Israel Update



"The Lord builds up Jerusalem. He gathers together the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Ps 147: 2-3  

JERUSALEM DAY 2011 REPORT SHOWS CITY ENJOYING ECONOMIC BOOM: Jerusalem is currently experiencing an economic boom, according to data released by the municipality and the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies in honor of Jerusalem Day, which began Tuesday night. But the city's long-standing problems - negative migration, poverty and a growing Haredi population, which historically adds to unemployment rolls - persist. According to city hall, the number of people applying to open a business grew 30% last year, while the number of cultural events doubled and the number of tourists hit an all-time high. Some 2.8 million tourists visited the city last year, resulting in a 24% surge in overnight hotel stays. (Ha’aretz)

BIBI: UN STATEHOOD FOR PA IS LIKE DECLARING THE WORLD IS FLAT:  If the UN in September declares the Palestinian Authority to be a state, it might as well decide the world is flat, PM Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee Monday. He said Israel cannot stop the resolution from going forward and has few friends in the international body, but a veto from any member of the UN Security Council would block the proposal from reaching the General Assembly, whose anti-Israel majority likely would approve it. "The General Assembly cannot take the initiative but we are ready to do our work as soon as a recommendation of the Security Council would be addressed,” Joseph Deiss, president of the General Assembly said at a recent news conference. A recommendation for a new member of the UN must come from the Security Council, whose permanent members are the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia. US President Barack Obama stated last week it would be a mistake to declare the Palestinian Authority as a state without negotiations, but he has not specifically stated he would order a veto when the Arab League proposal comes up for a vote. (INN) “They rely on empty debates and speak lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil.” Is 59: 4 

HAMAS MOVING HQ FROM SYRIA TO EGYPT, WARNS NETANYAHU: Hamas is moving its headquarters from Damascus to Egypt, and the terror group is strengthening itself in the Sinai, PM Netanyahu told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee Monday. He also noted the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Hamas sprung, also has become a more powerful force in Egypt since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. Netanyahu stated his concern about the inability of the provisional military regime in Egypt to exercise sovereignty in the Sinai, which borders Israel and from where Bedouin and Hamas terrorists smuggle weapons from Iran, Sudan, Syria and elsewhere into Gaza. Al-Qaeda also has brought 400 terrorists into the area. The vacuum of power in the Sinai has been illustrated by “the two gas explosions that occurred there” this year, Netanyahu told the Knesset committee. “Global terrorist organizations are interfering, there and their presence is increasing because of the geographic connection between Sinai and Gaza." (Arutz-7) “When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.” Is 59:19

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)

AL QAEDA IN EGYPT: HOT PURSUIT OF 400 TERRORIST IN SINAI: Egyptian security forces are engaged in pursuit of over 400 al-Qaeda terrorists in the northern Sinai desert who are suspected of attacking security facilities in Rafah and El-Arish, say Egyptian newspapers. They are also wanted for planning terrorist attacks in Egyptian territory. Egyptian media also reports Bedouin tribes clashed in El-Arish, each claiming the other has kidnapped tribe members. Dozens of armed Bedouins have closed the Sinai Nueiba port, and are preventing transfer of passengers and cargo. Local tribesmen threaten to block major highways protesting the lack of control of the security situation in the Sinai desert. Since the ousting of Mubarak, there have been two terrorist- caused explosions at the Sinai gas works that supply 40% of Israel's gas as well as being the main gas source for Jordan. In addition, Egypt has opened its Rafiah crossing border to Gaza, giving rise to concern that members of al-Qaeda, already suspected of infiltrating Gaza, will find their way there, along with arms smuggled across the opened crossing to form terrorist cells. (INN)

SYRIAN FORCES STORM CENTRAL TOWN OF TALBISEH, KILLING THREE:  At least three civilians were killed on Monday when security forces entered the town of Talbiseh in central Syria to crush dissent against President Bashar al-Assad. The deaths brought to 14 the number of civilians killed in the area around the city of Homs, north of Damascus, since troops and tanks surrounded towns and villages in the region on Sunday. Homs has seen some of the biggest demonstrations against Assad since protests broke out in southern Syria in March and spread across the country, posing the most serious threat to his 11-year rule. Assad's military clampdown on the protests has drawn condemnation and sanctions from the United States and European Union. Rights groups say 1,000 civilians have been killed and 10,000 arrested in the crackdown. (Ha’aretz)


INSPECTORS PIERCE IRAN’S CLOAK OF NUCLEAR SECRECY: The International Atomic Energy Agency last week presented a report to its board that laid out new information on what it calls "possible military dimensions" of Iran's nuclear program. The report raised questions about whether Iran has sought to investigate seven different kinds of technology ranging from atomic triggers and detonators to uranium fuel. Together, the technologies could make a type of atom bomb known as an implosion device, which is what senior staff members of the IAEA have warned that Iran is able to build. (NY Times)

YA’ALON: PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE ON IRAN COULD BE NECESSARY: Israel’s Minister for Strategic Affairs, Moshe Ya’alon said Monday the civilized world must take joint action to avert the Iranian nuclear threat, and that action should include a pre-emptive strike if necessary. Ya’alon made the comments ahead of his visit to Moscow. “We strongly hope the entire civilized world will come to realize what threat this regime is posing and take joint action to avert the nuclear threat posed by Iran, even if it would be necessary to conduct a pre-emptive strike.” Though he would not discuss who might deal the strike, he stressed that the entire world and not just Israel, must be concerned about the danger posed by a nuclear-armed Iran. (INN) Continue to pray the leaders of the world will know how to deal with the dangers of Iran and its radical Islamists leaders. The news has shifted to other troubled spots in the Middle East. Meanwhile Iran continues to nurture its hatred and to develop its weapons of destruction against Israel and the West.

MUSLIM GIRL STONED TO DEATH AFTER TAKING PART IN A BEAUTY CONTEST: Katya Koren, 19, was attacked after taking part in a beauty contest which her friends said angered hard-line Muslims. Her battered body was buried in a forest and was found a week after she disappeared. Police have opened a murder investigation and are looking into claims that three Muslim youths killed her, claiming her death was justified under Islam. One of the three is under arrest and told police that Katya had "violated the laws of Sharia'" Gaziev has said he has no regrets about her death. (MailOnline)

BATTLE OVER CIRCUMCISION IS SHAPING UP IN CALIFORNIA: In November, San Franciscans will vote on a ballot measure that would outlaw circumcision on boys under the age of 18. The mere fact that it reached the ballot in such a major city has caused much concern for Jews and their allies. Opponents of the bill see it as a violation of the Constitution’s protection of religious rights and an infringement on physicians’ ability to practice medicine. The measure is being seen as a frontal attack on a central tenet of Judaism. (JTA)

ISRAEL TAKING STEPS TO SNUFF OUT SMOKING: Israel is moving ahead to protect the public against the dangers of secondary smoke, and hoping to persuade others not to even start smoking. The Cabinet approved on Sunday the establishment of a new Health Ministry unit that will work on ways to improve public protection against coerced exposure to cigarette smoke. According to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office, one of the measures to be implemented will be an amendment to the current law against smoking in public places. The advertising and marketing of tobacco products will also be restricted. Among the new restrictions will be a ban on tobacco sales in automated vending machines, which are accessible to teens who are more likely to experiment with cigarettes without understanding the consequences to their health. Smoking is a known cause of lung cancer, and of emphysema, a slow but deadly disease that has no cure once the process gets underway. The inhalation of secondary smoke -- that is, smoke inhaled from standing next to someone else who is smoking -- has been proven to be as deadly to the human body as smoke inhaled by the smoker. (INN)

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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