August 3, 2012
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isa 40:29
ANNAN RESIGNS AS SYRIA ENVOY: Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has resigned from his post as the UN-Arab League peace envoy for Syria, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon disclosed on Thursday. Ban expressed his gratitude to Mr. Annan "for the determined and courageous efforts he has made as the joint special envoy for Syria." Annan conveyed fears earlier this week that an "imminent battle" for Syria's biggest city Aleppo was about to take place. Syrian opposition sources said helicopters from President Bashar al-Assad's military pounded a rebel-held part of the city last Saturday and armored units were positioned for an onslaught that could determine its fate. "I am concerned about the concentration of troops and heavy weapons around Aleppo, in anticipation of an imminent battle," Annan said in a statement. "The escalation of the military build-up in Aleppo and the surrounding area is further evidence of the need for the international community to persuade the parties that only a political transition, leading to a political settlement, will resolve this crisis." (Arutz-7)
AHMADINEJAD’S ANTISEMITIC TIRADE SHOULD BE A WAKE UP CALL: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's most recent antisemitic tirade should serve the world as a "wake up call" and erode any doubts as to the "true character of the Iranian government," PM Binyamin Netanyahu's spokesman Mark Regev said Thursday. Regev was responding to a speech published on Ahmadinejad's website Thursday in which the Iranian president said the ultimate goal of world forces must be the annihilation of Israel. "Unfortunately these comments do not come as a surprise," Regev said. "This sort of poisonous language is unfortunately par for the course for the Iranian leadership." Regev said it was incumbent upon the international community to "prevent the Iranian regime - with its fanatical and hate filled agenda - from obtaining nuclear capability." Asked why he thought Ahmadinejad would make these comments now, Regev replied simply: "because he believes it." (J.Post)
BARAK TELLS PANETTA ISRAEL WILL DECIDE ON IRAN: Defense Minister Ehud Barak has informed US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that Israel will make its own decisions on how to deal with Iran. The two men discussed the issue in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. Barak told Panetta during their time together that Israel's government would decide for itself how it will deal with its own security issues – including the threat posed by the Iranian nuclear development program. Panetta expressed his commitment to Israel's security and said the US shares the Jewish state’s struggle for peace in the region. Barak responded by saying that while sanctions and diplomatic efforts might have some place in that equation, they are unlikely to have any real impact on preventing the Ayatollahs from continuing their nuclear program. Despite all international efforts to the contrary – including the entire past three and a half years of diplomatic and other efforts by the Obama Administration – Iran has continued, undeterred, to enrich uranium to a level of 20%. At this point, the Islamic Republic has acquired enough enriched uranium to power five primitive atomic weapons. Barak pointed out the sanctions and diplomacy take time – which allows Iran to continue to enrich more uranium. (Arutz-7)
IRAN COULD HAVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS WITHIN A YEAR, SAYS EXPERT: Dr. Ephraim Asculai, senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, said Thursday that he doubts the sanctions being imposed on Iran will lead its leaders to give up the country's nuclear weapons program. Asculai said measures imposed so far on the Islamic Republic have yet to have a real effect. “We still do not see that the Iranians are willing to be flexible on critical matters, even though the West is willing to accept flexibility,” he said, adding that the Iranian stubbornness is motivated by its desire to produce nuclear weapons quickly. Asculai also mentioned the Iranian national pride, saying, “Conceding to the West without getting something in return is out of the question for them. He added that in light of these two parameters “the sanctions are not severe enough.” Asculai predicted the Iranians could produce a nuclear bomb within a year. (INN)
REPORT: US SEES ISRAELI STRIKE ON IRAN IN OCTOBER: A senior and widely respected analyst with Israel's Channel 2 News said days ago that top American officials have become convinced Israel will launch a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities in October. Ehud Yaari upon returning from Washington last week said he had met with knowledgeable sources and Americans are convinced there is very high chance Israel will decide to strike Iran before the Nov elections. According to Yaari, US officials see an Israeli assault on the Islamic Republic as almost a foregone conclusion and are focusing on their response to the possible outcomes of such an action. An unnamed US official suggested the Obama White House was increasingly seeing the futility of the diplomatic tug-of-war between Iran and the international community and was working feverishly to put together a viable attack plan. That source said Netanyahu had received a detailed overview of the developing American plan and the weapons that would be used on Iran's nuclear facilities should it be enacted. (Israel Today/Ryan Jones)
DELHI POLICE CHARGE MUSLIM JOURNALISTS IN ATTACK AGAINST ISRAELIS: Five months after an Israeli diplomat's car was bombed in New Delhi, the Delhi Police this week indicted Indian journalist Syed Mohammad Kazmi of conspiring with foreign elements for the terror strike. A magnetic bomb destroyed the vehicle in which Tal Yehoshua Koren, was riding. She managed to escape with her life by jumping out of the car as the bomb exploded. However, both Kazmi and her Indian driver were wounded. India previously agreed with Israel that Iranian terrorists were involved in the assault, but a report Monday was the first time the Guards were named. The investigation by New Delhi police found members of the Guards discussed the plan to attack the Israeli diplomats in India and other countries with Kazmi in January 2011. (Arutz-7)
DANON: OBAMA GAVE ISRAEL THE COLD SHOULDER: Member of Knesset, Danny Danon, welcomed the recent visit to Israel by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “We saw a candidate who cares about Israel. The very fact that he came during the campaign, three months before Election Day speaks for itself. We ask ourselves how come President Obama did not find the time to visit Jerusalem. He went to Saudi Arabia, he went to Turkey, to Egypt, but he forgot about the United States’ ally here in the Middle East.” Danon charged President Obama with turning a cold shoulder to the public in Israel and to the Jewish people. He added that leaders of the Jewish state hear a heard a strong commitment from Governor Romney and hoped to see a change in the American policy towards Israel. (INN) Continue to intercede for the US November elections. Pray all eligible voters will make their voices heard and that believers will be given the faith to believe their votes will make a difference.
DEMOCRATS MOVE TO INCLUDE GAY MARRIAGE SUPPORT IN OFFICIAL PARTY PLATFORM: Democrats are moving, for the first time, to include support for same-sex marriage in the official party platform at their national convention. The decision comes after President Obama became the first sitting US president to voice support for gay marriage. Sources said the Democrats' platform drafting committee voted unanimously to include the language backing same-sex marriage at a meeting in Minneapolis last weekend. The next step would be for the full platform committee to take it up in Detroit next month. From there, the plank would go to convention delegates in Charlotte. An organization of black pastors announced this week they will be launching a national campaign in opposition to Obama's endorsement. Rev. William Owens, president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, vowed the campaign will urge black voters to "withdraw their support" of the president. (Fox News) “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” Prov 14:34
CONGRESS CONSIDERS RECOGNIZING JEWISH REFUGEES: A bipartisan group of six Congress members is sponsoring a bill that would ensure recognition of the plight of 850,000 Jewish refugees displaced from Arab countries since Israel's War of Independence in 1948. Their bill in the US House of Representatives also would recognize other displaced populations, including Christians from countries in the Middle East, North Africa and the Persian Gulf. The legislation specifically calls on the Obama administration to pair any explicit reference to Palestinian refugees with a similar reference to Jewish or other refugee populations. “The suffering and terrible injustices visited upon Jewish refugees in the Middle East needs to be acknowledged,” said US Rep. Jerrod Nadler (D-N.Y.), the lead sponsor of the measure. “It is simply wrong to recognize the rights of Palestinian refugees without recognizing the rights of nearly one million Jewish refugees who suffered terrible outrages at the hands of their former compatriots.” Co-sponsor of the bill Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), said “Jewish refugees who were forced to flee Arab countries and Iran endured unimaginable hardships. Their plight has been ignored by the United Nations, other international bodies and many responsible nations. Any comprehensive Middle East peace agreement can only be credible and enduring if it resolves all issues related to the rights of all refugees in the Arab world and Iran, including Jews, Christians and others.” (J.Post). Pray this long overdue bill will be passed. Jewish refugees far outnumbered so called Palestinian refugees who voluntarily left Israel decades ago - having been counseled to do so by Arab warlords — and now clamor for the right to return by the millions and reclaim land, houses and Israeli citizenship. Jews, on the other hand, suffered the losses, remade their lives and prospered in other lands, mainly in Israel who absorbed and nurtured them. They have not been standing at Arab doors with their hands outstretched, demanding to be let back in and compensated along with their progeny. It is an issue often overlooked as Arab leaders dictate that the Palestinian “Right of Return” be agreed to in their long list of unreasonable demands for peace with Israel.
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 http://www.visionforisrael.com/
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