On Wednesday, July 12, 2006 the Hizbullah terrorist organization entered sovereign Israeli territory and kidnapped two soldiers on the border of Lebanon. Eight Israeli soldiers were killed. At the same time, Hizbullah launched Katyusha rocket attacks against Israeli communities near the border. Israel responded with Operation Change of Direction
The Jewish Agency for Israel joined with UJC, Keren Hayesod and its partners in Israel and abroad to provide immediate critical intervention on multiple fronts during this time of crisis, and in its devastating aftermath. Over 80 Israeli companies and 800 volunteers throughout Israel joined in this effort.
The full long-term, residual effects of these hostilities are yet unknown. But, based on its years of past experience, the Jewish Agency has developed a comprehensive plan for transforming devastation to opportunity.