Israel Update



“My God in his steadfast love shall meet me; my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.” Ps 59:10

ISRAEL THREATENS TO RENOUNCE FORMER AGREEMENTS WITH PALESTINIANS:   Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned on Friday that Israel will renounce past agreements, including the Oslo Accords, with the Palestinians if they continue their pursuit of statehood recognition from the UN in September. Lieberman's statement came during a meeting in Jerusalem with EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton. "The unilateral move at the UN is the end of the Oslo Accords and would be a violation of all agreements that we have signed until now," Lieberman said. The foreign minister added there is zero chance that negotiations with the Palestinians will resume, due to the present position of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “Abbas does not want an agreement, but rather confrontation with Israel,” Lieberman said. “This is his personal interest, even though it is contrary to Palestinian interests and many in the Palestinian Authority oppose him.” (Ha’aretz) “They have misled My people by saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace. And when anyone builds a wall, behold, they plaster it over with whitewash; so tell those who plaster it over with whitewash that it will fall.” Ezek 13: 10-11

ABBAS IGNORES ISRAEL’S WARNING, CALLS ON EU TO RECOGNIZE PALESTINIAN STATE:  Mere hours after Israel’s FM Lieberman threatened to renounce all past agreements with the Palestinians if they continue their pursuit of statehood recognition from the UN, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas called upon EU nations to recognize a Palestinian state. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat said Abbas held a meeting with EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton. "We are calling on the EU to help us on the question of moving the United Nations to accept Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders," Erakat was quoted as saying by the Palestinian news agency WAFA. Ashton met with Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad and President Abbas Friday after she met with FM Avigdor Lieberman in Jerusalem. (Ha’aretz)

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)

ADDITIONAL PROTESTERS KILLED BY SYRIAN SECURITY FORCES: Security forces shot dead 19 protesters at several demonstrations across Syria on Friday demanding the removal of President Bashar Assad. Tens of thousands emerged from Friday afternoon Muslim prayers to participate in rallies against Assad despite the harsh military crackdown in Syria. Opposition leaders said the masses gathered in the southern province of Deraa, the epicenter of the three-month revolt against Assad's rule, the Kurdish east, the cities of Homs and Hama north of Damascus, and suburbs of the Syrian capital itself. Friday prayers have been a platform for the biggest protests leading to the most bloodshed in Syria's "Arab Spring" inspired revolt. On Saturday, Syrian troops and gunmen loyal to the president stormed a town near the Turkish border burning houses and arresting 70 people, witnesses said. Residents reported two northern towns remained encircled by army units five days after the military retook the town of Jisr al-Shughour in a bloody assault and sent thousands of refugees streaming across the nearby border into Turkey. Syrian rights groups say more than 1,300 civilians and more than 300 soldiers and police have been killed since the protests against the 41-year Assad family rule broke out in March. An estimated 10,000 people have been detained by Assad's government. (INN)

SYRIA’S BRUTAL TACTICS CHILL RELATIONSHIPS WITH FORMER ALLIES: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has strongly urged Syrian President Assad to halt the violence against his own people. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that France and Germany agreed to lobby for broader sanctions against Syria, which is already under targeted US and European Union sanctions focused on its leadership. Turkish and Syrian relations have chilled considerably as Assad has ratcheted up his strong arm tactics vis-a-vis opposition groups in his country. Turkey had, prior to the eruption of violence in Syria, been deepening ties with the Iran-Syria-Lebanon strategic bloc in the region. (INN) “Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division.” Luke 12:51

MERKEL, SARKOZY CALL FOR GILAD SHALIT’S RELEASE:  : German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy issued a joint appeal Friday for the release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit. Merkel and Sarkozy have each called for Shalit's release in the past, but this marks the first time the two European leaders issued a joint statement on the matter, which was an unusual move at a meeting meant to discuss the urgent Greece debt crisis. The appeal came eight days before the fifth anniversary of Gilad Shalit's abduction. Despite the call by both European leaders, a deal in which Israel would release approximately 1,000 prisoners in exchange for Shalit was rejected by Hamas' armed wing, the Izzadin Kassam Brigades. The suggested prisoner exchange was reportedly approved by the group’s political wing, according to German officials. (Ha’aretz) Shalit was kidnapped in a raid close to the Kerem Shalom crossing by terrorists from Hamas, the Popular Resistance Committees and the Army of Islam, linked with al Qaeda. Two soldiers were killed and a fourth was severely wounded in the terrorist attack. Continue to pray for the release of abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit and for the comforting of his family and friends who have fought unceasingly for his freedom.

SAUDI WOMEN LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO DEFY DRIVING BAN: A campaign to defy Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving opened Friday with reports of some female motorists getting behind the wheel amid calls for sustained challenges to the restrictions in the ultraconservative kingdom. Activists have not appealed for mass protests in any specific sites in Saudi Arabia, but are urging Saudi women to begin a growing mutiny against the male-only driving rules supported by clerics backing austere interpretations of Islam and enforced by powerful morality squads. Calls for an ongoing road rebellion - inspired in part by the uprisings around the Arab world - could push Western-backed Saudi authorities into difficult choices: either launching a crackdown and facing international pressure or giving way to the demands and angering traditional-minded clerics and other groups opposing reforms. It also could encourage other challenges by Saudi women, who have not been allowed to vote and must obtain permission from a male guardian to travel or take a job. (Ha’aretz)

KUWAIT TEACHER DISMISSED FOR PRAISING JEWS: A teacher in Kuwait has lost her job after holding up Jewish ethics as a role model for students to follow. The teacher, an Arab, was rebuking two quarreling students at the Abdullah Al Nouri elementary school in Kuwait City. She told the boys they should follow the example of the Jews and respect each other. After the incident, the headmistress asked the teacher to sign a report saying she had told the boys that Jews are “better than us” but the teacher refused to sign the document. According to a local newspaper, the Ministry of Education sent her a letter of termination a few days later and has refused to consider her appeal of the matter. (INN)

ISRAELI COMPUTERIZED MILKING SYSTEMS FOUND IN OVER 50 COUNTRIES: Kibbutz Afikim in the Jordan Valley is very closely tied to the AfiMilk plant, which specializes in the manufacture of computerized milking systems. In 1979, Afikim invented the first milk meter - an electronic device showing how many liters of milk have been produced by a cow. In 1984 the kibbutz was producing a comprehensive computerized system for running a dairy barn. The kibbutz developed a milk spectrometer which enables the dairy farmer to see immediately the milk's components: fat, protein, lactose, blood and also whether the cow has had an infection. AfiMilk won a huge tender for a project in Vietnam, which, upon completion, is expected to supply 40% of the country's milk consumption. (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 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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