Israel Update

August 6, 2012

“He will be a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.” Isaiah 28:5

PALESTINIANS SET TO PROCEED WITH UN STATEHOOD BID: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is going to the UN September meetings to ask for recognition of a Palestinian state. Such a move is one of several recent attempts on the part of PA chiefs to bypass the necessary process of hammering out a peace agreement with Israel that would be fair and workable to all parties. Abbas’ planned appeal to the UN is unrealistic when his people are split into two separate entities, have two prime ministers and two governments. Additionally the World Bank last month released a report deeming  the Palestinian Authority "unsustainable" in terms of economy. The document informed that donor countries had propped up the Palestinian economy by giving billions of dollars and that the system is currently not strong enough to support a state. Israeli government officials in response to Abbas’ latest proposed UN approach said the Palestinians should focus on renewing talks with Israel instead of seeking to garner international support for its statehood bid. (Ha’aretz) Israel has made countless gestures and concessions over the years in an effort to keep peace negotiations proceeding with the Palestinians. PA leaders have yet to respond with the even smallest token of good will. Rather, they have increasingly made impossible demands of the Jewish state in return for a peace deal which they have no intention of honoring. Ultimately, the Palestinians want Israel to give over hugely populated areas of its land, including East Jerusalem, and to allow Arab refugees and their prodigy, now numbering in the millions, to return to Israel, which would render it an Arab rather than a Jewish state. Knowing such unfeasible stipulations cannot and will not be met by Israel’s government, the PA is now attempting to achieve its aims by stealthily using back door methods via the UN. Pray such attempts will be solidly rebuffed and dismissed.

JERUSALEM ANGRY AT PA FAILURE TO RECIPROCATE GOODWILL: The Palestinian failure to respond positively to a series of recent Israeli goodwill gestures shows that PA President Mahmoud Abbas is "unable to enter into negotiations that will require concessions," according to an internal government memo. A spokesman said Israel has made a number of goodwill gestures lately toward the Palestinians, including recently agreeing to start negotiations with them on developing the Gaza Marine gas field off the Gaza coast. Other steps cited include the signing last week of an economic accord with the PA aimed at enhancing trade and clamping down on tax evasion; the decision on the eve of Ramadan two weeks ago to advance the PA some NIS 180 million of tax money so salaries could be paid; and the transfer in May to the PA of the bodies of some 90 terrorists. The government also recently increased the number of Palestinian construction workers allowed to work in the country by some 5,000. "We think we have taken some bold steps, but the Palestinians have refused to pick up the ball, and refuse to cease behavior that we see as hostile," said a government official. “The Palestinians have to make a decision,” he continued. “Do they want to go ahead with cooperation – and there is so much to be gained by that – or do they want to proceed with unilateral steps, and reflexive anti-Israel actions.” Recent supportive gestures have been preceded by countless acts of goodwill on Israel’s part in the past. (J.Post)

SYRIAN REBELS CONTROL 60% OF SYRIA’S LARGEST CITY: Opposition forces claimed Saturday they had increased their control over the city of Aleppo, and that 60% of the city was in their hands. According to the report, the Free Syria Army took over government-run radio and television stations in the northern part of the largest city in Syria. The rebels ended up retreating for tactical reasons, and the stations suspended their broadcasts. The ongoing battles are taking place near strategic points in the city, including government buildings. Rebel officer Hussam Abu Mohammad said the rebels had to retreat due to lack of weapons that would stand against planes and helicopters. Another officer reported thousands of Iranian soldiers have arrived in Syria over the last several days in order to assist the regime. Rebels and government forces have been battling in Aleppo for a week now, with neither side making significant gains. The battle could decide the course of the 17-month conflict in Syria. The political turbulence in Syria is a no-win situation for the country’s civilians including its Christian minority. Syrian opposition forces increasingly match the Assad regime’s disdain for the lives and liberty of the Syrian people, especially Christians and other non-Sunnis, who constitute about 25% of Syria’s population. Pray for G-d’s mercy to hide and protect the innocent, especially the children, in this tragic upheaval. Pray much needed food and other essential provisions will reach the needy and stricken.

PROSOR ATTACKS SYRIA IN FIERY UN SPEECH: Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, fiercely attacked Syria and the Syrian ambassador to the UN during a speech to the General Assembly on Friday. Prosor accused Syrian President Bashar Assad's ambassador of spreading lies and hiding the reality that takes place in Syria. Referring to the issue of the chemical weapons being held by the Syrian regime, Prosor said, “A leader who brutally slaughters children today will not hesitate to use chemical weapons against them tomorrow.” During his speech Prosor directly turned to the Syrian ambassador, Bashar Jaafari, and told him that he raised the art of lying to new heights. “People are being slaughtered every day in the streets of Syria and in your speeches to the UN you are telling us fairy tales that are unrelated to what is happening on the ground.” Prosor added that unlike the Syrian habit of blaming Israel for everything bad, this time Assad's regime is also accusing other countries. “Everyone except the Syrian leadership is guilty of the massacre. The Security Council is paralyzed and the Syrian leadership is disconnected,” he said. Prosor concluded by telling Syria's citizens that Israel and the Jewish people identify with their suffering at this difficult time. (Arutz-7)

ASSAD TRANSFERS MISSILES TO LEBANESE BORDER: Syrian President Bashar Assad has transferred a battery of advanced missiles to the al-Masna border crossing, which is the central route used to transfer equipment and weapons to the Hizbullah terror group. The report cited members of the Syrian opposition who said one of two major chemical arsenals of the Syrian regime is located near that border crossing. This facility is located about 15 miles from a missile base belonging to Hizbullah. The distance between the weapons facility and the Lebanese border crossing is 42 miles, meaning if a war breaks out between Hizbullah and Israel, the terror group will be able to transfer the chemical weapons and missiles to Lebanese territory in a period of between one and two hours. Israel has expressed deep concerns Assad’s chemical weapons will end up in the hands of Hizbullah. (INN) Pray maximum alertness and preparedness will be with Israel’s government and military officials in the event of an attack by Hizbullah or related terrorist groups.

SYRIA’S MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD HOPES FOR ISLAMIC STATE: The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria said Thursday the country, post-Assad, will be an Islamic state. The movement’s deputy leader, Ali Al-Bayanouni called Syrian President Bashar Assad “a criminal and a murderer who must be brought to justice,” stressing that “no one has the authority to pardon the criminals.” At the same time, despite the evidence of war crimes being committed by rebel forces as well, Al-Bayanouni said he fully supports the rebels. Islamists have gained power in both Tunisia and Egypt following the Arab Spring revolutions that toppled the governments in both countries last year. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has publicly expressed its hopes the country will become an Islamic caliphate. During his election campaign, Egyptian president-elect Mohammed Morsi reiterated his commitment to jihad and to the Islamic Sharia law. (Arutz-7)

AMERICA’S PLAN FOR ATTACK ON IRAN: US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was in Israel last week to talk with Israeli leaders about Iran’s nuclear program. According to press reports, Panetta revealed America’s contingency plan in case talks with Iran fail to halt its nuclear program. Panetta may have shared the US strategy to assuage Israeli leaders’ concerns the United States is putting undue confidence in the efficacy of sanctions. The plan would reportedly be put into effect only in one and a half years. Israeli leaders have indicated Israel may pursue a military strike much sooner – possibly in the next three months. Experts believe a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities would postpone the country’s nuclear program by at least five years, and possibly up to a decade. The plan published Friday is a two-stage operation, in which warplanes launched from the Strait of Hormuz strike first. The second stage includes the use of bunker-buster missiles. (INN)

TWO STONED TO DEATH FOR COMMITTING ADULTERY IN MALI: Islamists in control of northern Mali said they forced a man and a woman into two holes and stoned them to death for committing adultery in the lawless region. Witnesses watched quietly as Islamists executed the two by pelting them with rocks in the remote Aguelhok town, according to a local resident. "I don't know how many rocks they threw or for how long it went on before they were both dead," he recounted." A leader of a radical Islamic group in the region said Sharia law condemns relationships outside marriage. "The man and the woman were having an affair," said Aliou Toure, the Islamist commissioner in Gao. "They were stoned to death, the punishment for infidelity, according to Sharia, Islamic law." The stoning Sunday is the first reported Sharia killing since al Qaeda-linked Islamists took control of the north. (CNN)

SOMALI COMEDIAN WHO DARED TO MOCK ISLAMIST IS GUNNED DOWN: One of Somalia's most popular comedians, who dared to mock Islamist terrorists for brainwashing children and killing civilians, was gunned down last Tuesday. Abdi Jeylani Malaq, also known as Marshale, was killed by two young men as he left a local radio station where he worked as a producer and performer. It was not immediately clear who was behind the shooting, but Malaq, 43, had previously received threats from the al Qaeda-linked terror group al-Shabab. Malaq was the seventh journalist to be murdered in Somalia this year in what appear to be targeted killings. (Fox News)

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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