Israel Update

August 3, 2012

“The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem. The earth and the heavens will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.” Joel 3:16

PALESTINIAN GROUPS LASH OUT AT ROMNEY FOR CALLING JERUSALEM ISRAEL’S CAPITAL: Various radical Palestinian groups Monday criticized Palestinian Authority PM Salam Fayyad for meeting with Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, especially in wake of the latter’s statement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Romney used the term Sunday night in the Holy City, during a trip to present himself as Israel's closest ally ahead of the election contest with President Barack Obama. Romney said it was a moving experience to be in Jerusalem and described the city as “Israel's capital,” to the cheers of an Israeli audience. He suggested he would move the US embassy to Jerusalem if elected president. In response on Monday, chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat said, "We condemn his statements. Those who speak about the two-state solution should know there can be no Palestinian state without East Jerusalem. What this man is doing here is promoting extremism, violence and hatred, and this is absolutely unacceptable,” said Erekat. Terror group Hamas’ spokesman Fawzi Barhoum accused Romney of insulting the feelings of Palestinians and Muslims. “Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinians and Palestine and we will never give it up,” said Barhoum. Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine also denounced Romney’s remarks about Jerusalem. Both terrorist factions called for a boycott against the candidate. (Ha’aretz/INN) “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.” Zech 12: 2-3

GIULANI: OBAMA AS ISRAEL’S ALLY IS THE BIGGEST JOKE HE’S EVER HEARD: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani recently called President Obama “the least supportive president” of Israel in history and claimed the idea that Obama is a friend of the Jewish state to be “the biggest joke” he’s ever heard. In a video published on YouTube, Giuliani is asked a number of questions regarding the president’s record on Israel, including Obama’s remarks that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority should be based on pre-1967 boundary lines. “That would be ridiculous if they had to go back to those territorial lines,” Giuliani said. “They’d be in such jeopardy with what’s going on in the volatile Middle East right now. As a prime minister of Israel, you couldn’t possibly agree to what President Obama is talking about.” Asked what he believes to be the significance of Obama having not traveled to Israel during his entire term in office, Giuliani responded by saying, “It isn’t just that he doesn’t go to Israel, but it’s that he has policies that are against the interest of the people of the state of Israel. I think he’s the least supportive president of the state of Israel that we’ve ever had since the state of Israel existed, Republican or Democrat,” Giuliani said. (INN)

KEY LIAISON TO JEWISH COMMUNITY FOR OBAMA CAMPAIGN DECIDES NOT TO PARTICIPATE THIS TIME AROUND: Dennis Ross, a longtime diplomat and a key architect of the Oslo peace process who worked for the Obama campaign during the 2008 Democratic primaries, has stated he won’t be campaigning for Obama this time around. Ross was a powerful asset for the president’s first campaign, speaking at synagogues in swing states and persuading Jewish voters to place their trust in Obama. This year, however, Ross decided to step aside, as Jewish voters scrutinize Obama’s less-than-friendly record on Israel. While Ross claims his reasons for abstaining from this season’s campaign stem entirely from personal and professional reasons, many have speculated he was frustrated that the policies he pursued under Obama have not reaped desired results. Josh Block, a former press aide for the Clinton administration and former top spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said, “The fact that after three years of working on Mideast policy side-by-side with the president, Ambassador Ross has decided to sit out this campaign will certainly be understood as a message of its own, intentionally or unintentionally.” Aaron Miller, who was Ross’s deputy on the peace process during the Clinton years, said “The peace process is stuck and is likely to remain stuck. The fact is no amount of hand-holding is going to assuage the concerns and suspicions of a pro-Israel community which has now seen some of its fears realized. I wouldn’t want to try to sell Obama to the Jewish community in this environment,” Miller added. (INN) Pray US voters will seek wisdom from God and that discernment between truth and deception will be clear as Americans go to the polls in November.

ITALIAN OLYMPIC TEAM COMMEMORATES MUNICH MASSACRE: The Italian Olympic team at the London Olympic Games made a noble gesture Sunday and stood in silence outside the quarters of the Israeli team, in memory of the 11 athletes slain in the Munich Olympics 40 years ago. About 30 Italians were present at the ceremony, including Italy's Minister of Sport, the heads of the Italian Olympic Committee and athletes. Israeli Olympic Committee head Tzvi Varshaviak and Olympic delegation leader Efraim Zinger also took part. (Arutz-7)

AUSTRALIAN JEWISH LEADERS OBSERVE MUNICH OLYMPIC MEMORIAL: Australian Jewish leaders observed a minute's silence in honor of the 11 Israelis murdered 40 years ago at the Munich Games. Vic Alhadeff, chief executive of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, recounted the tragedy and lauded governments and their leaders around the world who supported the call for a minute of silence at the opening ceremony in London. He also took Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee, to task for his failure to heed the calls: "We deplore his decision to hold a low-key memorial ceremony away from the public eye - in the shadows, out of sight of the thousands of spectators who will be at the opening ceremony; out of sight of the 1 billion global television viewers.”  Adaff then added, “The IOC - the world’s ultimate sporting arena - has yet again bowed to expediency and failed in its moral responsibility." (Ha’aretz) Continue to pray for the security of the 38 Israeli Olympic athletes and their coaches and support staff.

CIVILIANS FLEE ALEPPO AS SYRIAN TROOPS AND REBELS BATTLE: The Syrian army has massed its forces around Aleppo, that country’s largest city, and has been pounding it with tanks and helicopter gunships. The UN said 200,000 Syrians have fled as the government continues to aim its mortars, tank and helicopter gunships on the neighborhoods seized by the rebels. Valerie Amos, the top UN official for humanitarian affairs, said in a statement Sunday, “Many people have sought shelter in schools and other public buildings in safer areas. They urgently need food, mattresses and blankets, hygiene supplies and drinking water.” Aleppo is some 30 miles away from the Turkish border and some of those fleeing the city are headed for Turkey, where tens of thousands of Syrians have already found refuge during the 17-month uprising against President Bashar Assad’s rule. Those fleeing Aleppo have described incessant shelling, shortages of food and gasoline and soaring black market prices for everyday staples. In online videos they can be seen rushing through streets against a backdrop of gunfire and climbing onto any form of transportation available to escape, including trucks, cars and even heavily laden motorcycles. (AP)

AS ASSAD TEETERS, ISRAEL PREPARES FOR BATTLE TO SECURE CHEMICAL WEAPONS: Israeli soldiers and civilians alike are preparing for possible military action to make sure Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons don't fall into the hands of terrorist groups.  Sources close to the Israel Defense Force said soldiers have been put on standby and are ready to move, while civilian demand for gas masks has jumped 66% over the last few weeks from 2,200 to 3,700 per day. The fears center around the prospect of Hizbullah obtaining Syrian chemical weapons as the Assad regime shows imminent signs of collapse. “Israel will not hold back and will respond decisively if this happens,” Israeli FM Avigdor Lieberman said. The Hizbullah terrorist group in south Lebanon - supported by both Syria and Iran - who has long called for the destruction of Israel, is the prime candidate to take possession of the armaments. (Fox News)

SUSPECTED REMAINS OF JEWS MASSACRED ON TEMPLE MOUNT DISCOVERED: The remains of thousands of Jews massacred by the Romans on the Temple Mount during the destruction of the Second Temple may have been uncovered, according to veteran archaeological journalist Benny Liss. Liss screened a video showing thousands of human skeletons in what appears to be a mass grave. He explained the film had been shot in a spacious, underground cavern in the area of the Mercy Gate near the eastern wall of the Temple Mount. Liss raised the possibility the skeletons were the remains of 6,000 Jews, mostly women and children, killed on the Temple Mount when the Romans destroyed the Second Temple. The massacre is described in the writings of Josephus Flavius who witnessed the destruction. (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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