Israel Update


JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE December 6, 2010

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’” Lam 3: 22-24

CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM, BUT FIRES STILL RAGE: The Carmel Mountain Range blaze was under better control on Sunday morning, Fire Chief Shimon Romah told Army Radio. He added, however, that only “cautious optimism” should be exercised as fires still raged. In a statement on Sunday, Boaz Rakia, spokesperson for the firefighters, said although there was a hope the fires would be under control by Sunday night, it would still be a number of days before all the fires were put out. The Carmel blaze has scorched over 12,000 acres, killed 41 people and injured scores. (J.Post) Continue to intercede that the Carmel fires will be completely put out soon - and for the safety of all firefighters involved. Also pray for the healing of those who have been injured and for the comfort of those who have lost loved ones in this deadly blaze.

CARMEL FIRE: US SUPERTANKER GOES INTO ACTION: A giant American aircraft joined the battle against the deadly inferno in the Carmel region Sunday morning. As fires swept through the hills around the northern city of Haifa for a fourth day, hopes were high the arrival in Israel of a Boeing Supertanker, the largest aerial firefighting plane in the world, would finally tip the balance in the struggle to put out the flames. The aircraft is presently dumping water and flame retardant chemicals on the inferno in the north. An IAF officer said this will contribute significantly to fire extinguishing efforts. (Ynet)

DECADES UNTIL ISRAEL’S NORTHERN FORESTS REGENERATE: Dr. Omri Boneh, head of KKL-JNF's Northern Region said Sunday morning that it will take tens of years until the landscape regenerates, if at all. He added that 50-100 year old trees were burned, and that is how long it will take for the trees to recover. More than five million trees have been destroyed across more than 12,000 acres of scorched land. In one piece of positive news, the Parks and Nature Authority said the Hai-Bar refuge for animals on Mount Carmel had barely been touched, and all the animals there were safe. (INN) “There is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again and that its tender shoots will not cease.” Job 14: 7

TREASURY: FIRE TO COST NIS 3 BILLION MINIMUM: The Carmel fire is likely to cost a minimum of NIS 3 billion – 4 billion, (close to $1 billion), initial Treasury estimates said. The figure is the estimated payment to homeowners, whose property has been damaged, cleaning up the damage to the Carmel National Park, and the increased funding that will be given to Israel's firefighting efforts as a result of the fire. Not included in the figures is the eventual development cost for restoring the forest to its former glory, which will take decades. (INN)

THE JOSEPH STOREHOUSE PROVIDES FIRE VICTIM ASSISTANCE: Vision for Israel and the Joseph Store House is sending financial help, medical assistance and other types of aid to victims of the inferno still raging in the Carmel region.  Once again we turn to our faithful friends and supporters to assist us in this endeavor of mercy to those suffering physically and emotionally as a result of this national disaster. Many are facing loss of loved ones, homes, property and businesses.  Please help us to ease their pain. 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    

CARMEL INFERNO PROVES ISRAEL CAN’T AFFORD WAR WITH IRAN: The enormous blaze that broke out on the Carmel will be remembered as the Yom Kippur War of the Fire and Rescue Service, who were not equipped to counter a disaster of such magnitude. This unexpected national emergency has indicated Israel is not prepared for war or a mass terrorist strike that would cause many casualties across the nation. The warning of the outgoing Military Intelligence Chief, Amos Yadlin, that the next war will be a lot more difficult than past experiences, and that Tel Aviv will be a front line, was not translated into the necessary preparation by the authorities assigned the protection of the civilians. Under such circumstances, it is best for Israel not to embark on war against Iran, which will involve thousands of missiles being fired on the home front. (Ha’aretz)

ABBAS: AS A LAST RESORT, I’LL ASK ISRAEL TO TAKE OVER: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has warned he may dissolve his self-rule government and ask Israel to resume full control of the West Bank if troubled peace talks fail. His comments on Friday, marked the most explicit warning yet that he's considering a step that could crush lingering hopes for a Mideast peace deal. If Abbas were to take such a step, Israel would have to assume full responsibility again for 2.2 million Palestinians in the West Bank. (AP)

WIKILEAKS LOSES MAJOR SOURCE OF REVENUE: WikiLeaks has lost a major source of revenue after the online payment service provider PayPal cut off its account used to collect donations, saying the website is engaged in illegal activity. The announcement came as WikiLeaks is struggling to keep its website accessible after service providers such as Amazon dropped contracts, and governments and hackers continued to hound the organization. The weekend move by PayPal came as WikiLeaks released hundreds of thousands of confidential US diplomatic cables. (AP)

RAIN EXPECTED SUNDAY NIGHT: After weeks of unusually high temperatures, rain is predicted for Sunday night in the center and north of the country. Forecasters also predict showers Monday morning. Pray for abundant showers in Israel, especially in the north of the country as fires continue to blaze.


  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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