Israel Update

August 13, 2012

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Ps 20: 7

TELEGRAM ALERTS WORLD OF NAZI HOLOCAUST: Seventy years ago the World Jewish Congress representative in Geneva, Gerhart M. Riegner, sent a telegram to British and American diplomats providing accurate information about Hitler’s plans to annihilate millions of Jews. The cable stated: “Received alarming report about plan being discussed and considered in Führer headquarters to exterminate at one fell swoop all Jews in German-controlled countries comprising three and a half to four million after deportation and concentration in the east thus solving Jewish question once and for all….” The US State Department considered it "a wild rumor, fueled by Jewish anxieties," while the British Foreign Office refused to forward the telegram calling for the allegations to be investigated first. It was only on November 25, 1942 the State Department contacted WJC President Wise, confirming Riegner's report and granting Wise permission to release the news about the Holocaust to the world. It took a further 14 months until, in January 1944, President Roosevelt created the War Refugee Board whose aim was to try to save Jews. "Since my first telegram, 18 months had passed during which time the inexorable massacre continued and millions of Jews were sacrificed," Riegner wrote in his memoirs. For the rest of his life, Riegner was haunted by the knowledge that many of the six million Jews killed in Nazi concentration camps could have been saved if the US and Britain had acted promptly on his warning dispatched from Switzerland. (INN) Pray global leaders will not make the same tragic mistake again, rather wake up to the impending Iranian nuclear threat against Israel and the West.

IRAN HATE WORST SINCE NAZI GERMANY: Writer Colbert King this week issued a strong warning against Iranian antisemitism. King, a Pulitzer prize-winning columnist, termed Iranian hatred “the most virulent form of state-sponsored antisemitism since Nazi Germany.” King quoted multiple statements from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accusing “Zionists” of “ruling the major world affairs” to support his argument that the Iranian government is as antisemitic as the Third Reich. The focus must not be solely on Iran’s nuclear program, argued King, but on the regime’s threat to Jews worldwide. “Iran is also the world's leading state sponsor of terror. It has supplied more than 70,000 rockets to terrorist organizations deployed on Israel's borders and has tried to murder civilians across five continents and 25 countries, including in the US. By providing fighters and funds, Iran is enabling Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad to massacre his own people. The fingerprints of Iran were found in attacks on Jews in Bulgaria, India, Thailand and Georgia,” he stated. King challenged the international community to stand up against Iranian leaders’ overt antisemitism. “It is almost beyond belief the rest of the world would hear such an outrage and look the other way,” he argued. (Arutz-7)

THE WORLD TALKS AS IRAN ACTS TO DESTROY ISRAEL: The world wasted 10 years of Israeli warnings on Iran’s nuclear program and another eight years before imposing belated sanctions, says Michael Oren, Israel’s Ambassador to the US. His op-ed article in The Wall Street Journal was another hint Israel cannot wait much longer before trying to delay Iran’s nuclear program with a military attack. “Historically, Israel has exercised that right to defend itself only after exhausting all reasonable diplomatic means,” he wrote. “But repeated attempts to negotiate with Iran have demonstrated that neither diplomacy nor sanctions has removed the threat.” Oren underscored that Iran has become a global terror threat even without nuclear weapons, and if they are acquired, it will be easier for Iranian President Ahmadinejad to carry out his policy which stated last week, "the annihilation of the Zionist regime is the key for solving the world problems." (Arutz-7) “See how Your enemies are astir. With cunning they conspire against Your people.  'Come,' they say, 'let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.'  Let them know that You, whose name is the Lord - that You alone are the Most High above all the earth." Ps 83: 2-4,18

US, ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE AGREE IRAN CLOSER TO BOMB THAN EVER: Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday said a US intelligence report is closer than ever to Israel's own intelligence estimates on Iran.The latest US estimate gives much more urgency to stopping Iranian nuclear proliferation. "We and the Americans agreed not to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons and all options are on the table," Barak said. Ultimately, however, it is the Israeli government that will make decisions regarding its security and future. Earlier in the week, PM Binyamin Netanyahu once again shot down the idea that a nuclear-armed Iran could be contained. “This is a regime that has broken every rule in the book. They very likely could use weapons of mass death.” The prime minister, during a discussion dominated by the Iranian issue, said Iran is governed by a “fanatical regime” that sees itself on a sacred mission of global Islamic domination, and destroying Israel was just one step toward its larger vision. Everyone talks about the cost of stopping Iran, “but they shouldn’t ignore the cost of not stopping Iran,” he said. (J.Post) Intercede that God will supernaturally intervene to disrupt Iran’s program of mass destruction.  In the event a military operation is necessary pray Israel will have the wisdom, strength, knowledge and international co-operation it needs to succeed.

IRAN VOWS COMMITMENT TO ASSAD: Tehran gave Syria’s Bashar Assad its strongest avowal of support yet on Tuesday while heaping threats on the heads of his enemies, especially the US, Turkey and Israel. Saeed Jalili, head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, sat alongside the Syrian ruler in Damascus and vowed not to let Iran’s “close partnership with the Syrian leadership to be shaken by the uprising or external foes” or the “axis of resistance with Iran, Syria, Hizbullah to be broken.” Assad pledged to purge Syria of terror. (DEBKA)

EGYPTIAN ARMY STRIKES TERRORISTS, KILLS 20: The Egyptian army struck camps in the Sinai Tuesday night, killing 20 terrorists. The strikes followed a large-scale assault near Gaza on Sunday, where terrorists attacked Egyptian army posts and then attempted to enter Israel, followed by a shooting attack late Tuesday night in Al-Arish. The counter-terror assault is the first time the Egyptian army has used missiles in Sinai since attacking Israel in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Head of Egyptian intelligence Mourad Mowafy said Tuesday that Egypt had received intelligence about the terrorist attack Sunday, but had not been expecting the assault. “Despite the detailed information about the attack, we never imagined a Muslim would kill a Muslim during the meal to end the Ramadan fast day,” he told Turkish media. (INN)

ROGUE BRITISH BANK MAY LOSE NY LICENSE AFTER HIDING IRAN DEALINGS: New York's top bank regulator threatened to strip Standard Chartered Plc of its state banking license, saying the British bank was a "rogue institution" that hid $250 billion in transactions tied to Iran, in violation of US law. The market value of Standard Chartered Plc had tumbled $16 billion within hours of the announcement. The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) said Standard Chartered "schemed" with the Iranian government and hid from law enforcement officials some 60,000 secret transactions to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in fees over nearly 10 years, also exposing the US banking system to terrorists, drug traffickers and corrupt states. The loss of a New York banking license would be a devastating blow for a foreign bank, effectively cutting off direct access to the US bank market. Standard Chartered processes $190 billion every day for global clients. (Ha’aretz)

AUTHORITIES AGREE FIRES ARE A RESULT OF ARSON: Arab arson season is in full bloom in Israel. Sources in the fire and police department said several fires that broke out Thursday were set deliberately. One, in the southeastern approach to Haifa, was spreading toward the town of Tivon in the afternoon. The residents of three streets were evacuated. Residents of an old age home were also evacuated. Two homes were damaged, but no one was hurt. Planes from the fire fighting aerial squadron set up after the disastrous 2010 Carmel fire and more than 30 fire fighting teams from Haifa were fighting the blaze. The 2010 Carmel fire killed – or perhaps murdered – 44 people. Close to Jerusalem the fire that burned Wednesday reignited and was brought under control after dozens of local residents were evacuated from their homes. In addition, a fire broke out near an IDF ammunition depot 12 miles south of Tel Aviv. No one was hurt. Fire crews were able to bring the blaze under control in a relatively short time. It is a well known fact Arabs intentionally set fires as an easy way of terrorizing Jews and destroying their property. (Arutz-7)  Continue to pray summer infernos which can set ablaze acres of forests, destroying wildlife and human lives in their paths, will be quickly spotted and put out.  Pray those who set such fires will be arrested and brought to justice.

HAMAS PM’s BROTHER-IN-LAW TREATED AT ISRAELI HOSPITAL: The husband of Suhila Haniyeh - the sister of Hamas PM in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh - recently suffered a serious cardiac episode which could not be treated at any hospital in Gaza. He and his wife were taken to the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva where he received urgent treatment. After being hospitalized in Israel for a week, his condition stabilized and the couple returned to Gaza. Ismail Haniyeh attacks Israel at every opportunity, and the terror group he heads does not recognize Israel's right to exist. (Ynet)

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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