Israel Update

December 10, 2012

“Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.” Isa 50:10

PALESTINIANS PLACE SIGNS DELINEATING NEW STATE: Eager to turn their victory at the UN last month into facts on the ground, Palestinian Arabs have begun posting official-looking signs on roads throughout Judea and Samaria delineating the new "State of Palestine." Under a bold headline of "Warning" the signs state in English, Arabic and Hebrew that the visitor is now standing on "illegally occupied land. State of Palestine." Included is the date this new state was internationally recognized – Nov. 29, 2012. The UN General Assembly vote last month merely upgraded the Palestinian Authority to the status of a non-member observer, and is not legally binding. But the PA has been busy transforming that small achievement into something much larger. Israeli leaders argued that by going this route, the Palestinian leadership and the UN had effectively killed all hopes of a negotiated peace. Analysts note the Palestinians now have little incentive to hold bilateral talks, and even less incentive to make any compromises in the quest for peace. Rather, they can now sit back and let the international community bring its full weight down on Israel to unconditionally leave what is now a recognized national entity. (Israel Today/Ryan Jones)

CANADIAN PM AFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR JEWS IN HANUKKAH MESSAGE: Canada’s PM Stephen Harper issued a statement Saturday in honor of the first day of Hanukkah, and reaffirmed his country’s support for the Jewish people. “The story of Hanukkah reminds us that hope and faith can overcome any challenge and provide light in times of darkness,” Harper said. “The nightly lighting of the menorah during Hanukkah commemorates the liberation of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple over 2,000 years ago, and the miracle of the oil lamp which lasted for eight full days in the reclaimed Temple, when it was only meant to last for one. During these challenging times, we reaffirm our commitment to stand by the Jewish people and we pray for peace during the holiday season and in the year ahead,” said Harper. The Canadian prime minister is a staunch supporter of Israel and recently personally intervened to pressure PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to drop his bid for upgraded status at the UN. Canada joined Israel and the US on Nov. 29 as one of only nine countries opposing the PA’s bid. (INN)

ARABS HARASS JERUSALEM NEIGHBORHOOD – HOLY PLACE FOR THE JEWS: Arab and leftist anarchists were busy overnight Saturday in Jerusalem's Shimon Hatzaddik neighborhood, posting signs and placards calling for Jews to be expelled from their homes. One of the signs was placed at the entrance of the tomb of Shimon Hatzaddik, the High Priest and grandfather of the Maccabees, the heroes of Hanukkah, buried there for 2,300 years. The signs say the area is “illegally occupied” by Jews, and that it belongs to the “State of Palestine.” The Hebrew text on the sign explains the declaration is based on the UN General Assembly's recent decision upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status to that of a “non-member observer state.” A spokesperson for area residents said, “The signs, in English, Hebrew, and Arabic, declare this quarter as part of the Palestinian Authority state. We will come with a large group today to ceremoniously remove these signs,” making it clear the area belongs to Israel. (Arutz-7) The UN has opened the door to unspeakable folly in bestowing upon the Palestinians Authority a false and illegal badge of statehood. Palestinians will now use this uncorroborated status to tear down, accuse, attack and undermine Israel in every conceivable way – rather than to build or to help their own people to prosper and to live in peace. “Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.” Prov 15:21

PALESTINIANS STONE IDF SOLDIERS: A video depicting an assault on IDF soldiers in the West Bank has surfaced over the weekend, depicting the growing tensions in the area following the Palestinian Authority's new UN status. Two IDF soldiers and a Border Guard officer were injured in the incident. The video depicts the troops running towards the crowd in an attempt to disperse it. Seconds later they run back to their post – to take cover from a torrent of stones. The video shows the Palestinians cheering and chasing the soldiers. The troops were eventually able to control and disperse the crowd. The incident took place mere days after an IDF force escaped an angry mob in Hebron. The IDF has noted a significant rise in violent clashes between Palestinians and security forces after Operation Pillar of Defense and the recent UN General Assembly vote raising the status of the PA in the world body. In the wake of the riot the IDF has updated its instructions for riot control by soldiers, using select, but moral, means to dispel riots but without using excessive force. Commenting on the video, one viewer said "the government is playing with fire. There is only so much patience these soldiers can have in the face of provocations like this." (Ynet/INN) Pray for the safety of IDF forces against new and increased Arab violence.

ARAB STATES AGREE ON $100 MILLION IN MONTHLY AID FOR PA: Arab states agreed to provide the Palestinian Authority with a $100 million monthly "financial safety net" to help President Mahmoud Abbas' government cope with an economic crisis after the UN granted de facto statehood to Palestine. Arab foreign ministers on Sunday called for the "immediate implementation" of a resolution passed at an Arab summit in Baghdad in March, which called for the provision of a $100 million monthly safety net. But the statement did not give details of how the money would be paid or who would pay. (Reuters) Arab states are well known for making sweeping financial commitments, even to each other, which they notoriously neglect to supply. As the article points out, how or who would pay the funds to the PA was not decided.

MOFAZ SAYS ISRAEL SHOULD HAVE ELIMINATED MASHAAL: Israel should have taken advantage of Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal’s visit to Gaza and eliminated him, Kadima Chairman MK Shaul Mofaz said Saturday. "Israel missed an opportunity to eliminate the head of the serpent. I would recommend that Mashaal pack his bags and leave Gaza as soon as possible,” said Mofaz. Mashaal, on his first ever visit to Gaza, said Saturday that Hamas would not cede "an inch of Palestinian territory" to Israel or recognize the Jewish State. "Palestine is our land and nation from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River, from north to south, and we cannot cede an inch or any part of it," he said in a speech marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of the terror group. Mashaal emphasized, "Resistance [meaning violence] is the right way to recover our rights, as well as all forms of struggle - political, diplomatic, legal and popular. But all are senseless without resistance," he said. MK Mofaz stated that Khaled Mashaal is a target for elimination along with all of Hamas’ terrorist leaders. (INN) “But I will defend my house against marauding forces. Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch.” Zech 9:8

NETANYAHU: MASHAAL SPEECH SHOWED ISRAEL THE TRUE FACE OF OUR ENEMIES: Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal's speech in Gaza calling for a "fight to free Palestine from the Zionist occupier" shows Israel "our enemies' true face," Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday. They have no intention of compromising with us; they want to destroy the state," he said. Netanyahu also pointed out there was no condemnation from Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president. Mashaal spoke Saturday in Gaza City during celebrations marking Hamas' 25th anniversary. He said, among other things demeaning the Jewish state, that the Palestinians would never recognize Israel, that Israel has "no right to Jerusalem," and that "liberating Palestine, all of Palestine, is a duty, a right and a goal." Netanyahu responded that despite wanting a "true peace with our neighbors, Israel is not prepared to repeat the same mistake of a unilateral withdrawal and withdrawals that, in effect, led Hamas to take control of Gaza. I have always been astonished at the delusions of others who are prepared to continue this process and call it peace," Netanyahu said. Israel’s prime minister added that Israel "will also withstand the international pressure, were it not for which, we would not have reached this point. Today, this is what is required from leadership in Israel – to have no illusions, to stand up for the vital interests of the State of Israel and to rebuff the pressure to bring Gaza into every home in Israel.” (JTA)

EGYPTIAN PROTESTS CONTINUE DESPITE MORSI REVERSAL: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi backed down on Saturday and annulled a controversial decree raising his authority above that of the judiciary, but demonstrators are threatening to continue their protests. Security forces have moved into place, and it appears more clashes between rulers and ruled in Cairo are likely. The recent decree - a power grab on Morsi’s part - enraged the populace and prompted judges and prosecutors to strike for days. Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square was packed with protesters who clashed with police for days. According to a spokesperson, Morsi's weekend decision to reverse the decree wasn't enough, offering “nothing new” and an attempt to dodge opposition demands. The groundswell of roaring opposition vowed to keep up the pressure against a draft Constitution Morsi had also rammed through. Mohamed ElBaradei, newly elected opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said, “A constitution that aborts our rights and freedoms is a constitution that we will topple today.” The draft document, written by an Islamist committee, allegedly infringes on general freedoms, and fails to protect the rights of women and minorities. The National Assembly committee that authored the draft was boycotted by secular, liberal and Coptic Christian lawmakers. Although the committee had a deadline extension to consider their words with care until February, Morsi cut the process short and dissolved the group last weekend. A national referendum on the draft was set for December 15, further infuriating the masses, who called the Islamist president, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, “the new Pharaoh.” (Ynet/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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