Israel Update

August 17, 2011 

“The word of the Lord came to me a second time saying, ‘What do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see a boiling pot, facing away from the north.’ Then the Lord said to me, ‘Out of the north the evil will break forth on all the inhabitants of the land.’” Jer 1:13, 14

SYRIAN NAVY BOMBS COASTAL CITY; OBAMA DEEPLY TROUBLED OVER VIOLENCE: Syrian navy ships shelled two densely populated residential neighborhoods in the country's main port city Latakia on Sunday. At least six people were killed in the two districts from tank fire on Sunday morning. Meanwhile, US President Obama discussed the ongoing violence in Syria with British PM Cameron and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah in separate phone calls Saturday. Obama and Abdullah expressed their shared, deep concerns about Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of violence against civilian protesters and agreed it must end immediately. The US on Friday called on countries to stop buying Syrian oil and gas in an attempt to build pressure on Assad to end a brutal crackdown against protesters. Abdullah last week recalled the kingdom's ambassador to Syria and issued the harshest condemnation yet by a regional leader against Damascus. (Ha’aretz)

SYRIA UPRISING MAY LEAD TO REGIONAL WAR: The fierce government onslaught against demonstrators in Syria continues unabated and is likely to become the stage for a regional conflict involving Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the rest of the Gulf. Thousands of Egyptians have signed a petition calling for the expulsion of the Syrian ambassador from their country. In recent days, the Turkish army has summoned hundreds of officers for reserve duty, placing them in bases near the border with Syria. Turkish sources report the military has been on high alert along the border to prepare for a massive flight of Syrian refugees into the country, as well as for the possibility of NATO strikes in Syria. Only hours after Turkey's foreign minister visited Damascus did the government understand that PM Recep Erdrogan's ultimatum to Assad fell on deaf ears after news broke the city of Homs was being battered by Syrian security forces. The protests and the bloodshed continued on Friday during which13 protesters were shot to death by Syrian security forces. Live fire was shot at thousands of worshipers on their way home from Friday prayers in the town of Dir al-Zur. While Turkey prepares for the worst, Iran refuses to print any news on the uprising in its state-run newspapers, while the government has warned that Syria may become the center of an international war. Iran has also transferred approximately five billion dollars to Syria in recent weeks, and according to Iraqi sources, Iran has demanded Iraq transfer ten billion dollars to the Syrian government. The involvement of Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and other gulf states has turned the Syrian uprising from an internal event - resulting from mass poverty, oppression, and a lack of economic future - into a potential regional war. (Ha’aretz)

PA STATEHOOD BID SET FOR SEPTEMBER 20: The Palestinian Authority statehood bid will be presented to the UN on September 20. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will personally present the request to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the opening of the sixty-sixth session. PA officials chose September because Lebanon, which will hold the presidency of the Security Council, will be in a strong position to push the bid forward. The bid comes despite strong doubts over PA readiness for statehood due to fiscal insolvency, corruption, its inability, to form a unity government, and concerns over the inclusion of the Hamas terror organization in its ranks. Israel's Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor warned that the PA decision to bypass peace talks will lead only to frustration and violence. (Arutz-7) Pray that US leaders will hold to their promise to veto this illegal bid for statehood by the PA.

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY REJECTS TWO STATES FOR TWO PEOPLE: Fatah foreign relations director Nabil Sha'ath stated Sunday that a PA state must include all Arabs with Israeli citizenship as well as millions of foreign refugees. “The French Initiative reshaped the issue of the ‘Jewish State,’ a formula that is unacceptable to us – two states for two peoples,” Sha'ath said. “They can describe Israel as a state for two peoples, but we will be a state for one people. The story of two states for two peoples means that there will be a Jewish people over there and a Palestinian people here. We will never accept this. We will not sacrifice the 1.5 million Palestinians with Israeli citizenship and we will never agree to a clause preventing the Palestinian refugees from returning to their country.” (INN) When Israel was created in 1948, Arab states and Arab Palestinians attacked the Jewish community in Palestine and the Jewish state, vowing to "drive the Jews into the sea." They lost the war however, and some 725,000 Arab Palestinians at the behest of Arab leaders voluntarily fled from the area that became Israel. Palestinian Arabs claim any peace agreement with Israel must allow the descendants and families of these refugees, now numbering some four and a half million, to return to Israel.  If Israel were to agree to this Jews would became a minority in their own state. Return of the refugees would put an end to the Jewish homeland.

US WARNS IT WILL END HUMANITARIAN AID TO GAZA: The US State Department said it would stop delivering to Gaza some $100 million in aid for health care, agriculture, and water infrastructure if Hamas does not stop insisting on auditing the books of US charities in the Gaza Strip. The threat comes after Hamas officials took over the offices of the International Medical Corps last week after the NGO refused to be audited by Hamas. (Ha’aretz)

NEW HOUSING PROJECTS PLANNED FOR JERUSALEM: Interior Minister Eli Yishai has authorized the construction of 1,600 housing units in the northeastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo, 700 units in the adjacent neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev, and a 2,000-unit project planned for Givat HaMatos. Yishai views the projects as one of the solutions to Jerusalem's housing plight. A project for 7,000 housing units has been approved in the Haifa district as well. Israel is currently experiencing a wave of public protests that have focused on the serious shortage of affordable housing. Days ago the Knesset passed new legislation to accelerate the authorization process for new housing projects. (Ynet) “Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, your children like olive plants around your table.” Ps: 128:3

IDF WELCOMES 62,000 PA ARABS TO JERUSALEM FOR RAMADAN: Easing of IDF restrictions has allowed 62,000 Palestinian Authority Arabs to visit Jerusalem since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan two weeks ago. "This is a large amount that continues to increase from week to week” and allows Arabs to pray at sites that also are holy to Jews and to visit families, said head of Civilian Affairs Department, Col. Alex Rosenzweig.  In contrast, in Jerusalem, Arabs recently carried out acts of violence and vandalism against Jews on the fast day of Tisha B’Av, which marks the end of the three-week period of mourning over the destruction of the First and Second Temples. (INN)

EGYPTIAN ARMY STARTS MAJOR OPERATION AGAINST AL-QAEDA: The Egyptian army deployed thousands of troops to the Sinai Peninsula on Friday, as part of a major operation against al-Qaeda terrorists in the area. Since the revolution that ended in the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak, al-Qaeda-inspired terrorists have been increasingly active in the Sinai Peninsula, taking advantage of the security vacuum caused by the abrupt withdrawal of police forces. Egyptian authorities have blamed the terrorists for attacks on police patrols as well as on a string of bombings on the gas pipelines which carry gas to Israel and Jordan. The most brazen assault involved hundreds of masked terrorists armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons storming a police station in the town of el-Arish. Five people were killed in that attack and 28 were wounded. (AP)

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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