Israel Update

June 29, 2012

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me.” Ps 138: 7

 ISRAEL FACING NEW ISLAMIC REPUBLIC: Egypt's election commission on Sunday announced that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi would be the next president of the largest and most powerful Arab state. That victory comes just months after the Brotherhood and an allied Islamist group won a strong majority in the Egyptian parliament. Egypt's evolution from secular, Western-aligned dictatorship to an Islamist-controlled regime advocating Sharia Law closely mirrors what happened to Iran in the late 1970s. Iranians chafed under the repressive rule of their former shah, just as Egyptians did under Mubarak. Eager for change, many Iranians were quickly taken in by the promising message of the Ayatollah Khomenei, and propelled his movement to power through new-found democratic freedoms. The same holds true for the Muslim Brotherhood, rightly dubbed the father of all terrorist organizations, and for its growing support base in Egypt. Only after attaining overall control of the country did Khomeini show his true face and plunge Iran into darkness and repression on a scale never imagined under the shah. Already, Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood leadership are going down a similar path. Morsi said Sharia (Sharia law is the moral code and religious law of Islam), will be a central component of his presidency. During an election rally at Cairo University, he told young Egyptians, "The Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our path and death in the name of Allah is our goal.” A Muslim cleric with ties to the Brotherhood recently declared that a Morsi presidency would result in the return of Jerusalem to Islamic sovereignty. The Obama Administration seems to not share Israel's deep concerns over the Muslim Brotherhood rise to power. In fact, Obama is leading the international call for Egypt's army to step aside and let the newly elected Islamists assume full control. (Israel Today/Ryan Jones)

EGYPT’S NEW LEADER LIKELY TO ISLAMIZE LARGEST ARAB STATE: Former Israeli ambassador to Egypt Zvi Mazel, a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, said Morsi's election victory meant Egypt's 2011 revolution had failed. Morsi had said many times that his plans were to conquer Jerusalem. Mazel added that the Brotherhood would work to gradually create an Islamic state in Egypt. He said Morsi would likely move to overturn a recent order by the military to disband Egypt's Brotherhood-dominated parliament, and could also chose to retire high-ranking generals and replace them with his own men. (J. Post) In addition to being an eventual critical threat to the Jewish state, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will also assuredly be a danger to the large Coptic Christian community there. Since the fall of Mubarak’s government, Egypt’s Coptic Christians, who comprise roughly 10% of the country’s population, have found themselves under attack from Islamic extremists, with church buildings facing destruction and believers themselves facing death. The prospect of an Islamic regime calling for closer ties with Iran – which in turn declared the results in Egypt as an “Islamic awaking” – raises fears for the well being of Egypt’s minority Christians as well as for the Jewish state. Pray for the safety of Christians in Egypt as well as for the protection of Israel in this latest Islamist power-gain.

HAMAS TERRORIST GROUP CELEBRATES MURSI WIN: Gazans cheered and fired volleys of celebratory gunfire in the streets of the Hamas-controlled territory, Sunday, at the news that Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohammed Mursi was the official winner of the Egyptian presidential elections. Hamas is an offspring of the Egyptian terror group, the Muslim Brotherhood, and maintains long-standing ties with it. Referring to Israel, senior Hamas official Mahmoud Az-Zahar said the victory was a defeat for the program of normalization with the enemy. (AFP) “Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.” Ps 22:11

PUTIN WARNS ATTACK ON IRAN WILL BACKFIRE: Russian President Vladimir Putin, while visiting Israel this week, warned President Shimon Peres that attacking Iran could backfire. He additionally advised the world to keep its nose out of affairs in Syria, where Russia has a vested interest. Putin and his Israeli hosts also made their disagreements on Iran obvious. Russia has been a constant opponent to US-led efforts to pressure Iran to allow UN supervision of its nuclear development program. President Peres told his guest, "The Iranian people are not our enemy. Israel does not threaten their existence. It is Iran's current regime that identifies itself as an enemy of Israel and a threat to its existence." PM Netanyahu was blunter. He said, "I believe we should be do two things now: Boost the sanctions and also boost the demands." Similarly, Putin and Netanyahu were at odds on Syria, where Russia has supplied President Assad with massive military weapons, including suspected chemical weapons, which have been used to kill 15,000 opponents of the regime. Besides expressing wishes for peace and warning against outside interference, Putin avoided Syria. (INN)

SYRIA IN A REAL SITUATION OF WAR, SAYS ASSAD: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday his country, in the grips of an anti-regime uprising now in its 16th month, is in a “real situation of war.” He insisted that “when one is in a state of war, all policies and capabilities must be used to secure victory.” His statement is a particularly dangerous one considering 15,000 lives have already been lost since an uprising in March 2011 against Assad’s dictatorship. The vast majority of casualties have been innocent civilians including women and children, who in numerous documented cases have been victims of torture, brutality and wide-scale massacres, carried out by forces loyal to Assad. The US on Tuesday said a “desperate” Assad was slowly losing his grip on power, citing recent defections of army officers and soldiers to neighboring Turkey and Jordan. The violence continued on Tuesday, as clashes between forces loyal to Assad and rebels outside Damascus resulted in numerous deaths. Activists said the bloodletting outside the capital marks the worst violence in the suburbs of Damascus since the popular uprising against Assad's rule began. (Arutz-7)

ARSON SUSPECTED AS TWO FIRES SPARK CHAOS NEAR JERUSALEM: Israeli firefighters on Tuesday managed to contain two large fires raging near Jerusalem. The fire was blazing at the entrance to Jerusalem in two main points: Motza neighborhood in the western edge of Jerusalem, and Kibbutz Ma'ale HaHamisha. A team of 36 firefighting crews worked for two hours to control the fire, using six firefighting planes. At least four people were injured due to smoke inhalation. The blaze burned at least 200,000 square meters and that heavy damage was caused to plants and animal life along the road leading to Jerusalem. Springs in the Motza area were also damaged. On Sunday, Jerusalem firefighters extinguished 15 fires that broke out in the city. Investigators believe most of them were the result of arson. Seven people have been arrested in the past month for lighting fires in open areas. Firefighters have dealt with more than 200 cases of suspected arson in fields and forests around Jerusalem in the past two weeks. (Ha’aretz) In 1989 a series of similar arson attacks took place in and around Jerusalem and other parts of the country. Often, people claiming to be part of the Arab struggle against Israel telephoned to claim responsibility for setting specific fires. A Palestinian radio station broadcasting from Iraq at that time repeatedly urged forest arson as a jihad tactic. During the 1980’s and 90’s arson attacks constituted about a third of all the forest fires in Israel. In 2007 an al-Qaeda website listed the rewards of setting forests ablaze. The terror group applauded this method of jihad as it could cause multiple casualties, produce wood shortages and damage tourism. They justified forest arson as being permissible against the infidel, according to Islamic law. Pray such malice against man and nature again taking place in Israel will be halted and those responsible brought to justice.

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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