Week in Review: All Eyes on Jerusalem, Germany Ready to Split with Trump’s U.S., Obama’s Post-Presidency, and Much More
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All eyes on Jerusalem
The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War in which the tiny Jewish state of Israel defended itself against numerous Arab armies simultaneously.
Offensively, Israel captured the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria, and the West Bank from Jordan.
For the first time in almost 2,000 years, Jerusalem became a united city under Jewish rule.
But now, 50 years on, we must ask: Will united Jerusalem make it to 51?
German preparations for a split with America
“Doubts are growing inside Angela Merkel’s Chancellery that the incoming American president will mature and become a statesman,” wrote Spiegel Online. “The chancellor is preparing for frosty trans-Atlantic relations while at the same time trying to pull Europe together.”
Merkel is “preparing for the worst,” and those preparations may soon help to provide a clear response to Henry Kissinger’s famous question: “Who do I call if I want to speak to Europe?”
Spiegel concluded: “It’s possible that the EU may soon finally have such a number—thanks to Donald Trump.”
Agitator in chief?
Following Donald Trump’s election, United States President Barack Obama assured Democratic Party supporters: “[N]ext year Michelle and I are going to be right there with you … and we’re going to be busy, involved in the amazing stuff that we’ve been doing all these years before.”
Obama’s post-presidency plans will no longer involve merely nurturing the Democratic Party as an elder statesman. The outgoing president,” wrote British journalist Melanie Phillips, “is poised to return to his Marxist roots and lead opposition to Trump.”
As Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry wrote in his booklet Great Again, “Mr. Obama is not the person most people think he is.”
Will North Korea test-fire long-range missiles?
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un announced on January 1 that his nation had “reached the final stage in preparations to test launch” a KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile (icbm).
If successful, this would be the North’s first ever long-range icbm launch, and such missiles would potentially reach the West Coast of the United States.
President-elect Donald Trump tweeted a response: “It won’t happen!”
The history of Pyongyang’s illegal tests could prove Mr. Trump wrong, and the history of Washington’s irresolute “red lines” could prove that tweet dangerous.
Frank Jannuzi, head of the Mansfield Foundation Asia dialogue forum, said in an interview with Reuters: “I worry … that it only emboldens the North, because they see it for what it is: empty talk.”
Beware the Bavarians
The Alternative for Deutschland won’t be taking over Germany any time soon, wrote David Clay Large, a senior fellow with the Institute of European Studies.
Instead, he wrote, the big rise to watch is that of Bavaria and its party, the Christian Social Union
“[A]nyone who wants to understand the political fights that loom in Germany’s immediate future should probably spend less time studying the populist Alternative for Germany Party (AfD) than the entrenched political establishment of the southern German state of Bavaria—familiar to foreigners as … the idiosyncratic culture that sustains its heightening feud with Chancellor Angela Merkel.”
Two Russian warships arrived in Manila on Tuesday, marking the first ever navy-to-navy contact between the Philippines and Russia. “Russia is ready to become a new reliable partner and close friend of the Philippines,” said Ambassador Igor Anatolyevich Khovaev.
Russian dissident Garry Kasparov warned this week that the world could be “entering a very dark age” unless President-elect Donald Trump stands up to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un brought in the New Year on Sunday by proclaiming that his nation has “reached the final stage in preparations to test launch” a KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile (icbm).
In the past, the North has tested short- and medium-range missiles but never a long-range icbm, which could potentially reach the West Coast of the United States. Such a test would violate international law and, if successful, could pose a nuclear threat to America.
The following day, President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to address the North Korean statement:
It is unclear whether Mr. Trump was saying the test itself “won’t happen,” or if he meant that the North reaching the U.S. with a nuclear weapon won’t happen.
If he meant the first, the next few months could prove him wrong. Pyongyang has repeatedly defied Washington and the international community in its drive to develop nuclear and missile programs. It has conducted test after test in brash defiance of international law and United Nations resolutions. Preventing a future test would be difficult to accomplish without a preemptive military strike or a missile interception early in the test.
If Mr. Trump’s tweet referred to a test, it could also be viewed as a red line that he might later be bound to, in a situation similar to U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2012 red line warning the Syrian government against using chemical weapons. “I think this could be something that comes back to haunt [Trump],” said James Acton, of the Nuclear Policy Program at Washington’s Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank. “This was a foolhardy tweet for Trump to send given the enormous challenges of constraining North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.”
If the North perceives the statement as a red line that is later ignored, analysts say it could intensify Kim Jong-un’s push against the status quo. Frank Jannuzi, head of the Mansfield Foundation Asia dialogue forum, said in an interview with Reuters: “I worry … that it only emboldens the North, because they see it for what it is: empty talk. It lays down a red line. … We don’t seem prepared to back up.”
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Four black teens in Chicago kidnapped and tortured a young, white, handicapped teenager this week and live-streamed a video of the torture. The kidnappers tied him up and taped his mouth shut, then beat him, sliced his scalp, forced him to curse Donald Trump and then drink from a toilet—all the while they yelled about how much they hated white people. The story was largely underreported in the liberal press. When President Barack Obama was questioned about the incident he said it was “terrible,” but also noted that race relations have improved during his presidency. On today’s show, Stephen Flurry discusses this disturbing event and how it shows the troubling direction America is headed.
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Since the end of World War ii, Germany has generally been content in America’s shadow. The nation has been reluctant to show its power, being satisfied with economic success. But 2017 presents Germany with major international challenges. With a Russian ally in the White House, German Chancellor Angela Merkel could become Russian President Vladimir Putin’s enemy No. 1. The radical shifts in American foreign policy will force Germany to make tough decisions—and force it to try and unite Europe around whatever decision it makes. All this will force Germany to throw its weight around on the world scene in a way not often seen. Trumpet staff writer Richard Palmer examines why 2017 will be the year Germany is forced to lead.
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A look back at the most-viewed articles written in that turbulent year
The year 2016 was earthshaking, and not just because Americans elected Donald J. Trump as the next president. Here is a look back on the tumultuous year through the most-viewed articles published on theTrumpet.com in 2016.
A general interest story about the Chernobyl disaster and how three men volunteered for a suicide mission to prevent another explosion. With the lives of millions of Russians and Europeans on the line, they dove into a radioactive pool.
Britons voted to leave the European Union on June 23, 2016, in a shocking referendum that triggered the Brexit process. This event was forecast in 1973 by Herbert W. Armstrong. How did he know that Britain would not be part of a united Europe?
China aggressively expanded its military presence in the South China Sea, building and fortifying islands located in internationally disputed waters. Editor in chief Gerald Flurry connects this to prophecies of war recorded in Deuteronomy 28, Isaiah 23, Ezekiel 4, Daniel 12, Matthew 24 and elsewhere.