Israel Update

July 13, 2013

“When Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” Isa 26:9

EGYPT PROSECUTOR ORDERS ARREST OF MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD LEADERS: Egypt's prosecutor this week ordered the arrest of leaders of ousted President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, including its supreme guide Mohamed Badie. The leaders were charged with inciting violence that saw 55 of their members shot dead. A week after the army toppled Egypt's first democratically elected president, the bloodshed on Monday has opened fissures in the Arab world's most populous country, with levels of bitterness unseen in its modern history. The past week's violence alarmed Western donors and Israel, which has a 1979 peace treaty with Egypt. Washington has neither welcomed Morsi's removal nor denounced it as a "coup," which under US law would require it to halt aid including the $1.3 billion it gives the army each year. (INN) The Brotherhood’s spiritual leader Mohamed Badie arrested Wednesday is considered by critics to be the actual power behind Morsi’s recent rule. Among many inflammatory statements against Israel made by Brotherhood heads, Badie in 2010 deemed it “the duty of all Muslims to carry out jihad against Israel - and the US.” Pray for sound government leaders to be raised up in Egypt; ones not dominated by an Islamist agenda.

EGYPTIAN MILITARY TARGETING HAMAS TERRORISTS: An Egyptian military source said Thursday the army had killed and arrested some 200 terrorists in the Sinai. He said 32 Hamas members were killed and 45 activists were held. "Hamas is flaring up the situation in Sinai after Mohammed Morsi's ouster," he explained. Military heads in Cairo are said to be planning a wider offensive in Sinai. They are requesting of Israel to allow a sizable military force into that region for a limited period of time. Current treaties between the two countries prohibit large-scale military mobilizations in the Sinai Peninsula, but Israel is unlikely to oppose such an operation, intended to clear Sinai from extremist terror groups that have gained a foothold there since the fall of the Mubarak regime in 2011, and who pose a serious threat to Israel's southern regions. (Arutz-7) Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, has been responsible for thousands of rocket and mortar attacks on Israel. The attacks have killed several dozen people and injured hundreds, but their main effect is the creation of widespread psychological trauma and disruption of daily life among the Israeli populace. Pray the Hamas terrorist organization and its affiliates will be rendered utterly powerless in its violent goals and tactics. Pray against renewed rocket attacks against Israel’s southern communities.

EGYPT: CHRISTIAN BEHEADED AS ISLAMIST VIOLENCE ESCALATES: The decapitated body of 60 year old Magdy Habashi was found Thursday in a cemetery in northern Sinai, after being abducted last Saturday by Islamist radicals. He was the second Christian to be killed in northern Sinai in less than a week, following the assassination of Coptic Christian priest Mena Aboud Sharoben by Islamist gunmen last weekend. Elsewhere, Christian groups have reported numerous attacks against churches and Christian-owned homes by violent mobs. Coptic Christians compromise more than 10% of Egypt’s population, which has boiled over with intrigue and rage since the January 25 revolution in 2011 that toppled the 30-year regime of former President Hosni Mubarak. (Arutz-7)

UK WARNS OF CHEMICAL CATASTROPHE IN SYRIA IF ASSAD REGIME FALLS: Syria's huge array of chemical weapons could fall into the hands of terrorist organizations if President Bashar Assad is toppled, with "catastrophic" consequences, according to a report by British lawmakers this week. Britain's foreign intelligence service says Syria owns "vast stockpiles" of such weapons, including mustard gas, sarin, and VX, the deadliest nerve agent. "There is a significant risk some of the country's chemical weapons stockpile could fall into the hands of those with links to terrorism in Syria or elsewhere in the region. If this happens, the consequences could be catastrophic," the committee said. The conflict in Syria has killed over 100,000 people, driven 1.7 million more abroad as refugees and left swathes of urban Syria in ruins. Last month, the US said Assad's forces had used the nerve agent sarin on a small scale multiple times against opposition fighters, an assessment with which the British government agrees. The committee said the most worrying point about their intelligence on Syria's attitude to chemical weapons is “how low a threshold they have for its use.” (Ha’aretz)

SYRIAN REBELS HINT ISRAEL BEHIND ATTACK ON MISSILE CACHE: Syrian rebels are hinting that Israel was behind the recent attack on a Russian anti-missile cache. Qassem Saadeddine, spokesman for the Free Syrian Army's Military Council, said a pre-dawn strike on July 5, hit a Syrian navy barracks near the port of Latakia. He said the rebel forces’ intelligence network had identified newly supplied Yakhont missiles being stored there. “However, it was not the FSA that targeted this,” Saadeddine said. "This attack was either by air raid or long range missiles fired from boats in the Mediterranean.” Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon has denied Israeli ties to the Latakia explosion. He said in reference to the strike that killed between 10 and 20 Syrian soldiers, “For a long time we have continued to say we are not involving ourselves in the bloody civil war in Syria. We have established our red lines and are sticking to them.” (J.Post)

IDF REINFORCES GOLAN BORDER WITH EYE ON HIZBULLAH: Israel is bolstering its forces on the once-quiet frontier with Syria where it believes Lebanese Hizbullah terrorists are preparing for the hour when they could fight Israel. Hizbullah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, threatened in May to turn the Golan into a new front against Israel. An Israeli military source said this week, "We're not waiting for an attack from Syria. We're building the border fence, we have sent up tanks, more regiments, field intelligence and increased observations." Israel is particularly worried the Hizbullah terrorist group will get hold of advanced weapon systems or chemical arms in Syria. Hizbullah, which is also backed by Iran, has sent thousands of its own fighters to combat Syrian rebels. Among other concerns is the knowledge that Hizbullah is accruing valuable combat experience on the Syrian battlefield. (J.Post/Yet) Continue to pray for the safety of Israel’s northern borders and communities.

NUCLEAR IRAN IS LIKE 40 NORTH KOREAS: The threat of a nuclear-armed Iran is “the equivalent of 40 North Koreas,” Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steintz said this week. He continued that Iran's nuclear weapons bid is “the most critical subject for the safety of Israel and the entire world.” He warned that Iran's new president, Rouhani, is “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” and explained that for this reason, there is no time for diplomacy and additional rounds of talks. There is time only for one thing, which must be made crystal clear. “The Iranians,” he said, “must be made to face a very clear dilemma: ‘Do you want to save Iran's economy? Give up nuclear weapons and spare yourself a military risk as well.’” Meanwhile, Thursday, the US Department of Defense reported Iran could conduct tests by 2015 of a ballistic missile capable of reaching the US. (INN) “Put them in fear, O Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men.” Ps 9:20

OLDEST EVER ARTIFACT DISCOVERED IN JERUSALEM: Working near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar unearthed the earliest alphabetical written text ever uncovered in the city. The inscription is engraved on a large ceramic jar found at the site. According to Mazar, the inscription, in the Canaanite language, is the only one of its kind discovered in Jerusalem. Dated to the tenth century BCE, the artifact predates by two hundred and fifty years the earliest known Hebrew inscription from Jerusalem, which is from the period of King Hezekiah at the end of the eighth century BCE. Archaeological discoveries in Jerusalem, and specifically in the Temple Mount region, are important politically as well as historically. Some of the finds, like the recent discovery of corroborating accounts of the Roman siege of the Second Temple, or the site of the Tabernacle at Shilo, fly in the face of Muslim Arab attempts to deny the Jewish Temple ever existed and prove that Zion was the historical homeland of the Jews, long before Mohammed was born in Arabia. (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 Storehouse?", 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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