Israel Update



“The Lord foils the plans of the nations. He thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.” Ps 33: 10-11 

BIBI: NO COMPROMISE ON JERUSALEM, REFUGEES OR JORDAN RIVER PRESENCE:  Israeli PM Netanyahu said any peace deal with the Palestinians must grant Israel a military presence along the Jordan River, exclude repatriation of Palestinian refugees to Israel and leave Jerusalem as Israel's united capital. However, the Israeli leader said Tuesday in his address to a joint meeting of Congress, some Jewish settlements in the West Bank would fall outside Israel’s borders in a final peace deal. “Israel needs unique security arrangements because of its unique size,” Netanyahu said, adding that the Palestinian state must be demilitarized. Netanyahu received a warm reception from Congress, including more than two dozen standing ovations. (JTA) “The Lord will establish peace for us.” Is 26:12

NETANYAHU, ADDRESSING CONGRESS OUTLINES VISION FOR MIDEAST PEACE:  Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, addressing Congress on Tuesday, laid out a vision for Middle East peace that would include "far-reaching compromise" by Israel if the Palestinians accept Israel as a Jewish state. In a speech punctuated by standing ovations from supportive US lawmakers, Netanyahu repeated his insistence that Israel would not accept a return to "indefensible" borders that existed before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, and he ruled out allowing Palestinian refugees to return to Israel or giving up any part of Jerusalem. He said he recognizes "that in a genuine peace, we'll be required to give up parts of the ancestral Jewish homeland." (Washington Post)

SETTLERS: WE WON’T LIVE IN A PALESTINIAN STATE: Jewish settlers living beyond the 1967 lines expressed concern after hearing PM Netanyahu say Israel "will be required to give up parts of the ancestral Jewish homeland," during his speech before Congress. The possibility of Jewish settlements becoming a part of a Palestinian state aroused their anger. "It's mass suicide, they'll just destroy us," a settler claimed. "In the book of Psalms it says not to trust people, and we didn't trust in Netanyahu to bring salvation. His final message allows the ceding of ancestral Jewish land, and it's very grave in our eyes. I hope this plan won't be carried out," he said. "This isn't just about my home. It's about a country that belonged to past generations and belongs to future generations, and no one has the right to give it up. (Ynet) Pray for Israel’s brave settlers. May they be filled with hope and assured their homes and families will remain a part of the state of Israel.

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)

US CONGRESS SIDES WITH NETANYAHU OVER OBAMA: Israeli PM Netanyahu's speech before the US Congress on Tuesday was seen by most Israelis as a resounding success and as a rejection of President Barack Obama's policy speeches over the previous few days. Speaking before a joint gathering of the House of Representatives and Senate, Netanyahu reiterated that Israel will not return to its 1967 borders, as Obama had insisted it must do for the sake of peace. The Israeli leader also adamantly restated Israel's position that Jerusalem must not be divided. Netanyahu's strong statements won no fewer than 29 rounds of applause (26 of them standing ovations) from the lawmakers, despite the fact he was seen to be defying the Americans' own president. News analyst Michael Cohen noted "the idea that Congress would openly side with a foreign leader against the president of the US seems too far-fetched to believe. Remarkably, however, something not dissimilar happened in Washington Tuesday." Cohen said congressional leaders, both Republican and Democrat, had consciously provided Netanyahu with the most visible of public podiums from which to refute Obama's peace policies. (Israel Today/RyanJones) “So you, by the help of your God, return: Observe mercy and justice and wait on your God continually.” Hosea 12:6

OBAMA TO PALESTINIANS: SEEKING STATEHOOD IN UN A MISTAKE: US President Obama on Wednesday, took several steps back from his unpopular and contended speeches for a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - in which he had aligned himself with Palestinian aspirations for control over the Jewish state. He later stated that seeking Palestinian statehood via the UN would be a mistake. Speaking alongside UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama said the Palestinians must understand "they have obligations as well." The US president said the conflict rests on four central points: territorial boundaries, Israeli security, the Palestinian refugee issue and Jerusalem. He said the last two issues were extraordinarily emotional and would require wrenching concessions. In a joint news conference with British PM David Cameron, Obama said: "For the Palestinians to take the UN route rather than the path of sitting down and talking with the Israelis is a mistake.” Obama also said the Hamas terrorist group, recently reconciled with Fatah - Israel’s supposed Palestinian peace partner - was not an equal for negotiations until it renounced violence and recognized Israel. He said Israelis have a right to be worried by the reunion between Hamas and Fatah, given that Hamas does not recognize Israel and has not renounced violence. (J.Post)

HANIYEH: WE WILL TEAR UP THE OCCUPATION:  Responding to PM Netanyahu's statement in Washington that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas "tear up" the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement, Hamas, PM Ismail Haniyeh announced Wednesday that "we will tear up the occupation." He also applauded the Nakba Day efforts of regional Arabs to breach Israel's borders and called on protesters to radically increase their numbers. (J.Post) “The horse is prepared for battle, but deliverance is from the Lord.” Prov 21:31

ISRAELI HIGH-TECH MAKES THE AMERICA STRONGER: Israel hi-tech is in every US fighter jet and helps the US fight its war on terror, says Lt. Col. Chris Sheppard, the American F-16 mission commander. Israeli technology, ranging from defense systems to innovative medical equipment, also has helped save lives in the US war on terror as well as saving American civilians and soldiers. The US is fighting a new kind of enemy that uses guerrilla tactics “and operates in populated areas,” according to Sheppard. “Israeli technology has greatly enhanced today’s battlefield.” (INN)

ISRAEL APPROVES LARGEST DESALINATION PLANT: Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz signed an agreement on Monday approving the construction and operation of a new desalination facility near Ashdod, which upon completion will make Israel's domestic water consumption 65% reliant on desalinated sources. The $400 million project will be one of the world's largest desalination plants and is to be ready in 2013. (J. Post)

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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