Israel Update



“In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious.” Isa 11:10

UNIFIL RELEASES FINDINGS OF IDF-LEBANON BORDER CLASH: UNIFIL released its findings Wednesday of its investigation into the shooting incident earlier this month between the IDF and Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) along the northern border. The clash resulted in the death of IDF commander Lt.-Col. Dov Harari. UNIFIL said the findings of the investigation confirmed the peace keeping forces' preliminary conclusion that the Israeli military did not cross the Blue Line international border as the Lebanese had claimed to justify their decision to open fire at Harari and soldiers from his battalion. (J. Post) Pray for IDF alertness and protection of Israeli troops and civilians along the northern borders.

IRAN TESTS NEW MISSILE: Iran has successfully test-fired a new version of the domestically-built Fateh missile. The 3.5 ton missile is the latest in new weapons the Islamic Republic has shown off in the past week, following the launching of an unmanned bomber and the announcement by Iran that it will begin to produce two missile-launching boats. The US is concerned about Iran's nuclear intentions, not the weapons systems it develops, a senior US official said on Monday. (INN/Ha’aretz)

IRAN PREPARED TO ARM LEBANON: Iran is prepared to sell weapons to Lebanon if Beirut asks for help in equipping its military, the Islamic Republic's defense minister said Wednesday. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi's comments come one day after the leader of Lebanon's Shiite Hizbollah group, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, called on the Lebanese government to formally seek military assistance from Iran. "Lebanon is our friend," Vahidi was quoted as saying. "If there is a demand in this respect, we are ready to help that country and conduct weapons transactions with it." Iran is a key supporter of Hizbollah, believed to funnel it weapons and millions of dollars in funding. (Ha’aretz)

IRAN GUARDS CHIEF SECRETLY OVERSEES WAR PLANS – IN DAMASCUS: Iranian Revolutionary Guards chief Gen. Mohamed Ali Jafari, who rarely leaves his country, paid a secret visit to Damascus a few hours before Tehran launched the Bushehr nuclear reactor Saturday, Aug. 21. With him were top commanders from Lebanon, Iraq and the Palestinian territories. They conferred with Bashar Assad on roles for Syria and Hizbollah in an Iranian reprisal for a US or Israel attack - or a "pre-emptive strike" against Israel. President Shimon Peres on Wednesday warned the chief of the UN's nuclear watchdog on the threat from a nuclear Iran, calling on the world to acknowledge the danger it posed to Israel's security. (Debka/Ha’aretz) “Which of them has stood in the council of the Lord to see or to hear His word? Who has listened and heard His word?” Jer 23:18

EGYPT PICKS SITE FOR ITS FIRST NUCLEAR POWER PLANT: The Egyptian president announced plans Wednesday to start building the country's first nuclear power plant at a site on the Mediterranean coast, ending a year of controversy over its possible location. (AP)

RUSSIA PRINTS TEXTBOOKS ABOUT JUDAISM: The State of Russia, which in the past tortured and executed those who taught Torah, printed this week, prior to the new school year, textbooks on Judaism. The books will be introduced into the national school framework by order of President Dimitri Medvedev himself. (INN)

ARABIC STUDIES TO BECOME COMPULSORY IN ISRAELI SCHOOLS: A new government program will see Arabic language classes made compulsory in Israel's schools, starting from the fifth grade. Beginning this year as a pilot initiative in 170 public and religious-public schools in northern Israel, the scheme will eventually extend across the country. (Ha’aretz)

ISRAELI RESEARCHERS: A PRECISION BOMB FOR CANCER CELLS: Chemotherapy, while considered an effective cancer treatment, also brings debilitating side effects such as nausea, liver toxicity and a battered immune system. Now, a new way to deliver this life-saving therapy to cancer patients has been developed by researchers at Tel Aviv University. The breakthrough technology consists of a nano-sized vehicle with the ability to deliver chemotherapy drugs directly into cancer cells while avoiding interaction with healthy cells, increasing the efficiency of chemotherapeutic treatment while reducing its side effects. The vehicle is very similar to a cluster bomb. Inside the nano-vehicle itself are tiny particles of chemotherapy drugs. When the delivery vehicle comes into contact with cancer cells, it releases the chemotherapeutic payload directly into the cell. The nano-medical device can be used to treat many different types of cancer, including lung, blood, colon, breast, ovarian, pancreatic, and even several types of brain cancers. (INN)

‘THE FACE’ OF ISRAEL: 14 POLICE OFFICERS TO HAITI TO SAVE LIVES: Israel is sending 14 police officers to Haiti to serve in a UN force for keeping public order in the country, after the earthquake disaster which created havoc there. Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told the officers, "You are the answer to the attempts to delegitimize Israel." One of the officers is leaving a pregnant wife, and a second put off his wedding. Ayalon addressed the police officers saying, "You are Israel's beautiful face. We value human life most highly and that is why Israel was among the first to send help to Haiti. You continue that same operation. The main goal is to save lives and help rehabilitation, but if the result is improving Israel's image that is important as well. It is important to explain to the world that Israel is not only about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and you are proof of that.” (INN) “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matt 5:7

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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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