Israel Update

November 16, 2012

"All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.” Isa 41:11

ISRAEL’S GROUND FORCES AMASSING NEAR THE SOUTHERN BORDER: The IDF is amassing forces near Gaza and preparing for a possible ground assault. Interior Minister Eli Yishai said Gaza is in for an "unprecedented attack." Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday approved the call-up of 30,000 reserve soldiers, who can be moved into action by the military at any point. (Arutz-7)

Israel launched a military operation in Gaza on Wednesday, killing Hamas terrorist chief Ahmed Jaabari in an air strike. Following four days of escalation on the Israel-Gaza border, Israel renewed its policy of targeted assassinations and killed the head of Hamas' military wing. Jaabari, 52, 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 elimination of Jaabari marked the beginning of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Cloud, a wide scale effort to stop terrorists from continuing their barrage of rocket launches into Israel. IDF strikes since Wednesday have been intended to disrupt the launch capabilities of the terrorist organizations and to hit their stockpiles of weapons. (INN)

IDF HAS STRUCK MORE THAN 300 TARGETS IN GAZA: Since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF has struck more than 300 targets throughout Gaza, according to an IDF statement. The report said during the day on Thursday, the IDF continued to launch attacks on dozens of rocket launching sites in Gaza, causing them significant damages. On Thursday evening, the IAF carried out a second assault wave on Gaza, targeting 70 underground missile sites. IAF aircraft also struck several terrorist groups responsible for rocket attacks. In the afternoon, the IDF continued to attack terrorist targets in northern Gaza using its armored forces. Navy ships fired at Hamas’ targets along the Gaza shoreline, said the statement. “Gaza has become a frontal Iranian base and it places the citizens of Israel under unbearable rocket fire and terror. The IDF is determined and will continue to attack targets that are bases for terrorism against Israeli civilians,” concluded the IDF statement. Since the start of the operation, more than 275 rockets had been fired at Israel as of the time of this report early Friday morning. The Iron Dome system has intercepted over 130 rockets, en route to cities in the south of the country. (Arutz-7) “No weapon forged against you will prevail.” Isa 54:17

TERROR’S TOLL: THREE KILLED, INFANTS AND CHILDREN WOUNDED: Three Israelis died as a result of the Grad rocket attack on Kiryat Malachi Thursday morning. The three were killed within minutes of the attack, after efforts to save them failed. Six others were injured, including two infants, one of them eight months old. An additional victim, a four year old boy, was taken to a hospital in central Israel for treatment, along with his father. The boy is in serious condition and the father in moderate condition. Altogether, seven people were injured in the Kiryat Malachi attack. Six others were treated for shock. The three who perished were a married couple in their 30s and an individual in his 20s. The victims were killed and injured when a Grad rocket hit an apartment building in Kiryat Malachi. Rescue teams worked to remove victims of the attack from the rubble, and were preparing for the possibility of more casualties, Magen David Adom officials said. (INN) Pray for the boy seriously wounded in Thursday’s attack. May his life be spared and his recovery be complete. Pray also for the two infants who were tragically hit and injured and for families caught up in the violence.

NETANYAHU: PICTURE OF BLEEDING BABY SAYS IT ALL: PM Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement to the international media Thursday afternoon, in which he said Israel would continue to do its best to avoid civilian casualties on the enemy side, despite the fact the enemy is targeting Israeli civilians and hiding behind its own. He also thanked world leaders including US President Barack Obama for "understanding" Israel's right to defend itself. Expressing regret for the victims on both sides of the conflict, White House spokesman Jay Carney stated Thursday there was "no justification" for the violence on the part of Hamas, saying it "does nothing to help the Palestinians." Carney's statement followed a telephone conversation the previous night between Obama and Netanyahu. Obama called on Israel’s prime minister to "make every effort to avoid civilian casualties," while stressing Israel's right to defend itself from Hamas' attacks, the White House said. The two leaders agreed Hamas needed to stop assaults on Israel to "allow the situation to de-escalate," the statement continued, putting the blame for the outbreak of violence squarely in the hands of the Islamist movement. (Arutz-7)

ISRAEL MAKES UNPRECEDENTED EFFORTS TO AVOID CIVILIAN CASUALTIES: As Israeli forces intensify their campaign to put an end to the terrorist rocket threat emanating from Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces are taking unprecedented steps to avoid civilian casualties, often at the cost of successfully completing their missions. The IDF has made thousands of phone calls to Palestinian homes located near terrorist targets warning residents beforehand of an impending strike. The IDF has also dropped thousands of leaflets over Gaza that read: "For your own safety, take responsibility for yourselves and avoid being present in the vicinity of Hamas operatives and facilities and those of other terror organizations that pose a risk to your safety." Sadly, Hamas and its allied terror groups have a cynical disregard for all life, even the lives of Palestinians. They are known to actively seek civilian casualties for use in the public relations battle to delegitimize Israel. Despite Hamas' best efforts, the IDF's policies have paid off, and, while every civilian casualty is tragic, the ratio of civilian deaths to combatants killed in Gaza is unprecedentedly low. (Israel Today/Ryan Jones) Continue to intercede for the protection of civilians on both sides of the conflict – with a particular emphasis on the shielding of infants, toddlers and children from all violence.

U.S. SENATORS EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL: Thirty U.S. senators signed a resolution on Thursday which expresses support for Israel's "inherent right to act in self-defense." The non-binding resolution, drafted by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), "expresses unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders, and recognizes and strongly supports its inherent right to act in self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism." (Arutz-7)

GAZA MISSILES HIT TEL AVIV: Two missiles fired by terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip hit Tel Aviv Thursday evening, the first time Israel's coastal metropolis has sustained a missile strike since the First Gulf War over 20 years ago. The first rocket fired toward the Center hit in an open area near Rishon Lezion, five miles south of Tel Aviv. The second rocket aimed toward the greater Tel Aviv area "did not hit the ground," the IDF Spokesman said. There were no damages or injuries. However, Israeli military officials warned that a difficult night was likely ahead for the millions of people living across central Israel. The fact that Tel Aviv was hit marks a major escalation in the current conflagration. Israel is expected to respond with a ground invasion of Gaza in the coming hours. (Israel Today/Ryan Jones)

US APPEALS TO COUNTRIES WITH INFLUENCE ON HAMAS TO INTERVENE IN GAZA CRISIS: The US has asked countries that have contact with the ruling Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza to urge the group to stop its continuous rocket attacks against Israel, a White House adviser said Thursday. "We've asked those that have a degree of influence with Hamas such as Turkey, and Egypt to use that influence to urge Hamas to de-escalate," said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser. Asked whether the US was concerned Israeli ground forces would enter Gaza, Rhodes said: "Ultimately it's up to the Israeli government to make determinations about how they're going to carry out their military objectives." The US State Department has instructed diplomats stationed in Israel not to send their children to school in light of the rocket fire on the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. The US Embassy has forbidden employees from traveling to south Israel. (Reuters/Ynet)

HAMAS TRYING TO RESTORE SHATTERED MORAL: There were no signs whatsoever on Thursday that Hamas was interested in a cease-fire with Israel at this stage. In past rounds of fighting, Hamas leaders used to appeal, both openly and discreetly, to the Egyptians to intervene in order to achieve another truce with Israel. But the assassination of Ahmed Jaabari, overall commander of Hamas’s armed wing, the Izzadin Kassam Brigades, has hurt the Islamist movement so badly it feels the urgent need to restore not only its lost dignity, but also the shattered morale of its members and supporters in the aftermath of the elimination of Jaabari. Hamas feels that with the killing of such a senior figure it has lost its balance of power vis-a-vis Israel, and will agree to a cease-fire only after it has extracted a heavy price from the Jewish state for the death of its military commander. Failure to extract such a price from Israel will undermine Hamas’ credibility not only among its Palestinian supporters, but also in the eyes of many Arabs and Muslims. Immediately after the assassination of Jaabari, Hamas leaders and spokesmen threatened to “open the gates of hell” before Israel and to trigger an “earthquake under the feet of the Zionists.” Now Hamas is seeking to live up to its promise to avenge his death by killing as many Israelis as possible. (INN)

EGYPT CONDEMNS ISRAELI AIR STRIKES - SENDS PM TO GAZA IN SUPPORT OF PALESTINIANS: Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi condemned Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip as unacceptable aggression on Thursday and ordered Egypt's prime minister to visit the area in a show of support for the Palestinians. Facing his biggest test since becoming Egypt's first popularly elected president this year, Morsi - whose roots are in the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization - has to balance the need to show solidarity with fellow Islamists running Gaza with his country's dependence on about $2 billion a year in US aid. The prime minister and intelligence chief are planning to visit Gaza Friday to meet officials from Hamas. Egypt’s health minister and some of Morsi's assistants will accompany the prime minister. In a fairly transparent strategy, sending a high-level delegation would raise the stakes - potentially forcing Israel to choose between suspending its shelling of Gaza or risking the lives of senior officials from a country with which it signed a peace treaty in 1979. (J.Post) May only the Lord’s strategies in this present conflict prevail.

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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