Israel Update

January 23, 2012


“I even I am He who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mortal men, the sons of men who are but grass?” Isa 54:12

ELECTIONS IN EGYPT: On the heels of voting throughout Egypt on Saturday, post election results reveal the Muslim Brotherhood's coalition has won as high as 47% of seats, with hardline Islamist Nour Party netting some 25% of list seats. This means, in short, the decades-long Egyptian rule has shifted from a moderate regime under last year’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak, to Islamic domination by heads of the father of all terrorist groups; the Muslim Brotherhood.  In recent statements, dating even from the beginning of this year, Muslim Brotherhood chiefs have reaffirmed their hatred for Israel and intentions to bring about the cancellation of Egypt’s peace treaty with the Jewish state. (Ha’aretz/JNN) Pray that the dire turn of events taking place within Israel’s neighbor to the south will be countered by the Good News of Yeshua. Intercede also for the protection of the Coptic Christian community in Egypt that has suffered an upsurge of violence and persecution this past year, carried out by individuals and groups of a hardline terrorist mandate.  

EGYPTIAN TOURISM DOWN 30% IN 2011: While Israel's tourism stats are holding steady, despite the upheaval in the region, Egyptian tourism revenues dropped nearly 30% last year following its revolutionary ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak. The number of tourists who entered the country in 2011 was 9.8 million – 33% less than the 14.7 million a year earlier. Revenues were only $8.8 billion, as compared with the $12.5 billion in 2010.  Days ago, the government submitted a formal request to a delegation from the International Monetary Fund for a $3.2 billion loan. The IMF delegation met with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has swept into power during recent parliamentary elections. That election may sound the death knell for tourism in Egypt. (INN)

TURKEY INTERCEPTS MATERIAL FOR MISSILES, CHEMICAL WEAPONS ON IRANIAN TRUCKS: Material for manufacturing missiles and chemical weapons has been discovered by the Turkish authorities on Iranian trucks heading to Turkey, Turkish media reported on Friday. Turkish customs officials intercepted the four trucks on suspicion of carrying military equipment from Iran to Syria earlier this month. One of the trucks was carrying six six-meter long cylinders, and the remaining three were carrying 66 tons of sodium sulfate which could be used for manufacturing chemical missiles. This is not the first Iranian delivery of weapons material that has been intercepted by the Turkish authorities. In August and March of last year, officials found a delivery of light weapons on planes that had arrived from Iran, and in September Turkey stopped a ship delivering cargo from Iran to Syria, without reporting what was on board the ship. (Ha’aretz)

PERES TO DEMPSEY: IRAN IS THE CENTER OF WORLD TERROR: As part of his round of meetings in Israel, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey met with President Shimon Peres on Friday morning. The two discussed the recent political and security developments in the Middle East and in the world. The meeting was also attended by IDF Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz. During the meeting, Peres addressed the Iranian issue and told Dempsey, “I’m sure that in this fight against Iran we will emerge victorious. It is a fight that does not belong exclusively to the US or Israel, but a global struggle to create a safe world for all peoples.”  He emphasized that Iran is “the center of world terror! It funds the most dangerous terrorists in the world and carries out terrorist acts which take the lives of innocent people. Iran seeks to control not only the Middle East, but other parts of the world as well, as is illustrated by its attempts to penetrate the South American continent.” (Ha’aretz)

CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER HARPER SAYS IRANIAN REGIME FRIGHTENS HIM: Canadian PM Stephen Harper says a consensus is growing among world leaders that Iran would have no hesitation using nuclear arms once they develop the weapons and the capability to deliver them. "I've watched and listened to what the leadership in the Iran regime says, and it frightens me," Harper said. "In my judgment, these are people who have a particular, fanatically religious, worldview, and their statements imply to me no hesitation of using nuclear weapons if they see them achieving their religious or political purposes." Harper continued he has no doubt Iran is developing nuclear weapons. "There is absolutely no doubt they are lying," he said. "The evidence is just growing overwhelming." (Globe and Mail-Canada)

FRANCE’S SARKOZY: MILITARY STRIKE ON IRAN WOULD TRIGGER MIDDLE EAST WAR: At his annual New Year's address to diplomats in Paris, French President Nicolas Sarkozy Sarkozy last week warned "a military intervention would not solve the problem of Iran's nuclear program but would trigger war and chaos in the Middle East and maybe the world." He added that France would "do everything to avoid a military intervention." Sarkozy called instead for "much stronger sanctions" against Iran. A report by the UN nuclear watchdog late last year revealed Iran had tested designs normally used to make a nuclear weapon. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said EU foreign ministers are likely to agree soon on extra sanctions, including an oil embargo and a freeze on the assets of Iran's central bank. (Arutz-7)

SAUDI ARABIA SAYS ALL AVAILABLE OPTIONS ARE OPEN ON IRAN: Saudi Arabia says it is ready to go to war to defend its interests. Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal told delegates at a Gulf Cooperation Council conference that his country will use "all available options" to defend itself against Iranian "threats" that might trigger "unwanted military confrontation."  His comments to the conference in Bahrain days ago came after Tehran demanded Saudi Arabia rethink its offer to make up for any oil lost to world markets as a result of threatened curbs on Iranian exports. "Any threat to our interests or security will force us to use all available options to defend our interests, and national and regional security," Faisal said. "The mounting escalation and persistent tensions might end up in an adventure with unpredictable consequences or in an unwanted military confrontation."  Meanwhile, US intelligence agencies are closely watching Saudi Arabia for indications the kingdom will seek to develop nuclear weapons. One key warning sign was the cooperation agreement recently signed by China and Saudi Arabia to seek joint development of "atomic energy for peaceful purposes, which will help to meet the kingdom's rising demand for energy." The administration's argument against Iran's reason for developing nuclear energy - that Tehran has enough oil to produce electrical power for a century - also would apply to Saudi Arabia, which holds some of the largest oil reserves in the world. China has in the past supplied Saudi Arabia with 36 DF-3 medium-range ballistic missiles that are considered nuclear-capable systems. (INN/Washington Times)

POLL: NEARLY HALF OF PALESTINIANS WILL NEVER RECOGNIZE ISRAEL: A recent poll shows nearly half of all Palestinians will never recognize Israel's right to exist as the national homeland of the Jewish people, even if a comprehensive peace agreement that meets all Arab demands is achieved. Conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, the poll asked: "There is a proposal that after the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and the settlement of all issues in dispute, including the refugees and Jerusalem issues, there will be a mutual recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people and Palestine as the state of the Palestinians people. Do you agree or disagree to this proposal?"  While just over 50% said they would agree to such an outcome, 46.8% said they will never recognize Israel under those terms. The results of the poll demonstrate the effects of over a decade of Palestinian Authority school education and media propaganda that has portrayed Israel as a usurper. It is only natural those most fully indoctrinated would never be able to view Israel as anything but an enemy, even with a full peace treaty. That is the reason the original "Oslo Accords" stipulated both sides must educate their people for peace and coexistence. The PA has instead used millions of dollars in foreign aid to do the opposite, as revealed time and again by organizations like Palestinian Media Watch. (Israel Today/ Ryan Jones) “The ruthless will vanish, the mockers will disappear, all who have an eye for evil will be cut down.” Isa 29:20

NETANYAHU HEADED TO CYPRUS TO BOOST COOPERATION ON OFFSHORE DRILLING: Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Cyprus on February 16 in what a Foreign Ministry source says is the first-ever visit by an Israeli prime minister to the island country. Netanyahu hopes to increase cooperation with Cyprus in underwater drilling for natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as security cooperation in the wake of the crisis in Israel's relations with Turkey and the instability of Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime. The Israeli premier's visit comes after dramatically closer relations between the two countries over the past two years against the backdrop of the severe crisis in relations between Israel and Turkey. (Ha’aretz) “The islands will look to Me and wait in hope for My arm.” Isa 51:5


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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