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CBN NewsWatch: January 31, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Jan. 31: Tensions rise after Israel hits Syrian weapons convoy; Sen. Hagel faces tough questions on Israel, Iran; Many Christian groups favor stricter gun laws; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH"

SENDING SYRIA A WARNING, LATEST

ON ISRAELI AIR STRIKE AND WHAT

IT MEANS FOR THE REGION.

PLUS MANY LAWMAKERS WANT TO

LOOK AT THE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT

ASSAULT WEAPONS.

AND WHY SOME SAY THE SMALL --

GOVERNMENT IS HOLDING SMALL

BUSINESSES BACK.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR

COULD BECOME A REGIONAL

CONFLICT.

GOOD EVENING I AM MARK MARTIN.

AND I AM WENDY GRIFFITH.

ISRAELI WAR PLANES HAVE STRUCK

INSIDE.

LEBANESE, SYRIAN AND JORDANIAN

FORCES HAVE GONE ON HIGHER

ALERT.

CHRIS MITCHELL HAS TONIGHT'S TOP

STORY FROM JERUSALEM.

SYRIAN TV CLAIMS A MILITARY

RESEARCH CENTER WAS CLAIMED.

ISRAELI WAR PLANE HIT A CONVOY

CONTAINING WEAPONS THAT COULD

CHANGE THE MILITARY BALANCE OF

POWER.

I FEEL ISRAELI HAS WARNED

SYRIA.

WE ACTED UPON IT.

IT IS A MESSAGE SENT BY

ISRAEL TO SYRIAN AND HEZBOLLAH

BY WHICH TO SAY WE DO HAVE CAPE

ABLES.

ONE OF THE MAIN CONCERNS OF

THE U.S. AND ISRAEL IS ASSAD'S

HUGE STOCK PILE OF CHEMICAL

WEAPONS.

WE HAVE AN INDICATION THAT

BASHAR'S GRIP OVER THE CHEMICAL

WEAPONRY AND COULD SHIFTED OR

DELIVERED TO HEZBOLLAH OR

RADICAL ELEMENTS IN SYRIA.

HEZBOLLAH IS AN ORGANIZATION,

TERRORIST ORGANIZATION WITH A

DIFFERENT STRATEGIC.

THEY MAYBE TEMPTED TO USE THESE

WEAPONS.

ISRAELI ARMY WOULD NOT

COMMENT ON THE ATTACKS.

EARLIER THIS WEEK DEPLOYED TWO

IRON DOME MISSILE BATTLES IN

ISRAEL.

IT IS A SIGN THEY MAYBE PLANNING

FOR RETALIATION.

THE BORDER REMAINS QUIET.

CHRIS MITCHELL JOINS US FROM

JERUSALEM BY SKYPE.

CHRIS, DO YOU THINK IT IS

LIKELY.

I THINK YOU HAVE TO

UNDERSTAND SYRIA, I THINK ONE OF

THE LAST THINGS THEY WANT TO DO

IS GET INTO A WAR WITH ISRAEL.

THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR SURVIVAL.

ANY SORT OF CONFLICT, MAJOR

REGIONAL DISPUTE WITH ISRAEL

COULD SINK THE ASSAD REGIME.

I THINK THE SAME FOR IRAN.

I THINK IT IS MORE POSTURING.

THEY WOULD BE RELUCTANT TO GET

INTO A WAR WITH ISRAEL.

NULL COULD ISRAEL GET DRAGGED

INTO SERIOUS CIVIL WAR?

WHAT WOULD THAT MEAN FOR THE

ENTIRE REGION?

IT WOULD MEAN THEY COULD GET

INVOLVED.

A GAME CHANGER WEAPON SYSTEMS

SA-17, ANTIWEAPON BATTERY.

ANY OF THESE RED LINE FOR ISRAEL

IS SOMETHING THEY WOULD PREVENT

JUST LIKE THEY DID TUESDAY AND

WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

CHEMICAL WEAPONS WERE THE OTHER

THEY.

THAT COULD BE A GAME CHANGER.

THESE ARE THE WAYS ISRAEL COULD

BE DRAWN INTO A SERIOUS CIVIL

WAR.

WITHOUT GETTING TOO SPECIFIC.

HOW DID ISRAEL LEARN ABOUT THE

CON JOY AND ITS CONTENTS?

OBVIOUSLY THEY HAD GREAT

INTELLIGENCE.

WE TALKED TO AN ANALYST THAT

SAID ISRAEL HAS UNITS ON THE

GROUND IN SYRIA.

ISRAEL, ITSELF, WHETHER IT IS

THE ARMY, OR DEFENSE MINISTRY IS

NOT SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT THIS

ATTACK.

THEY GO TO RADIO SILENCE SO YOU

ARE NOT GETTING OFFICIAL

INFORMATION FROM ISRAEL.

THEY HAVE SUPERB INTELLIGENCE.

THIS SENDS A SIGNAL TO HEZBOLLAH

AND SYRIA, IF THEY TRY THIS,

THIS IS THE KIND OF REACTION

THEY'LL GET FROM ISRAEL.

WHAT IS THE ATMOSPHERE LIKE

IN ISRAEL, CHRIS, IS THERE A

REAL CONCERN ABOUT SYRIA?

THERE IS.

ONE OF THE MAIN CONCERNS IS WHAT

IS GOING TO HAPPEN AFTER THE

FALL OF THE ASSAD REGIME THAT

MOST ANALYST WOULD SAY ASSAD

WILL BE FALL.

THE QUESTION WILL: WHAT IS

GOING TO HAPPEN AFTER THAT?

A LOT OF JIHADIST GROUPS

INFILTRATED INTO SYRIA.

NOT NECESSARILY WITH THE FREE

SYRIAN ARMY.

THEY REPRESENT A CHALLENGE TO

ISRAEL AND THE FREE SYRIAN ARMY

THAT MAY WANT TO ESTABLISH SOME

STABLE GOVERNMENT AFTERWARDS.

THEY WANT TO DESTROY ISRAEL,

ESTABLISH AN ISLAMIC STATE BASED

ON SHARIA LAW.

THAT IS THE BIG CONCERN OF

ISRAEL, WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN

WHEN ASSAD FALLS?

ALL RIGHT.

CHRIS MITCHELL IN JERUSALEM,

THANKS AS ALWAYS FOR STAYING ON

TOP OF THESE ISSUES THAT AFFECT

THE WHOLE WORLD, WE APPRECIATE.

THANKS, MARK.

ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS, THE

COUNTRY TOLD THE ATOMIC AGENCY,

IT WANTS TO INSTALL THOUSANDS OF

MACHINES.

THAT WOULD BOOST PRODUCTION OF

MATERIAL THAT CAN BE USED FOR

REACTOR FUEL AND NUCLEAR WAR

HEADS.

IRAN SAYS IT HAS THE RIGHT TO

ENRICH FOR A NUCLEAR POWER

PROGRAM AND CONTINUES TO DEFY

U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL COMMANDS

TO STOP.

GROWING COMMANDS FOR MOHAMMED

MORSI TO BRING HIS POLITICAL

OPPOSITION ON BOARD AND FORM A

UNITY GOVERNMENT.

PROTESTERS HAVE BEEN TAKING TO

THE STREETS TO BLAST MORSI.

SO FAR THE PROTESTS HAVE LED TO

50 DEATHS AND FEARS THE COUNTRY

COULD BE ATTORNEY TORN APART.

FORMER NEBRASKA SENATOR CHUCK

HAGEL ANSWERED HOURS OF

QUESTIONS.

THEY CITE FUNDAMENTAL

DISAGREEMENTS AND WORLD VIEW ON

ISRAEL, TERRORISM AND NUCLEAR

WEAPONS WHICH HAGEL TRIED TO

ADDRESS AT THE HEARING.

I AM ON THE RECORD ON MANY

ISSUES.

NO ONE INDIVIDUAL VOTE, NO ONE

INDIVIDUAL QUOTE, NO ONE

INDIVIDUAL STATEMENT DEFINES ME.

HAGEL IS A VIETNAM VET AND

PURPLE HEART RECIPIENT.

HE WOULD BE THE FIRST ENLISTED

SOLDIER TO SERVE AS THE FEDS

SECRETARY.

NO DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR HIS

CONFIRMATION VOTE FOR NOW.

FINDINGS OF A NEW SURVEY BY

THE PUBLIC RELIGION RESEARCH

INSTITUTE.

RESEARCHERS FOUND 76% OF

MINORITY PROTESTANTS, 57% OF

WHITE MAIN LINE PROTESTANTS

SUPPORT STRICTER GUN CONTROL.

WHITE EVANGELICALS 59% OPPOSING

NEW GUN CONTROL LAWS.

THEY AGREE ON BETTER MENTAL

HEALTH SCREENINGS AND SUPPORT.

WHITE VEVANGELICALS POINTED TO

ANOTHER SOLUTION.

THEY REALLY STOOD OUT FOR

PUTTING EMPHASIS ON GOD AND

MORALITY AND SOCIETY, CHANGING

THE CULTURE TO PREVENT MASS

SHOOTINGS, IT IS ABOUT CULTURAL

CHALLENGE CH

TO SEE MORE RESULTS, VISIT

OUR WEBSITE CBNNEWS.COM.

ASSAULT WEAPONS HAVE BEEN THE

LATEST DEBATE ON THE FOCUS OF

GUN CONTROL.

THEY WERE BANNED IN THE 90S.

AS LEE WEB DISCOVERED THERE

IS OFTEN MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT

ASSAULT WEAPONS.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE

WAY IT SHOOTS?

PULL THE TRIGGER AND IT KEEPS

SHOOTING.

NOT JUST BANG, BANG, BANG,

SPRAY OFF ROUNDS AND STUFF.

YOU ARE ASSUMING IT IS FIRING

LIKE A MACHINE GUN WOULD?

YES.

THEY ARE NOT ALONE.

SEVERAL ADMIT THEY THINK THERE

IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE

WEAPONS ON TV AND VIDEO GAMES

AND THE ASSAULT WEAPON THE

GUNMAN USED AT SANDY HOOK.

CHRIS MITCHELL TOOK ME TO THE

RANGE TO CLEAR UP THE CONFUSION.

CHIEF, THIS IS REFERRED TO AS

AN ASSAULT WEAPON.

IT LOOKS NO DIFFERENT THAN

WHAT A SOLDIER CARRIES.

THAT IS CORRECT.

THIS WEAPON ONLY SHOOTS IN A

SEMIAUTOMATIC FASHION.

IT SHOOTS ONE ROUND.

AS FAST AS YOU CAN PULL THE

TRIGGER.

MILITARY-STYLE VISION HAS

CAPABILITY OF SHOOTING MORE THAN

ONE ROUND?

YOU HAVE A THREE-ROUND BURST

OR AUTOMATIC.

EXISTING LAW MAKES IT

EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO OWN THAT

GUN.

THIS GUN FIRES ONE ROUND EACH

TIME THE TRIGGER IS PULLED NO

DIFFERENT THAN A SEMIAUTOMATIC

PISTOL OR THIS.22-CALIBER TARGET

RIFLE TO BE SURE THE ASSAULT

RIFLE HAS A LONGER RANGE, YOU

CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE FROM THE

AR 15 AND ROUND FOR 9 MILLIMETER

PISTOL.

VIRGINIA TECH MASSACRE IN

2007 WAS THE DEADLIEST SHOOTING

SPREE BY A SINGLE GUNMAN.

ALL HE HAD WERE TWO

SEMIAUTOMATIC PISTOLS.

DO YOU BELIEVE IT WILL

PREVENT ANOTHER NEWTOWN

MASSACRE?

I DON'T.

LAW ABIDING CITIZENS OWN THESE

WEAPONS.

BANNING THESE ISN'T GOING TO

MAKE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE.

THAT WAS LEE WEBB REPORTING.

A MISSOURI LAWMAKERS IS

PROPOSING LEGISLATION REQUIRING

SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO TEACH FIRST

GRADERS GUN SAFETY.

REPUBLICAN SENATOR DAN BROWN

WANTS TO INTRODUCE EDDY E. RULE.

THEY WANT TO PROMOTE SAFETY AND

PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND TEACH

STUDENTS HOW TO RESPOND IF THEY

ENCOUNTER A FIREARM.

SENATE BILL 75, I AM IN

FAVOR.

I DON'T KNOW IF THE TRAINING

NEEDS TO START AT FIRST GRADE OR

OLDER.

I WOULD ASK MY BOARD TO ALLOW US

TO TRAIN EVERY YEAR THE SAME

TRAINING MAYBE UP THROUGH 8TH

GRADE.

REPETITION I BELIEVE IS

IMPORTANT N.

THE BILL WOULD REQUIRE

TEACHERS AND SCHOOL EMPLOYEES TO

PARTICIPATE IN ARMED INTRUDER

TRAINING.

TEACHING THEM ABOUT GUNS WILL

ONLY INCREASE THEIR INTEREST.

PAKISTANI TEEN WILL HAVE A

TITANIUM PLATE IN HER SKULL.

MALALA YOUSUFZAI WILL GET AN

INNER EAR PLANT.

A TALIBAN GUNMAN SHOT HER LAST

OCTOBER.

ISLAMIST WANTED HER DEAD AFTER

REQUIRING ACCESS TO EDUCATION.

INCREDIBLY DETERMINED TO

CONTINUE TO SPEAK FOR THE CAUSE.

SHE REALLY IS A REMARKABLE YOUNG

LADY.

SHE COULD REMAIN A TARGET FOR

EXTREMISTS.

LATEST ON THE DEADLY STORM

THAT SWEPT ACROSS PARTS OF THE

COUNTRY OVERNIGHT.

UNSEASONABLY WARM

TEMPERATURES ACROSS MUCH OF THE

COUNTRY ARE GONE AFTER IT MADE

ITS WAY SOUTH AND MIDWEST.

EVERYONE WAS TALKING ABOUT

THE WINDS HERE IN VIRGINIA

BEACH.

STORMS LEFT AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE

DEAD.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM HAS MORE.

REPORTER: HEAVY FLOODING,

DANGEROUS WINDS AND MONSTER

TORNADOS WALLOP THE SOUTH AND

MIDWEST.

IT PICKED ME UP AND SLED ME

THREE TIMES.

I HAD TO DIG MY WAY OUT.

I THOUGHT IT KILLED MY SON.

A TORNADO JUST NORTH OF

ATLANTA DESTROYED HOMES, OFFICE

BUILDINGS AND EVEN PARTS OF A

FACTORY.

WINDS ESTIMATED AT MORE THAN 125

MILES AN HOUR STRONG ENOUGH TO

PICK UP 18 WHEELERS AND TOSS

THEM AROUND LIKE TOYS.

I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT PICKED

MY TRUCK UP AND FLIPPED IT OVER.

SIMILAR STORYS IN TENNESSEE,

GEORGIA AND KENTUCKY.

I THANK THE BIG LORD UP

ABOVE.

SOME OF THE PEOPLE'S BELONGS

IS OUT THERE, TOO.

IN MICHIGAN, MASSIVE FLOODING

CAUSED A CAR TO CRASH 20 FEET

INTO A CREEK.

OUR CAR IS COMPLETELY

UNDERWATER, PLEASE HELP!

IT WAS THE WIND NOT THE

FLOODING IN OTHER AREAS THAT

MADE IT DIFFICULT.

I DIDN'T KNOW IF I WAS GOING

TO MAKE IT THROUGH IT.

IT IS MAKING ITS WAY UP THE

EAST COAST CAUSING FLOODING FROM

CAROLINAS TO NEW ENGLAND,

EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

INCREDIBLE.

IN OTHER NEWS A PROMINENT

ATHEIST WANTS THE BOY SCOUTS TO

LIFT ITS BAN IN ADDITION TO

GAYS.

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA IS

CONSIDERING ON REPLACING THE BAN

ON LETTING LOCAL TROOPS MAKE

THEIR OWN DECISIONS.

A BOY SCOUTS SPOKESMAN SAYS THE

ORGANIZATION IS NOT CONSIDERING

SUCH A CHANGE AND DUTY TO GOD IS

STILL ITS BASIC PRINCIPLE.

UP NEXT, HOW RED TAPE AND

REGULATIONS ARE MAKING IT HARD

FOR SOME COMPANIES IN THIS

ECONOMY.

EXTENDING THE DEBT CEILING

THREE MONTHS, COMING ON THE

HEELS OF DISAPPOINTING FINANCIAL

NEWS.

POLITICAL OBSERVERS BELIEVE IT

COULD HURT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S

SECOND TERM SOCIAL AGENDA.

GUN CONTROL AND IMMIGRATION

REFORM MAY NOT BE SO EASY TO

PASS.

EXPERTS SAY BAD ECONOMIC NEWS

COULD SLOW MR. OBAMA'S MOMENTUM.

BESIDES BRACING FOR COSTS FOR

'OBAMACARE' OVCOVERAGE, MANY

BUSINESSES WON'T BE IRING

WORKERS BECAUSE OF RED TAPE.

THIS FAMILY RUNS THEIR

BUSINESS OUT OF THE BASEMENT IN

RURAL VIRGINIA.

THEY DISTRIBUTE PRODUCTS TO

PROTECT EVERYTHING FROM HOLES IN

NAVY VESSELS TO LEAKING PIPES.

THEIR GROWING BUSINESS COULD USE

MORE FULL TIME WORKERS.

THERE IS A PROBLEM.

EVERYTHING IS UNCERTAIN.

NOBODY KNOWS WHAT WILL HAPPEN

TOMORROW.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HIRE MORE

FULL TIME PEOPLE.

DIFFICULTY IS AT WHAT COST?

SMALL BUSINESSES EMPLOY MORE

THAN HALF OF THE NATION'S

PRIVATE SECTOR WORK FORCE.

MANY SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS SAY

INSTEAD OF MAKES THEIR PATH TO

PROSPERITY SMOOTHER, THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT IS BUILDING BARRIERS.

67% OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

BELIEVE THERE IS TOO MUCH

UNCERTAINTY.

TAXES, GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS

AND RED TAPE ARE CAUSING THE

PROBLEMS.

THEY ARE CONSULTING WITH THEIR

ACCOUNTANT AND ATTORNEY TO BE

SURE THEY ARE IN COMPLIANCE.

IT FORCES US TO HAVE NINE OR

TEN EMPLOYEES.

WE ARE HAVING TO DO BUSINESS, WE

CAN'T HIRE.

DAN BOSCH VIEWS THESE

REGULATORIES.

THERE ARE 4100 REGULATIONS IN

THE PIPELINE DUE TO COME OUT.

THEY ARE UNCERTAIN HOW IT

AFFECTS THEIR BUSINESS.

DO YOU HAVE TO BE A LAWYER?

EVEN IF YOU ARE A LAWYER, YOU

DON'T KNOW EVERYTHING.

NEARLY 70% BLAME OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION POLICIES FOR

STIFLING THEIR GROWTH.

I WONDER WHAT FEEDBACK OBAMA

HAS HAD AND IF THEY ARE STIFLING

SMALL BUSINESSES.

THIS PRESIDENT IS HELPING

SMALL BUSINESSES, PROPOSED AND

SIGNED INTO LAW 18 SMALL

BUSINESS TAX CUTS.

HE UNDERSTANDS CLEARLY SMALL

BUSINESSES ARE THE ENGINE OF

SMALL ECONOMIC GROWTH.

MAYBE HE CAN SHOW ME HOW

THOSE TAX CUTS IMPACT MY

BUSINESS.

NOT SURE WE HAVE SEEN ANY THAT

WOULD HELP US.

55% OF SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

SAY THEY WOULD NOT START THEIR

COMPANY TODAY.

IF YOU WERE SITTING DOWN WITH

YOUR HUSBAND THINKING OF

STARTING THIS BUSINESS, WOULD

YOU DO IT?

WE HAVE NEVER DISCUSSED THIS.

IF WE WERE MAKING THAT

EVALUATION NOW, I DON'T THINK

THE BUSINESS PLAN WOULD PROVE

OUT.

I DON'T THINK THE BUSINESS PLAN

WOULD BE THERE IN TODAY'S WORLD.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS

TAKEN HEAT, BOSCH SAYS

ELIMINATING FEDERAL REGULATIONS

WOULD BE TOUGH FOR WHOEVER SITS

IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

IT IS HARD TO GET THEM OUT.

WHEN YOU HAVE AGENCIES GOING

THROUGH THEIR WORK TO UNDO THE

PAST, IT IS HARD.

WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO HIRE

IF WE COULD GET RID OF THE

UNCERTAINTY RELATED TO

AFFORDABLE CARE AND TAXES AND

GET SOME LONG-RANGE PLANNING

OPPORTUNITIES THIS COULD TAKE

OFF AGAIN.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

VIRGINIA.

UP NEXT THE MAN THAT WALKED

ACROSS NIAGARA FALLS RISKS HIS

LIFE AGAIN HUNDREDS OF FEET IN

THE AIR.

YOU MIGHT REMEMBER HIM FROM

HIS RECENT WALK ACROSS NIAGARA

FALLS.

LATEST CONQUEST WALKING

ACROSS A WIRE 200 FEET ABOVE THE

GROUND.

HE SLOWLY MADE HIS WAY ACROSS

THE 600 FOOT WIRE NO WIDER THAN

A NICKEL AND WEARING NO SAFETY

HARNESS RELYING ON HIS BALANCE.

THEY ARE ALL JUST AS SERIOUS

AS THE LAST.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT I STAY

EXTREMELY FOCUSSED AND NEVER GET

TO THE POINT OF COMPLACENCY.

HE IS A PROFESSIONAL AND A

PERFORMER.

AT ONE POINT IN HIS WALK, HE

TOOK A KNEE AND BLEW KISSES TO

THE CROWD.

HE FINISHED HIS TRICK WITH A

FIST PUMP IN CELEBRATION.

OKAY.

WHY ARE THE EMS PEOPLE THERE, IF

HE FALLS HE IS DEAD?

REALLY.

I DON'T QUITE UNDERSTAND THAT.

EVERYBODY IS WIRED DIFFERENTLY.

[LAUGHTER].

BAD JOKE.

THAT IS ALL FOR THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

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