Israel Update


JERUSALEM-ON-THE-LINE February 27, 2011

“What great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the Lord our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?” Deut 4:7

BUILDING BOOM AND PROSPERITY IN GOLAN HEIGHTS: The Golan Heights, demanded by Syria, is enjoying an unprecedented building boom, and virtually no apartments are available for rent or sale, according to a regional official. “The wave of building is at a record high,” said Sammy Bar-Lev, chairman of the regional council in Katzrin. “There are 8,000 people in Katzrin today, and there is zoning approval for more building, with a current project adding 36 new family units,” he added. Bar-Lev said the employment situation is excellent and the jobless rate is extremely low. Golan Heights residents have been under the threat of expulsion for years because of America-sponsored attempts for an Israeli-Syrian peace treaty based on the surrender of the strategic and water-rich area. The threat has diminished in recent years because of little public support in Israel for relinquishing the area and due to doubts of Syria’s sincerity for peace. In addition, the Knesset has passed a law that virtually prevents a surrender of the Golan by requiring a large majority of the Knesset for approval as well as agreement from the public via a referendum. Bar-Lev reasoned that the recent turmoil in the Middle East makes an agreement with Syria even more distant. (INN) "The Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills."  Deut 8:7

UN SECURITY COUNCIL APPROVES LIBYA SANCTIONS: The UN Security Council approved Sunday a series of sanctions against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The sanctions include travel bans on Gaddafi and senior officials in his regime and the freezing of their assets. The resolution also calls for transferring the handling of Gaddafi and his associates to the International Court of Justice in The Hague on suspicion of war crimes.  All 15 members of the Security Council voted in favor of the resolution. Earlier, both US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Gaddafi to step down, saying he had lost the legitimacy to rule. (Ynet)

CONTINUING DEATHS AND INJURIES DUE TO CLASHES IN LIBYAN TOWN:  At least 50 civilians were killed Saturday overnight in the oil refining town of Zawiyah in Libya after heavy fighting between protesters and troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. "The heavy artillery was mounted on four-wheel drive vehicles and they indiscriminately sprayed dwellers in the square. Youths, children, elderly and women have died. I have counted the casualties," a witness told reporters. He added that others were severely wounded, many of them may not make it." On Thursday, in the same location, more than 100 people were killed and 200 were wounded as some 60 foreign mercenaries turned automatic weapons on a mosque filled with protesters. (NY Times/J.Post/Reuters)

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 at

SATELLITE PHOTOS: MORE NUCLEAR SITES IN SYRIA: Western intelligence agencies have detected another nuclear plant in Syria - in a Damascus suburb. Following Israel’s bombing of a nuclear production plant in Syria over three years ago, another nuclear complex has now apparently been found, following close analysis of satellite photos. A German newspaper, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports it has received the photos, but will not publish them because inferences can be made as to when they were taken and thus to who leaked them. In addition, Washington's Institute for Science and International Security published photos Wednesday of one of three more sites believed to be connected to the Al-Kibar facility. The two reports are likely to increase UN pressure for new inspections of suspected Syrian facilities when the IAEA convenes next month. (Arutz-7)  "A prophecy against Damascus: ‘See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.'"  Isa 17:1

SAUDI STUDENT IN TEXAS ARRESTED FOR PLOTTING TERROR ATTACKS: The FBI has arrested a Saudi citizen attending college near Lubbock, Texas, on charges of attempting to build and use a weapon of mass destruction after he purchased chemicals and bomb components and began researching US targets.  Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari kept a detailed journal outlining his plot for a string of attacks. The targets included a dozen hydroelectric and reservoir dams in California and Colorado, and former President George W. Bush's home in Dallas, which he disparaged as the "Tyrant's House." In one entry, he described coming to the US on a financial scholarship that would provide him with the support he needed for jihad. "And now, after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives and continuous planning to target the infidel Americans, it is time for jihad."  (LA Times)

DOWNTURN IN JEWISH-ARAB RELATIONS IN ISRAELI CITIES: Reports from Israel's largest cities, Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv Yafo (Jaffa), indicate relations between Jews and Arabs in the mixed cities are at a boiling point. In Jerusalem, Jews have been arrested on suspicion of murdering an Arab man, while in Yafo, Jewish nationalists are planning a march next week. On Wednesday a gag order was lifted on a report that four Jewish youths were arrested on suspicion of murdering an Arab in central Jerusalem two weeks ago. Following this news, reporters interviewed Bentzi Gupstein, one of the leaders of anti-assimilation group Lehava. "The situation in Jerusalem is on the verge of an explosion,” Gupstein said. “Jewish girls are afraid to walk down the streets, they encounter harassment. We must put an end to this. There are Jews who decided to stop the phenomenon but it is the police's duty to do this. If the police do not act in this matter and if the phenomenon continues more Jews will get up and act.” (INN) "For as the churning of milk produces butter, and as wringing the nose produces blood, so the forcing of wrath produces strife." Prov 30:33  Pray against increasing provocations to violence in these cities and for the safety of women who are being harassed.

 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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