Israel Update

November 17, 2011 


“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12


MOSSAD TARGETED AS BEING BEHIND IRAN EXPLOSION: "Mossad," the Israeli international intelligence agency, was reported as being behind Saturday's explosion at a missile base next to Tehran, in the estimation of an official Western intelligence source cited by TIME magazine on Monday. The official said, "Don't believe the Iranians that it was an accident." A leading figure in Iran's nuclear development program was among at least 17 people killed in the blast. The incident followed the release of a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency days ago documenting Iranian work on atomic weapons. A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards missile expert was killed in Saturday’s blast southwest of Tehran, but Iran denied mounting evidence that it was the result of sabotage and that it occurred at a missile base. (INN) 

BARAK: MAY THERE BE MORE EXPLOSIONS IN IRAN: Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak addressed Sunday evening the mysterious explosion that took place on Saturday at a military base in Iran. In an interview with Army Radio, Barak would not speculate about the cause and nature of the blast and when asked about the extent of the damage caused by the explosion he replied, “I do not know, but may there be more such explosions.” (Arutz-7)

DUAL-NATIONAL IRANIANS FLEE, FEARING ISRAELI ATTACK: Iranian business people who hold dual citizenship with passports from European nations are allegedly leaving their country in droves. They fear the Jewish state is preparing to attack Iran's nuclear facilities to eliminate President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's oft-repeated threat to annihilate the Jewish State. Meanwhile, Israel is refusing to share its plans with anyone, including the US, raising concerns it may be planning a “loner attack” sometime within the next year. The Jewish State last month politely rejected American demands for guarantees that Israel would give a “heads up” in case it decides to attack Iran. Last week's report by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's nuclear development activities made it clear that whatever Israel decides, that decision needs to be made soon: Iran is racing towards its goal of creating a nuclear weapon. That much is now obvious, even to the UN. (Arutz-7)

AFTER STUXNET: IRAN DETECTS ANOTHER COMPUTER VIRUS: Iran said on Sunday it had detected Duqu, a computer virus that experts say is based on Stuxnet, the virus that hit the Islamic Republic’s computers last year. “We are in the initial phase of fighting the Duqu virus,” said Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran’s civil defense organization. “The final report that confirms which organizations the virus has spread to and what its impacts are has not been completed yet.”  Duqu appears to be designed to gather data to make it easier to launch future cyber-attacks. Stuxnet was aimed at crippling industrial control systems and may have destroyed some of the centrifuges Iran uses to enrich uranium. The Stuxnet attack is widely believed to have been an Israeli cyber-attack, but Israel has not admitted it. (INN) Continue to pray Iran’s nuclear ambitions will be thwarted by intelligent means rather than all-out war in the region.

FRANCE HAS RULED OUT A MILITARY OPTION IN DEALING WITH THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR THREAT: France has expressed deep concern over the Iranian nuclear program and its clear progress towards development of a nuclear warhead. The latest report by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency made it clear that Iran is intent on creating such a weapon. Nevertheless, the French government opposes a military strike against Tehran because it might cause irreparable damage. Juppe said France would tighten sanctions by asking the European Investment bank to freeze loans to Iran. (INN)

ARAB LEAGUE SUSPENDS SYRIA: The Arab League suspended Syria on Saturday following another day of mass murder of civilians and deserting soldiers by the Assad regime. Almost all of the 22 members of the Arab League voted to take the unprecedented action against Syria. Yemen was the only opponent outside of Syria itself and Lebanon, which Damascus effectively controls through Hizbullah and pro-Syrian parties. (Arutz-7)

ARMED MOBS STORM FOREIGN EMBASSIES IN SYRIA: Violent armed mobs stormed foreign embassies in Damascus and Latakia on Saturday after the Arab League suspended Syria. Hundreds of pro-government loyalists brandished sticks, stones and knives, shouting slogans in support of President Bashar al-Assad. Similar violence was perpetrated against the French and Turkish consulates in Latakia, 210 miles north of Damascus on the Mediterranean coast. A senior diplomat in Damascus confirmed the attacks.  He said they did a fair bit of damage to the Saudi embassy. “We do not have the full picture from Latakia, but the attacks there appear to have been really bad.” The government of the United Arab Emirates, Saturday night, also warned its citizens to leave Syria as soon as possible even if they have to go via Lebanon or Jordan or Turkey. The loyalist rage came in the wake of the decision of the 22-member Arab League Saturday to censure Syria and suspend its membership after it became clear the Damascus government had no intention of fulfilling its agreement to end the violent government crackdowns against civilian protesters across the country. (Arutz-7) Continue to pray for confusion to increase amongst the enemies of Israel.

TURKEY EVACUATES DIPLOMATS’ FAMILIES FROM DAMASCUS: The families of Turkey's diplomats and staff in Damascus are being evacuated from Syria following an attack on its embassy in Damascus. A mob of at least 1,000 pro-Assad rioters hurled rocks and bottles at the embassy in the Syrian capital. Syrian police eventually intervened to end the attack. Hundreds of similar protesters gathered to storm Turkish missions elsewhere around Syria as well. Loyalists of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Lebanon likewise took to the streets of Beirut late Saturday night, expressing their rage over the Arab League's decision earlier in the day to suspend Syria for not fulfilling its agreement to end government violence against its citizens. Protesters attacked the Embassy of Qatar in the Lebanese capital, forcing their way into the building where the embassy is located. They removed the Qatari flag and replaced it with the flag of Syria. Syrian opposition forces called on supporters late Saturday to help increase the protests in order to oust Assad as quickly as possible. Activists have said more than 4,200 people have died since the anti-government uprisings began eight months ago. The Arab League has ousted Syria as a result. (INN)

75 PEOPLE KILLED MONDAY IN SYRIA CLASHES: Seventy five people were killed in unrest in Syria Monday. Major riots took place all over the country, with 40 people – half civilians and half soldiers - killed in a face-off at a site on the Jordanian border. Earlier Monday, Jordan's King Abdullah II called on Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to quit. Abdullah said that if he were in Assad's situation, he would step down, and make sure whoever comes after had ability to change the status quo. (INN)

ROCKETS RESUME: QASSAM HITS KINDERGARTEN: Gaza terrorists launched two Qassam rockets at Israel's communities in the western Negev late Tuesday afternoon. One rocket hit a local kindergarten. There were no physical injuries in the attack, but the kindergarten was badly damaged. The other rocket exploded in an open area in the western Negev. No physical injuries or property damage was reported. The rocket attacks mark a continuation of the air strikes-for-rocket-attacks paradigm that has defined Israel's poor security situation in the south for many years. Earlier on Tuesday, IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee a resumption of rocket fire from Gaza would necessitate a major operation aimed at changing strategic realities vis-a-vis Hamas and its terror allies in Gaza.  (Arutz-7) Continue to intercede for Israel’s southern communities to be protected against unrelenting terrorist projectile attacks from the Gaza Strip.

WOMEN IGNORED IN EGYPT’S POLITICAL TRANSITION: "We were at the front of the protests, getting beaten and supporting the future of Egypt," recalls Heba, 23. But now, she says, "Women are not being heard from. The role of women in Egypt's transitional government has been very limited, and no women were included on the committee that drafted Egypt's transitional constitutional declaration. The new elections law does away with the Mubarak-era quota, which allocated 64 seats in parliament for women. (J.Post)

KENYA ASKS ISRAEL FOR HELP FIGHTING TERRORISTS: Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga is seeking Israel's support in stopping terror attacks by an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups Kenyan troops are pursuing in Somalia.  A government statement this week said Odinga asked Israeli President Shimon Peres for assistance in building the capacity of the Kenyan police to deal with attacks by al-Shabab terrorists. Odinga also met on Monday with Israeli PM Netanyahu in Jerusalem. (AP-Ynet News)


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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