Israel Update

April 15, 2013

“’I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,’ says the Lord your God.” Amos 9:15 

‘PALESTINE MUSEUM’ ATTEMPTS TO EXPUNGE JEWISH RIGHTS TO LAND: Palestinian Authority officials joined a ceremony on Thursday to lay the cornerstone for a new museum of “Palestinian culture, history and society” near Ramallah, in yet another effort aimed at reconstructing history and attempting to strip the Jewish people from their rights to the Land of Israel. Organizers said the museum would provide Arabs with "a valuable source of information on Palestine and its history." It is expected to cost some $20 million. "The museum will not only be for Palestinians but will reach out to the whole world through an advanced digital network," said the project manager. "It will be more than a traditional building with archaeological relics. We are looking at an institution that will transcend all boundaries - geographical and political." (AFP) “There is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is destruction; their throat is an open tomb.” Pr 5:9

PM Binyamin Netanyahu issued a special video greeting on Thursday ahead of Israel’s 65th Independence Day which will be celebrated on Tuesday. “65 years ago we celebrated our new found freedom, the renewal of Jewish sovereignty in our ancestral homeland,” said Netanyahu. “This was a dream of ages. Jews prayed for this for generations, ‘Next year in Jerusalem.’ Now we’re here in Jerusalem, in the one and only independent Jewish state.”  Israel, he said, has “a remarkable economy, with technology, with entrepreneurship, with science, with culture. We have a strong army and a strong economy and we have a home for every Jew who wants to make Israel his home. When you look around us, you see that Israel is the bright star of freedom, the bright star of a liberal democracy that embraces all its citizens, Jews and non-Jews alike. I hope all of you have a chance to visit Israel this coming year, and I want to thank you for the support that you’ve given us. I know that because of your support, we have renewed strength to face the future with great optimism and with hope,” said Netanyahu. (INN) “You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great.” Ps 18:35

KERRY LEAVES ISRAEL WITH FEW RESULTS: Wrapping up his first solo visit in a renewed Obama administration campaign to restart stalled peace talks, Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel on Tuesday with few signs of progress and a vow to keep trying. After talks Monday and Tuesday with Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli PM Netanyahu, Kerry said he was leaving Israel with "homework" and would return to the region to continue the process and the talks.  Israeli and Palestinian officials say Kerry is expected to make monthly trips to the region. PM Netanyahu said Tuesday that "foremost in our minds are the questions of recognition and security." His government has insisted Palestinians recognize Israel as a "Jewish state" and allow an Israeli military presence along the Jordan Valley. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said the economic incentives Kerry had offered for renewing peace talks were not enough. Abbas was adamant that he would not talk peace with Israel until the Jewish state releases jailed Palestinian terrorists, even those who have murdered Jews, and agrees as a pre-condition to meet all Arab land demands. Israeli Minister Silvan Shalom pointed to these unacceptable demands to show it is the Palestinian side that continues to "place every barrier possible" to actually moving forward toward peace. (Israel Today/LA Times)

PALESTINIAN PM FAYYAD QUITS OVER ABBAS ROW: Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad offered his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday following a rift between the two men over government policy. Long-strained relations between the 61-year-old Fayyad and Abbas worsened last month when the prime minister accepted the resignation of his finance minister, against the wishes of the president. Abbas was also reportedly furious with Fayyad because the latter had asked to meet with US President Obama separately during the president's visit to Ramallah last month. Fayyad's recent decision to cut salaries of PA employees living in the Gaza Strip has also been a point of contention between the two men. Thousands of PA employees in the Gaza Strip continue to receive salaries from the PA government although they have not been working since the Hamas terrorist organization took control over the area in 2007. (Arutz-7)

SHOTS FROM SYRIA FIRED AT GOLAN HEIGHTS: The ongoing civil war in Syria spilled into Israeli territory again on Friday evening. IDF Spokespersons said shortly after 8:00 p.m., a barrage of shots from Syria were fired near an IDF force in the Golan Heights. There were no casualties or damage. The soldiers responded by firing missiles at the source of fire and a direct hit at the target was identified. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon warned recently that Israel will respond to any shooting or other attacks that cross the northern border with Syria. “Any violation of Israeli sovereignty and fire from the Syrian side will be answered immediately with the destruction of the source of fire when we identify it,” Ya'alon declared. (Arutz-7) Continue to pray for the protection of Israel’s northern borders, its communities and military personnel in the area.

PERES: OBAMA WILL ATTACK IRAN IF DIPLOMACY FAILS: President Shimon Peres this week said he believes US President Barack Obama will attack Iran’s nuclear facilities if diplomatic efforts fail. "Preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon isn't only an Israeli interest, but a global and an American interest. As long as the US is in the lead - why shouldn't we use its assistance?" Peres said. The latest round of international discussions with Iran over its nuclear program ended in Kazakhstan this past week without any breakthroughs and the sides even failed to set a new date and time for a resumption of talks. In fact, Iran insisted this week it will not suspend its enrichment of uranium to 20% nor will it ship out its existing stockpile, two keys demands of world powers in failed nuclear talks with Tehran. On Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry told Peres that "President Barack Obama is not bluffing when he says he will stop Iran's nuclear program." (Arutz-7) Israel will be more at risk than any other nation if Iran achieves nuclear weapons capacity.  Pray leaders of the Jewish state will remain fully alert to Iranian progress towards that end and not depend upon the US or any other nation to defend its national security. North Korea and Syria are prime examples of the ineffectiveness of onlooking global powers to avert or sort out large scale military threats or upheavals.

IRAN TO BUILD MORE NUCLEAR SITES IN QUAKE-PRONE AREA: Iran plans to build more nuclear power reactors in an earthquake-prone coastal area, Iranian media said Wednesday, a day after a strong tremor struck the region close to its only existing such plant. Tuesday's 6.3-magnitude quake hit 55 miles southeast of the port of Bushehr, killing 37 people and injuring more than 900 as it flattened small villages. But the nuclear power station 11 miles south of Bushehr was unaffected, according to Iranian officials. Tehran has repeatedly rejected safety concerns about Bushehr, which is located in a highly seismic area. Iran sits on major fault-lines and has suffered several devastating earthquakes, including a 6.6-magnitude quake in 2003 which flattened the southeastern city of Bam and killed more than 25,000 people. In August, more than 300 people were killed when two quakes struck the country's northwest. A report published last week by US think-tanks said that, "ominously," the Bushehr reactor sits at the intersection of three tectonic plates, and that warnings about the threat of earthquakes had "fallen on deaf ears." (Reuters)

AL-QAEDA PLANNED ATTACK ON ISTANBUL SYNAGOGUE, US EMBASSY IN TURKEY: Turkish police said Thursday they had found evidence of a plot linked to al-Qaeda to bomb the US Embassy in Ankara, a synagogue in Istanbul, and other targets. During a raid on two houses in February, police had seized nearly 50 pounds of plastic explosives with detonation systems attached, as well as six laptop computers. Analysis of the computers' contents and other documents revealed preparations for bomb attacks on the embassy and a synagogue in the Balat district of Istanbul. Photographs, floor plans and other information were found concerning those targets. Police arrested 12 suspects in connection with the terrorist conspiracy. (Arutz 7/NY Times)

JEWISH TERRORIST WHO BOMBED MESSIANICS GETS LIFE IN JAIL: An Israeli court this week sentenced convicted Jewish terrorist Jack Teitel to two life sentences for the murders of two Palestinian Arabs and the attempted murders of a Messianic Jewish youth and a radical left-wing professor. Teitel said he regretted none of his crimes and wondered why more were not following his example. The Messianic youth in question is Ami Ortiz, who was the victim of a disguised bomb Teitel left on his family's doorstep in the town of Ariel. Following a miraculous recovery thanks to much prayer and dozens of operations, Ami is today studying and playing college basketball in the US. Speaking to Israeli TV, Ami's mother, Leah Ortiz, said she was pleased with the court's ruling, stating that Teitel remains full of evil hatred and is therefore a danger to all around. (Israel Today)

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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