Israel Update

June 19, 2013

“The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.” Ps 33:11

ABBAS: NO PEACE WITHOUT JERUSALEM AS PALESTINIAN CAPITAL: PA President Mahmoud Abbas declared days ago there would be no peace or a Palestinian state without Jerusalem as the capital of that state. "We won't accept any city other than Jerusalem as our capital," Abbas said during a speech. "There will be no peace without Jerusalem," he emphasized. "There will be no Palestinian state without Jerusalem. There will be no security and stability without Jerusalem. They mention Bethlehem, Ramallah, Hebron. These cities are all dear to our hearts. But our capital is Jerusalem."  Abbas also said 'Peace and settlements won't meet. If they [Israelis] are thinking of settlements, there won't be peace. This land belongs to us and they must uproot their settlements in order to achieve peace." (J.Post) Palestinian claims to sovereignty over portions of Israel, and particularly over Jerusalem, are illegitimate not only in light of biblical history, but in light of centuries of history. Jewish identification with the land of Israel goes back almost 4,000 years to the time when God told Abraham to leave his homeland of Ur and go "to the land that I will show you." (Gen 12:1) Israel became a nation 2,000 years before the rise of Islam in the seventh century CE, and has had a continual presence in the Holy Land for centuries. Jerusalem was never a Philistine city or capital. Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital since the time of King David. Even when Jordan occupied Jerusalem, it never sought to make it their capital. Jerusalem is mentioned 700 times in the Hebrew Scriptures, but not once in the Koran. Mohammed never visited Jerusalem. The holy city is the rightful capital of the Jewish State.

Iran is making "steady progress" in expanding its nuclear program despite international sanctions, the UN nuclear agency chief said this week. Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), also said no new meeting had yet been set after 10 rounds of talks since early 2012. "There is a steady increase of capacity and production in Iran's nuclear program," Amano said in an interview. Asked if tightening sanctions - imposed by Western powers to make the Islamic Republic curb its atomic activity - were slowing down Iran's nuclear work, Amano responded: "I don't see any impact." (J.Post)

NEW IRAN PRESIDENT: OUR ECONOMIC PROBLEMS ALL ISRAEL’S FAULT: Hassan Rohani, Iran's new President, is being termed a “moderate” in Western media, but his moderation stops when it comes to Israel. In his first speech as Iran's new leader, Rohani quickly launched into a diatribe against Israel, blaming the Jewish state for Iran's economic woes. Those problems largely have their roots in the sanctions imposed by the West, the result of the previous Iranian government's refusal to allow international inspectors into its nuclear facilities, and its insistence at enriching uranium at a level that would allow Tehran to build nuclear weapons. Western countries several times tried to work out arrangements with the Islamic Republic to allow the country to continue nuclear enrichment at a level that would be used for civilian nuclear development programs in exchange for the removal of sanctions – but Tehran refused. Yet the sanctions are not the result of Iran's actions, Rohani said in his first speech; it was Israel that got the West to impose those sanctions in an attempt to ruin Iran economically. “The Iranian nation has done nothing to deserve these sanctions,” he said. “If the sanctions help anyone, it is Israel.” It was part of Israel's plan to “ruin” Iran, he added. (INN)

MOSSAD VET: IRAN’S NEW PRESIDENT MORE DANGEROUS THAN AHMADINEJAD: The former head of the Mossad outlet in Iran, Eliezer Tzafrir, says Iran's new president is more of a threat to Israel than Ahmadinejad, precisely because of his supposedly moderate politics. Tzafrir, who served as the prime minister's Adviser on Arab Affairs, said the election of Hassan Rohani is no more than an Iranian act of deception vis-a-vis the West. “They are taking us for a ride, as part of the Iranian deception of the entire world,” he said. “That way, they can buy more time and carry on with their nuclear project.” Tzafrir explained the election of the new president is already having the desired effect of causing the “enlightened" world to discuss the need of engaging him in dialogue, listening to his positions and viewing him as a democratically elected man, but Iran will simply use the time that passes to advance its plans. (Arutz-7)

ASHTON TO ARRIVE TO A J’LEM INCREASINGLY UPSET BY EU: Israel is expected to tell visiting EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Thursday that the EU's "obsessive" focus on settlements is "undermining" efforts to restart peace negotiations by giving the Palestinians the impression that no matter what they do, European diplomatic fire will always be aimed at Israel, one Israeli official said. Ashton will be told that this policy is "undermining" US Secretary of State John Kerry's initiative to restart the negotiations, and that the EU needs to back his efforts by making clear to the Palestinians that they do not have a blank check. (J. Post) Continue to pray for Israel’s leaders to be strengthened against caving into foreign demands that are suicidal to the Jewish state in order to achieve a false peace with those who have no intention of relinquishing their violence towards Israel.

BENNETT: PALESTINIAN STATE? GET OVER IT: Economics Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday the idea of establishing a Palestinian state has reached a dead end and should be forsaken. "Never in the history of Israel has so much energy been invested in something so pointless,” Bennett said at a conference on the Jewish settlers in Judea and Samaria. Regarding the idea of a Palestinian state, he said, "We need to go from a situation in which we try to convince people that it is a bad idea, to one in which this idea is behind us. Anyone who travels around Judea and Samaria knows that what they say in the hallways of Oslo and Annapolis is detached from reality. There are 400,000 Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria, and another 250,000 in eastern Jerusalem,” he noted. “The attempt to establish a Palestinian state inside our land is over.” The nation needs to keep on “building and building and building” in the Land of Israel, Bennett said. “We need to tell ourselves and the entire world that this land has been ours for 3,000 years.” (Arutz-7) “For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited.” Isa 54:10

A DAY AT GAZA TERRORIST SUMMER CAMP: Al-Arabiya reports, as the hot weather arrives in Gaza, teenagers head to the town of Rafah for summer camp - not to play sports but to join war games organized by radical terrorist organization Islamic Jihad. Youngsters wearing military fatigues and the movement’s black insignia capture a fellow camper posing as an Israeli soldier and drag him away, all part of being trained to “resist” the enemy. Around 100 children under the age of 16 learn from members of Islamic Jihad’s armed wing Al-Quds Brigades how to strip down an AK-47 assault rifle, crawl through tunnels and run across burning tires amid the sound of explosions on their assault course. “When I’m older I want to fight in Al-Quds Brigades and capture Israeli troops,” said 12-year-old Ezz who was this time playing the role of the unfortunate enemy soldier taken from his position atop a scorching sand dune. (Arutz-7)

ASSAD: EUROPE WILL ‘PAY THE PRICE’ IF IT DELIVERS ARMS TO REBEL FORCES IN SYRIA: Europe will "pay the price" if it delivers arms to rebel forces in Syria, President Bashar Assad said in an interview with a German newspaper. "If the Europeans deliver weapons, the backyard of Europe will become filled with terrorists, and Europe will pay the price for it," he said in an interview published Tuesday. In his first comments since the US leaders announced Thursday they would be supplying military aid to rebels fighting for his overthrow, Assad said: "Terrorists will gain experience in combat and return with extremist ideologies." (Ha’aretz)

FRANCE, BELGIUM, SAUDIS SEND WEAPONS TO SYRIAN REBELS: Reports on Monday said Syrian rebels have already begun receiving weapons from various sources, as they attempt to wrest control of the country from Syrian President Assad. While the US debated about helping the rebels with arms, the reports said insurgents had already gotten advanced weapons with the assistance of Saudi Arabia, Belgium, and France. All three countries have been working together to supply the opposition with a variety of armaments for several months. Weapons have been delivered to the head of the Free Syrian Army, General Salim Idris, the report added. The FSA is considered the “mainstream” opposition force to the Assad regime. One official source said Saudi Arabia had decided to get involved in the conflict after Assad achieved a number of strategic victories in recent weeks - victories due mostly to the assistance of some 4,000 Hizbullah terrorists who are fighting along with Syrian troops. (Arutz-7)

PUTIN: SYRIAN REBELS ARE CANNIBALS; DON’T ARM THEM: The Syrian rebels are “cannibals” and should not be given arms, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday. "One does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their intestines, in front of the public and cameras.” Putin was referring to video footage posted on the Internet last month of a rebel fighter eating the heart of a government soldier. "Is it them who you want to supply with weapons?" he said. Putin’s comments mark the first time he has publicly responded to a decision by the US last week to provide arms for the rebels fighting to oust Syrian President Assad. Russia is an open supporter of Assad and plans to provide him with advanced missile systems. In addition to being a major arms supplier to Syria, Moscow sees Damascus as a key to restoring Russia's status in the region, so replacing the Assad regime with one supportive of America is unacceptable to Putin. (INN/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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