Israel Update

August 22, 2012

"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much." James 5:16

EGYPT SENDS TANKS, PLANES INTO SINAI: Egypt is now being controlled by Islamists who embrace the destruction of Israel as a primary goal. Egypt’s newly elected President, Mohamed Morsi, is a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group. Mere days ago the Muslim Brotherhood removed the former heads of Egypt's military and installed generals more compatible to its hard-line Islamist creeds. Cairo has now sent tanks and planes into Sinai as part of its recent thrust to clean up violent activities being carried out by individuals identified with global jihad and also extremists among the local Bedouin population. Although the Egyptian crackdown sounds noble, sending troops and heavy artillery into the Sinai is a gross violation of the Camp David Accords and a threat to Israel. According to those agreements the zone is to remain demilitarized. The Egyptian army's operation there is shaping up as its most extensive activity since the 1973 Yom Kippur War against the Jewish state. (INN/Ha'aretz) Egyptian troops and heavy artillery in the Sinai is a dangerous development for the Jewish state. In the event of an attack against Iran, Egypt could potentially turn its ammunition against Islam’s most hated enemy, Israel. Pray this scenario will not materialize.

NETANYAHU TO CAIRO: REMOVE EGYPTIAN TANKS FROM SINAI: The Israeli prime minister's office Tuesday sent a sharp message to Cairo requesting that Egypt withdraw its tanks immediately. Israel further requested that Egypt cease sending additional military forces into Sinai without prior coordination with the Jewish state. State officials expressed concerns over the fact that Egypt failed to notify Israel about the deployment of tanks in Sinai - a move that clearly defies the Camp David Accords. Israel’s leaders are apprehensive the Egyptians will take advantage of the current situation to increase their armored forces in Sinai for an unlimited period, and thereby bring about a serious change in the terms of the peace treaty. (Ma’ariv) A mere two weeks ago Egyptian press reports stated President Mohammed Morsi was looking into the possibility of changing his country’s peace accord with Israel to give Egypt full sovereignty and control of the entire Sinai Peninsula. Pray this illegal and treacherous initiative on the part of Egypt’s new Islamist regime will be abandoned. So why are the US taxpayers still funding Egypt?

EGYPT WARMS UP TO IRANIAN TERROR AXIS, MORSI TO VISIT TEHRAN: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President, Mohammed Morsi, is to visit Tehran this month after a 32-year break in ties between the two Muslim countries. Morsi plans to attend the so-called Non-Aligned Movement meetings Aug. 30. Egypt currently heads the Movement, and Iran will take over the rotating presidency at this month’s conference. Cairo and Tehran broke off relations after the overthrow of the Shah in the Islamic Revolution and Egypt’s recognition of Israel in 1979. Iran was accused by Egyptian officials in the Mubarak regime of trying to sow unrest in the country. Morsi allegedly told an Iranian news agency after he was elected president that he wanted to restore relations. A visit by Morsi would solidify the “terror axis” of Iran – Hizbullah, Syria and Hizbullah-dominated Lebanon in the north and Hamas to the south of Israel. (Arutz-7)

NO CRISIS WITH THE US IF ISRAEL CARRIES OUT IRAN ATTACK: "There is no crisis with the United States" regarding the necessity and timing of possible military action against Iran's nuclear program, Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren said this week. "The Americans hear the threats made by Iran's leaders, who want to destroy Israel. It is clear to me they are asking themselves, 'What would we do in their place?'" he said. "If Israel ultimately decides to take action against Iran, we will receive extremely widespread support from the American people and Congress, and President Obama will continue to recognize our right to defend ourselves on our own.” Former Israel Air Force Chief Maj. Gen. Herzl Bodinger said Israel should have bombed the Iranian installations in 2005 when there was only one site. "I am almost certain that the world won't be able to prevent Iran's nuclear militarization through sanctions, and when they have a bomb we will be in a completely different situation. We are very appreciative of American help and their support, but at the end of the day you stand by yourself, with your own fate. If we attack, missiles will fall here, but they will also fall here if the Americans attack." (Israel Hayom)

WAR WITH IRAN COULD COST ECONOMY $42 BILLION: The BDI business information firm estimates a war with Iran could cost the economy $42 billion in direct costs and damages over five years. The estimates are based on the cost and resulting damage to the economy from the 34-day Second Lebanon War in 2006 and BDI assumes a war with Iran will last as long. The calculations are based on its own research, while a war with Iran – if it happens – could be shorter and less damaging than feared. (INN)

IRAN FEARS ARE SLOWING ALIYAH: Fears of an attack on Iran are putting off people who might otherwise be inclined to move to Israel, says Natan Sharansky. The Jewish Agency Chairman said Sunday many would-be immigrants have completed all of their paperwork, and even have found places to live in their dreamed-of homeland. However, the Jewish Agency has received dozens of calls from the planned-for new olim (immigrants); cancelling the plans and saying their arrivals would be delayed until the threat of war has faded away. Sharansky suggested public discussion of the issue be toned down, adding that Israel's deterrence power is affected by the chatter; echoing a sentiment expressed by numerous figures in the defense arena. (Arutz-7) “I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’” Isa 41:13

OBAMA WARNS ASSAD OF US MILITARY ACTION IN SYRIA: President Barack Obama bluntly warned Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday not to cross a "red line" by using chemical or biological weapons in his country's bloody conflict and suggested such action would prompt the US to consider a military response. Pointing out that he had refrained from ordering US military engagement in Syria, Obama said there would be "enormous consequences" if Assad failed to safeguard his arsenal. He warned Syria not only against using its unconventional weapons, but against moving them in a threatening fashion. "We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is when we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized," Obama said. He acknowledged he was not "absolutely confident" the stockpile was secure. Obama said the issue was of concern not only to Washington but also to its close allies in the region, including Israel. (J.Post)

TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER LIMITS SYRIAN REFUGEES TO 100,000: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Monday his country would cap the number of refugees from Syria at 100,000. Currently, there are about 70,000 displaced people in the country. Davutoglu recommended the UN set up a buffer zone within Syria to care for refugees. He said the UN had the authority under international law to build refugee camps in safe zones it establishes, even within Syrian territory. (Arutz-7)

NEW POLL SHOWS ATHEISM ON THE RISE, WITH JEWS FOUND TO BE LEAST RELIGIOUS: "Irrespective of whether you attend a place of worship or not, would you say you are a religious person, not a religious person, or a convinced atheist?" This was the question posed to 51,927 people in 57 different countries, in a recent poll conducted by Gallup. The results show the world's population is becoming less religious, with a nine percent decline in believers compared with a similar survey conducted in 2005. The new survey also found a three percent increase of people who consider themselves atheists. Altogether, 59% of the world's population defines itself today as religious, 23% as non-religious and 13% as atheist. Of the religions surveyed in the poll, Jews were found to be the least religious: Only 38% of the Jewish population worldwide considers itself religious, while 54% sees itself as non-religious and two percent categorizes itself as atheist. In comparison, 97% of Buddhists, 83% of Protestant Christians and 74% of Muslims consider themselves religious. (Ha’aretz) Pray for the gift of believing faith to be poured out upon Israel and Jewish people worldwide. May their eyes see, their ears hear and their heart’s receive the love, protection and a multitude of other blessings G-d waits to pour out upon those who turn to Him.

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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