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CBN NewsWatch: March 8, 2013

On Newswatch, March 8: Papal conclave 2013 elections begin Tuesday; Republicans say trial of Bin Laden spokesman sets 'bad precedent,' Senate panel OK's bill targeting gun straw purchases; and more.... Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH," A

TOP al-QAEDA LEADER IN AN

AMERICAN COURT.

WHY THE TERROR CASE AGAINST

OSAMA BIN LADEN'S SON-IN-LAW

IS BEING FOUGHT IN NEW

YORK.

Wendy: PLUS, PREPARING

TO PICK THE POPE.

WE'LL LOOK AT WHEN THE

CONCLAVE TO ELECT THE NEXT

CATHOLIC LEADER WILL BEGIN.

Mark: AND A

BIRD-WATCHER'S PARADISE IN

THE MIDDLE EAST.

WE'RE GOING TO SHOW YOU

WHERE AND WHY IT HAS BECOME

A HUGE PHENOMENON.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

Mark: OSAMA BIN LADEN'S

SON-IN-LAW MAKES HIS FIRST

APPEARANCE IN AN AMERICAN

COURTROOM.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

SULAIMAN ABU GHAITH WAS

CAPTURED EARLIER THIS YEAR.

HE IS ONE OF al-QAEDA'S

MOST SENIOR LEADERS.

Mark: HE APPEARED TODAY

IN NEW YORK FEDERAL COURT TO

FACE TERROR CHARGES, A MOVE

THAT SOME LAWMAKERS SAY

DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.

Reporter: IN THIS

VIDEO, SULAIMAN ABU GHAITH,

WHO SERVED AS al-QAEDA'S

SPOKESMAN CELEBRATES THE

9/11 ATTACKS ON THE U.S.

PROSECUTORS SAY HE WARNED

THERE WILL BE MORE.

IN FEDERAL COURT, HE PLEADED

NOT GUILTY TO A CHARGE HE

CONSPIRED TO KILL

AMERICANS.

OFFICIALS TELL ABC NEWS HE

DID NOT HOLD BACK WHEN IT

CAME TO REVEALING KEY

INTELLIGENCE ABOUT

AL-QAEDA'S CURRENT STATUS,

PERSONNEL, AND FINANCES.

ONE U.S. PROSECUTORS SAY

SULAIMAN ABU GHAITH MADE AN

EXTENSIVE STATEMENT THAT

WAS 22 PAGES LONG.

THIS IS A MAN WHO WAS IN

THE INNER CIRCLE OF

al-QAEDA'S OPERATIONS, AND

WE HAVE HIM ALIVE AND HE IS

TALKING.

Reporter: ACCORDING TO

U.S. OFFICIALS, THE C.I.A.

TRACKED HIS MOVEMENT FOR

SEVERAL YEARS, FROM

AFGHANISTAN TO IRAN TO

TURKEY, WHERE HE WAS

ARRESTED IN JANUARY.

ONCE HE LEFT IRANIAN

TERRITORY AND GOT INTO

TURKEY, WITH VERY CLOSE

MONITORING BY U.S.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, HE

WAS -- HIS DAYS WERE

NUMBERED.

Reporter: THIS IS ONE

OF THE FIRST PROSECUTIONS OF

A SENIOR al-QAEDA LEADER

ON U.S. SOIL.

SHORTLY AFTER TAKING OFFICE,

PRESIDENT OBAMA PLEDGED TO

TRY TERROR SUSPECTS LIKE

THIS IN FEDERAL COURT,

INSTEAD OF BEFORE A MILITARY

TRIBUNAL AT GUANTANAMO BAY,

A DECISION THAT BAFFFLES

SOME LAWMAKERS.

WE'RE NOW SETTING A NEW

PRECEDENT THAT WILL COME

BACK TO BITE US.

YOU'RE PUTTING PEOPLE LIKE

THIS INTO FEDERAL COURT,

GIVING THEM THE SAME

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AS AN

AMERICAN CITIZEN.

Reporter: THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION SAYS NATIONAL

SECURITY OFFICIALS

UNANIMOUSLY AGREED TO

PROSECUTE SULAIMAN ABU

GHAITH IN CIVILIAN COURT,

SAYING IT IS THE BEST MOVE

FOR U.S. SECURITY.

NOW, THE JUDGE PLANS TO SET

A TRIAL DATE ON THE NEXT

CONFERENCE ON THE CASE.

THAT CONFERENCE IS SCHEDULED

FOR APRIL 8th.

PROSECUTORS BELIEVE THE

TRIAL WILL LAST ABOUT THREE

WEEKS.

Wendy: ERIC STACKELBACK

JOINS US NOW WITH MORE.

ERIC, PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS

BEEN PUSHING TO HAVE

TERRORISM SUSPECTS TRIED IN

U.S. FEDERAL COURTS SINCE

2009.

WHY DOES HE WANT THIS?

I THINK IT IS A BIG

MISTAKE, WENDY.

HE BELIEVES THAT THIS

SO-CALLED WAR ON TERROR, THE

WAR WITH RADICAL ISLAM, OR

THEIR WAR AGAINST US, SHOULD

BE SETTLED IN FEDERAL COURT

BECAUSE HE BELIEVES, WENDY,

IT IS A CRIMINAL MATTER.

IT IS NOT A WAR.

GUANTANAMO BAY, WHICH HE AND

OTHERS ON THE DEMOCRATIC

SIDE HAVE SAID THEY WANT TO

CLOSE -- LOOK, THEY WANT TO

PUT THESE TERRORISTS IN

FRONT OF MILITARY TRIBUNALS

THERE AND TREAT THEM AS

ENEMY COMBATANTS IN THE

BATTLEFIELD, WHICH IS REALLY

WHAT THEY ARE.

THINK OF GERMANY, 1945, THE

NURENBURG TRIALS, THAT'S

WHAT I BELIEVE WE NEED FOR

al-QAEDA AND THE GLOBAL

JIHADISTS, BUT THE PRESIDENT

AND THE ADMINISTRATION HAVE

A MUCH DIFFERENT VIEW.

AND THEY WANT THESE GUYS

TRIED WITH COMMON CRIMINALS,

WE HEINOUS MURDERS AND

RAPISTS, BUT THEY'RE NOT ON

THE BATTLEGROUND.

I DON'T THINK IT IS A GOOD

MATCH TO HAVE THEM IN

FEDERAL COURTS, AND IT MAKES

THE FEDERAL COURTS A TARGET

FOR TERRORISTS.

THAT'S THE OTHER DOWNSIDE

FOR HER.

Wendy: THE PRESIDENT

HAS SAID SINCE THE FIRST

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN, THAT

HE WANTS TO CLOSE GITMO.

IS HE ANY CLOSER TO DOING

THAT?

IT DOESN'T SEEM THAT

WAY.

I THINK HE WENT IN WITH A

LOT OF GRANDIOSE PLANS, TO

DO AWAY WITH A LOT OF THE

BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S

TACTICS IN THE WAR ON

TERROR.

WELL, WELL, HE IS USING

THOSE SAME TACTICS, EVEN

MORE SO IN THE CASE OF DRONE

STRIKES AGAINST al-QAEDA,

AND HE HAS KEPT GUANTANAMO

BAY OPEN AS WELL, WHICH HAS

ANGERED HIS LEFTIST BASE.

BUT WHERE ELSE IS HE GOING

TO PUT THEM?

IS HE GOING TO PUT THEM IN

FEDERAL PRISONS IN THE

U.S.?

IT IS A GOOD POSSIBILITY

BECAUSE IN THIS SECOND TERM

WE'RE SEEING THAT THE

PRESIDENT FEELS HE HAS NO

RESTRAINRS, SO IT IS A

POSSIBILITY, BUT RIGHT NOW

GUANTANAMO BAY IS GOING TO

STAY OPEN FOR THE

FORESEEABLE FUTURE.

Wendy: IF SULAIMAN ABU

GHAITH WAS CONVICTED, HE

WOULD BE IN A FEDERAL

PRISON?

IT LOOKS THAT WAY.

THERE ARE OTHER al-QAEDA

REPRESENTATIVES IN PRISON,

YOU THINK OF THE BLIND

SHEIKH, HE IS IN THE FEDERAL

PRISON IN NORTH CAROLINA.

SO THERE IS A PRECEDENT

HERE.

AND OTHER al-QAEDA

JIHADISTS ARE IN FEDERAL

PRISONS.

BUT I BELIEVE THE BEST WAY

TO DO THIS, AND THE PENTAGON

AND OUR MILITARY IS SAYING,

THAT MILITARY TRIBUNALS ARE

THE WAY TO GO.

TREAT THESE GUYS AS ENEMY

COMPATANTS IN THE

BATTLEFIELD.

THE BLIND SHAKE SHAC SHEIKH

SHAKE WAS ARRESTED 20 YEARS

AGO.

TREAT THESE ONES NOW AS WAR

IN THE UNITED STATES, JUST

AS THE NAZIS WERE TREATED IN

1945.

Wendy: ALL RIGHT, ERICK

STAKLEBECK, WE ALWAYS

APPRECIATE YOUR INSIGHTS.

Mark: NORTH KOREA'S

GOVERNMENT IS VOWING TO END

ALL NON-AGGRESSION PACKS

WITH THE SOUTH.

THEY SAY BEGINNING ON

MONDAY, A NORTH-SOUTH HOT

LINE WILL BE CUT OFF.

THIS LATEST THREAT IS IN

RESPONSE TO NEW UNITED

NATIONS' SANCTIONS OVER LAST

MONTH'S NUCLEAR TEST IN

NORTH KOREA.

IT COMES JUST ONE DAY AFTER

PYONGYANG WARNED IT WOULD

MAKE A PREEMPTIVE NUCLEAR

STRIKE AGAINST THE U.S.

Wendy: THE VATICAN SAS

THE CONCLAVE TO ELECT A NEW

POPE WILL BEGIN NEXT

TUESDAY.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT CAME TODAY

AFTER THE LAST CARDINAL

ELECT ARRIVED LAST NIGHT.

IN THE PAST, IT HAS LASTED

NO MORE THAN FIVE DAYS, BUT

WITH NO CLEAR FRONT-RUNNER,

THAT MAY NOT BE THE CASE

THIS TIME AROUND.

THAT MEANS THE PEOPLE

WELL-KNOWN IN ROME.

THAT INCLUDES ALL OF THE

ITALIANS.

Wendy: MANY

VATICAN-BASED CARDINALS HAVE

BEEN PUSHING FOR A

QUICK-DECISION-MAKING

PROCESS, BUT THAT MAY BE TO

LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF DIRTY

LAUNDRY BEING AIRED.

Mark: THE FORMER STATE

FUNERAL OF HUGO CHAVEZ WAS

HELD IN THE COUNTRY OF

CARACUS.

LEADERS FROM FIVE CONTINENTS

WERE ON HAND FOR THE

CEREMONY.

COUNTRIES FROM CHINA TO IRAN

HAVE UNCHARACTERISTICALLY

DECLARED DAYS OF NATIONAL

MOURNING FOR THE LATE

LEADER.

Wendy: HERE AT HOME,

FORMER PRESIDENT BILL

CLINTON SAYS THE SUPREME

COURT SHOULD OVER TURN THE

DEFENSIVE MARRIAGE ACT

CALLED DOMA.

HE SIGNED THAT LAW IN 1996,

WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT, AND

IT SAYS THAT MARRIAGE IS

BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE

WOMAN.

IT SAYS A STATE WHERE IT IS

ILLEGAL DOESN'T HAVE TO

RECOGNIZE A MARRIAGE FROM

ANOTHER STATE.

IT MEANS GAY MARRIAGE

PARTNERS DO NOT BELIEVE THE

BENEFITS.

BUT HE WRITES HE NOW

BELIEVES THE LAW

DISCRIMINATES AGAINST

SAME-SEX COUPLES AND CALLS

IT UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

SUPERIOR COURT WILL HEAR

CASES, INCLUDING DOMA, ON

MARCH 1st.

Mark: THE UNEMPLOYMENT

RATE WAS REDUCED TO 7.7%,

THE LOWEST RATE IN FOUR

YEARS.

THE AUTO SALES AND HOUSING

ARE SPURRING MORE HIRING.

Wendy: THE SENATE PANEL

APPROVES THE NEW GUN

LEGISLATION SINCE THE DEADLY

SHOOTING IN JANUARY.

IT'S WHEN PEOPLELY LEGALLY

BUY GUNS FOR OTHERS WHO ARE

BARRED FROM DOING SO, SUCH

AS CRIMINALS.

THE PANEL ALSO DEBATED BILLS

BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS AND

HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINES, BUT

THEY RECESSED BEFORE VOTING

ON ANYMORE PROPOSED

LEGISLATION.

WELL, WHILE MANY OF US TEND

TO THINK OF GUNS AS A GUY

THING, IT MAY SURPRISE YOU

TO LEARN WOMEN ACTUALLY MAKE

UP THE FASTEST GROWING

SEGMENT OF U.S. GUN OWNERS.

Mark: GUN STORES AND

SHOOTING RANGES ARE CASHING

IN ON THE TREND BY OFFERING

PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

SPECIFICALLY FOR THE

LADIES.

ANDREW NEGARRET HAS THE

STORY.

Reporter: IN

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO,

THIS SHOOTING CENTER HAS

SEEN A 40% SURGE IN FEMALE

COSTUMERS IN THE LAST FEW

YEARS.

IT IS EMPOWERING FOR A

FEMALE TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT

HERSELF WITH THIS PARTICULAR

TOOL.

Reporter: LINDSAY IS A

FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR AT CAL

BERS CALIBERS, AND SHE

TEACHES A LADIES-ONLY

CLASS.

WE STICK WITH HANDGUNS.

Reporter: IT IS A TREND

REFLECTED ACROSS THE

COUNTRY.

IN 2005, JUST 13% OF U.S.

GUN OWNERS WERE WOMEN.

TODAY THAT NUMBER IS 23%, A

77% INCREASE IN THE LAST

SEVEN YEARS.

WHILE WOMEN ARE SHOWING MORE

INTEREST IN SHOOTING SPORTS

THESE DAYS, MOST WOMEN WILL

TELL YOU THEY'RE BUYING A

GUN FOR ANOTHER REASON:

SELF-DEFENSE.

SHE SAYS MANY OF HER

STUDENTS ARE SINGLE WOMEN,

AS WELL AS SINGLE MOMS, WHO

DIDN'T THINK PEPPERSPRAY OR

WHISTLES OFFER ENOUGH

PROTECTION.

ESPECIALLY THE SINGLE

MOTHERS WHO ARE BY

THEMSELVES.

THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY

CAN HANDLE WHATEVER THEY

NEED TO HANDLE.

IT IS JUST A FACT FOR ME,

IF I NEEDED IT, IT WOULD BE

THERE AS A LAST RESORT.

Reporter: ANDREA

GARRETT, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: PRESIDENT OBAMA

IS COURTING EVANGELICALS TO

HELP HIM PASS IMMIGRATION

REFORMS.

HE MET TODAY WITH A DOZEN

FAITH LEADERS AT THE WHITE

HOUSE.

HE IS URGING THEM TO MAKE

REFORM A PRIORITY.

THE HISPANIC ASSOCIATION'S

REVEREND SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ

SAYS, QUOTE,"TODAY'S MEETING

INVIGORATED ME WITH HOPE AND

OPTIMISM."

IT FACILITATES THE

PRESCRIPTION FOR A

COMPREHENSIVE REVOLUTION.

"I AM CONVINCED WITH PRAYER

AND PROPHETIC ACTIVISM, WE

WILL LIVE OUT MATTHEW 25 AND

WELCOME THE STRANGER IN THE

NAME OF JESUS."

I'MGRATION REFORIMMIGRATION

REFORM IS ONE OF PRESIDENT

OBAMA'S TOP PRIORITIES.

Mark: BECAUSE OF

ANTI-AMERICAN AND

ANTI-SCHEMIC COMMENTS POSTED

ON HER TWITTER ACCOUNTS --

SHE WAS GOING TO BE ONE OF

10 RECIPIENTS OF THE

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF

COURAGE AWARD, BUT THEY

FOUND THAT SHE SUPPORTED THE

ATTACK ON THE U.S. CON SLATE

CONSULATE.

SHE SUPPORTED A BUS ATTACK

THAT KILLED FIVE ISRAELIS,

AND SHE ATTRIBUTED ALL

CRIMES AGAINST SIGH TO

JEWS.

SHE DENIES WRITING THE

MESSAGES AND CLAIMS HER

TWITTER ACCOUNT WAS HACKED.

ILLINOIS SENATOR MARK KIRK

CALLS THAT CLAIM DUBIOUS,

AND SHE REFUSES TO APOLOGIZE

FOR HER ANTI ANTI-ZIONIST

STATEMENTS.

Wendy: THEY CAN'T GET A

BREAK IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

THE POWER STORM IS SET TO

HIT NEW ENGLAND.

IT IS EXPECTED TO BRING

STRONG SNOW AND WINDS AND

WATER TO THE COASTAL

REGION.

COASTAL TOWNS IN

MASSACHUSETTS ARE BRACING

FOR SOME DANGEROUS WAVES.

ONCE THESE SEAS BUILD,

THEY'RE GOING TO KEEP

BUILDING.

TWO HOURS AFTER HIGH

TIDE, AND IT IS JUST STILL

COMING IN.

SO THE NEXT THREE TIDE

CYCLES, I'LL TAKE WATER ON

IN THE BASEMENT.

Wendy: CENTRAL

IMAGINATION AND PARTS OF

RHODE ISLAND COULD SEE

ANYWHERE FROM EIGHT TO

12 INCHES OF SNOW.

IN CONNECTICUT, THEY'RE

EXPECTING ABOUT SIX INCHES.

Mark: COMING UP, WHAT

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE MADI.

JOEL ROSENBERG REVEALS ALL

IN HIS END-TIMES THRILLER.

Wendy: JOEL ROSENBERG,

HE WRITES BOOKS THAT NOT

ONLY ENTERTAINING, THEY'RE

OFTEN PROPHETIC.

Mark: AND HE HAS DONE

IT AGAIN IN HIS NEW

BACK, "DAMASCUS

COUNTSDOWN."

Reporter: IT IS AN

ADRENALIN-CHARGED THRILLER,

RIPPED FROM NEW YORK

HEADLINES.

HE OFFERS THE THIRD AND

FINAL INSTALLMENT IN THE

12th IMAM SERIES.

ALL EYES ARE ON THE MIDDLE

EAST, AS ISRAEL LAUNCHES AN

ATTACK ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR

SITES.

IRAN'S 12th IMAM ORDERS A

FULL RETALIATION.

C.I.A. OPERATIVE DAVID

SHERATTI IS ON A MISSION TO

HUNT DOWN IRAN'S TWO YEE

REMAINING WARHEADS AIMED AT

ISRAEL.

CAN HE PREVENT A NUCLEAR

HOLOCAUST AS SYRIA ENTERS

THE PICTURE, AND IRAN PLANS

A GENOCIDAL RETALIATION.

Mark: JOEL ROSENBERG

HAS A KNACK FOR WRITING.

HERE I HAVE A COPY OF THE

BOOK.

IT STARTS WITH ISRAEL

LAUNCHING A PREEMPTIVE

STRIKE AGAINST IRAN'S

NUCLEAR FACILITIES.

WOULD YOU SAY THAT'S A VERY

LIKELY POSSIBILITY?

I THINK WE'RE GETTING

INTO THE END GAME NOW.

AND THAT MEANS A STRIKE

COULD COME IN THE NEXT FEW

WEEKS, MONTHS.

IT'S HARD TO SAY.

BUT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT

2013 AS THE YEAR OF THE END

GAME.

Mark: IF PUSH COMES TO

SHOVE, DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WOULD

SUPPORT ISRAEL, OR DO YOU

THINK THEY WOULD DISTANCE

THEMSELVES IF A PREEMPTIVE

STRIKE HAPPENS?

THE PRESIDENT'S HAS BEEN

CLEAR SO FAR HE DOES NOT

WANT TO SEE A PREEMPTIVE

STRIKE BY ISRAEL, AND HE

DOES NOT PLAN ONE HIMSELF.

THE QUESTION IS WHETHER HE

WOULD GIVE A GREEN LIGHT TO

ISRAEL TO TAKE THAT STRIKE,

OR WOULD HE SAY, IF YOU DO

THAT, I WILL CUT OFF FUNDING

OR SOME TYPE OF BREAK WOULD

HAPPEN IN OUR RELATIONSHIP.

AND I DON'T KNOW THAT THAT

IS CLEAR RIGHT NOW.

AND THAT'S WHAT CONCERNS THE

ISRAELIS.

THEY WANT CLARITY AS IRAN

GETS CLOSER TO THE RED LINE

THAT NETANYAHU HAS SAID IF

THEY CROSS IT, WE'RE GOING

TO WAR.

Mark: LET'S TALK A

LITTLE MORE ABOUT THAT

CONFUSION AND RELATE IT TO

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

IT SAYS IT SUPPORTS ISRAEL,

BUT DO THE ACTIONS BACK UP

THE RHETORIC?

IT IS A MIXED BAG.

I DON'T THINK IT IS FAIR TO

SAY THAT THE PRESIDENT IS

ANTI-ISRAEL, AND MANY

PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY MANY

CHRISTIANS, BELIEVE THAT,

BUT THE PRESIDENT HAS

SUPPORTED FUNDING FOR THE

MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM

CALLED THE ARROW, IN

ISRAEL.

AND HE HAS SUPPORTED FUNDING

FOR THE ROCKET DEFENSE

SYSTEM CALLED THE IRON

DOME.

THE PRESIDENT DIDN'T CONDEMN

ISRAEL WHEN IT HAD TO GO TO

WAR AGAINST HAMAS TERRORIST

ORGANIZATION IN GAZA.

BUT THE PRESIDENT WANTS

NETANYAHU TO DIVIDE

JERUSALEM.

THE PRESIDENT WANTS ISRAEL

TO WITHDRAW TO THE 1967

BORDERS AND CREATE A

SOVEREIGN PALESTINIAN

STATE.

EVEN THOSE '67 BORDERS ARE

NOT DEFENSIBLE.

AND THE PRESIDENT HAS

PRESSURED ISRAEL NOT TO GO

TO WAR WITH IRAN, TO WAIT,

KEEP WAITING, EVEN THOUGH

ISRAEL FACES THE POTENTIAL

OF A NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST.

SO THAT IS A MIXED BAG:

POSITIVE IN SOME AREAS, BUT

VERY PROBLEMATIC IN OTHERS.

Mark: QUICKLY, WHAT DO

YOU THINK IS THE VERY NEXT

STEP ISRAEL MAY TAKE?

THE MAIN THING ISRAEL

WILL DO NEXT IS WAIT TO HEAR

FROM THE PRESIDENT, WHERE

ARE YOU, MR. PRESIDENT, ON

AN IRAN STRIKE?

AND ALSO DEALING WITH THE

MELTDOWN OF SYRIA, WHICH HAS

CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL

WEAPONS, WHICH WOULD COULD

FALL INTO THE HANDS OF IRAN

OR OTHER ENEMIES OF ISRAEL.

SO THE NEXT FEW WEEKS THE

WHOLE WORLD IS GOING TO BE

TALKING ABOUT ISRAEL, IRAN,

AND SYRIA, BECAUSE THE

PRESIDENT IS GOING TO MAKE

THAT FRONT AND CENTER.

I THINK DAMASCUS

COUNTDOWNDOWCOUNTDOWN IS

ONE FICTIONAL SCENARIO OF

HOW IT COULD PLAY OUT.

I HOPE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN

THAT WAY.

WE NEED TO PRAY FOR ISRAEL.

Mark: AMEN.

THE BOOK IS "DAMASCUS

COUNTDOWN," BY JOEL

ROSENBERG.

JOEL, IT IS ALWAYS A

PLEASURE.

THANK YOU, MARK.

ALWAYS APPRECIATE IT.

Wendy: UP NEXT,

MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF

BIRDS STOP IN ISRAEL.

WE'LL TELL YOU WHY THEY'RE

FLOCKING TO THE HOLL HOLLY

LAND.

HOHOL LY LAND.

Mark: MOST NEWS OUT OF

THE MIDDLE EAST DEALS WITH

VIOLENCE AND UNREST, BUT IT

IS ALSO A PLACE OF GREAT

BEAUTY AND NATURAL WONDERS.

Wendy: SURE IS, AND

EVERY YEAR ABOUT A HALF A

BILLION BIRDS MAG GRITE

MIGRATE THROUGH ISRAEL.

Reporter: THE HULA

VALLEY HOSTS MILLIONS OF

BIRDS AND THOUSANDS OF

VISITORS EACH YEAR.

THIS IS ONE OF THE

RICHEST SITES IN THE WORLD

FOR BIRD-WATCHING.

ISRAEL SORT OF IS A

JUNCTION BETWEEN THREE

CONTINENTS, AND BIRDS THAT

ARE ESSENTIALLY TRYING TO

AVOID HIGH MOUNTAINS AND

GREAT EXPANS EXPANSES OF

WATER, THEY FLY THROUGH

SPECIFIC FLYWAYS.

Reporter: SOME OF THE

BIRDS FLY 2,000 MILES IN

THREE TO FIVE DAYS WITHOUT A

MEAL.

THEY FLY FROM EUROPE TO ASIA

TO AFRICA.

FOR MANY, ISRAEL IS THE HALF

WAY POINT.

THAT POINT IS THE HULA

VALLEY, PART OF A 3,500-MILE

STRETCH FROM SYRIA TO

MOZAMBIQUE.

THE BIBLE MENTIONS THE BIRD

MIGRATION AS A METAPHOR.

EVEN THE STORK AND THE SKY

KNOW THE SEASON, AND THEY

OBSERVE THE TIME OF THEIR

MIGRATION.

SOME 400 SPECIES OF BIRDS

STOP FOR REFUELING, AND A

FRACTION EVEN WINTERS HERE,

INCLUDING 30,000 TO 45,000

CRANES.

LESSONING TO THEM TALK, ONE

CAN UNDERSTAND WHY KING

HEZAKIAH SAYS HE CHATTERED

LIKE A CRANE.

IN FACT, IT IS NOT JUST

NOISE.

EXPERTS SAY CRANE PARENTS

AND CHICKS CAN ACTUALLY

RECOGNIZE EACH OTHER'S

VOICES.

20 YEARS AGO, THEY WERE

HARDLY ANY CRANES HERE

BECAUSE THE NATURAL SWAMPS

WOULD DRAIN FOR FARMLAND.

THE GROUND DIDN'T WORK FOR

AGRICULTURE, HOWEVER, SO THE

EXPERTS RESTORED PART OF THE

LAKE.

THE ANSWER WAS TO

ESSENTIALLY GIVE IT BACK TO

NATURE.

SO THE PROJECT HAS GONE SORT

OF IN A CIRCLE.

AND WE'RE BACK TO TRYING TO

RENOVATE, TRYING TO SORT OF

REPRODUCE WHAT EXISTED HERE

IN THE PAST.

Reporter: THAT AND A

SPECIAL FEEDING PROJECT

BROUGHT THE CRANES BACK,

ALONG WITH THE VISITORS.

THIS IS A WONDERFUL

OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO

EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT BIRDS,

ABOUT NATURE, AND I THINK

THAT YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A

BIRD-LOVER WHEN YOU ARE

COMING HERE, BUT YOU ARE

DEFINITELY A BIRD-LOVER WHEN

YOU ARE GOING OUT OF THIS

SITE.

Reporter: VISITORS FROM

THE RESERVE CAN RIDE THE

SAFARI WAGON INTO THE MIDST

OF THE CRANES.

GUIDES SAY THERE IS NO PLACE

ELSE IN THE WORLD TO SEE SO

MANY CRANES IN SUCH A SMALL

AREA.

AND BIRD-WATCHERS COME FROM

ALL OVER TO SEE THE

PHENOMENON.

I DON'T EVEN CARE IF YOU

LIKE BIRDS.

YOU HAVE TO EXPERIENCE THIS

AND COME AND SEE THOUSANDS

AND THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS

OF CRANES.

IF YOU'RE A BIRDER, I

DON'T THINK YOU COULD FIND A

BETTER PLACE TO COME TO SEE

THE VARIETY OF SPECIES, AS

WELL AS THE ATMOSPHERE AND

THE BEAUTY OF THE PLACE.

IT IS JUST UNRIVALLED IN ANY

PLACE IN THE WORLD.

Reporter: FOR NOW,

THESE CRANES ARE GETTING

READY FOR THE LONG FLIGHT

BACK TO RUSSIA OR FINLAND

FOR THE SUMMER, BUT THEY'LL

BE BACK NEXT YEAR, ALONG

WITH THE BIRD-LOVERS.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

AGAMAN, HULA.

Wendy: UP NEXT, THEY

MAY BE JUST A LITTLE BIT TOO

YOUNG TO WED, BUT AS ONE

ELEMENTARY TEACHER PUTS IT,

THEY'RE NEVER TOO YOUNG TO

LEARN THEIR ALPHABET.

Mark: A KANSAS TEACHER

IS THINKING OUTSIDE THE

BOX.

Wendy: AND GIVING

STUDENTS A LESSON ON THE

ALPHABET THEY WILL NEVER

FORGET.

I LIKE TO THINK OUTSIDE

THE BOX, AND CREATIVITY IS

PROBABLY ONE OF MY BIGGEST

STRENGTHS.

WE DO A LETTER A WEEK.

I KNOW TWO OF YOU GO

TOGETHER, SO THEY'VE GOT TO

GET MARRIED.

Wendy: THE ELEMENTARY

SCHOOL TEACHER, NICKY MEYER,

PLANNED A WEDDING FOR HER

CLASS ALL TO CELEBRATE THE

SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN

THE LETTERS "Q" AND "U" IN

THE ALPHABET.

STUDENTS DRESSED UP, AND

SOME WERE IN THE MOCK BRIDAL

PARTY, AND FAMILY AND

FRIENDS WERE INVITED FROM

THE RECEPTION TO THE CAKE

AND THE PUNCH.

MYERS SAYS THE HARDEST PART

OF THE DAY WAS FINDING A

KINDERGARTEN BOY TO PLAY THE

GROOM.

HE LOOKED MORE LIKE A

PILGRIM, BUT HE WAS WEARING

THE "Q."

I GET IT.

Mark: I'M GLAD IT

WASN'T "Q" AND "Q," I'M GLAD

IT WAS "Q" AND "U".

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