Israel Update

June 25, 2012

“I will defend My house against marauding forces. Never again will an oppressor overrun My people, for now I am keeping watch.” Zech 9:8

ANY ATTACK WILL CAUSE END OF ISRAEL, WARNS IRANIAN GENERAL: Any attack by Israel against Iran would lead to the collapse of the Jewish state, a senior Iranian general said Saturday. "The Zionist regime cannot do the least against Iran but if the regime still considers any military attack against us, then it would cause its own end," General Mostafa Izadi, Iran's deputy chief of staff, told Fars news agency. The general was referring to the possibility of an Israeli assault on Iran's nuclear sites after negotiations between Iran and the world powers earlier last week in Moscow failed. The two-day talks in Moscow ended without tangible results, not even the prospect of another round of talks. (Ha’aretz)

MILITARY OPTION ON IRAN MUST BE CONSIDERED: At a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington last week, Israel’s Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz said it was imperative that Iran's nuclear program be stopped, and that no alternative should be dismissed. “After the failure at the third round of talks with the Iranians in Moscow, it is time for the United States and the Western powers to impose more severe sanctions in the oil embargo and financial sectors in order to stop Iran's nuclear development program,” Mofaz said at the meeting. He added that there is a need “to continue to prepare all of the other options.” Agreeing with Mofaz was former British Prime Minister and current Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair. Blair said bluntly that all options, including military measures, are still on the table. “All are terrible,” he said, “but Iran cannot be allowed to go nuclear. A nuclear Iran would badly upset the stability of not only the Middle East, but the whole world. This isn't just Israel's problem,” he said. (INN)

BARAK: WORLD’S PARALYSIS OVER SYRIA BODES ILL FOR BID TO HALT IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAMS: Defense Minister Ehud Barak said days ago that Syrian President Bashar Assad was living proof of the paralysis that sometimes takes over the world, even when there is no need for further proof that something totally unacceptable - costing human lives - is happening. “We are living in a tough neighborhood - no mercy for the weak, no second opportunity for those who cannot defend themselves. We have to be able to defend ourselves," he added. "We all hope diplomacy will be successful, but time is not unlimited in this regard. It seems to me the Iranians keep deceiving the whole world. But it's up to the participants in the negotiations to reach this conclusion. We cannot afford to spend another three rounds just to allow the Iranians to keep maneuvering,” said Barak. (Ha’aretz) “Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord, that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.” Ps 83:18

IRAN BATTLES ISRAEL, US AND BRITAIN ON CYBER-WAR FRONT: As the Middle East becomes a hot cyber-war battleground, Iran claims it has detected a planned "massive cyber-attack" by the US, Britain and Israel against its nuclear installations. The Iranians said the assault was timed to follow the failure of talks in Moscow to convince Tehran to abandon its nuclear program, which the Americans and their allies suspect masks a drive to develop nuclear weapons. Iran continues to deny the allegations in spite of much documented evidence to the contrary. There has been no indication from US, British or Israeli authorities that they had undertaken new cyber-tactics. But Iran has been the target of at least two, and possibly more, such attacks by the US and Israel since 2009. (UPI) Continue to pray for “out of the box” thinking and strategies on the part of Israel’s leaders – as well as those in the West – to avert the increasing likelihood of a catastrophic global war.

COMPUTER VIRUS “FLAME” CAN SABOTAGE COMPUTERS, ATTACK IRAN: The powerful Flame computer virus is not only capable of espionage but it can also sabotage computer systems and likely was used to attack Iran in April, according to a leading security company, Symantec Corp. Prior to Symantec's discovery, cyber experts had only unearthed evidence that proved Flame could spy on conversations on the computers it infects and steal data. Symantec researcher Vikram Thakur said days ago the company has now identified a component of Flame that allows operators to delete files from computers, which means it can cause critical programs to fail or completely disable operating systems. Neil Fisher, vice president for global security solutions at Unisys, said Symantec's findings mean that Flame could be "highly dangerous." (Reuters)

EGYPT BRACES FOR PROTESTS, AWAITS ELECTION RESULTS: Several Islamist groups called for mass protests in Egypt on Friday, as the country nervously awaits the official results of its first freely-contested presidential elections. Thousands of protesters camped out overnight in Cairo's Tahrir Square to denounce what they see as a power grab by Egypt's interim military rulers and to call on officials to release the delayed results of last week's runoff. Egypt's election commission has postponed the results, which were due to be released Thursday, because it says it needs time to investigate fraud allegations by both candidates. Muslim Brotherhood officials have warned of a confrontation between the people and the ruling military if its candidate, Muhammad Morsi, is not named the winner. (VOA News)

ROCKETS CONTINUE TO FLY, IAF CONTINUES TO ATTACK: Terrorists from Hamas-controlled Gaza continued on Friday evening to violate a ceasefire that was declared on Wednesday and fired rockets into southern Israel. Five rockets were fired from Gaza shortly before 11:00 p.m. local time. All of them exploded in open areas, causing no physical injuries or property damage. Israel’s air force responded to the latest attacks and struck the terrorist squad. Medics in Gaza said the airstrike killed one and wounded two others. (J.Post/INN) As noted in last Thursday’s JOL update, ceasefire agreements on the part of terrorist groups are habitually quickly broken. Is it any wonder the Jewish state puts little credence in the trustworthiness of peace agreements with the Palestinians? The conflict with terrorist organization Hamas and other such entities operating out of Gaza and the Sinai is neither ended nor resolved. Continue to pray for the protection of residents in southern communities and for the safety of Israel’s military personnel responsible for controlling terrorist outbreaks.

MORE THAN 130 MISSILES ON SOUTHERN ISRAEL LAST WEEK: Last week's round of terrorist aggression emanating from the Gaza Strip saw more than 130 mortar shells, short-range rockets and medium-range missiles slam into southern Israel. The attacks began late last Monday. Israeli commentators believe Hamas and other terror groups in Gaza have been encouraged by Muslim Brotherhood claims of victory in Egypt's presidential election. Some one million Israelis live within missile range of Gaza, so every attack, especially those against larger towns like Ashkelon and Beersheva, send large numbers of men, women and children scrambling for bomb shelters. The severe negative psychological effect on Israeli children living in the area has been documented, but largely ignored by the media. Israel's ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, lamented the weak response to the rocket fire by the international community, which is always quick to issue strident condemnations of Israel when its actions endanger Palestinian lives. The sad reality is the world, and especially the mainstream media, is not interested in the bombardment of Jewish population centers until a large number of Israelis are hurt or killed, or Israeli reprisals result in Palestinian casualties. (Israel Today/Ryan Jones)

CANADA TV FAILS TO NOTICE 400 ROCKET ATTACKS: Canada's CBC television issued an on-air apology Wednesday, a day after it misled its viewers by telling them that the recent Gazan rocket attacks on Israel were the first such attacks in a year's time. In fact, 405 rockets have been fired at Israel from Gaza in the last 12 months and more than 130 have been fired over the past month – most of them last week. Honest Reporting Canada went into action and contacted the editors at CBC in an effort to have the erroneous information corrected. In response, instead of providing the most precise, accurate, and relevant information for the benefit of CBC’s viewing audience, journalists produced a vague corrective notice bereft of important information. Notwithstanding, Honest Reporting thanked CBC News for promptly addressing the matter. (Honest Reporting)

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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