is going on:

  • There have been several cease-fire agreements between Hamas and Israel, yet Hamas continues to rocket Israel during cease fires. The UN is asking Israel to agree to longer cease fires, but Israel is limiting any humanitarian cease fires to short periods of time since cease fires are not respected by Hamas.
  • Gallup Poll was taken on July 24, 2014, to determine "American's View of Actions in the Middle East." Following are those responses: 
    • 42% of Americans feel Israeli actions against Hamas are justified; 39% unjustified and 20% have no opinion
    • 11% of Americans feel that Hamas' actions against Israel are justified; 70% feel they are unjustified and 20% have no opinion
  •  The Iron Dome continually intercepts rockets over Israel, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Iron Dome Launches Interceptor

Iron Dome Launches Interceptor

  • There have been over 1,000 Palestinians killed in this war and 43 Israelis. God is protecting Israel, however, the world is crying out "genocide" against Israel. Israel has a right to protect itself when they are being constantly hit by Hamas rockets. Israel is focusing on destroying the cement tunnels built by Hamas that are running throughout Israel and planted with explosives. 
  • Israel's Health Ministry offered humanitarian aid worth millions of shekels to the Gaza Strip, but the Palestinian Authority has refused to accept it.
Protest in solidarity with Gaza in Chicago

Protest in solidarity with Gaza in Chicago

  • There was a protest in solidarity with Gaza in Chicago, Illinois, on July 20, 2014. America is divided because many have not studied the issues carefully.

    Solidarity with Gaza Rally in Chicago, Illinois

  • Syrian troops want to join with Palestinians in jihad war against Israel.

  • Hamas negotiating with Korea to obtain additional weapons to be used against Israel.

  • In a phone call to Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Obama stressed need for "immediate" Gaza cease-fire.

Please pray for Israel, it's leaders and their enemies--that they may seek God's face.

 

AN IMPORTANT UPDATE ON THE WAR IN ISRAEL...

Those who subscribe to our newsletter received this important update a few days ago. To receive our newsletter, please click here.

As I write this, a report came in from USA Today reporting that "Israeli troops entered northern Gaza to raid a facility from which rockets were believed to have been fired into Israel...There was an exchange of gunfire during the operation and four Israeli soldiers sustained injuries." Today I also received notifications that "Rocket sirens sounded from southern Israel to Ben Gurion International Airport" and "Sirens Sound Over Jerusalem." Reports like this are coming in on an hourly basis.

Many are asking "what triggered this war? Will the United States get involved in their support for Israel? Does the United States aid the terrorists who are attacking Israel? Is there any Biblical prophecy that can explain what is going on?"

Please read this long newsletter as all of these questions will be answered and you need to be informed about what is going on in Israel--it affects our world--it affects you!

The current war is a continuation of hatred against the Jewish people and the land of Israel. Palestinians and Arabs claim they will NEVER recognize Israel as a Jewish nation. They have convinced their people, with distorted information, that the land is Arab land. If you study the history of Israel, you will know that the land rightfully belongs to Israel! 

Peace negotiations have been going on since Israel was reborn in 1948, with the most current failed negotiations ending this past April 1st. On April 23rd, Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah Party and Palestinian Hamas announced their intention to form a unity government, which further exasberated the breakdown. The Fatah Unity government was assembled on June 1st with occasional rockets fired into Israel. June 12th, three Jewish teenagers from a settlement in Israel were kidnapped and murdered. Israeli officials suspect two Hamas members were responsible. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised those responsible would experience consequences.

Further aggravating tensions, on July 2nd, a group of Israelis kidnapped and killed a Palestinian teenager. Netanyahu condemned the action. This prompted demonstrations among Palestinians in Israel and East Jerusalem. On July 6th, the Israeli air force bombed a tunnel in Gaza, killing six Hamas men. 

Up until this time, rockets attacking Israel had been sporadic, but by July 6th, Israel began  experiencing intense attacks, most of which have been intercepted by Israel's "Iron Dome (anti-missile system)." The Israeli government launched "Operation Protective Edge" against Hamas in Gaza.  

Today, one can find news of attacks on Israel and Gaza on an hourly basis. Tensions in the Middle East are always high and one action always triggers a response. Israel must live with these tensions in order to survive as a nation. Will tensions ever end? What does the Bible say about these tensions?

The Bible tells us that there is no hope for peace in Israel without Christ -- until Messiah comes. Until that day, God will complete all the prophecies mentioned in the Bible to prepare for His return. One of the prophecies says that in that day, every nation will stand against Israel. (Zechariah 14). How close are we? The United States of America has always taken a stand with Israel. However, with the current administration, our stand has become weaker and weaker. Often times we hear the promise that we stand with Israel, but frequently our actions don't back up support for Israel (see below).    

The Bible is clear very early on, in Genesis 12:3, that God will bless those who bless Israel and He will curse those who curse Israel. There really is no in between. I believe God made sure this was stated early in Scripture so that we realize this is His standard. That message is for us today. What will you do?  While Israel is at war with her neighbors, how can you bless them?

Meanwhile, what can YOU do to support Israel?

1. Forward this email to your friends and relatives

2. Pray for Israel -- see below
3. Attend our Summer Bible Study on Israel -- see below
4. Send a donation to our Bomb Shelter Campaign  -- see below  
5. Take political action against Fatah/Hamas terrorists -- see below  
6. Make a donation to Song For Israel -- click here

Pray for Israel

Below is a report and Prayer Points that we have received from Sally Shiff, representing our partner congregation in Israel called: Kehilat Hamaayan (The Congregation of "The Wellspring.")

"Current Situation:

While, at this writing, the IDF has not engaged in ground troop fighting, it is not off the table.  The government is not afraid to go all the way, for the safety of the nation, yet, desires that if the rockets cease, so will the incursion into Gaza.  (There have already been four more red alerts since I started writing this an hour ago.)

Bibi Netanyahu once said, "If they lay down their arms, there will be peace, if we lay it down, we would cease to exist." This unfortunately proves to be true.  And we are humbled at the protection of God.  With all the rockets flying over us, although there has been injuries and property damage, there (as of right now) has been no deaths.

Israel tries very hard to warn the residents of Israel to be safe, as well as the residents of Gaza.

Prayer Points

We believe that our very lives are in the palms of His Hands, and our Lord Yeshua does not slumber or sleep in watching out for our protection.

 Our intercessors and Kehila are praying here for the safety of our people and invite you to join us.

  • The salvation of all of our citizens of Israel (From every culture, we see no distinction between those in Judea or Samaria and Gaza from the Arab descent, they are still Israeli citizens)
  • Protection of the civilians impacted from this current situation.
  • Wisdom for our government as well as the government from the PA.  As well as other countries. We need God to prevail and for His plan to take place.
  • The leaders of the Messianic community to direct their members to answer the call on their lives.
  • For God to exchange the spirit of fear for faith that He is in control.
  • Us to pray His heart rather than what we hear on the news.
  • Safety for the military forces. (they are usually 18-22 years of age)

We thank you for all your prayers and strongly encourage you to continue. Feel free to call us or email us with further questions."

Sally Shiff

Liaison for Hamaayan

http://www.kehilat-hamaayan.org.il/

Sally will be visiting us this coming December...watch for information about that upcoming event in our Song For Israel newsletter.

Song For Israel Offers Summer Bible Studies on Israel 

With war breaking out in the Middle East and anti-Semitism rising once again in Europe and also the US, it is important to understand why. With about 50% of Evangelical churches teaching that the promises God made with Israel have been transferred to the church, we encourage you to KNOW the truth! 

 Most Christians do not know if they should support Israel or bless the Jewish people. Join us and acquire a deeper and more balanced understanding of Christian support for Israel. There are four basic covenants God made with man in the Bible that are interwoven that will be discussed in this class. We will gain an understanding of God's plan for world redemption, using Israel as a vehicle to bring this about.

 We offer a summer class called "Understanding God's Eternal Plan for Israel" beginning Thursday, July 17th, 7 pm in Orange. Cost $15, includes workbook. For more information or to register, click here.

If you are interested in our Monday group which began last week, please email: info@SongForIsrael.org/

Send a Donation to our Bomb Shelter Campaign

One of our partners is "Operation Lifeshield," which "is an emergency campaign to save innocent lives by providing Israel's threatened communities with the protected air raid shelters they so desperately need." In 2013, Song For Israel collected donations and presented over $2,000 to Operation Lifeshield to provide shelter for those in need. Once a siren is heard, Israelis have 15 seconds to get to a bomb shelter. Many families cannot afford one and can't make it to a public shelter in time. Click here to make a donation toward a bomb shelter and save lives in Israel.

Take Political Action against Fatah/Hamas Terrorists  

To take political action, you need to know some history that may shock you! Did you know that:

 1. "During the Palestinian terror war that followed Arafat's rejection of statehood and peace with Israel at Camp David, many of the more devastating Palestinian terror attacks were carried out by Palestinian security forces trained by the CIA." (Quote fromThe Israeli Solution by Caroline Glick.)

 2. Annually Americans pay taxes to help fund the Palestinian Hamas terrorist group. Read the statement below, composed by "Liberty Action" and click here to sign their petition to defund the Palestinians:

"Liberty Counsel's petition is calling for the Obama administration and the United States Congress to reject the new Palestinian Authority government and adhere to the stipulations for funding by ceasing payment of all federal monies to the P.A. We are encouraging Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) and other congressional leaders to also follow through on their threats to defund the Palestinian Authority until their union with Hamas, a blatantly anti-Israel, organization, is dissolved.

By taking this stand, you'll also be proclaiming God's faithful covenant to defend Israel and the Holy city of Jerusalem... and with people like you that stand with Israel against her enemies!" Click here to sign that petition.

3. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we are limited to how much we can speak out politically. We encourage you to educate yourself about efforts of the United States which undermine Israel and support her enemies.

Please check our website regularly as we bring news updates from Israel to you!

God bless you as you bless Israel,

Deby Brown

Director

Song For Israel 



Israel Under Attack

Our partner, Operation Lifeshield, in Israel is giving us an opportunity to have live news coverage by clicking into their site (see below). Much is happening in Israel right now! Ultimately I believe Israel is being attacked because of the peace negotiation breakdown. As a result, Hamas/Fatah kidnapped and murdered three teenage boys and now are attacking Israel with rockets.

In the video below, you can watch as Israelis in Ashdod are in a boat, watching rockets just overhead, as the Iron Dome successfully knocks them out! 

Here is an excerpt from Operation Lifeshield:

Chances are, the main news you are reading or watching is not covering the moment-by-moment stuff happening here in Israel. So, here is a your very own access to updates-- updated every 10 minutes. Click here.  Okay, now share it with everyone!

Some of the news that does not make headlines, but is rather important:

1) Summer camps in Southern Israel (within a 25 mile radius of Gaza) have been closed. That means the kids are at home and that can be a problem (no shelters).

2) 40,000 IDF Reservists are now being called-up and heading to Southern Israel.

3) While Israelis are running to shelters, Hamas is forcing civilians in Gaza to serve as human shields - thus resulting in causalities at terrorist bases in Khan Younis.

Israel Defense Force Tanks on the Gaza border

Israel Defense Force Tanks on the Gaza border

Shmuel Bowman, Executive Director, Operation Lifeshield will be traveling to Netivot today to help deliver two Lifeshield Bell shelters. Another two shelters were delivered yesterday for Kibbutz Kfar Aza, located about 1 miles from the Gaza border.

Please help save lives by donating to our Song For Israel Bomb Shelter project in cooperation with Operation Lifeshield. To make a donation, please click here.

 

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Summer Bible Study - God's Plan for Israel

"Understanding God's Eternal Plan for Israel"

Co-Ed Evening group begins Monday, July 14, 2014 in Anaheim Hills. Meets 7 - 9 PM

Cost: $15 per person. Returning students - FREE!

No Homework!!!

With anti-semitism rising once again in Europe and subtly sneaking its way into the US, it is important to understand why. With about 50% of Evangelical churches teaching that the promises God made with Israel have been transferred to the church, we encourage you to KNOW the truth! 

Most Christians do not know if they should support Israel or bless the Jewish people. Join us and acquire a deeper and more balanced understanding of Christian support for Israel. There are four basic covenants God made with man in the Bible that are interwoven that will be discussed in this class. We will gain an understanding of God's plan for world redemption, using Israel as a vehicle to bring this about.

To register, fill in form below. 

To register, fill in form below. 

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Song For Israel is here to help. Just us today or contact us about bringing this study to your group. info@SongForIsrael.org

Anti-Semitism in Southern California

Unfortunately, anti-Semitism is becoming widespread in Southern California. Just this month, one of America's most prominent campuses has become a cesspool of anti-Israel hate, intimidation, and cyberbulling--that campus being UCLA.

A UCLA student writes, "...during the past year at the University of California, Los Angeles, pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian tensions have reached a climax--partly because there are no longer just two voices fighting against each other, but multiple voices fighting against one. UCLA has seen the mobilization of self-identified minority communities banding together in order to combat the terrors they believe Israel inflicts on the world, and a concerted effort by pro-Palestinian organizations to exploit this to their advantage and silence pro-Israel voices on campus" (Tower Magazine).

The article continues with the student claiming, "I have felt ashamed to call myself a Bruin. As a result of divestment, not only my mental stability but also my academics have suffered...It is ridiculous to me that at such a world-renowned university, our education is being put on hold because my identity is being put on trial."

UCLA is only one of many universities where anti-Semitism is on the uprise. The only way to combat anti-Semitism is through truthful education. This is where YOU and I come in! We need to know the truth about what is going on in Israel, what the Bible says about Israel and speak out against anti-Semitism. 

Song For Israel offers you a 7-week class this summer to equip you with answers! There is no homework, but I guarantee your life will be changed! Join us Monday nights, beginning July 14th, 7 pm, in Anaheim Hills. Cost is $15 with workbook included. To secure your spot, please email info@SongForIsrael.org.

Doing nothing about anti-Semitism is furthering its cause. Please support Israel and the Jewish people.

Israeli Teens Found Murdered

Across Israel, people gather in public places to share national grief after hearing of the discovery of the bodies of three kidnapped teens. Israeli security forces located the bodies of Naftali Frenkel, Gil-Ad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrach on Monday. The boys had been missing since June 12th. They were on their way home from yeshiva (a Jewish institution that focuses on the study of traditional religious texts, primarily the Talmud).

Teens gather in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square to mourn the loss of their teenage friends.

Teens gather in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square to mourn the loss of their teenage friends.

Their bodies were found in a shallow grave dug by their abductors in the wadi (valley or dry riverbed) in the West Bank. Initial reports indicate that the boys were shot shortly after their kidnapping.

Please pray for the families who lost their sons in this terrorist crime.

The Names of the Victims

Caroline Glick is one of my favorite writers. She is the Director of the David Horowitz Freedom Center's Israel Security Project and the Senior Contributing Editor of The Jerusalem Post. For more information on Ms. Glick's work, visit carolineglick.com.  The following article was originally published by the Jerusalem Post.

Three families in Israel are in agony. On June 12, when their sons Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrah and Gil-Ad Shaer were kidnapped by Islamic savages, the Fraenkels, Yifrahs and Shaers entered a new world where every breath they take is filled with devastating guilt – that they breathe free while their sons suffer unknown miseries.

Every moment that passes is filled with crushed hope that they will get word that their sons are free, and then the word doesn’t come. And it doesn’t come the next moment, or the next.

And so they will live, in agony, until this ordeal has ended.

Our hearts go out to these families. Our prayers are continuously directed towards them. And in a profound sense that is uniquely Israeli, the people of Israel share their pain. And with this pain comes a sincere and overpowering desire to do something to bring the captive teenagers home.

What can be done? There are only two ways for Israel to free hostages.

The government can devote all necessary resources to gathering actionable intelligence that will lead IDF troops to the boys.

Or the government can surrender to the terrorists by freeing thousands of Palestinian terrorist murderers from Israeli prisons.

So far, the government is concentrating on Option 1.

But Option 2 is lurking around the corner. And we need to confront it now – head on – before it takes center stage.

Over the past 30 years, Israel has released thousands of terrorists from its prisons in exchange for hostages. Thousands more have been freed as so-called “confidence building measures,” to appease our supposedly moderate Palestinian negotiating partners into sharing a table with their Israeli counterparts.

In every instance, these terrorist releases have led to the murder and abduction of other Israelis.

The clock started ticking down to Naftali, Gil-Ad and Eyal’s abduction on October 19, 2011 when Israel released 1,027 Palestinian terrorists in exchange for IDF Sgt. Gilad Schalit who had been held hostage by Hamas for more than five years.

The countdown also began that day for the murder of Baruch Mizrahi, the police officer who was killed in a roadside shooting in April as he drove to a Passover Seder with his wife and children. Mizrahi’s killer was one of the terrorists released for Schalit.

Some politicians are trying to take steps to prevent these swaps in the future. Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told the media he will prohibit all members of his Yisrael Beytenu party from voting in favor of a hostages-for-terrorists swap if one is on offer in the future.

The day before Fraenkel, Shaer and Yifrah were kidnapped, the Knesset passed a preliminary reading of a bill sponsored by MK Ayelet Shaked from Bayit Yehudi to constrain the president’s power to commute the sentences of some convicted murderers. The idea is that by passing the law, the Knesset will make it impossible for the government to agree to swap murderers for hostages. But then, to avoid the law, all governments will have to do is release prisoners who weren’t sentenced to life without possibility of parole.

The problem with statements like Liberman’s and bills like Shaked’s is that they miss the point. The problem isn’t the law. The problem isn’t that in past swaps MKs were given the freedom to vote as they pleased.

The problem is our media-compliant leadership refuses to act responsibly.

The only way to prevent more Israelis from being abducted in the future is to deter the Palestinians from abducting them.

Deterrence cannot be achieved by cheap political pronouncements or insufficient legislation.

Deterrence can only be built up over time, by behaving consistently in a manner that convinces the other side that it is not in its interest to do something that you don’t want it to do.

Since May 1985, when then-prime minister Yitzhak Shamir freed 1,150 terrorists for three IDF soldiers held hostage by Palestinian terror master Ahmed Jibril, Israel’s behavior has consistently encouraged our enemies to take hostages.

Through their willingness to release murderers for hostages – and even for hostage bodies – our leaders have told our enemies that they should feel free to steal our children. Their payoff is guaranteed.

Through their willingness to free murderers, our leaders have shown our enemies that they should feel free to murder as many Israelis as they can. They know that once their comrades take another Israeli hostage, (or three), they will go free.

And of course, our politicians are not the only ones at fault. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his colleagues and predecessors swim in an acrid stream, where this sort of behavior is required.

To their disgrace, our media consistently behave as advocates and lobbyists for hostage-takers and imprisoned murderers against Israeli society.

For instance, in the case of Schalit, the media worked hand-in-glove with the Schalit family and its public relations firm to convince the public that we should think of a soldier as a child, and not as any child, but as our child.

In more than a thousand media reports, profiles, tear-jerker interviews with Schalit’s kindergarten teachers and siblings, we were told that if we are good and moral people, we must prefer Schalit’s freedom to the continued imprisonment of terrorists who constitute a mortal threat to every other child – and parent – in the country.

Public relations agent Tami Shenkman led the campaign for the terrorists’ release. She was the one who put together the sales strategy for convincing us that capitulating to Palestinian extortion is an act of moral courage.

For her efforts the media lavished her with fawning, heroic profiles.

And for the media’s efforts, three teenagers are now hostages.

True, while our cowardly, irresponsible leaders and demented media encouraged the Palestinians to abduct the three youths, it was the Palestinians that did it.

And this also ought to teach us a thing or two about deterrence.

Our media and our politicians have effusively praised Palestinian Authority President and Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas for saying a few lines in favor of releasing Eyal, Gil-Ad and Naftali. But with all due respect, Abbas is responsible for their abduction.

Abbas’s statement calling for the boys to be released was the rhetorical equivalent of trying to put an already exploded bomb back in its shell. Indeed, it is even worse than that. It was Abbas pretending to put a detonated bomb back in its casing after Abbas built the bomb, prepared the fuse and gave the bombers a matchbook.

For 20 years, Abbas and his colleagues in the PA have indoctrinated the Palestinians to view Jews as human scum and seek our annihilation. This message is communicated in all venues. From nursery through the universities, in the mosques, in summer camps, on television, radio and the Internet, Palestinians of all ages are taught that Jews have no right to live. They are encouraged to murder us and view contributing to our destruction as their highest goal in life.

Hostage taking – a war crime – is presented as one of the highest achievements possible. This is why the overwhelming majority of Palestinians applauds and celebrates the kidnap of the three teens.

For 20 years, the PA has indoctrinated its society in a culture of hatred and violence against Israel and the Jewish People. And the results were as predictable as the tides. Nearly 2,000 Israelis have been murdered in Palestinian terror attacks since the PA was established.

Israel can take action to punish the Palestinians for their unlawful behavior. We can arrest their imams for soliciting murder. We can close their schools and shutter their television stations for the same reason.

But we have done none of these things.

All Israel has done in the face of this poison is complain to the Americans.

Even worse than doing nothing, we actively facilitate the PA’s wholesale indoctrination of the Palestinians in genocidal Jew hatred.

Israel funds the PA.

We support the US policy of training and organizing a Palestinian army manned by people who have been subjected to this indoctrination for two decades.

Our leaders proclaim Abbas is a moderate. And still today we say he’s a good guy. The problem, Netanyahu says, is Abbas has formed a unity government with Hamas. But if he quits that, then we will have no beef with him.

The people of Israel want the families’ agony to end.

We want the boys’ terror to end. But the only body that can responsibly accomplish that mission is the IDF and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency). We cannot find them ourselves.

What we can and must do, however, is protect society as a whole from the next kidnapping. To this end, we need to shame – name by name – the media personalities from Avi Tzvi, the CEO of Reshet, Israel’s largest television franchise, to radio hosts and pop stars like Keren Neubach and Aviv Gefen who demanded the government free 1,027 terrorists from prison.

As for our government ministers, and our prime minister, you need to fix the damage you caused.

You knew when you signed the Schalit deal that the ink was the blood of the victims to come. We didn’t know their identities then. But now we do: Baruch Mizrahi, Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrah and Gilad Shaer.

It’s time you understand that after what you did, the only way to change the enemies’ cost-benefit analysis of abductions and other atrocities is for you to change your way of doing business.

This means you have to stop appeasing terrorists and start punishing them. And the punishment needs to be consistent, and painful. Among other things, this means no more money, no more guns and no more legitimacy, not only to Hamas, but to the PA. If you want to do it gradually, you can do it gradually.

It means that every time the Palestinian media broadcasts anti-Jewish bile, they lose something of value.

True, taking such action will likely make it more difficult for elected leaders and military commanders to vacation in Europe. But no one forced you to take your jobs. You asked for the responsibility of providing for the collective defense. And you can’t fulfill your duty by being nice to terrorists or to outsiders who side with them.

Schalit’s media flacks were right. He is a son of all of Israel.

And so are Naftali, Gil-Ad and Eyal who are now captive because of the deal we signed for Gilad.

As we pray for their speedy and safe return home, we must take action to remove the targets from the backs of every citizen of Israel. Those targets were placed there by our treacherous media, and by successive governments who preferred the cheap perfume scent of appeasement over the blood, sweat and tears required to secure our freedom and security.

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What Israel is Doing To Locate Kidnapped Teens

Israeli security forces conducted an overnight manhunt in the West Bank, arresting 80 Palestinians connected to the disappearance of three Israeli teenagers. Three boys were on their way home from high school in a Jewish settlement this past Thursday when they were kidnapped. Prime Minister Netanyahu has accused terrorist group Hamas with the abduction. 

"Today I can say what I refrained from saying yesterday ahead of the wave of arrests that captured Hamas operatives in Judea and Samaria. Hamas men carried out the kidnapping. This is the same Hamas with which Abbas entered a unity government. This has grave consequences," Netanyahu said. "At this point our focus is on returning the abductees home."

Palestinian officials reject Netanyahu’s accusation that Hamas is responsible. Although Hamas has praised the apparent kidnapping, they will not own up to accepting responsibility for it.

Israeli government is doing everything it can to bring the boys home. The entire nation of Israel weeps for them. A mass prayer service was held yesterday at the Western Wall.

The names of the three teenagers are: Naftali Frenkel, 16; Gilad Shaar, 16; and Eyal Yifrach, 19--who carries dual American-Israeli citizenship. Click below to hear a song from Israel—a cry of the people to have their boys returned:

Please pray for their safe return home!

Operation Lifeshield Delivers Shelter in Netivot

Here is an update from our partners  from Operation Lifeshield in Israel!  Be sure to hear from Sh'muel at about two minutes into the video. Sh'muel visited here last month and many of you met him!

The unsmiling face of Avraham (not his real name) really says it all. There's not much to be happy about. Avraham's 9 year old daughter suffers from perpetual trauma. Every time she hears a loud noise or bang, even on the radio or TV, she becomes hysterical. Too many rockets have landed near Avraham's home in Netivot. Although the one that slammed into their backyard would have been more than enough to send the girl into screaming fits. She can't be alone, and at night she sleeps with her parents - the only way she can relax and get a few hours rest.

We delivered a Lifeshield Bell shelter to Avraham's street yesterday, and he could not contain his gratitude. He has invited me to visit him at his home for coffee next time I visit. And I was thinking that it would be nice if you (yes, you the reader) would join me.