Israel Update

May 7, 2012

“O Lord, you took up my case; you redeemed my life. You have seen, O Lord, the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause.” Lam 3:58-59

THOUSANDS IN JORDAN CALL FOR END OF PEACE TREATY WITH ISRAEL: Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets Friday demanding an end to the country's 18-year-old Wadi Araba peace treaty with Israel. In a series of nationwide protests, leftist and Islamist activists urged Amman to cut ties with Israel, burning Israeli flags and chanting "death, death to Israel," and "the people want an end to Wadi Araba." Protesters rallied in seven cities across the country, urging authorities to expel the Israeli ambassador from Amman, chanting "no to a Zionist embassy on our land." Protest organizers, including the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and youth movements, said the demonstrations came as a direct response to King Abdullah's recent nomination of PM Fayez Tarawneh, who served as a key figure in the 1994 Jordan-Israel peace process. (Ha’aretz) The Muslim Brotherhood, father of all terrorist organizations, is pushing for supremacy in Jordan as well as Egypt. In both countries this terrorist entity has called for the dissolution of peace treaties with Israel. The Brotherhood assassinated Anwar Sadat of Egypt in 1981 for making peace with the hated "Zionist entity." It glorified Osama bin Laden and mourned his death. Hamas is a "wing of the Muslim Brotherhood," according to the Hamas Charter. The Charter calls for the murder of Jews, the "obliteration" of Israel and its replacement with an Islamist theocracy."

IRAN COULD SEEK SHORT BUILD TIME FOR BOMB: Iran's nuclear strategy could eventually allow it to build an atomic bomb with just 60 days' notice, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Friday. His remarks elaborate on long-held Israeli concerns that Iran is playing for time even as it engages world powers in negotiations aimed at curbing its uranium enrichment drive. Talks are due to resume in Baghdad on May 23. "They are currently trying to achieve immunity for the nuclear program," Barak said. "If they arrive at military nuclear capability, at a weapon, or a demonstrated capability, or a threshold status in which they could manufacture a bomb within 60 days - they will achieve a different kind of immunity - regime immunity."  Barak has said Iran is holding off until it can dig in behind defenses sufficient to withstand threatened Israeli or US air strikes on its nuclear facilities. Israeli leaders believe the diplomatic drive, which involves the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, has a low chance of success. They suggest Iran's rulers seek an atomic bomb as insurance against outside intervention. (Reuters)

ISRAEL OBTAINS FOURTH SUBMARINE: Israel on Thursday received its fourth German-made submarine capable of launching nuclear warheads, expanding a fleet that experts say could be used in an attack on Iran. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the submarine would increase Israel's capabilities and strength in the face of the growing regional challenges. The new sub, called "Tanin" (alligator), will be put into operation in 2013. The boat is equipped to carry Israel-made cruise missiles with a range of 1,500 km. It has the means to transport nuclear warheads, giving Israel "second-strike" abilities in case of a nuclear attack. Israel has ordered two more submarines from Germany. (Ha'aretz)

OXFAM NAMES SYRIA, IRAN AS MAJOR ARMS EMBARGO VIOLATORS: A new report by Oxfam International names Iran and Syria as major violators of arms embargoes over the last decade. The report indicates that more than $2.2 billion in arms and ammunition has since 2000 been imported to countries under arms sanctions. According to the figures, Syria imported $167 million worth of air defense systems and missiles and $1 million worth of small arms in 2010 in violation of weapons embargoes on the country. Some of these munitions have played a role in the Assad regime’s crackdown on Syrian protesters. In addition, the report found Iran traded $574 million in weapons from 2007-2010. Their success in tapping the international arms market showed the ineffectiveness of current restrictions, said Anna MacDonald, the Control Arms campaigns manager for Oxfam. Russia and China, who prevented the UN from imposing comprehensive weapons restrictions, have been the principal suppliers. (JTA) “The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks in them will know peace.” Isa 59:8

THE NEW EGYPTIAN PLAGUE: Since the Egyptian Revolution more than a year ago, there has been a complete breakdown of law and order in the Sinai Peninsula, and Islamic terrorists from Egypt and Gaza have filled the vacuum. The natural gas pipeline from Egypt to Israel has been blown up 14 times. On the eve of Passover, celebrated last month, several rockets were fired across the border from Sinai into Israel’s Red Sea resort of Eilat, as the city prepared to host thousands of visitors for the holiday. A number of terror groups are active in Sinai, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad and al-Qaeda, and they are planning cross-border attacks. This poses a dilemma for Israel because it cannot freely operate in Sinai, as it would in neighboring Gaza, for fear of further harming the already fragile peace treaty with Egypt. The Sinai is a haven for drug smuggling, human trafficking, gun running, and extremists of all types. Days ago, the IDF mobilized six reserve battalions as a precautionary measure given the potential for instability in Syria and Egypt. (Council on Foreign Relations/Israel Today) Much focused prayer is needed for the restoration of law and order in the Sinai Peninsula. Pray terrorist attacks against Israel stemming from this area will be circumvented.

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD GROUP WORKING TO RE-ELECT BARACK OBAMA: A Muslim Brotherhood front group, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) will hold a pro-shariah conference in Tampa, Florida on May 11-13, 2012. ISNA is a cultural jihad organization that has been designated as an “un-indicted co-conspirator” in the federal terrorism financing case called – Holy Land Foundation Trial. Presently, the Muslim Brotherhood is actively working to get President Obama re-elected. Patriotic Americans in Florida have called upon fellow citizens to join with them as they stand against this jihad terrorist group with a polished political veneer. (Jihad Alert) The Muslim Brotherhood, now honored guests at the White House, and well padded with $1.5 billion in US taxpayer dollars recently given them by Barack Hussein Obama, will be using that money to help to re-elect Obama who has assured them he will green light a Palestinian state in his second term. Obama shelled out this money to the father of all terrorist groups despite the US Congress resolving to block these funds! Wake up, America!

US MUSLIM POPULATION NEARLY TRIPLES IN A DECADE: A census of American religions released last week showed the Muslim community in the US has grown in the past decade. According to a study carried out by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, the number of Muslims in America rose to 2.6 million in 2010 from 1 million in 2000, fueled by immigration and conversions. Muslims now outnumber Jews in many parts of the American South and Midwest. (INN)

HOLOCAUST-ERA ANNOUNCEMENT PRANK ON BELGIAN TRAIN: SNCB, the Belgian national railroad, says it fired an employee who came on the loudspeaker of a train from Brussels to Namur Thursday afternoon and said, "Welcome to the train to Auschwitz. All Jews are asked to get off at Buchenwald." The compartment where the microphone was located was empty when inspectors arrived. A short time later, another announcement was made apologizing for the "unsuccessful joke."  Many passengers reacted in shock and sent strong protests to railroad management. In announcing the dismissal of the employee, the railroad said it "strongly condemned" the act. (INN) The "Holocaust" refers to the period from January 30, 1933, when Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, to May 8, 1945 the end of the war in Europe. Millions of Jewish men, women and children were murdered by Hitler and his brutal cohorts during this time. While it is impossible to ascertain the exact number of Jewish victims six million is the round figure. Auschwitz concentration camp was a network of concentration and death camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. Buchenwald was a German Nazi concentration camp established near Weimar, Germany, in July 1937, one of the first and largest of the concentration camps on German soil. It was in holes such as these that Jewish victims were starved, tortured, subjected to slave labor, beatings, inhumane medical experiments and murdered in gas chambers by the millions. It is difficult to believe anyone could choose to joke about one of history’s darkest hours. Elderly Holocaust survivors in Israel suffer mental and physical torments to this day. Their children in many cases bear traumatic scars as a result of being raised by emotionally and physically shattered parents. Pray antisemitic violence and abuse across Europe will be averted and severely penalized.

METHODISTS VOTE AGAINST ENDING INVESTMENTS TIED TO ISRAEL: The United Methodist Church, the largest mainline Protestant denomination in the US, voted against two proposals last week to divest from companies such as Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola that provide equipment used by Israel in the territories. At the church's quadrennial convention in Tampa, after an impassioned debate and several votes, the delegates overwhelmingly passed a more neutral resolution calling for "positive" investment to encourage economic development "in Palestine."  More than 1,200 rabbis representing every stream of organized Judaism signed a letter to the delegates beseeching them to vote against divestment. They argued that the tactic "shamefully paints Israel as a pariah nation, solely responsible for frustrating peace." They warned a vote for divestment would damage the relationship between Jews and Christians. (NY Times)

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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