Israel Update

March 22, 2012


“He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” Ps 147: 3

TOULOUSE SHOOTING VICTIMS BURIED IN JERUSALEM: Thousands of mourners attended the funeral in Jerusalem on Wednesday of the victims in the shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, earlier this week. A French military plane carrying the bodies of Rabbi Yonatan Sandler, his two children Aryeh, six, and Gavriel, three, and eight-year-old Miriam Monsonego arrived in Israel early Wednesday morning accompanied by French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe. Juppe declared that attacks on Jews in France are attacks on all of its citizens. Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin labeled those who carry out such acts as wild animals. He said, "At the graves of our young children, Aryeh, Gavriel and Miriam, we will repeat that the State of Israel has the obligation to ensure Jews can live anywhere in the world - that Jews around the world are able to study, protected and safe." (J. Post/Ha'aretz) “My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Ps 73:26

FRENCH POLICE EXCHANGE FIRE WITH TERRORIST SUSPECTED IN TOULOUSE SHOOTING: May family and friends of victims in this brutal terrorist attack know God’s comfort in the face of such tragedy. Pray for the apprehension of the murderer and for the protection of the French Jewish community.

POLICE RENEW CONTACT WITH TOULOUSE TERRORIST: Police have re-establish contact with a terrorist suspected of murdering three Jewish children and a rabbi on Monday, and three French soldiers last week. Throughout Wednesday morning, the suspected killer, 23-year-old Mohammed Merah, spoke with police surrounding his building but is alleged to have cut off contact in the early afternoon. The building in which Merah's apartment is located has been evacuated, as have all the surrounding buildings in the area. When at first police attempted to arrest the suspect, he attacked and wounded three of the officers. Merah, a Muslim, is believed to belong to the Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride) organization, a group recently outlawed for its support of terrorism. The suspect confessed to police that he carried out the murders in response to French military actions, and as retaliation for Israeli operations in Gaza. He further boasted to police negotiators that he has no regrets beyond having run out of time for more murders. (INN)

ANTISEMITISM IN EUROPE ON THE RISE: Antisemitic attitudes in ten European countries remain at “disturbingly high levels,” according to a new poll from the Anti-Defamation League, released Tuesday. In France, where on Monday a shooting at a Jewish school resulted in the death of three children and a teacher, the overall level of antisemitism increased to 24% of the population, up from to 20% in 2009. (Ha’aretz)

ISRAEL WILL KNOW BEFORE IRAN BEGINS PRODUCING NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Discussions between Iran and the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program will begin April 13, senior US and EU officials informed Israel on Tuesday. The talks are likely to take place in Geneva. Sources in Jerusalem estimate Israel will allow at least three months for discussions, until the oil embargo on Iran comes into full effect in the beginning of July. Meanwhile, former Mossad head, Meir Dagan, said he believes Israel will be aware when Iran moves to the stage of nuclear weapon production – for example, enriching uranium to a degree of 90%. Dagan said at that point Israel would have to attack the Iranian nuclear sites if the international community does not stop its program. He believes the Israeli Air Force has the capability to significantly damage Iran's nuclear sites, yet warned that such a strike will have serious repercussions. He emphasized that in case of an Israeli attack, hundreds of missiles will be launched at the Jewish state, together with barrages from Hezbollah in Lebanon and Iranian-linked organizations in Gaza. (Ha’aretz)

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR QUITS EGYPT OVER GAZA: Israel's ambassador to Egypt has quit Cairo, six months after the embassy was attacked by rioters and ransacked in the Egyptian capital. Officials at the Egyptian airport said Wednesday that two IDF aircraft departed Cairo before dawn, carrying all of the equipment and documents that had been in the embassy. During the September 2011 attack, Egyptian leaders did not respond to Israeli requests for assistance until the US stepped in with a personal phone call from President Barack Obama, pointedly asking its military to intervene. Even so, Israeli staff members barely escaped with their lives, and the embassy has since been unable to secure new quarters. Last week the Egyptian parliament, currently controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood, demanded that Israel's envoy be expelled in response to the IDF's defense of southern Israel against rocket attacks from Gaza. (INN) The Brotherhood refuses to commit to continuing the Israel-Egypt peace treaty. According to former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide, Muhammad Akef, "as far as the movement is concerned, Israel is a Zionist entity occupying holy Arab and Islamic lands...and we will get rid of it no matter how long it takes." The Brotherhood assassinated Anwar Sadat in 1981 for making peace with the hated "Zionist entity." Hamas is a "wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, “according to the Hamas Charter, Chapter 2. The Charter calls for the murder of Jews, the "obliteration" of Israel and its replacement with an Islamist theocracy.

HAMAS BLOCKADES ITSELF:  The Hamas terrorist group has refused to accept fuel from Israel and now is coping with a deepening economic crisis by offering free lifts to workers. The de facto Hamas government in Gaza ordered civil servants to offer rides to people during daytime work hours in order to survive the self-imposed lack of fuel. Hamas ministers said the shortage of petrol is due to the alleged Israeli blockade, which has in fact been lifted on all materials not used for terrorist activities, but the local administration has refused Israel’s offers to continue fuel shipments. In the meantime, Hamas remains dependent on Egypt, which is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Hamas is an offspring. Interestingly enough those who benefit most from the fuel shortage are the tunnel smuggling industries and Hamas, which imposes heavy taxes on fuel and merchandise brought into Gaza from Egypt via the tunnels. (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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