Israel Update

December 26, 2012

“From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.” Ps 3:8

UN CONFIRMS HIZBULLAH FIGHTING FOR ASSAD IN SYRIA: The Lebanese terrorist group Hizbullah has confirmed its members are in Syria fighting on behalf of the government, UN human rights investigators said Thursday.The confirmation of Hizbullah involvement in the Syrian civil war heightens concerns the regime may transfer chemical weapons to the terrorist group. Earlier in December, Israel's ambassador to Washington Michael Oren warned that Israel will act if Syria allows chemical weapons to come into Hizbullah's possession. "Were those weapons to pass into the wrong hands, into Hizbullah's hands for example, that would be a game changer for us," said Oren. (J.Post)

ISRAEL CALLS ON UN TO CONDEMN REARMING BY HIZBULLAH: Israel's UN envoy urged the Security Council on Thursday to condemn what he described as significant rearming by Hizbullah, saying the Lebanese terrorist group now possessed an arsenal of tens of thousands of missiles capable of hitting Israel. Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor said the buildup was in clear violation of a UN arms embargo. "In flagrant breach of resolution 1701, Hizbullah has built its arsenal to unprecedented levels, amassing 50,000 deadly missiles in Lebanon - more missiles than many NATO members have in their possession," he said. "These missiles can reach all of Israel and well beyond." Israel has long complained the UN arms embargo on Lebanon has been unsuccessful. "I call on the Security Council and all responsible members of the international community to send a clear signal that Hizbullah's rapid rearmament will not be tolerated - backed by concrete steps on the ground," he said. "A logical first step is to ensure Hizbullah is placed on relevant terrorism watch lists in all corners of the globe, including in the EU," Prosor said. Hizbullah keeps stockpiles of weapons - including thousands of rockets - saying it will need them in the event of a new war with Israel. (Reuters)

ABBAS ASKS UN FOR FIRST STEP TO FLOOD ISRAEL WITH FOREIGN ARABS: PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is asking the UN to take the first step towards flooding Israel with foreign Arabs by suggesting Syrian “refugees” move to the PA. His latest diplomatic ploy could place Israel again in the role of “bad man.” Abbas asked Ban “to help the Palestinian refugees in Syria, who are suffering from the bloody conflict there, to return to live in the Palestinian Territory.” The PA’s WAFA website said there are 450,000 “Palestinian refugees” in Syria in 10 villages. The largest is Yarmouk, where Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces attacked in the past week. Like other “refugee camps,” terrorists have established a powerful position in Yarmouk. Abbas’ actual intentions more likely are using the Syrian Arab refugees as a first wedge in a long-standing demand that more than five million foreign Arabs be allowed into all of Israel and not just in Gaza, Judea and Samaria. The Arabs in question are descendants of approximately 750,000 who fled Israel or were forced to leave during wars in which Jordan and Arab neighbors promised the Arabs they would be able to return to Israel in a short period of time after the anticipated annihilation of the Jewish state. The UN does not designate any second generation as a “refugee” except for the Arabs. In all other cases, those who flee their home countries are classified as refugees, but their children and future generations are considered citizens of the countries where they live. (Arutz-7) Pray that serpentine tactics of PA leader Abbas to destroy rather than to make peace via sound and rational negotiations with the Jewish state will be thwarted at every turn.

PALESTINIANS OUTLINE ISRAEL ISOLATION STRATEGY: The Palestinian Authority is considering a multi-pronged strategy to isolate Israel, including seeking redress in international courts and ceasing security cooperation. Palestinian officials in a press interview said they will first press for renewed talks after Israel's Jan. 22 elections but will insist on a settlement freeze as a precondition. Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who looks set for reelection, has rejected another freeze, saying the Palestinians did not come to the table until nine months into the last partial freeze, in 2010, and then left because he would not extend it beyond the 10 months he had pledged. Should Israel not agree to those terms, the PA officials say, they will seek war crimes charges against Israelis in international courts, will lobby for sanctions on Israel, organize mass protests and suspend security cooperation in the West Bank. (AP/JTA) “I lie down and sleep. I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side.” Ps 3: 5-6

EU DETACHED FROM REALITY: The EU's Foreign Affairs Council has issued a statement about recent developments in what it called the "Middle East Peace Process." It stated all parties must avoid acts which undermine confidence and the viability of a two-state solution. The statement showed how detached the European Union has become from the reality in Israel. The fact is there has been no peace process at all since the Palestinian leadership decided to walk away from bilateral negotiations with Israel in 2009. Furthermore, most EU countries undermined the chances of a negotiated deal on the two-state solution by voting in favor, or by abstaining from voting against, the unilateral UN statehood bid by the PA in November. The EU thereby became an accomplice in abrogating the Oslo Accords. These accords include the following passage in article 31: "Neither side shall initiate or take any step that will change the status of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip pending the outcome of permanent status negotiations." The PA bypassed permanent status negotiations in order to obtain [illegal and illegitimate] world recognition of a Palestinian state via the UN. This unilateral act clearly undermined confidence. It also endangered the fragile status quo in the West Bank. (Ynet)

UN CHIEF WARNS ISRAEL: HOUSING PLANS ARE A DANGEROUS PATH: The UN on Wednesday called on Israel to cancel plans to build thousands of new Jewish homes in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, warning the move could be "an almost fatal blow" to peace hopes. "I am deeply concerned by heightened settlement activity in the West Bank, in particular around Jerusalem. This gravely threatens efforts to establish a viable Palestinian state," Ban complained. "I call on Israel to refrain from continuing on this dangerous path, which will undermine the prospects for a resumption of dialogue and a peaceful future for Palestinians and Israelis alike.” Amid increasing international criticism of Israel's recent approval of construction plans in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, PM Benjamin Netanyahu said in a television interview Friday that he is not interested in what the UN has to say about the subject. He said construction is a matter of principle. "We live in a Jewish state, and Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The Western Wall is not occupied territory. We will build in Jerusalem because this is our right. What the UN says doesn't interest me." (Arutz-7) Pray Israel will stand strong in its resolve to provide much needed housing for its citizens and peruse its rights to expand long standing and thriving Jewish communities – despite international unmerited and lopsided disapproval.

POLL: 76% OF ISRAELIS BELIEVE A WITHDRAWAL TO 1967 LINES WILL NOT END CONFLICT: 76% of Israelis (83% of Jews) believe a withdrawal to the 1967 lines and a division of Jerusalem would not bring about an end to the conflict with the Palestinians, according to a survey of Israeli public opinion released Thursday. 61% of the Jewish population believes defensible borders are more important than peace for assuring Israel's security. 78% of Jews indicated they would change their vote in the upcoming elections if the party they intended to support indicated it was prepared to relinquish sovereignty in east Jerusalem. 59% of Jews said the same about the Jordan Valley. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)

ARAB ISRAELI TEENAGER CHARGED IN TEL AVIV BUS BOMBINGS: The state prosecution on Wednesday charged a teenager who carried out a bus bombing in Tel Aviv in Nov. with multiple counts of attempted murder, as well as aiding an enemy during wartime. Muhammad Mafarji, 18, was charged at the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court with planting an explosive device on a No. 142 bus, injuring 27 people, on Nov. 21, the last day of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense against terror factions in Gaza. The youth, a West Bank Palestinian naturalized through a family reunification procedure, has Israeli citizenship and can therefore be tried in Israeli civil courts. Mafarji planted the explosive device because he wanted to fight on behalf of Gaza terrorists, the prosecution said. (Times of Israel)

SEA OF GALILEE WATER LEVEL VERY ENCOURAGING: Israeli officials now believe the region will receive more rain than expected this winter, bringing the Sea of Galilee back up to a level it has not been at in over 10 years. Israel Water Authority official Dr. Amir Givati noted that due to abundant rainfall early this season, the Sea of Galilee already began to rise in late October, more than a month before it typically starts to rise in the annual rain cycle."Our estimate at the beginning of the winter was that we were facing an average winter," said Givati. "Today we believe that it will be more than that, at least in the north of the country. Givati explained that even if precipitation levels were only "average" this winter, the Sea of Galilee would still rise to 210.8 meters below sea level, which is just two meters below its "upper red line." That is a major increase following seven years of drought, when the Sea of Galilee raced past its "lower red line" and repeatedly flirted with its "black line." The rise in the lake's water level comes primarily from the northern part of the Jordan River and the streams that run down from the Golan Heights, all of which started flowing much earlier than usual. "To see the Jordan River flowing at this time of year - that’s a phenomenon that takes place once every 20 years," Givati said. (Israel Today) Continue to pray for an abundant rainy season in Israel this year.

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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