Israel Update

August 28, 2012

“He shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, you are approaching the battle against your enemies today. Do not be fainthearted. Do not be afraid, or panic, or tremble before them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’” Deut 20: 3-4

IRAN: WE ALL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO SUPPORT SYRIA: Iran has a responsibility to support the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad as it fights an armed uprising, the chief of the intelligence unit of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was quoted as saying Saturday. "We must not allow the line of resistance to be broken,” said Hossein Taeb, the intelligence unit head. Iran has supported Assad in the face of international condemnation over his crackdown on the uprising against his family's four-decade rule, considering his government part of an anti-Western front that also includes Lebanon's Hizbullah terrorist group. Tehran has also accused Western powers and countries in the region, including Turkey and Qatar, of supporting the rebels in an effort to overthrow Assad. A parliamentary committee from Iran will soon visit Syria for two days to strengthen bilateral relations. (J.Post) Iran and Syria have long been chief supporters of terrorist groups such as Hamas that regularly attacks Israel’s southern communities and Hizbullah with its thousands of rockets and missiles aimed at every major city in the Jewish state. Iran and Syria provide these terrorist organizations with training, funds and munitions.

IRAN PRESSED SYRIA TO GIVE WEAPONS TO HIZBULLAH: Entities in Tehran have put pressure on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to transfer part of his chemical weapons arsenal to Lebanese Shi'ite terror group Hizbullah, according to Israel’s Ma'ariv daily. The newspaper cited intelligence information received by the United States and its allies. The report followed the statement by US President Barack Obama that the use or movement of chemical weapons by the Assad regime will change the American administration's thinking about military involvement in the fighting between the Damascus government and opposition forces, which has claimed more than 25,000 lives in the last year and a half. (Arutz-7)

REPORT: 440 PEOPLE KILLED IN SYRIA SATURDAY: Syrian rebels reported Sunday morning that over 440 people had been killed in the country in the previous 24 hours. Among the dead were dozens of women and children. Some 310 were killed in Damascus and the surrounding area, with 200 killed in Darya, a suburb of Damascus. Since the beginning of August, the rebels said, some 3,700 people have been killed. (INN)

MULTITUDES FLEEING SYRIA: More than 200,000 Syrians have fled their country since the start of the savage civil war that began in March 2011, according to an official with the UN High Commission for Refugees. A record number of refugees crossed Syria's southern border into Jordan over the weekend, with 2,200 fleeing in one night to the Hashemite Kingdom. Turkey has likewise absorbed record numbers of refugees, with 78,000 Syrians having fled to safety there. An estimated 34,000 Syrians have crossed the border into Turkey just in the past three weeks alone. A total of 202,512 refugees have fled Syria since the civil war began, the official said, with thousands more escaping into Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan every day. Turkey has said it will cap the number of refugees it is willing to absorb at 100,000. (Arutz-7)

Blessings from Jerusalem,

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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