Israel Update


JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE January 12, 2011

“The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joy in the victories you give!” Ps 21:1

POLICEMAN SHOOTS CHRISTIAN DEAD IN SOUTHERN EGYPT: An off-duty policeman boarded a train and opened fire on Tuesday, killing a 71-year-old Christian man and wounding his wife and four others, the Interior Ministry said. The attack, less than two weeks after the suicide bombing of a church killed dozens, sparked new demonstrations by enraged Christians. The church attack on worshipers leaving a New Year's Mass in Alexandria touched off three days of riots and demonstrations by Christians who criticized the government for failing to protect them and vented over what they see as persistent discrimination. All of the casualties in the latest attack were Christians - four of them women - raising concerns it will ignite a new wave of protests by a community still traumatized by the suicide bombing. (Jihad Watch) “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.” Rom 8: 18-19

PALESTINIANS TO SEEK UN RECOGNITION FOR INDEPENDENT STATE: The Palestinian foreign minister says he will seek UN recognition for a Palestinian state in September and is currently lobbying for votes worldwide. The move is part of the Palestinians' so-called Plan B of pursuing an alternative to a negotiated peace deal with Israel. Riad Malki's announcement Sunday followed Chile's recognition of Palestine, making it the fifth South American country to do so recently. The US House of Representatives last week passed a resolution "condemning unilateral measures to declare or recognize a Palestinian state." Israeli officials have called the recognition declarations meaningless and counterproductive to the peace process. (AP) “So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands. Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” Josh 21: 43-45

TEL AVIV WILL BE BIGGEST TARGET IN NEXT WAR: Tel Aviv, with 1.5 million residents, and surrounding regions are awakening to IDF concerns about possible war scenarios. Ongoing developments point to a large number of missiles that are expected to fall on cities in the Gush Dan region, hundreds of casualties and destroyed buildings. The Home Front Command now recognizes the time has come to clarify to the public what might be in store. "Clearly, the Dan region is the most threatened area," Colonel Zussman says. "All districts are now in range of the enemy, but terror organizations have the ability and motivation to target the Dan region. Regarding Tel Aviv, Zussman does not mince words. "We know that this city will be hit during the next round.” The anticipated dimensions of damage feature several dozen missiles with large warheads, hundreds of casualties, dozens of destroyed buildings and major infrastructure damage. “Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah says categorically that Tel Aviv is the State of Israel's socio-economic center, and that he is making every investment to reach it," Zussman explains.” (Ha’aretz)

INCREASED ROCKET FIRE FROM THE GAZA STRIP: Three rockets fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in open areas in the Ashkelon region on Monday. Since last Friday evening, three rockets and five mortar shells have landed in southern Israel near Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said. Violence has escalated in recent weeks along the Gaza border, though both Israel and Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers say they are working to avoid a full-on confrontation. On Saturday, three foreign workers were injured when a mortar fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in the Sha'ar Hanegev region. Earlier on Monday, the Israel Air Force bombed two sites in the Gaza Strip in what was described as retaliation against a rise in rocket and mortar attacks by Palestinian terrorists from the coastal enclave. (Ha’aretz)

YOUR DONATIONS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED AND APPRECIATED: POVERTY UPDATE: Did you know 1.77 million of Israel's residents are needy and approximately half of Israel's poor are children – at least 850,300? To make the picture clearer: According to a Dec. 26, 2010 poverty update some 5,500 kids have resorted to stealing food over the past year, 2,500 were forced to beg and 5,000 collected food that was thrown away. Moreover, 110,000 went to school without lunch, 100,000 have cut down on school work to help provide for the family, and 260,000 walked around in torn shoes. Approximately 480,000 children went without dental treatments. The elderly population living under the poverty line does not fare much better than the needy children. According to the report, 71% are unable to pay for medicine and medical services – a 115% increase from five years ago. Two out of three senior citizens do not leave home as result of financial hardship. General data presented in the report shows 75% of the needy have had to go without meals over the past year – a 21% increase since 2009. The biggest fear of 7% of them is dying of starvation. About 75% of Israeli organizations report that demand for food by poor individuals has risen by 27%, compared to last year. Please continue to enable us to assist children, terrorist victims and Holocaust survivors, entire households suffering from hardship, the elderly, and recent Carmel fire victims. Your donations are needed and welcomed at Make your online donation today. For residents in the UK and outside North America visit our newly updated website

SOUTH KOREA EYES UPGRADING DEFENSE DEALS WITH ISRAEL: South Korea has expressed interest in substantially expanding defense-related deals with Israel and is interested in procuring advanced weapons systems and technology, in view of its deteriorating relations with North Korea. There is growing concern in Seoul following intense aggression by Pyongyang in a number of border incidents. The South Korean government recently decided to increase its annual defense budget by 25%. South Korea would like to buy from Israel mostly drones, missiles, radar and missile defense systems. (Ha’aretz)

RAIN IN DECEMBER, BUT ISRAEL’S WATER CRISIS STILL SEVERE: After November 2010, the driest November Israel ever experienced since records began to be kept in 1927, torrential rains finally fell in Israel in the middle of December. Even so, Professor Uri Shani, the head of the Israeli Water Authority, is not optimistic: "Even with this rain, it looks like this is going to be the seventh consecutive year of drought," he said. "Although we have saved water, desalinated, reduced water pumping and increased the cost of water, we are still in a huge water deficit." (INN) Persist in prayer for plentiful rainfall in the remainder of the Israel’s 2010/2011 rainy season.

ISRAEL LAUNCHES TOURS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARY: Israel's Tourism Ministry has launched a new campaign offering tours to spots where it is thought that Mary, mother of Jesus, traveled and lived. (INN)

ON THE LIGHT SIDE: VULTURE SUSPECTED OF SPYING FOR ISRAEL TO BE RELEASED: Saudi Arabia has announced its intention to release a vulture suspected of being an Israeli spy, after the bird of prey became a captive of the kingdom. A vulture tagged by scientists at Tel Aviv University had strayed into Saudi Arabian territory, where it was promptly grabbed on suspicion of being a Mossad spy. The bird was found in a rural area of the country wearing a leg bracelet bearing the words "Tel Aviv University." The bird was part of a long-term research project into migration patterns, but residents and local reporters told Saudi Arabia's Al-Weeam newspaper that the matter was a "Zionist plot." The accusations went viral, with hundreds of posts on Arabic-language websites and forums claiming that the "Zionists" had trained these birds for espionage. A similar story took place last month when the Sinai regional governor suggested a shark that had terrorized its Red Sea port was intentionally released by Israeli agents in order to sabotage the country's tourist industry. (Ha’aretz)


  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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