Israel Update



“Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; protect me from men of violence, who devise evil plans in their heart and stir up war every day.” Ps 140: 1-2

100,000 MARCH WITH LIGHT RAIL TRAIN IN JERUSALEM: More than 100,000 people marched in downtown Jerusalem last Tuesday in the annual Succot March that this year also marked the completion of track laying on the city’s main street for a new light rail system. The event took place on the day before the end of the seven-day holiday of Succot and the beginning of the holiday of Simchat Torah, the "Rejoicing of the Torah." After years of work, Jaffa Street was the venue for the largest-ever Jerusalem March held in the city. The theme of this year’s event was “Downtown Returns to the Citizens,” referring to the years of construction which effectively made the center of town almost impassible, and marked 100 years of public transportation in Jerusalem. Thousands of visiting Christians in the country for the Succot celebration also participated in the march. (INN)

GOLAN WIND FARM UNDERWAY, DECLARED NATIONAL PROJECT: PM Binyamin Netanyahu signed a decree last week which declares the plan by the Multimatrix Company to build a large wind farm in the Golan Heights a national project, according to a report in Globes. While Israel has traditionally focused on solar power, recently it has begun to put more resources into developing its wind energy industry. Israel plans to more than triple its use of wind energy over the next decade. Wind energy is one of the solutions to the expected energy shortage in Israel in the coming years. (INN)

ISRAELI SCIENTISTS REPORT STRONGEST-EVER NANO- MATERIAL: A revolutionary new ball-shaped nanostructure – fully derived from very simple organic elements yet strong as steel – has been developed at scientific laboratories in Israel. These promising bio-inspired nanospheres have innumerable potential uses from durable composite materials and bullet-proof vests to medical implants that are not metallic and reinforced plastics for tooth implants. They could also be used in the space, aviation and transportation industries. (J.Post)

YESHA CHAIR: US’ OFFER IS POISONOUS PILL: One week after the settlement movement marked the end of the West Bank construction freeze, the Yesha movement on Saturday commended PM Netanyahu's refusal to compromise on the matter. Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan said any Israeli agreement to reinstate the settlement moratorium will be perceived as political concessions to the Palestinians, even before the peace process gained any true momentum. "Those urging Prime Minister Netanyahu to accept Obama's offer lack in reading comprehension," he said. "They either fail to understand the gravity of the offer or are deliberately trying to trick Netanyahu." Dayan's statement came following a reported incentive package the Washington administration offered the prime minister, in exchange for a 60-day extension of the settlement freeze. Speaking of reports suggesting the American president promised Israel it could retain IDF presence in the Jordan valley as part of a future peace deal, Dayan said that should Israel agree to that, "It may as well admit it has given up on the area and all the communities in it before the negotiations have even begun. Otherwise, why would anyone need to agree to have Israeli military presence? This would be an admission that Israel is willing to return to the 1967 lines – borders which cannot be defended. There is no deal here, nothing that offers any incentive for two additional months of settlement freeze. (Ynet) “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1Tim 2:1

THE SETTLEMENT FREEZE ONLY HINDERED NEGOTIATIONS: Talks with the Americans over the end of the construction freeze and Palestinian threats to break off direct talks after barely one month continued over the weekend. The Americans can't understand how PM Netanyahu rejected the compromise prepared by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, which would have had Israel extend the moratorium for 60 days in return for favors from Obama. Netanyahu can't understand why he has been pushed into a corner: He called a 10-month freeze, stuck to it, and granted the Palestinians some economic and security relief. Why don't they complain to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who wasted nine months of the freeze with evasive tricks? In terms of results, the moratorium was a failure. It greatly delayed the Palestinians' agreement to negotiate. Now it's threatening to end negotiations completely. "What I was afraid would happen, has happened," said Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud). "We made an attempt to show goodwill, build relations, but I warned Netanyahu after the decision was made that it would end badly. Settlement building resumed across the West Bank on Monday just hours after a 10-month freeze expired, (Ha’aretz)  

THE ANTI-ISRAEL J STREET AND THE POLLUTED MONEY OF GEORGE SOROS: George Soros is the source of the corrupt money behind the front group to destroy Israel, J Street, as J Street executive director Jeremy Ben Ami has finally admitted, after lying about it since the group’s founding: “I accept responsibility personally,” said Ben Ami, “for being less than clear about Mr. Soros‘support once he did become a donor.” George Soros vowed years ago to start an anti-Jewish organization under the nefarious guise of a Jewish organization, in order to counter the influence of the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC). He assisted the Nazis, so is it any wonder he wants to destroy the Jew? Soros has given $750,000 to J Street. Another $811,697 came from a mysterious woman in Hong Kong named Consolacion Esdicul, who has apparently acted as a representative for a New York hedge fund with close connections to George Soros. Soros also has close ties with US president Obama and it has been reported that had it not been for the Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros, Obama would not be President of the US today. (News Max)

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IRAN PUTS OFF NUCLEAR PLANT LAUNCH: Iran's first nuclear power plant will begin supplying energy in early 2011, a senior official said Wednesday, signaling a delay of several months. Iranian officials said the Stuxnet virus had hit staff computers at the Bushehr plant. Some analysts believe Iran may be suffering wider sabotage aimed at slowing its nuclear advances, pointing to a series of unexplained technical glitches that have cut the number of working centrifuge machines at the Natanz enrichment plant. Tehran is reportedly bent on military action to settle scores with Israel and the US whom it suspects of planting the malignant Stuxnet cyber worm in the controls of its nuclear, military and strategic systems. Preying on Tehran too are the personal sanctions Obama has imposed on its top brass. (Reuters) “The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.” Ps 2:4< /em>

ISRAEL WARNS LEBANON ON AHMADINJAD TOUR: Israel warned Lebanon not to allow Iranian President Ahmadinjead to tour the border between the two countries. Ahmadinejad, who has denied the Holocaust, called for the removal of the Jewish state and whose government is suspected of preparing for the manufacture of a nuclear weapon, will visit Lebanon this week and plans a tour of the border area. Israeli authorities have made representations through US, UN and French intermediaries warning Lebanon to keep Ahmadinejad away from the border area. The Iranian President reportedly intends to hurl stones at Israeli soldiers from Lebanese border. (JTA)  “Let not a slanderer be established on the earth.” 140:1

ASSAD IN TEHRAN FOR MEETING WITH AHMADINEJAD: Syrian President Bashar Assad arrived Saturday in Iran for talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that are expected to focus on the effect of international sanctions on Tehran and Syria's stance on the latest peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported. IRNA also disclosed that Assad will be awarded the country's highest national medal for his support of Palestinian terrorist group Hamas and the Lebanese terrorist organization, Hezbollah. Syria is Iran's main ally in the Middle East and both countries consider Israel to be their political arch-foe. (Ha’aretz)


  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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