Israel Update

November 5, 2012

“He rules forever by his power, his eyes watch the nations –
let not the rebellious rise up against him.” Ps 66:7

ANTISEMITISM VIRULENT IN EGYPT: A rising tide of antisemitism in Egypt has stoked concerns among Americans and Israelis that extremism will guide Cairo's foreign policy under the Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohamed Morsi. Egyptian antisemitism is nothing new. However, the Muslim Brotherhood's rise to power has amplified the hate. "The real problem is that a cynical government that used antisemitism as a tool may have been replaced by an ideological government in which antisemitism is deep and serious," said Elliott Abrams, a former top National Security Council staffer in the administration of George W. Bush. "The Israelis are right to worry." Antisemitism is more "visible nowadays" following Mubarak's replacement by the Muslim Brotherhood, Abrams explained. While Mubarak may have put some limits on public displays of antisemitism, "those limits are now off," Abrams warned. On Friday, more than 1,000 Islamists rallied in Cairo and called for the implementation of Sharia Islamic law. "Islamiya, Islamiya," the protesters chanted in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the centre of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak who spent 30 years keeping a tight lid on Islamists. Also on Friday, Israeli defense official, Amos Galad said in rare criticism of the new regime in Cairo that "Out of the desire for democracy, an appalling dictatorship has emerged in Egypt. There is no dialogue between Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Israel's political echelon and there won't be. He won't talk to us," Gilad said (J.Post/Ynet/Wash. Beacon)

Frustration is growing in the Northeast US as 3.5 million are still left without power, fuel or guidance mere hours before the US election. While power has returned to much of Manhattan and fuel supplies are headed for the disaster zone, residents of some of the hardest-hit areas complain they are being ignored. They are faced with a long wait for electricity and help after super-storm Sandy's devastating strike on the US Northeast. With the US presidential election two days away, at least 3.5 million homes and businesses remain without power in a region choked with storm debris and long gas lines. Angry residents wonder when their lives will return to normal. President Barack Obama won early praise for the federal response to Sandy, but continued television and newspaper images of upset storm victims could hurt the Democrat, who is locked in a virtual dead heat with Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Anger triggered by harsh, unrelieved conditions and growing lines - some of them miles long - at gas stations, is mounting. Less than half of the stations in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey were operating on Friday. (Arutz-7) Continue to pray for the relief and comforting of all victims resulting from last week’s devastating super-storm, Sandy.

POLL: ROMNEY, OBAMA NECK AND NECK IN FOUR SWING STATES: US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney remain neck and neck in four swing states that are likely to determine the winner of the White House race this week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Saturday. The Democratic incumbent and former Massachusetts governor are both making final visits through the handful of states they hope to win to secure victory on Tuesday. In one of the biggest prizes of the election - Ohio - Obama has a very slight lead over Romney with 46% compared to 45% support among likely voters. In Florida they are tied at 47%. In Virginia, Obama leads Romney 48 to 45% among likely voters. In Colorado, Romney leads Obama 47% to 45%. All of the results are within the surveys' credibility intervals, a tool used to account for statistical variation in Internet-based polls. (J.Post) May hope and faith, coupled with prayer and participation, bring to victory those who stand for Biblical principles and love for the nation of Israel in Tuesday’s presidential elections. Be sure to show up at the polls on November 6, and bring as many people as possible with you. Remember, your vote could make the difference.

THREE SYRIAN TANKS ENTER DMZ ON ISRAEL’S NORTHERN BORDER: Three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarized area between Syrian and Israeli territory on the Golan Heights border Saturday. The tanks, which belong to Syrian strongman Bashar Assad's forces, entered the village of Bir Ajam, a short distance away from an IDF position. The tanks were maneuvering as part of the fighting between Assad and rebel groups. Israel lodged a formal complaint with the UN. Sources in the defense establishment said while the tanks' movement was not intended against Israel, it still constitutes a breach of the 1974 armistice agreement between Jerusalem and Damascus. Several mortar shells also fell in the demilitarized zone between Syria and Israel Saturday. (Arutz-7) Pray for the protection of Israel’s northern borders. The highly volatile Syrian conflict has neighboring countries on high alert that violence, and even the use of Syria’s misplaced chemical weapons by terrorist groups, will spill over into their territory.

FIRE ERUPTS IN GOLAN; APPARENTLY CAUSED BY SYRIA’S INFIGHTING: A fire broke out Saturday morning near Mount Hosek in the eastern part of the Golan Heights, near Israel's border with Syria. Friday and Saturday a number of mortars were lobbed into the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights. The IDF's Northern Command said a piece of shrapnel that landed in the area may have caused the brushfire. The IDF Spokesperson's Unit said mortars were fired toward the region as part of the infighting between Syrian rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. An Israeli army position situated at the top of Mount Hosek was not damaged, and there were no reports of injury. About a month and-a-half ago a number of mortar shells landed in agricultural fields inside Israel, near the Syrian border. The projectiles were fired by Syrian army forces as part of their attempt to push back rebel forces. (INN)

BRITAIN’S PM ON STANDBY TO SEND WARPLANES TO GULF AS IRANIAN TENSIONS RISE: Britain is considering stationing warplanes in the Persian Gulf amid rising tension with Iran over its nuclear program, according to UK media sources. The possible deployment of the Eurofighter Typhoons follows talks with the United Arab Emirates to bolster the UK's presence in the region. The Al Dhafra airbase, 20 miles south of Abu Dhabi, is being looked at as a possible station for the Typhoons. The base is in use by French Mirage fighter-bombers as well as the US Air Force and is well located for operations in the Gulf. The decision on whether to send the planes at such a volatile time will be made by David Cameron, after further talks with the rulers of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and an announcement is expected to be made in the near future. (Independent-UK)

IRANIANS MARK ANNIVERSARY OF US EMBASSY SEIZURE: As Iranians marked the 33rd anniversary of the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran with a rally outside the former mission building Friday, an Iranian commander offered a pot of gold and set impossible conditions for restoring ties with the "Great Satan." However, General Mohammad Reza Naqdi of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, insisted his offer of 10 kilograms of gold to anyone who found a "regime more criminal than the United States" would go unclaimed – allegedly because his troops "have already done the research and found Washington is the worst on earth." Naqdi spoke as thousands of Iranian students rallied outside what was once the US Embassy. The crowd chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" and burned US and Israeli flags. The rally is an annual event to mark the November 4, 1979 storming of the embassy by students who held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days to protest America's refusal to hand over the toppled Iranian shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi back to the country for trial. (Ynet)

GROUP SAYS CHURCH OF ENGLAND VICAR ANTISEMITIC: Britain’s Jewish community representative organization has taken the unprecedented step of lodging a formal complaint to the Church of England, the country’s officially established Christian church, accusing one of its clergyman of antisemitism. The Board of Deputies of British Jews has accused Rev. Stephen Sizer, the vicar of Virginia Water Church in Surrey and an ardent anti-Israel campaigner, of making antisemitic statements and republishing antisemitic material. The action comes at a time when the relationship between the Jewish community and the Church of England has taken a downward turn, following its decision in July to strengthen ties with an anti-Israel group. According to the board’s vice-president, Jonathan Arkush, Sizer has made statements that the board and most of the Jewish community find utterly offensive. The complaint cites numerous examples over an 11-month period showing a clear and consistent pattern of activity that “can no longer go unchallenged.” (INN) The number of antisemitic incidents in England and France has grown by 50% in the last eight months, according to recent Jewish Agency figures. Pray against this, increasing global, antisemitic movement which includes verbal attacks, bias opinions and violent outbreaks against Israel and the Jewish people.

ANTISEMITIC PARTY WINS 12 PERCENT OF SEATS IN UKRAINE PARLIAMENT: The antisemitic party Svoboda will be well-represented in Ukraine's parliament after winning 12.3% in recent parliamentary elections. Svoboda received only 0.7% during the previous elections. Several complaints were filed against the party's leader, Oleg Tyahnybok, for incitement and racist and antisemitic remarks, such as saying Ukraine was being run by a "Muscovite-Jewish mafia" and calling to "stop Jewish expansion." Party members, who tend to be young, have been linked to several antisemitic attacks, including the torching of synagogues and Jewish cultural centers and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries. European Jewish groups have voiced concern over the recent surprise victory of Svoboda in national elections. While Party leader Oleg Tyahnybok has referred to Jews as being among the enemies of Ukraine, he now is claiming he rejects the allegation his party is antisemitic. Nonetheless, Jews remain apprehensive the party may legitimize public displays of antisemitism. (Ha’aretz/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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