Israel Update

November 19, 2012

“My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip. He who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you - the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life. The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Ps 121: 2-7

GANTZ TO RESERVISTS: LOOK BACKWARDS ONCE, THEN LOOK FORWARD: As the IDF continued to prepare for a possible ground operation in Gaza, Chief of Staff Benny Gantz met on Sunday with reservists who have been called up for duty. During the meeting, Gantz offered them words of advice and encouragement. “Meeting you is a moving experience because it shows us the strength to continue the assignment,” he said. “People came here from Ashkelon, from Be'er Sheva, from Ofakim – and to tell the truth, it doesn’t matter where you're from because the range of the missiles covers the country from north to south. It makes no difference if you are from Sderot or Tel Aviv. We will operate with a level head but with determination, and we will do whatever needs to be done in accordance with the assessments we have. You need to continue to take things seriously, with a high morale and cohesion, this is vital,” added Gantz. “Add to that professionalism. In the end, fighting in urban surroundings is challenging. It will not always be easy, but the ability exists. When you go in – take a moment to look backwards once to remember why you are doing it, look at Sderot, Ofakim and the communities you do not see – and from that moment stop looking backward and look only forward. I wish you and all of us success.” (Arutz-7) Pray for the protection and courage of these young men and women who will soon possibly face great violence and danger should a ground operation proceed in the Gaza Strip. It will be a time for miracles resulting in victory - God’s gracious and merciful gift to Israel.

ISRAEL’S INTERIOR MINISTER INDICATES GROUND OPERATION IS NEAR: Speaking Sunday night, Interior Minister Eli Yishai said it was likely Operation Pillar of Defense would continue – and be expanded as well. Yishai said the war against Gaza terrorists needed to be “so painful and difficult that the terror groups will not think twice, but a hundred times before they fire missiles against Israel again.” Yishai also advocated causing major damage to Gaza's infrastructure. “Destroy and damage infrastructure, public buildings and government buildings. Do not leave them any place from which they can operate to damage Israel. We must be sure Hamas will be spending many years in rebuilding Gaza, and not in attacking Israel.” He added that the overall solution to the Gaza issue would be diplomatic, not military. “Until that solution, however, we must continue with the operation and restore our stature. The terrorists must understand with whom they are dealing,” Yishai said. Israeli aircraft have already struck hundreds of Hamas-linked targets in Gaza. A ground operation is prepared and is expected to be launched soon. (Fox/INN)

MEDIA GOBBLE UP HAMAS’ FALSE REPORTS: No journalists were wounded in the reported aerial attack on a media center in Gaza, an IDF spokeswoman confirmed Sunday morning. AFP and other foreign media continued to repeat Hamas claims and reported a disclosure by health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra who was quoted as saying, "At least six journalists were wounded, with minor and moderate injuries, when Israeli warplanes hit the al-Quds TV office in Gaza City.” He said witnesses reported extensive damage to the building and that journalists had evacuated after an initial strike, which was followed by at least two more on the site. Several Hamas claims already have been proven false in the latest escalation of the missile war against Israel. Hamas staged for foreign media a man supposedly wounded and being hauled away into an ambulance, but the same man was seen minutes later walking on his own. The BBC featured both shots and was shown up by HonestReporting. Hamas reports of deaths and injuries are published by fawning media although almost never verified, a tactic Hamas has perfected and used successfully against Israel in the Operation Cast Lead four years ago. Following the first days of Israel’s counterterrorist maneuvers, highlighted by the killing of Hamas’ military commander-in-chief, Hamas began reverting to its old tactic of reporting women and children were victims of the counterterrorist campaign. During the Operation Cast Lead, documentation proved Hamas hauled out pictures of dead children who, it turned out, actually had died from illnesses or accidents unrelated to the war. Since foreign media coverage in Gaza is severely restricted, reporters depend on Hamas claims without even noting they could not be verified. “Medics said 48 Gazans had been killed by early Sunday and more than 450 injured since Israel launched its air campaign on Wednesday.” AFP reported this as fact, for example, without bringing in Israel's assessment. It continues to refer to Hamas terrorists as “militants.” Hamas is also using the Palestinian population as a human shield to curry sympathy from the foreign media. Israel has released footage of rocket fire from a mosque courtyard, prayer houses, public places and homes confirming this. (J.Post/Arutz-7) The anti-Israel bias in the foreign media at this time is almost beyond belief. Continuing shots of distraught Palestinians are photos of choice received from Gaza Palestinian sources – many of them staged. There’s a significantly noticeable lack of photos of besieged Israelis: victims of shock, injury and death, grieving families and distressed children. Pray those in the West, especially political leaders, following the accounts of Israel’s defensive military actions in Gaza will not be fooled by these slanted media tricks in word and picture, designed as always to make Israel appear the villain.

IRON DOME DEFENSE SYSTEM INTERCEPTS TWO MISSILES FIRED AT TEL AVIV AREA: The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted one of two missiles fired at the Tel Aviv area. The missiles fired on Sunday morning, the fifth day of what the Israeli military has dubbed Operation Pillar of Defense, mark at least four missiles fired from Gaza at one of Israel's major population centers. Shrapnel from the intercepted missile, which Hamas took responsibility for firing, set a car on fire in Holon, located on the outskirts of southern Tel Aviv. The driver was able to exit the car without injury. School has not been cancelled in the Tel Aviv area, but remains closed in the south. At least three Israelis were injured Sunday morning from rocket shrapnel, and several homes and buildings in southern Israel were hit with either missiles or shrapnel. (JTA)

GAZA ROCKETS HITTING TARGETED CITIES FIVE AND TEN AT A TIME: National Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Sunday's barrage of rockets was especially intense, hitting specific cities with five or ten rockets at a time. He added that in light of the heightened intensity of the salvos, it is especially important that citizens take cover immediately during a rocket siren and stay put until several seconds after the alarm is over. Magen David Adom said their paramedics treated a total of 40 injured people in Israel on Sunday, including seven people hurt by shrapnel, including one seriously injured, two moderately, and four lightly. In addition, they treated two people who were lightly injured in car accidents after they tried to pull over during a rocket siren. As of the time of this report midnight Sunday, across Israel, MDA had treated a total of 31 people suffering from shock, including six in Tel Aviv following rocket fire towards the city. (J.Post) “Deliver me from my enemies, O God. Protect me from those who rise up against me. Deliver me from from bloodthirsty men. For behold, they have set an ambush for my life. Fierce men launch an attack against me.” Ps 59:1-3

HAIFA UNIVERSITY BANS PUBLIC EVENTS AFTER ARAB STUDENTS MOURN HAMAS TERRORISTS: Haifa University has suspended all public extracurricular activity on campus, after Arab students held a “memorial service” for Ahmed Jaabari, commander of Hamas' military terror wing, eliminated last Wednesday night. Arab students praised his actions and leadership, and condemned the IDF for “murdering” him. The incident garnered loud criticism from many quarters, including Haifa Mayor Yonah Yahav, who wrote to Haifa University President Amos Shapira. Yahav said Arab students' activities “do not match the ideals of Haifa University, which strives for coexistence, tolerance, and communication. The cynical use of this right to promote the ideology of a terror group that is dedicated to the murder of children and innocent civilians, is crossing a red line of humanity and good taste,” Yahav wrote. As a result of the criticism, Shapira issued a statement Sunday, saying that “because of recent events, and in order to prevent radical groups from taking advantage of the situation to cause provocations, I have decided to restrict public activity on campus.” (INN) May such blatant public displays of disloyalty for the Jewish state by Israel’s Arab citizens and residents be noted by all. While Arab men and women enjoy the full financial benefits, opportunities, and freedoms extend to them by Israel, as do their Jewish neighbors, such does erase the deep-seated hatred of their hearts towards the Jewish state.

ISRAEL SENDS GOODS INTO GAZA; RECEIVES PATIENTS: The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced Sunday, that 80 truckloads of medical equipment and food were transferred into Gaza at the Kerem Shalom and Erez commercial crossings, in spite of the security threat facing the staff. A COGAT statement said, "The goods transferred via Kerem Shalom included 16 truckloads of medical equipment, specifically vital equipment, such as medicines, anesthetics and disposable medical equipment and 64 truckloads of food.” (Arutz-7)

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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