Israel Update

February 6, 2013

“At that time they will call Jerusalem the Throne of the Lord, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts.” Jer 3:17

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Cairo Tuesday, marking the first visit to Egypt by an Iranian president since 1979. Egypt's Islamist President Mohamed Morsi gave Ahmadinejad a red-carpet welcome on the tarmac at Cairo airport, shaking the Iranian's hand and exchanging a kiss on each cheek as a military honor guard stood at attention. Ahmadinejad, who is on a three-day visit, will attend an Organization of Islamic Cooperation conference in Cairo and will hold talks with Egyptian officials. The trip follows a visit by Egypt's Islamist President Morsi to Iran in August last year, when the two leaders agreed to reopen official embassies. Tehran broke off relations with Cairo in 1980, a year after Egypt's peace agreement with Israel. Egypt's fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, has signaled that relations with Iran could be upgraded to full diplomatic ties. (Ynet)

Following a 7-month probe, the Bulgarian interior minister announced Tuesday that 2 Hizbullah terrorists were involved in the Burgas suicide bombing of a bus transporting Israeli tourists from the airport to their hotels. The bus bomb attack killed five Israeli tourists last July. The conclusions of the Bulgarian investigation may open the way for the European Union to join the United States in branding the Iranian-backed Hizbullah a terrorist entity since there is now a clear connection to an attack on EU territory. The European Union has yet to officially recognize Hizbullah as a terror organization. In response to the announcement by the Bulgarian government that Hizbullah was behind the bomb attack in July, Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu has urged the European Union to respond accordingly. (Arutz-7) Pray the move to place the Lebanon-based Hizbullah on the EU terrorist list will take place soon, and that further sanctions will be levied on this murderous organization – one of Israel’s most vicious foes.

NETANYAHU: ISRAEL CAN’T LIVE WITH IRAN UPGRADING NUCLEAR PLANT: Iran's installation of new equipment at its Natanz nuclear plant will speed up enrichment efforts and complicate plans to prevent Tehran from building weapons capability, PM Binyamin Netanyahu said this week. Speaking at the meeting of the outgoing Israeli Cabinet, Netanyahu said, "The most important mission facing a (new) national unity government is stopping the nuclear arming of Iran. It is a mission which has become more complicated because Iran has equipped itself with new centrifuges which reduce the enrichment time," Netanyahu added. "We cannot live with this process." Netanyahu’s remarks came after a report last week that Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it planned to speed up its uranium enrichment program, using faster and more advanced centrifuges. The letter from Iran mentions a centrifuge model IR2m, which would be able to enrich uranium as much as three times faster than equipment Iran already has. Meanwhile on Sunday, Iranian FM Ali Akbar Salehi said that the latest round of talks with world powers regarding Iran's nuclear program would be held in Kazakhstan later this month. Iran and six world powers -- the US, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia -- held three rounds of talks last year aimed at resolving the standoff over Iran's nuclear activities, but all were unsuccessful. Israeli President Shimon Peres said on Tuesday that the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran was growing under the "terrifying dictatorship" ruling the Islamic republic. (INN)

AHMADINEJAD: THE PERIOD OF THE ZIONIST IS OVER: “The period of the Zionists is over,” Iranian President Ahmadinejad said this week in his latest attack on Israel. Speaking to the Beirut-based Al Mayadeen television network, which is affiliated with the Hizbullah terror group, Ahmadinejad said, “The Zionists should give their place to others.” He added, “I hope to pray in Jerusalem after its full liberation. Gaza is my stop before Jerusalem. The Iranian president claimed the recent Israeli attack in Syria was proof of Israel's "weakness" and that Syria was unable to retaliate due to the ongoing conflict. Ahmadinejad, who is visiting Egypt this week was asked in the interview about talks with Cairo regarding the Palestinian Authority Arabs, to which he replied, “Egypt and Iran can change the equation in favor of the Palestinian people. We support the Palestinian people whatever it takes.” The latest anti-Israel remarks by the Iranian president come a week after he called on all Muslims to mobilize their resources to uproot Zionism. (INN) “Surely the idolatrous commotion on the hills and mountains is a deception. Surely in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.” Jer 3:23

FOLLOWING EGYPT STOPOVER AHMADINEJAD WANTS TO VISIT THE MOON: President Ahmadinejad said earlier this week he’s ready to be the first Iranian astronaut sent into space. He’s willing to sacrifice his life for the Islamic Republic’s ambitious space program, he said. Iran claimed last Friday it would send its first manned shuttle into space by 2019. (AP)

US DELIVERS F-16 FIGHTERS TO EGYPT: The US delivered four new F-16 fighter jets to Egypt on Monday, said the White House, marking the event with a ceremony praising their young partnership. The country's ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, said Washington hopes to see Cairo continue to be "a force for peace, security, and leadership as the Middle East proceeds with its challenging yet essential journey toward democracy." But the reminder of US military support for Egypt's authorities may anger Egyptians freshly outraged by a recent video showing police beating a naked civilian and, separately, the death of an activist after being held in police custody. The White House has condemned the violence in Egypt but largely stayed quiet, and many protesters believe the US is throwing its weight behind the Muslim Brotherhood. Furnishing Egypt with F16s could be construed by some as support for the crackdown, or at least support for Morsi, who is in theory head of the armed forces. (Global Post) Anti-American sentiments in Egypt reached new levels this year when Muslim protesters stormed the US embassy in Cairo, burning the American flag and spraying graffiti on the compound's walls.

EGYPT SAYS ISRAEL STOLE SAND: In a short, 750-page report sent to the UN recently, Egypt demanded $500 billion dollars from Israel as compensation for damages inflicted on the Sinai Peninsula from 1967 to 1982, when Israel occupied the region. Among other grievances, Egypt has accused Israel of stealing just under $50 billion worth of sand. Those involved with Egypt’s legal proceedings voiced concern the country was left with annoyingly breathtaking views of the area and “worthless rock” like Mount Sinai. In response to accusations that Egypt wants a disproportionate sum worth more than Israel’s entire operating budget, authorities referenced the peace agreement signed in 1979 and confirmed they were just trying to further develop friendly relations. Up until now, the UN has ignored the report, so Egyptian authorities have forwarded it on to the US administration via Gmail in the hopes they will have better luck pressuring Israel into paying up. A White House official, who may or may not exist said President Barack Obama has weighed in with, “I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m interested in this issue if and only if I can be assured that I’ll be able to secure another Nobel Peace Prize for my involvement.” Important Israeli lawyers have already started preparing their rebuttal, should the case go to court. “Taking into account disruptions to Israel’s trade, the number of cargo shipments seized, and the money we’re losing from phantom toll booths, we were pleased to realize that Egypt actually owes us $1 trillion.” According to official sources, Egypt is also contemplating filing suit against the Ottoman Empire for goblet theft in the years between 1507-1906. (Tablet)

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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