Israel Update

November 15, 2012

“O Lord, your hand is lifted up. Let them see your zeal for your people,
and be ashamed. Let the fire for your adversaries consume them.” Isa 26:11

IDF KILLS HAMAS’ MILITARY CHIEF, LAUNCHES MAJOR OPERATION IN GAZA: The IAF fired a missile at a car in Gaza Wednesday, killing the commander of Hamas' military terror wing, Ahmed Jaabari. Hamas responded by saying it was now in a state of "open war" with Israel. The IDF has begun a wide scale operation, which has been named "Amud Anan," a phrase that refers to the column-shaped cloud that led the Israelites in Sinai during the Exodus from Egypt. The official English name is Pillar of Defense. IDF Spokesman, Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, announced Wednesday that "A harsh blow has landed upon Hamas' command and control array, as the IDF hit Ahmed Jaabari, the head of the military wing of Hamas in Gaza, who headed the organization and dealt directly with carrying out terror attacks against Israel. We are at the beginning of a wide scale assault, in view of the unbearable situation of the residents of the South," he added. (Arutz-7)

PROFILE OF A TERRORIST: Ahmed Jaabari killed in an IDF operation on Wednesday was responsible for organizing rocket attacks on Israeli civilian population centers, engineering the Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007 and masterminding the kidnapping and imprisonment of IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. The 52-year-old terrorist leader had previously earned a degree in history from Gaza's Islamic University. The elimination of Jaabari marks the beginning of Operation Pillar of Cloud. On its Facebook page, the IDF wrote, “We recommend that no Hamas operatives, whether low level or senior leaders, show their faces above ground in the days ahead.” Below the message was a picture of Jaabari with the word “eliminated” stamped across it. (INN)

IDF HITS GAZA’S WEAPONS CAPABILITIES AND STOCKPILES: In the wide scale effort to stop terrorists from continuing their barrage of rocket launches into Israel, the IDF Wednesday caused extensive damage to the long-term launch capabilities (over 40 km) of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The army also caused significant damage to underground delivery systems and weapons warehouses in their efforts to weaken the terrorist organizations in Gaza. The army said the purpose of the attack is to disrupt the launch capabilities of the terrorist organizations and to hit their stockpiles of weapons. Gaza is ruled by Hamas and serves as an Iranian proxy, which puts the citizens of Israel under constant rocket fire and unbearable threats. An IDF source said the targets hit were identified by accurate intelligence and exact information gathered in recent months. Many of the weapons storage sites were located in residential buildings in Gaza. "This is further evidence of the way Hamas operates and their use of the population of Gaza as ‘human shields,’" the source said. (Arutz-7) Pray for a hard-hitting and thorough IDF operation in the Gaza Strip to topple every terrorist stockpile of weapons, rockets and launching equipment being used against the Jewish state. Intercede for the protection of Israel’s military personnel as they carry out missions against terrorist strongholds in Gaza and for the shielding of civilians on both sides.

AT LEAST 110 ROCKETS FIRED AT SOUTHERN ISRAEL: Gaza-based terrorists fired a barrage of rockets at southern Israel’s communities throughout the night Wednesday and early Thursday morning. As of the time of this report at least 110 rockets had been fired with totals steadily increasing. The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system was able to intercept 29 of the rockets. In at least two cases, projectiles hit populated areas in Ashdod and Be’er Sheva. Damage was caused to a building in Ashdod and a parked vehicle in Be’er Sheva. Magen David Adom paramedics treated 14 people, including two who suffered minor injuries from broken glass or from falling down stairs while rushing to shelters. A dozen people were treated for shock. Gaza terrorists also fired a rocket at Dimona, where Israel's nuclear reactor is located. The rocket fell wide of its mark and caused no casualties or damage. Official sources said this was the first time a terror rocket was fired at the sensitive site. Rockets also hit Sderot, Ofakim, and communities in the Gaza Belt. The Home Front Command announced Wednesday that following the security situation in the south and the beginning of the military operation 'Pillar of Defense' in Gaza, there will be no school Thursday for all school districts within 7-40 kilometers of Gaza. A ban was also placed on activities in shopping centers and all non-essential jobs will be closed. (Arutz-7)

GAZA ROCKET FIRE PERSISTS; GOVERNMENT OKAYS RESERVES CALL-UP: During a special cabinet meeting held Wednesday night it was decided the IDF and Shin Bet internal security service would continue to operate against terror infrastructure in Gaza. Moreover, the cabinet authorized the IDF to call up reserve units. Earlier, emergency call up orders were issued to reservist units belonging to the Home Front Command. The cabinet also authorized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman to decide on the extent of Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza. The cabinet said Israel would continue to operate while trying to avoid civilian casualties and respecting the Gazans' humanitarian needs. (Ynet) Pray for divine wisdom and strategy for all of Israel’s government, security, and military leaders as they carry out Operation Pillar of Defense.

ISRAELIS OPEN THEIR HOMES FOR RESIDENTS OF THE SOUTH: The Keren Kehilot Foundation for Community Revival in Israel opened a special center Wednesday to help the people of Israel living under the constant threat of rockets. “Embrace the South” aims to help the residents of the south by matching them up with Israeli families who have opened their homes and offered to host these families, so they won’t have to live within 15 seconds of a shelter and can walk outside without fear. (INN) Pray for kind hearts and places of refuge to be provided for every individual and family in need in Israel’s southern communities.

SUPPORT FROM KNESSET MEMBERS AS ISRAEL STRIKES BACK: "The Israeli government gave a clear message to Hamas today," stated Member of Knesset Yariv Levin referring to the liquidation of terrorist leader Ahmed Jaabari. "The elimination of Jaabari is merely a fraction of the price Hamas will pay for the damage caused to the residents of South. Only an iron fist and aggressive policies will maintain Israel's deterrent capabilities," said Levin. Knesset Minister Yuli Edelstein stated referring to the strike against Jaabari, "The government of Israel maintained its deterrent capability and proved to the foes of Israel they are not just talking but also doing. I hope the counterstrike will paralyze forever their ability to launch rockets." (Arutz-7)

US THROWS ITS SUPPORT BEHIND ISRAEL: The US expressed support for Israel on Wednesday, after the IDF launched Operation Pillar of Defense in response to the ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza. “We strongly condemn the barrage of rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel, and we regret the death and injury of innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians caused by the ensuing violence,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement. “There is no justification for the violence Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel. We call on those responsible to stop these cowardly acts immediately. We support Israel’s right to defend itself, and we encourage Israel to continue to take every effort to avoid civilian casualties,” he added. (INN)

EGYPT CONDEMNS ISRAEL ATTACKS ON GAZA, DEMANDS HALT: US President Barack Obama, on Wednesday, spoke with Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi due to Egypt's central role in preserving regional security. In their conversation, President Obama condemned the rocket fire from Gaza into Israel and reiterated Israel's right to self-defense. Morsi recalled the Egyptian ambassador to Israel, Atef Salem, in a move of protest against the Jewish state following the assassination of Hamas terrorist leader Ahmed Jaabari. Egypt's foreign ministry has condemned the series of military strikes carried out by Israel in the Gaza Strip. (Ynet)

ISRAEL LOBBIES WORLD SUPPORT FOR GAZA OPERATION: Israel’s Foreign Ministry has embarked on a public campaign to explain to world governments that Wednesday’s targeted killing of Hamas military leader Ahmed Jaabari was necessary to save lives. Israeli officials said the decision to react militarily to five days of continual rocket attacks came after pleas for international intervention were ignored. Israel had wanted the international community to take action. When that failed to happen, it took matters into its own hands, the officials said. Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, sent two urgent letters to the Security Council and the secretary- general on Monday and Tuesday, asking them to condemn Hamas and to take action. “In letter after letter and speech after speech to the Security Council, the secretary- general, and other bodies of the UN, I have conveyed the great danger of the continuous rocket fire from Gaza,” Prosor wrote. “No nation, no people and no government can accept the daily targeting of its cities and its citizens. There are going to be consequences.” On Wednesday evening, the Foreign Ministry sent its ambassadors a package of talking points and historical background, so they could best explain the operation to their host governments. The Foreign Ministry explained that Gazans had fired more than 120 rockets and missiles at one million civilians living in southern Israel since Saturday night, when Palestinians in Gaza fired an anti-tank missile at an IDF jeep. It noted that Palestinians in Gaza had launched 800 rockets at Israel this year. The IDF operation, the Foreign Ministry said, was aimed at removing the strategic threat to Israeli citizens and the military acted out of self-defense and out of a duty to protect its citizens. It noted that since Israel left the Gaza Strip in 2005 it had become a “breeding ground” for terrorist groups, including those associated with al-Qaida and global jihad. Weapons smuggled into Gaza from Libya, Iran and Sudan had strengthened terrorism from the Strip, the ministry said. It pointed out the ruling Hamas terrorist organization was committing a double war crime in that it hid behind civilians in Gaza so that it could fire against Israeli civilians. Israel, in turn, had attacked military targets and made every effort not to harm the civilian population in Gaza, and regretted any injuries to non-combatants. Border crossings into Gaza have remained open for goods, humanitarian aid and routine pedestrian passage, the ministry said. (J.Post) Pray for understanding and support for Israel among the nations as it carries out this very necessary and overdue military operation against terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

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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