Israel Update

March 26, 2012


“The Lord has a day of vengeance, a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause.” Isa 34:8

IRAN PLANNED TO BOMB ISRAELI SHIP IN SUEZ CANAL: An Egyptian press report revealed Saturday that two Egyptians were recently arrested and investigated for allegedly planning an attack on an Israeli ship in the Suez Canal. The questioning of the two found they had received their instructions from Iranian agents and had asked a third person to carry out the act in exchange for 50 million Egyptian pounds. The assault was said to involve launching a missile at ships from a farm bordering the canal. Israeli authorities have warned that Iran is setting up terror infrastructures on Egyptian soil to ready the ground for an operation. A high-ranking official in Jerusalem recently confirmed Iranian military experts have been active in Sinai and the Gaza Strip. "Several terror groups are now at large in Sinai," the source explained. He included local Bedouins, who are adopting the ideology of the Global Jihad - groups supported by Iran, who are trying to recruit and train terrorists not only in Sinai but throughout Egypt - and Palestinian organizations. "Joining them are Global Jihad organizations from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia," said the official. He explained that many Palestinian organizations use the Sinai Peninsula as a convenient area for activity and warned that Libya has meanwhile been transformed into a huge arms depot, from which weapons are transferred to Egypt and then the Gaza Strip. (Ha’aretz/INN) This is a perilous development for the Jewish state. Such disclosures also add to mounting evidence that Iran is backing Jihad organizations worldwide. Pray these clandestine terrorist enclaves will be exposed and disbanded. Pray those who deal in arms smuggling and plan murderous attacks will be averted and brought to justice.

DOZENS OF FRENCH MUSLIMS TRAINING WITH TALIBAN, PAKISTAN OFFICIALS SAY: Pakistani intelligence officials said Saturday that dozens of French Muslims have been training with the Taliban in northwest Pakistan, amid suspicions that Toulouse shootings perpetrator Mohamed Merah participated in the group. Merah opened fire at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France last Monday killing four people, three of them children. The officials said Saturday they were investigating whether Merah had been trained alongside the other French Muslims. Merah traveled to Pakistan in 2011 and said he trained with al-Qaida in Waziristan. He was killed following an exchange of gunfire with police on Thursday, during a raid on his house. Police had besieged his house for 32-hours in an attempt to arrest him. (Ha’aretz)

JEWISH GRAVES DESECRATED IN NICE, FRANCE: More than 30 Jewish graves were desecrated Saturday in a cemetery in Nice, France. Stars of David were torn off of memorial candles attached to the graves as the vandalism was confined to the Jewish portion of the cemetery. Nice's mayor said the incident should not be taken lightly. “Turn, O Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.” Ps 6:4

NETANYAHU CONDEMNS UN DECISION TO PROBE SETTLEMENTS: The UN Human Rights Council launched an international investigation on Thursday into Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories at the initiative of the Palestinian Authority. The forum voted to open a probe with 36 states in favor, including China and Russia and one against (the US). Ten members abstained, including EU members Italy and Spain. Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu responded Thursday by saying, "This is a hypocritical council with an automatic majority against Israel. This council ought to be ashamed of itself. Until today, the council has made 91 decisions, 39 of which dealt with Israel, three with Syria and one with Iran." MK Ze'ev Bielski of Kadima countered the forum vote by saying, "The Council has no connection whatsoever with human rights and is a disgrace to the international body. The absurd fact is that Syria is killing tens of civilians each day while the Council chooses to condemn Israel and not Syria." On Friday Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he may recall the Israeli ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council and cut ties with the body over the decision. (AP/INN)

SYRIA: 38 DEAD IN STREET BATTLES: Thirty eight people were killed by security forces across Syria on Saturday, al-Arabiya reported, citing witnesses. According to the reports, three women, two children and three civilians, who were tortured, were among the victims. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian troops backed by 26 tanks stormed the northwestern town of Saraqeb on Saturday in the latest of a series of pushes by regime forces into rebel-held areas. Tens of thousands of Syrians, including women and children, have been killed, incarcerated, tortured and displaced by those defending Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime against the uprising that mid-March entered into its second year. (Ynet)

EU IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON ASSAD’S WIFE, RELATIVES: EU foreign ministers imposed sanctions Friday on Asma Assad, the British-born wife of the Syrian president, banning her from traveling to EU countries and freezing any assets she may have there. The foreign ministers imposed the same sanctions on Assad's mother, sister and sister-in-law, and eight government ministers, in a continuing attempt to stop the bloody crackdown on opposition in the country. In thousands of personal e-mails intercepted by the Syrian opposition and published in newspapers earlier this month, Mrs. Assad demonstrated a love of expensive furniture, fine jewelry and Christian Louboutin shoes. In one email she was reported to have ordered $46,300 worth of furniture and candlesticks from a Paris boutique. "We had a certain number of indications - I am sure it has not escaped you - how the wife of President Assad uses her money. It is perhaps this that pushed us to toughen the sanctions," French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said. (Bloomberg)

HUNDREDS PROTEST IN JORDAN: Hundreds of Jordanians demonstrated on Friday against what they charged was “procrastination” on reform in the country. Demonstrators marched in central Amman, waving national and Muslim Brotherhood flags. A spokesman for Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, Jamil Abu Baker, said, “Procrastinating on reform will not help the regime and will not help the nation.” He warned that protests will not stop, even if they take years, until the people feel real changes are introduced. Jordan has seen relatively small but persistent Arab Spring-inspired demonstrations almost every week since January of 2011. Jordan’s King Abdullah II has promised Jordanians some reforms, but those have been slow in being implemented. Middle East expert Dr. Assaf David of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University has said even if King Abdullah is not overthrown, he is losing the public’s support and his decision-making ability is gradually being reduced. (INN) The Muslim Brotherhood organization attempts to portray itself as a moderate agent, assisting democracy. At its core it is anything but. The Muslim Brotherhood’s motto is, "Allah is our objective. The Qur`an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu akbar!" The Brotherhood`s goal is to turn the world into an Islamist empire. Founded in Egypt in 1928, it is a revolutionary fundamentalist movement keen to establish strict shariah (Islamist) law in Muslim lands and, ultimately, the world. Today, it has chapters in 80 countries. The Muslim Brotherhood, Father of all terrorist organizations, has recently gained a strong foothold in Egyptian politics. In both Egypt and Jordan it has called for the dissolution of peace treaties with Israel. Pray this wolf in sheep’s clothing does not obtain sovereignty in Jordan as it has in Egypt.

ISRAEL TRANSFERS FUEL TO GAZA POWER PLANT: Israel on Friday transferred 450,000 liters of diesel fuel to Gaza to alleviate a grave fuel shortage. Palestinian sources noted that for the first time the Palestinian Authority would pay for the fuel supply, following a decision made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. In recent years the ruling Gaza Strip terrorist organization, Hamas, has received diesel fuel through smuggling tunnels from Egypt, but Egypt has put a stop to this in recent months. (Ynet)

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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