Israel Update

October 7, 2012

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord is the rock eternal.” Isa 26:3-4

OBAMA FREE ON DAY HE DECLINED NETANYAHU MEETING: Tensions between Israel and the current US administration hit a new low two weeks ago when President Barack Obama refused to meet with Israel’s PM Binyamin Netanyahu during his visit to New York to address the UN General Assembly. The White House insisted the meeting would not take place due to the president’s pressing “campaign obligations” that would take him out of New York during that time. While PM Netanyahu offered to travel to Washington to make the appointment more convenient for the president, Obama refused to make whatever necessary scheduling adjustments in order to make the meeting possible. A press report this week revealed while the president cited “campaign obligations” his schedule in fact shows he had the entire afternoon free. (Arutz-7)

US ENVOY TO UN SKIPS NETANYAHU’S SPEECH TO ATTEND LUNCHEON: The US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice skipped PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the UN General Assembly Thursday afternoon, opting instead to go to a luncheon with foreign ministers. President Obama had earlier refused a private meeting with the prime minister, saying pressing campaign obligations would take him out of New York during Netanyahu’s visit. The President did manage, however, to make an appearance on the television show “The View.”  While Obama asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to listen in on Thursday’s address on behalf of the White House, neither Clinton nor Ambassador Rice was in attendance. John Bolton, the US ambassador to the UN under former President George W. Bush, said while he is shocked by Rice’s behavior, he isn’t surprised given the Obama administration’s actions during the last three-and-a-half years. Bolton said President Obama has shown “utter disdain for both PM Netanyahu and the state of Israel.” (INN)

ROMNEY: OBAMA’S LACK OF RESOLVE ON MIDDLE EAST PUTS US SECURITY AT RISK: Mitt Romney accused US President Obama of lacking resolve regarding the Middle East, Israel and Iran, in an op-ed published this week by the Wall Street Journal. He wrote that "disturbing developments" sweeping the greater Middle East of late "are not, as President Obama says, mere 'bumps in the road.' They are major issues that put our security at risk. Yet, amid this upheaval," wrote Romney, "our country seems to be at the mercy of events rather than shaping them. We're not moving them in a direction that protects our people or our allies. And that's dangerous," he continued. "If the Middle East descends into chaos, if Iran moves toward nuclear breakout, or if Israel's security is compromised, America could be pulled into the maelstrom." Romney also referred to the bloodshed in Syria, the rise to power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which he says compromises the peace treaty with Israel, the slaying of the US ambassador to Libya "in a terrorist attack," and that "in Iran, the ayatollahs continue to move full tilt toward nuclear-weapons capability, all the while promising to annihilate Israel." (J.Post)

PRAY FOR THE US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN NOVEMBER 2012: Continue to pray all eligible voters will register now and cast their ballots in the coming elections.  May there be victorious advances made through barriers of indifference, procrastination and the lie that one voice will not make a difference. It is important to be informed. Spend time in prayer asking G-d to direct you in making a righteous choice. Consider who will be the leader most likely to uphold Christian principles and constructive courses of action for the future.  According to one study, in the 2008 General Election, Evangelical Christians made up 26% of eligible voters in America, or 52 million. Of this, only 63% of Christians voted, or 33 million. This made up 26% of the entire votes cast in the election. Ten million evangelical Christians were eligible to vote but were unregistered. Nine million evangelical Christians were registered but did not vote. Dr. James Dobson rebuked Christians saying, “I think it is a disgrace that half the Christians in America aren’t even registered to vote, and of those who are, only half go to the polls. When we withhold our influence and participation, we yield by default to those who promote immoral and destructive policies.”

AHMADINEJAD: IRAN WON’T RELINQUISH NUCLEAR PROGRAM: Iran will not back down on its nuclear program despite economic pressures and Western sanctions, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday at a press conference in Tehran. "If some think they can make pressure on Iran, they are wrong and must correct their attitude. We are not a people who will fall on the nuclear issue," he said. Speaking of the effects of the international sanctions, he said that "The enemy believes it can break the resistance of the Iranian people, but he is mistaken." Turning his attention to PM Benjamin Netanyahu's UN General Assembly address, Ahmadinejad said the demand for the international community to set a "red line" for Iran was "insulting." He further condemned Netanyahu's speech as "entrapment" and said his illustration of the Iranian bomb was "primitive." (Ynet)

IRANIAN CURRENCY DIVES, AHMADINEJAD IN HOT WATER: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces parliamentary questioning as Western sanctions have helped to sink the “rial” currency by 20 percent in two days. The rial took a nosedive of 2-to-6% Tuesday following a dizzying 17% fall on Sunday in the wake of the threat of even tougher sanctions by the US and Western allies. An almost certain sign the Iranian government is afraid of an economic catastrophe is the government-controlled media ignoring the fall of the rial. The local currency has lost more that 80% of its value in a year. One Iranian legislator said he has collected enough signatures to force questioning of Ahmadinejad, who also was under the parliamentary gun earlier this year for his public feud with the country’s highest ranking leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ordinary Iranians are increasingly struggling with the resulting inflation, which was officially put at 23% even before the latest plunge of the rial. (Arutz-7)

FIGHTING SPREADS THROUGH SYRIA’S LARGEST CITY: In Syria's largest city, Aleppo, on Monday, rebels attacked the towering municipality building with rockets, sending civil servants fleeing. In a city that was once considered a bastion of support for President Assad, two months of pitched battles have taken a heavy toll. Municipal services have collapsed in many areas, and Christian, Kurdish and wealthy Sunni Muslim neighborhoods that had felt secure when fighting began have been the site of clashes. Meanwhile, over the weekend Russia completed the withdrawal of its citizens and military personnel from its naval base in Tartus, Syria. Free Syrian Army sources said Russian ships docked at the port in order to evacuate the remaining Russian technicians as well as 52 of the 72 armored vehicles from the military installation. Moscow has operated the ship repair and refueling station at Tartus since 1971. It is the sole remaining Russian military base outside of the former Soviet Union. (NY Times)

TERRORIST GROUP HIZBULLAH THREATENS TO CONQUER THE GALILEE: A new Hizbullah video highlights the terrorist organization's latest campaign - “liberating the Galilee.” On the agenda is Hizbullah's conquering of key Israeli spots like tourist centers, refineries, and the Haifa port. The video was posted on a Hizbullah site Monday, the same day Israeli Arab politicians led a protest commemorating the deaths of 12 Arabs in 2000, as they rioted and attempted to spread the intifada to northern Israel. The video includes the chief “Zionist settlements” - meaning Jewish towns and cities - in northern Israel, such as Afikim, Ma'alot, and Nahariya as areas to be liberated. The video also mentions Tzefat, Akko, Tiberias, Haifa, and Nazareth, which it erroneously calls “Palestinian cities.” (Arutz-7)

HIZBULLAH’S SYRIAN OPERATIONS CHIEF KILLED: Ali Hussein Nassif, whose terrorist name is Abu-Abbas, was killed Sunday in Syria, according to Tuesday-morning reports by Lebanese media. The head of the Hizbullah terror organization's operations in Syria was killed when his convoy was ambushed by members of the Free Syrian Army. (INN)

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD CALLS ON JORDANIANS TO TAKE TO THE STREETS: The Arab Spring has influenced nearly every country in the region aside from Jordan.  Now, with large demonstrations planned for Friday in Amman - which organizers say will be the biggest the Hashemite Kingdom has seen in years - some question how long Jordan can remain immune from opposition upheavals that have swept through the region, sparking uprisings and unseating dictatorships. Jordan is a famously unique case. It is a relatively small, stable country with a measure of freedom and a popular monarchy. But new pressures on the desert kingdom – an influx of Syrian refugees, an economic crisis exacerbated by the region’s recent instability, and the inspiring ascent to power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt – are adding up to a potentially combustible atmosphere many analysts say should not be underestimated. Discontent in Jordan has been simmering for months and in recent weeks, frustration has grown. The main organizer of the large protest in Amman this coming Friday is the Muslim Brotherhood. Opposition parties are expected to join. (J.Post)  This is an urgent matter for prayer.  The Muslim Brotherhood, father of all terrorist organizations, is precisely the group that edged itself into political power in Egypt this year. The Brotherhood 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. The organization is against Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel and is an avowed foe of the Jewish state. The Brotherhood has seized political supremacy in Egypt and is now reaching for power in Jordan.

WILD SUCCOT WEATHER LEAVES THOUSANDS IN THE DARK: Thousands of people were left without power for hours during the first day of the Succot holiday on Sunday night and Monday. High winds blew down power lines in Tel Aviv and neighboring communities causing power failures throughout the center of the country. Power outages were also reported in some spots in northern Israel, as trees felled, due to high winds, struck electrical wires. In some places the lights were out for several hours. As many as 9,000 households were without energy much of Monday. The weather in Israel was atypical for the first day of Succot, with overcast skies, extremely humid conditions and showers falling in the north and center of the country. The forecast is for more rain this week with temperatures falling and reduced humidity progressively throughout the remaining days of Succot. (INN) Pray for abundant showers throughout Israel during this year’s rainy season.

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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