Israel Update


JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE December 23, 2010

“The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.” Is 57: 1-2

AMERICAN CHRISTIAN KILLED BY TERRORISTS; MESSIANIC FRIEND WOUNDED: Arab terrorists attacked and killed a visiting US Christian woman and seriously wounded her Messianic Jewish friend south of Jerusalem on Saturday. Kay Wilson is a leading tour guide and educator with Shoresh Tours in Israel. Kristine Luken first came to Israel with a tour three years ago. The two friends decided to take a hike through a forest between the southern Jerusalem suburb of Tzur Hadassah and the nearby town of Beit Shemesh. Along the way they were approached by two young Arab men who asked for water. Wilson responded they did not have any extra water. As the two women began to walk away the Arab men attacked. Wilson said as the terrorists tied her hands she was scared, but recalled that Luken became hysterical. That’s when the stabbing began. “One of them turned me around and saw I was wearing a Star of David necklace,” said Wilson. “He took it off of me like a gentleman and then stabbed me 12 times.” Wilson pretended she was dead. When she was sure the two men had gone, she then made a dash for the nearby highway. People at a children’s playground spotted her and called the police. Wilson is in stable condition at a Jerusalem hospital. Luken’s body was found on Sunday morning close to the site of the stabbing. She will be buried in the US later this week. A memorial service for her was held at Christ Church in Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday. “She had an infectious love for God and a great admiration and love for the Jewish people and the Holy Land,” the church said in a statement. (J.Post/Israel Today) “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  Ps 34: 18

2 SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR STABBING ATTACK: Two men allegedly involved in the stabbing of two women, one fatally, near Beit Shemesh on Saturday have been apprehended. Police are maintaining a media blackout on the investigation, although they have confirmed the murder and stabbings to be a terrorist attack and not a random act of violence. (J.Post)

PALESTINIAN ROCKET EXPLODES NEAR KIBBUTZ KINDERGARTEN: Palestinians in Gaza fired a Kassam rocket at Israel that exploded near a kibbutz kindergarten on Tuesday morning just as parents were arriving with their children. A 14-year-old-girl was injured by glass fragments. A young boy and a gas-truck driver suffered from shock. An Israeli military spokesman said at least 14 rockets had been launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip this week. Israel has filed a complaint in the UN over the attacks. (Ynet) Pray for the safety of all Israelis in range of projectiles fired by terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

PA SAYS PALESTINE INCLUDES ALL OF ISRAEL: Contrary to the repeated statements by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to foreign leaders that the PA recognizes Israel, the PA internally in Arabic continues to deny Israel's existence and to present a world without Israel. The PA transmits the message to its people that it does not recognize Israel's existence, describing all Israeli land, cities and regions as "Palestinian." Palestinian TV is one tool among many used by the PA to disseminate this message. (PMW)

NORTH AMERICAN FEDERATIONS TO GIVE $2.4 MILLION IN FIRE AID: The Jewish Federations of North America announced Monday they will distribute $2.4 million to help Israel recover from the devastating Carmel Mountain fire earlier this month. An initial amount of $340,000 was deployed that same day for immediate relief efforts. (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 Make your online donation today. For residents in the UK and outside North America visit our newly updated website   

COURT SENTENCES 16 OVER MURDER OF FRENCH JEW: A French appeals court days ago upheld the convictions of 16 people for their roles in the 2006 kidnapping, torture and murder of Ilan Halimi, a young French Jew, handing down sentences of up to 18 years in prison and a life sentence for ringleader, Youssouf Fofana. Fofana chose not to appeal his conviction. A nine-year sentence was upheld against the young woman who had taken part in luring Halimi into the gang's custody. (AP)

IRAN GLOBALLY RECRUITING SCIENTISTS FOR NUCLEAR PROGRAM: A former Iranian administrator admitted this week he helped bring N. Korean scientists to Iran. He said Iran’s claim that its nuclear program is peaceful is only a “façade.”  Iran is running a global recruiting network for scientists, in efforts to bring them to the country to work on its nuclear program, additional officials have told UK media sources. They claim the country relies particularly on North Korean scientists, but also looks for people with nuclear expertise from African countries to focus on developing missiles and other nuclear production activities. (Ha’aretz) Pray strategy against Iran’s destructive intentions towards Israel and other nations be shown through ongoing deterrents - such as the Stuxnet computer worm.

BETHLEHEM PREPARING FOR TOURIST BOOM: Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem are taking place in a rare spirit of cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. About 90,000 tourists are expected during the holiday season, 30% more than last year. Israel has eased travel restrictions for the holiday, facilitating passage from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, which is under Palestinian rule. Many thousands of tourists will be allowed to enter the area more easily and also to return to their destinations. The Israeli measures won rare praise from Palestinian Christians, including Bishop Naim Khoury of Bethlehem. "I think they did a fantastic job helping people," he says, "And I think that takes some pressure off. And I think it is a big, big relief. I am so thankful for their thoughtfulness concerning that." (VOA)


  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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