Israel Update

November 20, 2012

“Rebuke the beast among the reeds, the herd of bulls among the calves of the nations. Scatter the nations who delight in war.” Ps 68:30

EU DEFENDS ISRAEL’S RIGHT TO PROTECT ITS CITIZENS: The European Union has underlined Israel's right to protect its citizens from rocket fire and called for a “cessation of hostilities.” In a statement to the media on Monday, the EU expressed its “grave concern” over the escalating war between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations. "An immediate cessation of hostilities is in everyone's interest, particularly at a time of instability in the region," the EU urged in its statement. The European Union strongly condemns the rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip which Hamas and other armed groups in Gaza must cease immediately. There can be no justification for the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians. Israel has the right to protect its population from these kinds of attacks,” the statement continued. (Reuters) More than one million Israelis have spent nearly a week in bomb shelters under constant rocket fire from Gaza. Tens of thousands of Israeli school children have spent nearly a week out of school due to the rocket attacks. More than 80% of Israeli children living in the south suffer from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Pray for Israel’s besieged communities that are continuing victims of Gaza terrorist rocket fire assaults. 

HAMAS BOMBARDS GAZA: When the body of a young boy was brought to a Gaza hospital just when Egypt's prime minister was visiting there last week, his death was blamed on Israel. The dramatic images were widely distributed by the media. But ultimately, it turned out the dead boy whom CNN presented as "a symbol of civilian casualties" was the victim of a crashed Hamas rocket. The highly publicized death of four-year-old Mohammed Sadallah appeared to have been the result of a misfiring home-made rocket, not a bomb dropped by Israel. One source of civilian injuries in Gaza is the many Palestinian rockets that have fallen short and landed inside the Strip. These most certainly have caused casualties, injuries and property damage, although this is not a topic Hamas can be relied upon to report accurately. (J.Post/Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

The IDF attacked dozens of targets in Gaza on Monday, during the sixth day of Operation Pillar of Defense. The targets include hidden launchers, terrorist training camps, weapons storage sites and police stations belonging to Hamas. On Monday afternoon, the IDF attacked a Hamas vehicle in northern Gaza that was used for transporting rockets. Several terrorist squads who were responsible for firing rockets at Israeli territory were hit as well. The IDF also struck a launcher from which mortar shells had been fired at Gaza Belt communities. Over fifty smuggling tunnels in southern Gaza were attacked. The IDF stressed that "Gaza has become a frontal Iranian base and it puts the citizens of Israel under unbearable rocket fire and terrorist attacks. The IDF is determined and will continue to attack targets that are used as bases for terrorism against Israeli civilians." Also on Monday, IDF planes targeted four senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists. The four were eliminated in a joint operation of the IDF and the Israel Security Agency. They were in a multi-storied apartment building, but were killed in a pinpointed "surgical" attack that did not hit any of the international media representatives whose offices are in the building. The IAF struck the National Islamic Bank in Gaza City overnight Monday. According to the report, Hamas uses the bank to pay its employees. Four people were injured in the air strike. (Arutz-7)

ISRAELI CABINET MEETS ON EGYPTIAN CEASEFIRE PROPOSAL: Israel's Cabinet convened late Monday night to discuss a ceasefire proposal advanced by Egypt. No details were provided about the proposal, which emerged following a day of indirect negotiations Sunday in Cairo between Israeli and Palestinian Authority officials. Earlier in the day, the Israeli government warned Gaza's terrorist organizations they had 36 hours in which to stop raining rocket fire on its families – or the country's Pillar of Defense counter terror offensive would be expanded to the next level. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Cairo Monday evening on the first leg of a visit intended to assist efforts to negotiate a ceasefire between the terrorists and Israel. The US has meanwhile continued to firmly back Israel in its right to defend its citizens from Gaza rocket attacks. (INN) Pray Israel will do all that is necessary to insure the safety and peace of its citizens, especially those in rocket besieged southern communities. This can only be attained by an utter defeat of terrorist operatives and the destruction of their munitions and equipment - along with a disruption of supply sources. Sadly, such goals cannot be accomplished overnight or with eggshell cease fires that are repeatedly broken at the first whim of trigger-happy terrorists.

RED ALERT SIRENS SOUNDED IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS SOUTH: Red alert sirens were sounded in communities across the South just before 2 a.m. overnight Monday. Ashkelon, Sderot, the Be'er Tuvia Regional Council, Kiryat Gat and the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council were among the communities in which sirens warning of rockets were sounded. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the attacks. (J.Post)

TERRORISTS TARGET JUDEA AND SAMARIA IN A SERIES OF ATTACKS: Palestinian Authority Arabs continued to throw rocks and fire bombs at Israeli citizens and soldiers in Judea and Samaria on Monday evening. A Border Guard was lightly wounded as a result of rock attacks north of Jerusalem. Another soldier suffered injuries near Bethlehem, as PA Arabs threw stones at IDF soldiers. Along a neighboring bypass, rocks were thrown at Israeli cars. In Hevron, a terrorist tried to attack a soldier and was shot and seriously wounded by security forces. A firebomb was also thrown near a community in northern Samaria. In another incident, firebombs were thrown at an Israeli vehicle near the community of Maale Levona in the Binyamin region. A large number of Israeli drivers have reported being targeted in the past several days by rocks and firebombs, as PA Arabs in Judea and Samaria show solidarity with their fellow Arabs in Gaza. (INN) Pray for the protection of Israeli civilians and soldiers in communities close to Jerusalem and further afield, who are being targeted by random terrorist fire bomb and rock attacks.

HAMAS TERROR ATTACKS DRAW FATAH UNITY: Hamas’ massive missile bombardment of Israel has brought the rival faction into unity despite Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ claims he is against terror. Leaders of the two factions, once united but later divided, said Monday they have decided to end infighting in a show of solidarity of Arabs in Judea and Samaria. "From here, we announce with other (factional) leaders, that we are ending the division," senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub told a crowd of about 1,000 who gathered for a demonstration in Ramallah, the headquarters of Abbas and located five miles north of Jerusalem. Among those present were top members of Hamas' leadership in Judea. Ramallah's Manara Square was a sea of Palestinian flags as the crowd chanted "Unity!" and "Hit, hit Tel Aviv" in an appeal to Hamas terrorists who have fired at least five rockets at the coastal city since Thursday. The announced unity disproves claims by Abbas and the US that the PA regime has been trying to eliminate terror in Judea and Samaria. (Arutz-7)

MAJOR PRAYER RALLY TO BE HELD IN MOSCOW: A major prayer rally will be held Tuesday in Moscow, with thousands of Jews gathering to pray for the success of the IDF and the safety of all Israelis during Operation Pillar of Defense. The planned event comes after a letter was issued by Russia's Chief Rabbi, Berel Lazar, urging Jews in communities around the country to conduct prayers for Israel and for Israelis facing the onslaught of missiles fired almost daily by Gaza Arab terrorists. Rabbi Lazar urged Jews to join together in their own local houses of prayer if they could not reach Moscow. He also appealed to schools and yeshivot to participate in the community prayer service in their own towns. (Arutz-7)

CNN POLL SHOWS AMERICANS SUPPORT GAZA OP: A CNN Poll Monday said that the majority of Americans supported Israel's actions in Operation Pillar of Defense. The phone poll conducted by the network, using a scientifically determined sample, showed that 57% of Americans were in favor of Israel's attacking the Gaza Arab terror infrastructure. Only some 25% were opposed to it. (INN)

IDF RELEASES THIRD VIDEO DISPROVING HAMAS LIES: The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit released on Monday a third video which disproves the lies disseminated by Hamas during Operation Pillar of Defense. The lies mentioned in the latest video include Hamas’ false claims that a rocket it fired hit the city of Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, and that the Ben Gurion Airport had forced to relocate because it is under threat from Hamas rockets. In two videos released earlier, the IDF disproved Hamas’ lies about hitting Tel Aviv and the Knesset, as well as its claims to have hit IDF warships and fighter jets. (Arutz-7) Continue to pray Hamas media lies will be exposed.

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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