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June 11, 2003
Berlusconi To Sharon – “Israel’s Natural Place Is In The EU”
(IsraelNN.com) In a speech today at the
Prime Minister’s offices, Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi told his audience that
he sees Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, as a natural candidate to
join the European Union. Berlusconi, whose country is slated to take over the
chairmanship of the EU in July, said he hopes to use Italy’s status as EU
chair to further stability in the Middle East.
Earlier in the day the Italian PM caused a stir when he announced he would not meet with PA chairman Yasser Arafat. In retaliation for this, PA Prime Minister Abu Mazen refused to meet with Berlusconi.
U.S. Sees Likely Al Qaeda WMD Attack Within 2 Years
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States sees a high probability the clandestine al Qaeda network will try to launch a chemical, biological or nuclear attack within two years, the U.S. government said in a report made public on Monday.
"Al Qaeda will continue to favor spectacular attacks but also may seek softer targets of opportunity such as banks, shopping malls, supermarkets and places of recreation and entertainment," the United States told the United Nations (news - web sites) in the report.
"Al Qaeda will continue its efforts to acquire and develop biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons. We judge that there is a high probability that al Qaeda will attempt an attack using a CBRN weapon within the next two years," said the report.
The report, prepared before last month's triple suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia which killed 35 people, did not say whether it thought such an attack would take place inside the United States or elsewhere.
Israel hits Gaza after Jerusalem blast kills 15
JERUSALEM - A suicide bomber blew himself up on a bus in downtown Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding nearly 70, police said. An hour later, Israel dispatched helicopters to Gaza City, killing two Hamas officials and at least five other people.
Israel Wounds Hamas Leader in Helicopter Strike
GAZA (Reuters) - Senior Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi was wounded in an Israeli helicopter gunship attack on his car in Gaza City on Tuesday, a Hamas source said.
Doctors and Hamas sources said Rantissi, one of the best-known public faces of the Islamic militant movement, was in "good" condition but a woman who was passing by was killed.
When I first introduced my belief that the peace accord with Israel would turn out to be their entrance as a member to the E.U., of course, I received a little hesitation from a few readers. Not only is this about to happen, but it will happen for several reasons. One, Israel has a lot to offer the E.U. both scientifically and financially, and two, it would be a giant international boost for the E.U. if they could solve the peace problem when the U.S. has failed. And peace would have to be achieved if Israel were to become a member. Most don't realize that E.U. membership requires that no candidate have an ongoing battle with another country.
More bloodshed in the Israel and the Gaza Strip! This retaliation will be ongoing and will not be solved by President Bush. Look for the roadmap to be picked up by the first European Union president. I believe he will solve it whomever he maybe and stun the world.
Intelligence reports indicate there is a high probability that Al Qaeda will have nuclear and/or biological weapons capabilities within two years. That doesn't surprise me and I see a devastating attack in the near future. Something's going to touch off the holocaust of Revelation chapter 6 and that's as good as any reason.
Of course, when Christians are taken from the world (and the working of the Holy Spirit), anything could happen in a moment. One of the things that I fear most of all, when the tribulation period does begin, the hearts and minds of leaders around the world will be controlled by satan. Where there was once the hand of God protecting the world from catastrophic events will come destruction. North Korean President Kim Jong-il has been kept in check thus far, but what will happen when God's protective hand is lifted from this world. How many more fingers will be on the nuclear trigger?