Israel Update



"I will keep a watchful eye over the house of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. Then the leaders of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God.'" Zech. 12:4-5  

NETANYAHU PRESSES FOR US ACTION OVER FATAH-HAMAS DEAL:   Israel is expected to demand that the international community boycott the new Palestinian government if it does not meet the conditions the Quartet has set for Hamas. PM Benjamin Netanyahu indicated Thursday in discussions with a visiting delegation of US Congress members that the US should consider stopping economic aid to the Palestinian Authority if a Hamas-Fatah unity government did not recognize Israel and renounce terror. Netanyahu also told the seven US lawmakers that Israel would not recognize a Palestinian unity government if it did not meet these conditions. Senior government officials familiar with the details of the meeting said the main decision was to launch a diplomatic campaign, with particular emphasis on the EU, to thwart international recognition of the unified Fatah-Hamas government. Intelligence officials told the septet that Hamas had agreed to sign a reconciliation a greement with Fatah out of Hamas’ fears over the implications for its organization in light of the riots in Syria. Israel is expected to demand that the international community boycott the new government if it does not meet the conditions the Quartet has set for Hamas. (Ha’aretz) Continue to pray against all political alliances between Fatah and Hamas. Hamas is openly committed to the destruction of the Jewish state. Fatah while having pretended to be a peace partner to Israel has carefully disguised its hatred and long term plan to eliminate the Jewish presence in the Middle East.

ALL OF ISRAEL WITHIN ROCKET RANGE UNDER HAMAS-FATAH STATE:  A new illustrated map presented by the pro-Israel Americans for a Safe Israel ASFI shows a Hamas-Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority state would leave all of what would remain of Israel within Katyusha range. The map was created by Mark Langfan, a New York attorney and expert on military and strategic issues. A Hamas-Fatah PA state would allow the terrorist organizations, whose stated aim is the destruction of Israel, to deploy Iranian and Syrian-supplied Katyusha missiles near all Israel urban centers. Seventy percent of the population of Israel, and 80% of the country’s industrial base is located in the coastal region that includes Netanya and metropolitan Tel Aviv. Jerusalem would be within easy range of Jericho, where the PA army is trained on a US-funded base and by American military officers. Be'er Sheva already has been attacked by rockets from Gaza, as has been Haifa an d the Galilee from Hizbullah terrorists in Lebanon. “Mahmoud Abbas, our supposed ’peace’ partner, has now joined forces with the acknowledged Hamas terrorist group, AFSI wrote. This is actually a declaration of war against the State of Israel since Hamas has never disguised its intentions of destroying Israel. It added that the creation of a new Arab state controlled by Hamas and Fatah would be “suicidal” for Israel. Israel has been almost totally unified in its horror of the idea of Hamas being part of the Palestinian Authority. The Obama administration has only stated that it is “studying” the new agreement between Fatah and Hamas while Former US President Jimmy Carter stated it thinks it is a great idea. (INN) The Hamas terrorist organization has persistently refused to recognize the legitimacy of the Jewish state or renounce terrorism against it, resulting in the destruction of Israeli citizens and prop erty, as well as the ruin of its own Gaza Strip population. The US and Israel, along with UN nations in 2007 deemed the Palestinian Authority, led by Fatah chief, Mahmoud Abbas, to be the legitimate Palestinian government and peace partner for Israel - on the condition it did not make future connections with the Hamas organization. Abbas agreed he would not even speak with Hamas leaders. Since then money, munitions, and combat training have flowed from Israel, the US and other nations to strengthen the Palestinian Authority. Where will all of this go and against what country will it be used if the PA unites once again with Hamas? It will be used against the Jewish state, of course. Pray Israel’s enemies will be scattered - not unified.

EGYPT WARMS TO IRAN AND HAMAS, ISRAEL’S FOES: Egypt is charting a new course in its foreign policy, planning to open the blockaded border with Gaza and normalizing relations with two of Israel and the West's Islamist foes, Hamas and Iran. Egyptian officials say they are moving toward policies that more accurately reflect public opinion. Egypt's shifts are likely to alter the balance of power in the region, allowing Iran new access to a previously implacable foe and creating distance between itself and Israel, which has been watching the changes with some alarm. Many Egyptian analysts, including some former officials and diplomats who served under Mubarak, say they are thrilled with the shift. (NY Times) “I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian— brother will fight against brother, neighbor against neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom.” Is 19:2

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)

SENATOR GRAHAM: MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD IN EGYPT IS A THREAT:  Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who visited Israel last week addressed the issue of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and said, “I’m very suspicious of their agenda. The things they say are very unnerving. Some of the things they do are helpful to the Egyptian people but their motives are very much in question.” He said it is imperative to build up opposition parties in Egypt since the Radical Muslim Brotherhood is a reality and is a threat. Graham called on the US to take an active role in helping Egypt become a democracy. (Arutz-7)

TERRORIST ATTACK ON EGYPTIAN PIPELINE STOPS SUPPLY TO ISRAEL:  Terrorists, described in foreign media as “armed gangs,” attacked the Egyptian-Israeli gas pipeline early Wednesday, halting supplies to Israel. It was at least the third attack on the pipeline this year. Unlike the blast on February 6 that cut supplies to Jordan and Israel, the latest attack apparently was planned to affect Israel exclusively, and gas to Jordan continues to flow. The latest attack comes on the heels of a new poll showing a majority of Egyptians want to cancel the 1979 peace treaty that recognized Israel and diplomatic relations with the Jewish State. (INN)

EGYPTIAN GAS STOPPAGE TO COST ISRAEL $1.5 M PER DAY:  The shortfall in natural gas is the result of Wednesday morning's bombing of the Israel-Egypt gas pipeline in the Sinai Peninsula. East Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG), said gas deliveries to Israel were halted as a result of the attack. To meet demands the Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) has been forced to purchase gas at higher rates from Israeli billionaire Yitzchak Tshuva's Yam Tethys, and to generate gas using diesel, which accounts for the $1.5m increased daily price tag. (INN)

AMID SYRIAN CRACKDOWN, UN CONSIDERING $38 MILLION AID PLAN FOR GOVERNMENT: While Syria’s government is killing hundreds of pro-democracy protesters, the UN Development Program, or UNDP, is considering whether to approve a $38 million, five-year aid program for Damascus, to continue what it calls “a well-functioning partnership with the government.” Approval of the plan is on the agenda for the next meeting of the development agency’s 36-member Executive Board, slated to begin on June 6. Whatever positive role UNDP lauds itself as playing, according to the US State Department 2010 report on Syria, it hasn’t translated into less repression, more accountability, more democratic governance or much noteworthy efficiency. Along with a lengthy list of brutalities committed by the Assad regime, the State Department notes that “the government imposed severe restrictions on civil liberties: freedoms o f speech and press, including Internet and academic freedom; freedoms of assembly and of association, including severe restrictions on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); and freedoms of religion and movement.” (Fox News)

A RECORD 15,000 MARK JOSHUA’S PASSING: A record 15,000 people visited Joshua's Tomb on Thursday night to mark the anniversary of his passing. The Biblical leader Joshua was the one who led the Jewish people into the land of Israel upon their return from exile in Egypt. He is buried in Heres, in Samaria, a village dating back to Biblical times which is now a Palestinian Authority-controlled town. His tomb lies next to those of Nun, his father, and Calev ben Yefuneh, another Biblical leader from the same time period. (Arutz-7)

ISRAELI RESEARCHERS WIN CANADIAN MEDICAL SCIENCE AWARD: Two Israeli recipients of this year's prestigious Canada Gairdner International Awards are professors Chaim Cedar and Aharon Razin - researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The prizes are worth $100,000 in recognition of achievements that "contribute significantly to improving the quality of human life." The Israeli winners were honored for their work on DNA methylation, a basic chemical process that turns parts of each cell's genetic code on and off. Their work is related to new approaches to cancer treatment. The idea is that if the methylation that causes cancer can be stopped, or prevented, so, too, can cancer. "They have provided insight into our basic understanding of how cells grow and develop and become cancerous," said chair of the foundation's board, Lorne Tyrrell. (Canadian Jewish News)

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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