Israel Update

February 14, 2013

“Disaster looms out of the north, even terrible destruction.” Jer 6:1

: The UNHRC has reported a disconcerting increase in the number of people fleeing Syrian President Bashar Assad's atrocities. The committee estimates the number of displaced Syrians is rapidly approaching 800,000. Agency spokesman Adrian Edwards said "5,000 people are now crossing the borders of Syria into other countries every single day, so this is really a full-on crisis right at the moment.” There are now 787,000 Syrians who are registered or being helped as refugees, mainly in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Turkey. UNHRC sources warn there could be as many as one million Syrian refugees by June. Over 65,000 have been killed since the revolt against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime erupted in March 2011. (Ynet) Pray for a merciful end to this ongoing deluge of violence in Syria. The peril it poses to the Syrian people as well as to Israel and the entire region cannot be underestimated. “Damascus has become feeble, she has turned to flee and panic has gripped her; anguish and pain have seized her, pain like that of a woman in labor.” Jer 49:24

OFFICIALS: OBAMA COMING TO ISRAEL TO PREVENT STRIKE ON IRAN: The main purpose of US President Barack Obama's visit to Israel in the spring is to warn PM Binyamin Netanyahu against attacking Iran, unnamed officials told Army Radio on Sunday. According to the sources, the urgency of the trip is because in his speech to the UN in September, Netanyahu had flagged the spring of 2013 as a significant time in the context of the Iranian nuclear threat. Therefore, they said, Obama is concerned the prime minister will decide to attack Iran now when he is backed by a new government and can establish a new security cabinet, without Dan Meridor and Benny Begin, two Likud MKs and opponents of such a strike who lost their Knesset seats in the recent elections. The officials told Army Radio the US president subsequently decided to transmit a direct message to Netanyahu: "Don't attack Iran, let me handle matters with the Iranians according to my understanding, and if necessary I will take action, we have capabilities that you do not." Netanyahu said Sunday that he and Obama agreed upcoming talks would focus on three central issues: Iran's race toward nuclear weapons; the instability in Syria and how that impacts regional security, and efforts to move forward the diplomatic process with the Palestinians. (INN) Pray Israel’s leaders will have unshakable wisdom on issues of importance to the Jewish state and will not give way to pressures from the US whose citizens are in far less danger of nearby Islamist foes.

REPORT: HAGEL RECEIVING DONATIONS FROM ‘FRIENDS OF HAMAS’: Republican opponents of former Senator Chuck Hagel welcomed the decision by the Senate Armed Services Committee last Thursday to postpone the panel vote on President Barack Obama’s highly controversial defense secretary nomination after he refused to release additional requested financial information, including details regarding compensation for speeches he delivered since leaving Capitol Hill. While Hagel has provided some information on his personal finances, he said he could not provide all of what has been requested because it was the property of private organizations that he was not authorized to disclose. Astonishingly, however, senate sources disclosed Thursday that they have been informed that one of the reasons Hagel has refused to release the documents on his sources of foreign funding is that one of the names listed is called “Friends of Hamas.” Last Wednesday 26 Republican senators sent a letter to the controversial nominee, asserting their opposition to the vote until he provided the requested information. "This committee and the American people have a right to know if a nominee for Secretary of Defense has received compensation from foreign sources," the letter said. "Until the committee receives complete answers, it cannot in good faith determine whether you should be confirmed as Secretary of Defense." (Arutz-7) Pray full disclosure of the requested information will be forth coming from former Senator Chuck Hagel, most particularly that pertaining to possible financial ties to the terrorist group, Hamas. Past political statements made by the former senator are dangerously anti-Israel, in spite of his recent claims to be a friend of the Jewish state. Pray the right person will be placed in the vitally important slot of US Defense Secretary.

THOUSANDS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST MORSI IN EGYPT: Thousands took to the streets across Egypt on Friday demanding that President Mohammed Morsi fulfill the goals of the revolt that brought him to power. Demonstrators marched from several locations in the capital to Tahrir Square and the presidential palace. "The people want the downfall of the regime," the protesters chanted while others slammed interior ministry officials as "thugs." Several hundred protesters also gathered outside the presidential palace chanting "Freedom, where are you? Brotherhood rule stands between us," in reference to the Muslim Brotherhood movement from which Morsi hails. The protests come after several incidents of police violence last week that caused public outrage and sparked angry demonstrations. Last week the death of a pro-democracy activist, following days in police custody, caused fury and reignited calls for police reform. His death came just days after footage was aired live on television of a man stripped naked and beaten by riot police during demonstrations near the presidential palace. A former Egyptian presidential candidate said Sunday the brutal dragging and beating of the naked man was previously planned by the interior ministry in an effort to terrorize the public. Ahmed Shafiq said the widely circulated video of Hamada Saber was intended to send a message of fear to those protesting in the streets against the brutal reign of the Muslim Brotherhood. (Arutz-7)

HAMAS BLAMES ABBAS AFTER UNITY TALKS FALTER: Representatives of various Palestinian factions who met in Cairo over the weekend in a renewed bid to end the dispute between Hamas and Fatah concluded their discussions without reaching agreement on the formation of a Palestinian unity government and holding new elections. Musa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas official, held Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responsible for the failure of "reconciliation" talks. Hanna Amireh, member of the PLO Executive Committee, said differences erupted between Hamas and Fatah as soon as they started talking about the details regarding the formation of a unity government and holding new presidential and legislative elections. According to Amireh, the Fatah and Hamas representatives were unable to agree on the dates for forming a new government and holding elections. A representative of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who attended the Cairo discussions, said the gap between Hamas and Fatah remains as wide as ever. (J.Post) The Hamas terrorist organization that rules the Gaza Strip is an offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood group, known as the “father of all terrorist organizations,” which now controls Egypt’s government. Pray there will be no unity between Fatah and Hamas in the coming days. Hamas is the terrorist foe behind years of rocket attacks against Israel’s southern communities from the Gaza Strip. Fatah is the wolf in sheep’s clothing still pretending sincerity regarding a peace agreement with Israel.

GET IT STRAIGHT: HAMAS DOES NOT ACCEPT ISRAEL: Every once in a while, world leaders and diplomats try to spin a certain piece of news to make it appear that even Hamas is willing to compromise and accept Israel's existence for the sake of peace. The goal is obvious - to paint Israel and its policies as the sole obstacle to peace. But every time, Hamas wastes no time clarifying what everyone already knows: that it, the group which won the last Palestinian general election, does not and never will accept Israel's right to exist in this region. The most recent example of this phenomenon took place late last month when Jordan's King Abdullah informed US President Barack Obama that Hamas was ready to accept a two-state solution that guaranteed Israel's future existence. Abdullah met with Hamas leader Khaled Mashal in Damascus, where the latter was said to have expressed a sincere change of attitude toward the peace process. It took no time at all, and zero fact checking, for Western media, Israeli liberals, and international diplomats to adopt the story and begin shouting for Israel to return to peace talks with concessions in hand. Two days later, Hamas put the lies to rest. The reports of Mashal making peace overtures in his meeting with King Abdullah were completely baseless, Hamas officials said in a statement released to Palestinian media. "Hamas will not change its position" regarding Israel's existence, senior Hamas official Yahya Moussa told Bethlehem's Ma'an news agency. "We will never agree to giving the Zionist state one inch of the land of Palestine." (Israel Today/Ryan Jones)

AHEAD OF OBAMA VISIT, LIEBERMAN SAYS PEACE DEAL IMPOSSIBLE: Soon after Obama's visit to Israel in the spring was announced, White House spokesman Jay Carney played down expectations of Obama arriving with any new dramatic peace proposals, saying this was not the focus of the visit. Former FM Avigdor Lieberman also curtailed optimism on the issue, by stating Saturday that an agreement with the Palestinians was currently not possible. Lieberman in a television interview reviewed the recent assassination of the opposition leader in Tunisia, the terrorist murder last week of dozens of people in Iraq, and the killing of fresh multitudes in Syria on Friday. He said it was not realistic to think it possible in this environment to reach a comprehensive peace accord with the Palestinians. "Anyone who thinks that in the center of the diplomatic, political, and social tsunami that is shaking the Arab world it is possible to get a magical solution of comprehensive peace with the Palestinians does not understand," he stated. "I am saying clearly it is impossible to reach a comprehensive agreement with the Palestinians. It is impossible to solve the conflict, it needs to be managed." (J.Post)

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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