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Israeli's Living With the Threat of War

The 700 Club's Scott Ross brings us stories of faith and endurance from Israel where the threat of war is always imminent. Read Transcript


Reporter: IRAN

THREATENS TO WIPE ISRAEL OFF

THE MAP.

HAMAS WANTS AN ISLAMIC

STATE, INSTEAD OF ISRAEL.

SOME 200,000 MISSILES ARE

POINTED AT THE JEWISH

STATE.

IN ISRAEL'S NEXT WAR, TEL

AVIV IS EXPECTED TO BE

GROUND ZERO.

ARE YOU APPREHENSIVE AT

ALL ABOUT WAR?

IT DEPENDS WHAT WAR.

FOR EXAMPLE, IRAN OR

PALESTINIAN.

IT IS JUST ABOUT ALL OF THE

ARAB NATIONS ATTACKING US?

OR WHAT KIND OF WAR ARE YOU

TALKING ABOUT?

Reporter: WELL, THAT'S

INTERESTING BECAUSE YOU'RE

ASKING ME A GOOD QUESTION,

BUT YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY

ENEMIES, RIGHT?

YES.

WE CAN SAY THAT.

Reporter: DO YOU GET

ANXIOUS ABOUT THAT?

ACTUALLY, NO.

IN ISRAEL, WE HAVE A VERY

SECURITY KIND OF FEELING IN

EVERY DAY LIFE.

Reporter: I WENT TO THE

STREETS IN ISRAEL'S SECOND

LARGEST CITY TO ASK TEL AVIV

RESIDENTS IF THEY'RE AFRAID

AND IF THEY TRUST GOD TO

PROTECT THEM.

I MEAN, IF THERE WERE ROCKET

ATTACKS OR SCUDS, YOU HAVE

NO FEAR OF THAT?

I THINK MAYBE FOR PEOPLE

WHO LIVE IN TEL AVIV,

THEY'RE TRYING NOT TO DEAL

WITH THAT.

Reporter: IS IT

DENIAL?

I THINK IT IS SOMETIMES.

ILIKE THE LAST

PARTY DANCE ON THE TITANIC

BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T

UNDERSTAND WHAT'S UP AHEAD.

YOU JUST HAVE TO SMILE AND

KEEP ON.

Reporter: SO WHEN YOU

HEAR YOUR ENEMIES ARE

SURROUNDING ISRAEL AND SAID

THEY'RE GOING TO DESTROY

ISRAEL, HOW DO YOU FEEL

ABOUT THAT?

IT HURTS ME TO KNOW THAT

SOMEONE OUT THERE WANTS TO

KILL ME BECAUSE I THINK I'M

A GOOD PERSON.

I BELIEVE I DO A LOT OF GOOD

THINGS EVERY DAY.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO LIVE IN

PEACE WITH ALL OF THE PEOPLE

AROUND ME.

WAS BORN IN ISRAEL.

AND EVERY SEVEN YEARS IT IS

A WAR.

IT IS GOING TO BE A WAR,

IT'S GOING TO BE A WAR.

Reporter: SURPRISINGLY,

IN NOVEMBER 201 2012 TEL

AVIV RESIDENTS HEARD AIR

RAID SIRENS FOR THE FIRST

TIME IN 20 YEARS.

HAMAS ROCKETS MADE AT LEAST

ONE DIRECT HIT IN A SOUTHERN

SUBURB.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD?

YES.

Reporter: YOU DO?

SURE.

Reporter: WHAT DO YOU

BELIEVE?

AFTER 2,000 YEARS AGO, WE

COME BACK TO ISRAEL.

AND WITH THE HELP OF GOD,

WE'RE GOING TO STAY.

Reporter: IN 2006,

HEZBOLLAH LAUNCHED MORE THAN

4,000 MISSILES AT ISRAEL'S

CIVILIANS DURING THE 34-DAY

SECOND LEBANON WAR.

THAT PROMPTED MILITARY

LEADERS TO RE-THINK THEIR

STRATEGY FOR PROTECTING THE

POPULATION.

AFTER THE SECOND LEBANON

WAR, ONE OF THE MOST

IMPORTANT CONCLUSIONS WAS TO

PREPARE THE POPULATION, AND

PREPARING THEM IS AN ONGOING

PROCESS.

Reporter: I SAT DOWN

WITH FELIX SOFAIR, THE

FORMER HEAD OF ISRAEL'S

DEFENSE.

YOU HAVE A WORD THAT YOU

USE, "RESILIENCE."

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?

RESILIENCE IS THE ABILITY

OF THE POPULATION TO COPE

WITH THE DISASTER.

Reporter: DO YOU MEAN

PSYCHOLOGICAL ORIFIC OR

PHYSICALLY OR WHAT?

TO PREPARE YOURSELF.

ALL OF THIS IS PART OF THE

RESELLIANS.qvh=Dm2ni]/> RESILIENCE.

Reporter:á?

DO BELIEVE IN

GOD

TAKEu

PREPARATION SERIOUSLY.

MORE THAN HALF THE

POPULATION HAS GAS MASKS,

AND EVERY HOME BUILT AFTER

1991 MUST HAVE ITS OWN BOMB

SHELTER.

I VISITED AHOFA AND SALOMI

AND THEIR FOUR CHILDREN.

THEY HELPED ME UNDERSTAND

HOW THEIR FAMILY COPES WITH

THE SITUATION.

WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO

LIVE OUR LIFE.

WE BELIEVE IN ANY CASE AND

IN ANY PLACE AND IN ANY

SITUATION, WE WILL BE

PROTECTED BECAUSE GOD

PROMISED THAT.

Reporter: THEY SHOWED

ME THE PUBLIC SHELTER IN

THEIR BUILDING, WHERE THEY

STORE SOME SUPPLIES.

AND IN THEIR KITCHEN, THE

FAMILY GAS MASKS.

I WAS READING ONE OF THE

PROMISES FROM ONE OF YOUR

PROPHETS ISAIAH, WHO SAID

"ALL THOSE AGAINST ISRAEL

WILL BE ASHAMED AND

DISGRACED AND THAT THEY WILL

BE AS NOTHING, AND THE ENEMY

SHALL PERISH."

SO WHEN YOU READ VERSES LIKE

THAT, IS THAT WHAT YOU TAKE

YOUR COMFORT IN?

GOD DOESN'T WANT THAT

ANYONE WILL DIE LIKE THIS

BECAUSE GOD LOVES EVERYONE.

AND HE DOESN'T WANT JUST TO

DESTROY THEM BECAUSE THEY

ARE BAD.

GOD WANTS THEM TO DO A

REPENTANCE.

Reporter: A VERY

PRACTICAL QUESTION IN THIS

REGARD: HOW DO YOU LOVE YOUR

ENEMY?

WE'RE PRAYING FOR THEM.

IT IS NOT EASY.

IT IS NOT EASY TO PRAY FOR

THOSE WHO MAKE YOU PAIN OR

THOSE WHO FRIGHTEN YOU, OR

ENEMIES, BUT WE'RE PRAYING

FOR THEM.

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