Israel Update


JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE September 19, 2010

“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.” Ps 125: 2

SUCCOT 2010: Amidst ongoing political tensions and terrorist rocket attacks, Israelis eagerly, this week, prepare for Succot - the most joyous festival on the Jewish calendar. The holiday begins this year at sunset September 22 and will continue through dusk September 29. Throughout the Land families are building succahs (huts) with roof coverings of palm branches. Children make and hang decorations inside these temporary dwelling places. For seven days and nights, families and guests will eat their meals in the succah and otherwise regard it as their home. This is to commemorate the forty years traversed in the Sinai Desert prior to entering the Holy Land during which Moses and the children of Israel dwelled in tents. Staff members at Vision for Israel & The Joseph Storehouse send their warmest greetings to friends near and far at this happy time.

ISRAEL NOT PLANNING NEW SETTLEMENT FREEZE: Israel on Friday reiterated its refusal to extend curbs on settlement building which expire this month, despite US pressure and Palestinian threats to walk out of peace talks. "The prime minister has not changed his position on this issue, there is no question of extending the moratorium," said a senior government official. The 10-month measure to curb construction of settler homes in the Israeli-occupied West Bank concludes at the end of this month. The decision not to renew the partial moratorium was taken last week by the Forum of Seven top cabinet ministers. "The settlement freeze is just a Palestinian excuse to undermine peace talks, and anyone who seeks excuses will find another excuse even if the freeze is extended," said FM Avigdor Lieberman. (Ha’aretz) Prayers are being answered that the Israeli government will not cave in to fierce pressures from Palestinian leaders, who merely pretend peaceful intentions while carrying on with hate campaigns against Israel and making impossible demands on the Jewish state. Please continue to pray for backbone, strength and wisdom for Israeli leaders.

RUSSIAN CRUISE MISSILES TO SYRIA: Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov announced Thursday that Russia will supply Syria with P-800 Yakhont anti-ship cruise missiles. The missiles have a range of 300 kilometers, carry a 200-kilogram warhead and feature a unique ability to cruise several meters above the surface, making it difficult to detect and intercept them. Russia's arms sales and possible nuclear cooperation with Syria, which has close ties to Iran, is unnerving for the US and Israel. The West rightly fears such military equipment will be transferred to the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah and eventually used against the Jewish state. (AFP)

IRAN THREATENS ISRAEL ONCE AGAIN: Iranian and Syrian leaders met for two hours at the Damascus airport on Yom Kippur. Iran's English-language news agency, Paras TV, reported Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinajad repeated what he has said countless times in the past, that Israel has no place in a future Middle East. “The front of resistance is increasing in the region,” the Iranian president said, referring to the Syrian-Iranian alliance, and “the people of the region support this policy.” He also said Iran-Syria relations were “solid and strategic with a unified view on all issues.” (INN) “O our God, will you not judge them? We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you." 2 Chron 20:12

RADICAL ISLAM ON RISE IN BALKANS: An online music video praising Osama bin Laden has driven home a troubling new reality: A radical brand of Islam embraced by al-Qaida and the Taliban is gaining a foothold in the Balkans. "Oh Osama, annihilate the American army. Oh Osama, raise the Muslims' honor," a group of Macedonian men sing in a video posted on YouTube and picked up by Macedonian media this August. (AP)

TOP HAMAS OPERATIVE KILLED IN PRE-YOM KIPPUR IDF ACTION: Iyad Abu Shalbaya, who was killed in a joint Israeli military-Shin Bet raid in the West Bank town of Tulkarm early Friday, was sought as deputy chief of the Hamas cells responsible for the murder of four Israelis near Hebron on Aug. 30. He was caught in the dragnet cast across the West Bank to thwart the wave of terror Hamas was preparing to sabotage Israeli-Palestinian talks and strike Israel over Yom Kippur which began Friday night. (Debka)

ISRAEL COMPLAINS TO UN OVER PHOSPHOROUS FIRE: Eshkol Regional Council head Chaim Yalin has filed a complaint with the UN over Gaza terrorists' attacks on southern Israel, and the recent use of phosphorus in mortar shells fired toward Israeli civilians. Phosphorus, which can cause severe burns and death, is forbidden for use as a weapon against civilians. "For nine years, residents of the Eshkol regional council, on the border with the Gaza Strip, have suffered attacks of Kassam rockets and mortar shells, sponsored and fired by terror organizations in Gaza towards innocent civilians,” he wrote. The IDF is condemned for protecting Israel, while Hamas attacks civilians “without being judged or criticized by any official,” he added. Yalin called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to “put an end to this hypocrisy” and stand up for Israelis in the western Negev. (Arutz-7)

TEN YEARS WITHOUT JOSEPH’S TOMB: Hundreds of people gathered Thursday for a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of Israel’s pullout from Joseph’s Tomb. The service was held in the Samarian community of Mitzpe Yosef near Shechem (Nablus). Rabbi Dov Lior in the opening speech said Joseph’s character should serve as an example to Jews in the present generation. “After we returned to our country we have a commandment to reclaim the land and settle it. Handing over of territories is a sin and we have paid a price for it, as we have seen in recent years…. We need to strengthen ourselves as the righteous Joseph did.” The tomb of Joseph also got a new roof last week. The repairs were completed ten years after the site was overrun and vandalized by a Palestinian Authority Arab mob. (Aurtz-7) “Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negev.” Ps 126:4

HEAT WAVE CAUSES FRUIT AND VEG PRICES TO SOAR: Farmers reported last week that 70% of the country's crops had been destroyed by the August heat wave. Prices have increased - tomatoes are up 100%, cabbage is up 150% and cucumbers are up 240%. (Ha’aretz)

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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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