Israel Update

December 6, 2012

“You have enlarged the nation, O Lord; you have enlarged the nation. You have gained glory for yourself; you have extended all the borders of the land.” Isa 26:15

HAMAS: STATE NEEDS ARMED STRUGGLE WITH ISRAEL: A Palestinian state without an armed struggle against Israel is an illusion and won’t add anything for the Palestinians, top Hamas official Osama Hamdan stated earlier this week. Hamdan, who is based in Beirut, said the result of the UN General Assembly vote last Thursday on the statehood bid was a political step, but not a victory or great achievement. “The real achievement lies in the liberation of the land and the return of the refugees. The Hamas chief said the UN vote in favor of upgrading the Palestinians’ status would be considered a political achievement “only if it were part of a comprehensive strategy for liberation, with resistance [terrorism against Israel] being its main basis.” He also reiterated Hamas’ commitment to the armed struggle against the Jewish state. He said his movement would continue to seek the “liberation of Palestine, from the river to the sea.” (Arutz-7) “As for the heads of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them.” Ps 140:9

ISRAEL WON’T BACK DOWN ON HOUSING, DESPITE VEILED THREATS: Israel is standing firm on its plans to go forward with plans to close the gap between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim. PM Binyamin Netanyahu's office said Monday. "We continue to insist on our vital interests, even under international pressure. There will be no change in the decision that has been made." One day after the UN voted to grant nonmember observer state status to the Palestinian Authority, Israel's government approved 3,000 new housing units in various locations – including in a disputed 3 mile long area between Jerusalem and the suburb of Ma’ale Adumim known as E1. "The Palestinians' unilateral initiative at the UN was a blatant violation of agreements which were guaranteed by the international community,” the PMO source added. “If the Palestinians continue with their unilateral measures, we will act accordingly.” Plans for housing in “E1” have long been on hold due to diplomatic pressure from Washington. Building on the site would close the gap between the capital and its eastern suburb but would enrage the Palestinian Authority, which contends the move kills any hope of creating a contiguous PA state by bisecting the territory from north to south. It would also sever the PA-controlled areas from Jerusalem, thereby increasing security and jurisdiction over who enters the Israeli capital and who does not. Governments of Russia, Britain and France, as well as Denmark, Sweden and Australia all summoned Israeli ambassadors to express “deep concern” and call for reversal of the construction plans. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that “settlements are illegal under international law and should the E1 settlement be constructed, it would represent an almost fatal blow to remaining chances of securing a two-state solution.” But Ban's reference to “settlements” includes veteran Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Ramat Eshkol and Gilo, which have existed for more than 40 years. The city of Ma’ale Adumim is home to more than 30,000 people. The population of Efrat, another Jerusalem suburb, is nearly that large. Both are also called “settlements” by the UN, as are numerous other similar towns and cities throughout Judea and Samaria. (INN) Pray Israel’s government will continue to stand strong against all international pressure to cease expanding its communities in and around Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority has chosen to break all accords with Israel and travel its own back road to achieve illegitimate status as a state. Why should any world leader criticize Israel for now going about the long delayed business of expanding its own Jerusalem neighborhoods and suburbs by saying it endangers the so called “peace process,” when it is the Palestinians who have dealt negotiation, cooperation, and previous Oslo conditions and agreements the final death blow?

HAMAS TELLS FATAH: LET’S FIGHT ISRAEL TOGETHER: Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar on Monday called on Fatah to join his movement in the fight against Israel and to stop wasting time and effort with the peace process. Zahar’s call came as Hamas and Fatah representatives stepped up their efforts to end their differences and achieve “national reconciliation.” Meanwhile, PA President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in Ramallah his top priority now was to end the rivalry with Hamas. He said he saw no reason why the two sides could not reach an agreement on holding presidential and parliamentary elections. Speaking at a rally for Hamas supporters in Gaza City, Zahar said, “Our hands are extended to Fatah to join the program of armed resistance and the liberation of Palestine.” Addressing Fatah, he added, “Come and join the program of resistance and stop wasting your time and effort. Let’s join hands and carry the rifle together.” Zahar claimed that the West was now displaying an understanding of Hamas’ armed resistance strategy. “They no longer see our people as terrorists and murderers who have no respect for women and children and who only love blood,” Zahar said. “Westerners came to the Gaza Strip and saw that we are among the most civilized people.” (J.Post)

‘REMOVE HAMAS FROM LIST OF TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS’: “The time has come for the US and EU to remove Hamas from the list of designated terrorist organizations,” Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said this week. Haniyeh’s appeal came during a meeting in Gaza City with a visiting European mission in solidarity with the Palestinians. “Hamas and the Palestinian groups are national liberation movements that are defending themselves against Israeli aggression on our people,” Haniyeh told the delegation. He also called for prosecuting Israeli leaders “for their ongoing crimes against our people, especially the last eight-day aggression in the Gaza Strip.” (INN)

UN CONDEMNS IRAN AND SYRIA FOR HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES: A key UN committee days ago passed resolutions condemning human rights abuses by Iran and Syria. Syria's isolation deepened with a resolution that attracted ten more countries than last year, when it was put to the UN for the first time since an uprising started against President Bashar al-Assad. A motion condemning "widespread and systematic gross violations" by Assad's government forces and allied militias was backed by 132 nations and opposed by 12 with 35 abstentions. A similar condemnation of Iran was passed with 83 votes in favor, 31 against and 68 abstaining. The resolution prepared by Western nations, hit out at torture and executions in Iran, "widespread" restrictions of freedom and "pervasive" violence against women. (Arutz-7)

SYRIA VIOLATING GOLAN CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT, SAYS UN LEADER: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon accused Syria on Monday of serious violations of the 1974 agreement that separated Israeli and Syrian forces in the Golan Heights. "I am concerned that the presence of armed members of the opposition and the ongoing military activities of the Syrian security forces have the potential to ignite a larger conflict between Israel and the Syrian Arab Republic with grave consequences," Ban said in a report to the UN Security Council. "There should be no military activity of any kind in the area of separation,” he added. The UN chief noted such activity poses a risk to the ceasefire, to the local civilian population and to UN personnel on the ground. There have been several incidents of the civil war in Syria spilling over into the Golan Heights recently. The most recent incidents occurred last week, when residents of the religious Zionist town of Alonei Habashan, which is less than a kilometer from the border, reported they heard explosions near the town, perhaps a result of a mortar shell that had been fired from Syria. In a second incident the same night, an IDF vehicle was hit by bullets fired from Syrian territory into Israel during the fighting between the sides. Last Thursday, two Austrian soldiers stationed with the UN force on the Golan Heights were shot and wounded in Syria while their convoy was travelling to the Damascus airport. The soldiers were flown by helicopter to the Rambam Hospital in Haifa where they received medical treatment. (INN) “Then the Lord spoke to me again and asked, ‘What do you see now?’ And I replied, ‘I see a pot of boiling water, spilling from the north.’” Jer 1:13

WEST WORRIED BY SYRIAN CHEMICAL SITE ACTIVITY: Western intelligence officials have noticed new worrying signs of activity at chemical weapons sites in Syria. The Syrian regime is "doing things that suggest they intend to use the weapons," one American intelligence official said last weekend. He claimed pro-Assad forces have begun combining the two chemical precursors needed to weaponize sarin gas. "Physically, they’ve gotten to the point where they can load it up on a plane and drop it," the official disclosed. Intelligence sources said it is possible Damascus is preparing to use chemical weapons as a last-ditched effort to defeat rebels. (J.Post) Intercede that the use of Syrian chemical weapons upon any man, woman or child will be utterly thwarted.

OBAMA WARNS ASSAD AGAINST USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS: US President Barack Obama issued a warning to Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday not to use chemical weapons against Syrian opposition forces, saying there would be consequences if he were to do so. He did not specify how the US might respond, but White House spokesman Jay Carney said "contingency planning" was under way when asked whether the use of military force was an option. As Assad's government has shown signs of increasing strain in response to recent advances made by the rebels, Carney said the US has grown concerned the Syrian president might be considering the use of chemical weapons. This would, Carney emphasized, "cross a red line for the United States." Meanwhile, Israel’s government warned again on Tuesday it would take military action if necessary to prevent Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons from falling into the hands of Hizbullah or other terror groups. (J.Post)

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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