Israel Update



"Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people, come to my aid when you save them, that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of your nation and join your inheritance in giving praise.” Ps 106: 4-5  

FACTS ABOUT ISRAEL’S POPULATION:   : Israel’s population has grown to 7.7 million on the eve of its 63rd Independence Day. This is an astounding figure, given there were just 806,000 residents when the Israeli state was reborn in 1948. Jews make up 75% of the population, but there is a significant Arab minority which comprises about 20% of the nation. Non-Jewish immigrants and their children account for about five percent of the population. While there are many similarities between Israel and a country like Canada, population density is not one of them. Canada has about three people per square kilometer. Israel has 100 times that density, making it the second-most dense country in the world. Israel now has about 150,000 Christians, a population that has grown about 400 percent from 39,000 since 1949. Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world. Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin - 109 per 10,000 people - as well as one of the highest per capita rates of patents filed. In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the US. (CIC)

ISRAEL AT 63: AN EXPORT SUPERPOWER:  As Israel celebrates 63 years of being an independent state, it turns out that it is an export superpower. According to figures published on Tuesday by the Israel Export Institute and presented by the Globes financial news paper, since its establishment in 1948 Israel has multiplied the volume of goods it exports to the world by an astonishing 13,400. The figures also show Israel has gone from exporting a “modest” amount of about $6 million in 1948 to exporting no less than $80.5 billion in 2010. The well-known Jaffa oranges, which were the pride and joy of Israel’s export industry for many years, have taken a few steps back. Israel’s high tech and R&D (research and development) sectors were at the top of the export list last year, totaling approximately $28.5 billion and constituting about 35% of Israel’s exports in 2010. However, the oranges are not out quite yet, as figures show that agricultural exports also grew in the last year, totaling $1.3 billion. Israel has long been a leader in diamond exports, according to the report. Since the founding of the state, Israel’s diamond exports have multiplied by 3,190. While in the early years of statehood the scope of diamond exports from Israel to the world stood at about $2.8 million, in 2010 exports amounted to approximately $8.9 billion. The Israel Export Institute estimated that exports will continue to rise in 2011 by about another 7%. If these forecasts are realized, the total amount of Israeli exports by the end of next year will be a whopping $86 billion. (INN) “I am the Lord your God who teaches you to profit.” Isa 48:17

INTEL CHOOSES ISRAEL TO PRODUCE NEW ‘IVY BRIDGE’ PROCESSOR: : Israel’s Intel plant in Kiryat Gat is one of two factories in the world that will produce the revolutionary 3D “Ivy Bridge” processor, some 22 nanometers thick, Intel announced this week. By comparison, a human hair is 60,000 nanometers thick. One nm is one billionth of a meter. The chip-maker called the announcement of the new processor the "most important technology announcement of the year." Intel has spent $2.7 billion to upgrade its plant in Kiryat Gat, located between Be’er Sheva and metropolitan Tel Aviv. It is now capable of producing the new processor, which uses a complex silicon structure that allows more efficient use than regular transistors. Intel CEO Paul Otellini said the revolutionary technology will widen Intel's differentiation from its competitors in all segments of the computing world. (INN)

WHO CAN I TRUST WITH MY DONATIONS?  Many people ask, "Where can I send my financial contributions and be sure they reach the people who need them most?"  As an employee of Vision for Israel & The Joseph Storehouse, I have witnessed since 2006, food, clothing and household goods go out to the poor, often twice a week. Thousands of dollars of hospital equipment have been freely given to old age and care institutions that simply can't afford new beds or other medical necessities. School packs have been prepared annually for thousands of needy children. Additionally, when there have been catastrophes abroad, Vision for Israel & The Joseph Storehouse are among the first to send necessary supplies to alleviate the distress. Your donations are needed and welcomed at  Make your online donations today. For residents in the UK and outside North America visit our website at   (Hannah)

MEMBER OF KNESSET HOPING FOR MESSIANIC AGE: MK Tzipi Hotovely said this week she hopes that in 25 years, “We will be after the coming of the Messiah, and the state will fill its destiny according to the prophets.” Until then, she hopes Israel will be strong, large, and will maintain a strong connection to its history and to historic sites. Hotovely expressed optimism regarding unity among the various sectors of Jewish society. (INN) Pray for abundant faith for all members of the government as well as for all who dwell in Israel. “Behold, I come quickly.” Rev 22:7

GLENN BECK, LIVE FROM JERUSALEM:  The conservative US commentator Glenn Beck broadcast his popular radio show Tuesday (Israel’s Independence Day) from the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. Beck, who is a supporter of Israel, announced he plans to return to the region within a few weeks to make a movie about Jerusalem. Beck toured several sites during his visit, including the tunnels under the Western Wall in Jerusalem. His plan to tour the Temple Mount was canceled due to opposition from the Waqf, the Muslim religious trust. Fox News host Glenn Beck addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. "The Glenn Beck Program" is aired in syndication on more than 400 radio stations in the US and reaches 10 million listeners every week. (Ha’aretz)

NETANYAHU TO ADDRESS US CONGRESS ON MAY 24:  PM Benjamin Netanyahu will address the US Congress on May 24 on a Washington visit that will cap a US-led diplomatic flurry seeking to advance stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Netanyahu will deliver his speech to lawmakers four days after White House talks with President Barack Obama, whose relationship with the prime minister has sometimes been strained. Obama's attempts to broker a Middle East peace deal have yielded little since he took office but he has insisted there is an urgent need to seize the opportunity created by political upheaval in the broader Arab world.There have been reports that Netanyahu could float new ideas on restarting peace talks, which broke down late last year in a dispute over continued Israeli settlement building in the West Bank. Netanyahu's visit comes against a backdrop of Middle East upheaval that has unsettled many Israelis. He has condemned a new reconciliation deal between the mainstream Palestinian Fatah faction and its former rival, the Hamas terrorist movement, saying it undermines peace prospects. It remains unclear how hard Obama is willing to push Netanyahu for concessions. That could risk alienating Israel's strong base of support among the US public and in Congress as well as the influential pro-Israel lobby in Washington as Obama seeks re-election in 2012. Obama's launch of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks last year went nowhere and he is under pressure to forge a new initiative or face the prospect of the Palestinians seeking the UN General Assembly's blessing for a Palestinian state in September. (Ha’aretz) Continue to intercede for Prime Minister Netanyahu and the leaders of the Jewish state not to give way to international pressure to divide Jerusalem or exchange land for a false peace.

Blessings from Israel

Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff


As international speakers and messengers of the Good News through music, Barry and Batya Segal are at the forefront of what God is doing in the present day nation of Israel. With strong ties in both the nations and Jerusalem, the Segals are weaving the deepest roots of our biblical heritage together with the fresh Spirit-filled worship of today to create their rich harmony of Scripture and song.

The Segals have a vast vision for God's purposes in the nations and to the people of Israel. In fact, their longing to help rebuild Israel both spiritually and physically inspired them to pioneer the non-profit charity organization, Vision for Israel and The Joseph Storehouse. This arm of their ministry focuses on assisting the poor and needy, widows and orphans, and reaching out to the new Jewish immigrants coming into the land of Israel. Vision 's most challenging project to date is "The Joseph Storehouse?", humanitarian aid center, located in the hills of Jerusalem. The Joseph Storehouse functions as a channel of blessing to all of Israel, Jewish and Arab, through the gathering and distribution of emergency medical supplies, food, clothing, and other basic life necessities. USA office contact info: Vision for Israel, PO Box 7743, Charlotte NC 28241, 866-351-0075. The Segal's web site is

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