Israel Update

September 28, 2012

“'Do not fear, O Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, O Israel,' declares the Lord.” Jer 30:10

NETANYAHU: RED LINE FOR IRAN EARLY AS NEXT SPRING: Israel’s PM Binyamin Netanyahu drew an actual red line with a marker on a chart symbolizing Iran's uranium enrichment program and explained Iran must be told if it reaches enough uranium enriched to the 90% level in order to make a nuclear bomb, it will be attacked. He warned the UN General Assembly during his speech on Thursday that the "red line" could be reached by as early as next spring. Netanyahu referred to the Nazi regime, and noted the world took too long to wake up to its danger. "My friends, we cannot let that happen again. Given the record of Iranian aggression without nuclear weapons – just imagine Iranian aggression with nuclear weapons. Imagine their long range missiles tipped with nuclear warheads, their terror networks armed with atomic bombs. Who would be safe in the Middle East? Who would be safe in Europe? The hour is getting late. Very late. When it comes to the survival of my country, it is not only my right to speak – it is my duty to speak.” Using a chart picturing a bomb, Netanyahu told the General Assembly Iran had achieved a low-enriched uranium capacity and was close to reaching a medium-enrichment capacity. Together, he said, those capabilities would supply Iran with the 90% of the uranium needed for a bomb. The remaining 10% requires high-enriched uranium, Netanyahu said. "And by next spring, at most by next summer at current enrichment rates, they will have finished the medium enrichment and move on to the final stage," the Israeli leader warned. "From there it's only a few months, possibly a few weeks, before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb." Using a marker, Netanyahu drew the red line on the chart at the spot between 90% enrichment and the remaining 10%. (JTA/INN)

NETANYAHU ON UN: BLACK DAY FOR THOSE WHO DIDN’T WALK OUT: PM Binyamin Netanyahu addressed a letter to the citizens of Israel Wednesday just before he boarded a flight to New York, on his way to address the UN General Assembly. In it, he castigated the UN delegates who chose to remain in the UN General Assembly hall as Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke there earlier in the day. "Dear Israeli citizens," he wrote. "I am taking off tonight to New York, to represent the State of Israel on the UN podium. On the question of Iran, we are all united in the goal of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. On the day that we pray to be inscribed in the Book of Life, the podium was given to the dictatorial regime in Iran that takes every opportunity to sentence us to death. On the eve of Yom Kippur, a day the Jewish people hold sacred, the Iranian dictator chose to call for our disappearance in public, with the entire world watching. This is a black day for those who chose to remain in the hall and hear these hateful words. In my speech before the representatives of nations at the UN General Assembly, they will hear our response. As the prime minister of Israel, the state of the Jewish people, I am acting in every possible way so that Iran does not obtain nuclear weapons. History proves that whoever wanted to erase us from the map – failed in his mission, while the Jewish nation overcame all obstacles. We've created a marvelous state, one of the most advanced in the world. Israel is a modern, strong state due to the strength and talent of its citizens and thanks to our belief in the justness of our path." (INN) "I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt." Gen 12:3

HALF OF ISRAELIS FEAR FOR THE STATE’S EXISTENCE IF WAR BREAKS OUT WITH IRAN: The Jewish New Year that began last week doesn't hold a great deal of optimism for Israeli citizens: A majority rates the chance of a war breaking out with Iran in the coming year as "high" or "medium," according to a new survey supervised by Tel Aviv University. And half of Israelis say they either "fear" or "greatly fear" for Israel’s continued existence if such a war breaks out. Only a quarter of those questioned said they do not fear for the state's future in a scenario in which Israel and Iran go to war. While the question of fear for the state's existence has not been asked in previous opinion polls, it can reasonably be assumed this is an exceptional finding. Apparently, the public believes President Shimon Peres and the many senior defense officials who have warned an Israeli attack could have disastrous repercussions. Nevertheless, the survey shows the public's collective anxiety is not harming Netanyahu's status or endangering his chances of forming a coalition after the next election. (Ha’aretz) Pray for the encouragement and strengthening of those who are troubled in Israel: “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

AHMADINEJAD DESCRIBES ISRAEL AS A NATION OF UNCIVILIZED ZIONISTS IN THE SERVICE OF THE DEVIL: Iran's president said on Wednesday his country was under constant threat of military action from "uncivilized Zionists" and called for a new world order not dominated by Western powers in the service of "the devil." In his eighth address to the UN General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, "The current abysmal situation of the world and the bitter incidents of history are due mainly to the wrong management of the world and the self-proclaimed centers of power who have entrusted themselves to the devil." In a clear reference to Israel, he told the assembly: "Continued threats by the uncivilized Zionists to resort to military action against our great nation are clearly an example of this bitter reality." Representatives of the US, Canada and Israel chose not to be present in the UN auditorium for the speech, which coincided with Yom Kippur, the most sacred of Jewish holidays. (J.Post) “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced. All those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.” Isa 41:11

POLICE RESCUE IRANIAN DIPLOMAT FROM ANGRY MOB OUTSIDE UN: The New York Police Department was forced to rescue an Iranian diplomat from angry protesters Wednesday near the United Nations compound. Deputy Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was walking near the UN when he was confronted by the mob, said New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne. The Iranian official captured the attention of police officers, who escorted him to safety. Browne said the threats were believed to have been merely verbal. The incident followed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, during which he continued to spout his antisemitic and anti-Western diatribes. (Arutz-7)

MORSI TO UN: END ISRAELI OCCUPATION: Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Wednesday urged the international community to work immediately toward the establishment of an independent Palestinian state within "all the occupied territories." In a belligerent debut speech before the UN General Assembly, Egypt's first democratically-elected president called for immediate progress that would "put an end to the colonialism and the settlements and change the identity of occupied Jerusalem." Three months after winning the general elections as the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, Morsi told the UN, "A Palestinian state must be built with Jerusalem as its capital.” Morsi promised that Egypt will support any Palestinian maneuver in the UN to obtain what he called “their legitimate right to a state." (Ynet)

ARAB LEAGUE CALLS FOR CRIMINALIZATION OF BLASPHEMY: The head of the Arab League is calling for the international community to criminalize blasphemy, warning that insults to religion pose a serious threat to global peace and security. Nabil Elaraby's comments to a special session of the UN Security Council put him at odds with the US and many of its western allies, which are resolutely opposed to restrictions on freedom of expression. However, Elaraby said if the west has criminalized acts that result in bodily harm, it must also criminalize acts that cause "psychological and spiritual harm." He condemned the violence that erupted throughout the Muslim world in response to an anti-Islam film produced in the United States. But he said unless blasphemy laws are enacted and enforced, similar incidents could happen again. (AP) If one thinks through where such blasphemy laws could lead, the outcome has chilling implications, especially when tens of thousands of edgy Muslims have proven thus far the slightest insults to their beliefs cause them to imprison, torture and execute suspected offenders, set fire to multiple neighborhoods and in some cases spur entire non-Muslim communities to flee. It seems far more realistic to demand of Islam’s adherents that they grow up, develop a thicker skin and stop behaving like madmen devoid of all reason the moment they receive a psychological nick from a teenager, a first year university student who’s sounding off, or some wannabe movie producer who’s posting rude scenes about their spiritual heroes on YouTube. Alternatively, half the world; presidents, artists, kids, the disabled, Christians, Jews and next-door-neighbor Muslims could be incarcerated or worse for a mere slip of the tongue.

LIBYAN LEADER: EMBASSY ATTACK UNRELATED TO ISLAM VIDEO: The anti-Islam film being used as an excuse for violent protests in many countries had "nothing to do with" a deadly assault on the US Consulate in Benghazi earlier this month, Libya's leader told NBC News. This contradicts the view expressed by President Barack Obama that the attack was part of a reaction to "The Innocence of Muslims" video. Obama hinted at this again Wednesday in his speech at the UN General Assembly. In an exclusive interview with NBC News Mohammed Magariaf – who is president of Libya's National Assembly and de facto leader – noted the assault happened on September 11 and the video had been available for months before that. "Reaction should have been, if it was genuine, six months earlier. But it was postponed until the 11th of September," he said. Magariaf added there were no protesters at the site before the attack and said the accuracy of the assault indicates the attackers had training and experience using the weapons. "It's a pre-planned act of terrorism," he said, adding that the anti-Islam film had "nothing to do with this attack." (Arutz-7)

MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED DIE IN SYRIA ON WEDNESDAY: More than 300 people were killed in Syria on Wednesday, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding the conflict has claimed 30,000 lives since March 2011. At least 40 appeared to have been shot in cold blood in al-Dhiyabia, where a video published by activists showed rows of bloodied corpses wrapped in blankets. Meanwhile the UN agency for refugees is predicting up to 700,000 Syrians will flee their homes to other lands by the year's end. At least 3,000 Syrian civilians are presently desperately attempting to reach Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq or Turkey, said the UN agency. (Reuters/INN)

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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