Israel Update



“Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies.” Ps 103: 2-4 

NETANYAHU: ISRAEL AIMS TO OFFSET PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY BID:   PM Benjamin Netanyahu told European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek in Jerusalem Tuesday he aims to push a diplomatic initiative that would see 30 UN-member nations oppose the unilateral Palestinian bid for statehood in September. "It will not create an opposing majority, but it will balance out the bid's potential support," he said. "Six Israeli prime ministers were willing to accept the two-state solution, but could not reach a peace agreement because the Palestinians would not say six simple words, 'I will accept the Jewish state,'" he added. (Ynet News)

SUPPOSEDLY “NONVIOLENT” ARABS AND LEFTISTS BREAK SOLDIER’S LEG:  Arabs and leftists hurled rocks at IDF soldiers in southern Samaria Wednesday, breaking the leg of one of the soldiers. They continued to pummel him with rocks after he fell to the ground. Other soldiers came to their friend’s rescue and began firing in the air. The Arabs did not heed their calls to stop the attack and the soldiers proceeded to fire at the Arabs, wounding one of them moderately and another lightly. The soldier whose leg was broken was evacuated and received first aid. Ever since the Nakba Day and Naksa Day disturbances, there is ongoing rioting by Arabs and their Israel-hating collaborators throughout Judea and Samaria. (INN) Pray for the safety of Israel’s soldiers as they continue to guard the increasingly troubled borders of the Jewish state.

EGYPT’S MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD FORMS COALITION WITH LIBERAL PARTY: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood this week announced it intends to join forces with the Wafd Party, a liberal party established just after World War I, to run on one candidate list in the elections scheduled for September. The move is likely to be a significant boost for the Brotherhood, a radical political group that expects to take a third of parliament's seats. (Washington Post) The Hamas terrorist organization now ruling the Gaza Strip is one of the radical Islamic groups sprung from the Muslim Brotherhood - and the Muslim Brotherhood has become a more powerful force in Egypt since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. Netanyahu recently stated his concern about the inability of the provisional regime in Egypt to exercise authority in the Sinai. The area borders Israel and is where Bedouin and Hamas terrorists smuggle weapons from Iran, Sudan, Syria and elsewhere into Gaza.

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)

HIZBULLAH TERRORIST ORGANIZATION DOMINATES NEW CABINET IN LEBANON: Lebanon PM Najib Mikati announced Monday a new Cabinet dominated by Hizbullah and its allies, giving Hizbullah's patrons Syria and Iran greater sway in the Middle East. The terrorist group’s ascendancy is a setback for the US, which has provided Lebanon with $720 million in military aid since 2006 and has tried in vain to move the country firmly into a Western sphere and end Iranian and Syrian influence. It also underscores Iran's growing influence in the region at a time when Washington's is falling. Members of the Hizbullah terror organization were planted among the hundreds of Syrian rioters who tried to breach Israel's northern border on "Naksa day," according to documents released by the IDF spokesperson's office. (AP)

ARAB LEAGUE CONDEMNS SYRIA: The Arab League condemned Syria's violence for the first time, as Syrian tanks ringed three more cities in a widened crackdown against pro-democracy protesters. Dozens of tanks were positioned Wednesday to move into the northeastern city of Deir al-Zour, while about two dozen tanks and 15 to 20 armored personnel carriers surrounded Abu Kamal, a city straddling the border with Iraq. On Sunday, Syrian army troops and tanks moved into the town of Jisr al-Shughour. The city was attacked from the southern and eastern sides by troops in about 200 vehicles, including tanks. Reports said blasts were heard as helicopters clattered overhead. The region near Turkey's border has a history of hostility toward the Syrian regime and is posing the biggest challenge yet to President Bashar Assad's struggle to crush the anti-government revolt. (UPI/Ha’aretz)

UNHRC GAVE ASSAD, OTHER DICTATORS A FREE PASS, STUDY SHOWS:  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has turned a blind eye to most of the world’s worst abusers, UN Watch has found. In an exhaustive study, the watchdog group examined all statements by Pillay published on the UN website between September 2008 and June 2010. The group reported Syria was among the nations that received no criticism from her. In July 2010, two renowned Syrian human rights lawyers were convicted for criticizing the Syrian authorities. In March 2010, Syrian military detained journalists, bloggers and writers for exposing government abuse and corruption. However, the High Commissioner did not respond to any of these events, and over the course of her tenure, did not make any public comments about the state of human rights in Syria. Pillay only woke up to the problematic regime in Syria a week ago when she called on it to stop "its aggression against its people," and urged Syria to allow an UNHRC fact-finding mission to investigate the violence including the killing of 120 security personnel at Jisr al-Shughour. (INN)

WHITE HOUSE DEFENDS TO CONGRESS THE US MILITARY MISSION IN LIBYA: The White House defended to Congress on Wednesday the legality, the costs and accomplishments of the US military mission in Libya. In a 32-page report titled "United States Activities in Libya," the administration says the cost of military and humanitarian operations through June 3 was about $800 million. It estimates the total cost through September 30 will be $1.1 billion. The report was drawn up in response to a House resolution that accused President Barack Obama of failing to consult with Congress over the military effort in the North African country. It denies the accusation by some members of Congress that Obama has violated the War Powers Resolution by intervening militarily for more than 60 days without seeking approval from Congress. (CNN)

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS CLAIM RADICAL ISLAM INFILTRATING US PRISONS: A former New York prisons official testified Wednesday that radical Muslims have made "sustained efforts" to indoctrinate inmates in America, at the second hearing on Islamic radicalization held by Rep. Peter King. Law enforcement officials called to testify said Islamic radicalization in the prison system is a real threat. (Fox News)

GENERAL ELECTRIC BUILDING CLEAN TECH R&D CENTER IN ISRAEL: General Electric is pumping another $3-5 million into Israel with its eighth research and development center in the country, this time focusing on medical devices, water and CleanTech. The new center will be built in Haifa. The company said the facility will provide work for 12 researchers when it opens, bringing to well over 450 the number of GE workers in Israel. The new complex will be oriented towards general research on renewable energy, energy storage, smart grid and energy efficiency technologies. Areas of research will include water treatment, sea water desalination technology, non-invasive medical devices and guidance systems. (Arutz-7)

ISRAEL RECOGNIZED FOR WORLD CLASS OLIVE OIL: Last month Jerusalem played host to the second annual Terra Olivo Mediterranean International Olive Oil Competition, an event of growing popularity where the best olive oils of the region are rated. International olive oil competitions are growing in popularity, with some reaching the prestigious levels of better-known wine competitions. And Israel is quickly marking itself as a prime producer of olive oil. At the Terra Olivo competition, which was held in various locations in Jerusalem over the course of a week in late May, Israeli oils won numerous awards. While the top award of the competition went to a Spanish olive oil, no fewer than 27 Israeli companies won "Prestige Gold Medals" in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil category. Israel is home to a significant number of large and boutique olive oil producers. (Israel Today/Ryan Jones) “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over.” Ps 23: 5

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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