Israel Update

August 22, 2011 

“Pray continually.” 1Thessalonians 5:17

EIGHT ISRAELIS KILLED IN TERROR ATTACKS NEAR EILAT: Thursday morning, Israel was rocked by a triple terror attack which left eight people dead and moved the country to a state of high alert. In the attacks northwest of Eilat, terrorists who infiltrated the border from Sinai killed eight people and wounded scores in the incidents. In the first attack, terrorists fired on Egged bus 392 traveling from Eilat on Road 12, which runs along the border with Sinai. Nine people were wounded in the assault. According to reports, three terrorists traveling in a private car followed the bus, before stopping and shooting at it. They escaped the scene in their car then made additional attacks. In a second strike, 20 kilometers to the north, an antitank rocket was fired at a moving vehicle, critically wounding its five occupants. There was also a third shooting incident in the area. The IDF launched two helicopters to spot the terrorists. Security forces eventually killed seven terrorists. Within hours of the attack, Israel began a series of aggressive air strikes in the Gaza Strip, claiming they were reprisal attacks against the Palestinian leadership who gave the order for the Eilat operations. The air strikes killed a number of senior operatives in the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) - a terror group with links to Hamas. (Globes)

GAZA TERROR GROUP PRAISES EILAT ATTACKS: An al-Qaida-linked terror organization in Gaza hailed Friday a deadly series of attacks in southern Israel near Egypt that killed eight and warned more hits would come. The Tawheed Jihad group also mourned the leader of the Popular Resistance Committees who died in a retaliatory IAF strike on Thursday. A number of other PRC members were also killed in the IAF air mission including the head of the terror group who the Israel Security Agency said had personally directed and planned the attack. (INN)

ISRAEL’S MKs DEBATE RESPONSE TO DEADLY GAZA MISSILE BARRAGE: Palestinian forces operating out of the Gaza Strip fired some 100 missiles into southern Israel over the weekend, killing one person and wounding dozens more, and prompting Israel to consider a major military action against the Hamas-ruled territory. The missile attacks escalated after last week's three-pronged terrorist assault near Eilat, which Israel responded to by eliminating the leadership of the Gaza-based group responsible. On Saturday, scores of long-range GRAD missiles and short-range Kassam rockets rained down on the southern Israel cities of Beersheva, Ashkelon and Ashdod, as well as on numerous nearby villages. One missile scored a direct hit on a house in Beersheva, wounding several people, including a baby. Later that night, a missile hit a vehicle traveling in Beersheva, killing 38-year-old Yossi Shoshan, who was racing home to his nine-month pregnant wife as the air raid sirens sounded. At least two more victims suffered critical injuries and are fighting for their lives at local hospitals. The barrage continued Sunday morning, with one GRAD missile destroying part of an empty schoolhouse in Beersheva. Israel carried out limited aerial raids on terrorist installations in Gaza as the missiles were falling, but officials said such an assault by the terrorists demanded a more severe response. Most of the Israeli leadership is agreed that a large-scale ground invasion of Gaza is undesirable, though many argue it is the only way to fully end the threat. Head of Kadima party Tzipi Livni said Saturday the party will support an extensive military campaign. "You must use force against terrorism," she said. "Just as we have taken steps against terrorism in the past, we will also support steps now that will defend the citizens of Israel."  Instead, Israel is likely to expand its aerial targeting of terrorist targets. However, at any moment could escalate into a far more serious conflagration. (Israel Today/Ha’aretz) Pray for the victims and the families of those wounded or murdered in recent terrorists attacks. Strong intercession is needed for Israel’s leaders to know how to successfully squelch relentless terrorist attacks and rocket fire against the Jewish state.

ROCKETS FIRED DESPITE CEASEFIRE REPORTS: Terror groups in Gaza fired three Kassam rockets at Israel Sunday evening – two at Ashkelon and one at Hof Ashkelon Regional Council – just 20 minutes after a ceasefire declared by Hamas was to go into effect.  One of the rockets fired at Ashkelon was intercepted by the Iron Dome, and the others exploded in the region, causing no injuries or damage. Rocket alerts sounded in towns and cities throughout the area.  Earlier a Hamas official in Gaza said all of Gaza's terrorist groups had agreed to a cease-fire aimed at ending a three-day assault on Israel's southern communities. (Ynet)

TERROR ATTACKS, ROCKETS FROM GAZA AND WORRIES OVER EGYPTIAN BORDER: After deadly terrorist attacks in southern Israel, officials in Jerusalem are on alert for how Egyptian instability may be opening up more avenues for terrorists intent on attacking Israel. Thursday’s strikes north of Eilat were coordinated by terrorists who crossed over the border from Egypt. The attacks "demonstrate the weakening of Egypt's control over the Sinai Peninsula and the expansion of terrorist activity there," Israel’s defense minister, Ehud Barak, said. Since the fall of the Mubarak regime in Egypt, the Sinai has become an increasingly lawless place. Saboteurs have repeatedly attacked and disabled the gas pipeline that runs from Egypt to Israel, and smugglers run a lucrative trade along the border between Egypt and both Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza. The attacks came on a portion of the border with Egypt protected only by a wire fence. Israel said it would accelerate efforts to complete construction of a high-tech security fence along the Egyptian border. (JTA)

ABBAS: KEEP THINGS QUIET AHEAD OF SEPTEMBER: Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority instructed the heads of the defense establishment in Judea and Samaria to preserve the relative calm in the PA-assigned area so as not to torpedo the PA's planned attempt at recognition by the UN as a sovereign state next month. The order came against the backdrop of fighting generated by last Thursday's terror attacks on southern Israel. MK Avi Dichter (Kadima) said in a meeting Saturday that "following recent events, the world should think hard before recognizing a Palestinian state." (Arutz-7)  Pray against the PA’s illegal attempts to establish a Palestinian state via the UN, which would override all peace negotiations with Israel.

OBAMA TO ISRAEL: APOLOGIZE TO TURKEY, OR ELSE: Israel last week reportedly received a dictate from the Obama Administration to apologize to Turkey over last year’s flotilla raid, or risk losing American support in shooting down a Palestinian statehood bid at the UN next month. Turkish PM Recep Erdogan demands that Israel publicly apologize for intercepting a May 2010 "humanitarian aid" flotilla that tried to break Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip. The flotilla had set sail from Turkey, and nine Turkish nationals were killed when they and others aboard the Mavi Marmara, attacked the Israeli boarding party. According to the Israeli diplomats, they were told that if Israel does not comply with Clinton's request to apologize to Turkey, the White House may suddenly find itself unable to continue building opposition to a unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood at the UN next month. "God forbid we apologize," declared Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon. (Israel Today/ Yediot Ahronot)  Pray Israel will not give way to what amounts to intimidation, meddling and blackmail issuing forth from the Obama administration!

PA TEACHES 5-YEAR-OLDS TO DIE FOR ALLAH: A Palestinian Authority kindergarten showed off what its young students had learned over the past year by having the five-year-olds act out scenes of terror and death for their families. The parents were moved to tears upon seeing their children pretend to die as willing victims in “The Martyr's Wedding,” a story glorifying death in battle with Israel for the sake of Islam. (PMW)  Pray for Palestinian children and their parents to know the peace and love that only Yeshua can bring.



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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