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Israel: Operation Protective Edge

Israel: Operation Protective Edge

News, impressions, mitzvahs, and prayers

IDF soldiers conduct training in a field near the border with Gaza in southern Israel. (Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90)
IDF soldiers conduct training in a field near the border with Gaza in southern Israel. (Photo: Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Our brothers and sisters in Israel are under attack. Since early July, they’ve been subjected to a barrage of rockets and terror attacks. Israel’s brave troops are on the ground in Gaza fighting to bring peace and security for the region.

Our hearts and our prayers are with them. And even when things may appear bleak, we know that the “Guardian of Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers” and that Israel is the “land upon which G‑d’s eyes are trained from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.”

Here, we’ve collected first-person reflections, news stories, and other articles related to the ongoing conflict. We trust they will resonate with you as they have with us.

No matter where you are in the world, there is so much you can do for our extended family in Israel. Say a prayer, do an extra mitzvah, and even write a letter that we will deliver to an IDF soldier. Together, we can make a difference.

May G‑d spread His canopy of peace over Israel.

Our extended Jewish family is under fire. Rockets are raining down on Israeli cities and towns, and our troops are face-to-face with ruthless killers in Gaza. Is there anything we can do?
Connect with the Soldiers in the Holy Land
Let's show them that we care. That we are in awe of their heroism and brimming with admiration for their courage.
“Some depend on chariots, others on horses, but we call upon the name of G‑d our G‑d.”
A Story of Oneness By Dispersion
Exile and dispersion produced a miracle. It brought out an organic, irreducible oneness of our people that could not otherwise be imagined.
What kind of purpose lies behind this war in Gaza?
A Jew comes to this world to bring light. If so, what are we doing fighting this ugly war? This is not who we are.
Showing support to the soldiers and our brothers and sisters in Israel
Rabbi Mendel Kaplan headed a special delegation to Israel amidst the war in Gaza. He met with soldiers, parents that lost their children in battle, and communities in the south terrorized by rocket fire; and tells of his incredible trip.
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sarah md usa August 24, 2014

anonymous Just to remind you: Israel did not kick the arabs out in 1948. The Arab countries who invaded Israel did. Did you seem to forget how many Jews were expelled from their homes in aAab countries... you seem to forget that the Jews are not claiming Arab lands, we just want our land given to us by God. Let them have the rest of the middle east... Reply

Shira Levin Minneapolis, MN August 21, 2014

G-d Israel's Defender What appears impossible with man is possible with G-d. The Guardian of Israel who neither slumbers or sleeps can destroy the enemies of Israel with one flick of a finger. Just as G-d caused an east wind to blow to send a rocket threatening to strike Tel Aviv He can cause Hamas to be destroyed. May G-d indeed do so through whatever means He sees fit! Reply

Norman Hauptman NEW ROCHELLE August 18, 2014

The Great Isaiah Scroll in Jerusalem specifies/prophesizes what we must occur for a good outcome. Reply

Avram J London August 17, 2014

Wider view The question avoided in the latest spate of violence remains - is there a way to avoid future bloody flare ups ? Easy to say "let Hamas disarm" - we know they won't or " kill them all " - not possible , and in any event they would grow another violent head. Any western peace plan (while the rich Arab sheikdoms feed the flames ) will be greeted with suspicion. The Sykes–Picot Agreement is not forgotten.
In the sickening slaughter we are seeing in Iraq and elsewhere the Palestinian problem is not an issue. If the historic hatred between the numerous Muslim factions and tribes ( incomprehensible to the western mind ) cannot be requited ( faint hope ) , the current uneasy status quo is the best Israel can hope for. But don't overlook the exponential growth in the Palestinian population in Israel and the territories,


James H. Washington, USA August 16, 2014

Support Peace Support Israel Folks, it is that simple. If you want peace and justice, you will support Israel. I have been to Israel, and I have been to many Arab countries as well. Big difference, most Arab countries are teaching their young to hate Jews and Hate America from the day they are born. Israel loves all children and wants peace. I am a proud US Soldier and I stand with Israel. I will fight for Israel. Reply

Ronny Kzn Pmb August 14, 2014

Repeat of history This time the world needs to know that if we don't support Israel then we are heading for disaster. The following quotes by Albert Einstein

As long as Nazi violence was unleashed only, or mainly, against the Jews, the rest of the world looked on passively and even treaties and agreements were made with the patently criminal government of the Third Reich.... The doors of Palestine were closed to Jewish immigrants, and no country could be found that would admit those forsaken people. They were left to perish like their brothers and sisters in the occupied countries. We shall never forget the heroic efforts of the small countries, of the Scandinavian, the Dutch, the Swiss nations, and of individuals in the occupied part of Europe who did all in their power to protect Jewish Reply

AvamJ London August 13, 2014

PR in war Israel could have neutralized in advance the avalanche of criticism by showing the world evidence of the predicable use of human shields by Hamas
Can someone explain to me why they did not. Reply

Zaav Gordon san diego, alif. August 12, 2014

moshiach One important thing a Jew can do now for the Jewish people is make aliyah, and if all Jews return to Israel Moshiach will come. Boruch Hashem! Reply

Ruth Landau August 11, 2014

Baseless? Thank you Anonymous from Taiwan for bringing up the subject of Palestinian refugees in Gaza. There is a video on facebook showing how UN schools are used for fanning hatred of Israel by reminding them again and again that they lost their homes. These educators do not mention that Arab leaders were unwilling to negotiate with Israel to settle this problem. The diplomat Abba Eban said "they never miss a chance to miss a chance". For some Arabs (hopefully not all) the word 'nakba' disaster, used by Arabs to mark Israel's Independence Day, means failure to destroy Israel. Israelis recognize nakba as disaster that could be healed by negotiation, but fight those who wish to destroy Israel.


Anonymous Taiwan August 10, 2014

Baseless? I find it strange that people here think the hatred Gazan people have towards Israel is baseless. It's still in living memory that many of those people's families were kicked out from their villages which were razed in 1948. I'm not saying there's no hatred, but do you really think it's baseless hatred? Reply

Anonymous fl, usa August 10, 2014

I can just say as an analogy, maybe two of them. First: Follow Netanyahu now who would seem to be like Churchill for WWII. Fight don't wag tongues, and give up vital, life giving avenues for Medinat Israel to the British "wuss", Chamberlain did against Europe in late 1930's. Follow the Star of David Ben Gurion and those who brought Israel into real adulthood as a determined, full-fledged State..!!! Wake up to reality, stop dreaming of " If I be nice to him, He'll be nice to me" Doesn't work that way, doesn't follow! Yes, of course we will pray,but that doesn't stop anti-Semitism as evidenced in N. Miami Beach, USA [and by the way it's another really fast track to Hitler's late 1939'swhere the police establishment sides with the perpetrators and says, "No evidence of a hate crime" anti-Semitism! That means "overlook" everything that's happened there in that 3-4 sq.mile area in the last 3 weeks! Hate graffiti..etc. Reply

Michael Botchin Bournemouth August 8, 2014

tunnels The BBC has just launched an appeal to give aid to the Palestinian "refugees" . Hard to believe but true. Will they be broadcasting an appeal to help Israel pay for iron dome missiles to defend Israel (according to the BBC the US gives them to Israel free-yet another anti Israel untruth). The terror tunnels could have been used to shelter the poor old refugee population from harm I suppose but in fact the population is used to shelter the terror tunnels (and missiles) from Israel. Reply

Binnie Stein August 8, 2014

Thank You Rabbi Kaplan for your extraordinary words and deeds on behalf of Medinat Yisrael. May they be comforted, strengthened, and totally enriched by what you and Chabad are doing. May the day be at hand when we can claim that HaShem has brought Klal Yisrael the Matanah of everlasting peace, contentment, and wellbeing. May we all be blessed with a Sweet, Peaceful, Healthy, and Successful 5775. Am Yisrael chay vekayam. Reply

Anonymous Australia via August 7, 2014

Go boys for the good of our existence. Our hearts and souls are with you Reply

Ronny KZN PMB August 6, 2014

Warmongers There is no such thing as warmongers when a country defends itself from rough elements. What are the terrorist groups called that are fighting their own brothers Eg Syria, Libya, Iraq etc. Get your facts right you will be the next target if you don't get into reality these barbarians are merciless Reply

AvamJ London August 6, 2014

Proportionality and Hypocracy Most of the media in Western Europe accuse Israel of using disproportional force in an attempt of stop the attacks on Israel ,resulting in deaths of innocent civilians in Gaza , I see this attitude as hypocritical - I did not hear cries of dis-proportionality in the recent wars waged by the west against Muslim countries.- only of "collateral" damage"
However It is painful for me as a Jew to see Israel acting like "the Nations" .
Politically too Israel should have reduced the effect of negative PR by showing us solid evidence of Hamas using human shields obtained from aerial surveillance etc. .I have not seen any. Unfortunately too there maybe political advantages to be gained by both sides in the conflict. I am pessimistic as irreconcilable emotions are involved and emotions are not subject to reason. Reply

Anonymous Also, "The World" August 6, 2014

To Mr/Ms Anonymous re Being "Wrong, So Wrong" As a Jew, I stand in solidarity with my brothers and sisters in Israel against the oppressive regime of Hamas and all such mobs. For the people of Gaza, which is thousands of years old, have suffered tremendous pain and loss as a result of a manipulative and evil conflict created against Israel due to pure, baseless hatred. Yet today's modern Israel is composed of Jews and non-Jews alike, all having an equal voice in its government. So, being that modern Israel is represented by people of various backgrounds, what gives you the right to generalize all Jews (from all over the world) as warmongers as a result of a tragic conflict between a recognized country and a unrecognized mob hiding behind the children of an ancient people? Reply

Ronny KZN PMB August 5, 2014

Glory Lets us praise and give glory to the GOD of Israel for victory in the war, let us not forget the fallen hero's and their families and the ones that is still fighting. Pray for their protections Psalm 91 Reply

Anonymous The World August 5, 2014

You are wrong, so wrong. If you think your warmongering is doing your reputation any good then think again. Reply

jarred tampa fl. August 5, 2014

Ec had mitzvah ? Kiddish Reply

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