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“Update, Friday, March 31, 2006.”

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Here is a good update on a lot of things that have happened recently. The most important news is at or near the top, so you don’t have to read all the way down depending on how much time you have.

Netanyahu didn’t do particularly well in the election. Based on the final count of votes, his party tied for third place in the election (late-breaking news). Please keep the situation in prayer – that Kadima will not be able to give away land to the terrorists, and will be hamstrung in this plan.




From: Vision for Israel [mailto:info@visionforisrael.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2006 7:31 AM
To: Vision for Israel
Subject: Jerusalem-On-The-Line March 29, 2006


Prayer Letter – March 29, 2006

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

"Moreover the prince shall not take of the people's inheritance by oppression, to thrust them out of their possession..." Ezekiel 46:18

THE VICTOR IN ISRAEL: The fledgling Kadima party changed Israel's political landscape Tuesday, winning the biggest bloc of parliamentary seats as the once-powerful Likud was relegated to fourth, according to exit polls. At a victory rally, Kadima leader Ehud Olmert reiterated his campaign promise to define Israel's borders with or without Palestinian input. (CNN)

HAMAS ASSUMES CONTROL OF PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY: The parliament of the Palestinian Authority approved on Tuesday the new Hamas government and its guidelines. "The Koran is our constitution; jihad is our path and dying as martyrs our biggest wish." (Arutz-7) “The eyes of the LORD your God are always on His land, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.” Deuteronomy 11:12

GUNMEN SILENCE CHRISTIAN TV: Palestinian gunmen have destroyed a private Christian TV-station based in Bethlehem. Hamdi Farraj, director of Shepherds' TV, reported that the station would remain off the air until workers felt safe to return. On more than one occasion, Yasser Arafat ordered the station closed because of its coverage of Palestinian corruption. (Jerusalem Post)

AFGHAN COURT RELEASES CHRISTIAN CONVERT: Adbul Rahman, who was facing possible execution in Afghanistan for converting from Islam to Christianity, has reportedly been released. The human-rights group International Christian Concern encourages continued prayer for Rahman's safety saying, "He will be in grave danger as long as he remains in the country. The fundamentalists will seek to kill him regardless of what the courts say." Rahman was quoted as saying, "If I must die, I will die. Somebody, a long time ago, did it for all of us." The incident has sparked the arrest and deepening harassment of other Afghan Christians in the ultra-conservative Muslim country. (AgapePress)

KASSAM ROCKETS STRIKE CITY OF ASHKELON: Two Kassam rockets fired from formerly Jewish areas of Gaza struck Ashkelon Saturday night. "The phenomenon of Kassam rocket fire has significantly expanded since the unilateral withdrawal," said Likud MK Gilad Erdan, in response to the attack. "Anyone who is considering supporting Olmert's unilateral surrender policy to withdraw from most of Judea and Samaria needs to take into consideration that what is happening in Ashkelon now will occur at Ben Gurion Airport and in additional cities along the coastal plain." (Arutz-7) “He will redeem their life from oppression and violence.” Psalm 72:14

U.S. ENDS PALESTINIAN DEVELOPMENT FUNDING: The Bush administration announced it would stop funding Palestinian infrastructure projects. Israeli officials asked the United States to continue funding several projects, such as a sewage plant near Hebron, but the U.S. said it would provide only humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian Authority once Hamas takes power in coming days. U.S. law prohibits the government from dealing with terrorists groups. (JTA News)

NEW YORK ASSEMBLY: 'CONTEMPT' FOR HAMAS VICTORY: The State of New York refuses to support the new Palestinian Authority, led by terrorist group Hamas, according to a rare unanimous vote by 150 members of the State Assembly. The Assembly members denounced the election of Hamas without the terrorist group having been required to first recognize Israel’s right to exist and reject terror. During the session it was also noted that Hamas was responsible for 425 terror attacks since the year 2000, resulting in 377 deaths. The Washington State Senate passed a similar law, banning direct assistance to the P.A. until it drops its insistence that Israel be destroyed. (Arutz-7)

IRAN’S MARTYR RECRUITMENT WEBSITE: Iranian martyrdom on behalf of Islam's fight against Israel and the West has risen to a new stage in the formation of a recruitment website for potential suicide candidates - "To Die as a Martyr." Strikingly, out of the 53,900 said to have registered with the group behind the site, Iranian wives and daughters outnumber their male counterparts. (Israel Hasbara Committee News) “Violence covers them like a garment.” Psalm 73:6

HALIMI MURDER SPARKS INCREASED INTEREST IN IMMIGRATION AMONG FRENCH JEWS: The number of French Jews who are looking into the possibility of immigrating to Israel has doubled since the torture-slaying of Ilan Halimi last month. "There is no hysteria among France’s Jews," said Jewish Agency chairman Ze’ev Bielski, "but there is certainly an upturn in the number of people taking an interest in housing and employment in Israel." (Haaretz) “…I send for many hunters, and they shall: hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.” Jer. 16:16

NUMBER OF ANTI-SEMITIC INCIDENTS IN CANADA ARE ON THE RISE: A Jewish organization that monitors anti-Semitic activities in Canada said recently that the number of incidents last year was the second highest total in 23 years. B'nai Brith Canada said 829 anti-Semitic incidents were reported to their anti-hate hot line and offices in 2005. "We were looking at numbers in the two hundreds a decade ago," said Ruth Klein, director of B'nai Brith's league for human rights. "We show almost the same figure as last year, which was an all-time high." (Associated Press)

MINISTER SAYS BIRD FLU HAS BEEN WIPED OUT IN ISRAEL: Agriculture Minister Ze’ev Boim told reporters on Sunday morning that at present, he could say with confidence that bird flu has been wiped out in Israel, with agencies remaining on alert in the event of future signs of the disease. Over 1 million birds were destroyed last week, but Israel is carefully monitoring events in the Palestinian Authority where bird flu has been detected. (Arutz-7) “Neither shall any plague come near your dwelling.” Psalms 91:10

U.N. TO AID PALESTINIANS ON BIRD FLU: The U.N. agreed to help the Palestinian Authority fight an outbreak of deadly bird flu. Secretary General Kofi Annan told Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni that he would call on the World Health Organization to help P.A. officials, who confirmed a second outbreak in the Gaza Strip of Friday. Israel has expressed concerns that the P.A.'s financial problems and general ineptitude would hurt its ability to fight the bird flu. Israeli officials believe Palestinian officials initially suppressed news of the outbreak, hampering attempts to contain it. (JTA News)

ISRAELI PROFESSOR FINDS FRESH WATER UNDER THE DESERT: A hydrological mapping study done by a Hebrew University professor reveals that fresh water, a scarcity in Israel, is abundant and unexploited beneath the Judaen desert ground. Leehee Laronne Ben-Itzhak, under the supervision of Prof. Haim Gvirtzman of the Hebrew University, found that the underground water reservoir beneath the Judean desert, also known as the Judean Group Aquifer, is sufficient to supply 5 percent of the current total freshwater usage in Israel. (Israel 21c) “…For He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord.” (Isaiah 51:3)

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Blessings from Jerusalem,

Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff



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