Israel Update

August 26, 2013

“He will guard the feet of His saints, but the wicked shall be silent in darkness. For by strength no man shall prevail. The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces; from heaven He will thunder against them. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to His king, and exalt the horn of His anointed.” 1Sam 2: 9-10

PM: ISRAEL’S ‘FINGER ON THE PULSE’ OF SYRIA DEVELOPMENTS, IF NECESSARY WILL ALSO BE ‘ON THE TRIGGER’: Syria's use of chemical weapons against its own people "simply demonstrates" what will happen if Iran gets even deadlier weapons, PM Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday. What we see in Syria is how extremist regimes have no reservations whatsoever about using these weapons even against innocent civilians, against their own people.” Netanyahu said Israel drew three conclusions from this incident. "One, this situation must not be allowed to continue. Two, the most dangerous regimes in the world must not be allowed to possess the most dangerous weapons in the world. And three, we expect that this will stop, but we must always remember our sages' ancient principle: ‘If we are not for ourselves, who will be for us?’ That is to say, our finger must always be on the pulse. Ours is a responsible finger and if necessary, it will also be on the trigger." Israel’s President Shimon Peres said Sunday the "time has come for a joint effort to remove all the chemical weapons from Syria. They cannot remain there either in the hands of Assad or of others." He said that while he could "understand the problems and doubts" about intervening in Syria, "the moral call is superior to any strategic considerations." (J.Post) Pray for the increased protection of Israel as the events in Syria threaten to engulf the region in a war.

PENTAGON WEIGHS MILITARY OPTIONS AGAINST SYRIA: On Saturday, US military and national security advisers met with President Barack Obama at the White House to consider options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government last week. The American military updated a list of possible targets to include mobile units of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s army, after extensive evidence surfaced Wednesday that his forces used chemical weapons against civilians in a suburb of Damascus, killing hundreds. Israel's security establishment estimates Washington is considering a limited yet effective attack that will make it clear to the Damascus regime that the international community will not tolerate the use of weapons of mass destruction against Syrian civilians or any other elements. Meanwhile, the White House said Obama will continue to gather facts before deciding on a course of action. During an interview last week with CNN, the president made no mention of the red line that US intelligence officials say has been breached several times. US confirmation took more than four months after rebels similarly reported chemical attacks in February. Assad's government, then as now, has denied the claims as baseless. (J.Post/Fox) The question for Israelis is: How does Obama’s “red-line” work when it comes to Iran’s nuclear weapons development?

WESTERN LEADERS “CONCERNED” ABOUT CHEMICAL WEAPONS MASSACRE: NOW WHAT?: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Saturday that all indications show the Syrian government was behind a "chemical massacre" last week against its own people. A preliminary assessment made by US and allied intelligence agencies concludes chemical weapons were indeed used by Syrian forces last week. US President Obama's national security aides are studying the NATO air war in Kosovo as a possible blueprint for acting without a mandate from the UN. Russia is likely to veto any military action in the Security Council, and Obama is wary of bypassing the UN. German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Russia and China for torpedoing a UN Security Council resolution that would have demanded that the Damascus regime give UN inspectors complete freedom of operation. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that if claims that Syria used chemical weapons several days ago are true, a speedy response will be needed to prevent another such attack.  Meanwhile, Iran is warning America against any involvement in Syria. "Trespassing over the red line in Syria will have severe consequences for the White House," the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard told Iranian media. Iran is determined to keep its ally Assad in power, and views the Sunni-dominated rebel forces as a threat to its own plans of regional hegemony. (INN).

BRITAIN: SYRIA DESTROYED EVIDENCE OF CHEMICAL ARMS USE: British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Sunday evening that Syria has apparently hidden evidence of the use of chemical weapons against civilians in the Damascus area. He said some of the evidence was almost certainly destroyed by government shelling of the area, some disintegrated and some was sabotaged. Meanwhile, The UN secretary-general's office said inspectors hope to begin their investigation Monday at the suspected chemical attack site. The Syrian government has agreed to cease all hostilities as long as the UN inspectors are on the ground. Before Sunday, UN inspectors in Syria attempting to gather information were not allowed to visit the site of the recent attack. One senior Obama administration official said the Syrian government's announcement was too little, too late. "If the Syrian government had nothing to hide and wanted to prove to the world that it had not used chemical weapons in this incident, it would have ceased its attacks on the area and granted immediate access to the UN - five days ago," the official said Sunday. "At this juncture, the belated decision by the regime to grant access to the UN team is too late to be credible, because the evidence available has been significantly corrupted as a result of the regime's persistent shelling and other intentional actions over the last five days," said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly. (INN/CNN)

ISRAELI DEMAND FOR GAS MASKS SPIKE ON RISING SYRIA TENSIONS: The possibility of a US attack on Syria has led to a sharp rise in the number of Israelis seeking to obtain their gas masks. According to the Israeli postal service, which operates the mask distribution centers, on Sunday between 7 A.M. and 1 P.M. alone it received four times the usual number of requests. Statistics released by the postal service reveal that most residents of Israel's north have already acquired gas masks. Other parts of the country have seen similar figures. On the other hand, only 29% of Jerusalem residents have masks at home. (Ha’aretz)

LIBERMAN: MERETZ PROVIDING THE SHEEP’S CLOTHING TO COVER ABBAS THE WOLF: If PA President Mahmoud Abbas is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, then Meretz Members of Knesset are providing that woolly cover, Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman, Avigdor Liberman, contended on Sunday. (Meretz is a left-wing, Zionist, social-democratic political party.) Liberman’s comments came three days after all six Meretz lawmakers met with Abbas in Ramallah, who told them no progress was made in peace talks, but that he hopes they will not be a waste of time. “Abbas is using Meretz MKs the way a wolf uses sheep’s clothing,” Liberman wrote on Facebook. “Once every few months, Abbas meets with members of left-wing parties and says the things they want to hear in English in order to appear like someone who is really interested in peace with Israel.” Liberman added that it is unfortunate Meretz MKs don’t stay in Ramallah between their meetings, to hear “speeches of incitement encouraging terror and terrorists” that Abbas makes in Arabic. “Apparently, some people like being sheep that are used as a cover for wolves,” he concluded. (J.Post)

POLL: ONLY 21% BELIEVE IN PA STATE AS REAL SOLUTION: A new survey has found that only a small minority of Israelis believe the Palestinian Authority will establish a new Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza – and only 11% hope it will. The poll asked respondents to choose the solution to the Israel-PA conflict they most prefer, and the solution they think is most realistic. The most popular answer in both cases was simply to maintain the status quo. Currently Judea and Samaria is split into three areas, called A, B, and C. The PA has full control over Area A, Israel controls Area C, and in Area B the IDF is tasked with oversight of security, while the PA has legal power over other aspects of daily life. (Arutz-7)

MUBARAK RELEASED FROM JAIL: Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was released from prison and placed under house arrest Thursday, more than two years after he was deposed during the Arab Spring uprisings. A court ordered last week that Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for 30 years, be released while he awaits a retrial for complicity in the killing of demonstrators during the protests against him. Mubarak’s release comes amid ongoing violence and political turmoil since the ouster of his successor, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, earlier this summer. The ailing Mubarak appeared in court, Sunday, three days after being released from prison, as the process of the retrial begins. (Time World)

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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