Israel Update

March 11, 2013

“You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me;
you stoop down to make me great.” Ps 18:35

SYRIAN REBELS FIRE SHOTS ON GOLAN BORDER: While 21 UN peacekeepers were released by the rebels after being held for four days, Syrian President Assad 's opponents on Saturday evening posted videos showing them firing in the air not far from the border with Israel. In one of the videos, insurgents are seen traveling in a vehicle within a demilitarized area. One rebel slams the Assad regime while conveying a message to Israel. "We are now in front of the occupied Golan, the blessed land sold by Hafez Assad," he says in the clip. "For 40 years, not a single gunshot has been fired on this land. For 40 years, not a single gunshot has been fired towards Israel." He goes on to declare that from now on, the rebels will fire on this land, and the men in the car with him fire in the air symbolically. He then says, "We will free the Golan and it will return to the free Syrian people, with the help of Allah." In another video, the rebels are seen in a Syrian town near the border, next to a sign pointing to a demilitarized zone. One of the rebels claims they have already taken over 80% of the western villages close to the Israeli border and that "with the help of Allah, they will all be freed." Sunday media reports disclosed the IDF has begun reinforcing its presence along the border. Israel has warned several times recently that it can't 'stand idle' as Syria's war spills over. (Ynet) Syrian rebel forces have threatened repeatedly that should they seize control of their country, Israel will continue to be regarded as Syria's number one foe. As Vision for Israel editors have been alerting intercessors for months, constant prayer is needed for the safety of Israel’s northern borders and communities. The catastrophic Syrian civil war has every potential to boil over and endanger the Jewish state. “The word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, ‘What do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see a boiling pot, facing away from the north.’ Then the Lord said to me, ‘Out of the north the evil will break forth on all the inhabitants of the land.’” Jer 1:13-14

Israeli news media confirmed Sunday that Yesh Atid chairman MK Yair Lapid will be Israel’s next Finance Minister and that Jewish Home chairman MK Naftali Bennett will be Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor. According to reports, the foreign minister portfolio will be saved for Avigdor Lieberman once the legal proceedings against him have ended. A three-way meeting between PM Binyamin Netanyahu and MKs Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett ended shortly before midnight on Sunday. The late night gathering was also attended by MK Avigdor Lieberman. The three discussed the possibility of signing a coalition agreement as soon as possible so that the new government can be presented later this week. (Arutz-7) Pray for final agreements to be reached by mid-week on all remaining fine points of difference between leading coalition parties.

AMOS YADLIN: POLLARD’S RELEASE CONCERN FOR ALL ISRAELIS: Amos Yadlin, the former head of military intelligence, joined 126,000 Israelis in signing a petition calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard from a US prison where he is serving a life sentence for espionage charges. During an interview on "Meet the Press," Yadlin said, "The release of Pollard is above all a humanitarian issue. This is not an issue for the right, it is an issue for all of Israel," Yadlin said. "Many senior American defense officials support releasing Pollard. The life sentence imposed on Jonathan Pollard is disproportionate and therefore the right thing to do is to pardon him. The time has come to end this," said Yadlin. (Arutz-7) Imprisoned for 28 years for having passed information to Israel about terrorist activity, Pollard's sentence is seen by many as harsh. He was sentenced to life in prison on one charge of passing classified information to a friendly nation, a crime generally punished with a 2 to 4-year prison term. Pollard’s health is deteriorating. Pray for his long delayed release.

UN PEACEKEEPERS FREED INTO JORDAN FROM SYRIA: Twenty-one UN peacekeepers captured by Syrian rebels and held for three days in a southern Syrian village crossed safely into neighboring Jordan on Saturday. The Filipino peacekeepers were taken by the Martyrs of Yarmouk rebel brigade to the border, 10 km south of the village of Jamla where they had been held since being captured on Wednesday. The Damascus office of the UN-Arab League confirmed the men had crossed into Jordan. Syrian rebels have been moving closer to the Israeli border on the southern part of the Golan Heights. In recent days, rebels' brigades near the village of Jamla reported they had dealt serious losses to Assad's forces and seized further strongholds. Insurgents also took advantage of the absence of some UN monitors. On Friday, two days after 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers were kidnapped by rebel forces, eight other UN monitors from the Philippines abandoned their post and crossed the border into Israel. The soldiers, who belong to a UN force that has patrolled a ceasefire line between Israel and Syria for nearly four decades, were ordered by their commander to flee for fear rebels may attempt to capture more peacekeepers. (J.Post)

UN: SYRIAN REFUGEES MAY DOUBLE OR TRIPLE THIS YEAR: The number of Syrian refugees, which just passed the million mark, could double or triple by the end of the year if no solution is found to the conflict, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said Sunday. "Now if this escalation goes on and nothing happens to solve the problem we might have in the end of the year a much larger number of refugees: twice or three times the present level," he told reporters in Ankar. His warning came days after the UN announced that the number of Syrian refugees hit one million since the revolt erupted in the country two years ago. Guterres is in Turkey to meet officials and discuss the situation of the more than 180,000 refugees who have taken shelter in several camps set up along Turkey-Syria border. (INN)

HAMAS: OBAMA VISIT TO TEMPLE MOUNT – A DECLARATION OF WAR: The Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups threatened Friday that a visit by US President Obama to the Temple Mount during his upcoming visit to Israel will be a declaration of war on the Arab and the Islamic world. A Hamas representative in the Al-Aqsa mosque, Mushir al-Masri, even called for a third intifada (uprising) and for Egyptian assistance in the "resistance" if Obama chooses to visit the Temple Mount. According to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency, the Gaza-based terrorist organizations made the threats during a protest march on Friday over the riots that broke out earlier in the day on the Temple Mount. Obama will be arriving in the region later this month, and PA media has been widely speculating that he plans to visit the site of the Al-Aqsa mosque. However, Washington is not planning such a visit. Israel liberated the Temple Mount during the 1967 Six Day War, leaving the Waqf in charge of the compound. The Waqf, in return, has removed every sign of ancient Jewish presence at the Jewish holy site and has consistently destroyed Jewish antiquities on the Temple Mount in a direct violation of a ruling by the Supreme Court. (Arutz-7) Pray against the frequent outbreaks of Temple Mount violence on the part of Arab protesters and for the protection of Israel’s police, soldiers and tourists in the area. Pray also that the destruction of Jewish artifacts and evidence of ancient Jewish presence on the Temple Mount will come to a halt.

TEMPLE MOUNT RIOTS ON FRIDAY: Several Israeli police officers and Muslim worshippers were injured during the Temple Mount riots on Friday afternoon. The riots began when the worshippers started throwing rocks at security forces. Police stationed at the Mughrabi gate broke in and began to throw stun grenades to disperse the stone throwers. The rioters responded with firebombs. According to the police, nine officers and five protesters were injured during the incident. (INN)

NO HONOR FOR EGYPTIAN ‘WOMAN OF COURAGE: The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed Thursday a State Department decision to defer awarding the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to Egyptian activist Samira Ibrahim after news reports revealed antisemitic messages on her Twitter feed. The messages included a tweet in which Ibrahim expressed her understanding and admiration of Adolph Hitler and quoted one of his sayings: “I have discovered with the passage of days that no act contrary to morality, no crime against society, takes place except with the Jews having a hand in it. Hitler.” A tweet about last July’s suicide bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria, which killed five Israelis, was equally venomous saying, “Today is a very sweet day with a lot of very sweet news.” She also posted a message calling Saudi royals “dirtier than the Jews.” Ibrahim was one of 10 women scheduled to receive the award from First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry at a State Department ceremony. “We commend Secretary John Kerry and the Department of State for taking this matter seriously, and holding in abeyance the award to Ms. Ibrahim,” said Abraham Foxman, ADL National Director. “There is no courage, and no honor in propagating antisemitism. (INN) “You will refute every tongue that accuses you.” Isa 54: 17

ISRAELI SCIENTISTS DEVELOP BREATH TEST TO DETECT STOMACH CANCER: A quick and simple breath test can diagnose stomach cancer, based on work by Prof. Hassam Hack of the Israel Institute of Technology. Scientists from Israel and China found the test was 90% accurate at detecting and distinguishing cancers from other stomach complaints in 130 patients. The test could also tell the difference between early and late-stage stomach cancers. The British Journal of Cancer says the test could revolutionize the way this cancer is diagnosed. Kate Law, director of clinical research at Cancer Research UK, said: "Most stomach cancers are diagnosed at stages that are too advanced for surgery. Any test that could help diagnose stomach cancers earlier would make a difference to patients' long-term survival." (BBC)

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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