Israel Update

September 4, 2012

"My salvation and my honor depend on God. He is my mighty rock, my refuge." Ps 62:7

BAN AVOIDS CANDOR WITH IRAN’S PRESIDENT AND SUPREME LEADER: UN chief Ban Ki-moon met Iran's president and supreme leader in Tehran on Wednesday. He urged them to take steps to prove the country's nuclear program is peaceful and to stop aiding the Bashar al-Assad regime in its brutal crackdown on protesters. In separate meetings with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the secretary-general further said he considered their latest verbal attacks on Israel to be "unacceptable." Such low key phrases have been said dozens of times by diplomats and high ranking Western officials. They have repeatedly fallen on defiant ears. Iran has all but laughed at stringent sanctions and diplomatic efforts to stop its highly suspected nuclear weapons development.  Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei regularly threaten, belittle and slander the Jewish state. Ban arrived in Tehran on Wednesday for a three-day visit to attend a meeting of some 120 non-aligned nations, having defied calls from the US and Israel to boycott the event. Israel’s deputy foreign minister said this week on behalf of the Jewish state, "We believe it is a grave error for Ban 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/VFI) Press photos of the UN chief shaking hands with Ahmadinejad and smiling into the camera are somewhat reminiscent of British PM Neville Chamberlain meeting and shaking hands with Adolf Hitler in Germany on September 22, 1938. This was eight days before Chamberlain's famous arrival in Britain claiming peace had been won with the German dictator. The purpose of the meeting was to debate Hitler's takeover of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland. Chamberlain mistakenly believed Hitler was only concerned with the Sudetenland and that war could be averted by giving in to the dictator’s demands. The former British prime minister is now remembered as the man who tried to avert war through "appeasement" that is, pandering to Hitler’s demands for more territory in Europe. "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter." Isa 5:20

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Thursday he will address the UN General Assembly next month in New York. "In Tehran today, the representatives of 120 countries heard a blood libel against the State of Israel and were silent," Netanyahu said. "This silence must stop. Therefore, I will go to the UN General Assembly and, in a clear voice, tell the nations of the world the truth about Iran's terrorist regime, which constitutes the greatest threat to world peace." The prime minister on Wednesday strongly condemned the Non-Aligned Movement summit taking place in Tehran. "Today, over 120 countries are meeting in Tehran, while the regime there denies the Holocaust, and works to destroy the Zionist state. This is a disgrace to humanity," the prime minister said. Netanyahu continued that the presence of these 120 states in Iran is a sign that the world's pledge "never again" after the Holocaust, is hollow. (J. Post)

LIBERMAN SLAMS IRAN OVER ANTI-ISRAEL REMARKS: Israel's Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, strongly condemned on Thursday the remarks made by Iran’s leaders at the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran. He termed the Tehran conference "a march of folly, the likes of which we only saw in the 1930s." Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Israelis "ferocious Zionist wolves who digest the Palestinian people" during the summit.  "It is very unfortunate to hear those things coming out of Tehran today," Lieberman said. "In the background of the threats and the curses and the calls to destroy the State of Israel, wipe it off the map and hurt all the Jews wherever they are, we see representatives of 120 countries, including the UN Secretary General, who come to Tehran and give legitimacy to this regime." Lieberman also referred to the latest report by the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's nuclear program. The account said Iran has increased its uranium enrichment capacity by at least 30% in the last four months. "The report talks about serious violations of Iran’s promises to allow IAEA inspectors access to nuclear sites and about accelerated development of its military program," said Lieberman. "Anyone who reads this report understands Iran threatens not only Israel, but the entire world. It seems we ignore and disregard this. The question is how we can rely on the international community?" asked Lieberman. "How to we accept its claims that it guarantees our safety?" (Arutz-7)

EVIDENCE MOUNTS OF IRAN LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO NUCLEAR POWER: The IAEA will issue a report Friday detailing Iran’s nuclear progress at the Fordow facility, buried deep underground in order to protect it from a bombing attack. Iran continues to insist it is developing its nuclear facilities for peaceful purposes, but  Ahmadinejad's recent reiteration that Israel must be annihilated could be used by the Islamic Republic as reasoning that striking Israel with a nuclear warhead is part of its homemade "peace process." The IAEA reportedly is establishing a new "Task Force" to get tough with Iran, which so far has succeeded to dodge nuclear inspectors. Western dependence on diplomacy and sanctions has not convinced Israel that anything except military action can stop the Islamic Republic, and even the IAEA has shown signs of giving up. Last week it was reported Iran has "sanitized" a nuclear research facility to the point it may be too late to inspect it. Ahmadinejad has been deploying the same tactic for more than two years of negotiating with the IAEA, agreeing to terms and then negotiating again, allowing the continuation of unsupervised nuclear development. This week, Iran is hosting the Non-Aligned Movement. "Our enrichment activities will never stop and we are justified in carrying them out, and we will continue to do so," Iran's envoy to the IAEA said before the summit. (INN)

IRANIAN GENERAL ADMITS FIGHTING AN ALL-OUT WAR IN DEFENDING ASSAD: "Today, we are involved in fighting every aspect of a war in Syria - a military one and a cultural one as well," Gen. Salar Abnoush, a Revolutionary Guard commander, said Monday.  Iran, in continuing to support the Syrian government’s crackdown against protesters, publicly stated it is sending military personnel from its elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps to Damascus. It is the Iranian regime’s first public account of military participation in Syria. Public acknowledgment of Iran’s manpower support and military involvement there comes as international pressure against Syria is at its peak and the regime’s massacre against its civilians is most violent. Syrian military defections are on the rise, and soldiers are increasingly unwilling to fire at protesting crowds. Many Iranians feel betrayed by their government helping Syria at a time when their own economy is in dire decline. In February, documents revealed Tehran had given the Syrian government more than $1 billion to help relieve pressures of an international oil embargo and other restrictive measures. Currently, the US, Turkey, EU and Arab League have imposed crippling sanctions on Syria’s trade, banking and oil exports in order to deter its massacring of citizens. (Fox)

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: MORSI VISIT IN ISRAEL IMPOSSIBLE: Gamal Heshmat, a senior official in the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, came out Wednesday against Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's invitation to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to visit Israel. Heshmat stressed "there is no possibility for Morsi to visit the Zionist entity" and that "accepting Israel's invitation would be unimaginable." Earlier this week Morsi entered the world’s stage in his first interview with an international news organization before attending the NAM Summit in Iran. He was quoted as saying Israel has nothing to fear from Egypt’s military campaign in Sinai. He reassured the Jewish state its peace treaty was safe. In response, Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman expressed his desire to further improve diplomatic relations between the two countries. "We hope to see President Morsi host Israeli representatives, and we want to see him in Jerusalem as the guest of President Peres," Liberman said. Obviously, Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood terrorist backers will never allow that to happen. The Brotherhood’s often repeated goal is the destruction of Israel. Meanwhile, on Thursday, Egyptian President Morsi met with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinajd on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran. According to a statement issued by Ahmadinejad's bureau, Morsi lauded the strategic partnership between Egypt and Iran. (Ynet/J.Post) "There is nothing reliable in what they say. Their inward part is destruction itself. Their throat is an open grave." Ps 5:9

EUROPEAN JEWISH CONGRESS CONDEMNS ATTACK ON RABBI AND HIS DAUGHTER: A clearly recognizable Jew, wearing a yarmulka, and his 6-year-old daughter, were attacked Tuesday night by four suspected Arab youths. The 53-year-old rabbi was beaten on the head after being asked whether he was a Jew. The attackers shouted antisemitic epithets and insults about the rabbi's mother while beating him. They also threatened to kill his small daughter. The rabbi's injuries required treatment at a local hospital. The assault has been classified as a hate crime by Berlin police. Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit strongly condemned the attack as did European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor and Dieter Graumann, head of the Jewish community in Germany. (Arutz-7) Pray for G-d’s comfort to surround both Father and daughter, victims of yet another vicious antisemitic attack.

US STUDENT’S MOUTH STAPLED IN ANTISEMITIC ATTACK: A Jewish student at Michigan State University reported he was attacked close to campus. Just before the assault, which broke his jaw, Zach Tennen said his assailants asked him if he was Jewish. Tennen, 19, a resident of suburban Detroit, answered in the affirmative. He said his attackers "were making Nazi and Hitler symbols." Tennen was knocked unconscious early Sunday morning near MSU's East Lansing campus. The assailants stapled his mouth shut through his gums. Tennen later reached a hospital where his mouth was surgically wired shut. His family called the Anti-Defamation League regarding the assault. ADL responded to the parents of the victim and have been in contact with local law enforcement and university officials. (J.Post) Pray for Zach Tennen, the target of a violent racist attack. May he be comforted and healed both emotionally and physically. Pray the perpetrators will be found and brought to justice.

BULGARIAN MUSLIM BUS DRIVER’S FAMILY TO RECEIVE AID: The Jewish Agency for Israel announced this week it will include the family of the Bulgarian Muslim bus driver, Mustafa Kyosov, killed in a suicide bombing that targeted Israeli tourists in Burgas last month, among recipients of aid from the Fund for the Victims of Terror. Five Israelis were killed in the attack, along with bus driver, Kyosov, and the suicide bomber. Israel has blamed the assault on Iran and the Lebanon-based terrorist group, Hizbullah. (J.Post)

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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