Israel Update

July 29, 2013

"Those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You." Ps 9:10

MORSI ACCUSED OF WORKING WITH HAMAS TERRORIST ORGANIZATION: The Egyptian state prosecutor has ordered that ousted Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi be held for questioning for 15 days on suspicion of working with Hamas to assault and kill Egyptian security personnel. The accusations relate to attacks and prison riots in early 2011, during mass protests against the rule of then-President Hosni Mubarak. Morsi is accused of having coordinated prison breaks in which prisoners and guards were killed. Dozens of members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group escaped jail in the breaks. Egyptian media outlets have previously reported that Hamas was involved in the attacks. Hamas is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, having been formed in the 1980s from Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated organizations in Gaza. (Arutz-7)

KERRY FLUBS, CALLS PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY A "COUNTRY": US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to have flubbed his lines on Thursday, when he referred to areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority as a country. Speaking at the UN, Kerry praised the "courageous decision" by Israeli and PA leaders to try to resume direct negotiations. He then told reporters, "It's my hope negotiations will be able to happen as procedures are put in place by both countries in order to empower that." The final status of the areas controlled by the PA has yet to be determined and no Palestinian state has been established. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf assured reporters later that US policy had not changed. Later asked about his comment, Kerry replied: "Did I say that?" (INN)

PEACE TALKS MAY RESUME TUESDAY IN WASHINGTON: Israel's Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom said peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will likely officially resume on Tuesday in Washington. Shalom said he does not believe the Palestinians would opt out of the preliminary talks in Washington, as that would be a "slap" to the Americans. However, Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat has reportedly said he will not depart for Washington until his government receives assurances regarding Israel's readiness to negotiate a deal based on the 1967 lines and a commitment to release prisoners who have been serving sentences handed down before the signing of the Oslo Accords. Israel says it is ready for the relaunch of talks without preconditions, but the Palestinians have sought reassurances about delineating the borders of the state they seek in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip. (J. Post)

MAJORITY OF PALESTINIANS DOUBT US ADMINISTRATION ABLE TO BROKER PEACE DEAL WITH ISRAEL: A clear majority of Palestinians doubt that efforts led by the US to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table will result in a fair peace agreement, a recent Gallup poll shows. Almost three in four (74%) of Palestinian adults interviewed by Gallup disagreed that the US is currently more serious than it was in the past about brokering a peace agreement that would offer a solution acceptable by both Israelis and Palestinians. Moreover, two in three Palestinians said they do not trust the US A recent poll conducted in Israel showed 55% of Israelis were inclined to support any peace deal with the Palestinians brought by PM Benjamin Netanyahu. However, 70% of respondents said they do not believe a peace agreement will be achieved. (Ha’aretz)

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: 120 DEAD IN MASSACRE: About 120 people are estimated to be dead in weekend clashes between Egyptian security forces and rioters supporting deposed president Mohammed Morsi. Witnesses said Egyptian security forces shot dead dozens of Morsi supporters on Saturday, days after the army chief called for a popular mandate to wipe out “violence and terrorism.” Men in helmets and black police fatigues fired on crowds gathered on the fringes of a round-the-clock sit-in near a mosque in Cairo, Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood said. In addition to those killed, some 4,500 have been injured. It is the highest death toll in a single incident since the military overthrew Morsi on July 3 following days of mass protests against him. Meanwhile, Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said ousted President Morsi, who has not been seen in public since his removal from power, was to be transferred to the same Cairo prison where former leader Hosni Mubarak is now held. (Ynet/INN)

SYRIA SAYS REBELS KILLED 123 PEOPLE IN NORTH - MAJORITY WERE CIVILIANS: Syrian state media SANA accused insurgents on Saturday of killing 123 people, the majority of them civilians, during a rebel offensive this week to take the northern town of Khan al-Assad. The report said that "armed terrorist groups" committed a "massacre, mutilating the bodies of the martyrs and throwing them in a big hole on the outskirts of the town, in addition to incinerating a number of their bodies." (Ynet/Reuters) Pray for G-d’s mercy to be upon the lives of Syrian civilians, including multitudes of children, homeless families and individuals who have become victims of Syria’s political upheavals and violence. Continue to pray for the safety of Israel’s northern borders.

HIZBULLAH PAID $100K FOR BULGARIA ATTACK: Hizbullah’s armed wing wired almost $100,000 to two men wanted over a bomb attack that killed five Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last year, according to a media report, Friday. The money was to help organize the blast at Burgas airport on the Black Sea on July 18, 2012, and to carry out reconnaissance in other countries. The attack on the tourist bus also killed the vehicle's Bulgarian driver - a Muslim - and left 35 people injured. It was the deadliest assault on Israelis abroad since 2004. This contributed to the EU's decision to blacklist the Lebanese Shiite group's so-called “military wing,” while leaving its political arm off the list. (J.Post)

ARAB GULF COUNTRIES PLAN TOUGHER ANTI-HIZBULLAH SANCTIONS THAN EU: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – comprising six Arab countries – plans to impose robust sanctions against Hizbullah that will surpass the potency of last week’s EU measure labeling the military wing of Hizbullah as a terrorist entity, according to media reports Sunday. Saudi Arabian paper Al-Watan wrote that the GCC views Hizbullah as a monolithic organization and “does not differentiate between Hizbullah’s military and political wings.” In light of the council’s decision not to separate Hizbullah into distinct parts, the source said the GCC’s sanctions are slated to be “more comprehensive than the EU’s decision.” The six GCC members are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia has deported supporters of Hizbullah from its territory, while Bahrain declared the organization to be a terrorist entity in April, making it the first Arab country to outlaw the Lebanese-based group. The US, Canada, Israel, and the Netherlands consider Hizbullah’s entire apparatus to be a terror organization. The 28-member countries of the European Union placed the group’s military wing on the EU terror list last week. (J.Post) Pray that European nations will soon decide to blacklist the entire Hizbullah organization, which will expedite effective sanctions against this terrorist entity.

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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