Israel Update


JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE December 12, 2010

“He is our peace, who has made both one and has broken down the middle wall of separation.” Eph 2:14

GEERT WILDERS: JORDON IS PALESTINE: Dutch politician Geert Wilders on Sunday gave a speech in Tel Aviv at a conference of the HaTikvah movement. Wilders, who is the leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom and a staunch critic of Islam, said he will always defend Israel. Wilders blamed Arab leaders as well as Islam for what he called the plight of the Palestinians in refugee camps in Lebanon, Gaza, and other places, and said ‘Palestine’ is, in fact located in Jordan. He continued that Israel, including Judea and Samaria, has been the land of the Jews since time immemorial. “Judea means Land of the Jews. Never in the history of the world has there been an autonomous state in the area that was not Jewish. Jews had been living in the Jordan Valley for centuries until Arab invaders drove them out in 1948, when the provinces of Judea and Samaria were occupied by the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan, which abbreviated its name to Jordan in 1950. And until 1967, when Israel regained the ancient Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria, not a single Islamic scholar or Western politician, ever demanded there be an independent Palestinian state in the so-called West Bank.” He added that Israel must not trade land for peace and not assign Judea and Samaria to another Palestinian state - a second one next to Jordan - since the conflict in the Middle East is not over territory, but rather an ideological battle. (INN)

EUROPEAN MPs: GIVING UP GAZA WAS A MISTAKE: Dozens of senior parliamentarians from across Europe recently visited the Gush Katif Museum in Jerusalem. As they toured the museum, the MPs remarked that Israel's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, termed the “Disengagement,” had been a mistake. The one-sided move, which followed years of terrorist attacks, was seen by radical Islamists as a victory for their ideology, they said. Israeli Jews should build throughout the land, particularly in Judea and Samaria, said Rene Stadtkewitz, Chairman of Germany's Freedom Party. Conceding land does not bring peace, but rather, strengthens terrorists, he added. The MPs, who toured Judea and Samaria, noted that much of Israel is visible from the hills of Judea and Samaria, making a withdrawal from the region particularly dangerous. (Arutz-7) “You have upheld my right and my cause, sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.” Ps 9: 4

INTERIOR MINISTER MISMANAGED FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE: State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss issued a biting report last week that included testimonies from 100 witnesses who described the government's “completely unacceptable management” of Israel's Fire and Rescue Services during the disastrous Mt. Carmel fire. Responsibility for the nation's lack of firefighting readiness, said Lindenstrauss, falls mainly upon the shoulders of Interior Minister Eli Yishai (National Religious party, Shas). Lindenstrauss warned the government and the prime minister regarding the continuing failure which lies on the doorstep of the Interior Ministry and the minister who leads it. He also underscored the need for government officials to work together to develop a national fire and rescue authority. (INN) Pray for focused attention and funding to be poured into developing a competent national fire and rescue authority.

YOUTH ASSEMBLY TO BE HELD IN MEMORY OF ELAD RIVEN: The Ministry of Education will be holding a central youth assembly in Haifa in memory of Elad Riven who perished in the blaze on the Carmel last weekend. Elad, 16, was the youngest person to die in the devastating fire, the worst one in Israel’s history. An only child, Elad was a volunteer firefighter who studied in Haifa. His classmates said that when Elad saw the flames in the Carmel, he called his mother and asked her to bring his uniform and take him to join his unit at the site of the fire. He was killed while trying to rescue the IPS cadets who were trapped on a bus which was taking them to evacuate prisoners in the Damon Prison. (INN)

THE JOSEPH STOREHOUSE CONTINUES TO PROVIDE FIRE VICTIM ASSISTANCE: Vision for Israel and The Joseph Storehouse is sending financial help, medical assistance and other types of aid to victims of the recently doused inferno 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 face 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   

NAZARETH TEENS ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPT TO SPREAD CARMEL FIRE: Two Arab teenagers were arrested for attempting to spread the Carmel fire as the fire still raged, police revealed last week. The two, residents of Nazareth ages 14 and 15, are accused of causing fires in the Ilut forest. The young arsonists set a fire then fled from the scene. The flames caused significant damage, and forced firefighters to abandon their efforts fighting the Carmel fire in order to battle the blaze in Ilut. The two were arrested on Monday. Several smaller fires broke out as rescue workers battled the Carmel fire, and police suspect a coordinated arson effort. A 14-year-old from the Carmel region confessed to starting the fire that killed 43 people and left several others in serious condition. The boy said he accidentally set fire to brush when he threw away hot coals from his nargilah (water pipe). When he saw the fire, he said, he was frightened and ran away, and did not report the blaze. (Arutz-7)

HARIRI ASSASSINATION INDICTMENT COMING VERY SOON: The prosecutor of the UN-backed tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri will issue his first indictment early next year. Tension over the tribunal has paralyzed Lebanon in recent weeks amid speculation prosecutor Daniel Bellemare will indict members of Hezbollah. Hezbollah is the Syrian and Iranian-backed Shiite terrorist group that controls a military force more powerful than the national army and part of Lebanon's fragile governing coalition. Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, was Lebanon's most prominent politician in the years after the 1975-1990 civil war. He and 22 other people were killed by a truck bomb on Feb. 14, 2005. At the time, he was trying to limit Syria's influence in Lebanon. (Ha’aretz)

FIRST WINTER STORM ARRIVES IN ISRAEL: After the most arid November in 42 years, winter arrived in Israel with fury this weekend. The weather change has brought heavy rains and wind speeds nearing 100 kilometers per hour. Snow is falling on Mt. Hermon and is expected to spread. Heavy rains are anticipated throughout northern and central Israel on Sunday, decreasing on Monday. The storm, which at least one meteorologist said "makes up for the last two months in three days," thus brings the two-month drought of 2010 to an end. (J.Post/INN) Pray that damage caused by this much needed storm will be curbed. Heavy winds have already caused a number of accidents, blackouts and injuries across the country. A Moldovan cargo ship sank in bad weather off Israel's coast on Sunday.  The 11-member-crew was rescued by another vessel.  

ON THE LIGHT SIDE: ISRAELI WEARING TEFILLIN ON FERRY CAUSES PANIC: An Israeli tourist visiting New Zealand caused panic on a ferry on Sunday after the captain reported to police that a passenger was carrying "suspicious articles." The man was described as wearing what appeared to be "boxes" with "wires taped" to his body. "He had one box taped to his leg and one box taped to his forehead," a transportation services spokesman said. Jewish websites immediately described the man as having worn his tefillin (small cases containing texts from the Hebrew Scriptures used by Jews for morning prayers) on the morning ferry voyage. (J.Post)


  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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