Israel Update

November 7, 2012

"I said to myself, ‘God will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man,’
for a time for every matter and for every deed is there." Eccles 3:17

ISRAEL’S PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU CONGRATULATES OBAMA ON RE-ELECTION: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Obama on his re-election, saying "the strategic alliance between Israel and the United States is stronger than ever." He added, "I will continue to work with President Obama to ensure the vital security interests of Israel and the United States." He said he will meet later Wednesday with US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, considered to be one of the Obama administration’s closest friends in Israel, congratulated the president. "I have no doubt the Obama administration will continue its policy of supporting the security of Israel and make all efforts to meet the challenges in our region while working to advance the peace process," he said. (Arutz-7)

ISRAEL OFFICIALS DOWN BUT NOT OUT OVER OBAMA WIN: Israeli government officials belonging to the ruling right-wing parties had a difficult time hiding their disappointment over Barack Obama's victory in the US presidential election, but remained determined to keep Israel-US ties tight and secure. Deputy Knesset Speaker Danny Danon, a rising star in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party, offered his congratulations to Obama, but said it was important to remember the incumbent American president had not been good to Israel during his first term. "We should not be hypocrites and say everyone is good. Obama has greatly supported Islam and he will pay a very heavy price, he lost sympathy in the Jewish street and in Israel, and also many Christians are disappointed in him….It is my hope, and that of many Israelis, that the president resets his course relating to Israel and our region for the next four years," Danon said. "Rather than dictating ill-advised policies that endanger the well-being of America's only true ally in the Middle East, now is the time for President Obama to return to the wise and time-honored policy of 'zero daylight' between our respective nations." Danon said it was long past time for Obama to visit Israel, something he conspicuously avoided during his first term. Knesset Member Arieh Eldad of the National Union Party insisted Obama was "the most hostile president to Israel in recent decades" and cautioned that his reelection would not bode well for the Jewish state. Netanyahu himself only thinly veiled his preference for challenger Mitt Romney to win the election in the months leading up to the poll. (Israel Today/Ryan Jones)

LIKUD LEADER: ISRAEL MUST NOT BEND FOR OBAMA: Israel will not bend for President Barack Obama, despite his re-election victory, World Likud leader and Knesset Member Danny Danon said Wednesday. "Obama’s victory demonstrates that Israel needs to worry about its interests," said MK Danon. "I have no one on whom to rely outside of ourselves. Obama has hurt the United States by his naive leadership in foreign policy, which prefers the Arab world over the Western world, along with Israel. (INN)

VOTERS BACK CHANGE IN WESTERN VALUES: One of Israel’s leading daily newspapers had the following to say about the US election outcomes: American voters not only re-elected President Barack Obama, they also supported, in some states, change in traditional Western values by favoring marijuana and marriage among homosexuals, strictly prohibited by the Bible. Florida nearly backed public funding for abortions. The moves were decided among more than 170 ballot initiatives and referendums held across the country. Obama came out in favor of same-sex marriage months before the election, pitting him against Republican rival Mitt Romney, who insists that marriage should be according to centuries of family values and reserved for a relationship between a man and a woman. During his first four-year term Obama had also fulfilled a pledge to repeal the controversial Don't Ask Don't Tell law banning openly gay servicemen and women from serving in the US military. Three states voted Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage, which is banned in 31 states. Maine, which voted in a referendum against it in 2009, reversed that decision with 53% in favor to 47% against. (Arutz-7) "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" Ps 11:3

NETANYAHU SAYS HE’S CAPABLE OF IRAN STRIKE IF NECESSARY: PM Binyamin Netanyahu told the Israeli people Monday he is capable of "pushing the button" and would be ready to strike Iran if he felt it necessary. In a Channel 2 investigative report Netanyahu said, "I guarantee that if I'm re-elected as prime minister I will not allow Iran to get a nuclear bomb." When asked if he was capable of "pressing the button" he replied, "I am capable, if I have to. I hope that I won't have to." He added, "Today we are not begging other people to help us. Today we are prepared ourselves." (INN)

IRON DOME UPGRADED TO MEET IRANIAN MISSILE THREAT: The Ministry of Defense officially announced Sunday that a series of tests to the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system has been successfully completed, in an important step in the IDF's plans to upgrade the system. Following the tests, IDF forces will acquire an additional Iron Dome battery with improved capabilities. The series of tests was designed to broaden the activities of the Iron Dome system and to improve its competence against an unprecedented variety of threats. The advancement of the system will enable it to handle potential attacks posed by Iran's Fajr and Zelzal missiles. (Arutz-7) "The nations rage, the kingdoms totter. He utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress." Ps 46:6-7

IRAN INAUGURATES NEW NAVAL BASE IN STRAIT OF HORMUZ: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy inaugurated its fifth naval base in the Persian Gulf on Sunday in the port city of Bandar Lengeh on the Persian Gulf coast. IRGC Navy Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said the new naval zone will cover a region in the strategically important Strait of Hormuz encompassing several Persian Gulf islands. The area includes the Greater and Lesser Tunb Islands and Abu Musa, all three of which are part of a bitter sovereignty dispute between Iran and the United Arab Emirates. Fadavi said the IRGC has deployed missile and marine units within the new zone, which will provide "operational coverage" for the islands within its range. Britain controlled Abu Musa and the Tunb islands after 1908 until it transferred their administration to Sharjah, one of the UAE’s seven emirates, in the 1960s. Iran stationed troops on the islands in 1971 and in 1992 asserted full control. (J.Post)

PALESTINIANS AT THE UN, AGAIN: Last year, the Palestinian Authority toyed with submitting an application for full UN membership, but backed off in the face of overwhelming opposition from the US and Israel. Now the Palestinians plan to seek admission as a "nonmember" observer state in the General Assembly. It is not a move that will do anyone any good. It will not change facts on the ground, and it will come at a cost. Israel and the US say unilateral moves like these by the Palestinians violate the 1993 Oslo accords. A senior Israeli official warned that a list of sanctions that Israel could level on the PA in response to its bid for upgraded status was discussed at a closed meeting of nine ministers on Monday, but that no final decisions were made.  (Daily Alert)  Pray the UN will deny this request for Palestinian admission to the UN as a "nonmember state," should PA leaders choose to pursue this illegal side path to obtaining eventual statehood. To begin with, there is no "Palestinian state," hence no grounds on which to request  admission to the UN as a "non member," observer "state."  A major reason the Palestinians are still stateless is due to the Palestinian Authority’s repeated refusal to negotiate realistically with Israel to that end.  Obstinate PA demands for a false peace entail the division of Jerusalem, the uprooting of numbers of Israel’s thriving communities and giving them over to the Palestinians, the return to "67" borders which will greatly decrease Israel’s military security, and other state-threatening scenarios. Israel’s Middle East foes have no intention of living peacefully with their non Muslim neighbor - but only to undermine and destroy the Jewish state, as history has proved time and again.

SYRIAN ARMY STRIKES DAMASCUS AFTER REBEL ATTACKS: Scores of people were killed in violence across Syria early this week. The Syrian army bombarded rebel strongholds in southern Damascus Monday with artillery and from the air, hours after opposition fighters attacked a militia loyal to President Bashar Assad. At least eight people were left dead and dozens wounded in the bombardment, after 20 people were killed by army shelling overnight. Also on Monday a bomb attack in Damascus killed 11 people and wounded dozens more including children. That same day a devastating car bomb attack killed 50 pro-regime fighters as air strikes pounded rebel positions. The assault was one of the deadliest on pro-Assad forces since the start of the uprising against the regime in March last year. It was unclear whether the Damascus bombings, later Monday, were part of a coordinated opposition campaign, the actions of autonomous rebel groups, or neither. The disparate rebel factions fighting to oust Assad lack a central command. Continued fighting on Tuesday, left more than 100 people dead across the country. (J.Post)  Pray for the end to the appalling violence in Syria, and for a soon-coming resolve to this conflict. Pray for the comforting of those who have lost loved ones and for the protection of the innocent. May strong Syrian leaders come to the forefront, those who will choose peace over bloodshed.

JEWISH FAMILY ATTACKED IN MARSEILLE, FRANCE: The father of a Jewish family was badly beaten and the family home was completely trashed on Sunday by local youths in Marseille, France. Residents in their Jewish neighborhood are stunned following the incident. Marseilles is home to some 80,000 Jews - 10% of the general population. It has been relatively quiet in France’s second-largest city this year, compared to other areas in the country where violent antisemitism has been on the rise. Last month the SPCJ security agency for French Jewry reported a 45% rise in antisemitic attacks since 2011, mostly by Muslims. (Arutz-7) Continue to pray against the rising tide of antisemitic attacks in France and for aid and compassion to be extended to the family that suffered such brutality on Sunday. Pray also that increasing numbers of French Jews will choose to make their homes in Israel.

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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