Israel Update

October 29, 2012

"You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel and that I am the Lord your God,
and none else. My people shall never be ashamed." Joel 2:26

WESTERN SOURCES: IRAN PLACED LAST CENTRIFUGE IN UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR FACILITY: Iran has nearly finished installing centrifuges at its underground nuclear plant, potentially boosting its capacity to make weapons-grade uranium. Iran's progress was disclosed by officials familiar with the findings of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency who have been to the site recently. While the plant is not yet fully running - fewer than half of all its centrifuges are spinning out enriched uranium - Iran could have it doing so within months, officials say. Diplomacy and successive rounds of economic sanctions have so far failed raising fears of Israeli military action against the Islamic Republic, whose religious, political and military leaders have repeatedly threatened Israel’s existence. Even as US and European sanctions tighten around Iran's economy, officials in Tehran are busy reaching out to Asian markets as a critical lifeline. The outreach represents a way for Tehran to seek economic buffers from sanctions in a region where Washington holds relatively limited sway. (Ha’aretz/AP)

ITALIAN PM: EUROPE’S SECURITY TIED UP WITH ISRAEL’S: Italy views "Europe’s security in Israel’s security," Italian PM Mario Monti said this week at a joint press conference in Jerusalem with PM Binyamin Netanyahu. "We absolutely reject threats to regional stability and denial of the Holocaust," Monti said in reference to Iran. "Any threat to Israel is unacceptable." Monti said the sanctions against Iran were effective and undoubtedly had an influence in disrupting the Iranian economy, and were likely to bring about a change in Tehran’s nuclear program. Netanyahu reiterated "the importance of our position that Iran be prevented from achieving nuclear weapons and that sanctions and international pressure must be applied to this end." (J.Post)

SUDAN STRIKE - A BLOW TO IRAN: Israel has remained officially silent over Sudanese accusations that Jerusalem carried out a recent air strike on a weapons factory near Khartoum, but has not denied the allegations either. Sudan has been a central transit point for Iranian arms headed to the Gaza Strip for several years. An air strike that involved Israeli fighter jets flying 1,900 km. and back would also send an unmistakable signal to Tehran. With Iran’s nuclear sites roughly the same distance from Israel, an air strike in Khartoum would demonstrate Israel’s long-range capabilities and make the military threat on the table that much more tangible. Foreign intelligence sources revealed Thursday that Israel did carry out an unmanned drone raid on a convoy south of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, last month. The strike destroyed 200 tons of munitions, including rockets, intended for Gaza Strip operatives to use against Israel. (J.Post) "As when a hungry person dreams of eating, but awakens hungry still; as when a thirsty person dreams of drinking, but awakens faint and thirsty still; so will it be with the hordes of all the nations that fight against Mt Zion." Isa 29:8

TERRORISTS FIRE 80 ROCKETS AT ISRAEL IN 24 HOURS: Eighty rockets and mortar shells hit the western Negev on Wednesday, in the second day of one of the most severe rocket barrages on southern Israel in recent years. Earlier, two IAF strikes on rocket crews in the Strip left a total of three Hamas men dead. Two Thai workers were severely wounded and a third was lightly wounded by a rocket strike in an agricultural area of the Eshkol region on Wednesday morning, and three Israelis were hospitalized for shock. District Police said 32 Gazan projectiles hit the Lachish region and 28 the western Negev since the early hours on Wednesday. Hamas’s armed wing said it was behind the rocket fire, and released a video on its website showing a multiple- rocket launcher firing several projectiles within seconds. PM Binyamin Netanyahu warned Gaza terrorists Wednesday that if the rocket attacks on southern Israel do not stop, "deeper activity" in the region lies ahead. The prime minister issued the grim warning during a visit to the missile-battered south, even as Gaza terrorists were continuing to fire missiles at the region. (Arutz-7) Continue to pray Hamas rocket attacks against Israel’s Negev communities will be stopped. Pray terrorist bases, arms factories, weapon’s tunnels and routes will be pinpointed and destroyed. Intercede for the safety and protection of Israel’s military men and women involved in anti-terrorist activities and for civilians in targeted cities.

ISRAEL’S ASHKELON RESIDENTS AWAKE TO SIRENS: Wednesday, Ashkelon's 117,000 residents awoke to air raid sirens and blasts in the skies. Hamas fired a heavy salvo of deadly Grad rockets at Ashkelon, and Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket shield intercepted them all. "It's frightening to wake up to seven blasts in the morning," said Elad, 33. "Every interception causes two to three more thuds as the rocket disintegrates." The presence of the Iron Dome has made a world of a difference, he said, but the reality of living in a city targeted by rockets from Gaza remained surreal and disturbing. Locals are on alert for the sirens at all times, whether walking down the street, driving, or dropping their children off at school. Elad's mother was wounded by a rocket attack on an Ashkelon shopping center in 2008, and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Every time an air raid siren goes off, she suffers a bout of anxiety, he said. "We don't want war. I don't hate Arabs. But we've been under rocket attacks for years." (J. Post) Pray for the emotional healing of adults and children who have lived through years of rocket fire from Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. More than 800 rockets had been launched at Israel from Gaza since January 2012.

JORDAN’S KING FACES UP TO ARAB SPRING DANGERS COMING HIS WAY: The foiling of a planned al-Qaeda terror plot in Jordan underscores a new sub-plot in the story of the Arab Spring: Things are heating up for King Abdullah II, a Western-oriented monarch who has run a business-friendly, pragmatic monarchy with some trappings of democracy. Jordan, a key US ally that sits at a strategic crossroads between neighboring Syria, Iraq, the Palestinian territories, Israel and Saudi Arabia, has so far weathered 22 months of street protests calling for a wider public say in politics. But last week’s announcement that Jordanian authorities had thwarted an al-Qaeda plan to attack shopping malls and Western diplomatic missions in the country has raised fears that extremists could take advantage of growing calls for change to foment violence. The king also has been working overtime to fend off a host of domestic challenges, including a Muslim Brotherhood boycott of parliamentary elections, increasing opposition from his traditional Bedouin allies and an inability to keep the Syrian civil war from spilling over the border. Abdullah is a close friend of the US and has been at the forefront in its global war on terrorism, including in Afghanistan. Jordan serves as a buffer zone to Saudi Arabia, another Sunni Muslim country, and to Israel, a friend under a peace treaty signed in 1994. "The worst nightmare would be for Israel and Saudi Arabia," said liberal lawmaker Jamil Nimri. "Jordan shares the longest border with Israel and is one of its few remaining Arab friends, while for the Saudis, it’s a neighboring country with a similar monarchy system in trouble." Jordan, like Israel, is worried Syrian President Bashar Assad might lose control over his chemical weapons in the civil war and that his stock could subsequently fall into the hands of al-Qaeda or Lebanon’s Islamic militant group Hizbullah. More than 210,000 Syrian refugees also have fled to the kingdom to escape the violence at home, straining basic services like water, electricity and the health care system. (Times of Israel)

OBAMA LOSES IT: Barack Obama appears to be losing his nerve and certainly his civility in the final fortnight of the race for his second term. He is quoted in an interview for Rolling Stone using the expression "bull****ter" regarding his opponent, Mitt Romney. Historian Douglas Brinkley recorded a conversation between Obama and Eric Bates, the executive editor of Rolling Stone. Bates told Obama he had asked his six-year-old daughter if she had a message for the president, and she said: "Tell him: you can do it." Obama then replied with a grin: "You know, kids have good instincts. They look at the other guy and say, 'Well, that's a bull****ter, I can tell." A senior Romney adviser responded by saying, "President Obama is rattled and on the defensive. He's running on empty and has nothing left but attacks and insults. It's unfortunate he has to close the final days of the campaign this way." (INN)

SURVEY: OBAMA FINDS SUPPORT FROM PORN INDUSTRY: Pro-family proponents favor former Gov. Mitt Romney in this year's presidential election, but the pornography industry favors President Obama by a margin of 69% to 13%. So says a new survey by the porn industry's online journal. Patrick Trueman, president of Morality in Media, stated the Obama Department of Justice has refused to enforce federal laws prohibiting distribution of hardcore obscene pornography. "The porn industry is flourishing because the Obama administration has given it a green light to distribute hardcore porn to every man, woman and child in America." Morality in Media is working with a 127-member coalition of national, state and local groups to get federal laws enforced. The coalition includes many national organizations such as Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family and Alliance Defending Freedom. "American families are suffering from an untreated pandemic of harm due to the easy availability of illegal pornography, and nearly every American family is concerned about this issue," notes Trueman. (Charisma)

BILLY GRAHAM URGES AMERICANS TO VOTE BIBLICAL VALUES: After meeting with Gov. Romney last week and assuring him he would do whatever he could to help the presidential candidate in the weeks leading up to Election Day, Billy Graham is urging Americans to vote biblical values on Nov. 6. "The legacy we leave behind for our children, grandchildren and this great nation is crucial," Graham said. "I believe it is vitally important we cast our ballots for candidates who base their decisions on biblical principles and support the nation of Israel," Graham emphasized. "I urge you to vote for those who protect the sanctity of life and uphold the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Vote for biblical values Nov. 6, and pray with me that America will remain one nation under God." (Charisma) May the prayers of our readers be joined with those of Billy Graham - as are ours at Vision for Israel.

CHURCH LEADER WOOD URGES CHRISTIANS TO REGISTER AND VOTE: George Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, is pointing out biblical principles showing the importance of Christians participating in the government process. Through a new website,, Wood and the AG are helping individuals register to vote and engage in prayer prior to the election. "God has blessed our nation with unprecedented freedom and opportunity, and our nation faces unprecedented crises. Let's not misuse our freedom by failing to vote on Election Day. Scripture calls the church to be salt and light in the world. One of the ways we can do that is by voting," Wood says. Wood urged Christians to join him daily in praying until Election Day at 7:14 in the morning and evening, as well as the noon hour every Friday until November 6. (Charisma)

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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