Israel Update



“The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, ‘Rule in the midst of your enemies!’” Ps 110: 2  

IDF SOURCES; CONFLICT WITH HAMAS LIKELY TO ESCALATE:   A shaky cease-fire went into effect on Monday, ending several days of Gaza attacks and IDF counterattacks. "We succeeded in postponing a large-scale conflict with Hamas but that conflict is likely inevitable," a senior IDF officer said. (J. Post)

BARAK; IRON DOME CLOSE TO 100% SUCCESSFUL:  Defense Minister Ehud Barak said this week during his visit to the Iron Dome battery in Ashkelon that “we came here to see one of the peaks of the achievements of Israeli technology: an original, unique invention which can intercept rockets in the air and almost directly hit them.” Barak added that “the success rate is amazing and close to 100%. We know that there is a long way to go and we will need additional resources and extra batteries, but we’ve started on the right foot.” (Arutz-7) “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.” Isa 41:11

MINISTERS SAY HAMAS TERRORISTS ARE BARBARIANS - MUST BE HUNTED DOWN: Minister of Public Security Yitzchak Aharonovich and Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon joined PM Binyamin Netanyahu earlier this week in sounding an increasingly ominous tone toward the Hamas terror entity in Gaza. Aharonovich called Hamas' behavior "barbaric" and Ayalon said the terror group only understands force. Aharonovich toured the Gaza Belt communities as terrorist missile attacks continued. He also visited the spot where a Grad missile hit in the Negev town of Ofakim. "There is no immunity for anyone in Gaza and they must know that we will hunt them down, one by one, until we find them. We will know how to reach their hiding places in the ground,” Aharonovich declared. The final stop on the minister's tour was Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva, where he visited Daniel Viflic, who was critically wounded when terrorists fired an anti-tan k missile at the school bus he was in. "Hamas behavior is barbaric," he said outside the hospital. "Everyone knows that a yellow bus is an international marking for a vehicle transporting children, and firing at it is a heinous crime and a crossing of a line." (INN)

PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR SCHOOL BUS MISSILE VICTIM:  The family of 16-year-old Daniel Viflic is asking the public to pray for their son. Daniel was critically wounded last week when Gaza terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at the school bus he was riding in near Kibbutz Sa'ad. He is now fighting for his life, in critical condition, at Be'er Sheva's Soroka Medical Center with extensive wounds throughout his body, particularly to his head. “Unfortunately I do not have good news. His condition is not good and not improving,” Soroka's Professor Shaul Sofer said. “We are not accustomed to using this terminology, but he has suffered a mortal wound. We are still hopeful, but are being very realistic and we know that the injury is very severe.” The Ramat Beit Shemesh resident was reportedly on his way to visit his grandparents, who live in the western Negev, when the bus was hit by the missile. The driver, also injured, suffered moderate shrapnel wounds to his legs. (INN) Please pray for the life and speedy recovery of Daniel Aryeh ben Tamar.

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)

BREAKTHROUGH ON FOGEL MASSACRE CASE IMMINENT:  Elements within the IDF and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) are convinced they are close to a meaningful breakthrough in the investigation of last month’s horrific slaying of the Fogel family in Itamar. Terrorists carried out brutal stabbings of Rabbi Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their six young children, including a three-month-old baby. Security officials are convinced the killer and his accomplices did indeed come from the village of Awarta near Itamar. In the course of the last week, security forces collected hundreds of DNA samples and fingerprints from residents, including dozens of women. (INN) Continue to pray the perpetrators of this terrible massacre will be brought to justice.

UN RECOGNIZES HAMAS-SUPPORTING ORGANIZATION:  The UN has given special recognition to an organization which supports the Hamas terrorist groups and which has been involved in organizing flotillas to Gaza. The organization is the Free Palestine Movement (FPM), a California-based leftist organization whose stated mission, according to its website, is “to challenge Israeli policies and actions that deny Palestinians their human rights, and in particular the right of unfettered access to all of Palestine. FPM is headed by Dr. Paul Larudee, an activist who in 2006 was arrested and deported from Israel after he entered the country under a false identity to work with Hamas and then went to Lebanon to assist Hizbullah during the Second Lebanon War. Larudee broke the naval blockade on Gaza and entered the region in 2008, and also took part in the 2010 flotilla as well. In 2009, Larudee received an award for his work from Ham as’ Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh. (Arutz-7) “The Lord is at your right hand. He will crush kings on the day of his wrath. He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.” Ps 110: 5-6

SAUDI ARABIA: SECOND FUKSUSHIMA IF IRANIAN BUSHEHR ACTIVATED IN MAY:   Saudi and Kuwait officials have warned the US that if Iran activates its first nuclear reactor at Bushehr next month as planned, there is a good chance it will blow up. They speculate the entire Gulf region could suffer a nuclear disaster on the scale of the misfortune at Japan's Fukushima thereby exposing millions to radiation contamination. In recent Saudi-US talks on the acute crisis in their relations, King Abdullah demanded immediate action by Washington to stop the Iranian plant going on line. (DEBKA)

COUNTER TERRORISM BUREAU WARNS ISRAELIS OF TERROR ATTACKS ABROAD: Terrorists intend to carry out attacks against Israelis and Jewish targets abroad, Israel's counter terrorism bureau warned this week, specifying the Far East, Greece and Turkey as areas where an attack could occur. The warning comes just a few days before the Jewish holiday of Passover, a time during which many Israelis go on vacation. "Due to what is happening in the Gaza Strip, terrorists intend to carry out attacks against Israelis and against Jewish targets abroad during the Passover holiday," the bureau's notice said. Along with Greece and Turkey, India and Thailand are also thought to be countries where an attack could take place. Israeli traveling abroad must stay especially alert at tourist spots and entertainment venues and hotels, the bureau advised. (Ha’aretz)

ISRAELI DELEGATION RETURNS FROM JAPAN:   An IDF medical team returned after treating 220 patients in two weeks in devastated northern Japan. They left behind all medical equipment for Japanese doctors to use. (Israel Today)

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 Storehouse?", 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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