I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


Vision for Israel Update

Thanks and praise to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.


Prayer Letter – January 16, 2007

JNN NEWS, P.O. Box 7411, Jerusalem 91073, Israel

"You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured upon me. My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries..." Psalm 92:10,11

IDF: CHANCE OF REGIONAL CONFLICT IN 2007 HIGH: The IDF's assessment for 2007 includes a high chance of a new regional conflict that may include Lebanon , Syria , the Palestinian Authority, Iran , or even Egypt . "For the first time in many years, there is no positive window of opportunity in the Middle East ," senior officers said last week. "We must come to terms with this and prepare accordingly," they warned. (Arutz-7) "When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul." Psalm 94:11

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice heard unwelcome news from Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman Saturday night. Liberman said the IDF's return to Gaza is inevitable. If the IDF is forced into such an action this time, Lieberman said, the IDF would not pull out until the deployment of 30,000 NATO troops to ensure the area remains peaceful and quiet. (Arutz-7) "I will send fire upon the walls of Gaza that will consume her fortresses." Amos 1: 7

Hizballah and its allies widened their campaign last week to force the Lebanese government's resignation, backing what they vowed would be a series of daily protests that will include the blocking of main intersections, the airport and other vital installations so as to "paralyze life in Lebanon." So far, PM Fouad Saniora has refused to resign. But by freezing the government, Hizballah has staunched what it saw as growing U.S. influence. It has also delayed the convening of an international court to try suspects in the 2005 slaying of former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri, an assassination that government supporters blame on Syria . ( Washington Post/Arutz-7) "Though the wicked spring up like grass... they will be destroyed." Psalm 92: 7,8

OLMERT: UNILATERALISM HAS BEEN A FAILURE: In an interview with a Chinese news agency last week, PM Ehud Olmert expressed his disappointment with the results of Israel 's two unilateral withdrawals. He said that the violence in both Lebanon and Gaza convinced him that there is no point in any future unilateral moves of this kind. "We pulled out of Lebanon unilaterally, and see what happened. We pulled out of the Gaza Strip completely, to the international border, and every day they are firing Kassam rockets at Israelis." Olmert's conclusion was that under the existing circumstances, it would be more practical to achieve a two-state solution through negotiations rather than withdrawal. (Ha'aretz)

Palestinians released in prisoner exchanges "always returned to terrorism," a high-ranking officer warned Sunday, ahead of a planned swap for kidnaped Cpl. Gilad Shalit. Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank are "infected with terrorist elements," he added. The officer said there had been a major increase in Palestinian terrorist activity in the West Bank in 2006, and warned of an outbreak of a new intifada. ( J.Post) "They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence." Proverbs 4:17

ISRAEL: According to a poll taken last month, 69.5% of Israeli Jews said that the Palestinians would destroy the State of Israel if they could. 53% oppose evacuating most of the Jewish settlements in the territories for a full peace agreement, while only 34% favor it. 68% agree that even dismantling most settlements would not suffice for the Palestinians to sign a full peace agreement with Israel . (Haaretz) "All day long my enemies taunt me; those who rail against me use my name as a curse." Psalm 102:8

ISRAEL: Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, whom the US , Israel and most media have labeled as a moderate, told supporters in Ramallah last week that it is legitimate "to turn rifles against the occupation." He added that he will not compromise on previously stated demands that a new Arab state include the right of millions of Arabs abroad to live in Israel . (Arutz-7)

IRAN POURING FUNDS INTO PALESTINIAN TERRORIST GROUP: After Iran's success in gaining influence over Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and parts of Fatah, Tehran
is now seeking to buy the support of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The Iranians have begun to send tens of thousands of dollars each month to the secular group that is considered an ally of Mahmoud Abbas, in an attempt to influence its policies. (Daily Alert)

According to a Dahaf Institute survey, 84 percent of Israelis believe their leaders are tainted by corruption. Furthermore, 94% believe that corruption weakens the state; and 71% believe that corrupt leaders cause the public to be corrupt. (Haaretz/J.Post) Prayer is needed that in the next election honesty in government will be a main issue.

According to the Interior Ministry, there were 268,379 Israelis living in the West Bank at the end of 2006, compared with 253,748 in 2005, a 5.8% increase. (Haaretz) "But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks." Psalm 107:41

ISRAEL TRIPLED IN THREE YEARS: Foreign investment in Israel reached an all-time high of $21.1 billion in 2006, up from $9.9 billion in 2005 and $7.2 billion in 2004, the Bank of Israel reported last week. (Globes)

Succot 2007: Plan early to join us, September 25 - October 7, for the 7th year anniversary of the Succot Celebration and 40 years of a united Jerusalem. This is going to be a very special year for Israel. Our coming Succot event will be a combination of teaching and worship and touring the Land during the one major Feast that has not yet been fulfilled by Yeshua. For more details go to the website: www.succotcelebration.com . The USA price is now listed at the tour page of the website, but we have only 40 seats available from the USA on flights reserved. So pray, don't delay. First come, first served.

Visit our recently updated humanitarian aid website at: www.visionforisrael.com . We now provide an on-line donations service. Start the New Year off by sending an offering to the Lord for the work and ministry in

Let the world know through the JOL: Review current events taking place in the Middle East, updated weekly, and summarized for your reading convenience at: www.jnnnews.com . There, you will see the links for receiving the JOL in Spanish, German and now Polish. We expect this important weekly news update from
Jerusalem to be translated into even more languages in 2007.

Blessings from
Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff

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