Israel Update

June 21, 2012

“How long, O Lord? How long will you hide your face from me?” Ps 13:1

NUCLEAR TALKS BETWEEN IRAN AND WORLD SUSPENDED: Talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program sunk into mistrust and frustration in Moscow on Tuesday, casting doubt on whether the participating parties can negotiate a way out of the escalating crisis. After five exhausting sessions, the EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said the differences between Iran and the group of six world powers involved in the talks remained so significant that negotiators did not commit to another high-level meeting. Instead, experts from both sides will convene next month to determine whether there are grounds for further high-level contact. The talks in Moscow followed a session in Baghdad in May that failed to make any noticeable progress beyond agreeing upon a date for more talks. (AP)

TERROR ROCKET BARRAGE: Since Monday, close to a hundred projectiles were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip. Dozens of rockets were launched on Wednesday. The Israeli Air Force has carried out counter-strikes on Gaza nine times since Monday. Four people were hurt, one of them seriously, in a terror rocket strike on Tuesday night. The injured Israelis are Border Policemen, and the seriously injured man is an officer. Forty-four terrorist rockets slammed into southern Israel between midnight and 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. The incessant rocket fire placed hundreds of thousands of Israelis under siege since the beginning of the week. The Hamas terrorist group has taken responsibility for the rocket fire at the Negev. Thousands of residents were forced to remain in shelters until late Wednesday. The two terrorists who infiltrated Israel Monday were a Saudi citizen and an Egyptian belonging to a group called the Shura Council of the Mujahedeen at al Quds. The pair appears in a video made public by the group in which they can be seen reading their final wills before launching the attack. (Ha’aretz/INN) According to an IDF Spokesman, Hamas' weapons arsenal is growing with the new and advanced Iranian made Fajr-3, Katyushas/Grads, anti-tank missiles, and heavy mortars. Over the past six years, Hamas rocket fire has killed 44 innocent Israeli civilians and injured a staggering 1,687. Pray for the protection of Israel’s residents in southern communities. Hamas’ military wing, it was reported late Wednesday, announced it had agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel. Such treaties on the part of terrorist groups are often quickly broken. The conflict is neither ended nor resolved.

BARAK: EGYPT MUST BRING SINAI UNDER CONTROL NOW: A terror squad infiltrated Israel Monday morning along the southern border with Egypt and opened fire at an IDF providing security for a construction site. A Defense Ministry worker was killed. Three terrorists were also killed. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said later Monday that there has been a "serious escalation" in the security situation along the Sinai border and that the lack of Egyptian security control in Sinai was worrisome. Speaking of last weekend’s national elections in Egypt Barak said, “Whoever is elected, we expect him to take responsibility for all of Egypt's international commitments, including the peace treaty with Israel and the security arrangements within Sinai, and to put a quick end to these attacks." (INN)

GENERAL WARNS: TERROR TO MOVE EAST: As Israel completes work on the Sinai border fence, the defense establishment must look to the eastern border as the next threat, IDF General Tzvika Fogel warned this week. Fogel explained that terrorists now operating in Sinai are likely to circumvent the fence by traveling to Jordan. He called on the government to respond to the imminent threat from Jordan by building a fence on that border as well. “Defense of 270 kilometers of terrorist activity is nearly impossible,” he noted, comparing the length of the Egyptian border to the relatively small size of Gaza. Terrorists have created “a second Lebanon” in Gaza, he said. Ultimately, Israel will be forced to operate within Sinai, he predicted, just as Israel was ultimately drawn into Lebanon. If attacks from Sinai grow worse, he warned, Egypt is likely to push for more of its troops to be allowed in the area, in violation of its treaty with Israel. Israel will face international pressure to concede. (Arutz-7) “Arise, O Lord, let not man triumph; let the nations be judged in your presence.” Ps 9:19

US CONDEMNS ROCKET ATTACKS ON ISRAEL: The United States condemned on Tuesday the onslaught of rocket attacks against Israeli citizens by terrorists in Hamas-controlled Gaza. US State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, “We strongly condemn the rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel…. As we have said many times, there is no justification for the targeting of innocent civilians, and we call on those responsible to take immediate action to stop these cowardly acts.” Nuland added, “We regret the injuries sustained in today’s violence. To avoid an escalation of the situation, we encourage all parties to exercise restraint.” (Arutz-7)

EGYPT: BROTHERHOOD CLAIMS VICTORY IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: The Muslim Brotherhood declared early Monday that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, won Egypt's presidential election. At a pre-dawn press conference declaring their win, officials from the fundamentalist group, banned for decades and repeatedly subjected to crackdowns under former President Hosni Mubarak's rule, were ebullient and smiling. Final official results are not expected until later this week. The Brotherhood's declaration was based on results announced by election officials at individual counting centers, where each campaign has representatives who compile the numbers and make them public before the formal announcement. The Brotherhood's early, partial counts proved generally accurate in last month's first round vote. Meanwhile on Sunday, Egypt’s ruling military issued an interim constitution defining the new president's authorities. With parliament dissolved and martial law effectively in force, the generals granted themselves considerable authority and the main role in charting the country's future. According to a copy of the new constitution, generals would be the nation's de facto legislators and control the budget. They also will name the 100-member panel tasked with drafting a new constitution, thus ensuring the new charter would guarantee them a say in key policies such as defense and national security, as well as shield their vast economic empire from civilian scrutiny. (AP) Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohammed Morsi, said recently he will keep Egypt’s 1979 peace treaty with the Jewish state, but will not meet Israeli officials. He has vowed to prioritize the Palestinian issue.

AL-QAEDA URGES EGYPT TO CANCEL TREATY WITH ISRAEL: Al-Qaeda’s leader has urged Egypt to cancel its peace treaty with Israel and to establish Islamic rule. He said the goal is to stop Israel from turning Jerusalem into a Jewish city. Ayman al-Zawahri issued his 10th message to Egypt since taking over al-Qaeda’s leadership after founder Osama bin Laden was killed in an American raid in Pakistan last year. His 47-minute audio recording was posted Sunday on jihad websites. He charged that Egypt’s ruling military council takes orders from the US. Al-Zawahri called on the Islamic movements to unite against what he described as "the secular American schemes that only seeks evil to Egypt." (INN)

US, ISRAEL DEVELOPED FLAME TOGETHER: A report this week disclosed the US and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected critical intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage attacks aimed at slowing Iran's ability to develop a nuclear weapon, according to Western officials with knowledge of the effort. The massive piece of malware was designed to secretly map Iran's computer networks and monitor the computers of Iranian officials, sending back a steady stream of intelligence used to enable an ongoing cyberwarfare campaign. Flame was developed at least five years ago as part of a classified effort code-named Olympic Games, according to officials familiar with US cyber operations and experts who have scrutinized its code. (Washington Post)

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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