Israel Update

June 5, 2013

“For I will not trust in my bow, nor shall my sword save me. But You have saved us from our enemies, and have put to shame those who hated us.” Ps 44:6-7

ASSAD BOASTING MASSES OF RUSSIAN ARMS: Syrian President Bashar Assad already has several air defense systems from Moscow, according to analysts who monitor arms shipments. While they agree the S-300s are more accurate and have greater range than Assad’s current weapons system they say the Syrian leader is far from powerless without them. “We have seen over the past few years Russia supplying several different air defense systems,” said a senior researcher in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri), which tracks weapons flows worldwide. “They [Syrian government] have really increased their capability. The missiles are both short and long range. If the S-300s do arrive, that would top it all off.” Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon responded to Assad's recent arrogant posturing with "Israel will know how to react," alluding to the fact that as previously, Israel retains the right to target many more stockpiles of Syrian arms in order to dissuade Assad from considering retaliation, at the price of total devastation. (Arutz-7) “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Ps 20:7

OBAMA SLAPS SANCTIONS ON IRAN’S CURRENCY AND AUTO INDUSTRY: The Obama administration on Monday announced new sanctions on Iran, targeting the country's currency and automobile industry. An executive order by President Barack Obama authorizes sanctions on foreign financial institutions that make transactions in Iran's currency, the rial, or keep accounts denominated in the rial outside the country. The new rules, which go into effect July 1, penalize the sale of goods and services to Iran's auto industry, a key part of the country's economy. The latest executive order is the ninth Obama has signed on Iran since the start of his presidency and the sixth in the last two years. The country’s Finance Minister, Shamseddin Hosseini, recently said that international sanctions against his country had pushed inflation above 30% and were causing "a lot of trouble.” At the same time he stressed that Iran's nuclear drive would not be halted. (Arutz-7)

UN NUCLEAR CHIEF SAYS TALKS WITH IRAN ARE GOING AROUND IN CIRCLES: Talks with Iran over its nuclear program are “going around in circles,” Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Monday. Addressing the IAEA’s Board of Governors, Amano maintained that, “Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation to enable us to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities. The Agency therefore cannot conclude all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities. Amano said that “despite the intensified dialogue between the Agency and Iran since January 2012, during which time ten rounds of talks have been held, no agreement has been reached on the structured approach document. “This is not the right way to address issues of such great importance to the international community, including Iran. We need to achieve concrete results without further delay to restore international confidence in the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities,” he added. (Arutz-7) Meanwhile, Iranian leaders are laughing behind the scenes at the impotency of the West - while the Islamic Republic rolls ahead with its nuclear weapons development program. Very soon, according to many experts, it will be too late to do anything about it.

ISRAEL’S DEFENSE MINISTER: WE’RE PREPARING FOR A DIFFICULT 2014: Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Monday, that his ministry's portion of recently-enacted budget decreases will translate to operational and training cuts and that regular soldiers will have heavier workloads due to slashes in funding for reserves. He said the short-term cuts must have long-term responses and "We're preparing for a very difficult year in 2014." Ya'alon added that Israel would not get involved in the Syrian civil war as long as it didn't hurt Israeli interests, including the transfer of advanced weapons - missiles or chemical weapons - to Hizbullah. He said that Hizbullah is moving its elite forces into Syria, and that the country has become a battleground between the Shia and Sunni worlds with each side "massacring the other." Regarding the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the defense minister said that Israel does not wish to rule over the Palestinians. "We are ready to launch negotiations as long as there are no preconditions," he said, "and then discuss everything, not just borders." However, he added, "the Palestinians keep avoiding negotiations by setting preconditions. We are not willing to pay just for the Palestinians to agree to sit at the table." (Ha’aretz/INN) The peace talks broke down in 2010, when Abbas refused to negotiate with Israel even though it agreed to his precondition and froze construction in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem for 10 months. Instead, he has continued to impose new preconditions on talks with Israel.

ABBAS WANTS ISRAEL T0 RELEASE 120 TERRORISTS AS A PRECONDITION FOR RESTARTING TALKS: PA President Mahmoud Abbas has made the resumption of peace talks with Israel conditional on the release of roughly 120 "heavy-duty" murderers. One of the murderers was Fatah operative Ala Abu Sata. On Dec. 31, 1993, he and a fellow attacker stabbed to death David Bublil and Haim Weizmann in their sleep in an apartment in Ramle. He mutilated the bodies of his victims, cutting off their ears as proof of his act. Another is Issa Moussa, a Hamas operative, who was involved in the kidnapping and murder of police officer Nissim Toledano, and two other police officers, Daniel Hazut and Mordechai Yisrael, in 1993. It was one thing to release 1,027 terrorists in exchange for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. It's another thing entirely to release murderers in exchange for resuming the talks. (Israel Hayom) Pray that twisted tactics of PA leader Abbas to destroy, rather than to make peace via sound and rational negotiations with the Jewish state, will be thwarted at every turn.

ATTACKS PLANNED BY TERRORIST FREED IN SCHALIT DEAL THWARTED: Security forces in May arrested a Hamas member who planned on carrying out a kidnapping and shooting attacks. He was operating under the instructions of a terror suspect who was released in the Gilad Schalit exchange and then deported, the Israel Security Agency announced Monday. The Ramallah suspect is 26-year-old Bahar Sa’ad. During his questioning, it became apparent that Sa’ad had met with Hashem Ibrahaim Hajaz, a Hamas member sentenced to 10 life sentences for his involvement in the murder of 10 Israelis between 2001 and 2003. Hajaz, who is currently based in Qatar, was released as part of the 2011 deal, in which Israel set free and deported over 1,000 Palestinian security prisoners. “During their meeting in Jordan, Sa’ad was recruited to Hamas and instructed to advance shooting and kidnapping attacks against settlers and soldiers upon his return to Judea and Samaria” the ISA said. Sa’ad was also instructed to recruit additional members. He was arrested before he could act. The ISA said the investigation showed once again, how prisoners that were released in the 2011 deal had returned to terrorism. (INN)

POLIO WAVE HITS MUSLIMS BECAUSE OF NIGERIAN’S PARANOIA: According to a leading expert on Islam, Daniel Pipes, the dreaded polio disease is resurgent in the Muslim world, because of one man's paranoia. Ten years ago, writes Pipes, polio was on the verge of eradication, when Ibrahim Datti Ahmed, president of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria and a physician, suggested in mid-2003 the vaccination program in his country was part of a Western conspiracy to render Muslim children infertile. “His call for an end to the polio immunization campaign touched a nerve and spread to other Muslim religious leaders in Nigeria, causing the vaccination process to slow down and incidences of the disease to pick up. From Nigeria, this dual phenomenon of conspiracy theory and re-appearance of the disease then expanded to Muslims internationally,” writes Pipes, who has been following the resurgence of the disease over the years. “So closely connected have Islam and polio become that the Muslim-only pilgrimage to Mecca became a major mechanism of transmitting the disease to faraway places like Indonesia.”  By now, he writes, Ahmed's paranoia has sent the new wave of polio from Nigeria to Muslim populations in at least 17 other African countries and 6 Asian countries. “A single conspiracy-obsessed Islamist,” Pipes sums up, “equipped with an organization and credentials, has caused polio not to be eradicated but instead to win a new lease on life. Thus has radical Islam brought misery to another aspect of human life – and made fellow Muslims its principal victims.” (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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