16
Sep

Remembering Steven

(Photo: facebook)

(Photo: facebook)

Ever since the video of American journalist Steven Sotloff’s beheading became public, I have not been able to shake the image of Steven kneeling before the camera in an orange jumpsuit, as a knife-wielding psychopath dressed in black threatens the free world before murdering an innocent man against the backdrop of a desert landscape. I was shocked and deeply disturbed when the beheading of the other American journalist, James Foley, came out, but something about the images of Steven Sotloff’s murder at the hands of ISIS refused to leave my mind.

I had this gut feeling that I must have met Steven at one time, but I couldn’t remember where or when. The truth is, though I’m certain I never met James Foley, I feel like I know him. We both grew up in the…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / IS / ISIS
27
Aug

Video: Iron Dome Intercepts 15 Terrorist Rockets at Once

In the above video, Israel’s Iron Dome defense system does its job, intercepting 15 terrorist rockets as sirens wail and residents look skyward. We thank God for the protection He has granted the Holy Land and its people during this terrifying time.

Posted in: IDF / Iron Dome / Israel
1
Jul

Responding to the Senseless Deaths

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

Yesterday’s discovery of the bodies of Eyal Yifrach (19), Gilad Shaar (16) and Naftali Frenkel (16), who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas a little over two weeks ago, has brought the entire Jewish state to a place of mourning. Spontaneous prayer vigils popped up all over the country well into the night, as mothers and fathers sobbed for children lost to other parents.

Candles arranged in Star of David formations flickered alongside tea lights spelling out the boys’ names, all encircled by teenagers swaying in unison, singing songs of redemption and pain, frustration and hope, faith and unity. Cries could be heard throughout the night in Israel as the country mourned together as only the Jewish people can, with unmatched unity.

Our enemies must not mistake our cries for hopelessness, for when the…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / EyalGiladNaftali / Israel
16
Jun

Israel’s First Line of Defense

(Photo: ASHERNET)

(Photo: ASHERNET)

At a press conference yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Hamas was directly involved in the kidnapping of three teenage boys last Thursday night in Hebron. Immediately after Netanyahu spoke, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon addressed reporters and explained that over the past year and a half dozens of other kidnapping attempts have been foiled by Israeli forces.

The surge in attempted kidnappings is a new phase in terrorism. Although this tactic has been employed in the past, terrorist groups nowadays believe they can extract heavy concessions for their captives, in the form of prisoner releases. This has created a new security threat for Israel’s citizens, where even children can be taken hostage by terrorist groups.

The Israeli public has responded to the horrifying news of the kidnapping with incredible…

   
Posted in: Ami Farkas / EyalGiladNaftali / Hamas
16
Jun

Israel: Hitchhiking Home

(Photo: flickr/ wmliu)

(Photo: flickr/ wmliu)

In the wake of the kidnapping of three Israeli teens by terrorists, much has been made of the fact that the boys were hitchhiking. Some religious leaders in Israel have forbidden their followers from hitchhiking, while those around the world have questioned its safety in such a volatile area. Writing at The Algemeiner, Dave Bender gives some cultural perspective on hitchhiking in Israel (a very common mode of transportation, referred to as “tremping”):

Dozens of riders, from teens to the elderly, regularly crowd together under the streetlamp alongside the bus bay, holding plastic shopping bags, backpacks and whatever else you’d lug along home after a day in town, at work or school.

They wait for rides to their communities, and – from firsthand experience – commonly not more that 10-15 minutes until…

   
Posted in: Algemeiner / Dave Bender / EyalGiladNaftali