Israel Update

June 11, 2012

“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!
That your beloved may be delivered, give help by your right hand, and answer me.” Ps 108:5-6

FAR FEWER PALESTINIAN REFUGEES THAN CLAIMED: The Palestinian refugee phenomenon is unique in that, unlike past refugee situations, the number of Palestinian refugees is growing exponentially. Of the 600,000-750,000 Arabs displaced by the 1948 Israeli-Arab war, as few as 30,000 remain alive and nation-less today. And yet, the Palestinians somehow claim over five million refugees, with the support and blessing of the international community. This is because the UN decided years ago, against all previous norms, to allow the Palestinians to retain refugee status even if they became citizens of another nation, and to pass their refugee status on to their children. Also unique to the Palestinian refugees was the creation of a separate UN agency to aid their situation, an agency (UNRWA) that is in fact the largest of all UN agencies. UNRWA has a biennial budget of $1.2 billion. The United States is the principal donor, giving about $280 million to the agency every year. The US is not so happy about this situation, and has commissioned a study into the validity of "Palestinian refugee" status, a move that could have far-reaching consequences for the Middle East peace process. (Israel Today/Ryan Jones) When Israel was created in 1948, Arab states and Arab Palestinians attacked the Jewish community in Palestine and the Jewish state, vowing to "drive the Jews into the sea." They lost the war however, and some 600,000-750,000 Arab Palestinians at the behest of Arab leaders voluntarily fled the area that became Israel. Palestinian Arabs claim any peace agreement with the Jewish state must allow the descendants and families of these refugees, now numbering over five million to return to Israel. If Israel were to agree to this Jews would became a minority in their own state. Return of the refugees would put an end to the Jewish homeland.

ISRAELI SCIENTISTS BUILD BETTER CHEMOTHERAPY SYSTEM: Israeli scientists have discovered a more efficient, “healthier” way to target cancer cells with chemotherapy. Professor Daniel Wreschner at Tel Aviv University's Department of Cell Research and Immunology is developing antibodies that bind solely to the cancer cells. The proteins produced by the immune system to fight infection target the cancer cells by binding to a protein called MUC1. The antibodies can be used as an efficient means of delivering medication by depositing a parcel of toxins directly into the center of the diseased cells, Wreschner found. (Arutz-7)

Pro-government militia and security forces in Syria have killed at least 78 people, including women and children, in the central province of Hama, activists said on Wednesday. Some of those slain in the district of Mazraat - al-Qubeir were stabbed to death and at least 12 bodies were burned. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said militiamen armed with guns and knives carried out the attack, after regular troops shelled the area. The Observatory described a similar pattern of events as recounted from the May 25 massacre in Houla, in which 108 Syrian civilians were murdered, nearly half of them children. (INN)Intercede that these brutal atrocities against civilians, including women and children, will be brought to an abrupt end. Pray the innocent will be hidden from the eyes of those who would mercilessly slaughter them.

UN CHIEF: SYRIA FORCES SHOT AT MONITORS TRYING TO REACH SCENE OF LATEST MASSACRE: UN monitors seeking to reach the site of the most recent massacre of Syrian villagers by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad were shot at with small arms, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday. Ban, speaking at a special UN General Assembly session on the Syrian crisis, condemned the bloodbath at Mazraat - al-Qubeir. "Today's news reports of another massacre are shocking and sickening," he told the 193-nation assembly. "A village was surrounded by Syrian forces. The bodies of innocent civilians were lying where they were; shot, some burned or slashed with knives. We condemn this unspeakable barbarity and renew our determination to bring those responsible to account," he stated. Ban said UN monitors were initially denied access to the site. "They are working now to get to the scene," he said. " I just learned a few minutes ago that while trying to do so the UN monitors were shot at with small arms." Speaking to the General Assembly, international envoy Kofi Annan also condemned the most recent massacre. He acknowledged that his peace plan is not working. (Ha’aretz)

DAMASCUS RISKING GENOCIDE: Following the latest slaughter of civilians in Hama, Italian foreign minister Guilo Terzi warned that Bashar al-Assad's policies in Syria risk creating genocide without rapid intervention. Italy was among those countries that expelled the Syrian ambassador to Rome last month in a coordinated action with other Western powers after a massacre in the town of Houla. The Syrian leadership "is fighting for its survival in an ever more direct and brutal escalation, with terror against the civilian population," Mr. Terzi said. His strong comments came as Assad appointed Raid Hijab as new prime minister - tasking him with forming a government - as armed rebels continued to go on the offensive in and around Damascus. France said the appointment was a "masquerade." Bernard Valero, a foreign ministry spokesman said Assad "remains stubbornly deaf to the demands of his people." According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 13,500 people have been killed in the 15 month uprising. (INN) “When the wicked rule, the people groan.” Prov 29:10

IRAN CHARGES IAEA WITH SPYING FOR THE WEST: Iran last week accused the UN nuclear watchdog of spying and vowed never to suspend uranium enrichment. The move cast doubt on whether a deal between Tehran and the P5+1 allowing wider atomic inspections is possible. Tehran's IAEA envoy Ali Asher Soltanieh in Vienna said “Iran will resist to the end” and “will not permit our national security to be jeopardized” by International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors working for Western intelligence agencies. IAEA officials met their Iranian counterparts on June 8 in an attempt to broker an agreement for wider access to sites alleged to conceal atomic-weapons work. The push came after an IAEA report earlier this year charged the Islamic Republic with engaging in nuclear research of a military nature. Diplomats from China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and US are set to meet with Iranian officials in Moscow on June 18-19. It will be the third round of talks in three months over Iran’s nuclear work. Both previous rounds failed to yield any tangible results. Two weeks before the meeting in Moscow, Ambassador Soltanieh is showing Iran will be defiant. (INN)

ISRAEL ACCUSES IRAN OF NUCLEAR DECEPTION: Israel's delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency accused Tehran on Wednesday of "proceeding in an accelerated path towards acquiring nuclear weapons capability" while employing a strategy of "deception, defiance and concealment." Iran dismisses IAEA and international suspicions that it has worked covertly on nuclear weapons. Israel is particularly critical, noting that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly called for the eradication of the Jewish state. Israel and the US have not ruled out military strikes against the Islamic Republic if diplomacy fails to curb a nuclear program they see as a cover for making weapons. While Wednesday's comments from Israel were not new, they mirrored the high tensions that could result in such an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. Later this month in Moscow, six world powers will attempt to convince Tehran to stop enriching to higher levels that could be quickly turned into weapons-grade uranium at its Fordo facility, which is dug into a mountain and fortified against aerial attack. (AP)

 HELP WANTED: AQAP RECRUITING SUICIDE BOMBERS: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has begun posting Internet advertisements offering training for suicide bombers to target the US, Israel and France. Ads in which volunteers are asked to get in touch via e-mail with details about their own experience and proposed targets, have been posted on a variety of jihadist forums. “The aim of this training is to continue with our brothers who are seeking to carry out operations that make for great killing and slaughtering of the enemies of Islam,” said the advertisement attributed to al-Qaeda. “It is clear now that the individual jihad, or what is called the lone wolf, has become more widespread and its features have started showing - in summary, it is a complete jihadist operation to be carried out by a single bomber.” It said the targets of the attacks were “those who are fighting the Muslims and Islam” and specifically pointed to “economic, military and media interests of the foe.” US, Israeli, French and British targets were listed as priorities. It was not indicated how previous experience as a suicide bomber would be interpreted by AQAP recruiters. (INN)

EGYPT SHUTS DOWN PRODUCTION OF FILM THAT PROMOTES ISRAELI TIES: Egypt's censor has stopped production of an Egyptian film because it reportedly promotes the normalization of relations with Israel. The film, called "A Loaf of Bread," was written and directed by Mohamed Kenawy, who said the film is meant to promote peace and cooperation among all people regardless of sex, race and religion. (Ha’aretz)

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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