Israel Update



“May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble. May the name of the God of Jacob defend you. May He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion.” Ps 20: 1-2  

PALESTINIANS ATTACK ISRAELI SCHOOL BUS:   Palestinian terrorists operating out of the Gaza Strip on Thursday afternoon launched a barrage of no fewer than 45 missiles, rockets and mortar shells at communities in southern Israel. In one particularly villainous attack, a Palestinian terrorist fired a shoulder-launched anti-tank missile at an Israeli school bus on the other side of the Gaza security fence. The driver of the bus and a 16-year-old student were both wounded. The young boy remains in critical condition following emergency surgery. Subsequent to the deliberate attacks on Israeli civilians, Hamas and its terrorist allies in Gaza suddenly called for a ceasefire. Israel, however, continues to target terrorist and their sites in the Gaza Strip. The Jewish state has been supported in its response by several Western leaders, including UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, who called the targeting of a school bus despicable and cowardly. “This attack further highlights Israel’s legitimate security concerns,” said Hague. “As I have made clear, Israel has every right to protect its people.” (Israel Today/Ryan Jones) Pray for the full recovery of the 16-year-old student - as of yet unnamed in the media - who was critically injured in Thursday’s school bus terrorist attack.

ISRAEL POUNDS HAMAS TARGETS IN GAZA:  Palestinian terrorists fired more than 30 rockets at southern Israel on Saturday and Israeli warplanes killed five terrorists in the Gaza Strip in the most intense fighting since Israel's 2008-2009 offensive war in the Hamas-ruled territory. The escalating series of strikes and counterstrikes has killed 18 Gazans since it began on Thursday following a Hamas missile attack against an Israeli school bus. The continuing clashes are increasing the probability of a full-scale military confrontation. Two Kassam and Grad missile attacks, followed by Israel Air Force retaliation, exploded a “ceasefire” report near noon Sunday, while PM Binyamin Netanyahu again threatened Hamas with “strong force” if the terrorist organization continues to attack Israeli civilians and soldiers. (AP) “They intended evil against you. They devised a plot which they are not able to perform. Therefore you will make them turn their backs.” Ps 22:11-12

THOUSANDS SPEND SHABBAT IN SHELTERS: Thousands of residents of southern Israel spent Shabbat in bomb shelters, as Hamas terrorists from Gaza continued firing rockets at Israeli targets in the Negev. Since Thursday, Arab terrorists have fired over 100 mortar shells and Kassam rockets at Israeli targets, with 50 fired on Saturday. The rockets hit not only areas near the border, but communities further inside Israel, including Ashkelon. Four Grad-style Katyusha rockets hit areas near the city, but there were no injuries or damage reported. However, a number of people were hospitalized for shock. Damage was reported in several towns, and major damage was reported in a kibbutz in the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. Other cities further inside Israel were also hit, with Ofakim absorbing hits from three Grad rockets. One rocket hit very close to a school, and city officials said that there would have been many injuries had the rocket hit when classes were in session. The Iron Dome system registered a number of successes, intercepting several rockets aimed for Be'ersheva, and Ofakim. The system has intercepted eight rockets since Thursday.(Arutz-7)

US TO TRANSFER $205 MILLION FOR ADDITIONAL IRON DOME BATTERIES:  The US is expected to transfer $205 million to Israel for the acquisition and deployment of further Iron Dome anti-rocket batteries. Though the $205 million in funds will aid Israel to continue to develop Iron Dome batteries, with the hopes of providing increased defense to Israel's more heavily populated civilian areas, much additional funding is still required to adequately expand the defense system, which has cost an estimated $210 million thus far. The effectiveness of the system has lead for an increased demand in its utilization, and many top security officials believe that Iron Dome batteries should be deployed across the country. As of now, one battery is deployed outside Beersheba, and the other near Ashkelon. (J.Post)

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)

MILD WESTERN REACTION TO MASS DEATHS IN SYRIA:  Unrest continued Saturday in both Egypt and Syria, as protesters in both cities were killed by security forces in each country. Meanwhile, thousands of Egyptians rioted outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo over the IDF's response to Hamas terror attacks, increasing concern in Jerusalem that the protests in the Arab world could begin to focus on Israel, instead of on domestic issues. In Syria, security forces opened fire Saturday on participants in a funeral procession for protesters killed in another attack Friday. At least 37 people were killed in those protests Friday. World reaction was mild, at best. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton condemned the violence, urging President Bashar Assad to implement “meaningful political reforms.” US President Barack Obama issued a statement that “strongly condemned the abhorrent violence committed against peaceful protesters.” and called for “meaningful political and economic reforms.” Israeli observers said they were disappointed with the mild statement. There was no call for a UN meeting on the murders of innocent civilians, as there would most certainly have been had Israel killed dozens of terrorists at a single time. (Arutz-7)

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD TO REJOIN EGYPT PROTESTS:  After two months of quiet under Egypt's new military junta, the Muslim Brotherhood said it will rejoin demonstrations on Friday. The move could reinvigorate Egypt's revolutionary movement, which subsided after protesters ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February. Muslim Brotherhood members say the group will throw its official weight behind demonstrations against the country's provisional military leadership, which protest leaders complain has been too slow to purge and prosecute lingering elements of Mubarak's regime. The Brotherhood's participation in Friday's protests amplifies the down-played tensions between the military and Islamist politicians, whose support thus far has created the necessary political ballast for the military's sudden assumption of rulership. Observers suggest the 83 year-old Islamic movement wants to bolster its revolutionary mystique ahead of September's elections by joining Friday protests aimed at pressuring the military to purge what is left of ex-President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party. (INN) Founded by the Sufi schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood is the world's largest, most influential political Islamist group. It poses a political threat in a number of Arab nations including Egypt and Jordan. Members of that organization - the spiritual brothers of Hamas - have long pushed an Islamic agenda and have been unabashedly involved in religiously motivated violence against Egypt's Christian community during the past year. In a recent interview Rashad al-Bayumu, the group’s second-in-command, stated clearly that if the Brotherhood comes to power it will cancel Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel. The Brotherhood’s official website continues to promote jihad as the duty of all Muslims who wish to achieve global domination for their religion and the establishment of a new Islamic empire.

POLAND MOVES TOWARD RECLAIMING ITS DECIMATED JEWISH HERITAGE:   More than 150 people gathered last week to inaugurate the rehabilitation of one of the most important surviving synagogue structures in Poland, marking an important moment in the effort to reclaim the country's decimated Jewish heritage. Following years of neglect and decay after it was looted by the Nazis during WWII, the synagogue in Zamosc, an eastern Polish town, reopened after a meticulous restoration that lasted more than seven years. (Ha’aretz) “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.” Ps 71:20

THOUSANDS SPORT SNEAKERS FOR TEL AVIV MARATHON:  Some 18,254 professional and amateur runners participated in Tel Aviv's annual marathon on Friday. This year's marathon attracted about 8,000 more runners than that of 2010. About 1,300 participants were set to run the full 42 km, while another 4,800 registered for the half-marathon and another 9,400 for the 10 km run. The event is the largest of its kind in Israeli history. (Ha’aretz)

Blessings from Israel

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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