1. According to The Telegraph of Great Britain, European Commission president, Jose Manuel Barroso, said a fully fledged federal Europe may seem like “political science fiction” today but will soon become reality for all European Union countries whether inside or outside the euro. He has fanned the flames of British debate over EU membership by insisting that fiscal union in the eurozone will lead to “intensified political union” for all 27 member states. Mr Barroso’s announcement that he will set out plans for a European federation next spring, before elections to the European Parliament in May 2014, will further deepen Conservative divisions over the EU.
2. According to The Times of Israel, Jerusalem’s mayor Nir Bar-kat has ruled out any notion of Palestinian rule in the capital and says it is ‘ridiculous’ that Jews can’t pray on the Temple Mount. In arguably the most candid and forthright interview he has given since winning office in 2008, Bar-kat suggested that if the Palestinians wanted a capital in Jerusalem they could rename Ramallah “Jerusalem” or “northern Jerusalem.” He said, “it was in Jerusalem’s DNA to be a united city, under sole Jewish rule.” He also that he disagrees with the current rule banning Jews from praying on the Temple Mount but said he would not try to change the rule at this point.
3. According to the Washington Times, the Department of Homeland Security said that Middle East and North Africa based criminal hackers are preparing cyberattacks against the websites of high-profile U.S. government agencies, banks and other companies. The department said the attacks, dubbed Operation USA, are set to begin this week. A homeland security bulletin said that “Operation USA poses a limited threat of temporarily disrupting U.S. websites,” defacing websites or temporarily knocking them offline. More dangerous, though, is the developing alliance that the attacks seem to forebode between criminal hackers and violent Islamic extremists.
4. According to The Associated Press, President Bashar Assad’s regime has given a Palestinian militant group the go-ahead to set up missiles to attack Israel in the wake of recent Israeli airstrikes on the Syrian capital. Syria has hinted at possible retribution against Israel since the Jewish state carried out the airstrikes over the weekend, although official government statements have been relatively mild. In that light, the Assad regime’s decision to allow a minor Syria-based Palestinian group to prepare for attacks is largely seen as a face-saving gesture unlikely to escalate the confrontation with Israel. The Syrian government has reportedly told the group that they could carry out attacks independently without consulting Syrian authorities.
5. According to the Associated Press, China launched a peace proposal amid visits from the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, in a sign of its desire for a larger role in the Middle East. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was welcomed by his Chinese counterpart in Beijing on Monday, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a visit to the eastern financial hub of Shanghai. Netanyahu is due in Beijing on Wednesday following Abbas’s departure a day earlier. During his meeting with Abbas, the Chinese president introduced a 4-point peace proposal. The plan calls for an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, based on the 1967 lines, with East Jerusalem as its capital. The proposal also states Israel’s right to exist in security and asserts that negotiations are the key to lasting peace between the two peoples.
The Bible says in Philippians 3:20: “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”
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