Israel Update

October 9, 2012

“The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem;
the earth and the heavens will tremble. But the Lord will be a refuge for his people,
a stronghold for the people of Israel.” Joel 3:16

NETANYAHU ENVOY: OUR POSITION ON RED LINES HAS NOT CHANGED: Following the battle of words between the US and Israeli governments over Israel's call for Washington to set "red lines" for Iran that, if crossed, would trigger a military strike, the public discord between the two administrations has been dialed down according to Zalman Shoval, Special Envoy to PM Bibi Netanyahu. "But the basic strategic view of Israel has not changed. We still believe setting a red line, in terms of benchmarks, is the important step right now." Shoval in a press interview on Friday rejected the reported deal offered by Iran, in which the Islamic Republic would gradually suspend the production of uranium but only after a full suspension of sanctions. He also said the Obama administration's red line - that Iran would not be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon - was insufficient as far as Israel's security was concerned. "If by a certain point the sanctions have not achieved the desired results, than other measures will have to be very practically considered," he said. "We talk in terms of 6 to 8 months." Israel would welcome the harsher sanctions the US and Europe are considering, but the Israeli government doesn't see any evidence those sanctions would convince Iranian leaders to change course on the nuclear program, Shoval said. Even the collapse of the Iranian currency is not going to cause the Iranian regime to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons, he argued. (The Cable)

IAF SHOOTS DOWN UAV IN NORTHERN NEGEV: IAF jets shot down a small unmanned aerial vehicle as it flew over southern Israel on Saturday morning, in one of the most flagrant violations of the nation’s airspace in years. The drone did not carry explosives and likely had been dispatched on an intelligence-gathering mission, as well as to test Israel’s air defenses. F-16I fighter jets were scrambled from the Ramon Air Base in the Negev immediately after the UAV was sighted. The pilots received instructions to trail it for a while before being told to blow it out of the sky for safety reasons. At 10 a.m., one of the fighters fired a missile, directly striking the drone and sending down burning debris. On the ground, explosives experts were waiting to pick up the pieces. They rounded up fragments and brought them to military laboratories for analysis. (INN)

UAV FRAGMENTS SIMILAR TO IRANIAN DRONES: The IDF suspects the small UAV intercepted Saturday morning by IAF jets over the northern Sinai was launched by Iranian proxy, terrorist group Hizbullah. The drone may have been searching for targets for Iranian attacks.  According to reports, Israel initially suspected it was launched from Sinai, but by Saturday evening, sources said the military investigation showed the UAV had flown southward along Israel's Mediterranean coast before turning east over Gaza and heading into Israeli airspace. It is believed to have been launched from Lebanon. If this becomes the final conclusion of the investigation, the apparent culprit behind the launch would be Hizbullah. The drone could have been collecting and transmitting information on possible targets for a missile hit by Hizbullah, Iran, or both. The initial investigation indicated that the UAV is similar to UAVs used by Iran. Hizbullah uses both Iranian-made and Russian-made UAVs. (Arutz-7)

ANALYSIS: IRAN, HIZBULLAH LIKELY BEHIND UAV TRESPASS: The IDF has refused to comment on where the drone that was intercepted Saturday over southern Israel originated, or who sent it, but several factors point to Tehran and its Lebanese terror organization as prime suspects. Ten days ago Iran showcased a new long-range drone it said could fly to Israel and carry out reconnaissance or bombing missions. The drone, called Shahed-129, was proudly unveiled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps at the end of September. If Tehran wanted to send a drone toward Israel, however, it would not have to launch one from its own territory. It has already set up a military base in southern Lebanon in the form of Hizbullah, a terror entity. With Iranian funds, and Iranian technological assistance, Hizbullah has been trying to build up its UAV capabilities in order to infiltrate Israel’s air space. In September, Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah said his organization could bomb the Dimona nuclear reactor in southern Israel. Days ago The NY Times cited classified Pentagon data as indicating Iran had practiced bombing runs on Dimona and Haifa. It seems reasonable to conclude Iran and Hizbullah are testing out their latest drone capabilities to see how far they can get into Israeli air space and to measure Israeli responses. The latest incident appears to be a brazen message saying that in any future conflict, they will attempt to reach sensitive points deep inside Israel. (J.Post) “Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies.” Ps 68:34

MORSI MEETS COPTIC CHRISTIANS IN SINAI: Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi visited the Sinai Peninsula on Friday to meet with and reassure Coptic families who fled from the town of Rafiah after receiving death threats. This "will not happen again," Morsi told a group of local Bedouin tribal chiefs and other residents of the town of El-Arish, including Coptic Christian families. "Your security is our security.” According to residents and officials in Rafiah, on the border with Gaza, Christian families fled to El-Arish about 19 miles away after having received death threats from Islamists. Leaflets were circulated in Rafiah demanding the Coptic community leave or be killed, residents said. A shop owned by a Coptic family was subsequently machine-gunned. PM Hisham Qandil denied the families had been "forced" to leave, but the National Council for Human Rights said the "threats" necessitated their departure. Egypt's Christians make up 10% of the country's population of 82 million. (INN) There has been increasing discrimination and attacks, some of them lethal, against Copts in Egypt since the recent takeover of the Egyptian government by the Muslim Brotherhood. It is unlikely President Morsi will be able to hold back the tide of hatred against Jews and Christians by the radical Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization that put him into power. Pray for the safety of Egypt’s Coptic Christian community.

THOUSANDS OF ISLAMISTS DEMONSTRATE IN JORDAN: Thousands of Islamists demonstrated in central Amman to demand reforms on Friday, just hours after King Abdullah II dissolved parliament and called for early polls without any major political change. "We demand constitutional reform before the people revolt. The people want to reform the regime," the protestors, an estimated crowd of 15,000, chanted in the demonstration held outside Al-Husseini mosque in downtown Amman. The demonstration was the latest in a series of protests in Jordan since January 2011 to call for political and economic reforms. "We demand genuine constitutional reform that would help empower the Jordanian people," Hammam Said, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, told the demonstrators. The opposition Muslim Brotherhood decided to go ahead with its planned rally in central Amman after Friday prayers, with the group hoping for a turnout of 50,000 supporters. "Obviously this demonstration represented no one but the Muslim Brotherhood," said Information Minister and government spokesman Samih Maaytah. (AFP) Pray fervently the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization, avid hater of Israel, now in control of Egypt’s government, will not gain favor in Jordan.

FRENCH POLICE KILL MAN INVOLVED IN ATTACK ON JEWISH SUPERMARKET: A man shot dead by French police Saturday in a nationwide crackdown on terror suspects was linked to an attack on a Jewish store last month, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said. The man killed in an exchange of fire in Strasbourg was "a delinquent who had converted to radical Islam" and his fingerprints were found on the remains of a grenade thrown into the kosher grocery store in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles, Molins told a press conference. The youth was described as being very determined with probably the ambition to die a martyr. He had emptied the chamber of his revolver at the police before being shot dead. In another incident Saturday night, blanks were fired towards a synagogue in Paris. The shots came from a car which slowed down to approach the synagogue. Blanks were then fired and the car accelerated and fled. French President Francois Hollande on Sunday promised the Jewish community a major increase in security in the wake of the Paris assault. It was the most recent incident in a wave of antisemitic attacks in France. (INN/J.Post) France currently has the largest Jewish population in Europe and the third largest Jewish population in the world, after Israel and the US. Pray for the protection of French Jews who have been increasingly targeted for harassment and deadly acts of terror by radical Islamists.

NEW RESEARCH: BULGARIA SENT 11,000 JEWS TO THEIR DEATH: Bulgaria, which has prided itself as being the only ally of Nazi Germany to save its 48,000 Jews from death camps, must now admit it allowed the killing of 11,000 Jews from territories under its control, researchers say. Historians say 11,000 Jews from Bulgarian-administered territories in what are now modern Macedonia and Greece did end up in Nazi death camps. But Bulgaria has used its reputation as an honorable exception and a Jewish savior as the basis for building up ties with Israel, and both countries are preparing to mark next March the 70th anniversary of Sofia's refusal to send its Jews to be slaughtered by the Nazis. "You are a hero rescuer but also a brutal murderer and a cool persecutor. You cannot say the one without saying the other too," Michael Berenbaum, founder of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, told a conference Friday in Sofia aimed at shedding light on this somber page of Bulgaria's history. (AFP)

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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