Israel Update

August 29, 2011 

“I will keep a watchful eye over the house of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. Then the leaders of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God.’” Zechariah 12:4-5

CEASEFIRE? MORE ROCKETS EXPLODE IN SOUTHERN ISRAEL: Despite the ceasefire that was announced by the Gaza-based terrorist groups on Thursday, terrorists fired two rockets at southern Israel on Friday evening. Earlier Friday, a Grad rocket fired from Gaza landed in open land near Ashkelon. No physical injuries or property damage were reported in the Friday attacks. Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and the other terror groups in the Gaza Strip declared another ceasefire with Israel late Thursday night. The agreement was brokered by Egypt and the UN, and according to it, rocket fire from Gaza at Israel was to have stopped at 1:00 p.m. on Friday. Both the attacks on Ashkelon and on Sha’ar Hanegev happened long after that deadline passed. The ceasefire announcement came after scores of projectiles were fired from Gaza on Thursday evening. The terror groups in Gaza have often declared truces only to break them mere hours later. Two Israelis were wounded in last week’s barrage including a baby. (INN)

EU PONDERS CUTTING BACK FUNDING TO THE PA: Europe's financial crisis is causing EU lawmakers to question whether the bloc can continue to deliver hundreds of millions in aid to the Palestinian Authority. The EU is the largest single donor to the PA, contributing about €500 million ($720 million) a year to build institutions for a future state and to pay salaries. Under PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the PA embarked in 2009 on a two-year state-building plan to be ready for independence by September. But with peace talks deadlocked, a diplomat said that some EU lawmakers doubt a PA state will ever emerge irrespective of the PA bid for statehood at the UN in September. The earliest the EU could cut back aid would be in 2014, when the next seven-year budget begins. PA government spokesman Ghassan Khatib said Israel was to blame for the PA's financial crisis, ignoring the fact that numerous donor countries, including Arab oil rich states such as Saudi Arabia, have simply refused to honor their pledges to the administration in Ramallah. "We look forward to the day when the occupation will be over, so as to end our need for foreign assistance," Khatib said. The connection was unclear since Israel is the largest importer of PA goods and employs thousands of its residents. (INN)

US THREATENS TO STOP AID TO PALESTINIANS IF UN BID PROCEEDS: The United States will stop all financial aid to the Palestinian Authority if they proceed with plans to ask the UN for recognition of an independent state in September. US Consul General in Jerusalem, Daniel Rubinstein said his country sees the Palestinians' UN bid as useless, and that it would be better to conclude a peace agreement with Israel through direct negotiations. The EU has not yet decided which way it will go when the issue comes up for discussion at the Security Council in September. Some member states, such as Spain, have said they would support the Palestinian step. If the US vetoes the Security Council resolution, the Palestinians plan to ask the UN General Assembly to vote on the resolution, which needs a two-thirds majority to pass. Continue to pray the Palestinian Authority will abandon this futile and unjust attempt to avoid negotiations with Israel by turning to the UN for recognition of an independent state. Pray also that US leaders will hold to their promise to veto this illegal bid for statehood by the PA.

HONDURAS RECOGNIZES PALESTINE: Honduras recognized on Friday the state of Palestine. An official letter was sent to PA President Mahmoud Abbas in which it was stated Honduras recognizes the state of Palestine based on the 1949 armistice lines. Honduras also stressed it will support the PA’s statehood bid at the UN in September. On Thursday, El Salvador recognized Palestine as an independent state. Also Thursday, China announced its support for the Palestinian plan to seek full membership in the UN next month. (INN)

AHMADINEJAD SAYS PA STATE FIRST STEP TO ISRAEL’S DEMISE: As Palestinian Authority officials prepare to make their statehood bid at the UN in September, Iranian President Ahmadinejad said Friday the creation of a Palestinian state was only the first step to the destruction of Israel. Ahmadinejad restated that Israel was a "tumor" to be wiped off the map and urged Arabs in PA administered areas not to settle for a two-state solution, but to strive for a complete return of what they consider their land. "The Zionist regime is a center of microbes, a cancer cell and if it exists in one iota of Palestine it will mobilize again and hurt everyone. It is not enough for them to have a weak, powerless state in a very small piece of Palestine. They should unite to establish a state but the ultimate goal is the liberation of the whole of Palestine," he said. "I urge the Palestinians never to forget this ideal. Forgetting this ideal is equal to committing suicide. It would be giving an opportunity to an enemy which is on the verge of collapse and disappearance." Ahmadinejad's comments echo those of the long-Iranian underwritten Hamas terror organization in Gaza that has said any peace agreement with Israel would only serve as a prelude to war. Iran continues to be a driving force behind Hamas and Hizbullah in its proxy war against Israel. (Arutz-7)

AHMADINEJAD: IRAN DETERMINED TO ERADICATE ISRAEL: Iranian President Ahmadinejad claims Iran is determined to eradicate Israel. "Iran believes that whoever is for humanity should also be for eradicating the Zionist regime [Israel] as a symbol of suppression and discrimination. Iran follows this issue [the eradication of the Jewish state] with determination and decisiveness and will never ever withdraw from this standpoint and policy," the Iranian president added. The remarks by Ahmadinejad were spoken as a prelude to the annual anti-Israeli rallies named Quds (Jerusalem) Day, which are held nationwide in Iran on the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan. (DPA) “On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.” Zech 12:9

IRANIANS MARCH ON QUDS DAY, CHANT DEATH TO ISRAEL: Tens of thousands of people marched in Teheran on Friday at the Quds Day rally. Large crowds in major cities carried banners saying, “Death to Israel” and “Death to America.” The Quds Day rally is held every year on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in solidarity with the Palestinians. (AFP)

SYRIA: CARTOONIST’S HANDS BROKEN: Ali Ferzat is Syria's best known political cartoonist. Early Thursday he was abducted on a street in Damascus and dragged into a car by armed masked men. They beat him as they drove to the airport road and said, "We will break your hands so that you'll stop drawing." They then broke bones in both of his hands. His beard was singed and a bag was put over his head before he was dumped by the roadside and told, "This is just a warning." Mr. Ferzat is now in hospital. Relatives say they suspect the assailants were government thugs responding to the cartoonist's public stance against the regime of President Assad - and the recent crackdown on anti-regime demonstrations. (Sky-News)

EGYPTIAN PARLIAMENTARIANS WANT ISRAEL’S PORT CITY OF EILAT: Parliamentarians in Egypt are pressuring the nation's caretaker junta to demand that Israel surrender the port-city of Eilat. Egypt has insisted it has a claim to Eilat since it lost the city to the nascent state of Israel in the wake of the Egyptian army's defeat in Israel's 1948 War of Independence, but after the 1979 Camp David Accords the claim was officially dropped. Or so it seemed. In exploring the claim, no attempts were made to explain away the fact that when Egypt formally drew borders with Israel in 1979, it did cede Eilat to the Jewish state thereby terminating its claim to the city. The opposition Egyptian MPs threatened on Thursday to relay their demand for an Israeli withdrawal from Eilat to the Arab League. Egypt's 2011 revolution has brought a wave of radical anti-Israel sentiment to the country. The masses are demanding Israel's ambassador in Cairo be ejected from the country - a qualitative first step to the cessation of peaceful relations. (INN) Pray for Egypt's relationship with Israel to be strengthened and not destroyed by radical Islamic groups at work in the wake of Egypt’s recent revolution.

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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