Israel Update

November 28, 2012

“Let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” 1Thess 5:6

REPORT: IRAN BUILDING POWERFUL NUCLEAR DEVICE: Iran is planning to build a nuclear bomb with at least triple the force of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in World War II, diagrams obtained by the Associated Press disclosed. They were first discovered by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) scientists after an inspection of an Iranian nuclear facility. The document was published by the press Tuesday after it was leaked by officials critical of the way the West has been handling the Iran issue. The drawings discovered by the IAEA show Iranian scientists calculating the desired "nuclear explosive yield" in a device they were working on. IAEA inspectors described the diagrams in a report, and a senior official who is working with the Geneva-based UN organization confirmed the drawings obtained by AP were the same ones mentioned in the report. The diagrams showed a scientific calculation of the expected yield of a nuclear device, with a maximum force of 50 kilotons, experts said. There was no possibility they referred to a process other than construction of a nuclear weapon, they confirmed. If Iran is indeed designing a nuclear weapon with a 50 kiloton yield, it will be significantly stronger than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during World War II, which were only 15 kilotons powerful. (AP/INN)

GAZANS PUBLICLY THANK IRAN FOR PROVIDING MISSILES: Gazans offered very public thanks to Iran on Tuesday for helping them in this month's fight against Israel, when Iranian-made missiles were fired out of the Palestinian enclave towards Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. "Thank you Iran," said large billboards on three major road junctions in the Gaza Strip - the first time there has been such public acknowledgement of Iran's role in the arming of Islamic terrorists in the tiny territory. The message was written in Arabic, English, Hebrew and Farsi. The posters also depicted the Iranian Fajr 5 rockets that were used for the first time to target Israel's two largest population centers. No one was injured in the attacks. The billboards were not signed, but a senior official with the Islamic Jihad said it was only natural to show gratitude for Iran's role in the conflict. (Reuters)

NETANYAHU ASSURES SOUTHERN RESIDENTS QUIET WILL REMAIN: PM Binyamin Netanyahu met Tuesday night with municipal leaders from the South at his home in Jerusalem. ''The IDF acted with intensity, and from the moment we realized the goals of the operation - we finished it. We will continue to ensure that the silence is sustained, and if it is violated the IDF is ready to respond with force. I salute the residents of the south whose resilience has allowed us to achieve the goals we set,'' Netanyahu said. (INN) Pray the assurances of Israel’s government and military leaders regarding the cease fire with Hamas will miraculously bear out – in spite of Hamas’ uninterrupted track record of breaking all truces and agreements with the Jewish state. Such an unfolding will indeed require a miracle. It is, quite literally, against their religion for Islamists to make peace with Israel.

FRANCE ANNOUNCES IT WILL VOTE FOR PA’S UN BID: France said Tuesday it would vote in favor of Palestinian non-member status at the UN. The Palestinian Authority Monday night submitted a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly which, if approved, would upgrade its status to non-member observer state. The vote is scheduled to take place on Thursday in the 193-seat body. The move came despite ongoing US efforts to prevent the PA from bringing the resolution to a vote, a senior US official disclosed. “Our message to the Palestinians has not changed,” the source said. “We believe that bringing forward a resolution on statehood is unwise, does not help bring them closer to their legitimate aspirations, and will create an environment less positive for negotiations. We are trying to prevent this from happening, don’t want it to happen, and it has not happened yet.” One Israeli official said the US was working actively in the UN to try and use procedural measures to block Abbas from even being able to bring the resolution to a vote. He said the US was also working in various key capitals globally to persuade other countries not to support it. (J.Post)

ISRAEL: FRANCE’S APPROVAL OF PA BID IS NO SURPRISE: The Israeli foreign ministry said Tuesday that a French decision to back a Palestinian bid for enhanced UN status at the General Assembly comes as no surprise. "We knew that France was inclined to vote for this resolution, so we expected as much," spokesman Yigal Palmor said. Palmor added the Palestinian move is in fundamental breach with existing agreements, which reverses the order of "first negotiate, then reach an agreement, and then get UN recognition." He stressed the bid was detrimental to peace. "The chances of resuming peace talks after this vote will be even dimmer, Palmor said. (Arutz-7) Pray this measure on the part of the Palestinians to obtain non-member status at the UN this week will be utterly defeated.

GROUP SUES US, CLINTON, FOR FUNDING TERROR: A group of 24 Americans living in Israel, including victims of terrorism, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the US government over allegations of funding Palestinian terrorism in the West Bank and Gaza. The civil action, filed in the district court of Washington, DC, alleges the US State Department, including Clinton, has ignored congressional safeguards and transparency requirements attached to US aid to the Palestinian Authority under the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act. In announcing the lawsuit, Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center noted it had filed the case right as the PA is about to seek non-member status at the UN on Thursday, implying the lawsuit could have embarrassing consequences for the PA, the US government and other supporters of the PA at a critical diplomatic moment. (J.Post)

EGYPT PITCHES US ‘STRIKE TWO’ ON ARAB DEMOCRACY: The US State Dept is doing its utmost to avoid saying that “democracy” has failed in Egypt following Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s latest power grab, which bars the judiciary from challenging his decisions. Morsi’s Islamic fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood party, outlawed in the days of Hosni Mubarak, was elected in democratic elections encouraged by the US after it helped usher Mubarak out of power last year. Thousands of opponents of Egypt's Islamist president clashed with his supporters in cities across the country last Friday burning offices of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization in the most violent protests since Mohamed Morsi came to his presidential post. Again on Tuesday tens of thousands of people packed Cairo’s Tahrir Square, to protest the power grab by Morsi. The events in Egypt are “Strike Two” for American attempts at introducing democracy to Israel’s neighbors. Seven years ago, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was exuberant over the first democratic elections in the Palestinian Authority. “Strike One” came in the middle of the night when a phone call woke her up and she was informed the Hamas terrorist group had won. Ironically, Strike Two involves the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group, which created Hamas. Nevertheless, the Obama administration is forever hopeful. A reporter at Monday’s daily press meeting told US State Department spokesman Olivia Nuland that Morsi, (with an eye towards continued US money and support), seemed to be basically saying, “Trust me; it’ll work out the good way.” The reporter then queried Nuland: “At heart, do you trust him that it’ll come out the good way?” (Arutz-7)

HUNGARIAN GOVERNMENT CONDEMNS CALLS FOR LIST OF JEWS: A Hungarian far-right deputy's suggestion to compile a list of residents "of Jewish origin" sparked an outcry on Tuesday in Hungary, which has seen a series of antisemitic incidents in recent months. "The Hungarian government condemns in the strongest possible terms remarks made by far-right party Jobbik's Marton Gyongyosi in parliament," the government said in a statement. "The government is opposed to all forms or expressions of extremism, racist or antisemitic, and does everything in its power to combat it." On Monday, Gyongyosi suggested drawing up a list of those who might pose a "security risk" for Hungary, citing Israel's recent conflict with the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. (INN) Pray this blatantly antisemitic suggestion, calling for a list of residents “of Jewish origin” in Hungary, will not rear its ugly head again. Such proposals are frightfully reminiscent of the Nazi era.

LAST JEWS IN ETHIOPIA PREPARE FOR THE PROMISED LAND: The last 2,000 Falash Mura Jews are preparing to come to the Promised Land next year, completing what may be the only time an entire country’s Jewish community has followed the forefather Abraham’s experience of leaving his birthplace and exercising his faith in G-d by moving en masse to the Promised Land. The Shabbat airlift of nearly 15,000 Jews from Ethiopia in 1991 stroked the emotions of Israel, which always has wondered why all Jews in the world do not come “home.” Rabbis sanctioned the secret airlift on a Sabbath, when traveling normally is prohibited, because Sabbath prohibitions are to be lifted in order to save a life. Ethiopia's brutal Communist dictator in the 1980s, Mengistu Hailemariam, used Ethiopia's Jews as pawns and tried to trade them for weapons from Israel. Many left Ethiopia illegally, travelling by foot to Sudan, where 20,000 people were eventually flown to Israel in Operation Moses in 1985, the precursor to the 1991 airlift from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The airlift, known as Operation Solomon, came as Mengistu lost his grip on power. It was one of the most daring operations in Ethiopian history: The nearly 15,000 people were crammed into a series of non-stop flights lasting 36 hours. Clutching only a few belongings, in planes with seats removed to make more space, they left a nation their ancestors had called home for two millennia for a land they knew only from scripture. More than two decades later, some 2,000 descendants and relatives of those Israel had identified as original Jews are set to join them in the Holy Land. (INN) "I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number" Jer 23: 3

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 Storehouse?", 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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