Israel Update

February 6, 2012


“‘At sight of the battle standard their commanders will panic,’ declares the Lord, whose fire is in Zion, whose furnace is in Jerusalem.” Isa 31:9

IDF INTELLIGENCE WARNS 200,000 MISSILES ARE AIMED AT ISRAEL: IDF Intelligence head, Aviv Kochavi, warned last week that Israel's enemies have 200,000 rockets and missiles pointed at the country and could reach all parts of Israel – even the ostensibly safe center of Tel Aviv. He said most of the missiles have a range of about 40 kilometers but thousands more have ranges of hundreds of kilometers, making every location in Israel vulnerable to attack. Missile warheads now contain hundreds of kilograms of explosives, not dozens, as in the past. Their firing precision and ability to hit specific targets is also greater, Kochavi said. The rockets are largely located in Lebanon and Syria, with a smaller amount in Gaza – and in Iran, as well, which has thousands of missiles that could reach Israel. “Every tenth house in Lebanon is now a weapons depot,” Kochavi said. According to the intelligence chief, Israel has lost the battle to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Tehran already has enough uranium for four atomic bombs, with over 100 kilos enriched to a level of 20% - more than enough for the one bomb. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has vowed he will “rid the world of the Zionist entity.” (INN)

PANETTA SAYS ISRAEL MAY ATTACK IRAN BY JUNE: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday there is a strong likelihood Israel will strike Iran in April, May or June - before Iran enters what Israel has described as a “zone of immunity” to begin building a nuclear bomb. The Jewish state has warned that beyond that zone the Iranian regime will be able to act to complete the program, with no effective disturbance, at time that is convenient for it. Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday that a military operation against Iran must be considered should sanctions on the Islamic Republic not prove fruitful. When asked what the chances are that Israel would go ahead with an attack, some officials estimated as high as 70%. As for the method of assault, many officials believe Israel will employ a multi-pronged attack, using its fighter bombers as well as its Jericho missile force. (Ha’aretz/Ynet)

UK IS IN RANGE OF IRAN’S MISSILES. DEPUTY PM CLEGG SAYS HE IS WORRIED: Iran is developing a missile with a 6,200-mile range capable of reaching Britain, it was disclosed on Friday. The rogue state’s new weapon could also deliver an attack as far away as America’s East Coast. Israel’s deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon made the chilling claim as his country’s military chiefs revealed Tehran had stockpiled enough enriched uranium to produce four nuclear warheads. Later Friday, UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was asked if he was concerned that Israel would attack Iran. He said that he was very worried there will be a military conflict and that “certain countries might take matters into their own hands.” Meanwhile, Israel’s deputy prime minister Moshe Ya’alon told a security conference that Iran was successfully building long-distance ballistic missiles. He said the weapons, with a range of 10,000km (6,200miles), were “aimed at America, not us” although a missile that could be fired such a distance could also strike Britain. (MailOnline) Notably missing from Mr. Clegg’s repeated anxious statements about “certain countries taking matters into their own hands,” is concern for the entity most likely to be hit first in the heat of Iran’s focused hatred; that being Israel.

IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER THREATENS ISRAEL, US: Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, threatened Israel on Friday, saying the Islamic Republic will help any nation or group that confronts the Jewish State. In remarks to worshippers during Friday prayers in Tehran, Khamenei said Iran would continue its nuclear program and warned that any military strike by the US would only make Iran stronger. He affirmed his country had provided assistance to terror groups Hizbullah and Hamas in their wars against the Jewish state. Khamenei said Israel was a “cancerous tumor that should be cut and will be cut,” and added that the US would suffer defeat and lose standing in the region if it decides to use military force to stop the country’s nuclear program. (INN)

AHMADINEJAD PLANS NEW WORLD ORDER: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday said that Iran and like-minded nations needed to “define the New World Order system.” During his speech, Ahmadinejad stressed that “justice-seeking nations should cooperate with each other to materialize this goal.” Tehran has campaigned to forge alliances not only with Russia, but Fidel Castro's Cuba, and Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Tehran is a major backer for terror groups seeking to destroy Israel and donates funds to Hamas, Hizbullah, Islamic Jihad, the PFLP, to name a few. Ahmadinejad also claimed international pressure on Damascus is due to “Syria supporting the regional resistance movement against Tel-Aviv,” rather than the brutal crackdown of President Bashar Assad that has claimed over 6,000 civilian lives. He made no effort to reconcile his claim with the fact that the Arab League nations, most of whom have been technically at war with Israel since 1948, are among those that have imposed sanctions on Syria. Should Assad fall, Tehran would lose a key ally in its own bid for regional hegemony. It would also be cut off from its terror-proxy Hizbullah in Lebanon. (Arutz-7)

UN TENTATIVELY BACKS A PLAN TO IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON SYRIA: Security Council ambassadors reached a shaky consensus on Thursday backing an Arab League plan for political change in Syria, after they dropped a specific reference to President Bashar Assad's ceding of power. Western and Arab ambassadors jettisoned calls for a voluntary arms embargo and sanctions. It was unclear whether the changes would be enough to persuade Russia, Syria's ally, to back the resolution. Damascus is one of Moscow's most important trading partners, with military contracts signed in past years worth $4 billion. Moscow is not convinced that the opposition in Syria would continue this partnership if it comes into power. “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.” I Tim 6:10

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH REPORTS SYRIAN FORCES TORTURE KIDS: Syrian forces have detained and tortured children as President Bashar Assad's regime tries to crush an 11-month-old uprising. Human Rights Watch said Friday, in a new report, that it has documented numbers of cases of children detained under “inhumane” conditions and tortured, as well as children shot in their homes or on the street. Lois Whitman, children's rights director, said Syrian security forces have killed, arrested, and tortured children in their homes, their schools, or on the streets. She said they have targeted children just as they have targeted adults. An adult former detainee told the rights group that some children were raped while in detention. (CBS) Pray for these children so brutally abused at the hands of their oppressors. Intercede for the protection and comfort of all children trapped in the ongoing Syrian upheavals.

US CHURCHES AGAINST THE JEWS: HEAVENLY INTIFADA: The United Methodist Church is the major mainline Protestant denomination in the US. During its General Conference in April, its leaders will discuss some divestment proposals targeting companies that profit from Israel’s so called “occupation,” such as Motorola, Caterpillar and Hewlett Packard. The Methodists boycott no other country, but they loudly proclaim a radical anti-Israel policy. The wealthiest US Church, the Presbyterian, will also vote the divestment proposal during its General Assembly in Pittsburgh. Last November, the Presbyterian Church held a conference in Louisville and it embraced the “Kairos Document,” which rejects the Jewish State and says that Israeli security policies are “a sin against God.” All five of the mainline denominations in the US - Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Lutheran and United Church of Christ - have debated and adopted policies intended to bring direct or indirect economic pressure on Israel. William van der Hoven, an Evangelical with extensive Mideast experience said as early as the 1970s that the PLO had hijacked the main churches.” Van der Hoven called it a new form of Intifada – “from Heaven.” (INN) “Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.” John 16:2

JEWISH SUPPORT FOR REPUBLICAN PARTY IS GROWING DRAMATICALLY: Jewish support for the Republican Party has grown dramatically since 2008 nationwide, a new analysis of survey data out from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press reveals. “The increase among Jews is greater than in the general public, and greater than the increase in any number of other religious groups,” said Alan Cooperman, associate director for research at Pew. Jews who support or lean Republican jumped from 20% in 2008 to 29% in 2011. And Jews who support or lean Democratic fell from 72% in 2008 to 65% in 2011. (Arutz-7)


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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