Israel Update

May 1, 2013

“Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.” Dan 9:3

ISRAEL HAS PROOF SYRIA IS USING CHEMICAL WEAPONS: Israel has clear evidence of Syrian President Bashar Assad's army using chemical weapons against rebels, a senior diplomatic source said this week. The official said the information is known to all intelligence agencies and there is no doubt the Assad regime had used weapons of mass destruction against opposition forces fighting to topple him. He warned that one of the main threats as far as Israel is concerned is that weapons will fall into the hands of Hizbullah in Lebanon or terrorist groups trying to reach the border. "The possibility of them obtaining chemical or conventional weapons they never had access to have consequences for the State of Israel," he added. He also estimated the civil war is a long-term conflict and will not be resolved quickly. Meanwhile, on Monday, PM Wael Nader Al-Halqi of Syria survived an assassination attempt in an upscale Mezze neighborhood of Damascus when a car bomb exploded near his convoy. A bodyguard was killed but the prime minister was unhurt. Videos showed a car reduced to a charred skeleton and a bus with its windows shattered. (Ynet/J.Post) Pray for mercy and deliverance for those who suffer - especially children - in the ongoing Syrian upheaval. “Like fish taken in a cruel net, like birds caught in a snare, so the sons of men are snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly upon them.” Eccles 9:12

Evyatar Borovsky, 31, a father of five from central Samaria was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist Tuesday at a bus stop at the Tapuach Junction. Israeli security forces immediately raided the home of the suspected assailant and took him into custody. It turns out the killer was a previous resident of Israeli jails who was released only six months ago in one of Israel's many ill-advised "goodwill gestures" to the Palestinian Authority. Jewish residents of the area exploded in rage over the attack, and a mob of young Israelis marched on a nearby Palestinian town, setting fields on fire and hurling stones at Arab vehicles. Israeli firefighters managed to put out the fires, and police arrested half a dozen young Jews involved in the riot. (Israel Today/Ynet) Pray for the comforting of loved ones in the loss of their father, husband, and friend, Evyatar Borovsky.

BABY ADELLE SUFFERED DIRECT HIT FROM TERRORIST’S ROCK: An investigation has found that three-year-old Adelle Biton’s wounds were caused directly by a rock flung at her car. Adelle, her mother and two sisters were all wounded several weeks ago when terrorists hurled heavy stones at their car as they drove in Samaria. The rock attack caused a car crash, and it was initially believed Adelle’s injuries, along with those of her mother and sisters, were a result of the crash. However, the investigation showed Adelle was hit in the head by a stone the size of an adult man’s fist. The resulting head injury left her in critical condition, and she has been comatose for the past six weeks. Adelle was two years old at the time of the attack. Last Thursday her family celebrated her third birthday at her bedside. Police and soldiers, a month ago, arrested five Palestinian Authority teenagers, ages 16-17, who are suspected of having stoned the Biton family’s car. The five have confessed to the attack. (INN) Intercede for the recovery of this small child, yet unconscious in an Israeli hospital, victim of a brutal, senseless terrorist attack. Pray for the comforting and courage of her family. Pray also that the perpetrators will be brought to justice and ongoing incidents of rock-throwing at Israeli vehicles utterly halted.

ISRAELI EXPERT: IRAN HAS CROSSED THE NUCLEAR RED LINE: The former head of Israel's military intelligence warned days ago that Iran has already crossed the "red line" Israel previously set as the point beyond which it would be nearly impossible to stop the Islamic Republic from attaining nuclear weapons. Amos Yadlin, who today heads the Institute for National Security Studies, explained that by this summer, Iran will "reach a distance of one or two months between a decision and a bomb. What that means is that as soon as the Iranian leadership decides to build an atomic bomb, it will be able to do so in a mere month or two. Far too short a time for Israel or the international community to act,” said Yadlin. Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu, indicating a slightly different time scale, said at a Knesset meeting Monday that "Iran has yet to cross the red-line I drew in the United Nations, but it is rapidly approaching it." Israel has repeatedly warned the international community against allowing Iran to stall for time so long that it becomes impossible to prevent a nuclear arms test. US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was in Jerusalem days ago to discuss the Iran threat with PM Netanyahu. Despite their previous positions to the contrary, both Hagel and US President Obama, have recently been signaling that Washington supports Israel's right to launch a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, should it be deemed necessary. (Israel Today/Ynet)

STEINTZ: NUCLEAR IRAN IS LIKE 30 NUCLEAR NORTH KOREAS: International Relations Minister Yuval Steinitz warned this week that Iran having a nuclear weapon would be equal to thirty nuclear North Koreas. “We have the right and the ability to defend ourselves,” he said in a speech at a conference in New York. “The cooperation with the United States is very important, but ultimately each country will make its own decisions on maintaining its security,” said Steinitz. Eighty years ago, said Steinitz, “only one person identified on time and warned the world against the rearmament of Nazi Germany. This was Winston Churchill, but people refused to listen. We shouldn’t repeat the same mistake again,” he added, referring to Iran. “The Nazis spoke about the final solution of the Jews in Europe, and the Iranians are talking about destroying the Jewish State in the Middle East. If there’s a lesson to learn from history, it is not to repeat the same mistake again and not to allow the nuclearization of Iran.” (Arutz-7)

ISRAEL PREPARING FOR THE WORST: The Israeli military is preparing for the worst - a power vacuum in Syria in which rogue groups could get their hands on the country's large stockpile of chemical weapons. In many ways, a new era has already begun. The Syrian villages along the border change hands between the military and the rebels in daily battles. Their mortar shells and bullets frequently land on the Israeli side, in some cases narrowly missing soldiers and civilians. Israeli officials say the military's present deployment on the Golan Heights is its most robust since 1973. "Syria is not a regular place. It is the biggest warehouse for weapons on earth," warned Gal Hirsch, a reserve Israeli brigadier general who is involved in the military's strategic planning and operations. The fighting in Syria gives the Lebanon-based Hizbullah terrorist group “an opportunity to open a new front against Israel," said Hirsch. "We must be ready for turbulence. We must be ready for Iranian involvement inside Syria. We must be ready to be able to fight against radical fundamentalist activities that will come from Syria, and that is what we are doing." (AP)

WOUNDED SYRIAN TAKEN FOR TREATMENT IN ISRAEL: A Syrian man who was wounded in the ongoing civil war in his country was transferred Monday evening to the Ziv Hospital in Tzfat. The man, who suffered wounds to his waist, was taken to the hospital’s trauma unit for initial treatment. He underwent surgery overnight Monday. The man’s injuries were caused by shrapnel and gunfire. As the civil war has raged in Syria, there have been a number of instances, particularly over the last month, in which wounded Syrians were taken for treatment in Israel. In such cases, the identity of the wounded Syrians is not normally released to media, and it is not known whether they were fighters or civilians – nor to which side in the country’s civil war they belong. In some areas along the Jordanian-Israeli buffer region, the Islamist Front for the Liberation of Syria - a radical jihadist group that comprises more than a third of the opposition forces - has seized control of the area entirely, prompting the IDF to raise its alert status along the northern border zone. (INN)

CANADA TO FINALLY BUILD NATIONAL HOLOCAUST MUSEUM: Canadian government sources have announced plans to build a national Holocaust memorial in the nation’s capital. The monument “will be a testament to the importance of ensuring that the memory of the Holocaust is never lost,” said Tim Uppal, minister of state for democratic reform. Canada is the only former Allied nation that does not have a Holocaust memorial. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who attended the announcement last week, said Canada is dedicated to Holocaust awareness. The government will begin accepting design proposals for the monument next month. The memorial is expected to be completed by 2015. (Times of Israel) The Audit of Antisemitic Incidents disclosed last week that Holocaust denial rose 77% in Canada during 2012.  Additionally, antisemitic incidents in Canada rose by 3.7% during the same period. May the visual reminders and horrifying facts of the Nazi regime’s brutal treatment of the Jewish People, recorded and displayed in Holocaust Museums, stifle the growing lie that the Holocaust never happened or - equally despicable - wasn’t so bad.

EXPORTERS NEAR PANIC AS SHEKEL BREAKS NIS 3.60: Israeli exporters were beside themselves Monday, as the dollar sank below NIS 3.60. The lower the value of the dollar, the more expensive Israeli exports become in dollar terms, and the less competitive Israeli products are on foreign markets. The dollar has been rallying of late on international markets, so the recent depreciation of the greenback in Israel is a result of the strength of the shekel. The two main reasons for this, the analysts said, was due to the expected influx of foreign currency in the wake of upcoming sales of gas from Israel's offshore fields, and Israel's relatively higher interest rates. Analysts said that BOI chief Stanley Fischer realizes the problem of dollar weakness in general, despite recent rallies, is a worldwide one - and that it doesn't pay to try and fight the world markets. The analysts said Fischer would tolerate a further appreciation of the shekel, to the area of NIS 3.5. (Arutz-7)

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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