Israel Update


JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE October 21, 2010

“No one whose hope is in You will ever be put to shame.” Ps 25:3

ISRAEL INVITES CHILEAN MINERS FOR CHRISTMAS IN THE HOLY LAND: Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov on Monday extended an official invitation to the 33 Chilean miners who were rescued last week to visit Israel with their spouses for a week-long, all-expenses-paid sightseeing tour of sites holy to Christianity. "It would be a great honor for us to welcome you as our guests in the Holy Land," he wrote in the invitation. The miners were trapped more than 2,000 feet underground for 68 days as rescuers and experts from many nations worked tirelessly to return them to the surface. When the miners finally reemerged, they were all wearing t-shirts bearing the logo of the “Jesus Film Project,” a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International. (Israel Today/Ha'aretz)

DEAD SEA SCROLLS GOING ONLINE: The Dead Sea Scrolls will go online in a project launched by the Israel Antiquities Authority. The project will image and digitalize the entire collection of 900 manuscripts comprising about 30,000 Dead Sea Scrolls fragments. The Antiquities Authority is collaborating with the Google R&D center in Israel to upload the digitized Scrolls images, as well as additional data that will allow users to perform searches across a broad range of data in a number of languages and formats. The images will be equal in quality to the actual viewing of the Scrolls, according to the Antiquities Authority. (JTA)

A REVOLUTION IN SKIN CANCER DETECTION: As sunlight exposure increases worldwide, skin cancer is becoming more prevalent. Early detection of skin cancer can save millions of lives and an Israeli company has developed a device that could revolutionize accepted modes of diagnosis. “With early detection, almost all forms of skin cancer are curable," says Yossi Biderman, CEO of Skin Cancer Scanning, an Israeli company that has developed a breakthrough technology using fiber-optic cables to scan for potentially malignant moles. Clinical trials at the Rabin Medical Center in central Israel show the system to be 92% effective in detecting certain types of skin cancer - a higher rate than that of any apparatus currently available. According to Biderman, a marketable device is close to being ready.  (Israel 21C)

WORLD’S LARGEST UNDERGROUND HOSPITAL BEING BUILT IN HAIFA: The foundations were laid this week for the world's largest underground hospital. The emergency facility at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa is designed to withstand conventional, chemical, and biological attacks. The project, slated for completion in 2012, will serve as a three-floor parking lot - that in times of emergency can be transformed at short notice into a 2,000-bed hospital. Designed to be self-sufficient, the hospital will be able to generate its own power and can store enough oxygen, drinking water and medical supplies for three days. (IMRA/Daily Alert) “Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!”  Ps 14:7

OECD CONFERENCE OPENS IN JERUSALEM DESPITE PA CALL FOR BAN: Most nations in the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) are ignoring a call by the Palestinian Authority to boycott a major bi-annual tourism conference that opened in Jerusalem Wednesday. At least 24 of the 33 OECD nations are attending, while Turkey, Belgium, Iceland, New Zealand, Sweden, Ireland and South Africa, are boycotting the conference following PA complaints that doing so would damage its claims over northern, eastern and southern areas of the city that were restored to Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967. (INN)

YOUR DONATIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED: Did you know that according to the October 2010 Central Bureau of Statistics report that 29% of the Israeli population is at risk of poverty compared to an average of 16% in the European Union? CBS data confirms 38% of Israeli children are at risk of poverty compared to 19% in the EU and 33% of elderly Israelis compared to 20% in the EU. At the beginning of this school year alone, Vision for Israel & the Joseph Store House distributed 7,000 school packs for needy children - with more to go. This is only one of our many projects to help the impoverished in Israel. Please continue to enable us to assist terrorist victims and Holocaust survivors, entire households suffering from hardship, the elderly and others in need in Israel. Your donations are urgently needed and welcomed at Make your online donation today. For residents in the UK and outside North America visit our newly updated website at 

GCC SECRETARY-GENERAL WARNS AGAINST IRAN NUCLEARIZATION: At a meeting between ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Turkish Foreign Minister, as part of the strategic dialogue between the sides, GCC secretary-general Abd Al-Rahman Al-'Atiya warned that Iran is close to producing nuclear warheads and that there is a fear about the pace of the armament in the region as a result of Iran's nuclear program. He called for examining the secret aspects of Iran's nuclear program in order to understand its aims, and addressed Tehran in a demand for a peaceful solution to the crisis. (MEMRI)

MERKEL: GERMAN MULTICULTURALISM UTTERLY FAILED: Chancellor Angela Merkel's declaration that Germany's attempts to build a multicultural society had "utterly failed" is feeding a growing debate over how to deal with the millions of foreigners who call the country home. Merkel told a meeting of young members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union that while immigrants are welcome in Germany, they must learn the language and accept the country's cultural norms - sounding a note heard increasingly across Europe as it battles an economic slump and worries about homegrown terrorism. "This multicultural approach, saying that we simply live side by side and live happily with each other, has utterly failed," Merkel said. (AP)

ISRAEL BECOMES ISSUE IN THE ILLINOIS ELECTIONS: Israel has taken center stage in the elections for Congress in the Ninth Congressional District in Illinois. This is largely because of Joel Pollak, an Orthodox Jew who is the Republican candidate seeking the seat which has been held by Democrat Jan Schakowsky for six terms. Pollak spoke last week in Deerfield. As he introduced himself to the audience, which was made up of several hundred people, a Google Map of the Middle East was right beside him. “My focus tonight will be Israel,” said Pollak and asked the audience members to note the thin border between Israel and the areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority. He said that voters would need to have representatives in Congress who would put their weight behind the protection of the Jewish state. (INN)


  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 Storehouse?", 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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