Israel Update

JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE
October 27, 2011 

 

“Behold, I come quickly.” Revelation 3:11

TURKEY REQUESTS AID FROM ISRAEL: For the first time since the latest massive earthquake struck Turkey, Ankara asked Israel for aid on Tuesday. This was after Turkish leaders rejected several offers of assistance by top Israeli officials, including that of Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu. However, Israeli sources indicated on Tuesday that Turkish envoys requested that Israel send portable structures to be used as temporary housing for those who lost their homes in the recent quake. Following the request, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered the transport of needed equipment as soon as possible. (Ha’aretz)  A BRIEF REVIEW: Turkey, once Israel’s strongest ally in the Middle East, last September totally suspended connections with Israel for its legal raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship in 2010.  PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced at that time his country was cutting military and commercial ties and would impose further sanctions because of Israel's refusal to apologize for the incident. The action took place one day after the expulsion of senior-level diplomats from the Israeli Embassy in Ankara. A UN panel investigating the takeover of the aid ship said the Israeli blockade of Gaza was legal. Turkish PM, Erdogan, has repeatedly slammed Israel over its policies towards Gaza Strip Palestinians although Gaza terrorists have for years rained projectiles on Israel’s Negev communities. Terrorist attacks, which continue even to this day, have caused loss of life, destruction of property and a constant flow of stress-filled interruptions in the daily lives of Israelis, young and old, in targeted areas. Turkey, while 99% Muslim, has for decades maintained a secular government. Its powerful secular establishment, which includes generals, judges and university professors for years fought against extremist religious trends in the government. However, several of Turkey’s increasingly empowered political leaders, including PM Erdogan, have forceful Islamist agendas. Pray for the victims of Turkey’s most recent disaster and for renewed good ties between Turkey and Israel.

FIRST SHIPMENT OF AID FROM ISRAEL HEADING TO TURKEY: Five portable structures, 2,000 fleece coats, 2,000 fleece blankets and 100 inflatable mattresses: All of the above was sent to Turkey late Wednesday in the first shipment of aid from Israel in the aftermath of the earthquake that has claimed the lives of 471 people. Another aircraft carrying aid will depart Friday morning. Israel’s Defense Ministry Spokesperson Josh Hentman was asked during interviews with the foreign press what the point was in assisting Turkey when the relief will not be rewarded diplomatically. Hentman responded that aid goes beyond politics because there are people there who need help. “If we are a nation that was so excited by the return home of one soldier last week, it shows that we are a nation that cherishes life and that is why we view humanitarian aid as a fundamental value,” said Hentman. (Ynet)

DEFINING SHARIA: For those who may not be familiar with the term or meaning of Sharia, Islamic theology divides the world into two spheres locked in perpetual conflict: The House of Islam and the House of War. The House of Islam (dar al-Islam) embraces territory where Islamic law (Sharia) is the law of the land, while the House of War (dar al- Harb) comprises the rest of the world. The House of Islam is enjoined by Allah to make war upon the House of War until the latter is permanently assimilated into the former. The term jihad, which literally means “struggle,” denotes the military effort to bring new lands into the House of Islam. While the state of war between the Islamic non-Islamic worlds is sometimes hot or sometimes cold, it is permanent until Sharia law reigns over the entire planet. Westerners assume blindly that Muslims practicing their faith are not so very different from the true believers of other religions. This assumption is not merely wrong it is deadly. Today’s preachers of multiculturalism and tolerance, who champion Islam at the expense of Western mores, demonstrate ignorance of a suicidal order. Sharia law is used in many Muslim countries to justify shocking acts of barbarity including stoning, and the subjugation of women. Sharia does not permit freedom of conscience; it prohibits Muslims from renouncing their Islamic faith or converting to another religion. The penalty for doing so is death. Sharia does not support religious liberty; it treats non-Muslims as inferior and does not accord them the same protections as Muslims. In these and other instances, Sharia is explicitly at odds with core American and Western values. It is an explicit repudiation of freedom of conscience and religious liberty as well as the premise that citizens are equal under the law. (WMD/ Former US Republican Senator, Rick Santorum.)

ISLAMIC WINTER: TUNISIAN AND LIBYAN LIBERATIONS LEADS TO SHARIA: The "Arab Spring" was predictably hailed by naive Western leaders as a positive development that would finally bring true Western-style democratic freedom to the masses of the Middle East. But more than one analyst, including top Israeli officials, have warned the Arab Spring is about to give birth to the Islamic Winter. Tunisia was the first country in the Arab Spring to oust its long-time dictator. On Sunday the North African nation held its first free election since the uprising. Voter turnout was massive at 90%.  By Monday afternoon with many of the votes counted, Tunisia's Ennahda Party was projected to take control of the parliament with a healthy majority. Ennahda supported Iran's takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979 and called for attacks on US targets during the Gulf War. Furthermore, Ennahda's ideology is based on that of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks to impose Islamic law on the whole world. And it will start with Tunisia. Ennahda leader Rachid Ghannouchi announced recently that if his group won Tunisia's election, it would impose Sharia Law on what until now was one of the Arab world's most progressive nations. A similar phenomenon is happening in Libya, whose liberation from the rule of Muammar Gaddafi was so widely celebrated this week. Post-Gaddafi Libya will have Sharia Law as the "basic source" of its civil laws, declared interim leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil on Sunday. Already Abdul-Jalil has altered several Libyan laws that did not line up with Sharia, such as making it legal to again practice polygamy. Egypt has yet to hold elections since ousting former dictator Hosni Mubarak, but all estimates are that the Muslim Brotherhood will either win an outright majority in the parliament, or hold such a large bloc that any future government will be beholden to it. The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is the grandfather of all extremist Islamic groups in the region, and the direct progenitor of terrorist organizations such as Hamas. Islamists have also been consolidating power in Turkey and Lebanon though did not require civil uprisings to accomplish their goals there. As General Eyal Eisenberg, head of Israel's Home Front Command, warned months ago, the Middle East that is resulting from the “Arab Spring” will be a haven for radical ideology that increases the likelihood of all out war that might even involve weapons of mass destruction. With the Middle East under its former dictatorships, ruling regimes had a long-term interest in maintaining the status-quo. But the radical powers taking over in many nations largely do not share that concern, and are far more driven by messianic ideologies that compel them to destroy Israel in order to usher in a new Islamic golden age. (Israel Today/Ryan Jones)

ISRAEL MUST AGREE TO OUR TERMS, OR NO PEACE TALKS: Palestinian officials expressed pessimism on Wednesday that scheduled meetings with representatives of the Middle East Quartet of international mediators would see Israeli-Palestinian direct peace talks get underway. The Quartet - the US, European Union, Russia and the United Nations - is slated to hold separate meetings this week with Palestinian and Israeli officials at the UN headquarters in Jerusalem, to discuss the renewal of the deadlocked negotiations. But Nabil Shaath, a member of the Palestinian negotiating team, said he did not foresee anything coming out of the talks. Palestinians have said they will not return to the talks until Israel stops all settlement activities in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, and recognizes the lines which existed before the Six Day War in 1967 as the borders of the future Palestinian state. "Our demands are very clear and they will not change for any reason," said Shaath, who is also a leading member in President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement. Unless Israel complies with these conditions, he said, "we will not return to negotiations. Israel has said it is prepared to sit down with the Palestinians at any time but only without conditions. (Ha’aretz) A BRIEF REVIEW: Phase One of the Roadmap Peace Plan demanded Palestinians recognize Israel's right to exist in the Middle East region, renounce terror against the Jewish nation, dismantle terrorist organizations, and end all forms of anti-Israel incitement in the Palestinian media and school system. Not one requirement of the Palestinian Authority has been put into action. In actuality, PA run-schools and their textbooks continue to teach children to hate the Jewish nation and to look forward to and support the day when it no longer exists.

ISRAEL HAS OPENED A MIDEAST BAZAAR: According to Almagor terror victims’ organization head Meir Indor, Israel has created an open market in which any Mideast country can barter. The currency at the new bazaar is Israeli captives, he declared. “Egypt kidnapped a citizen, accused him of spying, and now they’re demanding security prisoners be released for him,” he said, referring to the arrest of Ilan Grapel. “Other states are waiting in line – Turkey, Jordan, and more,” he warned. Almagor issued a warning this week against travel to any Arab or Muslim state, due to the possibility of arrest under false pretenses. (INN) Continue to pray future kidnappings of Israeli citizens will be averted. Pray also that Israelis will follow the most basic of common sense rules, such as not hitchhiking or visiting spots they are warned by the government’s security agencies to avoid due to terrorist danger.

SHALIT LEAVES HOME TO VISIT FRIENDS: A little over a week after being released from years of Hamas terrorist group captivity, Gilad Shalit has made further steps towards returning to a normal routine. So far, Shalit has visited friends, taken a swim in the sea, ridden his bike and hosted President Shimon Peres in his home. The entire nation of Israel hopes to see this young man resume his life as it was prior to the kidnapping as quickly as possible. (Ynet)

 

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 http://www.visionforisrael.com/

 

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