Israel Update

August 29, 2012

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Col 4:2

US TRIPLED WEAPONS SALES IN 2011 TO COUNTER IRAN’S THREATS: The US tripled weapons exports last year, mostly to allies in the Middle East in a major drive to counter Iran's ambitions in the region, a new study for the US Congress said Monday. The report disclosed US armaments exports totaled $66.3 billion in 2011, out of a global weapons market of $85.3 billion. The study said the 2011 figures for US arms exports constituted an "extraordinary increase" in just one year over the $21.4 billion in 2010 sales. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman were major buyers of US arms at record levels last year. In addition, the US had worked out a policy goal with Arab allies in the Gulf to build a regional missile defense system to protect cities, oil refineries, pipelines and military bases from possible Iranian attack. (Ha’aretz)

IRAN MUST GIVE UP NUKES OR CHANCES OF MILITARY ACTION ARE HIGH: Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Sunday: "We think the evidence is clear, not just from the US but international UN agencies, that the Iranian regime is developing the capacity to build a nuclear weapon - many of them - and that if that happened it would be threatening to the entire region and the entire world. There is tremendous fear of Iran with nuclear weapons, not just in the US and Israel, but throughout the Arab world and in Europe. So, we're coming to a point where there will only be two choices for not just the US and Israel but other countries. Will we simply sit back and let Iran become a nuclear power and destabilize the region and start a nuclear arms race in the Middle East? Or will we be compelled to take some military action to delay or destroy that program?" He said, “I think we have the capability either to eliminate the Iranian nuclear weapons program or to disable it in a way that it will be delayed for enough years that we may hope and pray there will be a regime change. If there is military action against Iran's nuclear program, it's only because the government in Tehran has given us no other choice. But if Iran doesn't respond by altering its nuclear program, the prospects of US military action are high." (Radio Free Europe)

IN ATTENDING NAM CONFERENCE BAN PAVED WAY FOR OTHERS: A number of world leaders who were going to boycott the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit currently taking place in Tehran changed their mind when UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced he would attend, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Monday. Ayalon explained the argument used by these statesmen was that they could not boycott the meeting if Ban attended. "We still have the highest respect for Ban," Ayalon said. “But we believe it is a grave error for him to go to Tehran and honor a regime that is antisemitic, that has violated six UN Security Council resolutions, that has threatened to destroy another member state, and that continues to provoke and challenge norms of the international community." (J.Post) “Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked.” Prov 25:26

MORSI REASSURES ISRAEL ON PEACE: In his first interview with an international news organization on Monday, Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi promised that Israel has nothing to fear from its military campaign in Sinai. The new Islamist president said he would pursue a "balanced" foreign policy, reassuring Israel its peace treaty was safe. Morsi, who was elected in June, has been seeking to introduce himself to a wider world ahead of a trip to Iran - the first by an Egyptian leader in three decades. Morsi, came to power after the fall of Hosni Mubarak, who served for decades as a loyal US ally and the guarantor of Egypt's status as the first Arab country to make peace with Israel. Morsi’s backers, the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group, conversely, describe Israel as a racist and expansionist entity and are among those who have long-term goals to destroy the Jewish state. Officials in Israel have voiced worries about Egypt's recent build-up of heavy arms in Sinai. Morsi claims this is to weed out terrorists, but the military increase is illegal and violates the 1979 Camp David Accords. The Egypt-Israel peace deal includes limits on Egyptian military deployment in Sinai. (J.Post) Morsi’s vow to honor the peace treaty with Israel is to be viewed critically. He is heavily backed by the Muslim Brotherhood movement. This terrorist organization has a historical pattern of being initially very cautious and calculated, but when it is convinced it has the ability to seize more political and military power, it acts without hesitation and with complete disregard for its past promises. This is likely the strategy regarding Egypt’s peace agreement with Israel. Pray the West will not be deceived by more nice sounding political phrases and words on the part of those who party with terrorist groups.

LIBERMAN TO MORSI: PEACE IS NOT AN ABSTRACT IDEAL, VISIT JERUSALEM: Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said at a legal conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday that while he is pleased to hear of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s statements regarding Egypt’s commitment to abide by all international treaties, such affirmations are not merely be abstract ideals. Whereas Liberman noted the importance of Morsi’s remarks, he continued to affirm his desire to further improve the diplomatic relations between the two countries. "Therefore, we hope to see President Morsi host official Israeli representatives. We want to see him give interviews to the Israeli press, and we want to see him in Jerusalem as the guest of President Peres," Liberman asserted. Morsi has not given any indication that he would, in fact, meet with Israeli officials or travel to the Jewish state. (INN)

EGYPTIAN CRUCIFIXIONS: Sky News Arabia reported August 9 that opponents of Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi were put to death and hanged from trees or crucified outside the presidential palace in Egypt. The story was removed shortly after being posted on the Internet. Douglas J. Hagmann, director of the Northeast Intelligence Network, in a recent radio interview was asked about the issue. Hagmannn says his organization has been monitoring websites in Arabic and other resources and believes executions did in fact take place. He said that individuals were likely killed and then put on crosses and put up as a kind of trophy. He said he didn’t believe actual crucifixion was the manner of death." Hagmann added however there is ample evidence of such executions in other places. "We have seen them crucifying their opponents. Some cases include incidents in the Ivory Coast. We have some definite evidence from Indonesia and one in Iraq." Hagmann added that, in general, the Coptic Christian community in Egypt faces deadly opposition from the Muslim Brotherhood. (Arutz-7) Pray for the Coptic Christian community in Egypt. May it be hidden, protected and spared from Islamist cruelty and violence.

SYRIANS BURY HUNDREDS: Residents of Daraya, a city of several hundred thousand, described how the Syrian Army last weekend closed off the area, keeping civilians from fleeing and then methodically began a campaign of heavy shelling and house-to-house searches ending with executions. In outside fields, where there were more bodies than people to prepare them for burial, gunshot wounds could be seen in the heads of many men. A resident of Daraya reported he saw dozens of dead people killed by the knives or by gunfire. "The regime finished off whole families," he said. In addition150 bodies were discovered in the basement of a mosque. Syrian fighter plane carried out attacks on two Damascus suburbs Monday, killing at least 60 people. These were the first aerial strikes on the Syrian capital. Experts say the counterinsurgency campaign by Assad's forces has increasingly centered on an effort to turn the population against the rebels by showing people the fatal consequences of harboring the opposition. (Daily Alert/Ynet)

ISRAEL’S AIR FORCE STRIKES TWO WEAPONS SITES IN GAZA: IAF aircraft struck two sites in northern Gaza in which weapons were produced and stored on Monday night. The attack was in response to this week’s terrorist fire into Israeli territory. Gaza terrorists launched a Kassam rocket on the Sderot area, minutes after students arrived at their classes for the first day of school. Sderot district students began their lessons by responding to the Color Red siren, which gives them 15 seconds to run for cover before the incoming missile explodes. Later in the day, Gaza terrorists fired two more Kassam rockets as children were returning home from their first day at school. The short-range missiles exploded in open areas and caused no damage or physical injuries. Two rockets were also fired at the Eshkol region on Tuesday night. The rockets hit open fields, and no injuries were reported. On Sunday morning, Gaza terrorists fired three Kassam rockets on the Western Negev, one of them severely damaging a building. One person was lightly wounded and a second was treated for shock. (INN) Targeting children in terrorist attacks is another sobering display of Islamist hatred. Continue to pray for the protection of all residents, children and IDF soldiers in Israel’s southern communities.

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 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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