Israel Update


JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE October 17, 2010

“Ask the Lord for rain.” Zech 10:1

ISRAEL OFFERS FIRST PRAYERS FOR RAIN: On Thursday, the seventh day of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, Jews in Israel began praying for rain. Israel is facing a water shortage. While abundant rainfall in February brought the Kinneret back over its “red line” - the point at which water levels are dangerously low - the country is still recovering from five consecutive dry years. The custom of renewing prayers for rain on 7 Cheshvan dates back to the times of the First Temple and Second Temple. (INN) “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Mt 5:45

AHMADINEJAD CURSES ISRAEL AT LEBANON BORDER: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday visited the Lebanese village of Bint Jbil just two-and-a-half miles from the Israeli border and unleashed a tirade against the “Zionist entity.” The Zionists “will not last long,” Ahmadinejad told the thousands of Hizballah members that came to hear him. He implored the terrorist militia to “bring defeat to the Zionists!” Nor did he stop at just attacking Israel. Ahmadinejad went on to suggest that Jews in general “are responsible for the economic crisis and air pollution in the world.” The Iranian leader was in Lebanon to meet with the heads of Hizballah, a large and well-armed terrorist organization that also enjoys veto power over the Lebanese government. Hizballah receives the bulk of its funding from Iran. (Israel Today)

NETANYAHU ON AHMADINEJAD’S SPEECHES, CURSES AND EPITHETS: PM Binyamin Netanyahu visited the Independence Pavilion in Tel Aviv Thursday during which he made reference to Iranian President Ahmadinejad's visit to southern Lebanon. “Today we heard the curses and epithets from the Lebanese border,” he said. “The best answer to those who curse was given here 62 years ago: It is the state and all that we have built and created since then. Look at this nation, look at the army that Israel has. We will continue to build, continue to create our state and we know very well how to defend ourselves.” (Arutz-7) “Like a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.” Prov  26:2

NETANYAHU: LEBANON BECOMING IRANIAN SATELLITE STATE:  At the opening of the weekly government meeting, PM Netanyahu referred to the visit of Iranian President Ahmadinejad in Lebanon last week and said that "Lebanon was swiftly becoming another Iranian satellite state." Meanwhile, also on Sunday, Ahmadinejad in his continuing diatribe against the Jewish state said that Israel would "soon go to hell" along with its allies. (Ynet)

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INTERNATIONAL UPROAR OVER JERUSALEM BUILDING APPROVALS: France, Russia and the US are calling on Israel to freeze construction in all areas of Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority for its hoped-for state. The French Foreign Ministry expressed “deep disappointment” Saturday over a municipal decision to move ahead with the sale of 240 plots of land in the neighborhoods of Ramot and Pisgat Ze'ev. Both neighborhoods are located on the northern edge of the capital. US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the Obama administration was “disappointed by the announcement of new tenders.” He deemed it contrary to US efforts to resume direct negotiations between the parties. Russia also stated its displeasure over Jerusalem's decision to move ahead with plans to build more housing for its residents. However, US Representative Gary Ackerman (D-NY), meanwhile, bluntly expressed his strong support for Israel's right to build housing in its capital. “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” said Ackerman, chairman of the US Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia. “It is not a settlement. As such, the resumption of construction in Jerusalem is not a justification for a crisis, a showdown, a meltdown or even a hissy fit.” Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Ramot, Pisgat Ze'ev, French Hill, Ramat Eshkol, Gilo and others, which have been home to tens of thousands of Jewish residents for more than 40 years, are still referred to as “settlements” by the PA. (INN) “Again in these days I am determined to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Do not fear.” Zech 8:15

JEWS IN EUROPE ENTERING A DARK PERIOD: The European Jewish Congress warns that a recent wave of antisemitism, some of which was officially sanctioned, has left Jewish communities in grave danger. EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor sums up: “We are entering a very dark period for Jews in Europe.” Recent instances of official antisemitism, of which there have been a number, include an event that occurred in Antwerp, Belgium. A respected government-funded Catholic school hosted a "Palestine Day," replete with antisemitic references and activities for youngsters. One stall at the event was entitled “Throw the soldiers into the sea,” and children were invited to throw replicas of Israeli soldiers into two large tanks of water. Last weekend, an event organized for Jewish children in Malmo, Sweden, was attacked by a gang of thugs who shouted “Heil Hitler” and “Jewish pigs.” The gang entered the site of the event and damaged property. The EJC has called on European governments and the EU to launch a campaign against intolerance and antisemitism. (INN) Pray for the protection of European Jewish communities and that many Jewish families and individuals will decide to immigrate to Israel.

ISRAELI PHYSICIST WINS US SCIENCE MEDAL: Israel-born Tel Aviv University Professor Yakir Aharonov is one of only ten scientists who will receive the US National Medal of Science at the White House from President Barack Obama for his outstanding contributions in the field of physics. Aharonov (78) is being honored for his contributions to the foundations of quantum physics.” (Israel 21C)

CHIMP ATTENDS GAZA UNIVERSITY LECTURE: Students at a university in the Gaza Strip were surprised to see an unusual guest at their lecture room on Saturday - a chimpanzee who had escaped from a nearby zoo. University sources said the chimp entered the lecture hall through a window left open and even listened to the lecture. The chimp will not be able to take any courses, however, after being captured by zoo workers with the help of the campus' security officers and returned to its cage. (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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