Israel Update



"He has saved us and called us to a holy life - not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Yeshua before the beginning of time.” 2 Tim 1:9 

EGYPT OFFICIALS: 13 KILLED IN CLASHES BETWEEN MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS: Security and hospital officials in Egypt said on Wednesday that at least 13 people have been killed in clashes between Muslims and Christians in Cairo.  At least 140 others were wounded. Officials said the clashes took place late Tuesday night and lasted several hours. Those involved used guns, clubs and knives. The clashes began when several thousand Christians protested against the burning last week of a church in a Cairo suburb by a Muslim mob. The protesters blocked a vital highway, burning tires and pelting cars with rocks. An angry crowd of Muslims set upon the Christians and the two sides fought pitched battles for about four hours. Those killed were believed to be mostly Christians. The latest clashes began on Monday after a church was set on fire on the outskirts of Cairo. (Ha’aretz)  Pray for the Christians of Egypt as Muslim maltreatment intensifies.  Courage, protection, and mercy are needed for all Christians who face increasing persecution in Islamic nations.

UNRWA YOUTH CENTER NAMES FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT AFTER FIRST PALESTINIAN FEMALE SUICIDE BOMBER: The Al-Amari youth center, an UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) youth facility in the West Bank, has announced a football tournament for youth to be held later this week, named after the first Palestinian female suicide bomber, Wafa Idris.  She blew herself up in Jerusalem, killing one and injuring more than 150 on Jan. 27, 2002. As a volunteer for the Palestinian Red Crescent, she was able to bypass Israeli security and enter Jerusalem in a Palestinian ambulance. Since her bombing, Israel has been forced to delay Palestinian ambulances entering Jerusalem at security check points. The PA has repeatedly presented Wafa Idris as a hero and role model, naming places and events after her, including a summer camp for youth funded by UNICEF, a Fatah women's military unit, a university students group for Fatah members, a Fatah course, and more. There have been public demonstrations and songs on PA TV to honor her. (PMW)  It is important for US citizens and actually citizens everywhere to stop funding UNRWA.

NETANYAHU HONORS FEMALE TROOPS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY: PM Benjamin Netanyahu marked International Women’s Day on Tuesday by paying tribute to the female soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces. "Today, I am impressed by two things,” Netanyahu told female soldiers during a visit to the Jordan Valley. “First, I am impressed by you. One-third of the IDF's personnel are women. The reason this is not half is because they have a different service period. Second, 3% of the IDF's combat forces are women. We see this in all units and in all corps. We have Border Police fighters. We have women in the Air Force, serving as pilots. This expresses the change in the status of women in the IDF and in the State of Israel as a whole.” (Ha’aretz)  “All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character." Ruth 3:11

SOCIAL WORKERS CONTINUE STRIKE AFTER FAILED NEGOTIATIONS: The social workers' strike continued Tuesday as thousands of workers and students took to the streets in a morning rally. Representatives of the Histadrut labor federation and the Finance Ministry met in an unsuccessful bid to resolve the deadlock. In the morning, thousands of social workers and students converged on the plaza opposite the Finance Ministry in Jerusalem, calling on the treasury to meet their demands. "The number of people here reflects pent-up demand," said Michal Zalcha, a social work student at the Tel Hai College. "We came to support them and to support our future." MK Dov Khenin, who spoke at the rally, said the social workers "are sent to the most difficult social front. This isn't just a workers' fight, but a fight over the character of Israeli society." (Ha’aretz)  Pray for this strike to end soon, with fair agreements to come about quickly for those who work with the needy on all levels – and for the poor and disabled who need the help of social workers.

WHO CAN I TRUST WITH MY DONATIONS?  Many people ask, "Where can I send my financial contributions and be sure they reach the people who need them most?"  As an employee of Vision for Israel & The Joseph Storehouse, I have witnessed since 2006, food, clothing and household goods go out to the poor, often twice a week. Thousands of dollars of hospital equipment have been freely given to old age and care institutions that simply can't afford new beds or other medical necessities. School packs have been prepared annually for thousands of needy children. Additionally, when there have been catastrophes abroad, Vision for Israel & The Joseph Storehouse are among the first to send necessary supplies to alleviate the distress. Your donations are needed and welcomed at Make your online donations today. For residents in the UK and outside North America visit our website at  (Hannah)

BUILDING CONTINUES IN SAMARIA AS ABBAS CALLS FOR NEW FREEZE: New classrooms are dedicated in Samaria as construction of public buildings continues in Judea and Samaria despite the de facto freeze on permits for new homes.  Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, however, calls for a new and total freeze. The bulging population in Jewish communities, particularly in the school-age bracket, has required expansion of education facilities. A new wing of an elementary school was dedicated in the community of Paduel, in Samaria, this week, with hundreds of children and parents attending the ceremony that included placing a new mezuzah on the doorpost of the building, as required by Jewish law. Abbas said Wednesday he would return to direct talks with Israel over the establishment of the PA as an independent country on the land of Judea and Samaria and large areas in Jerusalem only if all building were to cease. In September 2009, a ten month building freeze was instituted by PM Netanyahu under pressure from US President Obama. This was intended to coax Abbas into direct talks with Israel on the establishment of the PA as an independent country. Abbas only agreed to start talks a month before the freeze ended and then cut them off because he wanted it extended. (INN)

IDF CATCHES EXPLOSIVES ON ARAB AT TAPUACH JUNCTION: Border Police officers stationed at the Tapuach Junction south of Shechem discovered on Tuesday five pipe bombs and three Molotov cocktails ready to be thrown. The explosives were found in a bag belonging to a Palestinian Arab terrorist after he was deemed suspicious by the officers who decided to inspect him and his belongings. The terrorist was taken for further questioning by security forces and the explosive devices were detonated by sappers. The incident came after several assaults by Arabs on Tuesday evening. In one attack, Arabs stoned two buses that were driving along the road leading from French Hill in Jerusalem to the nearby city of Maaleh Adumim. One woman was slightly injured and was taken for medical treatment at the hospital on Mount Scopus. In another incident, Arabs attacked Israeli drivers on the road between Gush Etzion and Hevron. They blocked the highway with burning tire s and then threw stones and firebombs at drivers who were stuck on the road. (Arutz-7)

FINANCE MINISTRY HOLDS FIRST EVER WAR DRILL: Israel’s Finance Ministry held its first ever exercise to prepare for war on Tuesday. The exercise tested the ministry's ability to deal with damage to Israel's economic infrastructure in case of war and its ability to provide service while facing unique challenges. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz thanked those who assisted in the exercise, and said, “This exercise is doubly important: first of all, it prepares the entire Finance Ministry for working during an emergency, so each person knows his role and the problems that may come up. Secondly, the exercise brings up financial issues that arise during a national emergency, helping us to prepare solutions in advance.” (INN)

HAMAS TRAFFICKING IN INFILTRATORS’ ORGANS: MK Yaakov Katz charged on Monday that Hamas traffics organs of African infiltrators as they make their way to Israel through the Sinai Peninsula. Katz, who chairs the Knesset Committee on Foreign Workers, made the comments at the opening of a committee meeting on the subject of “Human Trafficking in Sinai – As Infiltrators Make Their Way into Israel.”  The discussion in the Knesset was attended by employees of several ministries. Katz presented during the meeting a document based on reports by the Italian Everyone Group, which cited a number of sources over the years who described various forms of abuse, including murder, torture, rape and ransom of would-be infiltrators from Eritrea. Everyone Group focused in their report on a man known as Abu-Khaled, with ties to Hamas and al-Qaeda, who has taken advantage of corrupt Egyptian security to perpetuate his activities, which include running a smuggling tunnel between Gaza and Egypt.  (INN)

EX-REP FRED GRANDY LEAVES RADIO SHOW OVER ISLAM COMMENTS: Fred Grandy, the former "Love Boat" star who served several terms in Congress before landing a gig as a radio host, resigned from his show last week after he was pressured to stop talking so much about radical Islam, said his wife, Catherine.  Catherine Mann-Grandy spoke with reporters extensively about the details of their split with WMAL management. She confirmed the couple's critical commentary on radical Islam was the driving factor behind Grandy's resignation.  It was Catherine's comments that apparently led to an ultimatum.  Mann-Grandy, who did a regular segment called "domestic terrorism 101," hit a string of topics on their final show. Though the segment was taken off the radio's site, she described it. She said that, on air, she quoted a rabbi who compared radical Muslims to Nazis, complained that President Obama was not doing enough to help Israel, warned that "Shariah-compliant" individuals work in the government and discussed several other Islam-related topics. Perhaps sensing she might have stepped over a line, she warned on air about the possibility that she might not return the following week. Sure enough, she didn't.  (Fox News)

 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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