Israel Update

August 11, 2013

“Give us help from trouble, for the help of man is useless. Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies.” Ps 108:12-13

PM: IRAN HAS SET 7,000 NEW CENTRIFUGES SPINNING SINCE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: Since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was elected two months ago, Iran has installed 7,000 centrifuges, indicating he is nothing more than a new face in an old regime, PM Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday. “The Iranian president is trying to present a new face to the West, but progress on the nuclear program continues,” he said. “I know some people place their hopes on Iran’s new president. He knows how to exploit this and Tuesday he called for more talks,” Netanyahu said. “Of course he wants more talks. He wants to talk and talk and talk. And while everybody is busy talking to him, he'll be busy enriching uranium. The centrifuges will keep on spinning. This isn’t a secret. The new Iranian president boasts that this is his strategy. He says, ‘I talk and I smile and I enrich uranium.’”  Netanyahu added that the situation is not getting any better but is actually getting worse. "Iran is determined to get the bomb, and we must be even more determined to prevent them from getting it.” (J.Post)

ISRAEL CAPABLE OF UNILATERAL STRIKE ON IRAN, IF THE US IS NOT COMMITTED: Israel is capable of carrying out a unilateral military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities without operational support from the United States, a senior Israeli official stated this week. The spokesperson doubted US intentions to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons at all costs. "American conduct regarding Syria, contrary to declarations by President Barack Obama, shows Israel that it cannot rely on US assurances," the Israeli source said. Israel fears the development of direct negotiations between Washington and Tehran would ease sanctions on the Islamic Republic in exchange for concessions, and would not satisfy the requirements imposed by Israel. (J.Post)

EGYPTIAN ANTI-OBAMA VIDEO BLAMES HIM FOR SIDING WITH THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: Those in Egypt opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood claim Washington has been and still is supporting the Islamists. Posters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, a center of pro-government rallies, depict US President Obama with a beard and turban, proclaiming his "support for terrorism." Another example of the anti-Obama rancor in the country can be seen in a new video clip featuring a song by Egyptian performer Sama Elmasry. Titled “You Obama, Your Father, Mother,” it attacks the US president for preferring Islamic radicals over the army. It has gone viral, with over 160,000 views since last week. It ends with a photo of Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the anti-Morsi coup. Sisi in a media interview said the United States did not give adequate weight to the millions who called for Morsi’s overthrow. He went on to note the US administration “has a lot of influence with the Muslim Brotherhood,” and that he would like Washington to use this leverage to end the current standoff with Morsi supporters. He also noted that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had been calling him almost daily, but that Obama had not called since July 3. (J.Post)

HEIGHTENED INSTABILITY, BLOODSHED FEARED IN EGYPT AFTER DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS FAIL: Egypt's army-installed government said this week diplomatic efforts to resolve the political crisis had failed and signaled it was gearing to take action against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi gathered in Cairo. Envoys from the US, European Union, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates had been trying to defuse the crisis and prevent further bloodshed. But President Adli Mansour's office said Wednesday that ten days of international efforts had "ended today." Soon after, interim PM Hazem el-Beblawi warned that the government's decision to dismantle the protest camps was final. The protesters had "broken all the limits of peacefulness," Beblawi said, accusing them of inciting violence, blocking roads and detaining citizens. Any use of weapons against policemen or citizens would "be confronted with utmost force and decisiveness," he said. The breakdown in mediation efforts and the threat of action against the protesters brought the political crisis in the Arab world's biggest nation to a dangerous new phrase. "I didn't know it was this bad. These folks are just days or weeks away from all-out bloodshed," US senator Lindsey Graham said after he met officials from both sides in Cairo this week. (J.Post)

ISRAELI DRONE KILLS 5 IN SINAI, SAYS EGYPT OFFICIALS: At least five Egyptian terrorists were killed Friday as they prepared to launch a rocket into Israel, two senior Egyptian security officials said. If Israel indeed carried out the strike, which is presently being disputed by sources in both countries, it would be the first time since the peace treaty with Egypt was signed in 1979 that Israel has attacked in the Sinai. Some reports said the Israeli operation was coordinated with the Egyptian military - and that the strike followed a previous terrorist warning Thursday from Cairo that caused Israel to close its airport in Eilat. If the reports are true they signal a new level of cooperation between the two nations over security matters in the largely lawless Sinai Peninsula. The IDF would not comment on the alleged airstrike, saying it “does not comment on reports in foreign media outlets.” (Times of Israel/INN)

ISRAEL TO TELL EU: WE WON’T SIGN AGREEMENTS BASED ON SETTLEMENT GUIDELINES: Israel will make it clear to the EU that it will not sign any future agreements that restrict European assistance, grants or investments in Israeli entities with a direct or indirect connection to Judea and Samaria, east Jerusalem or the Golan Heights. Nor will Israel agree to include in agreements with the EU a territorial clause that requires it to acknowledge that its sovereignty does not extend beyond the 1967 lines. The Israeli decision was made by PM Netanyahu on Thursday after extensive consultations with Cabinet members. The new EU guidelines regarding settlements will take effect beginning on Jan. 1. "We will not sign the guidelines in their present form," said a senior Israeli official. "On the other hand, we want to conduct negotiations with the EU so that the Horizon 2020 agreement for scientific cooperation, as well as other arrangements, can be implemented. If nothing changes it will be impossible to sign. We want to find a creative solution." (Ha'aretz) Pray this shameful EU sanction against Israel will be rescinded.

AL-QAEDA CONFERENCE CALL INTERCEPTED BY US OFFICIALS SPARKED ALERTS: The crucial intercept that prompted the US government to close embassies in 22 countries was a conference call between al-Qaeda's senior leaders and representatives of several of the group's affiliates throughout the region. The intercepted communication last week between al-Qaeda's leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the head of al-Qaeda's connection in Yemen, included more than 20 leaders or representatives of the top command of al-Qaeda and its associates calling in from different locations. Included in the call were leaders from Nigeria's Boko Haram, the Pakistani Taliban, al-Qaeda in Iraq, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, al-Qaeda in Uzbekistan, and al-Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula. "This was like a meeting of the Legion of Doom," said one US intelligence officer. The al-Qaeda leaders discussed plans for a pending attack and mentioned that teams were already in place for such an assault. (Daily Beast) Pray all terrorist plans by al-Qaeda and its affiliates, world-wide, will continue to be pre-empted.

DOCTORS IN ISRAEL QUIETLY TEND TO SYRIA’S WOUNDED: Scores of Syrian casualties from the civil war have been discreetly transported across the frontier for what is often lifesaving treatment in Israel. Most are men in their 20s or 30s, many with gunshot wounds. But in recent weeks there have been more civilians with blast wounds, among them women and children who have arrived alone and traumatized. Israel has repeatedly declared a policy of nonintervention in the Syrian civil war, but has sanctioned this small, low-profile humanitarian response to the tragedy taking place in Syria. (NY Times) Pray Syrians treated with compassion in Israel will return to their country with good reports of the Jewish state.

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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