Israel Update

January 14, 2013

“You came near when I called you, and you said, ‘Do not fear.’ O Lord, you took up my case; you redeemed my life. You have seen the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause!” Lam 3: 57-59

NETANYAHU: SECURITY IS BETTER THAN IT WAS IN YEARS: In Sunday's cabinet meeting, PM Binyamin Netanyahu rebuffed criticism from his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, who accused Netanyahu of spending NIS 11 billion on preparations for a strike on Iran that never materialized. "This weekend," he said, "somebody criticized my government over the investments we made in security. Indeed, in contrast to governments that invested billions in the disengagement, we invested billions in building up our strength so as to ensure the security of Israel's citizens. We will continue to invest in Iron Dome, which stopped the missiles, in the security fence in the south, which stopped the infiltrators, in cyber-security and in the offensive and defensive capabilities of the IDF, Mossad and ISA. It is no coincidence the security situation in the country is the best it has been in years and this is in the face of the great security upheaval around us and in our region." Netanyahu then commended the ministers who had backed important operations to ensure the security of Israel's citizens." He added praise for the Israel Police and the IDF, for their operation to evacuate the Arab outpost in the area between Jerusalem and Ma'aleh Adumim on Saturday night. (Arutz-7)

OLMERT ‘A MAN OF DUBIOUS MORALS PREACHING MORALS TO US’: Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin criticized former prime minister Ehud Olmert, Sunday afternoon, for Olmert's attacks on PM Binyamin Netanyahu. Referring to Olmert's recent conviction on a corruption charge during a meeting with student at the Hebrew University, he deemed it inappropriate that "The former prime minister, who is one of dubious morals, appears on television and preaches to us how to behave morally." (INN) Ehud Olmert resigned as prime minister in a corruption scandal and was convicted in July on a charge of breach of public trust, receiving a one-year suspended sentence. He is still a defendant in a bribery trial related to a Jerusalem real estate project. Olmert advocated as outgoing prime minister, Israel’s leaving much of east Jerusalem and allowing Palestinians to form a state equal in size to the area of Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip. He also said peace with Syria would require withdrawal from the Golan Heights. Pray these types of men will be kept out of decision making slots in Israel’s government as Jan 22 elections draw near.

ARAB OUTPOST EVACUATED: The Israeli Police on Saturday night evacuated the illegal Arab outpost that was set up in the E1 area, which connects Jerusalem and Ma’aleh Adumim. Israel claimed that leaving the tents set up at the outpost constituted an immediate security danger that could spark serious disturbances. A State appeal to Israel’s High Court said that "The establishment of tents in the compound, given its location, is basically an act of protest and defiance which is designed to cause riots with national and international implications." The vast majority of the tents were reportedly built on state-owned land with only a few being established on land that is not state land. Arab activists set up the outpost on Friday in the area that was just recently opened to construction for Israelis. (Arutz-7) Pray internal Arab provocation against Israel and its Jewish population, including acts of violence and harassment on the streets, setting up illegal outposts, and throwing rocks at passing vehicles and law-enforcement officials, will be halted. Pray Israel’s military and security experts will be given strategies to restrain these and other hostile activities.

RAND PAUL: ISRAEL BUILDING IN JERUSALEM IS NONE OF AMERICA’S BUSINESS: As a week-long visit to Israel came to a close, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) said the US should not meddle in Israel’s decisions. It is “none of our business” whether Israel builds new neighborhoods in east Jerusalem or withdraws from the Golan Heights, and the US should not tell Israel how to defend itself, he said Saturday night. Paul, a senator known for his advocacy of slashing US foreign aid, said the issue of cutting aid to Israel - something he advocates as part of a gradual process - did not come up during his meetings with PM Netanyahu. The senator added he was not interested in the message of his trip being that he came here “touting and spouting” cutting aid to Israel. “I came here to show I am supportive of the relationship between Israel and America,” he said. Regarding financial aid to Israel’s neighbors, Paul stressed he was worried about giving weapons to Egypt, especially since Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is listening to a spiritual leader calling for “the death of Israel and all its friends.” He said he was “very disappointed" that after giving Egypt some $60 billion in aid over the last 30 years, rioters there climbed the roof of the embassy last year, took down the US flag and burned it. (J.Post)

EXPLOSIVES THROWN AT CAIRO PROTESTERS, SET TENTS ON FIRE: Unknown attackers threw petrol bombs at tents housing protesters outside the Egyptian presidential palace in Cairo on Saturday, witnesses said. According to reports several tents were on fire and ambulances were seen driving away from the scene late on Saturday evening. A doctor in one of the ambulances reported that dozens of people had been injured, including police officers. Protesters opposing an Islamist-backed constitution have been camped outside the residence of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi for several weeks. (Reuters)

AHMAEDINEJAD ACCEPTS MORSI’S INVITATION TO VISIT EGYPT: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accepted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's invitation to visit Egypt. Ahmadinejad will arrive at the beginning of February to participate in a summit focusing on cooperation within the Islamic world. Egypt's foreign minister said the invitation had been extended during Morsi's talks with Iranian FM Ali Akbar Salehi in Teheran. (Ynet) Pray against alliances between Israel’s enemies.

SYRIAN FIGHTER JETS BOMB REBEL POSITIONS AROUND DAMASCUS: Syrian activists said Sunday that President Bashar Assad's fighter jets bombed the Damascus suburbs on Sunday, calling it part of a government offensive to dislodge rebels from strategic locations around the capital. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said warplanes carried out the air strikes Sunday on towns and villages around the capital while regime forces bombarded other neighborhoods with artillery and mortars. The Observatory also said regime troops were battling rebels in the suburb of Daraya, a day after government officials said the army had taken much of the strategic area lying on the edge of a major military air base just south of the capital. Meanwhile, Arab foreign ministers arrived in Cairo on Sunday for an emergency Arab League meeting to discuss assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. (Ha’aretz)

REPORT: IRAN SPYING ON ISRAEL FROM SYRIA: Iran has been establishing signals intelligence stations in several parts of the Middle East, including the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The Defense Department has indicated one of the intelligence stations was established in the Golan Heights, close to Syria's border with Israel. The Pentagon’s counter-terrorist support office said the stations were established by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps together with Tehran’s leading ally, Syria. The report, issued last month and prepared by the Library of Congress, said IRGC was planning to establish additional listening stations for northern Syria. The stations were meant to supply information on Israel to Hizbullah, Iran’s leading terror proxy. (Arutz-7)

IRAN SENDS JAILED US PASTOR TO JUDGE SANCTIONED FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS: Iranian authorities have recently assigned the case of imprisoned American-Iranian Pastor Saeed Abedini to a Tehran judge sanctioned by the EU for human rights violations. Jordan Sekulow, the executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice said, “In a country that’s hostile to human rights and religious freedom, the news that Pastor Saeed’s case has now been handed over to one of Iran’s most notorious judges is deeply troubling. He noted that Judge Pir-Abassi, who is overseeing Saeed’s legal process, is “notorious for his harsh sentences against those who exercise their fundamental freedoms. In the international law arena, Judge Pir- Abassi is often referred to as one of Iran’s ‘hanging judges’ for the numerous individuals he has sent to the gallows." (J.Post) Pray for Pastor Abedini’s safety and release from a potential death sentence looming over him. A miracle is needed. Pray also for the protection and release of other Christian pastors imprisoned under harsh conditions in Iran – some who are likewise threatened with death penalties.

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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