Egypt’s President Grants Himself Extraordinary Powers

Egypt’s President Grants Himself Extraordinary Powers

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Egypt’s transformation into an Islamist state is guaranteed.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi signed a constitutional declaration granting himself absolute power, and preventing judges from shutting down the constitutional committee, November 22.

Constitutional declarations, laws, and decrees made by the president … are final and binding and cannot be appealed by any way or to any entity.
Declaration by President Mohamed Morsi
“Morsi today usurped all state powers & appointed himself Egypt’s new pharaoh,” tweeted former UN weapons inspector and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei. Former presidential candidate Sameh Ashour said that Morsi had made “a full coup against the revolutionary legitimacy that brought him into power, his action is a takeover of all of the country’s authorities.”

“This action makes him a dictator even more than Mubarak,” he said.

Egypt’s judiciary has been the one institution that has prevented the Islamists gaining absolute power. Last August, Morsi asserted his dominance over the Egyptian military. Now he’s doing the same thing to the judges.

President Morsi’s “constitutional declarations, laws, and decrees” are now “final and binding and cannot be appealed by any way or to any entity,” says the declaration. “Nor shall they be suspended or cancelled and all lawsuits related to them and brought before any judicial body against these decisions are annulled.”

Under the declaration, the committee drafting the constitution and Egypt’s upper house of parliament can no longer be dissolved by any judicial body.

Many of the non-Islamist members of the constitutional committee have withdrawn, complaining that they’re being ignored. The Supreme Constitutional Court was thinking about dissolving the committee, declaring it illegitimate. Now the committee is safe, and an Islamist constitution for Egypt is all but guaranteed.

Morsi also granted himself the power to appoint a new prosecutor general. The old prosecutor is unpopular with the Islamists and other revolutionaries because of his reluctance to punish Mubarak-era officials. Morsi’s declaration pledged to reopen “investigations and prosecutions” against former officials.

The supreme court may challenge Morsi’s actions, but the way he dealt with the military earlier indicates that he can handle the opposition. Opposition leaders have called for protests, but they haven’t been large enough to change anything.

So far, the Western nations that were so quick to praise Morsi for his role in negotiating a Gaza cease fire have been silent. One of the only international figures to speak out against him is UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay.

Many have speculated that the U.S. made promises to Egypt and Israel in exchange for the ceasefire agreement. Could an American agreement not to kick up a fuss have been one of those promises? The timing is certainly suspicious.

America pushed Mubarak out of office. Now an Islamist leader is setting himself up as a dictator in Mubarak’s place, and the U.S. is doing nothing.

For more insight into this stunning development, read “A New Pharaoh” from the Trumpet’s October/November edition.

Europe Invests in Space

Europe Invests in Space

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Not even Britain wants Europe’s space budget cut.

European leaders agreed on a relatively generous budget for the European Space Agency (esa) on November 21, announcing several important projects, including two Mars missions with Russia. At a time when the European Union is consumed with bickering about its budget, the agreement on space spending shows Europe sees it as a priority. “All sides are happy,” wrote Spiegel Online. It’s hard to imagine European nations coming to that kind of deal on anything else.

esa’s budget avoided being cut—it will receive €10 billion (us$12.8 billion) over the next three years. Britain voluntarily increased its contribution by £300 million, despite its push for cuts at home and in the EU budget. esa’s General Director Jean-Jacques Dordain called the new budget a “great success.”

The agency announced an agreement with Russia’s Roscosmos to send a satellite and rover to Mars as part of its ExoMars project. America pulled out of the project earlier this year, almost forcing esa to cancel the project after it had already spent €400 million (us$513 million) on it.

The head of international relations at esa, Frederic Nordlund, said the Russian-European agreement could be the first of many. “We have other opportunities to consider cooperation—for Jupiter missions, for example,” he said.

Russia will provide the rockets for the mission and in return receive instrument space on the satellite and the rover as well as access to the mission’s data.

esa also announced a deal with the United States. It will provide the propulsion unit for nasa’s new manned Orion capsule.

The meeting also solved a key dispute between France and Germany regarding Europe’s launch vehicle, the Ariane 5. Germany wants to upgrade to the Ariane 5ME (Mid-Life Evolution). France wanted to take a bit longer and create a more advanced launch vehicle, the Ariane 6.

The solution: Develop both. esa aims to get the Ariane 5ME ready by 2017, and the Ariane 6 by 2021.

More important than these headline-grabbing projects though, is that esa’s work monitoring the Earth with satellites will continue. esa signed an agreement to help create a third generation of weather satellites.

esa continually emphasized the economic benefit of keeping up its space investments. But the space industry is vital for the military too. Many of the EU’s projects have direct military applications. Satellite navigation is essential for a modern military. So are reconnaissance satellites. Even weather satellites are very useful for armies and navies.

Many of esa’s projects may lack direct military applications, but they ensure Europe’s satellite manufacturing and launching capabilities remain strong. Even in a tough economic climate, this is why space remains important.

Pope Following Gaza Conflict With ‘Great Concern’

Pope Following Gaza Conflict With ‘Great Concern’

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Pope Benedict xvi has said he is deeply worried about the conflict in Gaza, is praying for victims and those suffering, and is encouraging a ceasefire and negotiations.

“I am following with great concern the escalation of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip,” the pope said in his weekly public address to pilgrims in the Paul vi auditorium on Wednesday. Noting that favoring peace would require “courageous decisions,” Pope Benedict xvi encouraged “the initiatives and the efforts by those who are trying to reach a ceasefire and to promote negotiations.”

Hate and violence, he admonished, are not the solution for problems. The conflict is having negative repercussions throughout the entire Middle East—a region that is “worn down by too many struggles and in need of peace and reconciliation,” said Benedict.

The pope’s concern with the Middle East is historically and prophetically significant. The Vatican has historically had a vested spiritual and political interest in Jerusalem. It has waged missionary crusades and, more disturbingly, military crusades, over Jerusalem. As Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in his article “The Last Crusade,” the Bible reveals that the Catholic Church, through a resurrected Holy Roman Empire, will likely be invited to participate in peace initiatives and negotiations. Those initiatives will be transformed into a bloody crusade. Thankfully, it will be the church’s final crusade, just before Jesus Christ’s return to bring lasting peace to this world. For more information, read our booklets Hosea—Reaping the Whirlwind and Jerusalem in Prophecy.

Overcoming Fear

Netanyahu: Israel Wants Germany’s Help

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle held talks on Tuesday with both the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president in an effort to broker a ceasefire between the two sides. After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Westerwelle said bringing an end to the violence is a top priority for Berlin.

Netanyahu’s response reveals that Israel is eager to invite Germany into a key role in the negotiations:

The people of Israel can’t long tolerate this kind of situation where our cities are under constant rocket attacks. I prefer diplomatic solutions, I hope that we can get one, but if not we have every right to defend ourselves with other means and we shall use them. I believe that Germany can have a constructive role in seeking an end to this conflict and a long-term arrangement, such that these terror weapons are not introduced into the Gaza Strip.

Bible prophecy says the rapid spread of radical Islam will continue until it finally collides with the German-led European Union. Daniel 11:40 shows that a German-led “king of the north” will soon enter into the “glorious land”—or Jerusalem. And the Hebrew word for “enter” in this passage indicates a peaceful entry. Netanyanhu’s statement on Tuesday shows that Israel is already looking keenly into Berlin’s direction. It is only a matter of time before Israel invites the German-led EU into the Holy Land.

As more Israelis acknowledge that America is too broken-willed to be a reliable ally, and as pressure on Israel intensifies, the Jewish nation will turn to Germany for defense assistance (Hosea 5:13). But this decision will not end well for Israel. The prophecy in Daniel shows that Germany will commit a violent double-cross against Israel and establish its headquarters in Jerusalem.

In light of that sobering reality, it is alarming to hear Mr. Netanyahu beginning to make overtures to Berlin. But these events are intricately tied to the most hope-filled event this war-torn planet has ever experienced: the return of Jesus Christ to usher in an age of peace for Israelis, Palestinians, Germans and to all other men! To understand the details of the astounding prophecies that are marching rapidly toward fulfillment, request our free booklet History and Prophecy of the Middle East.

U.S. to Israel: That’s Enough

U.S. to Israel: That’s Enough

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Obama administration reverses itself on ‘Pillar of Defense.’

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched Operation Pillar of Defense last Wednesday, Washington was quick to publicly back Israel’s right to defend itself. Since then, Israel has knocked out hundreds of terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip with a series of extremely precise air strikes.

After a few days of surgical strikes, however, President Obama’s support for the operation started to wane. During a press conference on Sunday, the president said that while Israel had a right to defend itself, he would prefer that Israel not send in troops.

Following that, on Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton abruptly left Cambodia, where she was accompanying the president on his tour of Asia, to take a more active role in negotiating a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

“President Obama’s decision to send his top diplomat on an emergency Middle East peacemaking mission Tuesday marked an administration shift to a more activist role in the region’s affairs,” the Washington Post wrote. “Clinton’s peacemaking trip is Obama’s clearest signal yet to Israel that it should begin to pull back its campaign against militants in the Gaza Strip. The administration knows that with Clinton on the ground trying to resolve the crisis, it will be harder for Netanyahu to make good on his threat to invade Gaza” (emphasis added).

Today, a few hours after Hamas celebrated the bombing of a bus in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced that Israel had agreed to the terms of a U.S.-brokered ceasefire. He encouraged Israelis to “return to their normal routine.”

Shortly after he made that announcement, according to Channel 2 in Israel, there were numerous victory demonstrations in both Gaza and the West Bank. As radical Islam prepares for its next round of war with Israel, we can expect Israel to look somewhere other than America for help in fighting the spread of radical Islam.

The Trumpet has long maintained, based on prophecies in Zechariah 11:14 and Hosea 5:13, that Israel would eventually lose its longstanding support from the United States, which will, in turn, lead to Israel’s desperate request for German intervention.