Israel Update

August 26, 2011 

“Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob.” Ps 114:7

EARTHQUAKE CRACKS THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT: The 5.9 Richter scale earthquake in Washington Tuesday caused cracks in the Washington Monument and rumors of the "Leaning Monument of Washington.” In what many pundits are certain to see as a “sign of the times” because of  America’s lower credit rating and weakened influence in the world, the popular tourist site was shut down to the public, but the grounds around it are open beyond a distance of 100 feet. Rumors that it was leaning caused panic in the capital but proved to be false. The cracks were found near the top of the 555-foot high, 91,000-ton monument, where the tower narrows into a triangle. The structure once was the tallest building in the world and remains the world’s highest stone structure. It was built to commemorate George Washington, the first president of the US. Cracks also were discovered at the Washington National Cathedral, whose pinnacles are the highest points in the city. The earthquake shook off the top of the pinnacles, dropping its chunk of stones to the ground. The tremors forced the evacuation of the Pentagon and were felt in Virginia and New York. (INN) 

ISRAEL PREPARES TROOPS FOR BATTLE WITH BIBLES: There is mounting concern that the Palestinian statehood bid at the UN on September 20 could spark a massive Palestinian assault on Israel's borders. Depending on how far Israeli soldiers are forced to go in defending themselves and the borders, the situation could quickly deteriorate into open warfare. To prepare young Israeli soldiers for what could be the most intense fighting most of them have ever experienced, some army officials are turning to the Bible. Religious commanders in the Israeli army insist that the biblical history of their nation provides the most powerful motivation for young Israeli soldiers to fight bravely. While secular voices often protest, the fact remains that the most courageous heroics are typically carried out by Bible-believing Israeli soldiers. (Israel Today/Ryan Jones) “For by You I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.  As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proved; He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him.” Ps 18: 29-30

GLEN BECK HOSTS RALLY IN JERUSALEM: US radio personality Glenn Beck held a rally Wednesday near the Western Wall in Jerusalem under the banner "Restoring Courage." More than 1,000 of his supporters, mostly Evangelical Christians from the US, participated in the event. Beck told the crowd there is nothing he could teach Israel, adding that he comes to Israel to see courage. "In Israel, there is more courage in one square mile than in all of Europe," he said. "In Israel, there is more courage in one soldier than in the combined and cold hearts of every bureaucrat at the UN. In Israel, you can find people who will stand against incredible odds, against the entire tide of global opinion, for what is right and good and true. Dozens of leftist activists gathered outside the center to protest against Beck, who they consider to be an extreme right-winger. Knesset Member Danny Danon (Likud) addressed the controversy over Beck's visit to Israel. "We have too many enemies around the world, so even when true supports of the State of Israel come to visit – there are those among us who don't know how to honor and appreciate them. Despite criticism from left wing organizations, we must say that Glenn Beck represents dozens of millions of people who support him and his opinions. "We are proud of this relationship and not embarrassed by it," he said. "Anyone who supports Israel in such a brave way must be supported." (Ynet)

ACTIVISTS: REJECTING BECK, EVANGELICALS WOULD BE SUICIDAL: The debate on the intentions of Glenn Beck and other Christian evangelicals rages on, and Dr. Gadi Eshel, a Land of Israel activist, said Tuesday that while he did not believe that Beck's intentions were improper, rejecting the friendship of evangelicals could cause anti-Semitism. Eshel was responding to comments by Jerusalem City Council member Mina Fenton who voiced vociferous opposition to Beck's appearance in Jerusalem on Wednesday, saying that his rally was designed to encourage missionary activity. Eshel responded that Christians like Beck supported Israel because they were strong believers in the Bible and not out of missionary reasons. “The basic belief of Christians like Beck is that the Torah and Tanach are divine in nature and precede the Christian Gospels. As such rejecting the friendship offered unconditionally by Beck and evangelicals in general would be the ultimate in ingratitude.” Eshel added that with all the concerns about the rise of radical Islam and the isolation of Israel, spitting at and rejecting Israel's most loyal friends would truly be an act of suicide. (INN) Pray for greater trust and deeper relationships between Jews and Christians who love Israel.

CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS SEEK TO JUDAIZE JERUSALEM, SAYS ARAB MK: MK Ibrahim Sarsour, the head of the Ra'am Ta'al Arab party, urged Arab and Muslim leaders to wage war on Israel in a letter Monday. He cited Christian Zionists as one of the elements conspiring to "Judaize" Jerusalem.  Sarsour said  "The greatest danger to Al Quds [Jerusalem ] is and will remain the Israeli occupation, and there is no security to the Islamic and Arab character of Al Quds other than its liberation from the grip of the occupation and its return as a sister to holy Mecca and Medina." Israel seeks "to Judaize the Holy Basin" and this effort receives unlimited aid from "the government of Israel, world Jewry and Christian Zionism," he added. Rants by Arab MKs regarding "the Judaization of Jerusalem" are common but Sarsour's mention of Zionist Christians is a deviation from the regular formulas and could be a reaction to recent events organized by Glenn Beck. (Arutz-7)

THREE EGYPTIANS TOOK PART IN TERRORIST ATTACKS ON SOUTHERN ISRAEL: At least three of the perpetrators of the terrorist attack on the road to Eilat last Thursday were Egyptian citizens, according to a report in the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Yaoum. The report says the three were members of an extremist Islamic group. One of them had escaped from an Egyptian prison during the revolution against Hosni Mubarak.  In addition to the three, five Egyptian policemen and soldiers were also killed in the various firefights.  Twelve terrorists, in four groups reportedly carried out the attack. The groups were dispersed over an area 12 kilometers long. At least some of the attackers wore uniforms, similar to those used by the Egyptian Army. The terrorists also waved white handkerchiefs to fool Israeli motorists, pretending to come in peace. They opened fire at an Israel Defense Forces helicopter in a bid to shoot it down.  While Egyptian security conducted a search in the Sinai Peninsula, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device. Egyptian security forces claimed to have killed two terrorists. The IDF and special police force said it eliminated eight terrorists. Apparently, two others were not caught. The incident, in spite of the planning by the terrorists and the timing, could have had much worst results. The army's presence in the area and the aggressive response by the anti-terrorist police unit and the soldiers proved effective. (Ha’aretz)

VAST MAJORITY FAVOR TARGETED TERRORISTS KILLINGS: A census released this week showed the vast majority of Israelis were in favor of targeted elimination of Arab terrorists. The poll showed 86% of Israelis in favor of such eliminations. Only 5% of Israelis said they were opposed. The rest were undecided. The poll also showed that 45% of Israelis believed the country needed to conduct a major military operation against Hamas in the wake of recent events. Thirty eight percent of respondents were opposed to such an action. (INN)

IRAN MOVING URANIUM ENRICHMENT MACHINES TO UNDERGROUND BUNKER: Iran has been moving the machines that enrich uranium for nuclear fuel from its main atomic complex in the central city of Natanz to an underground bunker near the holy city of Qom. Iran announced in June that it would shift its production of higher-grade uranium to the underground site in defiance of international calls on Tehran to halt uranium enrichment which some countries say is aimed at developing nuclear bombs. Iran only disclosed the existence of Fordow (near Qom) to the UN nuclear watchdog in September of 2009 after learning that Western intelligence agencies had detected the mountain site. Moving sensitive nuclear work to the underground bunker could offer greater protection against any attacks by Israel or the US, which have both said they do not rule out pre-emptive strikes to stop Iran getting nuclear weapons. (Ha’aretz)  Continue to intercede for a positive change in government in Iran that favors not using uranium substances for nuclear weapons, also for wisdom among the nations to know how to deal with Iran’s nuclear ambitions.


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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