Israel Update


JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE October 10, 2010

“I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night.” Is 62:6

US JEWISH HIKER SURVIVES DESERT ORDEAL THANKS TO MIRACLE RAIN: Ed Rosenthal (64) of Los Angeles shocked rescuers last week when he was found alive after six days in the desert with little food or water. Rosenthal finished the last of his water on the first day he was lost but was later able to drink some rainwater. He told reporters the rain fell immediately after he had prayed for rain. "There was definitely a miracle.... My conclusion is that G-d is real. Really, I have to tell you. G-d is real," he said. If just one more day had passed before he was found, he would not have survived, Rosenthal said. (INN)

HEZBOLLAH TERRORISTS TRAINING IN SYRIAN MISSILE BASE: The Syrian army has a Scud missile base near Damascus, according to recent satellite photos. The photos also indicate Hezbollah activists are being trained in the Scuds' use at the base. Reports that Syria had given the Hezbollah terrorist group Scuds ratcheted up tensions between Jerusalem and Damascus about six months ago. Four years after Hezbollah instigated its war with Israel in 2006 it appears to be prepared for another fight with the Jewish state. According to Hassan Nasrallah, the group's leader, Hezbollah has increased its missile stocks to 40,000, compared with 13,000 during the 2006 war. (Ha’aretz)

IRAN EXTENDS TIES WITH LEBANON AND EGYPT: Iran is strengthening its ties with its area neighbors, particularly Lebanon and Egypt. Lebanon’s and Iran’s energy ministers have reached an agreement over oil and gas exploration efforts in Lebanese waters, according to which Iran will be involved in the search for gas and oil close to the border with Israel. Through this project, Iran could deepen its involvement in the region and strengthen Lebanon's dependence on Tehran. Meanwhile, ties are also warming up between Iran and Egypt. The two countries announced that direct flights between Cairo and Tehran would resume for the first time since 1980. The move could be a prelude to the resumption of formal ties between Iran and Egypt. The two countries have been at odds since 1979’s Islamic Revolution in Iran, when Egypt gave asylum to the deposed Shah of Iran. (Arutz-7) Pray ties will be weakened between the foes of Israel who threaten to destroy the Jewish state.

GROWING TURKEY-CHINA-IRAN TIES LEAVES ISRAEL AND US CONCERNED: The US and Israel are watching with concern the growing military cooperation between Turkey, China and Iran, especially following a joint Turkish-Chinese air-force exercise last week. The West has been observing, in particular, the long-range naval and aerial exercises that indicate Beijing's intention to acquire the ability to conduct warfare far from China's borders. The Chinese are also aggressively pursuing cyber warfare capabilities, employing some 60,000 hackers, according to foreign intelligence reports. The developing ties among Turkey, Iran and China are also reflected in weapons deals, with Iran buying from China mainly missile technology. China has also developed a surface-to-surface rocket-launching system together with Turkey. China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao is due to visit Ankara this month and to sign several bilateral cooperation agreements. Turkey and China are also involved in projects to build oil pipelines from Iran. (Ha’aretz)

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ISRAEL SEEKING FOR US RECOGNITION OF SETTLEMENT BLOCKS: PM Netanyahu is asking President Obama to renew US approval of the commitments given by President George Bush to former PM Ariel Sharon, the foremost of which is American support for annexation of settlement blocs to Israel in the framework of a permanent peace agreement. Diplomatic sources say Netanyahu is trying to obtain clear commitments from the Americans that will not be open to interpretation, and that he can use to convince cabinet ministers to extend the construction freeze for two months. So far, Netanyahu has not reached agreement with the White House and therefore has not raised the issue for formal discussion in government forums. (Yediot Ahronot)

A TWO MONTH SETTLEMENT CONSTRUCTION FREEZE, AND THEN WHAT?: According to confidants, Israeli PM Netanyahu fears that as soon as any new 60-day freeze ends, the Americans will put a "take it or leave it peace plan" of their own on the table. With the US midterm elections over, Obama might feel able to publicly present parameters for a peace deal that Netanyahu would find impossible to accept. Israel might then find itself totally isolated and under intolerable international pressure. That is a scenario Netanyahu hopes the current negotiations with the Americans will help him avoid. (JTA/Daily Alert) Pray that Israel’s prime minister will not give way to ongoing meddling and pressure from the nations to agree to that which is dangerous to the very existence of the Jewish state.

SEPTEMBER A RECORD MONTH FOR MISSILES FROM GAZA: September 2010 saw more missile and mortar attacks against Israel by Gaza terrorists than any other month since the period immediately following IDF Operation Cast Lead in early 2009. The motivation for the attacks appears to be Hamas' intent to disrupt negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The IDF Website reported a total of 30 projectiles were fired in September 2010. This was more than double the 13 launches recorded in the month of August. (INN) “Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless.” Ps 60:11

CHILD OBESITY HIGH IN ISRAEL: A new report published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) indicates Israel is among the developed countries with the highest number of obese children. The Health Ministry has come up with different ways of action to tackle the phenomenon, and is slated to present the full program to the government in the near future. Meanwhile, the ministry is taking measures to restrict the amount of trans fat allowed in processed foods and to limit the airing of fast food ads during the time children watch TV. (Ynet)


  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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