Israel Update



“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” Ps 94:19”

KASSAM HITS EMPTY SCHOOL BUILDING AT SDEROT: A Kassam rocket exploded at the Sderot area college Saturday night, causing heavy damage. The building, which hit a school that also includes a daycare center for disabled senior citizens, was empty for the weekend, a circumstance that prevented the mass casualties that could have occurred. The IDF retaliated by striking two smuggling tunnels. The rocket attack coming from the Gaza Strip, was the second in two days. (INN) Pray for the safety of Israel’s citizens and communities within range of Gaza Strip rocket fire.

ROCKET FROM GAZA HITS ISRAELI CITY: Gaza terrorists fired a Grad rocket into the Israeli city of Ashkelon on Friday. Eight people suffered shock. Two empty floors of an apartment building and several cars sustained damage. Many windows were shattered. Ashkelon Mayor Benny Vaknin said "this is a very serious incident, the worst since Operation Cast Lead (the 2009 Gaza operation). There is no doubt that such a hit inside the city is an escalation." The city, with a population of 122,000 located 11 miles north of Gaza, was a regular target for Palestinian terrorists before Israel's Gaza offensive last year. Since then, Ashkelon has largely been quiet although some rocket and mortar fire from Gaza has continued close to the border. (AP /Ynet) “Redeem Israel, O God, from all their troubles!” Ps 25: 22

SENIOR HAMAS MAN KILLED IN GAZA STRIKE: The Hamas terrorist organization said a man killed in Friday's attack on the Gaza Strip was 40-year-old Issa al-Batran, who had survived five past assassination attempts. Twelve other Palestinians were also injured in the strike, and some of them sustained serious wounds. The IDF said the attack came in response to the rocket fired at Ashkelon Friday morning, and stressed the military would continue to operate against any element threatening the citizens of Israel and its soldiers. (Ynet)

ABBAS: PA STATE TO BE JUDEREIN: If a Palestinian Authority state is created in Judea and Samaria, no Israeli citizen will be allowed to set foot inside, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said last week in a meeting with members of the Arab League. "I will never allow a single Israeli to live among us on Palestinian land,” Abbas declared. Abbas addressed the Arab League during a discussion over the possibility of holding direct negotiations with Israel. Like Abbas, Arab League members agreed to direct talks in theory, but only if a number of “measures and conditions” (in other words; outrageous, impossible demands on the Jewish state), were met. Abbas has demanded that Israel completely freeze construction for Jews in areas east of the 1949 armistice line, including north, south, and east Jerusalem and that PM Binyamin Netanyahu commit to creating a PA state with borders based on the armistice line. Until those conditions are met, Abbas has said, the PA will not negotiate. He also reiterated his support for the “right of return,” the demand by Arabs who fled Israel during the War of Independence when their leaders promised them a quick return after the Jews' annihilation, to come back to the country along with children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren born since. These decedents now number over 4 million. If Israel were to agree to the “right of return,” Jews would become a minority in their own state. Return of the refugees would put an end to the Jewish homeland.

US REPORTS 1,211 ANTISEMITIC INCIDENTS IN 2009: The 2009 ADL (Anti-Defamation League) Audit of Antisemitic Incidents counted a total of 1,211 incidents of vandalism, harassment and physical assaults against Jewish individuals, property, and community institutions across the US. There were 29 physical assaults on Jewish individuals, 760 incidents of antisemitic harassment and threats, and 422 cases of antisemitic vandalism. (ADL) "But now I will send for many fishermen," declares the Lord, "and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.” Jer 16: 16

SYNAGOGUE IN MARYLAND VANDALIZED: A synagogue in Olney, Maryland was vandalized last week. Parents who arrived to drop off their children at B’Nai Shalom Synagogue’s summer day camp on Monday morning discovered that antisemitic words and symbols, including swastikas and the words “Arbeit Macht Frei” (work will set you free, the same words that were on the sign above the Auschwitz concentration camp) and “Juden raus” (Jews out), were spray-painted along the building. Two homes in the vicinity were also spray-painted with swastikas.” The vandals have not yet been caught. Montgomery County police are investigating the attack as a hate crime. (INN)

GERMANY: NAZI CHARGED WITH MURDER OF 430,000 JEWS: Samuel Kunz, a 90 year-old German citizen, has been charged with involvement in the murder of 430,000 Jews during World War II while he was a guard at camp Belzec. An indictment was filed Wednesday in Bonn, Germany against Kunz, who worked as a guard for a year and a half at the Belzec extermination camp in Poland. He is also suspected of other crimes. Authorities have not determined where and when the trial will be held. (Arutz-7)

US SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL NEAR ALL-TIME HIGH: Speaking Saturday night, PM Binyamin Netanyahu said he welcomed the support of the American public, as expressed in a Gallup poll released Friday. The poll showed US support of Israel is at a near all-time high; 67% of Americans held a favorable opinion of Israel, more than for nearly any other country. Support for the PA was at 20%, among the lowest. Some 63% percent favored Israel in the Middle East conflict, while only 15% favored the Palestinian Authority. According to the poll, the level of support in the US for Israel was the highest since 1991's Gulf War, after dozens of Scud missiles fired by Iraq landed on Israeli cities. (INN)

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  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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