Israel Update

April 3, 2013

“And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” Mark 13:37 

IAF CARRIES OUT STRIKES IN GAZA AND SYRIA: For the first time since the conclusion of Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, Israel has initiated a strike on Gaza. Palestinian media sources disclosed Tuesday night the Israeli Air Force carried out a strike against two targets in the Gaza Strip, one on the eastern side of the city and the other in the northern Gaza Strip. Israel reportedly bombed a factory. No one was injured in the IAF strikes. Moreover, the source stated all security targets and military installations in the Gaza Strip were evacuated. A projectile launched from the Gaza Strip exploded Tuesday evening in Israel’s Eshkol Regional Council. No one was hurt and no damage was caused. Earlier Tuesday two mortars were fired from Gaza toward Israel but landed in Palestinian territory without any damage. Also Tuesday, a mortar exploded on the Israeli side of the border with Syria in the Golan Heights. A short time later an IDF patrol in the Golan Heights was hit by small arms fire. No injuries were reported. IDF tanks fired across the Syrian border at the source of the fire in response. The tanks achieved a direct hit. (Ynet) “The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!” Ps 110:2

MASHAAL VOWS HAMAS WILL NOT CONCEDE LAND: Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal on Saturday reiterated his terrorist movement’s refusal to “give up one inch of the land of Palestine.” Mashaal, who arrived in the Gaza Strip for the first time ever on Friday, said: “Palestine from the river to the sea, from the north to the south, is our land and we will never give up one inch or any part of it.” He was speaking to hundreds of thousands of Hamas supporters during a rally in Gaza City marking the 25th anniversary of the movement’s founding. As he spoke, the crowd chanted slogans calling on Hamas’ armed wing, Izzadin Kassam, to fire rockets next time at Haifa. “Palestine was, still is and will always be Arab and Islamic,” Mashaal said. “We can never recognize the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Palestine belongs to us, and not to the Zionists.” Mashaal’s fiery statements stood in sharp contrast to a recent interview he gave to CNN where he said Hamas accepted a Palestinian state within the pre-1967 lines. “Jihad and armed resistance are the real way to liberate Palestine and restore our rights,” Mashaal said at the rally. He vowed not to give up the goal to “liberate” Jaffa, Haifa, Safed and Beersheba. Political and diplomatic efforts, as well as mass and legal movements, are “worthless” unless they are accompanied by armed struggle, he said. (Arutz-7)

HAMAS LAW BANS ‘ZIONIST’ TIES, CO-EDUCATION IN GAZA: New rules from the Education Ministry of the Hamas terrorist movement ruling the Gaza Strip will bar men from teaching at girls' schools and mandate separate classes for boys and girls from the age of nine. The law, published Monday, will go into effect next school year and includes private, Christian-led and UN schools. Private and Christian schools, where classes are mixed until high school, will be the most affected by the decision. The newly approved education law also forbids the "receipt of gifts or aid aimed at normalizing relations with the Zionist occupation (Israel)." Critics of the new measures say the Islamist movement is trying to force its ideology on society, but proponents say they merely want to codify conservative Palestinian values into law. A Gaza activist for women's rights said the new law was part of a Hamas project to impose its values on Gaza residents. "Instead of hiding behind traditions, why don't they say clearly they are Islamists and they want to Islamize the community," she said. (Ynet/INN)

PA, JORDAN INK DEAL TO ‘DEFEND’ JERUSALEM AGAINST ‘JUDAIZATION’: Jordan's King Abdullah II and PA Chairman Mahmud Abbas signed an agreement Sunday confirming their "common goal to defend" Jerusalem and their opposition to efforts to “Judaize” the eternal capital of Israel. PA Religious Affairs Minister, Mahmoud al-Habash, said the agreement confirmed Jordan’s role as protector of the city’s holy sites and “Palestinian sovereignty over all of Palestine, including its capital East Jerusalem.” A statement by the palace said the deal confirms Jordan's historic position as custodian of Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, particularly the Temple Mount. Abbas in turn reiterated that "the king is the custodian of holy sites in Jerusalem and he has the right to exert all legal efforts to preserve them." (INN)

POLICE BREAK UP ARAB RIOT IN JERUSALEM: Arabs rioted throughout Judea and Samaria Tuesday, accusing Israel of causing the death of an Arab terrorist who had been imprisoned in Israel and who died of cancer in an Israeli hospital. On Tuesday night, Arabs in Jerusalem attacked police and security forces who were trying to restore order near the Damascus Gate. Police attempted to break up an illegal demonstration by local Arabs, demanding they leave the area. In response, Arabs threw stones and other objects at police. Police used anti-riot tactics to break up the crowd. Several Arabs were lightly injured, and were treated at the scene by Israeli volunteers. The riot in Jerusalem Tuesday night follows a string of similar riots in cities throughout Arab controlled areas of Judea and Samaria. The 63 year old terrorist, Maissara Abu Hamdiyeh, who was serving a life sentence, was diagnosed with cancer in February. He was convicted of murder for his role in bombing a cafe in Jerusalem's German Colony in 2002. (Arutz-7)

EGYPT’S MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD FILLING PRO-WESTERN RANKS WITH ISLAMISTS: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood government recently allowed members of the Brotherhood and hard-line jihadists to join Egypt’s military academy for the first time as part of what US officials say is a covert effort to impose Islamist rule in the key Middle East state. According to US officials with access to intelligence reports, the government of President Mohamed Morsi is covertly taking steps to take control over the pro-Western military and the police forces as part of a campaign to solidify Islamist control. Egypt for decades had banned the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islamist groups from both the military and police academies after Islamic terrorists in the military assassinated Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat in 1981. The Egyptian military also for decades has maintained close ties to the US military. Analysts in the US intelligence community are viewing the introduction of Islamists into the national military academy with concern. “Any opening of the Egyptian military to Islamist elements would be a big and complicated change,” said one US official. Meanwhile, US sources said intelligence agencies are investigating reports that Morsi recently concluded a secret agreement with the Palestinian terror group Hamas, another disturbing sign the Egyptian government is shifting away from its former pro-Western stance and toward radical Islam. (Washington Times) The Muslim Brotherhood, often dubbed as the “father of all terrorist organizations,” has repeatedly called for the dissolution of peace treaties with Israel. The Brotherhood assassinated Anwar Sadat of Egypt in 1981 for making peace with the hated "Zionist entity." It glorified Osama bin Laden and mourned his death. Hamas is a "wing of the Muslim Brotherhood," according to the Hamas Charter. The Charter calls for the murder of Jews, the "obliteration" of Israel and its replacement with an Islamist theocracy." Pray against the increasing grip of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and other spots in the Middle East. Pray US leaders will not sweep the insidious intentions of this terrorist organization under the carpet once again.

6000 DIED IN SYRIA IN MARCH, DEADLIEST MONTH YET:  More than 6,000 people were killed in the Syrian civil war in March alone making it the deadliest month yet in the 2-year-old conflict. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an increase in shelling and clashes around the country led to the high toll, which is incomplete because fighters on both sides tend to under-report their dead. The increase also represents the further spread of the civil war throughout the country. Clashes continue to rage in the city of Aleppo and around the capital Damascus as well as in the central city of Homs. And in recent weeks, rebels in the southern province of Daraa along the Jordanian border have seized towns and military bases from the government with the help of an influx of foreign-funded weapons. The Observatory said the March dead included 298 children, 291 women, 1,486 rebel fighters and army defectors and 1,464 government soldiers. The rest were unidentified civilians and fighters. (AP)

‘LITTLE CHANCE OF BREAKTHROUGH IN TALKS WITH TEHRAN’: A former senior White House adviser said Monday he doesn’t expect a breakthrough in upcoming talks with Tehran and certainly no deal reached before Iranian presidential elections in June. Gary Samore, until recently the White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction, predicted that “ups and downs and differences and frustrations are going to continue for the foreseeable future” in world powers’ negotiations with Iran. At the same time, Samore observed the Iranians are slowing down aspects of their nuclear program for the time being. (J.Post) Israel has been in the lead for months, now years, with urgent warnings that Iran is simply manipulating global leaders and stalling for time regarding its illegal nuclear enrichment program.  Meanwhile, behind the scenes, it continues to expand its nuclear capabilities with the likely intent of producing a nuclear weapon, placing the Jewish state in life-threatening danger. Pray for wisdom and strategy to be given to those at the helm in Israel’s government to know how to deal with this and other perilous issues facing the Jewish state.

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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