Israel Update


JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE November 6, 2010

“There is no God beside Me. I will gird you though you have not known Me.” Is 45:5

NETANYAHU: PALESTINIANS HAVE MADE US CYNICAL ABOUT PEACE PROCESS: PM Benjamin Netanyahu said last week that Palestinian behavior was making Israelis cynical about the prospects of peace, and urged his fellow lawmakers to wake up to the fact that Israel simply does not have a viable peace partner. Netanyahu said while he and his government had entered the talks with a genuine desire to see progress, the Palestinian Authority had not, noting as an example the ongoing incitement against Israel in the official Palestinian media even as the talks were taking place. The arguments presented repeatedly in Palestinian media are not “about borders or certain settlements, but rather the negation of the State of Israel’s right to exist in any borders. This is not expressed in one single article or unusual statement, but all the time,” said Netanyahu. “To say the least, this does not advance reconciliation between peoples or increase our desire for a peace agreement.” Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Yaalon echoed the prime minister’s concerns when he revealed that incitement in PA media is on the rise. Incitement has grown significantly more frequent in recent months in official media, in mosques, and in the school system, he said. Itamar Marcus, the director of Palestinian Media Watch confirmed Yaalon's report saying, “One of the more common themes is that of teaching the PA Arab public that all of Israel is “Palestine.” On the eve of peace talks Fatah TV, controlled by Abbas, referred to Haifa, Yafo, Akko, and other Israeli cities as “occupied Palestine.” (Israel Today/INN) “Lord, confuse the wicked; confound their words, for I see violence and strife in the city.” Ps 55:9

ISRAEL CUTS UNESCO TIES OVER DESIGNATION OF HOLY SITES: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decided last week to relabel as an Islamic mosque the tomb of Rachel, one of Israel’s matriarchs, and demanded that Israel remove the site from its National Heritage list. UNESCO also said Israel had no right to add the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, where most of Israel’s patriarchs and matriarchs are buried, to the National Heritage list. The Israel Foreign Ministry, in response, suspended cooperation with UNESCO. Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that relations with UNESCO would not be restored until it retracted its statement last week that the two ancient biblical sites - the Cave of the Patriarchs and Rachel's Tomb - were an integral part of the "occupied" Palestinian territories. Ayalon said that the Palestinian Authority was behind the statement in another attempt to delegitimize Israel. (J. Post)

46% OF PA ARABS FAVOR ROCKET ATTACKS: A new poll of Palestinian Authority Arabs shows nearly half of them favor firing rockets and missiles at Israel. The survey also reveals that a vast majority prefers the leadership of Yasser Arafat over Mahmoud Abbas and are very interested in restoring positive relations between the Hamas terrorist group, (Israel’s avowed enemy ruling in Gaza) and Fatah, (Israel’s supposed peace partner). (INN) “Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure - You, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.” Ps 7:9

IDF TAKES OUT TOP-AL-QAEDA TERRORIST IN GAZA: The IDF assassinated a senior Al-Qaeda terrorist in Gaza on Wednesday. The terrorist was identified as 27-year-old Mohammed Jamal a-Nahmnam. He was killed by a car bomb near the Hamas police station in Gaza City. A-Nahmnam was involved in past terrorist attacks on Israel. He was plotting attacks against Israel and American targets in Sinai, Egypt, in coordination with Hamas. Several small Gaza terrorist groups are affiliated with Al-Qaeda. The oldest is the “Army of Islam,” which took part in an attack on the Kerem Shalom crossing in which IDF soldier Gilad Shalit was kidnapped, and in the kidnapping of British reporter Alan Johnston in 2007. The group also planned to target former British Pm Tony Blair during his visit to Gaza in July 2008. A-Nahmnam belonged to the Army of Islam. (Arutz-7)

ONE THIRD OF ISRAELIS RENT: About one third of Israelis rent apartments and homes, new statistics compiled by the Housing Ministry said Thursday. The figure represents a 25% rise in the number of renters over the past 15 years, the Ministry said, adding that the change was a clear result of the increasingly unaffordable housing prices young couples and families face. Jerusalem is the most expensive city in Israel to rent an apartment. According to the Ministry, rents are set to rise around the country by at least 8% over the next year. (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 

NEW MALL PLANNED FOR GAZA: Yusuf Mansi, Minister of Housing and Public Works of the Hamas government said that his office is currently on a plan to build a new mall. The 44-acre mall will be located in Gaza City and will be the largest shopping center in the Strip, said Mansi. This new mall is not the first mall to be built in Gaza. This past summer, Gaza City’s first luxury mall opened. The mall sells Israeli men's clothing, and items from Turkey, France, and the US. A variety of stores sell cosmetics, clothing, office supplies, toys, shoes, appliances and more. The mall boasts air conditioning and a delivery service. Although Hamas accuses Israel of imposing a siege on Gaza, and despite tales of deprivation and suffering in the Strip, recent reports have described a very prosperous Gaza in which prices are low and luxury businesses are booming. Egyptian journalist Ashraf AbuAl-Houl has said that “in actual terms, Gaza is not under siege” and added: “A sense of absolute prosperity prevails, as manifested by the grand resorts along Gaza's coast. Further, the site of the merchandise and luxuries filling the Gaza shops amazed me.” (INN) Over recent years, the Palestinians received billions of dollars of funding from the international community. The Western media clearly services the Palestinian propaganda machine with their one-sided reporting. They would have us believe the Palestinians are suffering under one of the worst humanitarian crisis, desperate for basic needs, and even deprived of building materials by a cruel Israeli blockage. As such, they formulate public opinion with their biased and emotional reporting and journalism.

DEFEAT FOR TERRORIST INCITEMENT ON YOUTUBE: YouTube has removed from its site an undisclosed number of the hundreds of jihad-call videos by American-born, Yemen-based Anwar al-Awlaki. The decision was made following pressure from US Congressman Anthony Weiner (D, NY) and an unnamed British official. A YouTube spokesperson explained the site had removed videos that violated its guidelines prohibiting “dangerous or illegal activities such as bomb-making, hate speech, and incitement to commit violent acts,” or came from accounts “registered by a member of a designated foreign terrorist organization,” or used to promote such a group’s interests. She added that the goal is to balance freedom of expression with averting calls to violence. (Arutz-7)

COMMON CHILDHOOD ILLNESS LINKED TO COMPULSIVE DISORDER: That strep throat infection that keeps many young kids home in bed could trigger brain disorders such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder if left untreated, according to researchers at an Israeli university. Their conclusion: It is crucial for parents to get prompt medical treatment for children who show signs of strep throat, which include severe and sudden sore throat without cold symptoms; pain or difficulty with swallowing; and fever of higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit. Prof. Daphna Joel and a team of researchers from Tel Aviv University's Department of Psychology set out to see whether a long-held suspicion of a link between strep and impaired motor and mental function could be proven. It was already well known that untreated childhood strep throat can lead to chronic heart and joint problems. (Israel 21C)

OREGON LOOKS TO ISRAEL FOR CLEAN TECH SALES: A trade mission from the State of Oregon toured Israel earlier this month to promote clean tech and environmental technology, along with defense and security industries. Governor Ted Kulongoski hopes to increase Oregon’s export business to Israel, which came to $109 million last year. Academic, business and government officials accompanied him on the tour. Before leaving Oregon, the governor said that Israel is “as far ahead as any country in the world on renewable energy. Israel is a world leader in sustainability, high-tech and software development and electric vehicles. There is much untapped expertise and venture capital in Israel that could benefit our state greatly if relationships are developed and partnerships are fostered.” (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 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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