Israel Update

August 22, 2013

"He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth, and makes them wander in a pathless wilderness." Job 12:24

ERDOGAN BLAMES ISRAEL FOR MORSI’S DOWNFALL, EGYPT UNREST: Turkish PM Recep Erdogan’s rant that Israel was behind the overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi in Egypt was not worthy of a response, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Tuesday. “This is a statement well worth not commenting on,” Palmor said. Another Israeli official said he had a one word response for Erdogan: “Nonsense.” The Turkish premier, who has a history of anti-Israeli and antisemitic remarks, blamed Israel on Tuesday for the events that brought about Morsi’s ouster. “Who is behind the ouster? There is Israel,” Erdogan said at a meeting of his AK Party in Ankara. (J.Post)

Islamic terrorists on Monday ambushed two mini-buses carrying policemen in northern Sinai, killing 25 of them execution-style. The terrorists forced the two vehicles to stop, ordered the policemen out and forced them to lie on the ground before shooting them. Initially it had been reported the policemen were killed by rocket-propelled grenade fire. Last Thursday, terrorists in the Sinai peninsula killed seven Egyptian soldiers. Gunmen in two cars attacked the soldiers in their tents in the town of El-Arish, according to security officials. (AP/Arutz-7)

EGYPT ARMY ON HIGH ALERT IN SINAI, GAZA BORDER SHUT FOLLOWING DEADLY AMBUSH: Egyptian authorities on Monday were on high alert after Islamists killed 25 Egyptian policemen in the Sinai peninsula, where attacks on security forces have multiplied since the army overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on July 3. Military and police have declared a state of emergency in Sinai, deploying roadblocks in the area in an effort to combat terrorists. Egypt has resealed the border crossing into nearby Gaza in the wake of the ambush. The attack underlined the challenges facing Egypt's new rulers, locked in a struggle with Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood in which at least 850 people have been killed since the security forces opened fire at pro-Morsi protest camps earlier this month. Mounting insecurity in Sinai also worries the US because the area lies next to Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, as well as the Suez Canal. Egypt's descent into the bloodiest internal conflict in its modern history is causing global jitters, but no consensus on how to respond has emerged in the West or the Arab world. (J.Post)

EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS RETURN TO WORSHIP IN CHURCH DESTROYED BY MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: Copts whose church was one of dozens destroyed by Muslim Brotherhood supporters have returned to the charred house of worship, with their pastor vowing the violence suffered by his flock will make them better Christians. "This will teach us to be better Christians," said Pastor Sameh Ibrahim of a torched congregation in Upper Egypt, where some 15 churches were reportedly attacked in recent days. Across Egypt at least 60 churches have been targeted, along with Christian schools, homes, businesses and even an orphanage. In several areas Christian homes and businesses have received leaflets warning them to leave or face reprisals by Islamists. Christian homes and businesses in Al Minya have been marked with black X's to single them out for attack. As violence envelops Egypt, Christians are paying a heavy price with scores of their most sacred buildings and monuments being systematically destroyed by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The group, which is clashing with the military throughout the North African nation, has zeroed in on Christians since the Muslim Brotherhood-backed administration of Mohamed Morsi was ousted on July 3. The military removed him from power after he imposed several sweeping constitutional changes that put the nation of 90 million on a path toward Islamist rule. Under fire, Christians are solidly backing the military's harsh crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. (Fox)

COPTIC CHRISTIANS IN NASHVILLE DEMONSTRATE FOR EGYPT: More than 200 Coptic Christians from churches around Nashville rallied Monday, calling for an end to the violence in Egypt, while declaring their support for the Egyptian army. During the rally in downtown Nashville, many demonstrators chanted "Obama, Obama don't you care? Christian blood is everywhere," and "Pray for Egypt" while waiving Egyptian flags. Others held signs with messages such as "We are against Muslim Brotherhood." Amany Shahata, who has lived in the US for 16 years, said she feared for Christians living in Egypt, where more than 60 churches had been attacked in recent days. She and other protesters blamed the Muslim Brotherhood. Abram Thabet said that he hopes the Obama administration will stand by the Egyptian government. He said he fled Cairo two years ago with his family, because he feared persecution. "The Christians in Egypt are paying a very high price," he said. "I couldn't keep my children safe." (USA Today)

SUPREME LEADER OF MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD ARRESTED: Egyptian security sources and state television say the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has been arrested. Mohammed Badie was captured Tuesday in an apartment in the eastern Cairo district of Nasr City. That's where supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi held a six-week sit-in protest that was cleared by security forces last Wednesday. Morsi is a longtime leader of the Brotherhood. Badie and his powerful deputy Khairat el-Shater, who is in custody, go on trial later this month for their alleged role in the killing of eight protesters outside the Brotherhood's Cairo headquarters in June. Badie has in the past called for a jihad (holy war) against Israel. (AP/INN) 

ISLAMISTS PLAN TO ATTACK ISRAELI, JEWISH TARGETS WORLDWIDE: Islamist groups are actively planning attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets abroad, the Anti-Terror Unit of the Prime Minister's office said Monday. Specifically, Israelis were warned to stay away from Sinai, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, a number of countries in Central Africa, and Turkey. The Turkish threat was termed “potential and ongoing,” the Unit said. Turkey has slowly become a destination for Israelis in the past year, as relations between Jerusalem and Ankara have thawed somewhat. In Sinai, the threat was termed “concrete and very high,” as was the threat in Chechnya and southern Thailand, bordering Malaysia. Visitors to Egypt and Jordan also face a “concrete and solid” threat. Hezbollah and Iran would likely be behind the attacks, the Unit said. (INN) Pray for the safety of Jewish tourists while travelling in foreign countries, especially during the approaching Jewish holidays.

JORDANIAN KING: VIOLENCE WILL DESTROY MUSLIM WORLD: The ethnic and sectarian violence that is currently affecting several Arab countries could ultimately destroy the Muslim world, Jordan’s King Abdullah II warned Tuesday. His statement was issued at a conference of religious scholars in Amman. The event was attended by Shiite Muslim, Sunni Muslim and Christian clergy. The conference focused on how Muslim countries can safeguard human rights and civil rights. “Democracy is achieved when all share the feeling that they are truly represented,” he said. Abdullah’s comments came as several Arab Muslim countries face internal violence. In Egypt, hundreds have been killed in the military government’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, while Syria’s civil war is increasingly becoming a religious sectarian battle. There have been tensions and violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Iraq, Yemen, Bahrain and elsewhere in the Middle East as well. (Arutz-7)

2,700-YEAR-OLD-HEBREW INSCRIPTION FOUND IN JERUSALEM: Archaeologists working in Jerusalem have discovered a 2,700-year-old pottery fragment with an ancient Hebrew inscription, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Sunday. The text fragment on the shard is similar to the name of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, the father of the prophet Jahaziel, whose name appears in 2 Chronicles 20.14. (Times of Israel) 2 Chronicles 20 recounts a joint attack on Judah by the nations of Moab, Ammon, and Edom in the time of King Jehoshaphat. The King declared a fast to Jehovah and prayed for his help before the assembled nation. Then the Spirit of Jehovah came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, who declared the word of Jehovah, "The battle is not yours, but God’s," and concluding, "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and Jehovah will be with you." The next morning, Jehosaphat led his people out, calling them to have faith in Jehovah, and leading them in praise. They saw their enemies turn on each other, and returned to Jerusalem in joy. After that, the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side. Reference: 2 Chron 20:14-25. What a victorious word for the nation of Israel today!

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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