A Message of Courage for Israel in the Face of Attacks

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- More than 100 rockets slammed into towns throughout southern Israel over the weekend. The salvos forced Israelis into bomb shelters when they heard the warning siren called "Color Red."

Despite a declared ceasefire by Hamas on Sunday night, more rockets pummeled southern Israel Monday. It's the latest in a series of terror attacks that began with a deadly rampage against Israeli civilians last Thursday.

Lt. Col. Shlomo Boimeister of the Negev Home Front Command told CBN News the past few days have not been "easy."

"We lost one man in Beersheva. We have injuries, bad injuries. It's not easy days," Boimeister said, cautioning us as we walked through the rubble inside a home in the Israeli town of Ofakim that sustained heavy damage.

The house is just one example of what could happen to the more than one million Israelis living within rocket range.

CBN News Mideast Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell talked more about the current upheaval in Israel and the Middle East on the CBN News Channel's Morning News, Aug. 22.

"Here we have to be very careful," Boimeister said. "The son of the family was inside there."

Asked how Americans could relate, he suggested they to "understand and try to feel what we feel here, whether they are in Boston, whether they are in New York or in other cities."

"That's the reason it's impossible that the country will live with it. That's the reason we have to attack. That's the reason we have to stop it," Boimeister said.

Israeli planes hit some launch sites in Gaza from which rockets were fired. The Iron Dome anti-missile system stopped others. But Israel still faces Hamas and other enemies sworn to its destruction.

It's the reason more than 3,000 gathered Sunday night in a display of solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people in the ancient ruins of Caesarea. The event was the opening night of Glenn Beck's Restoring Courage visit to Israel.

"We bring peace, we bring support. We bring comfort. Let our actions this week and from here on out let the Jewish people know. No matter what our governments may say.  We are not our governments. We stand with you," Beck said from the podium.

Speakers like Pastor John Hagee brought a message of solidarity.

"People of Israel, we have come from America and the nations of the world as people of faith to say that God is with you; 50 million evangelicals in America are with you. This time in history you are not alone," Hagee said to resounding applause.

Actor John Voight attended the event after visiting several Israelis wounded in rocket attacks.

"All day long I've been looking at the Israeli courage in living day to day and being deeply moved by it," Voight told CBN News.

"And knowing there's so many lies, so much propaganda that is turning the world upside down and vilifying Israel. It's a crazy thing. and these people are setting it right. They're saying no, we see; we know what the real stuff is, and it's very inspiring to hear them speak it," he said.

The Beck visit will climax with an event in Jerusalem on Wednesday, while a wary Israel wonders if its uneasy truce will hold. 

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