Israel Update

October 5, 2012

“In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people. He will be a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.” Isa 54:15

THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS MARCH IN JERUSALEM IN SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL: Cheers of "We love Israel" were heard throughout the streets of Jerusalem Thursday as thousands of Christians from all over the world participated in a parade to show their support for the State of Israel. The flags of over sixty countries waved alongside the blue and white flag of the Jewish state as confetti poured down and Israeli spectators stood on the sidewalk cheering on the marchers and thanking them with replies of "We love you too." A leading Israeli daily commented: “The parade serves to remind that with all of the messages of hate going around the world today, it's nice to send a little love.” The review by the Israeli press was accompanied by dozens of photos of the event – a rare picture presentation. The annual march during the week long Jewish Succot holiday brings together Christians from dozens of countries. Evangelical Christians are known as strong supporters of Israel. (AP/INN) "To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified." Isa 61:3

TURKEY ATTACKS TARGETS IN SYRIA: The Turkish army attacked targets in Syria on Wednesday evening, killing several Syrian soldiers, after a mortar fired from Syria hit a residential neighborhood in Turkey, killing five Turkish civilians. The incident was the first of its kind since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad began in March of 2011. “Our military forces, operating in the border area, responded this evening to the criminal attack that took place earlier today,” said a statement from the office of Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “We used artillery fire against the targets and a hit was detected,” said the statement. Erdogan has openly backed the rebels trying to bring down Assad’s regime, straining Ankara’s relations with Damascus. Classified documents published Saturday indicated two Turkish pilots killed in Syria after Syrian forces shot down their plane were deliberately executed. (Reuters/INN)

TURKEY AUTHORIZES INCURSION TO SYRIA: The Turkish parliament has authorized cross-border military action into Syria, if deemed necessary by the government. The mandate, valid for one year, was passed by 320 votes in the 550-seat Turkish parliament. Besir Atalay, Turkey's deputy prime minister, said the authorization of the use of force in Syria was not a declaration of war but was intended as a deterrent. The vote came as Turkey resumed shelling Syrian government military positions on Thursday morning, in retaliation for a mortar attack which struck southeastern Turkey, killing five Turkish citizens - a woman and four children. "The Syrian side has admitted what it did and apologized," Atalay said. He continued that Turkey is capable of protecting its borders and will retaliate when necessary. (INN)

SYRIAN SOLDIERS EXECUTING PA ARABS, ALEPPO’S MAIN SQUARE RIPPED IN BLAST: Syrian Army soldiers are aiming heavy artillery at Palestinian Authority Arab camps, and “executing” Arab men in others. The Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency reported 20 PA Arabs in the Dera'a camp were killed. Dozens of others were wounded in heavy bombing by the Syrian army, sources said, adding it was nearly impossible to help the wounded due to the danger. According to reports the Syrian army has been shelling streets near the camp's mosque, and “the stench of decaying bodies fills the streets.” Four bodies found last week on the street apparently killed at a security checkpoint near Aleppo showed signs of professional execution. Two others were found shot dead in their Damascus homes. At least 18 other PA Arabs were killed and their bodies displayed publicly in Damascus on September 20, according to PLO officials in Yarmouk.  Aleppo, a major commercial hub in the north, was the scene of four deadly blasts on Wednesday in the city's main Square. The explosions ripped through a government-controlled district killing at least 40 people and wounding more than 90, quoting opposition activists. More than 30,000 people have been killed in the civil war that began in March 2011, according to activists and UN human rights aid agencies. (Arutz-7)

ISRAELIS EVACUATED AS ARMED SYRIANS APPROACH BORDER: The IDF evacuated tourists from the top of Mount Hermon on Wednesday afternoon after sighting dozens of Syrians armed with guns in civilian clothing approaching the Israeli border. The suspects, who may have been rebels, did not infiltrate the border, and stopped their approach to the fence some 500 meters away from the international boundary. Meanwhile, IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz issued a warning on the developing situation in Syria, saying that as President Bashar Assad continued to lose his grip on the country, it would turn into a giant arms cache for terrorist organizations. Last week, mortar shells the Syrian army had fired strayed into Israel, striking northern farmlands. The shells landed harmlessly in open fields but exploded a short time after farmers were in the area. The mortar shells were “aimed at villages inside Syria and are part of the internal, ongoing conflict in Syria,” said the IDF Spokesman’s Office following the incident. (J.Post) Pray for Israel’s safety along the northern borders amid ongoing political upheaval in Syria. Intercede for a quick end to the ongoing Syrian violence, loss of life and incidents of torture - even of children.

IRAN: WE JUST NEED AN EXCUSE TO DESTROY ISRAEL: Almost baiting Israel to launch a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, the representative of the Islamic Republic's "supreme leader" to one of its most secretive military forces stated this week that Iran is now just waiting for the right excuse to destroy the Jewish state. Hojjat Shirazi, Ayatollah Khameini's liaison to the Qods Force, told reporters Iran would need just 24 hours to obliterate Israel in what he called a war of attrition. The Qods Force is a clandestine wing of Iran's Revolutionary Guards and answers directly to Khameini. Shirazi said he believed Israel was foolish enough to try a preemptive strike on Iran, and that Iran would then use its "expertise in fighting wars of attrition" to bury Israel. Meanwhile, the Times of Israel cited unnamed Iranian sources as saying the Islamic Republic's nuclear program is accelerating. The source revealed Iran would be able to enrich large quantities of uranium to 50 or 60% by early next year. Uranium must be enriched to 90% to be used in nuclear warheads. Israeli experts have noted that uranium need only be enriched a very small amount to be used for energy production, so the fact that Iran has already nearly reached 50% is all the evidence needed that its nuclear program is military in nature. (Israel Today/Ryan Jones) “If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing. Whoever attacks you will surrender to you.” Isa 54:15

IRANIANS PROTEST PLUNGING CURRENCY VALUE: Iranian police and demonstrators clashed Wednesday in Tehran during street protests linked to rising prices and the plunging value of the national currency. The protesters decried what they termed "inefficient government," and some marchers chanted "Leave Syria! Think about us!" Iran is providing huge subsidies to Syria to help keep Assad's government afloat amid a rebellion. Mark Dubowitz, a sanctions expert, said the rial's fall may be a sign Iran doesn't have the foreign exchange reserves needed to prop up the currency, or at least can't access reserves that might be in accounts abroad frozen by sanctions. "You'd think if the regime had sufficient reserves, and access to them, they could be intervening to prevent the rial from plummeting further," he said. (LA Times)

JORDAN’S MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD SLAMS NEW ENVOY TO ISRAEL: Jordan's main opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, sharply criticized on Tuesday the naming of a new ambassador to Israel. The group said the move was not in the kingdom's interests. “In an act of provocation towards Jordanians, the government has named an ambassador to the Zionist entity within the framework of the peace treaty which has been rejected by the Jordanian people," the Brotherhood said. "It's a decision that runs counter to the interests of Jordan,” added the movement. Last week, Jordan announced it had named career diplomat Walid Obeidat as ambassador to Israel, filling a position that had been vacant since mid-2010 when Ali al-Ayed left his post to become information minister. The appointment comes amid new threats to the monarchy faced by King Abdullah II by the country's sole legitimate opposition party, the Muslim Brotherhood, which has called on the king to transform his government to a constitutional monarchy, rendering him essentially powerless. (Arutz-7) Continue to pray against the growing influence of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization in Jordan.

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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