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Wednesday, August 20, 2003

The IDF is entering Nablus (Shechem) and Jenin

Reports are sketchy, from Ha'aretz and Arutz Sheva
From CNN:
Israeli Vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned his country has heard enough promises from the Palestinians.

"They have to act and they have to act from now, immediately," he told CNN. "This will stop. Either the Palestinians will stop it or we will stop it. And once we will engage in stopping it, we will not stop before it's all over with."

Go to THE SOS FUND - SAVING OUR SOLDIERS to donate toward the purchase of bulletproof vests for IDF ground-combat troops. The SOS site says that the vests cost close to $1,000 apiece and the IDF is short tens of thousands of them. Only 25 percent of IDF soldiers are equipped with the vests, which could have saved 30 percent of IDF casualties, according to SOS. The goal of the fund is to raise $2 million, enough to buy 2,000 vests.

He Who blessed our forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob -- may He bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Forces, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God, from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Aravah, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.

May the Almighty cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Holy One, Blessed is He, preserve and rescue our fighters from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may He send blessing and success in their every endeavor.

May He lead our enemies under our soldiers' sway and may He grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is the Lord your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.

V'imru, Amen.