Israel Update

September 12, 2012

“Strangers have risen against me and violent men have sought my life. Behold, G-d is my helper; the Lord is the strength of my soul. He will recompense the evil to my foes.” Ps 54: 3-5

UN AGENCY HAS NEW INTELLIGENCE ON IRAN: The UN Atomic Energy Agency has received new and significant intelligence over the past month that Iran has moved further toward the ability to build a nuclear weapon, according to diplomats. Evidence shows the Islamic Republic has advanced its words on calculating the destructive power of an atomic warhead through a series of computer models it ran sometime within the past three years. The information comes from Israel, the US and at least two other Western countries and concludes the work was done within the past 36 months. The new data revealing Iran is moving closer to nuclear capability strengthens Israel’s position and could not come at a worse time for US President Barack Obama. The time-frame is significant because it reinforces concerns that Iran has continued weapons work into the recent past and may be continuing to do so. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano this week called on Iran to open up “without further delay” the Parchin military site, where "powerful tools" could detect traces of covert activities despite Tehran's suspected clean-up work. Amano said that in a string of meetings and visits to Iran this year, the two sides had been going round in circles. “This is frustrating because, without Iran's full engagement, we will not be able to start the process to resolve all outstanding issues, including those involving possible military dimensions to its nuclear program.” (AP/Arutz-7)

JERUSALEM WITHIN RANGE OF NEW IRANIAN MISSILE: Iran is set to unveil a “domestically produced” cruise missile capable of being launched “from land, sea, and air” and reaching major Israeli cities, including Jerusalem, Iranian media stated. According to the report, the missile, with a range of 1,250 miles, could easily reach Israeli cities, including Jerusalem. The cruise missile will also be capable of hitting targets as far away as the vital American military base at Diego Garcia, described by the US military as the “tip of the spear” for US military operations in the Persian Gulf, with lies 2,400 miles from Iran. The report said the GPS-equipped cruise missile, with a precision fault of less than 32 feet, is outfitted with components to counter anti-cruise missile defenses. (Arutz-7) Continue to intercede that US top officials will profoundly understand that the confrontation with the Islamic Republic over its aggressive, military agenda is not simply Israel’s battle, but one that must be faced and fought by every endangered nation. One would not allow a madman to wonder the neighborhood - one who keeps threatening to murder families and children in the vicinity, while dragging guns and knives home each night in preparation for the brutal deeds. One would not invite him to speak at the local library or include him as an honored guest at the neighborhood picnic.  America, wake up!

THE WHITE HOUSE HANDS IRAN’S AHMADINEJAD A GLOBAL MEGAPHONE: Just a few days after the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will travel to New York City. Once he arrives he will be handed a platform to incite violence and hostility from the center of the UN universe, just a few miles from Ground Zero. This is a man who openly advocates genocide, brazenly endeavors to commit terrorist attacks on American soil, kills and kidnaps Americans abroad, brutalizes his own people, sponsors terrorism around the world, and is on the verge of acquiring a nuclear bomb. Today, on 9/11, we need to ask why. Why is he being given this global megaphone? (Fox News)

WHITE HOUSE REPORTEDLY DECLINES NETANYAHU’S REQUEST TO MEET WITH OBAMA: The White House was said to have declined Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s request on Tuesday to meet US President Barack Obama during a UN conference in New York this month. A Jerusalem official reported the prime minister’s office sent the White House a message stating that although Netanyahu will spend only two and a half days on US soil, he is interested in meeting Obama and is willing to travel to the US capital for that purpose. The official added the White House rejected the request and said that at this time Obama’s schedule does not allow for a meeting. In a puzzling update late Tuesday, the White House released a statement denying any formal offer was made for a meeting in the capital - without saying whether a suggestion was made for a discussion elsewhere, like New York. (Ha’aretz) Pray against confusion between the two countries and conflicting press reports. Tensions are running high and relations are at best strained between PM Netanyahu and President Obama regarding critical solutions necessary to halt Iran’s nuclear development program.

CLINTON REJECTS NETANYAHU’S CALL FOR RED LINES OVER IRAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM: Despite talks between PM Benjamin Netanyahu's office and the White House over the possibility of drawing red lines concerning the Iranian nuclear program, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday night the administration is not prepared to make such a public commitment. “We’re not setting deadlines," Clinton stated in an interview with Bloomberg Radio. Earlier Sunday, Netanyahu said Israel and the US were discussing applying further pressure on Iran, and called for drawing red lines that if crossed will prompt a military strike against the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities. Netanyahu stressed that these lines are the only way a war can be avoided. Clinton rejected Netanyahu's stance, saying negotiations are “by far the best approach” to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. “We’re convinced that we have more time to focus on these sanctions, to do everything we can to bring Iran to a good-faith negotiation.” (Ha’aretz)

US: SETTING RED LINES FOR IRAN IS NOT USEFUL: The US State Department Monday said setting red lines on the Iranian nuclear program is not useful, following Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's statement Sunday that Washington is not setting deadlines. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Washington places precedence on applying pressure on Tehran and engaging it diplomatically, all the while conducting "intensive consultations with Israel," she added. In Jerusalem, one senior government official said Monday that Clinton's comment on not setting deadlines for Iran could have the effect of putting the Islamic Republic at ease. "Without a clear red line Iran will not cease its race toward a nuclear weapon," the official said. "These sorts of statements will not stop Iran's centrifuges from spinning, unfortunately the opposite could be true." (J.Post)

NO RED LINE SET BEFORE IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM - NO RED LIGHT FOR ISRAEL TO HOLD ITS FIRE: PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that if world powers refused to set a red line for Tehran's nuclear program, they could not demand that Israel hold its fire. "The world tells Israel 'wait, there's still time.' And I say, 'Wait for what? Wait until when?' Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel," he said. "Now if Iran knows there is no red line, if Iran knows there is no deadline, what will it do? Exactly what it's doing. It's continuing, without any interference, towards obtaining nuclear weapons capability and from there, nuclear bombs." (Reuters)

RIVLIN: ISRAEL IS PREPARED TO FACE IRAN ON ITS OWN: Israel will take responsibility for its own defense, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said Tuesday following a dispute between Israel and the US over Iran. “The latest development for which we must be prepared, is for the world to yet again sit on the fence,” he said. “The Prime Minister has an obligation to be ready for a situation in which the world stands by and does nothing in the face of a threat to Israel and to the world,” he continued. “Past experience has taught us that we must take our destiny in our own hands and not rely on anyone to do the work for us.” Israel “is not trying to be overly determined or aggressive,” he added. (INN)

FORMER AMBASSADOR: ISRAEL ALONE AGAIN: Former Israeli ambassador to the US Zalman Shoval said Israeli and US interests diverge when it comes to Iran. “We need to get used to the fact that, as usual, we are alone.” The current situation, he said, is reminiscent of the state of affairs before the Six Day War, when Israel received no support from the US. Indeed, the Jewish state was told point-blank by the Johnson administration that if Israel took the initiative and actively attacked Egypt it would have to suffer the consequences itself, despite the fact Egypt committed an act of war by closing off the Straits of Tiran. Shoval added that the US election and the question of how an Israeli attack will affect his campaign is presently the number one concern of US President Obama. (INN) “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.” Ps 50:15

BAN URGES LIFT OF GAZA BLOCKADE TO EASE SUFFERING: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to lift the blockade of Gaza Monday during a speech to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. He devoted 169-words of a 1,528-word address to Gaza and the Palestinian issue, and 153 words to the bloodbath in Syria. Ban additionally made no mention of Iran, its human rights abuses or genocidal threats. The secretary-general defied US and Israeli requests last month to stay away from the Non-Aligned Movement conference in Tehran, which the regime there used to prop its legitimacy both domestically and around the world. "This is part of the UN's institutional bias against Israel, and is par for the course," one Israeli government official said. "I would like to say I am surprised, but I am not." (J.Post)

IRAN PASTOR YOUCEF NADARKHANI RELEASED AND AT HOME: Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was sentenced to death and became a symbol of what his church called "suffering Christians" in Iran, could embrace his wife and children last Saturday after he was unexpectedly released from prison. "Thanks to all who have supported me with prayers," he said through an interpreter. The 35-year-old pastor appeared tired, but said he always kept his faith, even behind bars. "I experienced especially the presence of the Lord on my side every time," Nadarkhani said in brief remarks. In a major turnaround, the court in his home city of Rasht acquitted him of abandoning Islam. He was found guilty of evangelizing among Muslims and sentenced to three years in prison, time he already served. His wife and their two young sons could be seen rushing to their father armed with flowers as he opened the iron door of the notorious prison where he had been held for over 1,000 days. "This is an answer to prayers," said Firouz Khandjani, his friend and council member of the pastor's Church of Iran house church movement. Saturday's release brought to a closure an ordeal that began over three years ago. (Worthy News) With so little that is positive to report on the subject of Iran, staff members at Vision for Israel, who have prayed along with our readers and thousands of others for the release of Pastor Youcef, rejoice to pass this miraculous development on to you.  Keep praying for the safety, for the harvest of the field sown in tears, and for the prolonged joy of Pastor Youcef and his loved ones.

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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