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Also in today’s dispatch:
Hundreds gather to welcome Israelis back home at Ben Gurion Airport (video)
A deeper look at Israel’s war against Hamas (podcast)
Heroism under fire: The neighbors who saved their town (article)
What it’s like living in Israel right now (video)
In secular Tel Aviv, restaurants go kosher to support the war effort (article)
Holocaust survivors respond to largest massacre of Jews since Holocaust (video)
What Jews believe and say about martyrdom (podcast)
🔝 Today’s Featured Story
Avi Yemini of Rebel News was reporting a story at the frontlines of Israel’s war with Hamas, when he was interrupted by a group of soldiers who told him he needed to go to a nearby restaurant and give them credit on camera.
Burgus Burger Bar in Kiryat Gat in southern Israel refused to take payment for an order for an entire platoon.
The platoon had put in a big order to raise the soldiers morale and reward their hard work defending Israel. When they went to pay, the restaurant owner refused to take even a shekel.
The soldier who received this gift explains to Avi that there are a lot of special people in Israel coming together to support the country. Regardless of the division that has rift Israel this year over the protests against judicial reforms, when there’s a threat to Israel’s existence, ‘people realise what’s really important: restoring peace and defending our country.’
As one Israeli woman puts it, ‘We’re always united when something happens, and we’re also united in our hearts, even when we have arguments. It’s like a married couple.’
Watch this video to witness the kindness uniting Israelis together during these difficult times:
📺 Today’s Top Videos
What It’s Like Living in Israel Right Now
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Israel at War: The War for Jewish Survival
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'Latet' emergency campaign sends aid to survivors.
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Holocaust survivors respond to largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust.
HISTORY • 2:49
Hundreds gather to welcome Israelis back home at Ben Gurion Airport.
ISRAEL & ZIONISM • 3:37
Two Spiritual Things You Can Do for Israel
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📰 Today’s Top Articles
⏳ Summaries of Today’s Top Headlines
IDF ready to crush rule of Hamas in Gaza, spokesperson says.
Source: The Jerusalem Post
IDF Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Daniel Hagari on Sunday morning said that ‘the IDF is ready to crush Hamas' rule’ as it prepares for likely the largest land invasion of Gaza since the 2005 withdrawal.
Hagari warned Israeli citizens not to become complacent after eight days of overwhelming IDF airstrikes, saying Hamas still has significant capabilities.
Hagari complained that Hamas was preventing Palestinian civilians from leaving the North, and said that the US had sent a second naval strike force to the region to back Israel versus any adventurism from Iran or Hezbollah.
Quentin Tarantino visits IDF soldiers serving in south.
Source: Israel Hayom
Legendary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino made a surprise visit to southern Israel Sunday to visit IDF bases and support soldiers at a time of war.
Tarantino toured the South, spoke to the soldiers, encouraged them, and took pictures with them.
‘It's our family'; Israeli reserve soldiers fly from Miami to Tel Aviv to fight in war.
Dozens of Israeli Reserve soldiers and volunteers boarded a plane from Miami to Tel Aviv Saturday night to fight in the Israel-Hamas war.
There was a sense of unity and pride in the terminal Saturday night and at times, there was singing and clapping for those heading overseas.