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CBN NewsWatch: November 14, 2012

On today's show, top Hamas military commander killed in Israeli airstrike; lawmakers grill FBI, CIA over Petraeus scandal; What will happen if Syria's conflict spreads to Israel?; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH" CHAOS

IN GAZA.

AS AN ISRAELI AIR STRIKE KILLS

ONE OF HAMAS'S TOP OFFICIALS.

PRESIDENT SPEAKS OUT ON

PATRAEUS.

WE HAVE THE LATEST FROM THE

WHITE HOUSE.

IS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM A THING

OF THE PAST IN RUSSIA.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." ISRAEL LEADS A

DEADLY AIR STRIKE IN GAZA.

GOOD EVENING EVERYONE I AM LEE

WEB.

AND I AM WENDY GRIFFITH.

THE HEAD OF HAMAS'S MILITARY, A

MISSILE HIT THE CAR HE WAS

TRAVELING.

JABARI IS BLAMED FOR NUMEROUS

ATTACK.

TODAY'S STRIKE COMES AFTER DAYS

OF ROCKETS INTO SOUTHERN ISRAEL.

ISRAELI NETANYAHU SAID THEY WILL

NOT STAND FOR IT. CHRIS

MITCHELL JOINS US, WHAT IS THE

SITUATION IN GAS GAZA.

IT HAS EXPLODED LITERALLY AND

FIGURATIVELY.

SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED.

IT IS A DIRE SITUATION.

THIS IS THE RETALIATION BY

ISRAEL OVER 160 ROCKETS FIRED IN

THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS.

I THINK THIS IS ISRAEL SAYING

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

WE CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE.

YOU MENTIONED THE MILITARY'S

ASSASSINATION.

HOW WILL LOSING THE LEAD GO FOR

THEM?

IT IS A BLOW.

HE WAS THE LIAISON BETWEEN HAMAS

AND IRAN.

HE PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE IN IRAN

AND TEHRAN.

HE DEVELOPED THE KASAME ROCKET.

THE ROCKETS ARE GETTING LONGER.

PART OF THE STRIKE IS TO DETER

THE ROCKETS, 42-MILE RANG,

ENOUGH TO HIT TEL AVIV.

THAT IS WHAT ISRAEL IS TRYING TO

PIN POINTED.

THEY SAY THESE AIR STRIKES

ARE THE BEGINNING OF A BROADER

OPERATION?

WHAT NEXT?

WE JUST TALKED TO RETIRED

ISRAELI LEADER, HE SAID THIS

WILL GO ON SEVERAL DAYS.

HAMAS IS CALLING IT A

DECLARATION OF WAR.

AFTER THE ARAB SPRING.

MUM BARIC WAS A RESTRAINING

FORCE.

NOW WITH THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

IN CONTROL IN EGYPT, AS THINGS

GO DOWN A FEW YEARS DOWN THE

ROAD, WHETHER ANY ATTACKS

AGAINST HAMAS IN THE GAZA STRIP

WILL SPARK RETALIATION OR

SUPPORT BY EGYPT AND MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD GOVERNMENT.

CHRIS, THIS IS A REMINDER, WE

PRAY FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THOSE

IN HARM'S WAY.

APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH, LEE.

WE NEED THE PRAYERS.

TURNING TO THE SCANDAL

ROCKING WASHINGTON, INITIAL

INVESTIGATION INTO THE DAVID

PATRAEUS AND PAULA BROADWELL

AFFAIR.

WASHINGTON STANDS BEHIND GENERAL

JOHN ALLEN, U.S. COMMANDER

CAUGHT UP IN THE PATRAEUS COP

CONTINUE.

PRESIDENT THINKS VERY HIGHLY

OF GENERAL ALLEN AND HIS SERVICE

TO HIS COUNTRY AS WELL AS THE

JOB HE HAS DONE IN AFGHANISTAN.

UNTIL SOMEBODY PROVES

OTHERWISE, I BELIEVE HE DID

NOTHING INAPPROPRIATE.

THIS SHOW OF SUPPORT COMES

EVEN AS THE HEARINGS FOR GENERAL

ALLEN'S NOMINATION ARE PUT ON

HOLD.

IF I BELIEVES UNCOVERED

THOUSANDS OF E-MAILS BETWEEN

ALLEN AND JILL KELLEY, THE WOMAN

WHO SPARKED THE INVESTIGATION

INTO PATRAEUS AND BROADWELL.

ALLEN MAINTAINS HE DID NOTHING

WRONG.

PRESIDENT TOOK TIME IN A PRESS

CONFERENCE TODAY.

JENNIFER WISHON WAS THERE AND

JOINS US FROM WASHINGTON.

JENNIF

JENNIFER, WHAT DID THE PRESIDENT

SAY ABOUT THE SCANDAL?

GOOD EVENING, WENDY.

THE PRESIDENT HAS NO EVIDENCE

NATIONAL SECURITY WAS THREATENED

RESULT OF THIS SCANDAL.

WHITE HOUSE FOUND OUT A WEEK AGO

TODAY, A DAY AFTER THE ELECTION.

MANY QUESTION THE TIMING COMING

AFTER THE ELECTION HOW THE

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

COULD NOT HAVE KNOWN AMERICA'S

TOP SPY WAS UNDER INVESTIGATION

BY THE FBI.

THE PRESIDENT SAYS IT IS NOT HIS

BUSINESS TO MEDAL IN CRIMINAL

INVESTIGATIONS.

TODAY ISN'T GOING TO PASS

JUDGMENT ON FBI PROTOCOL THAT

LEFT HIM IN THE DARK FOR ABOUT

SIX MONTHS.

MANY AMERICANS HAVE BEEN

CONCERNED ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE

RESPONSE TO THE SEPTEMBER TERROR

ATTACKS ON THE AMERICAN

CONSULATE IN LIBYA.

IT WAS A BIG ISSUE IN THE

CAMPAIGN, WHAT DID THE PRESIDENT

HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT, TODAY?

PRESIDENT SAYS IT IS BEING

INVESTIGATED, WHAT HAPPENED,

WHEN ASKED SPECIFICALLY, DID

YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, AS COMMANDER

IN CHIEF GIVE AN ORDER THAT DAY?

THE PRESIDENT TOLD THE NATIONAL

SECURITY TEAM QUOTE, DO WHATEVER

WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE SURE THEY

ARE SAFE.

MANY CRITICS HAVE SAID ST

PRESIDENT SHOULD HAVE KNOWN

EXACTLY WHAT WAS GOING ON AS

AMERICAN SOIL IN LIBYA WAS BEING

ATTACKED, MORE THAN TWO MONTHS

LATER, WE SHOULDN'T BE ASKING

EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.

WENDY, THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSED

IT, CERTAINLY MORE QUESTIONS

THAN ANSWERS REMAIN.

YES, INDEED, KIND OF A

SKETCHY ANSWER.

JENNIFER WISHON AT THE WHITE

HOUSE. JOINING US IS

RETIRED ARKANSRETIERE

RETIRED GENERAL BOYKIN.

THERE IS SPECULATION THAT

GENERAL PATRAEUS WAS

BLACKMAILED, DO YOU BELIEVE

THAT?

BY ALL APPEARANCES, IT WOULD

SEEM PATRAEUS WAS BEING HELD

HOSTAGE TO THE INVESTIGATION OF

HIS INFIDELITY.

I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT WE ARE

GOING TO FIND THAT IS THE CASE.

WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO DO

THAT?

A NUMBER OF POSSIBILITY, LEE.

FIRST OF ALL, WE HAVE A LOT OF

EVIDENCE THERE WAS A CO-VERT

ACTION PROGRAM RUN OUT OF

BENGHAZI TO FUND WEAPONS TO THE

SYRIAN REBELS.

THAT MAY HAVE BEEN AN EFFORT TO

COVER THAT UP IF IT WASN'T

APPROPRIATELY BRIEFED TO

CONGRESS.

ONE OF THE BIG QUESTIONS IS:

WHY DIDN'T WE PUT SOME TYPE OF

MILITARY FORCE ON THE GROUND TO

SAVE THOSE AMERICANS AND EVEN IF

WE COULDN'T HAVE SAVED THEM, AT

LEAST RECOVER THEIR BODIES?

NO ONE IS ASKING THAT QUESTION.

CERTAINLY THE MILITARY COMMAND,

AFRICA COMMAND, GENERAL CARTE

HAM WOULD HAVE LEANED FORWARD,

GENERAL PATRAEUS WOULD HAVE

WANTED TO GET SOMETHING IN

THERE.

NO INDICATION THERE IS ANY

EFFORT TO PUT MILITARY FORCE ON

THE GROUND TO SAVE THOSE PEOPLE.

THAT IS A QUESTION THAT WILL

COME UP IN THE HEARINGS.

I THINK THEY DON'T WANT DAVID

PATRAEUS TO ANSWER THAT.

HIS TESTIMONY IS CRITICAL TO

GETTING TO THE TRUTH ABOUT

BENGHAZI.

SOME FOLKS HAVE COMPARED THIS

TO WATER GATE, DO YOU AGREE

THERE IS A COMPARISON WITH

REGARDS TO THE SCANDAL THAT

COULD AFFECT AN ADMINISTRATION?

I THINK THIS IS JUST AS

DEVASTATING AS WATERGATE.

WE KNOW THERE WAS AN ATTEMPTED

COVER UP.

SUSAN RICE WAS VERY MUCH AWARE

OF THE FACT THERE WAS NO MOB AND

THIS WAS NOT A SPONTANEOUS THING

BASED ON AN ABSECURE VIDEO OUT

OF CALIFORNIA.

THE ADMINISTRATION TRIED TO

COVER IT UP.

I THINK THAT IS WHY GENERAL

PATRAEUS STEPPED DOWN.

HE WAS UNWILLING TO CONTINUE

SPOUTING THE PARTY LINE TO THE

AMERICAN PUBLIC AND CONTINUING

TO BREECH HIS OWN INTEGRITY.

I THINK WE ARE GOING TO FIND

THERE IS A HUGE COVER UP AND

MORE THAN MEET IT IS EYE.

I THINK THERE WAS A COVERT

ACTION PROGRAM GOING ON TO

FUNNEL ARMS TO THE REBELS IN

SYRIA.

I THINK CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE

STATE DEPARTMENT HAVE CONCLUDED

THAT THE JIHADISTS ARE OUR

FRIENDS AND WE NEED TO BE

SUPPORTING THEM.

A VARIETY OF OTHER THINGS THAT

WILL COME OUT, LEE.

GENERAL BOYKIN, WE THANK YOU FOR

BEING WITH US TODAY.

IT IS A PLEASURE, LEE, THANK

YOU.

IN OTHER NEWS THE PRESIDENT

ADDRESSED THE ECONOMY SAYING HIS

TOP PRIORITY IS JOBS AND GROWTH

AND FIRST TASK IS TO ADDRESS THE

LOOMING FISCAL CLIFF.

HE IS MEETING WITH CONGRESSIONAL

LEADERSHIP TO DISCUSS IT.

HE REAFFIRMED AT LEAST ONE

CAMPAIGN PLEDGE.

WE CAN'T AFFORD TO EXTEND

BUSH TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY.

WE CAN MAKE SURE MIDDLE CLASS

TAXES DON'T GO UP.

PRESIDENT DID EXPECT FOR ALL

INCOME EARNERS IN 2010.

THAT WON'T HAPPEN AGAIN.

TOP HOUSE DEMOCRAT NANCY

PELOSI, 13-TERM CONGRESSWOMAN

FROM CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCED HER

DECISION TODAY.

MANY OBSERVERS QUESTIONED HER

FUTURE AFTER REPUBLICANS HELD ON

TO THE MAJORITY.

DURING THE NEWS CONFERENCE, NBC

LUKE RUSERT.

YOU ARE ALL OVER 70, DOES

THIS PROHIBIT YOUNGER LEADERSHIP

FROM MOVING FORWARD.

YOU ARE SUGGESTING EVERYBODY

STEP ASIDE?

I THINK WHAT YOU WILL SEE,

LET'S FOR A MOMENT HONOR IT AS A

LEGIT QUESTION, ALTHOUGH IT IS

QUITE OFFENSIVE.

PELOSI SAID SHE HAS TRIED TO

ELECT NEW AND YOUNGER PEOPLE AS

DEMOCRATIC LEADERS.

DEMOCRATS EXPANDED THEIR

MAJORITY IN U.S. SENATE.

ANGUS KING WILL VOTE WITH

DEMOCRATS 55-45 EDGE OVER THE

GOP IN THE SENATE.

COMING UP, CIVIL WAR IN

SYRIA.

OUR GARY LANE TALKS ABOUT WHAT

IT MEANS FOR THE VEST OF THE

MIDDLE EAST, INCLUDING ISRAEL.

SYRIAN REBELS CONTROL MOST OF

THE VILLAGES NEAR ISRAEL'S GO

LAN HEIGHTS ACCORDING TO EHUD

BARACK.

FIGHTING HAS FORCED ISRAEL TO

RETALIATE.

GROWING REBEL CONTROL COULD

WIDEN INTO AN ARMED CONFLICT.

REBEL FIGHTING HAS SPILLED INTO

LEBANON, JORDAN AND TURKEY.

GARY LANE JOINS US FOR MORE.

ISRAELI IS ALREADY FACING

PROBLEMS WITH GAZA AND HAMAS.

THEY HAVE SYRIA.

ANY DANGER THIS COULD ESCALATE

WITH SYRIA?

I THINK THERE IS SOME DANGER.

ISRAEL DOESN'T NEED IT.

WE JUST LEARNED THE ISRAELI

AMBASSADOR HAS BEEN RECALLED

FROM CAIRO AND EGYPTIANS

RECALLED FROM TEL AVIV AND

EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE

SECURITY COUNSEL.

THEY DON'T NEED THIS.

ASSAD DOESN'T WANT TO DRAW

ISRAEL INTO THIS WAR M THEY HAVE

AIRCRAFT AND CAN TAKE OUT HIS

POSITIONS.

THEY ARE GOING NEAR THE BORDER.

THE SYRIANS SHELL TOO CLOSE, IT

GOES INTO ISRAEL INTO THE GOLAN

HEIGHTS.

THAT IS WHAT THE SYRIAN REBELS

WANT.

OVER THE WEEKEND FRANCE HAS

BECOME THE FIRST WESTERN NATION

TO PUBLICALLY ENDORSE THE

REBELS, IS THAT RIGHT?

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR SYRIA

LEGITIMACY FOR REBELS.

THEY WANT SMALL ARMS,

ANTIAIRCRAFT ARMS TO BE

PROVIDED.

PRESIDENT STOPPED SHORT OF

SAYING WE'LL PROVIDE THOSE AND

RECOGNIZING THIS UMBRELLA GROUP.

WE ARE PLEASED TO SEE THAT

HAPPEN.

HE SAYS WE'LL BE MORE ENGAGED

WITH THAT GROUP.

HE IS NOT READY TO CALL THEM A

DE FACTO GOVERNMENT, GOVERNMENT

IN EXILE.

HE IS CONCERNED SOME MAY GET

INTO THE HANDS OF EXTREMIST.

THAT WOULD BE BAD NEW FOR U.S.

AND ISRAEL.

GARY, WHAT ABOUT THE

CHRISTIANS THAT LIVE IN SYRIA?

AS WE REPORTED BEFORE, THEY

ARE STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND A

HARD PLACE.

IF THEY SIDE WITH ASSAD, REBELS

WILL COME AGAINST THEM.

IF THEY SIDE WITH THE REBELS

ASSAD WILL COME AGAINST THEM.

MANY ARE REFUGEES WITH THEIR

COUNTRY.

THEY HAVE NO PLACE TO GO.

THE ALAWITES HAVE ENCLAVES IN

SYRIA.

CHRISTIANS ARE SPREAD THROUGHOUT

THE COUNTRY.

THEY HAVE NO SAFE HAVEN.

WE NEED TO PRAY FOR THEM AND

PIECE OF JERUSALEM.

THERE HAVE BEEN KIDNAPPINGS

AND MURDERS.

GARY LANE, THANKS FOR THE

LATEST ON THAT.

UP NEXT, POLICE STAND BY AS

EVANGELICALS FACE RELIGIOUS

PERSECUTION.

WE'LL SHOW YOU WHERE NEXT.

WELCOME BACK, DOZENS OF MEN

RECENTLY ATTACKED AND DEMOLISHED

A PENTECOSTAL CHURCH AND POLICE

STOOD BY AND WATCHED.

ASSAULT TOOK PLACE OUTSIDE

MOSCOW AND RAISING CONCERNS THAT

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS FADING IN

RUSSIA.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS THE STORY.

IT IS DIFFICULT TO TALK ABOUT

WHAT HAPPENED THE NIGHT OF

DECEMBER 6TH.

ON A RECENT MORNING,

12-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND HAND FULL

OF HER FRIENDS HELD SUNDAY

SCHOOL OF WHAT USED TO BE THE

ENTRANCE OF THEIR CHURCH.

I WANT THE PEOPLE THAT DID

THIS I STILL LOVE CHRIST AND

WILL PRAY FOR THEM CH

ABOUT 45 MEN BACKED BY LOCAL

RUSSIAN POLICE DESCENDING ON

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH.

I GOT HERE AROUND 4:00 A.M.

THE POLICE STOOD THERE AND

WATCHED THE WHOLE THING.

AS WORD SPREAD, MANY CHURCH

MEMBERS RUSHED TO TRY TO SAVE

THE CHURCH.

I WILL NEVER FORGET THE SOUND

OF MY CHURCH BEING CRUSHED.

IT WAS SO PAINFUL.

THE PASTOR TRIED TO STOP THE

MEN.

THIS IS VIDEO OF HIM THAT NIGHT.

WHEN I TRIED TO GET INTO THE

TERRITORY, I WAS STOPPED BY

TRUNK TOUGH GUYS.

THEY REFUSED TO SHOW THEIR ID'S

AND PAPERS.

NEW BY 3:00 A.M., THE

THREE-STORY BUILDING IN RUINS.

UNFORTUNATELY WHAT WE ARE

SEEING IS NOTHING NEW.

FOR DECADES, EVANGELICAL

CHRISTIANS HAVE SEEN AND

EXPERIENCED WORST.

THE CHURCH WAS REGISTERED IN

THE LATE 70S.

1995 -- THE CHURCH E RUKTED A

TEMPORARY BUILDING, PASTOR ROMAN

WANTED TO BUILD A MORE PERMANENT

STRUCTU

STRUCTURE.

AUTHORITIES REFUSED.

FOR 17 YEARS THE CITY REFUSED

THE CHURCH ELECTRICITY AND

WATER.

THE BRAZEN ATTACKS STUNNED THE

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY.

THIS MAN RUNS A CHRISTIAN

MINISTRY.

MOSCOW, THE LARGEST CITY IN

RUSSIA, THE CAPITOL.

EVEN THOUGH THE COUNTRY'S

CONSTITUTION CLEARLY STATES ALL

RELIGIONS ARE EQUAL BEFORE THE

LAW, GOVERNMENT IS OFTEN ACCUSED

OF DISCRIMINATING.

GOVERNMENT AND RUSSIAN

ORTHODOX CHURCH VIEW US

EVANGELICALS AS A THREAT.

THEY SEE HOW DYNAMIC HIS

SERVICES ARE AND THREATENED BY

IT.

A LEADING HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER

IN MOSCOW SAYS HOLY TRINITY'S

PROPERTY AND LEGAL CHALLENGES

ARE PART OF AN EMERGING PATTERN

AGAINST RUSSIAN EVANGELICALS.

THIS YEAR ALONE THEY HAVE

GIVEN PERMITS.

WHAT EVANGELICALS ARE

CONCERNED ABOUT IS THE GROWING

INFLUENCE WITHIN THE POLITICAL

SYSTEM.

THEY ACCUSED THE PRESIDENT OF

TEARING DOWN WALLS BETWEEN

CHURCH AND STATE.

MUSLIMS FROM TIME TO TIME

WILL FACE SIMILAR CHALLENGES IN

BUILDI

BUILDING MOSQUES.

YOU WILL NOT HEAR OF A ORTHODOX

CHURCH BEING BULLDOZED IN THE

MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

THEY ARE HOLDING WEEKLY

SERVICES IN A TENT.

THERE ARE REPORTS THE CITY WANTS

TO TURN THE LAND INTO A LARGE

SPORT COMPLEX.

I NEVER REALIZED I WOULD GO

THROUGH SUCH AN EXPERIENCE.

I FEEL FULL OF HOPE THANKS TO

PRAYERS AROUND THE WORLD.

12-YEAR-OLD FRETA IS ALSO

HOPEFUL.

I HAVE BEEN ASKING GOD TO

PROVIDE A PLACE TO MEET AND

SHARE WITH OTHERS ABOUT THE LOVE

OF CHRIST.

I KNOW GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF

THAT.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS,

MOSCOW.

UP NEXT, A PUNISHMENT THAT

MAY OR MAY NOT FIT THE CRIME.

EMBARRASSING SENTENCE ONE JUDGE

HANDED DOWN.

FINALLY TONIGHT AN UNUSUAL

PUNISHMENT FOR POTENTIALLY

DANGEROUS BEHAVIOR.

SHEENA HARDEN PLED GUILTY TO

DRIVING ON A SIDEWALK TO AVOID A

SCHOOL BUS.

THE SIDEWALK WAS THE ENTRANCE TO

A DAY CARE CENTER.

A BUS DRIVER CAUGHT THE ACT ON A

CELL PHONE CAMERA.

SO FOR HER PUNISHMENT THE COURT

ORDERED HER TO RETURN TO THE

SIGN, ONLY AN IDIOT WOULD DRIVE

ON A SIDEWALK TO AVOID A SCHOOL

BUS AND THE JUDGE SUSPENDED HER

LICENSE FOR 30 DAYS AND FINED

HER $250.

THE JUDGE DIDN'T LIKE HER

ATTITUDE AND SAID YOU BETTER

BEHAVE YOURSELF OR I'LL COME

DOWN ON YOU HARDER.

SEEMS HARSH.

SHE MUST HAVE HAD A BAD

ATTITUDE.

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