Israel Update

June 10, 2013

“The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters; but God will rebuke them and they will flee far away, and be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind, like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.” Isa 17:13

GOLAN FIGHTING SPELLS MORE SYRIA TROUBLE FOR ISRAEL: Brush fires from stray mortar bombs were still ablaze on the Golan Heights on Friday as Israeli farmers returned to their fields, a day after battles in Syria's civil war reached a UN-manned border crossing. Once the smoke clears, Israel could find itself facing more trouble from multiple threats on its northern front. On Thursday, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces beat back rebels who seized the Quneitra crossing on the Golan, a strategic plateau captured by Israel in a 1967 Middle East war. The battles sent UN peacekeepers to their bunkers and prompted Austria to announce it was pulling its men out of the mission. Israel is now concerned the entire United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) is on the brink of unraveling - a scenario that could bring further escalation along what has been for decades a quiet frontier with Syria. (Reuters)

ISRAEL INTENSIFIES WARNINGS TO SYRIA OVER GOLAN HEIGHTS: Israel has reiterated its warnings to Syria over activity in the Golan Heights, threatening in a document sent to the UN over the weekend, that the IDF will attack Syrian tanks on its border. Israel warned it would “take action” if Syrian tanks continued to operate in the buffer zone. Tensions are rising in Israel’s northern region, as the country prepares itself for “any possibility.” Coastal police conducted a drill simulating an emergency response to a terrorist attack on Sunday morning in Haifa. Bomb Squad sappers, detectives and scouts all participated, and the public was warned to expect the presence of “many police vehicles” as well as temporary traffic adjustments. The US State Department called on the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad last Thursday to take care to avoid violating the ceasefire with Israel in the Golan Heights. (INN) Pray for Israel to have wisdom and might to protect its borders, its cities and its people.

NETANYAHU: ISRAEL CAN’T RELY ON INT’L FORCES FOR SECURITY: The disintegration of the UN peacekeeping forces in the Golan shows why Israel cannot rely on international forces for its security, PM Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday. Netanyahu was referring to Austria's decision last week to pull out its 380 troops from the 1,000-strong UN Observer Force on the Israel-Syria border. While international forces can be part of agreements, they cannot be what Israel relies upon for its security, Netanyahu said. He added that he will raise this in his talks this week with US Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry's recent efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic talks has revived the idea international forces may be able to replace withdrawing IDF forces in the Jordan Valley as part of a peace agreement. Netanyahu said any agreement will be based on a de-militarized Palestinian state that will recognize Israel as the national home of the Jewish people, and on "concrete" security arrangements based on an IDF presence. Netanyahu said he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin again on Friday, the third time in a month, about the situation in Syria that Netanyahu said was getting more complicated by the day. (J.Post)

SYRIAN ARMY USES INNOCENT CIVILIANS AS BAIT: President Bashar Assad’s troops have been using innocent civilians as human bait to lure rebels from their hiding places, according to an Arab affairs expert. A recent video distributed by the rebels shows the brutal methods used by the Assad regime in its war against the rebels. The video shows a woman and her little son as they are arrested by soldiers who proceed to attack, abuse and torture the mother. The soldiers then shoot the woman in the legs and throw her half-naked in the middle of the street, in one of the battle frontlines at the center of Damascus. The soldiers then beat the boy so his mother will hear his voice and move her body. This tactic uses the mother as bait so that rebel fighters will come out of their hiding to try to save the woman, essentially walking into a trap and being attacked by Syrian snipers. The evil plan worked as planned and a number of rebels were killed in the failed rescue attempt. Both Syrian soldiers as well as rebels have been committing atrocities towards one another. Rebels have tortured, executed and carried out public floggings to those found to be traitors. Most of these incidents are being documented on videos. (INN) Pray with mercy for those who are suffering such heartbreaking violence and loss in Syria. May breakthroughs and solutions come after so many months of human agony.

TENS OF THOUSANDS HIT TURKEY’S STREETS AS PROTESTS CONTINUE: Tens of thousands of demonstrators packed the streets of Turkish cities on Saturday, challenging PM Recep Erdogan’s call to end their civil uprising with a chorus of angry chants and a shower of flares. The government claimed the protests were “under control” even as the largest crowds yet packed every inch of Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the epicenter of nine days of nationwide unrest. As the sun set over Taksim, fans from rival soccer teams Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray united in the square. They set off red flares to loud cheers from the crowd. In the capital Ankara, hundreds of riot police used tear gas and water cannons late Saturday to disperse some 5,000 demonstrators from the central Kizilay Square. The political turmoil erupted after police cracked down heavily on a small campaign to save Gezi Park from demolition, spiraling into nationwide protests against Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), seen as increasingly authoritarian. (Arutz-7)

IRAN SCOFFS AT ARGENTINA’S TERROR CHARGES: Iran has scoffed at charges leveled by the Argentine prosecutor investigating an anti-Jewish attack that killed 85 people in Buenos Aires in 1994. Days ago, Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman accused Iran of infiltrating several South American countries "to install espionage bases - destined to commit, encourage and sponsor terror attacks like the one that took place against AMIA." He was referring to the bombing of the Argentine Jewish Charities Federation building in Buenos Aires in 1994, the worst attack of its kind ever in Argentina. Nisman, who is in charge of investigating the bombing, also accused Iran of "making dual use of diplomatic agencies as well as cultural and charitable associations to conceal terrorist activities."  However, an Iranian foreign ministry official dismissed Nisman's charges. Argentine courts have charged eight current and former senior Iranian officials over the bombing, including Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi and ex-Revolutionary Guards chief Mohsen Rezai - both candidates in the June 14 presidential elections - along with former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. (AFP)

IRAN FM: ELECTION OUTCOME WON’T CHANGE NUCLEAR POLICY: Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Saturday his country's nuclear policy will not change after his country's presidential elections that are scheduled for June 14. Salehi made the comment a few hours after a televised debate among the presidential hopefuls on the subject of the nuclear program. In media statements the foreign minister said: "It may be there will be different approaches on this matter, but Iran is on a specific policy track with regard to nuclear energy and will continue forwarding its nuclear program. The candidates presented their perspectives on the issue, which will not influence Iran's foreign policy after the elections," Salehi emphasized. Israeli PM Netanyahu said last week the presidential elections in Iran will have no impact whatsoever on the country’s continued march toward nuclear weapons, or its arming of Syria, Hizbullah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. (J.Post)

IRAN SAYS ARAK REACTOR ONE STEP CLOSER TO COMPLETION: A heavy water reactor in Arak, Iran came one step closer to completion after it installed the "upper container," according to a report by a news site associated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Fereidoun Abbasi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said the Arak heavy water reactor will receive virtual fuel by March 2014. US diplomat Joseph Macmanus, who serves as the ambassador to the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), called the creation of the Arak reactor "deeply troubling." He questioned Iran's refusal to disclose the requisite design information, which the IAEA said Iran must provide in order to properly monitor the site. In response, Iran's ambassador told reporters that Tehran had every determination to continue with plans to build the reactor regardless of international pressure to delay further building. "We will not yield to pressure, sanctions, threats of attack," Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh said. Israel sees Iran as a major threat. "Without a direct military threat, Iran will not stop," Netanyahu said, referring to the Islamic Republic’s growing nuclear achievements. "Israel's right to defend its existence is not subject to a traffic light." (J.Post) Iran (less than a 1000 miles away from Jerusalem), continues it lawless advancement towards obtaining nuclear arms with an eye towards annihilating the Jewish state. The US has allowed Iran to cross seven "red lines" over 18 years with few consequences. Urgent is the need for intercession that Israel will know what to do - and at what point in time - in order to protect itself.

US TESTS BUNKER BUSTER BOMBS, DESTROYS REPLICA OF UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR FACILITY: The Pentagon recently completed a series of field exercises on US soil during which a replica of an underground nuclear facility was destroyed, Israel’s press reported Friday. The results of the experiment were relayed to friendly nations with the aim of reassuring them of the US' ability to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities in a single strike. The experiment included several GBU-57 B bunker buster bombs that penetrated the underground facility's concrete ceilings. The tests were declared a resounding success. (Ynet)

LOW COST AIRLINE WILL BRING MILLIONS OF TOURISTS TO ISRAEL: Deputy CEO of Ryanair said the low-cost European airline will succeed in bringing millions of tourists to Israel. “Ryanair has boosted the number of tourists in 28 countries in Europe and the world, and we intend to this in Israel too,” said Ryanair deputy CEO Michael Cawley. Israel's Minister of Tourism Uzi Landau told Ryanair reps he supported the entry of low-cost carriers like Ryanair to Israel. “I will do everything I can to promote this. Low-cost carriers will make Israel much more accessible for Europeans and will greatly increase the number of incoming tourists from Europe and the world,” he said. (INN/Globes)

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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