Israel Update

May 15, 2012

 “The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem; the earth and the heavens will tremble.
But the Lord will be a refuge for His people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.
Then you will know that I, the Lord your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill.
Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.” Joel 3: 16-17

VIOLENCE AS PALESTINIANS MARK “CATASTROPHE” OF ISRAEL’S FOUNDING: Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers on Tuesday as Palestinians marked the “Nakba” - meaning “catastrophe” in Arabic - their name for the founding of Israel 64 years ago. Thousands participated in violent demonstrations across the West Bank and Gaza Strip. During a protest at the Beitunia checkpoint, an IDF soldier and a border guard were injured by stones hurled at them. The day, however, was considerably less turbulent than last year when at least a dozen protesters intent on violence were killed by the Israeli military when trying to cross border fences from Syria and Lebanon into Israel. (Ynet/ABC)

IRAN SEES SUCCESS IN STALLING ON NUCLEAR ISSUE: As Iran starts a critical round of talks over its nuclear program, its negotiating team may be less interested in reaching a comprehensive settlement than in buying time and establishing the legitimacy of its enrichment program, Iranian officials said. Iranians say their carefully crafted policy has helped move the goal posts in their favor by making enrichment a reality that the West has been unable to stop - and may now be willing to accept. "We have managed to bypass the red lines the West created for us," said Hamidreza Taraghi, an adviser to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The West had said no to any enrichment, "but here we are, enriching as much as we need for our nuclear energy program," Taraghi said with a smile. Iran's envoys met on Monday with officials with the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna to discuss the agency's desire to inspect facilities that it suspects have been used to test explosives capable of detonating a nuclear charge, which Iran denies. (NY Times) Israel has been in the lead for months, with urgent warnings that Iran is simply manipulating global leaders and stalling for time with periodic pretenses of co-operation regarding its illegal nuclear enrichment program. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, it has continued to expand its nuclear capabilities with the likely intent of producing a nuclear weapon, placing the Jewish state in life threatening danger. This is truly the time for all intercessors who love Israel to meet together frequently to uphold the leaders and people of the Jewish state. Pray for wisdom and strategy to be given to those at the helm in government, security and the military to know how to deal with this catastrophic development.

DRAWING PROVING IRANIAN NUKE PROGRAM REVEALED: The Associated Press has obtained and published a graphic rendering of a pressure structure that lends great weight to the conviction Iran is developing a nuclear weapon. The drawing shows a cylindrical explosives containment chamber of the type needed for nuclear arms-related tests. Iran has neither confirmed nor denied the existence of such a chamber. The news agency received the image from "an official of a country tracking Iran's nuclear program who said the drawing proves the structure exists, despite Tehran's refusal to acknowledge it." Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Monday that "this diagram is part of the information known to all leading intelligence agencies in the free world for some time." He says the image reaffirms the need to halt Iran's nuclear capabilities. (AP/INN)

AHMADINEJAD SAYS ISRAEL IS NOTHING MORE THAN A MOSQUITO TO IRAN: Ahead of upcoming nuclear talks, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad downplayed the threat Israel poses to Iran, comparing it to an annoying bug. "Israel is nothing more than a mosquito which cannot see the broad horizon of the Iranian nation," he said.  Ahmadinejad added that "regional states" were being duped into buying billions in arms from "arrogant and imperial powers," driven in part by all the talk surrounding a potential war involving Iran and Israel. Ahmadinejad has long questioned the existence of the Holocaust and, months after taking office in October 2005, he participated in a lengthy protest called "World Without Zionism." He has repeatedly derided Israel. "With the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism," he said then. On Saturday, he predicted Israel could fall if regional powers cut ties - particularly by refusing to sell oil to Israelis. (CNN) “God will go before me and will let me gloat over those who slander me.” Ps 59:10

EGYPTIAN CANDIDATE THREATENS ISRAEL WITH IRANIAN AXIS: Israel may face a new Iranian-Egyptian threat if presidential candidate Hisham El-Bastawisi wins his bid to succeed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, whose ouster he encouraged. El-Bastawisi said days ago that building good relations with Iran would be one of his highest priorities. Israel already faces a northern “axis of evil” by the alliance between Iran, Syria and Lebanon. El-Bastawisi also vowed to revise the Camp David Accords to allow the army to increase an armed presence in the Sinai Peninsula. Regardless of the outcome of the Egyptian elections later this month, the new Cairo regime is bound to be more anti-Israel than it was under Mubarak. Muslim Brotherhood candidate Abdel Moneim Abul-Fotouh said in a televised debate that Israel is an “enemy country.” The other top candidate, former foreign minister and Arab League Chief Amr Moussa, said earlier this month, "The Camp David agreements do not exist anymore." (INN)

EU TIGHTENS SANCTIONS AGAINST SYRIA: Killings continued in Syria Monday as the European Union ratcheted up sanctions against Damascus in an effort to stop the slaughter. At the latest meeting of the EU foreign ministers in Brussels, the organization imposed a 15th round of sanctions against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 33 people were reported killed on Monday. Last Thursday, 55 people died and more than 370 were wounded in a set of massive bombing attacks in Damascus that Russia insisted was the work of the international al Qaeda terrorist organization. In direct defiance of most of its colleagues in the UN, Russia has stood by Syria and vowed to continue to supply the regime with what it called “defensive” arms. An estimated 10,000 civilians have died in the growing civil war that was sparked by last year's region-wide Arab Spring uprisings. (INN) Analysts say Russia has its reasons to maintain good relations with Syria. Russia is one of Syria's biggest arms suppliers.

PA ARAB WHO SOLD HEVRON PROPERTY TO JEWS IN LIFE-THREATENING DANGER: Israel’s Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara said Tuesday that there was a serious threat to the life of Muhammad Abu Shahala, the Palestinian Authority Arab who arranged the sale of property in Hevron to Jews. The PA intends to execute him because of a PA law which stipulates that a person who sells property to Jews will be put to death. “The PA's threats to execute Abu Shahala over the sale of Beit Hamachpelah in Hevron require Israel to intervene to save him,” Kara said at a meeting in the northern Israeli city of Akko. “We need to condition any peace negotiations with PA Chairman Abbas on the release of all PA Arabs related to this affair,” he added. Abu Shahala was arrested four months ago and was questioned about selling the Hevron house to Jews. He did not admit he had done so and was set free. Two months ago, he was arrested again and forced to confess to the sale. Following his confession he was placed in solitary confinement and has been subject to daily humiliations. The execution order against Abu Shahala awaits Abbas’ signature. Once signed by Abbas, the order will in essence be approved and the execution will be carried out. (INN) Pray for divine intervention and a miracle leading to the release of Muhammad Shahala.

ISRAEL LETS GAZA EXPORT CLOTHES AFTER A LONG BREAK: Israel allowed on Monday the export of Palestinian-made clothes from the Gaza Strip for the first time in at least five years. A truck carrying 2,000 pieces of mainly woolen sweaters were exported through the Israeli-controlled Kerem Shalom crossing towards an Israeli seaport en route to Britain. Gaza has been under tight embargoes by both Israel and Egypt since the Islamist terror group Hamas took control of the coastal enclave in 2007. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the biggest party in the new Egyptian parliament, has said it aims to open the border with Gaza to commerce - a shift that is hitting resistance from Egyptian authorities reluctant to change a longstanding policy. Former president Hosni Mubarak approved the Gaza blockade partly because of his own hostility towards Hamas, an ideological cousin of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization that was banned under his rule. (Arutz-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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