Israel Update

July 4, 2013

“Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” Isa 45:22

MORSI IS NO LONGER PRESIDENT: Egypt’s army, Wednesday night, seized power in a people’s coup. In a televised broadcast, Egyptian Armed Forces Commander Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi - flanked by military leaders, religious authorities and political figures - declared the removal of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi saying the president had "failed to meet the demands of the Egyptian people." Al-Sisi also announced the suspension of the Islamist-tinged constitution and a roadmap for a return to democratic rule under a revised rulebook. The president's aide said Egyptian leader Morsi had been moved and was being held at an undisclosed location. General al-Sisi called for presidential and parliamentary elections, a panel to review the constitution and a national reconciliation committee. He said the roadmap had been agreed upon by a range of political organizations. Egyptian defense leaders, who ousted the president, have assured the US that they are not interested in a long-term rule. They pledged to put a civilian government in place quickly. The head of Egypt's supreme constitutional court, Adli Mansour, will be sworn in as interim head of state on Thursday. (J.Post/MailOnline/Reuters) Pray for strong leaders to emerge from Egypt’s continuing political crisis, ones who will be able to realistically address the nation’s growing poverty issues and relate fairly to a wide range of political and social groups, including its Coptic Christian community numbering more than 12 million. Pray against renewed Islamist control in Egypt and leaders who hate Israel.

CROWDS CELEBRATE ACROSS CAIRO AFTER ARMY STATEMENT: Jubilant crowds across Cairo cheered, chanted pro-army slogans and set off fireworks after the military suspended the constitution and overthrew President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday. Men, women and children waved red-white-and-black Egyptian flags as confetti twirled in the air, protesters stood on each others' shoulders and families snapped pictures in Tahrir Square, the center of demonstrations that drew millions out against Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. "The people and the army are one hand," they chanted. "This will be in the minds any politician in the future - they will not want to face the same destiny as Morsi or Mubarak." One poster near Tahrir read: "This is the end of Brotherhood colonization." A uniformed police officer waved his hands above his head as honking cars drove by. "Great Egypt is victorious," he said. "Egypt is victorious over the Brotherhood." (Ynet)

EGYPT POLICE ARREST TOP BROTHERHOOD LEADERS: Egyptian security forces arrested the head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and another of the movement's top leaders on Wednesday, after the army toppled Mohamed Morsi from the presidency. Saad El-Katatni, the head of the FJP and the former speaker of parliament, was arrested along with Rashad al-Bayoumi, one of the Brotherhood's deputy leaders. Egyptian media disclosed that arrest warrants had been issued for 300 Brotherhood members who are accused of inciting violence and disturbing general security and peace. Hours after Islamist President Morsi was overthrown, Egypt's military-led authorities shut down three Islamist-run TV stations including the Egypt 25 channel operated by the Muslim Brotherhood. Its managers were arrested, state news agency MENA reported. The Egypt25 channel had been broadcasting live coverage of rallies by tens of thousands of pro-Morsi demonstrators in Cairo and around the country, with speeches by leading Brotherhood politicians denouncing the military intervention to oust the elected president. (J.Post)

US MILITARY CHIEF WARNS OF CONSEQUENCES FROM EGYPT ARMY ACTION: US Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, on Wednesday warned the Egyptian military of consequences regarding its overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi. "At the end of the day it's their country and they will find their way, but there will consequences if it is badly handled," he said. "There's laws that bind us on how we deal with these kinds of situations." Dempsey's remarks refer to the laws that require the US to cut off aid when a democratically elected government is deposed by military coup or decree. The US sends $1.5 billion every year to Egypt, most of it in military aid. (J.Post)

WHAT DOES THE EGYPTIAN COUP MEAN FOR ISRAEL? Now that Egypt has again replaced its leadership, what will it mean for Israel? The two neighboring countries fought three full scale wars until the 1978 Camp David Accords in which Israel relinquished control of the strategic and oil-rich Sinai Peninsula in exchange for a cessation of hostilities with its southern neighbor. The ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 resulted in an increased level of lawlessness and violence in the Sinai region. The repeated attacks on the natural gas pipelines that supplied power to Israel, Jordan and Egypt were one example of such anarchy. It remains to be seen how Wednesday night's military coup will affect the Jewish State. While Israeli leaders have been careful not to take sides in Morsi’s struggles, many fear extremist Islamic groups could take advantage of chaos to launch attacks against Israel from either Egypt or the Gaza Strip. Israel’s PM Netanyahu told media sources that “like everybody, we are watching very carefully what’s happening in Egypt. Remember that for 30 years now we have had an anchor of peace and stability in the Middle East, and that was the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. We hope that peace will be kept.” (INN) Pray for co-operation and peace agreements between Egypt and Israel to remain intact and not to be weakened due to religious sects and political factions vying for power in the Egyptian government.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS: WE FOUND SHILO TABERNACLE: Archaeologists have found the remains of the Biblical Israelites' Tabernacle at site of ancient Shiloh. The Tabernacle precedes the Temples and dates to the period between the conquest of the Land of Israel by Joshua and the rise of King David. Among the findings are holes hewn into the rock at the site. These holes, the archaeologists explain, could have been used in order to prop up wooden beams used in a temporary structure like the Tabernacle. Next to the hewn holes, buildings have been discovered that date to the period between Joshua and King David. Earthenware vessels and three large stoves were also found in one of the structures. The researchers say they were not intended for home use. This makes it more likely the structures were part of a central public facility. Past findings at the hills that surround the site included the bones of sacrificed animals that were eaten by the Israelites who came to Shilo. The dating of the bones corresponded with the Biblical dates for the activity of the Tabernacle at Shilo. (INN)

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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