Israel Update



"Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me. Guard my life and deliver me, let me not be put to shame for I take refuge in You.” Ps 25:19-20  

UK, FRANCE MAY BACK PA’S BID FOR STATE:   British Premier David Cameron told PM Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday that Britain may endorse a unilateral declaration of state by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas if Israel declines to take part in substantive peace negotiations with the Palestinians to create a two state solution. French President Nicolas Sarkozy also said his government would be willing to recognize a Palestinian state if there was no progress in peace talks. PM Netanyahu told British leader Cameron on Wednesday - in the wake of the Islamist Hamas movement's reconciliation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction - that Israel will not negotiate with a "Palestinian version of al-Qaida.” He imparted the same message to French President Nicolas Sarkozy during their meeting on Thursday. (J.Post/Ynet/Ha’aretz) "The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you.” Obad 1:15

NETANYAHU: FATAH-HAMAS UNITY A BLOW TO PEACE PROCESS:  The signing of the Hamas-Fatah unity deal in Cairo is a setback for peace and an advancement for terrorism, PM Netanyahu told reporters in London on Wednesday. “What happened today in Cairo is a tremendous blow to peace and a great victory for terrorism,” he said. “Three days ago, terrorism was dealt a resounding defeat with the elimination of Osama bin Laden. Today, in Cairo, it had a victory.” In signing this deal, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has “embraced” a terrorist group that has condemned the US operation against the al-Qaida leader and called him a “great martyr,” Netanyahu said. “When he embraces this organization, which is committed to Israel’s destruction and fires rockets on our cities this is a tremendous setback for peace and a great advancement for terror.” Abbas meanwhile has urged the EU leadership to support the Hamas-Fatah government. He also voiced opposition to any attempt by the EU to demand that the new government recognize Israel’s right to exist. (J.Post) Pray all unity will be scattered among the principalities and powers that are enemies of Israel and that the Gospel will go forth and redeem a multitude who are living under Islamist regimes.

SECURITY COUNCIL WELCOMES BIN LADEN DEATH: The UN Security Council welcomed the news that Osama bin Laden will never again be able to commit terrorist acts and is urging all countries to intensify their efforts to fight global terrorism. The UN's most powerful body held a special session late Monday to adopt a statement appealing to all countries "to work together urgently to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of terrorist attacks." (AP) “The trouble he causes recoils on himself.” Ps 7:16

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)

PM NETANYAHU’S STATEMENT REGARDING THE TERMINATION OF OSAMA BIN-LADEN: Israeli PM Netanyahu said in the wake of the successful death strike against Osama bin-Laden, “This is an historic day for the United States of America and for all the countries engaged in the battle against terrorism. I want to congratulate President Obama and the American people. I want to congratulate America’s soldiers, and its intelligence personnel for a truly outstanding achievement. It took ten years to track Osama bin Laden down. It took ten years to bring a measure of justice to his victims. But the battle against terrorism is long and relentless and resolute. This is a day of victory a victory for justice, for freedom and for our common civilization.” (Prime Minister’s Office)

AVOIDING DOUBLE STANDARDS:  Israel’s Foreign Minister Shaul Mofaz has some advice for America, now that the al-Qaeda terror chief Osama Bin Laden is dead. Following Bin Laden's assassination last weekend by US special forces in Pakistan, Mofaz suggested the US refrain in the future from criticizing Israel for taking similar action. Mofaz, currently head of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, added he would like to see targeted killings used more often. In the past, US leaders and international heads of state have frequently criticized Israel when it has eliminated terrorists responsible for major attacks against its citizens. One of the most recent examples of such criticism came after the January 2010 targeted killing of senior Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, one of the group's founders and its top weapons buyer. Israel was vilified by numerous countries around the world for the killing, although its foreign inte lligence agency, the Mossad, has neither confirmed nor denied any connection with the operation. (J.Post)

HAMAS AND FATAH TERRORIST GROUPS DENOUNCES KILLING OF BIN LADEN:  Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Hamas government in Gaza, on Monday denounced the US killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. "We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior," he said. Likewise, the military wing of Fatah, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, published a long statement in reaction to the killing of Osama bin Laden calling it a "catastrophe." They said that those who killed Bin Laden were "gangs of heretics." (PMW)  

BIN LADEN’S HIDEOUT WAS ONLY 800 YARDS FROM PAKISTAN’S WEST POINT: Tensions are mounting between Pakistan and the West amid widespread disbelief of Islamabad's claim it knew nothing about Osama bin Laden's whereabouts. US Government officials and experts alike have said it’s beyond belief that no one in Pakistan’s intelligence service ISI had any idea the al-Qaeda leader was living in a vast, custom-built compound just 800 yards from the country’s equivalent of West Point. The discovery will raise questions about America’s already difficult relationship with the country - which is becoming the single biggest recipient of US aid money. Any evidence Pakistan was harboring bin Laden will lead to angry demands to cancel the aid. Pakistan has repeatedly denied having any links to al-Qaeda. (Mail OnLine)

ISRAEL, US JEWISH GROUPS ON ALERT FEARING REPRISAL OVER BIN LADEN KILLING: World leaders warned of revenge attacks after Osama bin Laden was killed in a US assault in Pakistan on Monday that brought to a dramatic end the long manhunt for the al- Qaeda leader who had become the most powerful symbol of Islamist terrorism. President Barack Obama declared the world was a safer and "better place" with bin Laden dead. But the euphoria was tempered by calls for vigilance against retaliation by his followers. In Israel, the Israel Airports Authority increased the alert level at the country's airports and border crossings, and security has been heightened around the offices of Israeli airlines abroad such as El Al, Arkia and Israir. In addition, security has been increased at Jewish institutions across the US. (Ha’aretz) Pray against revenge terrorist attacks, especially in the US and Israel.

ISRAELI SCIENTISTS DEVELOP ‘ELECTRONIC NOSE’ TO DETECT CANCER: Researchers at Israel’s Institute of Technology are developing an”electronic nose” that can ”smell” head-and-neck cancer, which often is discovered too late. The Technion scientists collected breath samples from 82 patients, some of whom were healthy and some of whom were suffering from two different kinds of cancer - lung and head-and-neck. They used special equipment called the Nano Artificial NOSE to distinguish between molecules in the breath each patient exhaled. Head-and-neck cancer patients often discover their disease late because of the lack of symptoms. The researchers were able to distinguish the molecules of each group that was tested. Approximately 37,000 Americans are detected with head-and-neck cancer every year. (INN)

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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