Israel Update

July 27, 2012

 “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope...faithful in prayer.” Rom 12: 11-12

TURKEY RESPONDS TO SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS WARNING: Turkey's military has sent teams specially trained in dealing with chemical weapons attacks to the Syrian border region after Syria warned this week it could used such weapons against forces from outside the country. The chemical weapons battalion, previously based in western Turkey, has been transferred to Konya in central Turkey and one group of the personnel has now gone to the Syrian border area. Turkey, announced Wednesday it will close all the border gates to truck traffic between the two countries, effectively blocking vital supply routes into Syria, but keeping them open for refugees. Rebels, arms smugglers, defectors and war wounded have swarmed into southern Turkey in recent months, transforming the region into a nerve center for the Syrian revolution. Turkey is deeply involved in efforts to organize the Syrian opposition and hosts the offices of the Syrian National Council in Istanbul.  (Reuters/Wash. Post)

BARAK: NUCLEAR IRAN FAR MORE DANGEROUS THAN PREEMPTIVE ISRAELI STRIKE: Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday that Israel will soon need to arrive at a plan of action regarding the Islamic Republic. He emphasized that "having to deal with the challenge" of an Iran possessing nuclear bombs "would be many times more complex, dangerous and costly, both in terms of human life and in terms of resources, than a preemptive strike." Barak added: "The Iranians are determined to continue deceiving the entire world, in order to achieve nuclear weapons. Whoever wants proof just needs to look at the talks over the last few months."  Barak said Israel would remain responsible for its own security, rather than depending on other nations, such as the US. Earlier Wednesday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran, voiced confidence the Islamic Republic can beat the latest punitive measures aimed at blocking the country's vital oil and banking industries over the disputed program. US congressional negotiators are presently working on new sanctions designed to crack down on transactions with Iran's national oil and tanker companies, and to hamper the ability of Iranian banks to transfer funds electronically. The Islamic Republic has continued its nuclear development activities despite increased sanctions and four resolutions by the UN Security Council condemning Iran for its defiance of the ban on its nuclear development. (Ha’aretz) Pray Iran’s nuclear weapons program, which is presently speeding ahead while the attention of many governments and the media is turned to the Syrian crisis, will be stopped  before the point of no return has been reached. May G-d’s strategies for dealing with Iran be revealed to Israel’s government, military and intelligence leaders.

TOP EU, IRANIAN OFFICIALS TO MEET “SOON” OVER NUCLEAR PROGRAM: The European Union announced Thursday that top EU and Iranian representatives will "soon" hold talks on restarting the stalled negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program. Spokesman Michael Mann said that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will discuss the matter with chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili.  Mann figures it "will happen soon, but we don't yet have the date." Ashton's deputy Helga Schmid held talks this week in Istanbul with AliBagheri, Iran's deputy nuclear negotiator, to pave the way for another high-level meeting. (Ha’aretz) Could it be supposed “The One enthroned in heaven laughs,” (Ps 2:4) at this latest feeble excuse for global action against the Iranian nuclear threat?  No doubt there’s a whole lot of snickering going on in Tehran as the enriched uranium continues to pile up.

MOST VOTERS SAY US SHOULD HELP ISRAEL IN ATTACK ON IRAN: A majority of 51 percent of likely US voters say their country should help Israel if it attacks Iran, according to a Rasmussen poll. The new survey also reveals 61% percent of the respondents think it is probable Israel will attack Iran in the next year, while just 23% see such a scenario as unlikely. Of those who think an attack is likely, 22% said it is “very likely.” Rasmussen noted tensions between Israel and Iran are rising again following last week’s terrorist attack against Israeli civilians in Bulgaria. (INN)

ROMNEY SLAMS OBAMA FOR UNDERMINING ISRAELI LEADERS: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney this week accused President Barack Obama of "shabby treatment" of Israeli leaders, and promised to be firm against Iran. "President Obama is fond of lecturing Israel’s leaders," Romney said in his first speech as an official presidential candidate. "He has undermined their position, which was tough enough as it was. And even at the United Nations, to the enthusiastic applause of Israel’s enemies, he spoke as if our closest ally in the Middle East was the problem.” Romney further said the US cannot maintain neutrality in the Middle East, rather must opt to fight the Jihadists in the region. He implied that he intends to demand Egypt’s maintenance of the peace treaty with Israel in return for aid funding. Speaking of Iran, Romney promised to prevent the Islamic Republic from producing a nuclear weapon. He said there must be a full suspension of any enrichment, whatsoever. “If you don't want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your president," Romney added. "You have that president today." (Ynet)

CIA INCREASES OPERATIONS TO KEEP PACE WITH SYRIA’S DEVELOPMENTS: Faced with a frustrating vacuum of intelligence on the situation in Syria, the Central Intelligence Agency is increasing its efforts at home, hoping to address that void. The Agency is bringing in as many analysts as possible and asking them to work longer hours than usual - aiming to have attention focused on the situation 24 hours a day. A CIA task force is "working round the clock" to uncover information about current developments on the ground and likely scenarios should President Bashar al-Assad's regime collapse. The US intelligence community worries about a wave of ethnic cleansing should Assad fall. "You've had a minority running the country for so long, and a lot of people will be “looking for revenge against Assad and his allies,” according to the senior intelligence official. There is also fear Hizbullah-tied operatives could flood Syria and access chemical weapons. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu this week described as unimaginable a scenario in which "the people who are conducting with Iran all these terror attacks around the world" would obtain chemical weapons. "It's something that is not acceptable. We'll have to act to stop it if the need arises.” (Fox News)

 SYRIAN ARTILLERY POUNDS DAMASCUS SUBURB FORCING MASS EXODUS: Syrian forces on Wednesday fired artillery and rocket barrages at the northern Damascus suburb of al-Tel in an attempt to seize the town from rebels. The attack caused mass panic and forced hundreds of families to flee the area. A government battalion near Tel started bombarding the town of about 100,000 people at 3:15 a.m. at the rate of one projectile every minute. A number of residential apartment blocks were hit. Opposition sources said rebels destroyed an army roadblock that had cut off the Tel-Damascus road and that masses of people were fleeing north into the Qalamoun Mountains. Tel until Wednesday had been considered a safe haven and thousands of families from Damascus had taken refuge there in past months. (J.Post) “Damascus has become feeble, she has turned to flee and panic has gripped her; anguish and pain have seized her, pain like that of a woman in labor." Jer 49: 24

MASSACRE OF SYRIANS DISCOVERED IN DAMASCUS FIELDS: Syrian human rights activists reported that rebels this week uncovered evidence of a Syrian government massacre in a suburb of Damascus. The gruesome discovery of the bodies of at least 24 men showed that all had been tortured prior to their execution. The men were killed where they were left by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in the fields surrounding the capital in the suburb of Deriya'a.  Activists said Wednesday that 11 men were executed by government forces in Damascus as well, and provided videos of men with bullet holes in their heads. (INN)

WORLD BANK CALLS PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY UNSUSTAINABLE: The World Bank has released a report calling the Palestinian Authority "unsustainable" in terms of economy. For two decades donor countries have propped up the Palestinian economy by giving billions of dollars. Growth has been primarily in government services and real estate, while manufacturing and agriculture have dropped significantly. The report said the PA relies too much on foreign donations as opposed to creating a viable private sector. The study’s author, John Nasir, said the Palestinian Authority has made progress toward establishing a state, “but the economy is currently not strong enough to support such a state.” (Ha’aretz)

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY TV: ISRAEL IS A MONSTER THAT EATS PALESTINIAN CHILDREN: On July 13, 2012, PA television hosted Palestinian artist Abd Al-Hai Msallam, highlighting his painting of the Palestinians' problems in Gaza. The piece shows a monster wearing a Star of David impaling children on his bayonet and eating them. A pile of dead children is depicted, ready to be eaten, while two baby monsters with Stars of David are also shown devouring children. (PMW) Only the truth that sets men free is strong enough to destroy the insidious lies being perpetrated amongst the Palestinian society about Israel and also Christians. Pray the Lord will send workers into this bitter field with His antidote to deception and hatred, Yeshua.

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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