Israel Update

August 8, 2011 

“At that time they will call Jerusalem, ‘The Throne of the Lord,’ and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.” Jer 3:17

PERRY TO EVANGELICALS:  I’M ONE OF YOU: Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a member of the important constituency for Republicans that he soon may call upon to help him secure the GOP presidential nomination. The state's longest serving governor on Saturday hosted a national day of prayer, an event at Reliant Arena that drew roughly 30,000 people and that was broadcast on cable Christian channels and the Internet nationwide, including in at least 1,000 churches. "Father, our heart breaks for America," Perry said in 12 minutes of remarks that included prayer and Bible passages -- but no direct mention of politics or his presidential plans. "We see discord at home. We see fear in the marketplace. We see anger in the halls of government and, as a nation we have forgotten who made us, who protects us, who blesses us." Perry's audience Saturday was filled with people who sang with arms outstretched in prayer -- and wept -- as Christian groups played music. Perry huddled on the stage in a prayer circle with several ministers who helped lead the event. (Fox News)

US URGES CITIZENS TO LEAVE SYRIA IMMEDIATELY: The United States urged US citizens Friday to depart from Syria "immediately," and noted the Damascus government had placed "severe" constraints on the travel of US diplomats in the country. The travel warning expressed growing concern over the violent crackdown by President Bashar al Assad's security forces against pro-democracy protesters. Last month, pro-government demonstrators attacked the US and French embassies in Damascus, smashing windows and spray-painting walls after the two Western envoys visited the flashpoint protest city of Hama. "The US Department of State urges US citizens in Syria to depart immediately while commercial transportation is available," the latest travel warning said. (Fox News)

ARAB LEAGUE TELLS SYRIA TO HALT VIOLENCE AS MORE THAN 60 DIE IN LATEST ASSAD CRACKDOWN: Arab League Chief Nabil al-Arabi on Sunday called on Syrian authorities to "immediately halt" a violent crackdown on anti-government protests and expedite steps to preserve the country's unity. "The chance is still available for fulfilling the reforms, which President Assad promised to the Syrian people's," added al-Arabi. He made the remarks as the Syrian army was continuing attacks against two restive cities, resulting in at least 60 deaths. (Ha’aretz) Knowledgeable sources continue to predict the soon coming fall of the present Syrian regime. The upending of the Assad dictatorship will, undoubtedly, adversely affect terrorist entities Hamas, Hizbullah, and Iran. This is because they are all so intricately tied together. Hamas has had its headquarters centered in Syria; Syria has been a conduit of Iranian aid for both Hamas and Hizbullah; and Syria has, essentially been a puppet government of the Iranian-Ahmadinejad regime. Thus, the ending of the Assad government would, at the least, strike a blow at the latter three and would likely cause a crack to develop in their foundations. Pray that God’s end-time purposes would be played out in the present upheavals in Syria and across the Middle East.

SYRIA: ARMY ACCUSED OF KILLING 8 PREEMIE BABIES: Eight premature babies were killed when the Syrian army cut power to a hospital. The incident took place in Hama, where troops have been clashing with rebels who want President Assad out of office. An earlier report stated that more than 50 people were killed when soldiers fired a shell that landed in front of the same hospital. In addition, at least four civilians are reported dead at the hands of troops in the city of Deir Ezzor. The army went into Deir Ezzor, and the western city of Hula, early Sunday morning, storming both with tanks and other heavy machinery. While Syria continues to enjoy support from Iran, which has reportedly assisted in violently repressing protests, it faces growing opposition from the West, and from its fellow Arab states as well. (INN) “The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.” Prov: 21:7

ISRAELIS AGAIN PROTEST IN MASS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE: Some 300,000 Israelis took to the streets at various locations across the country on Saturday evening to demand what they called "social justice." With an estimated 200,000 gathering in Tel Aviv alone, the event dwarfed a similar nationwide rally held a week earlier that drew the participation of up to 150,000 Israelis. The massive rallies are in response to the rapidly rising cost of living in Israel, which is not being met by increasing salaries. Key points touched on by the protesters are the astronomical prices of apartments in central Israel, rising food costs, the need for families to pay for expensive day cares and out-of-control gas prices. PM Netanyahu announced Sunday the formation of a special economic team, which will look into reducing the soaring cost of living. (Ryan Jones/Israel Today)

ISRAEL ELECTRICITY RATES TO RISE BY 9%:  In spite of ongoing massive rallies across Israel to counter the country’s spiraling cost of living and increasing levels of poverty, electricity prices are expected to rise by 9% next week. The Public Utilities Commission will meet Monday to approve the steep increase, after various government ministries conducted intensive negotiations to prevent a much higher price hike. Electricity prices would have risen 19.1% if Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan had not agreed to partially roll back restrictions his ministry had placed on burning heavy fuel oil for generating electricity. The most significant problem leading to the price hikes stem from the halt in supplies of natural gas from Egypt, which is both cheaper and cleaner. The lack of Egyptian gas is expected to cost the IEC an additional NIS 3.5 billion this year for more expensive fuels to replace the gas. (Ha’aretz)

IAF STRIKES TERROR TARGETS IN GAZA: The IDF struck terror targets in Gaza early Friday morning. A military spokesman said IAF aircraft attacked three terror tunnels in northern Gaza and an additional terrorist target in southern Gaza.  All the targets were hit and all planes safely returned to their base. The attacks came after terrorists upped the offensive on Thursday and neared Israel’s industrial heartland with two missile attacks on Kiryat Gat, home to a huge Intel factory. Unlike previous incidents, this time the IAF immediately targeted the launch site where the terror squad which had fired the rocket was located. Military sources reported, however, that the squad members were seen fleeing the scene. Kiryat Gat is located halfway between Be’er Sheva, the capital of the Negev, and Rehovot, the southern edge of metropolitan Tel Aviv. Three other rockets exploded on Thursday south of the port city of Ashkelon, where oil and natural gas facilities are located. Hamas has slowly escalated the number of its rocket attacks in the past month, attacking Israel with four times the number of missiles than it did in June.  (INN)  Keep in your prayers residents who dwell within terrorist rocket range in southern and coastal Israel.  Pray they will be kept safe physically and also emotionally, especially the children.

IDF REDEPLOYS IRON DOME AS ROCKET FIRE FROM GAZA INCREASES: The Israel Defense Forces redeployed the Iron Dome missile defense system near Ashkelon on Friday. The Iron Dome's deployment comes a day after Ashkelon Mayor Benny Vaknin sent PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak a letter imploring them to redeploy the missile defense system. Earlier in the week, Meir Yifrach, the chairman of the Negev Regional Council cautioned that "we are stepping toward the month of September, but we have security problems." Yifrach said he had eight towns where the schools and the kindergartens are not protected. The IDF has attacked several targets in the Gaza Strip in response to the firing of Grad rockets at Israel in the last several days, most recently attacking five locations early Friday morning.  (Arutz-7)

LIEBERMAN: ISRAEL SHOULD CUT ALL TIES WITH PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY: Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday he intended to ask the senior ministers comprising the "forum of eight" to cut all ties with the Palestinian Authority. Lieberman warned that the Palestinians are getting ready for "unprecedented bloodshed" after the UN vote in September. He claimed contrary statements are being made by senior Palestinian officials, who speak of non-violent actions in September, when in fact they are making preparations for unprecedented bloodshed. (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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