Israel Update

March 1, 2012


 “The fruit of righteousness will be peace. The effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.” Isa 32:17

NETANYAHU WARNS THAT A NUCLEAR IRAN WOULD CHOKE WORLD ECONOMY: PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday warned that a nuclear-armed Iran would exercise de facto control of the major Gulf oil producers and choke the global economy. “Everyone needs to understand that if we’re worried today about rising oil prices we shall be far more worried if Iran gains control over the energy centers in the Persian Gulf. Iran would be able to dictate far higher oil prices and, by so doing, choke the world economy,” said Netanyahu. He added that anyone who is interested in stopping the manipulative use of oil production and its influence on world markets must also enlist to stop Iran's nuclear race. His comments come amid world concern over spiking oil prices due to Iran's ability to negatively impact energy markets. (INN)

NETANYAHU WILL URGE OBAMA TO PUBLICLY BACK ATTACK ON IRAN: PM Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to publicly harden his line against Iran during a meeting with US President Barack Obama in Washington on March 5. Israel wants Obama to make further-reaching declarations than the vague assertion that “all options are on the table.” In particular, Netanyahu wants Obama to state unequivocally that the US is preparing for a military operation in the event that Iran crosses certain red lines. Israel feels this will increase pressure on Iran by making clear that there exists a real US threat. Officials in both Jerusalem and Washington acknowledge a serious lack of trust between Israel and the US with regard to the issue of a possible strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. Intensive preparations are underway to guarantee the success of meetings between Netanyahu and Obama and to bridge this lack of trust. (Ha’aretz) Continue to pray for the March 5 meeting between Netanyahu and Obama. The West must wake up to the impending danger of Iran to the Jewish state and to the entire world.

REPUBLICAN WEST WARNS OF HOLOCAUST: Representative Allen West, a Republican from the state of Florida, warned this week that Israel could become the site of a “second Holocaust” if the US does not take further actions to protect the Jewish state against Iran. “There will be no spiritual homeland for Christians to return to if that Holocaust does occur,” said West. “There will be no homeland for the Jewish people in the United States for their birthright. This is a dangerous situation and we have to take the Iranians for their word,” he continued. West has been among the most vocal pro-Israel supporters in Congress. He has in the past expressed disapproval at President Obama for calling for a two-state solution, saying that the US cannot negotiate with the Palestinian Authority. West has criticized Obama for not standing for Israel or the Jewish people. "Obama should focus on the real obstacle to security; the Palestinian leadership and its goal to eliminate Israel and the Jewish people," West said. (INN)

TOP US GENERAL GRILLED ON IRAN STRIKE: For the second time in two weeks, US Sen. Lindsey Graham took aim at US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, over deteriorating relations with Israel. On Tuesday Dempsey told a Senate panel he did not counsel Israel against attacking Iran over its nuclear program. “We had a conversation with them about the issue of time,” Dempsey said, referring to his visit to Israel a month ago. Asked pointedly by Graham if a military strike by the US was off the table, Dempsey responded, “Absolutely not.” He stressed the danger of nuclear weapons reaching terrorist groups and the beginning of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East involving countries threatened by Iran. Earlier this month, Dempsey stated that an Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities would be imprudent, destabilizing and would not achieve Israel’s long-term objectives. Those comments led Israeli PM Netanyahu to charge Dempsey with being “unwilling to aid Israel” in ensuring that Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons. Netanyahu said Dempsey’s comments “served Iran.” Within hours Graham and fellow Senator John McCain, who had just met with Netanyahu, took Dempsey to task. Both senators made strong stands for Israel’s right to defend itself in the face of the Iranian nuclear threat. (INN)

UN: ASSAD’S CRACKDOWN HAS KILLED WELL OVER 7,500 PEOPLE: A senior UN official says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's deadly crackdown on an opposition uprising has killed “well over 7,500” people. UN political chief Lynn Pascoe said Tuesday she has credible reports from Syria of more than 100 civilians being killed every day, including many women and children. Pascoe also said the Syrian conflict has sent 25,000 refugees into neighboring countries and caused 100,000 to 200,000 people to become internally displaced. UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said a humanitarian cease-fire must be declared in Syria immediately to stop serious rights abuses by security forces against civilians. She made the plea at a UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. Syrian envoy Faysal Khabbaz Hamoui walked out of the session in protest. Syrian rights activists said government troops killed at least 41 civilians on Tuesday in opposition hubs throughout Syria. They also said the Syrian military sent troops and tanks from its elite Fourth Division into the streets of Homs in apparent preparation for a final assault on the rebel-held Baba Amr district. (Google News) “Their brave men cry aloud in the streets. The envoys of peace weep bitterly.” Isa 33:7

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY PONDERS NEW UPRISING AGAINST ISRAEL: Senior Palestinian official, Hana Amira, said Monday that the PA is weighing whether to continue its security and economic cooperation with Israel or instead spark a “popular uprising against the Israeli occupation.” The PA will also explore the possibility of again approaching the UN Security Council and General Assembly to obtain some form of official recognition as a state. PA President Mahmoud Abbas says he intends to contact PM Netanyahu to ask for clarifications of Israel's positions on a variety of issues. If the answers are not satisfactory, they plan to return to the UN bodies. Last Friday, Abbas told an Egyptian television station that he planned to make “a dramatic announcement” within 10 days, given that the diplomatic talks with Israel had failed. (Ha’aretz) The Palestinian Authority - a reformed terrorist group in the eyes of the world - and Israel’s so called “peace partner,” could well be described as the proverbial “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” While PA leaders have unceasingly put impossible demands on the state of Israel in return for a false peace they have not been willing at any point to make even a single small concession to those irrational mandates as a gesture of cooperation or good will. When Israel refuses to endanger its borders, its people and their communities the PA, like a spoiled child, threatens to resort to violence or manipulation of the UN, or to use other unsavory methods to get its way.

PALESTINIANS PROTEST ISRAELI MEDICAL VISIT: A recent tour of the Palestine Medical Compound in Ramallah by Israeli physicians, who were accompanied by PA Health Minister Fathi Abu Mughli, has triggered a wave of protests. Workers at the medical compound accused the PA of engaging in “normalization” with Israel. Abu Mughli responded that his ministry did not object to such visits and noted that Palestinian patients were being transferred to Israeli hospitals on a regular basis. (J Post)

NEW WINTER FRONT MAKES ITS WAY TO ISRAEL: Snow was the prediction for Wednesday night for Mount Hermon and peaks in the Galilee, and possibly for high elevations in central Israel, including Jerusalem. The wintry conditions will persist until Saturday. Earlier in February, snowfall in the northern Golan caused the temporary closure of some area roads and a number of schools. The precipitations brought a significant, 16-centimeter rise in the level of Lake Kinneret. Israel’s seemingly harsh weather conditions this winter are actually the welcome answers to many prayers. The abundant snow and rain are bringing much needed relief to seven years of drought. Keep praying.

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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