Israel Update

December 17, 2012

"He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord
will wipe away the tears from all faces." Isa 25:8

PA ARABS RIOT THROUGHOUT JUDEA AND SAMARIA: More than 4,000 Palestinian Authority Arabs rioted against Israel’s security forces throughout Judea and Samaria on Friday afternoon. The largest rampages took place in Tulkarim and Hevron, where crowds of approximately 1000 and 3000 gathered consecutively. In other locations, about 30 PA Arabs rioted in Kfar Kadum in Samaria and rolled a burning tire towards security forces. 10 Arabs rioted in the Qalandiya crossing, throwing rocks towards the crossing. 40 Arabs hurled rocks towards Rachel's Tomb. The latest incidents follow a string of riots and terror attacks in Judea and Samaria. Tensions were particularly high following two incidents in which IDF soldiers shot Arab attackers in Hevron. The latest incident occurred late Thursday night when members of an IDF unit stationed near Hevron shot and reportedly wounded an Arab terrorist as he prepared to throw a firebomb at them. Earlier Thursday, terrorists threw a firebomb at an IDF position in the city. There were no injuries or damages. (Arutz-7) Pray against outbreaks of violence in Judea and Samaria. Pray for the protection of those serving in Israel’s security forces.

NATO: SYRIAN SCUDS LAND NEAR TURKISH BORDER: Several Scud missiles fired at rebels by Syria have landed close to the Turkish border, NATO's top military commander said Friday in a blog explaining why Patriot anti-missile batteries are being deployed to Turkey. The comments by US Admiral James Stavridis, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, were the first to confirm that Scuds have come down near the border of Turkey. Stavridis also described the situation in Syria as "chaotic and dangerous." The United States authorized on Friday the deployment of 400 troops for two Patriot missile-defense batteries along Turkey’s border with Syria, a move that could put American forces near the front lines of the Arab country’s escalating civil war. (Reuters)

SCUD MISSILE STRIKES IN SYRIA: Syrian forces loyal to Assad are firing Scud missiles at rebel fighters. The move represents a significant escalation in the fighting, which has already killed more than 40,000 civilians in a nearly two-year-old conflict and suggests increased desperation on the part of the Assad government. Scud missiles can deliver a 1,000-pound high-explosive warhead or a chemical agent. Although they are not very accurate, there is no effective way for the regime's opponents to stop them. The use of Scuds reflects the regime's increasingly dire straits - using a strategic asset like long-range missiles against a widely distributed insurgency, with no critical military targets to strike, represents desperation rather than sound military strategy. Given that the regime now seems to be using whatever weapons it has regardless of their effectiveness, the question becomes whether the Scud attacks are a prelude to chemical strikes. Meanwhile on Thursday, a top Russian official asserted that Assad's days are numbered, an unusual statement coming from one of Assad's long time allies. Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia’s top envoy for Syria, said recent events in Syria show the government's grip on the fighting is slipping and the rebels stand a real chance of defeating Assad. A senior NATO official said that with rebels edging into the capital, Assad is likely to fall and the Western military alliance should make plans to protect against the threat of his chemical arsenal falling into the wrong hands. (INN/Wash.Institute/J.Post) Continue to pray for godly solutions to defuse the chaotic and perilous situation in Syria that threatens to spill into other Middle East nations such as Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

ISRAEL’S MILITARY SAYS HAMAS TOOK A MAJOR BLOW: Israel's offensive on Gaza has deterred Hamas from new hostilities despite its claims of victory and the front is now at its quietest in 20 years, a senior Israeli military officer said. Shelling exchanges over eight days killed 170 Palestinians and 6 Israelis before the Nov. 21 truce brokered by Egypt. The Islamist terrorist group Hamas, which for the first time managed to fire rockets towards Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during the conflict, says it won in the absence of an Israeli ground invasion that might have toppled its Gaza administration. "Their jubilation was not from victory, it was from their relief at being able to emerge from shelters," said the officer, who could not be named under military regulations. "They took a major blow and they have to patch up their honor," he said. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians took to the streets of the Gaza Strip last weekend to welcome the first visit by their previously exiled leader Khaled Meshaal. He declared victory at a rally and vowed to eventually seize all of modern-day Israel. There have been scattered confrontations since, with Israeli troops killing two Palestinians who neared the border fence. The officer said such incidents were rare and lacked the backing of Hamas and other armed Palestinian factions, which he said were now "thoroughly daunted" by Israel and trying to shore up the calm or at least avoid breaching it. (Reuters) Pray according to scripture: “The fear of God came upon all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard how the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.” 2 Chron 20:29

JEWS TOLD TO HIDE IDENTIFYING SYMBOLS IN DENMARK, JORDAN: "Never Again," they say, and yet even in 2012 Jews must be warned not to openly identify themselves as Jews in certain places for fear of a violent response to their ethnicity. Such was the case in Denmark this week, where Israeli Ambassador Arthur Avnon warned visiting Israelis not to wear their skullcaps in public, to hide any Star of David jewelry and to refrain from conversing loudly in Hebrew. Avnon said this warning applies "irrespective of whether the areas Israelis are visiting are seen as being safe." Denmark's capital, Copenhagen, has experienced no fewer than 39 reported antisemitic attacks this year. Local Jewish leaders confirmed it has become increasingly dangerous to be seen as a Jew, and hinted the problem stems from growing Muslim influence in the city. A little less surprising was a report that Jordan's Ministry of Tourism had sent out a letter to all local tour guides instructing them to advise Israeli visitors against wearing Jewish symbols or publicly worshiping in a Jewish way. Present-day Jordan makes up part of the biblical Land of Israel, so many Israeli visitors consider points of interest in Jordan to be holy sites, and consequently like to pray there. But the Jordanian government said it has received numerous complaints over these outward displays of "Jewishness" and felt compelled to bring the situation under control, both for the safety of visiting Israelis and to appease the sensibilities of local Jordanians. (Israel Today)

TORONTO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS VOTE TO ENDORSE SANCTIONS CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISRAEL: The Graduate Student Union at the University of Toronto has decided to endorse the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. A group calling itself “Students against Israeli Apartheid, University of Toronto” said the Graduate Student Union voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to endorse the global campaign for BDS at their annual general meeting on December 10. Over 150 graduate students were present at the meeting, of which approximately 97% voted in favor of the motion, with only a few students opposed. The resolution states the Graduate Students Union endorses Palestinian civil society's 2005 appeal for boycotts, divestment and sanctions by calling on the University of Toronto to refrain from investing in all companies that "profit from occupation of Palestinian land, directly benefits from the construction of the Wall and Israeli settlements, is economically active in settlements, and profits from the collective punishment of Palestinians." The group said the passage of this resolution is a "milestone in divestment activities in North America" and will pave the way for a broader campaign which demands that the University of Toronto divest from any and all companies profiting from Israel's "illegal occupation." Similar resolutions against Israel have also been adopted in the past year by graduate student associations at other Canadian universities such as York University, University of Regina and Carleton University in Ottawa. (INN) Pray against this destructive anti-Israel trend taking place on Canadian University campuses and the twisted, uninformed opinions connected with it.

ISRAELI CANCER TREATMENT FREEZES TUMORS: Surgery may soon be a thing of the past for breast cancer patients, thanks to a new technique that destroys tumors by freezing them using a supercooled needle tip. Not requiring anesthetic, the procedure can be completed in 15 minutes. The Israel-based company IceCure Medical, which developed the device, says it could be used on cancerous masses up to the size of a golf ball. The device has already been approved for use in the US. Scientists believe cryoablation could also be used to treat other forms of cancer. (UK-Daily Mail)

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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