Israel Finalizing Fences

Israel Finalizing Fences

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Israel has finalized the construction of their border fence which separates them from Egypt.

On January 2, the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced that it had completed a 230-kilometer-long fence along Israel’s southern border. Construction of the fortification that separates Israel from Egypt began three years ago. The final extension is expected to be finished in May this year.

The fence is 4.7 meters high and is topped with razor wire. Military cameras, radars and other surveillance equipment will allow Israel to monitor the vast expanse that is to be defended.

It is hoped the fence will stop terrorists entering Israel through the Sinai, prevent smuggling, and deter illegal immigrants from Africa from getting into the nation.

Following on the heels of the finalizing of this defense project came an announcement on January 6 from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of yet another fence that is to be set up. This latest fence will be in the northern region known as the Golan Heights. The area has long been the source of contention between Israel and Syria. The region was controlled by Syria until 1967, when Israel took the area during the Six-Day War. Since then it has remained under Israeli control.

The fence in the north is being built because of the Syrian civil war, and may heighten tensions with Syria, but Israel appears willing to take that risk. Amos Harel, the defense correspondent for Haaretz, stated that a conventional attack from the Syrian government was not the only concern. “There is the problem of al Qaeda, chemical weapons, whatever you’d like,” he said. There is also another concern from across the border. Moshe Maoz, a professor of Middle Eastern studies at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University, said that Mr. Netanyahu was building because, “if a radical Islamic organization takes over, Israel will be in danger.”

Israel is scrambling to secure its borders as the tumult in surrounding nations threatens its security. Despite the millions of dollars Israel is spending on defense, prophecy tells us that Israel will not be able to protect itself. Prophecy from Hosea 5 tells us who Israel will look to for assistance. When Israel realizes that wire and cameras are not enough, watch it turn to Europe in search of a strong hand to solve the crisis in the Middle East.

For more on the impending attacks on Israel’s borders, watch columnist Stephen Flurry’s Trumpet Daily update “Israel’s Enemies Prepare for War.”

On the Divergent Effects on Man of Different Forms of Government

On the Divergent Effects on Man of Different Forms of Government

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America is changing rapidly. Its present administration is lustily driving the nation toward the clearly failing European socialist model. Watching this causes me to consider some stark contrasts with the perfect model of government expounded in Scripture.

  • Socialist government creates complacency through wealth redistribution. God’s government fosters stewardship through private property ownership.
  • Socialist government takes from the rich to supply the poor and calls it compassion. God’s government teaches love by example and inspires both rich and poor to emulate of their own will.
  • Socialist government encourages dependency. God’s government encourages industry.
  • Socialist government creates discontent and a sense of entitlement. God’s government enables man to savor the fruits of his labor.
  • Socialist government rewards idleness and saps motivation. God’s government energizes, ennobles and arouses ambition.
  • Socialist government tends toward self-satisfaction and mediocrity. God’s government demands excellence.
  • Socialist government insulates man from the consequences of his actions. God’s government obliges man to be accountable for his choices.
  • Socialist government strips man of responsibility. God’s government prepares man for ever greater capacity, duty and authority.
  • Socialist government erodes character. God’s government is aimed primarily at creating and cultivating character.
  • Socialist government turns citizens into wards of the state. God’s government transforms people into Gods.
  • The study of God’s biblical form of government is fascinating and inspiring. If you want to learn more, you might start with an article from our archives, “A New World Economy,” which describes the biblical economic model at work. Then read Chapter 7 of the book Mystery of the Ages,Mystery of the Kingdom of God.”

    Unemployment: Europe’s Next Crisis

    Unemployment: Europe’s Next Crisis

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    Half of Spain’s young people cannot find jobs. That’s a recipe for chaos.

    European leaders are claiming that the worst of their financial crisis is over. They couldn’t be more wrong. The eurozone is on the brink of radical change.

    Look at Europe’s latest unemployment figures, published January 8.

    In November, the Spanish unemployment rate for those under 25 was 56.5 percent. The latest figure for Greece is 57.6 percent (November figures aren’t available yet). Over half of all young people looking for work in these countries can’t find a job. One million young people in Spain alone can’t find work. Across the eurozone, nearly one in four young people are without work.

    The overall unemployment rates are also dire. In Spain and Greece, one in four adults looking for work can’t find a job. This doesn’t include people who’ve simply given up or taken part-time work. In Portugal, Ireland, Slovakia, Latvia and Cyprus, unemployment is around 15 percent.

    Many of these are record highs. But unemployment was only a few percentage points lower this time last year.

    This persistent, high unemployment is Europe’s big crisis.

    Last week, Stratfor’sGeorge Friedman outlined what these numbers mean in real life. “Consider someone unemployed in his 20s, perhaps with a university degree,” he wrote. “The numbers mean that there is an excellent chance that he will never have the opportunity to pursue his chosen career and quite possibly will never get a job at the social level he anticipated” (emphasis added).

    “Also remember that unemployment does not affect just one person,” he continues. “It affects the immediate family, parents and possibly other relatives. The effect is not only financial but also psychological. It creates a pall, a sense of failure and dread.”

    Europe’s high unemployment means there are millions with no interest in supporting the current order.

    The EU has come up with solutions that will keep Greece and Spain from going bankrupt over the next few months. But its solutions do nothing to solve the unemployment crises. Those unemployment figures aren’t going to change any time soon.

    When the unemployed realize this, Europe will be gripped by social upheaval.

    “The stoicism of the Spanish people so far has been impressive,” writes the Telegraph’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. “But willingness to put up with an intolerable state of affairs depends on belief that the pain is ultimately worthwhile.”

    Once Spain’s 6 million unemployed realize that their stint on the dole is not a short step on the road to prosperity, then the rioting will start.

    “Unemployment is a root of anti-state movements on the left and the right,” writes Friedman. “The extended and hopelessly unemployed have little to lose and think they have something to gain by destabilizing the state. It is hard to quantify what level of unemployment breeds that sort of unrest, but there is no doubt that Spain and Greece are in that zone and that others might be.”

    Europe is heading for social chaos.

    This, not the bond markets, is what will probably drive the euro crisis in 2013.

    This social crisis will cause radical change in Europe.

    “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,” wrote Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry in February 2009.

    Northern Europe is not suffering. Germany’s unemployment rate is 5.4 percent—roughly a fifth of Spain’s.

    Faced with mass unrest, some countries may quit the euro. But others will instead turn to Germany, willing to do almost anything to get German help to stop the rioting. This huge unemployment rate could be the hammer, anvil and furnace necessary to forge a newly integrated Europe.

    European leaders already want political and financial union. But they’re talking about it in terms of the next five or ten years. Social unrest will force this unification to happen much faster. Some countries won’t be able to take the heat and will leave the kitchen. But the rest will forge closer together to form an undemocratic superpower.

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    Popular UK Textbook Erases Israel From the Map

    Popular UK Textbook Erases Israel From the Map

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    A textbook used in colleges across the United Kingdom has been found to have an alarming anti-Israel prejudice.

    The textbook—called Skills in English Writing: Level 1—is used to teach students English as a second language, and one of its segments on geography includes a map of the Middle East on which the name “Israel” is nowhere to be found. Instead, the Jewish nation is labeled “Occupied Palestine.”

    You can see an image of the map here.

    This textbook’s widespread use in the UK is symptomatic of the nation’s embrace of Islamic culture. Garnet Education, the firm that produced the book, is owned by the Lebanese Tahseen Khayat Group, which also owns Ithaca Press—a publisher specializing in Islamic studies. Any question of the group’s political leanings should be obliterated by the fact that Ithaca Press recently published Through Secret Channels—a book written by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    So, why would so many educational institutions in the UK choose to teach from such a book? London bends over backward to demonstrate its hospitality toward Islam’s culture and beliefs, no matter how extreme. Lax immigration policies and liberal social benefit programs combine to make Britain an attractive home to swaths of Islamists.

    The textbook is also one of many indications showing that not only is the traditional anti-Semitism of the far right gaining momentum, but it is being joined by a new leftist anti-Semitism in media and academia. Among British liberals especially, Israel has come to be regularly accused of explicit racism. And the disparagement of Israel’s foreign policy often bleeds into resentment of Jews in general.

    There is a growing divide under way—propelled by public opinion—between Britain and Israel, two nations which have traditionally been strong allies. The changing British demographic is also creating a similar rift between the UK and the United States. The ever broadening breaches between these three entities leave all three substantially weaker. To understand the significance of the drift of these nations away from each other, read The United States and Britain in Prophecy.

    U.S. and German Troops Head to Turkey

    German and U.S. troops are being deployed on a NATO mission along the Turkish border with the ongoing Syrian civil war continuing.

    Troops and military equipment from the United States and Germany headed for Turkey on Tuesday. The deployment will support nato operations along the Turkish-Syrian border. American forces included soldiers from the Army Air and Missile Defense Command, based in Ramstein, Germany. German soldiers deployed from the Dutch city of Eindhoven.

    The United States, Germany and also the Netherlands are each sending soldiers to Turkey, along with a pair of Patriot missile batteries. The six Patriot batteries are intended to protect Turkey against any spillover from Syria’s ongoing civil war.

    Although they are ineffective against artillery and mortar fire, Patriot batteries can shoot down enemy missiles, as well as manned aircraft. The systems are expected to become operational later this month.

    America and Germany are cooperating on this nato mission, and it appears that Washington wants to rely on Berlin even more in the future. But in doing so, the United States is expecting friendship and peace from the greatest war-making nation in history.

    The Bible reveals where this relationship will lead. Ezekiel 23 refers to Germany as America’s “lover,” but it also shows that Germany will betray America in the end.

    In the September/October 2000 issue of the Trumpet, editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote that the United States trusts Germany more than it trusts God. America’s trust in Germany, he said, “could be the worst foreign-policy mistake we have ever made—or ever will make.”