Israel Update

July 9, 2012

“You are my king and my God who decrees victories for Jacob.” Ps 44.4

OBAMA APPROVES ANTI-ISRAEL BRIEFING AT UN: The Obama administration approved a move by the UN to invite Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to brief the Security Council on Israel. Pillay, known for her anti-Israel sentiments, has compared “violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers” with “summary executions, rape and torture” in the West African nation, Cote d’Ivoire, “brutal violence” affecting “tens of thousands” in Syria, and “systematic torture” in Afghanistan. She questioned the legality of the killing of Osama bin Laden within hours of his death and is the lead champion of the Durban “anti-racism” declaration and conferences. Pillay also remained seated as democracies walked out en masse when speaker Iranian president Ahmadinejad questioned the veracity of the Holocaust. (Arutz-7) President Barack Obama has declared, "America has no better friend in the world than Israel." In light of Obama’s statement, would it be reasonable for Israelis and for those who love the Jewish state to interpret his recent approval of Navi Pillay to address the Security Council on Israel, as evidence of deceitfulness? Continue to intercede for the soon coming US presidential elections.

TOP IRAN OFFICIAL: TIME HAS COME FOR ISRAEL, AMERICA TO VANISH: The time has come for the disappearance of Israel and the West from the face of the universe, a senior Iranian official said Thursday. He accused the two nations of being the "prime sources of tyranny and gloom." The comments, by speaker of the Iranian parliament Ali Larijani, came after earlier Thursday the head of Iran's nuclear agency said newly approved EU sanctions against the country's oil industry would not halt the progress of Iran's nuclear program. Last week, Iran test-fired several long-range ballistic missiles as part of an extensive military drill, with a top officer in Iran's Revolutionary Guards saying the launch was meant to show regional and trans-regional countries the Islamic Republic is determined to resist their bullying and will give a crushing response to any aggressive action on their part. Speaking from Tehran, Larijani said "the time has come for the disappearance of the West and the Zionist regime - which are two dark spots in the present era - from the face of the universe. The Muslim world is fed up with the injustice and abuse by these governments.” (Ha’aretz) “As when a hungry person dreams of eating, but awakens hungry still; as when a thirsty person dreams of drinking, but awakens faint and thirsty still; so will it be with the hordes of all the nations that fight against Mount Zion.” Isa 29:8

WIKILEAKS TO RELEASE 2.5 MILLION SYRIAN CABLES: WikiLeaks last Thursday began publishing more than two million emails from Syrian political figures and companies that have done business with the country. The Syria Files show how the West and western countries "say one thing and do another" when it comes to dealing with the Assad regime, according to the website. Syria has descended into open civil war following a 16-month crackdown by the regime that has left at least 16,500 people dead. The emails date from August 2006 to March 2012 and are derived from more than 650,000 email addresses. Among them are addresses associated with the country's ministries of foreign affairs, finance and culture, and for foreign companies. WikiLeaks said that, as there is a "large dataset" to go through, it could take months for all the stories contained in the emails to come out. Earlier this year, documents from the office of Syrian President Assad obtained by Israel revealed Iran has been helping Syria bypass the international sanctions imposed on it for massacring civilians. The documents show the Islamic Republic has given the Syrian regime more than $1 billion, which would help it overcome the oil embargo and sanctions against the central bank. (Ha’aretz/INN)

SYRIAN VIOLENCE RENDERS OBSERVER FORCE INOPERABLE: The officer commanding UN monitors in Syria has said his unarmed observers could not resume their mission due to violence in the country reaching "unprecedented levels." Maj. Gen. Robert Mood of Norway told reporters, "the escalation of violence, to an unprecedented level, obstructed our ability to observe and verify, report as well as assist in local dialogue. It would be impossible to revive this mission without a ceasefire.” Last month, the UN said it was suspending the observer operation due to spiraling violence in which monitors were routinely attacked. The suspension was seen as a severe blow to months of international efforts to negotiate a peace plan to forestall a descent into civil war, which has now come to pass. Syrian president Assad has given no indication he plans to ease the 16-month-old crackdown on his country's revolt. He recently declared, "Everybody was calculating that I would fall in a small amount of time. They all miscalculated." (INN) “Their brave men cry aloud in the streets. The envoys of peace weep bitterly. Isa 33: 7 

JEWISH TEEN SURVIVES ANTISEMITIC ATTACK ON TRAIN IN FRANCE: A French Jewish teenager, who attends the Toulouse school where Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah shot dead three children in March, has suffered a violent antisemitic attack. The assault last week took place on a train travelling between Toulouse and the city of Lyon. An interior ministry statement said, "A teenager aged 17 wearing a distinctive religious symbol, who attends Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, was insulted by two individuals. He was then attacked near the toilets "by the same two individuals, who beat him up." The statement added that the attack ended when a fellow passenger and train conductors intervened. Ozar Hatorah school was the scene of the worst assault against Jews in France in 30 years when Merah shot dead three children and a rabbi at point-blank range on March 19. Merah, who claimed to have been ordered by al-Qaeda to attack France, was shot dead during a police raid on March 22. The interior ministry said it was determined to "combat any resurgence of the profound evil which is antisemitism" and warned the perpetrators faced "severe punishment." (Ha’aretz) Pray for the safety of the Jewish community in France, especially in and around Toulouse. France has experienced a shocking rise in antisemitic violence since last March's deadly shootings in Toulouse.

US PRESBYTERIANS REJECT ISRAEL DIVESTMENT: The Presbyterian General Assembly voted 333-331 to reject a proposal Thursday to divest from three companies that do business with Israel. Major Jewish groups from across the political spectrum had lobbied furiously against the measure. The American Jewish Committee said the proposal demonized Israel and threatened Christian-Jewish relations. (AP)

PROPOSED UNITED CHURCH BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL DENOUNCED BY CANADIAN SENATORS: A letter from nine Canadian senators has condemned a proposed United Church of Canada boycott of Israeli goods as being one-sided. The senators, all United Church members, said, "It's baffling that - aside from a passing request that all parties reject violence - the Church's proposal does not mention a single expectation of the Palestinians in its recommendations. To put it bluntly, the Church cannot maintain credibility in criticizing Israeli policies while relieving the Palestinian leadership of its own duty to advance peace." (National Post) Pray against ongoing initiatives on the part of denominational churches to boycott Israel. Such actions are a grievous witness to Israel, the Jewish people and their leaders.

CNN RATINGS PLUNGE: CNN suffered its worst ratings in 21 years during the second quarter of 2012, dropping 35% among total viewers compared to the same period last year, according to figures released Tuesday. CNN drew an average of just 319,000 total daily viewers, down 41% compared to last year. The network in May suffered its worst month for ratings in nearly 20 years. (Newsmax) CNN has been repeatedly criticized for its bias news coverage of Israel. It is notoriously pro-Palestinian and hyper-critical of the Jewish State.

FOURTH CENTURY SYNAGOGUE DISCOVERED IN GALILEE: A synagogue building dating to the Late Roman period (4th-5th centuries CE) has been discovered in archaeological excavations in Israel's Galilee region.The find has revealed a stunning mosaic floor depicting Samson placing torches between the tails of foxes. "Only a small number of ancient synagogue buildings are decorated with biblical scenes, and only two others have scenes with Samson," said Prof. Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina. (Israel Antiquities)

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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