Israel Update

October 31, 2011 


“He will be a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.” Isaiah 28:6

FATHER OF FOUR KILLED AS GAZA MISSILES POUND ISRAEL: An Israeli man was killed and dozens more were wounded on Saturday night when Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip unleashed a torrent of mortar and rocket fire on southern Israel. Dozens of rockets and mortars were fired from Gaza between Saturday evening and mid-morning Sunday. The attacks included a number of medium-range Grad missiles. The attack that killed 59-year-old Moshe Ami occurred in the coastal town of Ashkelon as he was driving home to his family. Moshe Ami was originally listed as "moderately injured," but his condition rapidly deteriorated as he was transferred to a local hospital. Two hours later, he died on the operating table. Ami is survived by four children. In addition to the numerous casualties, most of the residents of southern Israel were forced to spend the night in bomb shelters. Schools in the region canceled studies for Sunday so as not to further endanger the lives of local children. One of the buildings damaged in the overnight bombardment was a schoolhouse in the port city of Ashdod. Israeli forces responded to the rocket fire by targeting terrorist cells and rocket fire locations in the Gaza Strip. At least 10 Islamic Jihad terrorists were reportedly killed in the strikes. Earlier on Saturday, the Israeli army had attacked an Islamic Jihad training facility in Gaza, killing five terrorists, including the group's top local commander, Ahmed Sheikh Khalil. Israel insists that ultimately the ruling Hamas organization is responsible for the violence emanating from Gaza. (Ryan Jones/Israel Today) A Brief Review: From the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the PLO in September 1993 until September 2000, close to 300 Israelis were killed in terrorist attacks. From September 2000 until December 2005, another 1,100 Israelis were killed during the Palestinian Al-Aqsa Intifada. Since December 2005, Palestinian terrorist attacks have claimed another 118 Israeli lives. Twenty one victims of those who have perished from Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel have occurred since the beginning of 2011. In addition to lives lost, thousands of Israelis (including children) have been injured and are still suffering shock and trauma due to the almost daily onslaught of projectiles from Hamas terrorist groups and their associates operating out of the Gaza Strip.  Pray for wisdom and G-d’s judgment to be operating through the government and military leaders of the Jewish state in the face of these ongoing and latest attacks.

NETANYAHU SAYS THERE IS NO CEASE FIRE IN THE SOUTH: Gaza terrorists broke another ceasefire Sunday, this time only four hours after it was announced and agreed to by the Islamic Jihad. Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday afternoon "there is no cease fire" in the South, in reference to the recent escalation in violence along the Gaza border. Speaking at a special cabinet meeting the prime minister warned: "The other side will pay a higher price than they have already paid, until they stop firing." Netanyahu's comments came as Israel’s military forces struck a Gaza cell attempting to launch rockets at Israel and a day after an Israeli man was killed by shrapnel when a Grad rocket hit Ashdod. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said continued terror from Gaza will eventually require weighing a fundamental response from Israel’s Defense Forces. “Responding to activity is not enough," Steinitz said,  "We will weigh an intensive treatment for the arms problem, which will apparently be toppling Hamas from power and reestablishing control over the southern Strip.” Earlier on Sunday, Netanyahu reiterated the Israeli government's policy of strict retaliation against those that harm Israelis, warning both Islamic Jihad and Hamas not to test Israel. (J. Post)

FORMER IDF BOSS HALUTZ: SMASH HAMAS: Former IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, thinks Israel should mount a crushing offensive against Gaza. He called for a "mortal blow" to be dealt to the Hamas terrorist organization’s civilian and military leadership. He added that in finality, Israel will have to conduct another extensive operation such as “Cast Lead,” and there is no reason to wait. "A rocket struck an empty school on the Sabbath," he said. "Why wait until a rocket strikes a full school in the middle of the day? This must be dealt with through a strong blow, beyond the expectations of the other side," he explained. "The other side creates equations based on its own preferences and we have to create different equations based on what is good for us.” (INN) A Brief Review:  The Gaza War, known as “Operation Cast Lead” was a three-week bombing and invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israel. The measure was taken after hundreds of rocket and terrorist attacks on the south of Israel by Hamas and other related terrorist groups operating out of the Gaza Strip. The measure began on December 27, 2008 with a surprise air strike from Israel. Israel's stated aim was to stop rocket fire into the Jewish state and arms import into the Gaza strip. Hamas intensified its projectile attacks against Southern Israel during the last week of the conflict, reaching the major cities of Beersheba and Ashdod for the first time during the clash. Israeli politicians ultimately decided against striking deeper within Gaza amidst concerns of higher casualties on both sides and increasing international criticism. The war ended on January 18, when Israel first declared a unilateral ceasefire.  A UN report by the Palmer investigation committee published last August said it had determined Israel’s actions in “Operation Cast Lead” were legal.

ISRAELI BUS STONED NEAR BETHLEHEM: An Israeli bus was damaged Sunday evening, southwest of Bethlehem, when Arabs threw rocks at it. The road on which the assault took place connects a number of nearby Jewish communities. No injuries were reported. Israeli troops were sent to scene. (Ynet)

SAUDI PRINCE OFFERS $900,000 TO SOLDIER ABDUCTORS: Saudi Prince Khaled bin Talal declared Saturday he would give $900,000 to whoever abducts an Israeli soldier in order to be used in exchanged for Palestinian prisoners. Bin Talal stressed that his offer was in response to a similar offer made by a Saudi cleric who earlier this week said he would give $100,000 to anyone who would kidnap an Israeli soldier. (Ynet)

TURKEY EARTHQUAKE DEATH TOLL NEARS 600, RECOVERY BEGINS: Turkey has ended efforts to rescue victims of last week's 7.2-magnitude earthquake and has begun to focus efforts on helping the homeless. The official death toll reached 596 on Sunday, one day after officials formally ended the search in the Van province for survivors of the October 23 earthquake. More than 41,150 people were injured in the quake that shook the region, located near the Iranian border. Some 231 people have been extricated alive from under the rubble. Between the rain, snow and sub-freezing temperatures, tens of thousands of people are desperate for shelter. There are still not enough tents to be had, despite the aid provided by Turkey's neighbors, including Israel – which sent mobile prefab homes and other assistance at Ankara's request. (INN) Pray for the comforting and care of Turkey’s latest earthquake disaster victims. Pray also that the Turkish government will be willing to receive all offered aid - which it has been reluctant to do - to relieve the suffering of its people.

PA AVOIDING THE REAL ISSUES NECESSARY TO END THE CONFLICT WITH ISRAEL: Education Minister Gid'on Sa'ar told the 36th General Conference of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), last week that it was not the body's job to decide on the establishment of new countries and a Palestinian Authority state will not be created, even if UNESCO approves the PA as a full member. He said the PA's efforts at the gathering in Paris were intended to bypass proceedings at the UN Security Council, and warned that the bypassing of direct negotiations with Israel will only push peace and an end to the conflict further away, possibly for many years. (Arutz-7)

JORDAN’S ABDULLAH: EGYPT COULD BREAK ITS PEACE TREATY WITH ISRAEL: Egypt could break its peace treaty with Israel amid recent Mideast turmoil, Jordanian King Abdullah II said in an interview days ago, adding that his country was effectively the "last man standing" in maintaining ties with Jerusalem. The Jordanian leader added he was "very pessimistic" as to the chances on ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Referring to the Arab Spring's effect on Israel, Abdullah said: "It is a disaster. You have seen what has happened in Egypt; you have seen Turkey. We are actually the last man standing with our relationship with Israel. That puts tremendous pressure on Jordan," he added. (Ha’aretz)

ISRAELI ARCHAEOLOGIST FINDS TINY 1,400-YEAR-OLD RELIC OF CHRISTIAN FAITH: Israeli archaeologists said Sunday they have found a tiny 1,400-year-old relic of Christian faith among the remains of an ancient road in Jerusalem. The finding, an exquisitely made 2 centimeter by 1.5 centimeter box of bone with a cross carved on the lid, was likely carried by a Christian believer around the end of the 6th century A.D. When its lid is removed, the remains of two portraits are still visible in gold and paint a man and a woman, possibly Yeshua and his Mother. Archaeologist Yana Tchekhanovets of the Israel Antiquities Authority said Sunday the box is the first well preserved example of its kind and is important because it shows that icon use was not limited to church ceremonies in Byzantine times. (Ha’aretz)


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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