Israel Update

November 18, 2012

“Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies.” Ps 68:34

ISRAEL INTERCEPTED 267 ROCKETS SINCE BEGINNING OF GAZA OPERATION: Since the beginning of IDF's Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF has struck 950 terror hubs in the Gaza Strip, 300 of which were on Saturday. 824 rockets have been fired at Israel, 267 of which were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. Only 29 rockets have exploded in urban areas. While Gaza’s terrorists have fired hundreds of rockets and missiles into Israel over the past few days, at least 100 have landed in Gaza itself putting Gaza’s own residents and property at risk. The IDF further reported that out of 30 terrorists killed, six were assassinated Saturday. (Ynet/J.Post/INN) “As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.” Job 4:8

IDF VIDEOS DISPROVE HAMAS PROPAGANDA: As the IDF’s Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza continues, Hamas has made several totally false claims about damages it has supposedly done to Israeli cities and soldiers. This is done in order to give the public in Gaza a false image as though Hamas is defeating Israel. In response, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit has put together and distributed several videos which present the truth and disproves the Hamas lies. Among other claims, Hamas said its missiles directly hit Tel Aviv. In fact, despite sirens having been sounded in Tel Aviv in recent days, there were no direct hits on the city. In most cases the missiles landed in open areas and in one case on Saturday, the Iron Dome anti-missile system shot down the missile. The terror group also claimed to have hit the Israeli Knesset. In reality, a missile fired by Gaza terrorists on Friday sounded off sirens in Jerusalem, but the missile landed in open areas outside the city. In another lie, Hamas published a photo of a wounded child, claiming he was hurt in an IDF air strike. In truth, the child was not wounded in Gaza but rather in Syria as part of the ongoing civil war in the country. The terror group has also claimed that it brought down Israeli fighter jets and warships. None of the claims are true. (Arutz-7)

ISRAEL DENIES CEASEFIRE REPORTS: Israel will send a senior official on its behalf to Cairo to sign a ceasefire, the Hizbullah-affiliated channel Al-Mayadeen reported Saturday. According to Palestinian sources, the ceasefire was to have started Saturday at midnight. Israel has denied the reports and is continuing to mass troops near Gaza and striking terrorist enclaves, smuggling tunnels and rocket launching sites. Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi and Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan are vigorously in communication with Hamas to promote a ceasefire. PM Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with a number of foreign leaders over the weekend, telling them he would be prepared for an immediate, comprehensive ceasefire with Hamas if the latter agrees to halt all rocket fire from Gaza. Meanwhile, Hamas on television announced a list of its own ceasefire demands, none of which included a cessation of the constant rocket-fire on Israeli civilians that led to the Pillar of Defense Operation. (INN/Ha’aretz) Pray Israel’s military will complete the job of demolishing terrorist bases, rocket launching equipment and weapons arsenals located in the Gaza Strip. May the country’s political, intelligence, and military leaders not be pressured into entering into yet another cease fire with terrorist groups that are typically broken by their enemies within hours, days - or at the utmost - within a few weeks.

SOUTHERN MAYORS OPPOSE CEASE FIRE: Egypt's president said Saturday evening that there are indications for an imminent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, but heads of southern local authorities believe Israel must not agree to a truce before dealing Hamas a severe blow. "If we've come this far, we must continue," Eshkol Regional Council head Haim Yalin said Saturday evening. "We must reach a situation in which we have won, in which terrorism is forced into a peace agreement." Yalin said he supported a ceasefire only if it meant that the council's residents and children would not be fired on anymore. "But I know my neighbors," he clarified. "Tomorrow they will say that rebel groups cannot be stopped, and the rocket fire will continue." Shaar Hanegev Regional Council head Alon Schuster added that "the hope for calm should not blind us. The mission must be clear – a long-term agreement for a ceasefire which will include tough measures on the ground, preventing the production of terror from Gaza or from any other place like Sinai, etc. Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett presented a more resolved approach: "When missiles are fired on Tel Aviv and Beersheba, you don't talk – you destroy the ability to fire. There is no room for negotiations now. We must tilt the balance immediately and bring Hamas down. While the world is watching and examining us, it sees we are holding talks about a ceasefire while Israel's cities are being fired on. In a neighborhood like the Middle East, this guarantees ongoing missile fire in the near future." The National Union party issued the following statement: "Let the IDF win. Ending the operation now will be (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu's personal failure, which will teach the Islamic world that you can attack Tel Aviv and then receive immunity. He should learn how to eradicate terror, like what was done in Operation Defensive Shield." (Ynet)

HAMAS HEADQUARTERS LEVELED, GAZA POWER GRID TARGETED: The IDF's pounding of Hamas' infrastructure in Gaza entered its fourth day Saturday, and is deemed to be highly successful thus far. The Hamas government headquarters, which housed Gaza prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh's offices, were leveled to the ground. In addition, "security compounds, tunnels and electricity transformers" were hit. Missiles also knocked out five electricity transformers, plunging more than 400,000 people into darkness, according to the Gaza electricity distribution company. Israel’s government has approved the call-up of 75,000 reservists and massed troops, tanks and armored vehicles along the border with Gaza, signaling a ground invasion could be imminent. The IDF's attacks from air and sea have been very accurate, and attempts to minimize civilian deaths have also been relatively successful, although with Hamas, one never knows when a family may be purposely placed in harm's way to create a bloodbath that can be blamed on Israel. The US and even the European Union have been relatively supportive of the IDF's action. (Arutz-7)

IRON DOME INTERCEPTS 2 FAJR-5 MISSILES AIMED AT TEL AVIV: The Iron Dome intercepted two Iranian-made Fajr-5 missiles aimed at Tel Aviv on Saturday. The missiles marked the third attack on the heavily populated central city, after Palestinian terrorists from Gaza fired four missiles toward the financial capital on Thursday and Friday, prompting red alert air raid sirens to sound in the city. The Defense Ministry deployed an upgraded Iron Dome battery in the Gush Dan area in the center of Israel on Saturday morning, after rushing its production in light of escalation. Islamic Jihad leader Khalid Batsh said on Saturday the launch of rockets at Tel Aviv from Gaza show "the rules of the game have changed in the region." The attack followed volley after volley of rockets aimed at southern towns on Saturday, as red alert sirens wailed repeatedly, warning residents to flee for cover. Two rockets also landed outside the capital Jerusalem on Friday. (J.Post) Official reports have lost count of how many Israeli victims of terrorist rocket fire have been treated for shock and panic attacks in the last four days. Sources are now simply saying “countless numbers suffered from shock,” as they disclose the details of those treated for physical injuries.  Pray for angelic shields around Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and Israel’s rocket besieged southern communities. May fear as well as rockets be struck down.

UK: BLAME FALLS ON HAMAS FOR GAZA CRISIS WITH ISRAEL: The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas "bears principal responsibility" for escalating tension in Gaza and Israel, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has said. "I utterly condemn rocket attacks from Gaza into southern Israel by Hamas and other armed groups." Rocket attacks from Gaza create "an intolerable situation for Israeli civilians in southern Israel, who have the right to live without fear of attack. Hamas and other armed groups in Gaza should cease attacks against Israel immediately. I call on those in the region with influence over Hamas to use that influence to bring about an end to the attacks." (BBC)

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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