Israel Update



"As God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." Col 3:12 

NATANYAHU: ABBAS IS DISTORTING HISTORY:   PM Binyamin Netanyahu criticized Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, following the op-ed he published earlier in the day in The New York Times. “The article is a blatant distortion of historical facts which are well-known and documented,” Netanyahu said. “The Palestinians were the ones who refused the partition plan for two states while the Jews had agreed.” Netanyahu was referring to Abbas’ claim in his article that “the last time the question of Palestinian statehood took center stage at the General Assembly, the question posed to the international community was whether our homeland should be partitioned into two states. In November 1947, the General Assembly made its recommendation and answered in the affirmative. Shortly thereafter, Zionist forces expelled Palestinian Arabs to ensure a decisive Jewish majority in the future state of Israel, and Arab armies intervened. War and further expulsions ensued.” Abbas conveniently omitted the rejection of the partition plan by the Arab world and the fact that most Arabs living in Israel left because they were told to do so by their leaders, who promised them that they would return after Israel was quickly annihilated. Abbas also skipped over the Arab nations' attacks on the young Jewish state following its declaration. Netanyahu added that “we can conclude from the article that the Palestinian leadership sees in the establishment of a Palestinian state a means to continue the conflict with Israel instead of ending it.” (INN) “Surely He recognizes deceitful men; and when He sees evil, does He not take note?” Job 11:11

HAMAS AND FATAH BEGIN TALKS ON NEW PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT:  Talks between Hamas and Fatah to hammer out details of a joint Palestinian government began in Cairo on Monday after Egypt brokered a deal to end their four-year feud. The discussions center on the make-up of an interim government unifying the Fatah-run West Bank with the Gaza Strip controlled by the Hamas terrorist group, and on preparations for a general election within a year. The deal, denounced by Israel, was brokered in secret. PM Netanyahu condemned the unity pact "as a mortal blow to peace" and a "victory for terrorism." Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar said recently that while Hamas would be willing to accept a Palestinian state within 1967 borders in accordance with a Mideast deal, the movement would never recognize Israel since that would counter its aim to "liberate" all of Palestine. (Ha’aretz) Continue to pray against all unity between entities that hate and aspire to destroy Israel.

NETANYAHU’S US TRIP NO LONGER EXPECTED TO JUMP-START PEACE PROCESS: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to embark on a US trip his aides once said would include a "historic" announcement designed to jump-start the Middle East peace process. However, there's a growing consensus that neither Israel nor Washington is ready to make any bold moves after all. Some of the pressure Israel was facing from the US and Europe has been temporarily lifted by the international unease over a May 4 reconciliation deal between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and the Hamas terrorist group. The Obama administration has also shelved, for now, the idea of laying out any of its own prescriptions for restarting the peace talks. (LA Times)

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)

UN PEACEKEEPERS FAIL TO STOP ARAB “DAY OF RAGE” BORDER INCURSIONS: Hamas was behind the attack at the Erez Crossing from Gaza, the Syrian government organized the recruitment and busing of hundreds of Syrian-Palestinians to Majdal Shams on the Golan Heights, and Hizbullah paid for and organized the assault from Lebanon. There are no photos of UN peacekeeping forces along Israel's border with Lebanon and Syria - UNIFIL and UNDOF - trying to stop the incursions and protect the peace. The international forces mandated to keep peace were nowhere to be seen when Israel's sovereignty and security were under attack. (Daily Alert) Pray for the safety and security of all of Israel’s borders against enemy infiltration and terrorist attacks.

US ACCUSES SYRIA OF INCITING ISRAEL BORDER CLASHES:  The White House accused the Syrian government this week of inciting deadly border clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian demonstrators, saying Damascus was trying to distract attention from its own violent crackdown on protests. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Israel "has the right to prevent unauthorized crossing at its borders." Syrian media reports said Israeli gunfire killed two people after dozens of Palestinians infiltrated the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights from Syria, along a front line that has been largely tranquil for decades. The White House put the onus on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the incursion. (Reuters)

WAQF TEMPLE MOUNT EXCAVATION DAMAGED ARCHAEOLOGICAL RELICS:  In his annual report, State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss found many shortcomings in the supervision of works carried out by the Waqf Muslim religious trust at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, saying that as a result, important archaeological artifacts had been damaged. The only section of the opinion that was made public was the conclusion, which says that supervision of the works that the Waqf carried out at the Temple Mount, particularly in the structure known as Solomon's Stables, was problematic. "These works were carried out without any coordination with the authorities that deal with legal enforcement in the Temple Mount, and without the required permits and licenses. The use of heavy mechanical tools during some of the works regretfully damaged some of the archaeological evidence," the comptroller wrote. "The preservation of antiquities at the Temple Mount, and the prevention of their destruction, is a public duty of the highest order," the conclusion also stated. (Ha’aretz)

BELGIAN JEWS SHOCKED BY JUSTICE MINISTER’S CALL TO FORGET NAZI PAST: Belgian Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck shocked the country's Jewish community by recently voicing support for an initiative to provide amnesty to Nazi collaborators during WWII, and for his suggestion that it may behoove the government to "forget" its Nazi past. During a television debate, De Clerck said that the country should not focus on the crimes it committed as they were already in the past. De Clerck belongs to the Christian Democratic Party, which currently holds majority in the Belgian government. (Ha’aretz) “The Lord will bring charges against the nations. He will bring judgment on all mankind.” Jer 25: 31

ELECTRIC CAR TO GO ON SALE IN ISRAEL IN JULY: Better Place has unveiled the price of the electric cars it will be selling in Israel, the Renault Fluence ZE: NIS 123,000 (about $35,000). That's a hair more than gasoline-fueled cars of similar size. Better Place, founded by ex-tech entrepreneur Shai Agassi, also revealed that initially it will be offering five service packages whose prices will depend on the client's mileage. Each package includes installation of a charging point at the client's home, unlimited battery replacements and unfettered access to Better Place charging points for four years. The saving isn't great compared with the cost of gasoline for similar distances, however Better Place has to pay billions of shekels to build infrastructure. (Ha’aretz)

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 StorehouseŽ", 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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