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Fellowship-adopted Battalion Shoots Down Syrian Missile

Rabbi Eckstein with Lions of the North battalion (Photo: IFCJ/Eva Geller)

As tensions heighten between Israel and Syria, we're keeping you abreast of the latest news. And as we reported on Friday, three missiles were fired at Israeli aircraft by the Syrian military. One of these missiles was armed with a 200kg warhead, but was neutralized by Israel's Arrow air-defense system.

And, we can tell you, this very defense battery is one of The Fellowship's adopted battalions! The Lions of the North battalion in Tzfat is supported by The Fellowship and our faithful friends, as seen in the above photo taken during a visit by Rabbi Eckstein to the brave men and women who protect Israel and her people. And this amazing group of warriors are "responsible for protecting, from the ground, the skies in the northern region of the State of Israel...performs its operational mission 24/7 and responds continuously, professionally and qualitatively..."

The Jerusalem Post's Anna Ahronheim tells us more about the disaster that the Lions of the North prevented:

The ballistic missile fired by Syria last week posed a direct threat to Israel and its citizens, Brig.-Gen. Zvika Haimovich, commander of the IAF’s Air Defense Division, said on Monday.

“Last week on Friday morning the Air Defense Command understood that Israel faced a ballistic- missile threat,” he said. “In this situation there is no room or time for question marks or dilemmas. Our operational rules are very clear in this regard: to neutralize any threat that poses a risk to Israel and her citizens. And that is what we did, and that is what we will do in the future.”

"Our job is to protect Israel," he said "The Syrian missile had a 200-kg. warhead which threatened the security of the State of Israel and its citizens. Our job is to neutralize the threat. And we did...”

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