Israel Update

June 24, 2013

“In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.” Ps 94:19

NETANYAHU: THE ARABS WANT ALL OF ‘PALESTINE’: PM Netanyahu told the 2013 Israeli Presidential Conference on Thursday: “The only way to achieve peace is to begin the negotiations for peace. We're ready to begin negotiations with the Palestinians now, without preconditions. There's no reason on earth we shouldn't negotiate. And we give Secretary Kerry all the support for his important effort. But the reason there is no peace has to be addressed: Why have successive governments and six prime ministers since Oslo - and before Oslo - not been able to achieve peace with the Palestinians? Why has this conflict raged from 1920, when the first Palestinian Arab attacks on the Jewish immigration office in Jaffa began? What was that all about? It was the fervent opposition to a Jewish state in any boundary. It didn’t even exist, and once it existed, there was an attempt to extinguish the life of the embryonic Jewish state in the War of Independence and then in the years that followed. That was the reason. And then we vacated settlements. We left Gaza and it still continued. And those who are firing rockets into our towns and to our villages, you ask them, ‘Why are you doing this? We left every square inch of Gaza. Why are you doing this?’ They say: ‘To liberate Palestine.’ And we say: ‘You mean Judea, Samaria, the West Bank?’ ‘No,’ they say, ‘Palestine. We mean Be’er Sheva, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Jaffa. You know, Palestine.’ That was and remains the basic problem. Ultimately it is the willingness of the Palestinians to accept a Jewish state, to acknowledge the right of the Jews to live in their ancient homeland as a sovereign people that will determine the success of our efforts. That is the heart of the matter.” (Arutz-7)

US CONGRESSMEN - ISRAEL’S PRIME MINISTER CONDEMN EU FAILURE TO BLACKLIST HIZBULLAH: After developments on Wednesday set back efforts to convince the European Union to list Hizbullah as a terrorist organization, members of Congress called for a renewed push against reluctant EU member states. Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic continue to harbor reservations, fearful the listing would result in terrorist reprisals in Europe and further upheaval in the Middle East. Congressman Doug Lamborn said, “It is critical that our friends and allies across the Atlantic publicly declare Hizbullah a terror organization so that we can choke off the funding this dangerous terrorist group gets across Europe.” Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu also criticized the EU for not blacklisting Hizbullah. Netanyahu told EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton in Jerusalem on Thursday: “If Hizbullah isn’t a terrorist organization, I don’t know what is a terrorist organization.” Netanyahu said Hizbullah was “butchering people left and right across the world, and now in the cities of Syria. They’re murdering civilians without let-up, including on European soil, as was discovered in Bulgaria, as they tried to do in Cyprus.” A unanimous vote by EU members is required to classify Hizbullah as a terrorist enterprise. (J.Post) Pray the designation of Hizbullah as a terrorist organization on the part of European nations and subsequent sanctions and penalties against this brutal entity will be greatly speeded up.

HIZBULLAH A GRAVE THREAT TO MIDDLE EAST AND BEYOND: Since the Lebanon- based Hizbullah reared its ugly head in 1982, it has become one of the most technically advanced terrorist groups in the world. It is a grave threat to security and stability in the Middle East and beyond. Hizbullah killed over 300 soldiers and civilians with the 1983 suicide bombings of the US and French barracks in Beirut. There are strong indications Hizbullah was behind the July 2012 bombing of a tourist bus in Burgas, Bulgaria, killing one Bulgarian and five Israelis. A Hizbullah operative also has been found guilty of planning a similar attack on Israeli tourists in Cyprus. Since the mid-1990s Hizbullah has focused increasingly on Europe as a convenient launching pad for terrorist attacks within Israel. Europe’s close proximity to Israel enables Hizbullah to infiltrate Israel by sending operatives from Lebanon, carrying European passports, through European international airports to Israel. The operatives are sent to conduct espionage, identify potential targets, and carry out attacks. Hizbullah also views Europe as a base for fundraising. Taking advantage of the special nonprofit status afforded charitable organizations in European countries, Hizbullah has used Europe-based nonprofit front organizations to funnel money from Hizbullah supporters in Europe to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Europe is also a transit point for Hizbullah profits derived from drug trafficking and money laundering. In Germany alone, Hizbullah has 950 members including 250 in the capital, a study by Berlin's intelligence agency released this month revealed. (J.Post/AJC)

NETANYAHU: ISRAEL WON’T ACCEPT LESS THAN TOTAL HALT OF IRAN’S NUCLEAR ENRICHMENT: PM Benjamin Netanyahu said this week: "We cannot let Iran ride out the clock through endless talks. Iran must comply with UN Security Council resolutions. We cannot accept anything less than 1) the total cessation of all enrichment of nuclear materials at all levels, 2) the removal from Iran of all enriched nuclear material, 3) the closure of Iran's illicit nuclear facilities. And until Iran meets these demands, pressure must be stepped up and the Iranian nuclear program must be stopped. Period." (Ha'aretz)

QUARTET’S TONY BLAIR: NUCLEAR IRAN WORSE THAN MILITARY OPTION: Quartet envoy Tony Blair told Presidential Conference participants this week that facing the prospect of a military confrontation with Tehran is a better option than having to grapple with a nuclear Iran. The former British prime minister said, "We should be determined to overcome the threat from Iran. Those who have power in Iran should feel our resolve, and understand we will not back down," he added. "Of course, every military option is something we do not want – but a nuclear Iran is the worst thing."  The Islamic Republic’s new president-elect Hassan Rouhani is considered by international leaders to be a "moderate." Nevertheless as secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council in 2004 Rouhani said even then there was a need to hide Iran’s nuclear-development activities. Already this week he has ruled out a halt to Iran's controversial uranium enrichment program. (Arutz-7) Continue to pray world leaders will not be willfully blinded as to the dangers posed to the entire globe by the Islamic Republic and its nuclear ambitions - which are fast being fulfilled. Pray that powerful deterrents will be put into place, in time.

NEW IRANIAN PRESIDENT TIED TO BOMBING OF ARGENTINIAN JEWISH CENTER: Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani was on the special Iranian government committee that plotted the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires which killed 85 and wounded hundreds more, according to the Argentine government prosecutor investigating the case. Former Iranian intelligence official Abolghasem Mesbahi testified that the decision to launch the attack was made within a special operations committee connected to the powerful Supreme National Security Council in August 1993. Rouhani, who was then serving as secretary of the Council, was a member of the special committee. (Daily Alert)

IDF NABS PA POLICE WHO MURDERED YOUNG JEW AT HOLY SITE: Israeli soldiers have arrested three Palestinian Authority police officers-turned-terrorists, who shot to death a young Jewish father as he returned from praying at the tomb of the Biblical Patriarch Joseph in Samaria. The suspects admitted they were aware their lives were not in danger when they opened fire on the car in which Ben-Yosef Livnat, a 24-year-old father of four from Elon Moreh. In addition to Livnat's murder, five others were wounded in the shooting. After the assault the PA officers placed stones on the road in an attempt to make it appear as if they had been attacked and had opened fire in self-defense. One of the officers even injured his own leg in an attempt to lend credibility to the claim. Israel’s Minister of Culture Limor Livnat was aunt to Ben-Yosef Livnat, 24, who was gunned down by the PA police officers. She said Wednesday, “There was no provocation. The Palestinian police were the ones who fired, and who tried to create the false impression there had been some sort of incident there, they scattered rocks and coordinated their stories. They wanted to murder Jews. That’s all,” Livnat declared. (INN)

EGYPTIAN POLITICIAN: JEWS USE HUMAN BLOOD FOR PASSOVER MATZOS: Khaled Al-Zaafrani, founder of the Egyptian Justice and Progress Party, days ago, told Al-Hafez TV: "It is the Jews who have instigated wars in the world. They instigated World War I, as well as World War II, and they will keep on instigating wars. The Jews cannot live without wars, conspiracies, deceit, and deception. We can rest assured that the Jews will not seek or uphold peace. It is well known that during the Passover, they make matzos called the 'Blood of Zion.' They take a Christian child, slit his throat and slaughter him. Then they take his blood and make their matzos. This is a very important rite for the Jews, which they never forgo." (MEMRI) “You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, and you shall not be afraid of destruction when it comes.” Job 5:21

60% OF ISRAELI NATURAL GAS TO STAY IN ISRAEL: PM Netanyahu and government ministers held on Wednesday a special press conference to discuss the newly opened natural gas fields off the coast of Haifa. In a tentative arrangement, 60% of the gas will be maintained for the Israeli economy and 40% will be sold abroad. PM Netanyahu said, "We have to balance our own need for natural gas and the desire to realize the gas revenue. Within 20 years we can receive $60 billion from royalties on exports," he estimated. Finance Minister Yair Lapid stated, "the gas is nothing short of miraculous." (INN)

ISRAELI SCIENTIST: VIRUS CAUSING BEES TO DISAPPEAR: An Israeli scientist has found the answer to a riddle that has plagued scientists for the past several years: Why are bees disappearing? The answer, according to Professor Ilan Sela of Hebrew University is because they are succumbing to a virus. The disappearance of bees has led to global fears that crops which rely on bees to spread pollen will be negatively affected. Researchers have not been sure as to the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder, attributing it to situations as diverse as an increase in pesticide use to global warming. Professor Sela developed, together with an American company, a treatment for the virus, which has rehabilitated up to 70% of the hives on which it was tested. Sela has been awarded first prize in this year’s Kaye Awards for Innovation for his discovery of the virus responsible for Colony Collapse Disorder. The losses to the economy, due to the disappearance of bees, has been about $35 billion annually. (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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