Israel Update

November 6, 2011 


“Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.” Joel 2: 13

UN REPORT TO REVEAL EVIDENCE OF IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM: A report by the UN nuclear watchdog this week will support allegations Iran built a large steel container for carrying out tests with high explosives that could be used in nuclear weapons. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) obtained satellite pictures of the container at Parchin, near Tehran, and other evidence that lent credence to allegations by IAEA member states the installation was intended for nuclear-related explosives testing. The IAEA will also reveal proof that Iran carried out computer modeling of a nuclear weapon. Western diplomats say the keenly awaited information will strengthen suspicions Tehran is seeking capability to make atomic bombs. The report will reportedly be very detailed and will leave no room for doubt: Iran is aiming to develop nuclear weapons. (INN/J.Post)

EILAND: ATTACK ON IRAN NOT CRAZY OR IRRESPONSIBLE: Former National Security Council director Giora Eiland said in a recent interview with Israel Radio there was nothing “irresponsible” in considering an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. “The decision to attack would, of course, be made by the government, but the IDF's input would be essential in determining whether or not that attack should take place,” Eiland said. Among the main issues that must be taken into consideration, according to Israel’s former Security Council executive, is whether an Israeli attack would solve the problem of Iran's nuclear program. If it would not, alternative means need to be found to deal with the Iranian program, he said. If, however, such an attack would wipe out Iran's nuclear capability or deal it a mortal blow, then the government should consider it as a viable option, despite the dangers associated with such a move. (INN)

MAJORITY OF ISRAELIS BELIEVE IRAN STRIKE WILL LEAD TO WAR WITH HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH: According to a media poll, 80% of residents in Israel said they believed an attack on Iran will lead to war with Hamas and Hezbollah. The poll, which queried both Jewish and Arab respondents, also asked whether people trusted PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak on the Iranian issue. The answer was clear-cut, with 52% saying they do, compared to 37% who do not. Only 11% have no opinion. According to the poll, Israelis are almost evenly split on whether Israel should attack Iran's nuclear facilities, with 41% supporting such a strike and 39% opposed. The remaining 20% said they were undecided. (Ha’aretz)

BRITISH MILITARY ACCELERATING PREPARATIONS TO TAKE PART IN A STRIKE ON IRAN: The UK Guardian statement revealing the UK was preparing for a hit on the Islamic Republic came shortly after the head of the British military, Gen. David Richards visited Israel. London's Daily Mail followed up with an article citing officials who said US President Barack Obama and British PM Minister David Cameron had determined that after years of diplomatic efforts, there is now no alternative to military intervention as a means of halting Iran's nuclear program. Obama and Cameron "are preparing for war after reports Iran now has enough enriched uranium for four nuclear weapons," reported the paper. While a strike on Iran is certainly not a given, the talk and obvious preparations have put most Israelis on edge. Many in Israel believe there will ultimately be no choice but to strike Iran's nuclear facilities but know that such a move will carry a heavy price tag. Even if Israel does not play a direct role in a military operation it would bear the brunt of the retaliation. And if Iran responded by firing unconventional weapons at Tel Aviv, Israel would be compelled to launch a counter-strike. (Israel Today/Ryan Jones)

REPUBLICAN PERRY WOULD BACK ISRAEL STRIKE ON IRAN NUCLEAR SITES: Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said on Thursday that as president he would support an Israeli air strike on Iran if there is proof Tehran is moving closer to having a nuclear weapon. "Obviously, we are going to support Israel. And I've said that we will support Israel in every way that we can, whether it's diplomatic, whether it's economic sanctions, whether it's overt or covert operations, up to and including military action," the Texas governor said in an interview on CNN. "We cannot afford to allow that madman in Iran to get his hands on a nuclear weapon period," Perry added. (Ha’aretz)

FRANCE, BRITAIN AND COLOMBIA TO ABSTAIN FROM PALESTINIAN UN VOTE: France, Britain and Colombia have announced they plan to abstain from the Security Council vote on the Palestinians' bid for statehood. Germany has made known it will not support the Palestinian endeavor, without saying whether it would abstain or vote against it. Britain and France support the establishment of a Palestinian state but they oppose the UN statehood bid because they rightly believe it may hurt efforts to restart peace negotiations with Israel. The UN Security Council is set to meet November 11 to discuss whether or not to admit a Palestinian state as a UN member. The US has warned it will veto the attempt. However, a veto may not be necessary if 9 nations - out of 15 on the council - don't support the Palestinians' bid. (Ha’aretz) Pray that nations such as Nigeria and Australia will also solidly stand with Israel against the Palestinian Authority's attempt to establish statehood via the UN. The Palestinian statehood bid undermines past resolutions based on the principle that a final agreement between the two sides will be reached through negotiations. 

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER DEFENDS JERUSALEM CONSTRUCTION: Israeli PM Netanyahu last week defended his decision to expand construction in eastern Jerusalem. Netanyahu pledged to keep building in Jerusalem and said the city has never been a capital to any other people. "We are building in Jerusalem because it is our right and our duty to this generation and future generations, not as punishment but as the basic right of our people to build in its eternal city," he said. The projects announced by Netanyahu were not new, but he ordered that they be accelerated. Netanyahu stressed all building would take place in areas that are slated to stay part of Israel under any future peace accord. (AP)  A BRIEF REVIEW: It is easy for those who have not visited Israel to picture “Israeli settlements,” so often in the news, as a few tents, huts or trailers in the wilderness; temporary camps with handfuls of Jewish zealots that could easily find other accommodations - if that’s all it would take to make peace with the Palestinians.  In fact, as of December 2010, 327,750 Israelis live in the 121 officially-recognized settlements in the West Bank. A further 192,000 Israelis live in settlements in East Jerusalem and over 20,000 live in settlements in the Golan Heights.  Settlements range from farming communities to suburbs to frontier villages, and, in the case of East Jerusalem, city neighborhoods. The three largest settlements, Modi'in Illit, Maale Adumim and Betar Illit, are cities with over 30,000 residents each.  These Jewish communities include homes, schools, government buildings, shopping centers and thriving business.  Israel has withstood ongoing pressure from its foes and also from its well-meaning allies who have insisted it forgo even natural growth construction to meet the need for additional schools, medical facilities, apartments, and shops. The reason for this foreign intervention has been to accommodate outrageous Palestinian hopes/demands that Israelis will eventually agree to walk away from these thriving towns and neighborhoods and turn them over to their enemies in return for a false peace.  What other nation would agree to such contemptible pressures and dictates?  The Gaza Strip is an outstanding example of what always happens when Israel and her so called allies fall for the lie of peace with Islamists: Ongoing terrorist attacks, rocket assaults and years of Jewish work on homes and businesses obliterated. 

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TV SAYS HAIFA IS A WELL-KNOWN PALESTINIAN PORT: The Palestinian Authority continues to educate its people to envision a world without Israel, presenting Israeli cities and regions as "Palestinian."  On Nov 1, 2011 PA TV rebroadcast an educational documentary that has aired dozens of times since 2007. The documentary describes the Israeli cities of Haifa, Acre, Ashkelon, Jaffa and the Sea of Galilee as Palestinian. PA TV is under the direct control of the office of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The following is the transcript of the excerpt of the PA TV documentary: "The West Bank and Gaza have another section in Palestine which is the Palestinian coast that spreads along the Mediterranean Sea, from Ashkelon in the south, until Haifa, in the Carmel Mountains. Haifa is a well-known Palestinian port. Haifa enjoyed a high status among Arabs and Palestinians especially before it fell to Israel in 1948. To its north, we find Acre. East of Acre, we reach a city with history and importance, the city of Tiberias, near a famous lake, the Sea of Galilee. Jaffa, an ancient coastal city, is the bride of the sea, and Palestine's gateway to the world." (PMW) “Let their lying lips be silenced, for with pride and contempt they speak arrogantly against the righteous.”  Ps 31:18

TUNISIAN WOMEN DEMONSTRATE TO PROTECT THEIR RIGHTS: Some 200 Tunisian women have demonstrated in downtown Tunis in defense of their rights, following the election victory of an Islamist party. Tunisia is known for some of the most progressive legislation in the Middle East regarding women's rights - something many say is in danger after an Islamist faction took the most votes in the recent election. The Islamist Ennahda Party, however, has promised to protect women's rights, including the personal status code, which makes women equal to men in divorce and bars polygamy. Liberals, however, have accused the Islamist party of "double speak." (FoxNews)

“He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:6

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 Storehouse?", 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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