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Full coverage of Israel's Operation Protective Edge.

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?
Let's show them that we care. That we are in awe of their heroism and brimming with admiration for their courage.
The power of a mitzvah
With our brothers and sisters in Israel under rocket fire, every Jew is asking him or herself: What can I do to help?
“Some depend on chariots, others on horses, but we call upon the name of G‑d our G‑d.”
Exile and dispersion produced a miracle. It brought out an organic, irreducible oneness of our people that could not otherwise be imagined.
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.
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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August 24, 2014
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...
md usa
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!
Shira Levin
Minneapolis, MN
August 18, 2014
The Great Isaiah Scroll in Jerusalem specifies/prophesizes what we must occur for a good outcome.
Norman Hauptman
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,

Avram J
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.
James H.
Washington, USA
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
Kzn Pmb
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.
August 12, 2014
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!
Zaav Gordon
san diego, alif.
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.

Ruth Landau
August 10, 2014
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?
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