Israel Update

October 21, 2011 


“I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree, but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found.” Psalm 37:35-36

QADDAFI IS DEAD: World press releases confirmed Thursday morning that fugitive Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi was captured and killed fleeing his hometown of Sirte. In the afternoon press conference in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, Mahmoud Jibril, the prime minister of Libya’s interim government made an official announcement. “We have been waiting for this moment for a long time,” he said. “Muammar al-Qaddafi has been killed.” Even before Jibril’s press conference, chief NTC spokesman Mahmoud Shammam, confirmed the swirling media rumors. “A new Libya has been born today,” he said. “This is the day of real liberation. We were serious about giving al-Qaddafi a fair trial. It seems G-d has some other wish.” The longtime strongman was reportedly shot in both legs. “He was also hit in his head,” said Shammam. As celebrations at the dictator's death erupted in Libya's cities NTC military spokesman Abdel Busin told reporters that “Sirte is fully liberated.” The death of this brutal oppressor marks the end of 42 years of harsh rule. Qaddafi's demise is the most dramatic single development in the Arab Spring revolts that have unseated rulers in Egypt and Tunisia and threatened the grip on power of the leaders of Syria and Yemen. Qaddafi’s body was taken to a secret location for "security reasons" according to NTC official Mohammed Kafi. (INN/Ha’aretz) “The wicked will perish: Though the Lord’s enemies are like the flowers of the field, they will be consumed.  They will go up in smoke.” Psalm 37:20

TWO OF QADDAFI’S SONS ALSO KILLED: Libyan state television said Thursday that Saif Al-Islam and Mutassim Qaddafi, the sons of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, were killed in fighting against forces of the new regime in their father's home town of Sirte. The announcement came hours after the confirmation of the death of Muammar Qaddafi in the fighting. (INN)

WORLD WELCOMES NEW ERA IN LIBYA: EU leaders have expressed relief at news that deposed Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has been killed by rebels. President Barack Obama said the US is Libya's partner in democracy. Speaking Thursday from the White House, Obama said Qaddafi’s death marked the end of a long and painful chapter for Libya. He added that the Libyan people now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny and also have a great responsibility to build a tolerant and democratic Libya. British Premier David Cameron said the people of Libya now have a greater chance of building a strong and democratic future. "This is a day to remember the victims of Qaddafi," he said, adding that he was "proud of the role played" by Britain in the fall of the "brutal dictator." French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Qaddafi’s death was the "turn of a new page for the Libyan people – a start of the process to establish democracy." German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Qaddafi’s demise meant "the path is clear for a new, peaceful start for Libya." UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon said the dictator’s death marks a "historic transition for Libya." Meanwhile, the EU urged Libya's interim rulers to push for a broad-based reconciliation in the country following the death of deposed leader. (Ynet) Pray for open doors in Libya that the good news of Yeshua and salvation may reach the traumatized multitudes.  Pray for a stable government to arise in this oppressed nation.  

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: GILAD SHALIT CELEBRATES SIMCHAT TORAH WITH FAMILY: Wednesday, a day after returning to his home in Mitzpe Hila after five years in Hamas captivity, Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit marked the Simchat Torah (rejoicing with the Torah) holiday at home with his family. With the onset of the holiday, the number of onlookers on the streets of Mitzpe Hila lessened. However, a police checkpoint was still located at the entrance to Shalit’s street and people are still being prevented from approaching the Shalit home. Many visitors brought flowers for the Shalit family. Toward evening, the last of the activists who campaigned for Shalit’s release left Mitzpe Hila. “This is the end of one phase of my life and the beginning of another,” said activist Ella Hefetz, with tears in her eyes. Earlier on Wednesday, Israel Defense Forces medical officers arrived at the Shalit home. Shalit was also spotted on Wednesday taking a stroll outside his home, accompanied by his mother Aviva and military mental health officials. Speaking to reporters Gilad's father Noam said his son "is doing well and he slept well overnight. He needs quiet to recuperate and we hope to return to a normal life as soon as possible," he added. (Ha’aretz)

NOAM SHALIT DOUBTS HAMAS CLAIMS GILAD NOT TORTURED IN CAPTIVITY: Noam Shalit, father of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, responded Thursday to claims his son was not tortured during his time in Hamas captivity, saying such claims should be taken "with a grain of salt." Speaking at a press conference, Noam Shalit, whose son was released from Hamas captivity as part of a prisoner exchange deal on Tuesday, said Gilad "went through hard times, at least in the first period of his captivity. It is correct that after that first period, the way he was treated improved." Earlier Thursday, the newspaper Al-Hayat reported that Zuhair Al-Qaisi, leader of the Popular Resistance Committees, the organization that captured Gilad, said the IDF soldier was not subject to any emotional or physical torture during his period in custody. "He had access to radio and television. We took care of him, his physical and mental health. He was not given over to any emotional or physical torture. He was lightly injured in the course of his capture, and he received the necessary medical care and completely healed," said Al-Qaisi. At Thursday's press conference, Noam Shalit said his son's state was improving. "Gilad is feeling better and is under medical surveillance. He went out a bit by foot, rode on his bicycle and played table tennis at home. He has met up with friends from the village (Mitzpe Hila), and other school and childhood friends. He is eating and has an appetite. He is sleeping – although not entirely uninterrupted. He needs time to adapt to normal life," he said. (Ha’aretz)  Pray for the complete mental, emotional and spiritual healing of Gilad Shalit and his family.

ARAB USERS TWEET: ISRAEL CARES ABOUT ITS CITIZENS: The release of Gilad Shalit has attracted worldwide attention, including that of Arab users of the Internet, who have used the Twitter social network to share their thoughts on the exchange deal with the world. Israel’s Channel 10 News presented some of the tweets written by Arab users since Shalit was released from captivity and returned to his family home this week. Many Tweeters, wondered how little Arab citizens are worth to their governments, compared to the distance that Israel was ready to go for the release of one citizen. “I have to say something that you probably won’t like, but I’ll say it anyway: Israel exchanged 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for one Israeli,” a Syrian user wrote. “I’m just jealous of their government, because it cares about its citizens. Their government is willing to pay the ultimate price for one citizen. All this while our government is killing us like animals.” (INN)


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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