Israel Update

March 29, 2012


“My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.” Ps 62:7
ISRAEL SEVERS TIES WITH UNHRC: A senior diplomatic source said Monday that Israel’s Foreign Ministry management has decided to sever its ties with the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The decision was reached after the UNHRC decided to appoint a committee of inquiry to look into construction of Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria. The decision stems from a series of unilateral maneuvers the "Palestinians" are trying to lead against Israel. According to Monday's decision, Israel's UN Ambassador, Ron Prosor, will not appear before the Council and will not reply to requests by the UNHRC for materials and for the coordination of visits in Israel. The source added that while thousands are being murdered in Syria and a terrorist massacre takes place in France, the UNHRC lends equal importance to construction in Judea and Samaria. A number of Israel’s leaders have, in fact, voiced their disgust and indignation at what amounts to blatant anti-Israel bias on the part of the UN Human Rights Council. (Ha’aretz/INN) "He shakes the nations in the sieve of destruction." Isa 30:28

PENTAGON TO SEEK ADDITIONAL IRON DOME FUNDING: The Pentagon will approach Congress to enlarge the amount of aid the United States awards Israel toward the production of the Iron Dome anti-missile systems, a US official said Tuesday. While the Iron Dome Support Act is still in initial stages of the legislation process, it has already won support from both parties. In a statement released by the Pentagon on Tuesday, spokesman George Little said that "supporting the security of the State of Israel is a top priority of President Obama and Secretary Panetta." Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the decision was "another indication of the depth of the security relationship between the US and Israel and a badge of honor to the Israeli security industries which developed the Iron Dome." (Ha’aretz)

TURKEY CLOSES SYRIAN EMBASSY; DEATH TOLL AT 10,000: International pressure is increasing on Syrian President Bashar Assad as Turkey shuts down its Damascus embassy and Russia warns Syria it faces civil war. The Syrian army shelled the opposition stronghold of Homs for the seventh straight day Monday. Syrian opposition leaders said later they have the names of 10,000 people who have been killed in the year long opposition. Sustained by its ability to survive in the face of Assad’s crushing military machine and by US readiness to provide non-military aid, the opposition factions for the first time showed signs of unifying in a planned “Friends of Syria” meeting in Turkey next week. The meeting in Istanbul highlights Turkish PM Recep Erdogan’s reversal from what had been an escalating alliance with Iran and Syria. Turkey said it is closing its embassy in Damascus because of the dangerous security situation and as a strong message to the Syrian dictator. Russia’s warning that Assad is facing civil war leaves him with Iran as his only major supporter. (INN)

JEWISH STUDENT ATTACKED IN PARIS: A 12-year-old student at the Otzar Hatorah school in Paris was assaulted Tuesday near the school building. His attackers shouted antisemitic slurs and hit him, leaving him with light injuries. The attack took place 100 meters from the entrance to the school, out of sight of security guards. (Arutz-7) Mere days ago, terrorist Mohamed Merah opened fire at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France killing four people - three of whom were children. Pakistani intelligence officials said Saturday that dozens of French Muslims have been training with the Taliban in northwest Pakistan, amid suspicions that terrorist Mohamed Merah had participated in the group. Further antisemitic violence took place Saturday when more than 30 Jewish graves were desecrated in a cemetery in Nice, France. Pray against this violent upsurge of attacks against French Jews and for the comforting of victims and their families who have been murdered or injured.

FRENCH-ISRAELI JOURNALIST CALLS ON PARIS TO REIN IN MUSLIMS: Toulouse-born Avraham Azoulai, editor-in-chief of Le P'tit Hebdo, a publication that caters to French speaking Jews worldwide, this week called upon the French government to crack down on Muslim violence and on the French media to stop demonizing Israel.  He charged the French press with increasing antisemitism in the country by tolerating the publication of anti-Israeli incitement. Azoulai emphasized that his friends in France and their children live in fear. He also had a message for the French government, calling on it to rein in the Muslim clans. A small percentage of the Muslims in France are "very violent" and the rest are influenced by the media, he explained. "They cannot hurt the IDF and Israel so instead of getting revenge on Israel, they go for the Jews who cannot do anything." (INN)

INCREASING NUMBERS OF FRENCH JEWS MAKE PLANS TO MOVE TO ISRAEL: More and more French Jews are buying homes in Israel, amid fears of rising antisemitism in France. Many complain of being harassed in public. Shortly after the attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, school principals in the city walked into classrooms and requested the Jewish pupils to come forward. "We ask you to leave the class and join the other Jewish children, who are in a locked and safe location." It was intended as a precaution but also highlights the degree to which Jews in France feel that they are a threatened and increasingly excluded minority. (Der Spiegel) Pray that many French Jews will solidify their decisions to make aliyah to Israel.

ISRAELI FLAG BURNED, DIPLOMAT RUSHED OUT OF MOROCCO: Thousands of protesters marched in the Moroccan capital of Rabat on Monday, torching Israeli flags and protesting the presence of diplomat David Saranga. The Israeli official was in town to attend a meeting at the Moroccan parliament. However, when protesters stormed the site he was escorted out a side door of the building. Saranga was then swiftly placed in a car and taken to the airport under heavy security. The country's ruling party had publicly boycotted the meeting, whipping lawmakers and the populace into a frenzy of hate. Israel's leadership has been preparing for the possibility it may need to evacuate Jewish residents of neighboring Arab nations to safety. This likelihood increases in the wake of escalating anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiment in some of those countries. This development results from the past year's Arab Spring uprisings, during which numerous secular governments - albeit dictatorships - were replaced with Islamist regimes. (INN)

INTERPOL ISSUES RED NOTICES FOR SUSPECTS IN DELHI ATTACK: INTERPOL, acting on a request from India's Central Bureau of Investigation, has issued Red Notices for four suspects wanted in connection with the February 13 bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat’s car in New Delhi. Details of the suspects, all of whom are wanted for terrorism and related offenses including criminal conspiracy and attempted murder, have been transmitted to INTERPOL’s 190-member countries. The attack left the 42-year-old wife of a member of the diplomatic staff with serious injuries and also wounded her driver and two bystanders. Israel has accused Iran of orchestrating the New Delhi plot, in addition to other failed terrorist attempts that took place last month. INTERPOL Red Notices communicate to the world’s police that a suspect is wanted by a member country and request the offender be placed under provisional arrest pending extradition. (Arutz-7)

ISLAMISTS PLOTTING AGAINST GULF: Dubai's police chief said this week that Islamist forces that gained power in the Arab Spring are "plotting to take over" Gulf states. Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan singled out the Muslim Brotherhood, saying the group has a specific plan to take over Gulf regimes by 2016. "My sources say the next step is to make Gulf governments figurehead bodies only without actual ruling. The start will be in Kuwait in 2013." General Khalfan said that he based his information on "leaks" from Western intelligence agencies. Islamists made an impressive show in a February 2 election in Kuwait, securing more than 20 seats in the 50-member parliament. Dubai is the principal city of the United Arab Emirates, one of the six West-leaning Arab monarchies that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council. GCC nations have sought to stave off the rising tide of populist Islam that threatens the rule by their royal houses, and have charged Iran with stirring up unrest. The Muslim Brotherhood is a major power player in Egypt and Jordan, two nations the GCC has eyed for membership as it moves towards a joint diplomatic and military union. (INN) “You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.” Isa 62: 6-7

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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