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Schulz doesn't seem that bad

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Submitted by Michael S, Nov 21, 2016 at 05:13

Hi, Moh

Schulz doesn't seem that bad:

""On a visit in February 2014, Schulz gave a "generally pro-Israel"[22] speech to the Knesset, but he implied at one point, based on what he himself described as unverified data, that Israel was denying Palestinians a fair share of water resources in the occupied West Bank.[23] This part of the speech sparked a walk-out by several lawmakers from the right-wing Jewish Home party, and drew a public rebuke from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.[24] Schulz subsequently said in an interview with a German newspaper that his personal sentiments regarding Israel are more sympathetic than the speech implied, and that the more critical official EU position meant that, in his role as EU president, he had to give an address that reflected this stance.[25] Concerning water usage in the West Bank, he said also: "I merely asked in my speech if this was correct. I was not stating a fact."[26]

"Elsewhere, Schulz has voiced strong support for Israel, going as far as saying that "Germany exists only in order to ensure the existence of the State of Israel and the Jewish people";[27] scotched talk of an EU boycott of the country;[28] and criticized the bloc's 2015 decision[29] to label Israeli goods that are produced in the West Bank,[30] a stand that drew Palestinian criticism.[31]"

-- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Schulz#Relations_with_Israel

As for Turkey, they are currently attacking the American-allied Syrian Democratic Forces:

http://aranews.net/2016/11/turkey-strikes-headquarters-of-the-syrian-democratic-forces-near-manbij/

in their drive of conquest in Syria. Turkish PM Erdogan has already claimed Mosul, Iraq; and Raqaa and Aleppo in Syria as "Turkish". At present, Russian-backed Syrian government forces control Aleppo and have a pact with Turkey; but Erdogan has a history of breaking alliances as quickly as most people change cars.

It has never happened in history, that Turkey LED a joint assault against Israel with Iran. During the 6th Century BCE, the vanquished Turkish (Lydian) leader Croessus joined the king of the Medes and Persians in attacking the fertile crescent; and during the Middle Ages, the Seljuk Turks, based in Iran, conquered much of Turkey and the Middle East; but then, of course, the vast majority of Jews had yet to return to their ancestral homeland. Only the current situation fits the criteria of Ezekiel 39.

Right now, there is some doubt as to whether Turkey or Iran is the paramount power in the region. Both are advancing against the Islamic State; and after they have jointly conquered Mosul and Raqa'a, they might both continue their advances southward. Israel's perennial enemy, Hizbullah, is, of course, an Iranian client. The events of the coming year will be greatly influenced by what President Trump decides to do; but the main thrust of it is already in motion. I might add, that the Shi'a Iraqis and Iranians, and the Alawite Syrians both have their backers in the form of Russia and Iran; but the Sunnis have only ISIS and the Turks as their champions (The Kurds worthy of their name are secular). Once ISIS is squelched, the Turks will be the main Sunni protectors.

Shalom shalom :-)

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