Israel Update



“He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow,and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing." Deut 10:18

WASHINGTON TO RESUME FORMAL MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD CONTACTS:   The US will resume formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, a senior US source said last week. “It is within US interests to engage with all of the parties that are competing for parliament or the presidency,” the source reported. The Muslim Brotherhood, while not actively involved in terrorism at present, has a very violent past and continues to support allied terror groups across the region. The Brotherhood also has a stated long-term goal of establishing an Islamic caliphate, first in Egypt, then stretching across the Middle East, and finally encompassing the whole world. But first, the Muslim Brotherhood wants to see Egypt return to a state of war with Israel, an entity that it sees as a blight on the Muslim Middle East. There is concern in Israel that if Washington can succumb to pressure to accept the Muslim Brotherhood, it may eventually open its arms to Hamas and Hizballah, too. Both of these terrorist groups also wield considerable political clout in their respective societies. (Israel Today/Reuters) Founded by the Sufi schoolteacher Hassan al-Banner in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood is the world's largest, most influential political Islamist group. It poses a political threat in a number of Arab nations, including Egypt and Jordon. The Brotherhood assassinated Anwar Sadat in 1981 for making peace with the hated "Zionist entity." It also assassinated Egypt`s prime minister in 1948 and attempted to assassinate President Nasser in 1954. The Brotherhood supports Hizballah`s war against the Jews. Brotherhood leader Mahdi Akef declared he was "prepared to send 10,000 jihad fighters immediately to fight at the side of Hizballah" during Hizballah`s war against Israel in 2006. The Brotherhood glorified Osama bin Laden and mourned his death. Hamas is a "wing of the Muslim Brotherhood," according to the Hamas Charter. The Charter calls for the murder of Jews, the "obliteration" of Israel and its replacement with an Islamist theocracy. The Hamas terrorist organization which rules the Gaza Strip has held kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit captive for five years and repeatedly targets Israel with projectiles. Muslim Brotherhood leaders have said that "as far as the movement is concerned, Israel is a Zionist entity occupying holy Arab and Islamic lands...and we will get rid of it no matter how long it takes."

EGYPT’S PRO-DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS FEEL THEIR GRIP SLIPPING:  Sensing the revolution that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak is slipping from their grasp, activists and opposition groups are pressuring the ruling military council to postpone Egypt's elections in September amid fears Islamists and members of the former regime will gain too much power. There is a renewed push to draft a new constitution before the parliamentary elections so that no political bloc, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, will have unchecked influence to set the laws of the land. (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) “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted.” Is 61:1

MUSLIM MICKEY CAUSES A FUROR IN EGYPT: Hamas had no problem drafting Mickey Mouse thinly disguised as “Farfur” the mouse - to indoctrinate toddlers in Gaza to join the jihad against Israel. However, Muslims in Egypt have called a boycott against the Christian Copt owner of a communications company who “insulted” Islam by dressing Mickey up in Muslim garb. Fifteen lawyers are suing businessman Naguib Sawaris for publicizing a photo of Mickey Mouse wearing a white robe and a beard, together with an image of Minnie Mouse wearing a full-face veil. The lawyers, along with dozens of Muslim clerics, have called for Egyptians to cut their contracts with Sawiris' Mobinil and Orascom cellphone companies. Sawaris issued an apology via his Twitter account. The apology however has failed to calm tensions. Naguib Sawaris' family is considered one of the wealthiest in Egypt. Sawaris was very active in the campaign to oust Hosni Mubarak; an avowed secularist, he founded the Free Egyptian political party, which plans to run in the upcoming elections. (INN)

EGYPTIAN SCHOOLS TEACH THAT JEWS, CHRISTIANS ARE INFIDELS: Egypt's schools present Islam as the “only true faith,” and believers in other religions - including Coptic Christians - as infidels. Such was the conclusion of the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education, a Jerusalem-based think-tank that presented a new report last week at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (J.Post) In recent months there have been numerous murders visited upon the Coptic Christian community - which comprises some 10% of the 83 million Egyptian population by the country's Muslim majority. Churches have been burned and other property destroyed in an attempt to wipe out the minority population. Continue to pray for the safety and protection of the persecuted Coptic Christian community in Egypt. Also pray there will be wide-sweeping reforms in hate materials included in text books used across the Muslim world to indoctrinate children with lies and incitement to future violence against Jews and Christians.

JORDAN’S MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD LEADER CALLS FOR OUSTER OF PM:   The leader of Jordan's largest Islamist opposition group has called on people to topple the country's prime minister as 2,000 protesters took to the streets demanding he resign. Muslim Brotherhood leader Hamam Saeed told nearly 500 people in a speech Friday that if Jordanians want "freedom," they must "rise against their corrupt" prime minister. Jordan has been rocked by four months of street protests pressing for economic and political reforms and inspired by uprisings elsewhere in the Arab world. The Muslim Brotherhood has made waves as of late, with rumors that the US is engaging in dialogue with the Islamist group in Egypt. (Ha’aretz)

LEBANESE MINISTER CONFIRMS NAMES OF SUSPECTS IN HARIRI ASSASSINATION: Lebanese Interior Minister Marwan Charbel officially confirmed the names of four suspects involved in the 2005 assassination of PM Rafik Hariri. The names of four suspects revealed by local media are the same as those mentioned in the warrants of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. A key Hizballah ally has warned there could be civil strife in Lebanon now the international tribunal has officially accused Hizballah's members of carrying out the murder of Hariri. (AP)

FORMER LEBANON PM SAYS HIZBALLAH INDICTMENTS A HISTORIC MOMENT: Former Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri, son of assassinated Rafik Hariri, lauded the indictments handed to Hizballah officials by the UN-backed tribunal probing Hariri's 2005 assassination, calling it a “historic moment.” The handover of the indictments to Lebanese prosecutor general Saeed Mirza was made during a meeting with three judges from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which has given Lebanon 30 days to respond. Saad Hariri warned the new Hizballah-led cabinet that it must abide by Lebanon's commitments toward the international tribunal. Shortly after the indictments were released, many Lebanese security forces were deployed in Beirut and carried out patrols to guard against violence. The tribunal has long been a point of contention between Lebanon's rival political parties. On January 12, 2011 Hizballah terrorists and their allies toppled the Western-backed government of Saad Hariri over his refusal to stop the tribunal in probing his father's murder. (Ha’aretz) “Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.” Zeph 2:3

VIOLENT PROTESTS ACROSS SYRIA: Hundreds of thousands of protesters flooded cities around Syria on Friday in what activists described as the largest outpouring against the regime of President Bashar Assad and a powerful message of the opposition's resolve. At least 24 people were killed in various clashes, activists said. The wildfire rage - flaring in dozens of places at the same time - further strained the resources of Assad's security forces and military as they also try to choke off a refugee wave into Turkey. The centerpiece of the latest protests - the central city of Hama - brings further complications for the government. Security forces moved outside Hama in early June after shootings that left 65 people dead, and now the streets appear fully under the sway of the opposition with an estimated 300,000 people gathering Friday in the central square. The protest surge Friday appeared to dwarf recent weeks as Assad's forces tried to wear down the opposition with relentless brutality. Syrian rights groups say more than 1,400 people have been killed, most of them unarmed protesters, since mid-March. Some 10,497 Syrian refugees remain in Turkey. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that he will face increased organized resistance if changes are not made. (Fox News)

SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION THREATENING TO SUSPEND AID TO PALESTINIANS:   The US Senate has passed a resolution threatening to suspend financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority if its leaders "persist in efforts to circumvent direct negotiations by turning to the UN or other international bodies,” and called on US President Barack Obama to veto a UN vote on unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. “Palestinian efforts to gain recognition of a state outside direct negotiations demonstrates absence of a good faith commitment to peace negotiations, and will have implications for continued United States aid,” the resolution declares. It also calls for the Palestinian unity government to “publicly and formally forswear terrorism, accept Israel's right to exist, and reaffirm previous agreements made with the Government of Israel.” (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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