July 9, 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
DOZENS OF MORSI BACKERS KILLED IN CAIRO ON MONDAY: Egyptian security officials said at least 51 civilians and one security officer were killed in clashes with supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi on Monday. They had been holding a demonstration outside a military officers' club where they believe Morsi is being held. More than 435 people were wounded. The Islamist party and the military offered different versions on the violent incident – each side accusing the other of touching off the bloodshed. A judicial panel will carry out an investigation of the incident. Cairo was burning over the weekend. Every city center saw street clashes between supporters and opponents of toppled President Mohamed Morsi with dozens being killed and over 1000 injured by Saturday night. Hundreds of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters turned out Friday to protest the military-led ouster of the Islamist president . Meanwhile, interim President Adli Mansour issued a presidential declaration dissolving the Shura Council, the Islamist-dominated legislative body that has managed most legislative duties since courts terminated parliament's lower house last summer. (Ha’aretz/J.Post) Continue to pray for Egypt – for the quelling of violence and the election of new government leaders who will address poverty and other issues of concern to the Egyptian people. Pray Islamists will not regain power.
FEARS FOR EGYPT’S CHRISTIANS FOLLOWING MURDER, ARSON ATTACKS: Concerns have been raised over the plight of Egypt's Coptic Christian community, after a series of attacks - including the assassination of a priest and an arson attack against a church - following the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood-backed President, Mohamed Morsi last week. Egypt’s Maspero Youth Union has condemned what they described as "Muslim Brotherhood assaults on churches." According to the statement, "The president's supporters attacked churches in Luxor, Qena, Minya, Towa, Sharm el-Sheikh and Marsa Matrouh." On Friday, four Copts and one Muslim were killed in sectarian clashes in the village of Naga Hassan, during which 23 Christian-owned homes were set on fire. Coptic groups fear their community could be scapegoated by Islamists bitter at Morsi's removal by the secular military establishment. But the attacks also compound growing concerns over the plight of the Middle East's various Christian sects, as communities from Iran, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere face mounting threats from Islamists both in government and the opposition. A recent report by Civitas, a British think-tank, warned that Christianity in the Middle East was facing "extinction" due to mounting attacks and persecution. (INN) Pray for the safety and endurance of the Church in the Middle East. “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” Matt 16:18
MORSI’S OUSTER SPELLS TROUBLE FOR REGION’S OTHER ISLAMIST MOVEMENTS: The ouster a week ago of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood government represents a significant setback for the Islamist movements that have proved the biggest beneficiaries so far of the Arab Spring revolts. From Tunisia to war-torn Syria, anti-Islamist activists have begun expressing unhappiness with the religious parties empowered by freedoms the turmoil unleashed. That the backlash has crescendo in Egypt - the Arab world’s political and cultural trendsetter and the birthplace of the Muslim Brotherhood 80 years ago - is likely to resonate far beyond, perhaps most forcefully in Syria. The specter of the Arab world’s most populous nation rising up in unprecedented numbers against an Islamist leader has likely tainted the Brotherhood’s long effort to present itself as a viable alternative to the region’s mostly repressive regimes, in ways it will find hard to redress. In the Gaza Strip, for one, a source close to the Islamist Hamas government said of Morsi’s downfall that Hamas officials were, “in complete and utter shock.” Those in the Gaza Strip not affiliated with Hamas, an offspring of the Muslim Brotherhood, have expressed optimism that events in Egypt would encourage a similar overthrow of Gaza’s repressive Hamas government. (Ynet/Washington Post)
OFFICIALS: SINAI DESERT NOT SAFE FOR ISRAELIS: Israel’s National Anti-Terror Unit on Sunday issued a stern travel warning for Sinai, and warned Israelis still there to come home immediately. With the deposing by the Egyptian army of Mohamed Morsi and the arrests of top Muslim Brotherhood leaders, many of the Brotherhood have been clearing out of large cities and taking refuge in remote areas, like Sinai. Over the weekend, angry riots broke out in El Arish between pro- and anti-Morsi groups, and on Saturday night the Egyptian army announced it was moving troops and tanks into Sinai in order to root out Brotherhood and pro-Morsi groups. The Anti-Terror Unit said it had also been made aware of terror attacks and kidnappings that groups were planning against Israelis “for ransom or political purposes.” (INN)
LANDAU WARNS PM NOT TO CONCEDE AHEAD OF TALKS: Tourism Minister Uzi Landau warned PM Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday not to pay the Palestinian Authority in settlement freezes and prisoner releases for coming to the negotiating table. Landau said that in Netanyahu’s last term, the prime minister endorsed a Palestinian state and the government accepted a settlement freeze, but Israel received nothing in return from the PA other than further demands. “We have to learn from experience,” Landau said. “There must be reciprocity.” He added that the coup in Egypt and struggles of countries throughout the Arab world should make proponents of a Palestinian state reconsider whether such a state could last.” A UK press report Saturday claimed US Secretary of State John Kerry's plan to renew negotiations includes a quiet Israeli construction freeze in Judea and Samaria outside the large settlement blocs and a phased release of 103 Palestinian security prisoners – many who have blood on their hands. The report was denied by Israeli officials. A senior Israeli official said Netanyahu wants to avoid a situation whereby Abbas steps away from negotiations after a few meetings and turns to the UN in September under the premise that Israel is to blame for the failure of the talks. (J.Post)
IS THE PA READY FOR PEACE WITH THE JEWS? On July 3, official Palestinian Authority TV broadcast two little girls reciting a poem: “You have been condemned to humiliation and hardship, oh Sons of Zion, oh most evil among creations, oh barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs.” The poem also taught that Jerusalem is not for Jews, because Jerusalem "vomits" out the Jews who are said to be "filth" and "impure.” Even more recently, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who is often touted by the West as a “moderate peace partner,” once again indicated he is willing to resume negotiations with Israel – but not to give up on even one of his never-ending preconditions. Abbas said Saturday, the PA “will fight to realize our national aspirations, especially the issue of Al-Quds (the Arab name for Jerusalem), which is an issue on which we will not give up, because if it is not the capital of the State of Palestine, there will be no solution.” Abbas rejected claims the PA has made any concessions to Kerry. "Show me even one concession we made," he said. (INN) “Thus says the Lord: ‘I will return to Zion, and dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, the Mountain of the Lord of hosts, the Holy Mountain.’” Zech 8:3
ISRAEL ONE STEP CLOSER TO SENDING ULTRA-ORTHODOX TO ARMY: PM Netanyahu's cabinet on Sunday approved a bill that will result in the military conscription of most of Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish males by 2017. Until now, the vast majority of ultra-Orthodox males have opted out of national service, a fact that has caused a deep rift between religious and secular Israelis, the latter feeling they were carrying too much of the national security burden alone. Many of the parties that fared well in Israel's legislative election this year had vowed to finally remedy this problem. The bill passed Sunday's vote with a count of 14 in favor, zero against and four abstentions. It will now go to the Knesset, where it is almost certain to pass into law, as even the main opposition Labor Party supports bringing the ultra-Orthodox into the IDF and, hopefully, into the national workforce. If the bill becomes law, it will require all Israeli Jews, including ultra-Orthodox, to answer the call of mandatory military service. (Israel Today)
KNESSET VOTES TO EXTEND DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME: Daylight Saving Time will continue until the end of October this year, after the bill extending became law Monday night. "The nation can smile, because more hours of light means more happiness," Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar said when the bill passed with 73 in favor and 15 opposed. The legislation sets DST as now ending the last Sunday in October. (J.Post)
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 http://www.visionforisrael.com/
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