Israel Update

September 29, 2011 

“May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, ‘The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.’” Psalm 35:27

ISRAEL’S POPULATION STANDS AT 7.8 MILLION ON EVE OF ROSH HASHANAH: On the eve of the Jewish new year 5772 Israel's population stands at 7,797,400 people, of whom 5,874,300 are Jewish, 1,600,100 Arabic and 323,000 of other ethnicity, a survey released by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics showed on Sunday. The figures reveal a growth rate of 1.9% since 2010, like that of the past eight years. (Ha’aretz)

ISRAEL SHUTS WEST BANK FOR HOLIDAY, ROCKETS STRIKE ISRAEL: The Israeli military announced a closure of the West Bank for Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) as two rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel. The closure began Tuesday night and will last until Saturday night following the two-day holiday and Shabbat. Exceptions will be made for medical emergencies and the passage of humanitarian aid, as well as doctors and medical personnel, according to the Israel Defense Forces. Meanwhile, Kassam rockets fired from northern Gaza landed in southern Israel Tuesday night. One hit a power line near a kibbutz, causing a blackout. (JTA)

THREE TERRORISTS BLOW UP SINAI GAS PIPELINE TO ISRAEL: Three terrorists blew up the Egyptian-Israeli gas pipeline for at least the sixth time this year in the pre-dawn hours Tuesday in the northern Sinai. The terrorists destroyed a pumping station, leaving behind one man who was hospitalized as the flames from the blast shot up nearly 50 feet in the air. Tuesday’s attack provides more evidence that Bedouin and Arab terrorists have carved out areas of de facto control in the Sinai. It also reflects sentiment among the increasingly influential Muslim Brotherhood and other anti-Israel elements opposed to the deal by Hosni Mubarak in 2008 to sell gas to Israel at a price they say was too low. The cut in the gas supply affects Israel, which buys approximately 40% of its natural gas from Egypt. Israel hopes to be self-reliant for natural gas in three years, after its off shore gas fields come on line. (INN)  Pray for the Jewish state to rapidly become self-sufficient in areas of gas and other natural resources, which will reduce and eventually eliminate methods Islamic nations use as sources of political manipulation and military threats.

KNESSET TO VOTE ON ANNEXING WEST BANK: The Knesset will vote on a bill calling for full Israeli annexation of the West Bank. Deputy Speaker Danny Danon announced Tuesday the Knesset will take up the bill at the end of October. The bill also nullifies any financial obligations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that had been established by previous agreements. “If the Palestinian Authority wishes to proceed on this reckless path and bring further instability to the region, Israel cannot continue to pour funds into this sinking ship of failed leadership,” Danon said, referring to the PA's statehood bid at the UN last Friday. “The funding agreements with the PA were reached with the hope their leaders would work to create an environment of lasting peace and security with Israel. Given it is clear the Palestinians have no such desire, Israel must no longer be required to stand by these arrangements.” The bill also nullifies the Oslo Accords. It was submitted in line with a similar initiative in the US Congress which calls for supporting Israel’s rights to annex the West Bank should the Palestinian Authority move forward with its statehood bid without negotiating. Meanwhile, a letter signed by the leaders of four ruling coalition factions asks PM Netanyahu to annex Jewish-settled areas of the West Bank and calls for increased construction in those areas. The letter also calls for additional sanctions against the Palestinians and not allowing any country that cooperates with their statehood bid to mediate future peace talks. (JTA) “Shall two walk together, except they have agreed?” Amos 3:3

NETANYAHU REJECTS CRITICISM OF JERUSALEM CONSTRUCTION: PM Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected Western and Arab complaints that the planned construction of 1,100 new homes in Gilo on annexed land close to Jerusalem would complicate Middle East peace efforts. "Gilo is not a settlement. It is a neighborhood in the very heart of Jerusalem about five minutes from the center of town," Netanyahu's spokesman said. In every peace plan on the table in the past 18 years Gilo "stays part of Jerusalem and therefore this planning decision in no way contradicts the current Israel government's desire for peace based on two states for the two peoples," he added. (Ha’aretz)

UNRWA REPORTEDLY LEAVING GAZA: The Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza claim the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) is planning to leave its territory. According to a report posted on the terrorist organization's Al-Qassam website, the UN agency has begun to cut down its services in Gaza ahead of a quiet plan to relocate to Jordan. During a recent rally protesting the downsizing of UNRWA’s Gaza involvement, the terrorist organization distributed a statement urging the UN group to take “serious and practical steps” to break Israel's blockade on the territory, upgrade its services and fight unemployment among “refugees” in Gaza.  The appeal, of course, failed to mention there have been numerous instances in which Hamas terrorists have stolen food and other items that were brought in through the Gaza crossings for distribution to poor Arabs in the region. (Arutz-7)  Since 1950, US taxpayers have provided four billion dollars for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), whose camps offer safe havens to terrorist activities and perpetuate the refugee problem. US congressmen in the past have urgently appealed for reform in the UN body that deals exclusively with Palestinian refugees and their descendants, calling for alternative solutions to the deliberate containment of a people group in rundown camps. Palestinian refugees have been used as political pawns for decades by people who don't want peace in the Middle East. The UN has reportedly been accused of being part of that conspiracy. Instead of resettling them, UNRWA keeps them in the camps. “And the Arab nations want them in refugee camps in order to perpetuate political hatred against Israel," said one high-ranking US government source. A past report from the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) said UNRWA actually helps promote terrorism and holds Palestinians back from rebuilding their lives. It charged UNRWA schools with becoming hotbeds of anti-Western, anti-American, and antisemitic indoctrination and recruiting offices for terrorist groups. It said also UNRWA facilities are used to store and transport weapons, actually serving as terrorist military bases.

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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