Israel Update

November 9, 2012

“All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him.” Ps 72:11

FATAH: OSLO ACCORDS WILL CEASE TO EXIST AFTER UN BID: The Oslo Accords between the PLO and Israel will cease to exist the day after the UN votes in favor of upgrading the status of a Palestinian state to non-member, Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah Central Committee, said Thursday. His statement came after PA officials disclosed President Mahmoud Abbasome s was considering asking for a UN vote on November 15 or 29. Zaki added that once the status of a Palestinian state is upgraded, the Palestinians would be able to pursue Israel for "war crimes" in the International Criminal Court. "Once we become a recognized state, we will go to all UN agencies to force the international community to take legal action against Israel," Zaki said. He denied that Arab countries have been exerting pressure on the PA leadership to refrain from the statehood bid. (J.Post) Not a word from Abbas Zaki has been spoken about the hopes and goals of a future state for his people in the PA’s illegal attempt to establish statehood via the UN – merely more threats against Israel. Such has been the underlying tone of hatred and vindictiveness coupled with impossible, unbending demands made toward the Jewish state throughout all so called “peace negotiations,” with Palestinian leaders.

GRAVE DISCONNECT AS ORTHODOX LEADERS REFUSED TO SUPPORT ROMNEY: As election results have been confirmed and statistics from national polls emerge, showing that American Jews overwhelmingly supported Barack Obama, questions emerge about the true sentiments of this population towards Israel and the possible disconnect between Jews in Israel and those abroad. David Bedein, Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research finds the separation between the religious in Israel and the US particularly startling, saying many Republican supporters were shocked by the refusal of Orthodox leaders to back the pro-Israel Mitt Romney. "Those who think Orthodox Jews supported Romney and secular Jews supported Obama are wrong. This is simply not true," said Bedein. "In New Jersey they established the organization 'Rabbis for Romney,' and they turned to all sectors of Orthodox Jews, but their rabbis refused to join." In his opinion, Jewish support for Obama indicates a grave detachment from the land of Israel. (INN) Pray for a love and concern for Israel to be increased and enriched within the members of the US Jewish community.

STEVE FORBES: US HEADING FOR RECESSION WITH SECOND OBAMA TERM: The US is headed for a recession during President Barack Obama’s second term, renowned financial expert Steve Forbes predicted Wednesday. "We won’t get a depression, thankfully. This is still a very resilient economy, but we will have a recession." Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media said, "Raising taxes on capital, raising taxes on small businesses, which we will likely get now, particularly since the Republicans did so badly in the Senate races, is going to pose a real burden. We have Europe doing the same thing: piling on new taxes, Japan piling on new taxes. The Federal Reserve is going to continue to undermine the dollar, which is going to hurt small and medium-size business. It’s going to be very tough sledding next year." Forbes twice was a candidate for the Republican Party nomination for president in 1996 and 2000 and is the son of Forbes Magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes. (NewsMax)

TALIBAN WEIGHS IN ON OBAMA VICTORY: Taliban terrorist insurgents told newly re-elected President Barack Obama on Wednesday to admit the US has lost the war in Afghanistan and to act accordingly by pulling its troops out of the country immediately. "Obama must by now know that they have lost the war in Afghanistan," said spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid. "So, without further lying and delays, they should leave our sacred land. The American administration should stop acting like police in the world and focus on solving their own people's problems, and don't make the world hate Americans even more," the spokesman said. The Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, were ousted by a US-led invasion for harboring al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the tragic September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil. All NATO combat troops are due to withdraw by the end of 2014, at which time they will relinquish responsibility for security to Afghan forces. (Reuters)

BRITAIN: OBAMA VICTORY AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SYRIA: Britain called on the US and other allies Wednesday to do more to shape the Syrian opposition into a coherent force, saying the re-election of President Barack Obama is an opportunity for the world to take stronger action to end the deadlocked civil war. Also Wednesday, Turkey said NATO members - including the US - have discussed using Patriot missiles along the Syrian border. It was unclear whether the purpose was to protect a safe zone inside Syria or to protect Turkey from Syrian regime attacks. The announcements come as US allies appear to be anticipating a new, bolder approach from Obama now that he has won a second term. It remains to be seen, however, if the US plans to change course in any significant way. Syria’s civil war, which activists estimate has killed more than 37,000 people since March 2011, has been the most deadly and prolonged conflict of the Arab Spring. World powers have shown no appetite for foreign military intervention, and there are fears that arming the fractious opposition could backfire, with powerful weapons falling into the hands of extremists. (Times of Israel)

SOURCES: ISRAEL PLANS TO STOP ANNUAL PA STATEHOOD CIRCUS: As the PA plans to once again demand that the UN recognize its bid for statehood, Israel is preparing to marshal its resources to prevent that recognition from taking place. Additionally, Israel is working to ensure this is the last time the PA ties to bypass the Oslo Accords and appeal directly to the UN. A report mid-week said FM Avigdor Lieberman intends to aggressively oppose the latest PA statehood bid, when the PA approaches the Security Council with a request for recognition later this month. Such a move is likely to be voted through easily, requiring only a simple majority in the 193-member General Assembly. However, the resolution must then be approved by the Security Council, which rejected it last year. Lieberman cautioned EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton that the Jewish state would respond harshly to such an undertaking, and that she should use her official capacity to talk Abbas out of the bid. The continued attempts to seek statehood recognition, completely bypassing the Oslo process that the PA is supposed to be committed to, is unacceptable, and Israel will refuse to accept this kind of behavior by the PA, Lieberman was quoted as saying. If the Palestinians' goal is an independent state, then the only way forward will be through hard, painful compromise. Both realism and openness to calculated compromise are valuable traits, not liabilities, in political leadership. (Arutz-7) Pray any endeavors by the Palestinian Authority to bypass negotiations with Israel in an attempt to establish statehood will be utterly defeated.

COURT GIVES MAN BEHIND ANTI-ISLAM FILM A YEAR IN JAIL: The California man behind a crude anti-Islam film that stoked protests against the United States across the Muslim world was sent back to jail for a year on Wednesday over probation violations stemming from his role in the video. The Egyptian-born Coptic Christian, who has been identified as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, but whose legal name is Mark Basseley Youssef, admitted to several probation violations during a hearing in US District Court in Los Angeles. At least one violation involved his use of an alias, Sam Bacile, a name several actors from the film said he used in producing the video, which was circulated on line under several titles, including "The Innocence of Muslims." The 13-minute clip attributed to Youssef, touched off a torrent of anti-American violence and unrest in Arab and other Muslim countries. (J.Post)

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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