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Rocket Launched From Gaza- Hits Sderot Hesder Yeshiva

A Red Alert in southern Israel was sounded Thursday as a rocket hit the Sderot Hesder Yeshiva. Thankfully, the building was empty at the time and there were no injuries, however the building suffered extensive damage.

“As I have said in the past, this situation cannot continue. Only a military operation will bring quiet to our area. Our dear citizens are entitled to raise their children in a quiet and routine manner, like the rest of the country.” ~Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi

Original reporting by media sources incorrectly stated that the Sderot Chabad Yeshiva was struck by the rocket attack. It was the Sderot Hesder Yeshiva. This is where the AFSI Chizuk mission spent a Shabbat a few years ago, and which honored Judy Freedman Kadish at their April 10 dinner in New York City. Rabbi Dovid Fendel , the head of the Yeshiva, is a close friend of AFSI.

We have a lot of thanks to G-d. ~Rabbi Dovid Fendel

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Next Stop: Ramat Trump – Trump Heights

On Sunday, as an expression of Israel’s deep gratitude to President Donald J. Trump, the Israeli cabinet began the process of moving toward establishing a new community on the Golan Heights called Ramat Trump (Trump Heights).

This action comes only three months after President Trump recognized Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

“We are proud to have the opportunity to establish a new community, and also to honor a big friend,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the opening of the special cabinet meeting held on the Golan Heights.

‘Hundreds of Jews want to make aliyah and live in Trump Heights’ ~Adi Hashmonai

AFSI’s recent Chizuk Mission went to the location while the name was being debated. We’re happy to see the decision was made.

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Stop Talking Right and Doing Left

Council leaders in Judea and Samaria will begin campaigning against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies in the area. Under the slogan, “Stop talking right and doing left,” they will demand the government commit itself to Sovereignty in Judea and Samaria and to ending the illegal Arab construction in Area C.

Traveling throughout Israel, the AFSI Chizuk missions witness endless illegal Arab construction everywhere. It is totally out of control and must be stopped before it becomes an impossibility.

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This is Not a Ceasefire: Rocket Fire on Israel

In retaliation for a rocket launch towards Israel, the IDF attacked a Hamas tunnel in the Gaza Strip overnight Wednesday. The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted the rocket and no injuries or damage were reported.

No calls for both sides to hold to the recent ceasefire agreement is possible when the other side continues its attacks against Israel.

The Airstrike on Syria Observation Post was a Long Time Coming ~Ron Ben Yishai

PM: Israel Will Strike First, Not Wait To Be Attacked ~Gary Willig

Hizbullah Positions Hit by Israeli Missiles on Syria ~Naharnet Newsdesk

Balloon-Borne Bomb From Gaza Explodes Over Israeli Town ~Judah Ari Gross

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Israel Has the Right

“Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank,” US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said in a wide-ranging interview over the weekend.

If Israel made such a move he did not reveal what the US government’s position would be. Friedman did state that some degree of retention of Judea and Samaria would be legitimate.

This marks the first time in history that a US administration has come out in support of Israel retaining parts of its ancestral homeland in Judea and Samaria.

Read the Women in Green’s response to Ambassador Friedman’s remarks.

Trump Administration Green Lights Israel Annexing Parts of Judea and Samaria ~Avi Abelow. AFSI likes Abelow’s article as it explains how under international law Israel has been the ONLY one with rights to Judea and Samaria so there is no need to ANNEX the area. RETAINING it, the word Ambassador Friedman used, is correct and APPLYING SOVEREIGNTY is best.

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Israel Defends Itself Against Weekend Attack

The Israel Air Force struck several Syrian military positions in southwestern Damascus and Quneitra in retaliation for rockets fired into northern Israel yesterday.

“Last night, two rockets were launched from Syria to Israel, one landing within Israeli territory,” the IDF said. “In response, we struck a number of Syrian Armed Forces military targets. We hold the Syrian regime accountable and will firmly operate against any attempt to harm Israeli civilians.”

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Back to the Voting Booth, The Sequel

Israel will go back to elections as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form coalition.

Exactly one month after the wearing in of the 21st Knesset, a majority of the Knesset voted late Wednesday to disperse themselves and initiate an unprecedented repeat election on September 17.

‘I will do everything in my power to prevent another election,’ President Reuven Rivlin.

‘They’ve got enough turmoil over there, it’s a tough place,’ President Donald Trump

As elections loom, Bennett and Shaked get set to make a comeback ~JNS Brief

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Injustice in Tapuah West

One month after Moshe Herzlich paid the tax bill on his new home in the Tapuah West outpost, security forces arrived at his door and demolished his pink stucco one-story structure, nestled on a Samaria hilltop.

“They don’t treat terrorists this way,” said Herzlich, who was surprised to find a large contingent of IDF soldiers and border police at his door in the morning. He had not been served with a demolition order, he said – the security forces said that one had been faxed to him.

Full story HERE.

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