Spain Provokes Gibraltar

Spain Provokes Gibraltar

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Spain is waving its flag in Gibraltar’s face.

Spain has repeatedly tried to claim authority over the waters around Gibraltar, prompting Britain to summon the Spanish ambassador on November 15. In one of the “provocative incursions,” Gibraltar’s police had to rescue a civilian Gibraltarian boat from a Spanish customs vessel.

“These incursions constitute a frontal challenge and an affront to British sovereignty and are intolerable,” said Gibraltar’s government in a statement. “It is clear that the continuing breach of international law has now gone beyond the issue of diplomatic notes.”

“The UK has repeatedly made diplomatic protests to Spain over attempts by Spanish state authorities to exercise jurisdiction in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters,” said the minister for Europe, David Lidington.

On November 13 a large Spanish ship “conducted a prominent patrol” through the area, he said. “Later on the same day a Spanish customs vessel sought to apprehend a Gibraltarian civilian boat … forcing the Royal Gibraltar Police to intervene in order to safeguard the welfare of the four occupants,” he continued.

Spain’s actions seemed designed to deliberately provoke. An earlier statement from the Gibraltarian governor’s office reported that the large Spanish ship was flying an “over-sized Spanish ensign.” Gibraltar’s media wrote that the same ship, the corvette Vencedora, entered British Gibraltar Territorial Waters last week. The papers report that the Vencedora sailed up and down the length of the Bay of Gibraltar.

Spain was defiantly waving a large flag in Gibraltar’s face.

Spain is trying to whip up a storm over Gibraltar. Why now? It could be because they think Britain is weak and will back down. Or they could be taking a leaf out of Argentina’s book, attacking Britain as a way to distract the populace from the economy.

Watch Spanish pushiness over Gibraltar. Bible prophecy says the Britain will give it up.

EU Needs Military to Become a Superpower, Says Poland

EU Needs Military to Become a Superpower, Says Poland

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Five nations want the EU to collaborate more on defense.

Europe needs a new military structure to coordinate its combined operations, five EU nations said in a joint communique after a meeting in Paris on November 15. The foreign and defense ministers of France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain published the document to “confirm our readiness to foster an ambitious European policy in the field of security and defense.”

Poland’s foreign minister Radek Sikorski was surprisingly clear on his reasons for wanting a military. “If the EU wants to become a superpower, and Poland supports this, then we must have the capability to exert influence in our neighborhood. … Sometimes we must use force to back our diplomacy,” he said, according to the EU Observer.

The communique praised the military actions the EU has taken already, but made it clear that Europe must do more. Europe, they wrote, “must take share of responsibility to respond more actively to the challenges ahead.”

“By mobilizing all its civilian and military instruments, the European Union must be able to deal with complex, multi-actor and multidimensional crises,” they wrote. They called for “true civilian-military structures to plan and conduct missions.”

They emphasized the need to work together on expensive projects such as “space, ballistic-missile defense, drones” and more. They also called for better defense spending coordination between member states.

This coordination is key for Europe to emerge as a formidable military force. Combined, the 27 EU nations spend nearly $300 billion on their militaries. If they can coordinate this spending, rather than duplicating the same projects across 27 nations, the EU’s military strength will be vastly improved.

Their communique says that this push for defense cooperation should “be considered as part of a larger process towards further European political integration.”

For years, the Trumpet warned that EU leaders wanted to create a superstate with real military power. Now you don’t need to believe us. The Polish foreign minister has said so.

EU Reaches Out to Latin America for Economic Help

On Friday, Latin American leaders met with their Spanish and Portuguese counterparts in Cadiz, Spain, for the annual Iberoamerican summit. The main topic on the agenda was Europe’s desire to enroll Latin American nations into helping Europe overcome its economic maladies.

Until recently, Latin American countries have largely been economic weaklings in need of aid. Now, however, the former European colonies are becoming stronger, and migration has reversed directions with many Europeans leaving their home countries for a better life in Latin America.

The economic downturn in both the eurozone and in the U.S. has decreased demand for goods from Latin American countries, but the European states are determined to reverse course with help from Latin American nations, and by making strides toward unification among themselves.

Decades ago, Herbert W. Armstrong predicted both of these trends. As early as May 1962, the Plain Truth magazine issued this warning: “Germany’s plans in South America were temporarily halted by its defeat in World War ii. … ‘South America will be conquered by business agents, not by guns!’” (quoting T.H. Teten’s Germany Plots With the Kremlin; emphasis added throughout). Mr. Armstrong knew far in advance that communism would fail to entice the Latinos and that British and American influence would dwindle. He knew it was Europe that would ultimately achieve its long-term goal of economic and religious domination of Latin America. Today, Europe has significantly achieved that goal.

At the summit on Friday, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo explained the other facet of the solution to Europe’s problems: “The European crisis is not an economic crisis but a political one. If we compare our public debts to those of the U.S., ours are better. But the investors prefer to invest in the U.S. and not in the eurozone, because they don’t trust our will to stay together (in Europe).”

The foreign minister’s assessment is eerily similar it is to a forecast Mr. Armstrong made in 1984. He wrote that a massive banking crisis in America “could suddenly result in triggering European nations to unite as a new world power larger than either the Soviet Union or the U.S.” (co-worker letter, July 22, 1984). The U.S. has already suffered a banking crisis to some extent, and the EU sees that political union among its members is the remedy for Europe’s economic trouble, as evidenced by Garcia-Margallo’s statement on Friday.

Expect Europe to continue making inroads into its former Latin American colonies, and to maintain its quest for unification.To understand more about Mr. Armstrong’s predictions and the speed with which they are coming to pass, read He Was Right.

The Alarm Sounds in Jerusalem

The Alarm Sounds in Jerusalem

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Thoughts about what we heard tonight during the rocket attack.

For most of the week, Jerusalem is really noisy. That’s one reason why I love Friday nights. It’s so quiet. Tonight, though, was an obvious exception. It started around sunset, with the deafening sound of air raid sirens. That lasted for less than a minute. Then, moments after the alarm stopped, we heard two distinct thuds in the distance—they were bombs that exploded about seven miles from our apartment.

After that, we heard the most disconcerting sound of all: Palestinians celebrating explosions that were happening in their own city. It was sobering reminder of how deep and bitter the division is within Jerusalem.

Earlier today, thousands of angry Palestinians rallied across the West Bank in a show of support for their brethren in Gaza. This was the tense scene at the Damascus Gate here in Jerusalem:

Judging by these images—and the sounds we heard coming from East Jerusalem tonight—it surely won’t be that much longer before this city explodes in violence, just as God prophesied in Zechariah 14: “Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city” (verse 1-2).

Here Zechariah gives us the big overview of prophesied events at the end of this age. He starts with the Day of the Lord and works backward. First, God says, I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle. This refers to when Jesus Christ will gather the armies of this world just before He sets foot on the Mount of Olives.

But before that happens, it says Jerusalem shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished. This refers to the European king of the north conquering Jerusalem after it smashes the Islamic king of the south.

And before all of that, God says half of Jerusalem will go into captivity. This refers to the Islamic conquest of East Jerusalem.

That is what’s prophesied to happen next in Jerusalem. And you can hear it coming if you listen closely. But take heart, because this noisy and violent split of Jerusalem will trigger a series of events that culminate in the return of Jesus Christ to this Earth!

Hamas Targets Jerusalem

Hamas Targets Jerusalem

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On the eve of Shabbat, residents in Jerusalem were stunned by the sound of blaring air raid sirens, followed by two booms in the distance. Hamas’s military wing immediately claimed responsibility for the strike, saying the intended target was the Knesset.

An Israeli Defense Force spokesman has since confirmed that the rockets were in fact fired from Gaza and landed about 14 kilometers from downtown Jerusalem, in an open field near the Gush Etzion settlement. There were no injuries.

The missiles traveled approximately 45 miles before landing just outside of Jerusalem.

It marks the first time that the “City of Peace” has ever been targeted by Hamas rockets. The escalation in hostilities in Israel is important to monitor closely. Biblical prophecy shows that violence in Jerusalem will trigger a much larger conflict. Read about it in our article “Watch Jerusalem!

Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece Protest Austerity

Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece Protest Austerity

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Hundreds of thousands of workers took to the streets as part of a “European day of action and solidarity,” organized by the European Trade Union Congress (etuc), on November 14. Unions in Spain and Portugal held a general strike. Eighty were arrested in Madrid as protests turned violent, and police used rubber bullets in Milan and Rome.

The etuc claimed it was the first time four European countries held coordinated strikes.

Headcounts at protests varied wildly. Organizers claimed that over a million protested in Barcelona. Authorities said it was 50,000. Unions claimed 350,000 in Madrid, but the government said it was 35,000. The official figures are usually more accurate.

“General strikes, in which labor leaders call on workers across industries to walk off their jobs, are relatively rare in most European countries, save for Greece, which has had 29 of them since the start of Europe’s economic crisis,” wrote the Wall Street Journal. “Portugal has had four and Spain three.”

In Spain, unions claimed that in some sectors over 85 percent of workers participated in the strikes. Around 800 flights were cancelled. Public transport was limited or stopped completely. Schools and hospitals scraped by with the minimum number of staff. Union membership in Spain is heavy in some sectors and light in others, meaning that while parts of the economy shut down completely, others kept going close to normal.

Greece held a 48-hour protest against austerity last week. This time Athens was relatively calm, with 10,000 protesting. But in Thessaloniki dozens of protesters broke into a conference center to protest the presence of German officials at a meeting of Greek and German mayors. The crowd chanted things like “Nazis out” and “This will not pass,” and threw coffee on a German diplomat.

In France, unions organized protests in over 100 cities, but did not call for strikes. In Belgium, strikes disrupted international rail services.

Battles between protesters and police broke out in several cities. Seventeen police officers were wounded in Italy. Twenty activists beat a police officer with baseball bats in Turin. A crowd of youths threw stones and bottles and smashed cars in Rome. Protesters outside Portugal’s parliament in Lisbon threw rocks at police.

The economic crisis is putting huge social pressures on southern Europe. In Spain and Greece, unemployment is above 25 percent. As the economic crisis worsens, this social pressure will get worse.

As Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in 2009, “Social unrest and riots will eventually force Europeans to succumb to a strong united government of Europe, led ultimately not from Brussels, but from Berlin.”