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CBN NewsWatch: September 13, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Sept. 13: Torrential rains wreak havoc across Colorado; U.S., Russia clash over Syria weapons negotiations, Egypt Christians killed for not paying 'jizya' tax, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

COLORADO DECLARES A STATE OF

EMERGENCY AS FLASHFLOODS

TURN ROADS TO RIVERS AND

FORCE THOUSANDS TO FLEE

THEIR HOMES.

Wendy: PLUS, 20 YEARS

AGO TODAY ISRAEL AND THE

P.L.O. SIGN A PEACE

AGREEMENT IN A WHITE HOUSE

CEREMONY.

SO WHERE DO THINGS STAND

TODAY?

WE'LL SHOW YOU.

Mark: AND "SUPERBOOK"

GOES TO INDONESIA, THE

WORLD'S LARGEST MUSLIM

NATION.

WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW KIDS ARE

RESPONDING TO THE GOSPEL

MESSAGE IN THEIR OWN

LANGUAGE.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

COLORADO IS REELING FROM

DEVASTATING FLASHFLOODS.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

COLORADO OFFICIALS HAVE

URGED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO

EVACUATE THEIR HOMES AND

SEEK SHELTER ON HIGHER

GROUND.

AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE HAVE

BEEN KILLED, AND SOME TOWNS

ARE COMPLETELY CUT OFF BY

THE RAGING WATERS.

CHARLENE ISRAEL HAS MORE.

Reporter: TORRENTIAL

DOWNPOURS CONTINUE AS

MASSIVE FLOODING WREAKS

HAVOC ACROSS PARTS OF

COLORADO.

AT LEAST SIX INCHES OF RAIN

FELL IN JUST 12 HOURS,

FLOODING HOMES, AND THE

UNIVERSITY OF BOULDER,

COLORADO.

HIGHWAYS AND ROADS HAVE BEEN

TURNED INTO RIVERS, CAUSING

STREETS TO CAVE, TRAPPING

DRIVERS INSIDE THEIR CARS.

WE ARE ABLE TO USE ROPES

AND STABILIZE THE VEHICLES

FIRST.

AND THEN WE HAD THE RESCUE

BOATS AND WE'RE ABLE TO

BREAK IN AND PULL THEM OUT.

Reporter: PEOPLE LIVING

IN BOULDER HAVE BEEN ORDERED

TO EVACUATE AFTER A CREEK

BEGAN RISING TO DANGEROUS

LEVELS.

NORTH OF BOULDER, FAILING

DAMS TRAPPED ONE FAMILY IN

THE SECOND FLOOR OF THEIR

HOME.

SHELTERS HAVE BEEN OPENED

FOR EVACUATED OR DISPLACED

RESIDENTS.

REMOTE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES

HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY CUT OFF

BY WASHED-OUT ROADS.

MUDSLIDES AND ROCKSLIDES

HAVE ALSO BEEN REPORTED.

THE BAD WEATHER IS ALSO

HAMPERING RESCUE EFFORTS AS

RESPONDERRESPONDERS TRY TO

MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE MOST

AFFECTED AREAS.

IT IS LIKE DRIVING UP A

RIVER.

Reporter: THE

FLASHFLOODS HAVE TURNED

DEADLY, CLAIMING THE LIVES

OF SEVERAL PEOPLE.

ONE PERSON WAS KILLED WHEN

THEIR CAR WAS SWEPT AWAY BY

FLOODWATERS.

WE KNOW THAT WE'VE LOST

LIVES.

WE ANTICIPATE THAT AS THE

DAY GOES ON, THAT WE MAY

FIND THAT WE'VE LOST

OTHERS.

Reporter: THURSDAY

PRESIDENT OBAMA APPROVED

FEDERAL DISASTER RELIEF FOR

THE STATE AFTER A REQUEST

FROM COLORADO'S GOVERNOR.

I WISH IT WOULD JUST STOP

RAINING.

COLORADO IS TYPICALLY DRY

AND WE ALWAYS PRAY FOR

RAIN.

I THINK WE GOT OUR WISH AND

THEN SOME.

Reporter: CHARLENE

ISRAEL, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: JOHN KERRY AND

RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER

SERGEI LAVROV CLASHED ABOUT

SYRIA CHEMICAL WEAPONS.

RUSSIA HAS OFFERED A

PROPOSAL TO QUARANTINE AND

DESTROY SEA SYRIA'S

CHEMICAL WEAPONS, BUT THE

SYRIAN REGIME WANTS ONE

MONTH TO START HANDING OVER

INFORMATION ABOUT ITS

CHEMICAL STOCKPILES.

KERRY REJECTED THAT PLAN,

SAYING WORDS ALONE WILL NOT

SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

AND RUSSIA NEEDS TO START TO

HAVE THEM HAND OVER WEAPONS

IMMEDIATELY.

Mark: THE JEWISH ARE

MARKING YOM KIPPUR.

IT FALLS ON THE 20th

ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING

OF THE OSLO ACCORDS ON THE

WHITE HOUSE LAWN.

IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BRING AN

ERA OF PEACE BETWEEN

ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS,

BUT AS JOHN WAGGI EXPLAINS,

THE PROMISES OF LAND FOR

PEACE HAVE NOT

MATERIALIZED.

Reporter:

SEPTEMBER 13th, 1993, WAS

HAILED AS AN HISTORIC DAY,

WHEN ISRAEL AND THE

PALESTINIANS WOULD BEGIN TO

PUT THEIR DIFFERENCES

ASIDE.

ENOUGH OF BLOOD AND

TEARS.

ENOUGH!

Reporter: THE CONCEPT

SEEMED SIMPLE ENOUGH.

ISRAEL WOULD GIVE UP WEST

BANK TERRITORIES IT WON IN

THE 1967 SIX-DAY WAR, AND

THE PALESTINIANS WOULD

RECOGNIZE ISRAEL AND GET

THEIR OWN STATE.

AND THE TWO COULD LIVE SIDE

BY SIDE IN PEACE.

BUT THE PALESTINIAN

GOVERNMENT, MARRED IN

CORRUPTION, HAD DIFFERENT

IDEAS AND THEY INCREASED

THEIR CAMPAIGN AGAINST

ISRAELIS.

AND TWO YEARS AFTER THE

WHITE HOUSE CEREMONY, RABIN

WAS MURDERED BY AN ISRAELI

GUNMAN.

THE PEACE PROCESS MOVED

FORWARD, AND PRESIDENT

CLINTON ALMOST BROKERED A

DEAL WHERE THE ISRAELIS

WOULD GIVE UP MOST OF THE

WEST BANK AND PART OF

JERUSALEM.

BUT YASSER ARAFAT REJECTED

THE U.S.-BROKERED AGREEMENT,

AND THERE WAS A WAVE OF

TERROR ATTACKS, LEADING TO

2,000 DEAD ON BOTH SIDE.

AHMED COREA SAYS ISRAEL IS

AT FAULT.

I BLAME ISRAEL FOR TWO

REASONS.

ONE, THEY HAVE THE POWER.

SECOND, THEY ARE THE BUYER.

AND THEY WANT THE

PALESTINIAN, EVERYTHING IN

THEIR POCKET, AND THEY WANT

TO TAKE -- THEY WANT TO TAKE

MORE FROM THE EMPTY POCKET

OF THE PALESTINIANS.

Reporter: UNDER

PRECIOUS FROM THE WEST, THE

PEACE PROCESS CONTINUED, BUT

THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION

DEPARTED FROM PAST U.S.

POLICY AND REFUSED TO DEAL

WITH ARAFAT, SEEING HIM AS

PART OF THE PROBLEM, RATHER

THAN THE SOLUTION.

WITH MAHMOUD ABBAS IN POWER

AFTER ARAFAT'S DEATH, THE

ISRAELIS PULLED OUT OF THE

GAZA STRIP IN 2005,

UPROOTING MORE THAN 8,000

JEWISH RESIDENTS FROM THEIR

HOME.

THEY HOPED IT WOULD LEAD TO

PEACE.

INSTEAD IT LED TO ELECTIONS

FAVORING THE RADICAL HAMAS.

AND AN EVENTUAL HAMAS

DICTATORSHIP IN GAZA, AND A

GROWING NUMBER OF ATTACKS.

BY THIS TIME, MANY ISRAELIS

HAD BEGUN TO REALIZE THEIR

CONCESSIONS WEREN'T LEADING

TO PEACE.

ENOUGH WITH GIVING LAND.

ENOUGH WITH CONCESSIONS.

ENOUGH WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA

TELLING US GO BACK TO THE

'67 LINES.

WE WILL NOT DO IT.

WE WILL NOT GET OUT FROM OUR

HOMELAND.

WE WILL BUILD IN JUDEA AND

SOMARIA.

Reporter: THIS SPRING

JOHN KERRY TRIED TO

JUMP-START TALKS BETWEEN THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AND

THE NETANYAHU GOVERNMENT.

BUT THIS SUMMER, THE PROMISE

OF OSLO SEEMS LIKE A DISTANT

MEMORY.

JOHN WAGGI, CBN NEWS.

Wendy: THANKS, JOHN.

MUSLIMS IN SOUTHERN EGYPT

KILLED TWO CHRISTIAN MEN FOR

FAILING TO PAY THEM

PROTECTION MONEY.

AS CBN NEWS REPORTED

EARLIER, MUSLIMS IN THE AREA

ARE DEMANDING CHRISTIANS PAY

THEM JIJA, A KIND OF ISLAMIC

TAX THAT NON-MUSLIMS CAN BE

FORCED TO PAY.

BUT THE TAX IS SO HIGH, MANY

EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS SIMPLY

CAN'T AFFORD IT.

THE VOICE OF THE MARTYRS

REPORTS THAT A MUSLIM MAN

DEMANDED A CHRISTIAN IN A

VILLAGE PAY HIM NEARLY

$1500.

THE CHRISTIAN SOUGHT HELP

FROM LOCAL POLICE BUT TO NO

AVAIL.

WHEN HE COULDN'T COME UP

WITH THE MONEY, SEVERAL

MUSLIMS WENT TO HIS HOME AND

SHOT HIM AND HI COUSIN TO

DEATH.

GARY LANE HAS BEEN FOLLOWING

THIS STORY.

FOR MORE, YOU CAN GO TO HIS

BLOG ON OUR WEBSITE,

CBNNEWS.COM.

Mark: TALIBAN FIGHTERS

ATTACKED A U.S. CONSULATE IN

WESTERN AFGHANISTAN, KILLING

TWO AFGHAN SECURITY AGENTS.

SUICIDE ATTACKERS UNLEASHED

TWO CAR BOMBS AT THE

CONSULATE IN HARAT, NEAR THE

IRANIAN BORDER.

AFGHAN AND U.S. SPECIAL

FORCES HELPED SECURE THE

COMPOUND, KILLING FIVE

ATTACKERS IN A GUN BATTLE.

NO ATTACKERS MANAGED TO

BREACH THE COMPOUND, AND ALL

ARE SAFE, BUT THE BRAZEN

ATTACK UNDERSCORES THE

DANGEROUS SECURITY SITUATION

AS U.S. TROOPS PREPARE FOR A

FULL WITHDRAWAL NEXT YEAR.

Wendy: al-QAEDA

LEADER AI AYMAN

AL-ZAWAHIRIS TELLING THEM TO

FIND ANY, QUOTE,"OPPORTUNITY

TO BLEED AMERICAN

FINANCIALLY."

Mark: NEW SATELLITE

IMAGES SHOW THE ARCTIC ICE

CAP IS MAKING A COMEBACK.

THE POLAR ICE CAP EXPANDED

BY 60% IN JUST ONE YEAR.

YOU CAN SEE THE BEFORE AND

AFTER SHOTS IN THESE

PHOTOS.

THE NEWS MEDIA HAVE BLAMED

GLOBAL WARMING FOR THE

PREVIOUSLY SHRINKING ICE

CAP.

AND THEY WARNED THAT ALL OF

THE MELTED ICE WOULD FLOOD

THE WORLD.

BACK IN 2007, THE B.B.C.

EVEN PREDICTED THAT ALL OF

THE ICE WOULD HAVE MELTED BY

2013.

AS YOU JUST SAW THERE, THE

OPPOSITE HAPPENED THIS

YEAR.

MEANWHILE, ONE

ENVIRONMENTALIST WEBSITE IS

PROPOSING NAMING HURRICANES

AFTER POLITICIANS WHO DON'T

BELIEVE IN CLIMATE CHANGE.

FORECASTERS HAVE PREDICTED A

WORSE THAN NORMAL ATLANTA

HURRICANE SEASON.

IRONICALLY, THIS SEASON IS

OFF TO A VERY SLOW AND MILD

START.

Wendy: COMING UP, HOW

SCHOOL CHILDREN AND THE

WORLD'S LARGEST MUSLIM

NATION ARE LEARNING ABOUT

THE BIBLE.

Wendy: OBAMACARE IS

PROVING UNPOPULAR EVEN WITH

SOME OF THE PRESIDENT'S

POLITICAL ALLIES AND THE

LABOR MOVEMENT.

THE AFL/CIO HAS APPROVED A

RESOLUTION CRITICIZING PARTS

OF THE NEW LAW, DESPITE

EFFORTS BY THE WHITE HOUSE

TO DISCOURAGE THE GROUP FROM

MAKING ITS CONCERN SO

PROMINENT.

THEY SAY THE HEALTH CARE LAW

WILL DRIVE UP THE COST OF

UNION-SPONSORED HEALTH PLANS

TO THE POINT THAT WORKERS

AND EMPLOYERS ARE FORCED TO

ABANDON THEM.

LABOR UNIONS STILL SUPPORT

THE GOALS OF OBAMACARE TO

CUT HEALTH CARE COSTS AND

PROVIDE COVERAGE TO ALL

AMERICANS.

BUT THEY SAY THE LAW AS IT

STANDS NOW WILL HURT UNION

HEALTH PLANS.

Mark: ON THE OTHER SIDE

OF THE AISLE, SARAH PALIN IS

STRIRING THINGSTIRRING

THINGS UP.

TAKE A LOOK.

THE SHOCKING TRUTH ABOUT

OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE PLAN.

THE LITTLE GIRL IS A

PRIME EXAMPLE OF A

BUREAUCRAT MAKING THAT

DECISION.

IT'S A SCARY THING.

THIS DEAL WAS ALWAYS GOING

TO LEAD -- THE IMPORTANT

THING IS THAT IS JUST ONE

ASPECT OF OBAMACARE.

I KNOW THAT SOUNDS SCARY

TO YOU, FOLKS.

IT SOUNDS SCARY TO ME, TOO.

WHY WASN'T THERE JUST

MORE HONESTY THROUGH THIS

WHOLE PROCESS?

Mark: WOW.

THE FORMER ALASKAN GOVERNOR

HAS RAISED THESE CONCERNS

BEFORE.

THE DIFFERENCE NOW IS SOME

FAR LEFT DEMOCRATS APPEAR TO

AGREE WITH HER.

Wendy: A HUMANIST GROUP

HAS FILED A LAWSUIT TO STOP

A SOUTH CAROLINA PUBLIC

SCHOOL FROM HOLDING ITS

FIFTH GRADE GRADUATION

CEREMONIES AT A CHRISTIAN

UNIVERSITY.

THE AMERICAN HUMANIST

ASSOCIATION WANTS TO STOP

THE SCHOOL FROM HOLDING

FUTURE CEREMONIES AT A SOUTH

CAROLINA BAPTIST

CONVENTION.

AND IT SEEKS TO STOP

SCHOOL-SPONSORED PRAYERS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAYS THE

GROUP'S POSITION,

QUOTE,"WOULD REQUIRE THE

DISTRICT TO DEMONSTRATION

NEUTRALLITY."

Mark: CBN'S "SUPERBOOK"

WILL SOON BE SEEN ON

TELEVISION SCREENS IN THE

WORLDS LARGEST MUSLIM

COUNTRY.

SOME INDONESIAN KIDS

RECENTLY RECEIVED A

PREVIEW.

AND LUCILLE BRINGS US THEIR

REACTION.

Reporter: THE CBN

"SUPERBOOK" TEAM ARE TOURING

SEVERAL SCHOOLS IN

INDONESIA.

CBN INDONESIA DIRECTOR MARK

McCLENDON SAYS THE

"SUPERBOOK" BROADCAST WILL

BE HISTORY.

NEVER BEFORE IN THE

HISTORY OF MISSIONS IN

INDONESIA HAS THERE BEEN AN

OPPORTUNITY LIKE THIS.

WHERE YOU CAN PRESENT CHRIST

AND YOU CAN PRESENT CHRIST

IN CONTEXT OF THE ENTIRE

BIBLE, THE WHOLE MISSION OF

THE HEART OF GOD.

Reporter: "SUPERBOOK"

HAS BEEN TRANSLATED INTO

BAHASA, THE INDONESIAN

LANGUAGE.

IT IS SO COOL, AND GIZMO

LIGHTS UP IN THE INDONESIAN

LANGUAGE, AND KIDS JUST GO

WILD.

Reporter: IT PREMIERES

SEPTEMBER 14th ON MMM TV.

IT RUNS 80% OF THE COUNTRY'S

TOP CHILDREN'S PROGRAM.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT

"SUPERBOOK" HAS BEEN

PROMOTED HERE IN INDONESIA.

AND WHAT IS INTERESTING IS

THERE IS A VERY ENTHUSIASTIC

RESPONSE OF THE CHILDREN

HERE.

AND AMONG THESE STUDENTS ARE

MUSLIMS LISTENING AND GIVEN

THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN

ABOUT GOD'S WORD IN

ANIMATION.

THE MUSLIM PARENTS SAY THEY

LIKE THEIR CHILDREN TO LEARN

THE VALUES THEY SEE IN

CHRISTIAN CHILDREN.

THEY ALLOW THEIR CHILDREN TO

STUDY CHRISTIAN RELIGION

BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IT IS

JUST LIKE ANY OTHER

SUBJECT.

THE STUDENTS GAVE THEIR FULL

ATTENTION AS THEY WATCHED

THE FIRST "SUPERBOOK"

EPISODE.

NOT ONLY WERE THEY DELIGHTED

WITH THE STATE-OF-THE-ART

ANIMATION, BUT THEY WERE

ALSO MOVED BY THE STORY.

I PRAY THAT I WILL NOT

FIGHT ANYMORE WITH MY

BROTHER.

AND I WILL STOP SPEAKING BAD

WORDS.

I'M EXCITED BECAUSE I

KNOW THAT KIDS EVERYWHERE

ARE GOING TO BE SINGING,

JESUS COME OUT -- THEY'RE

GOING TO BE SINGING THE

SALVATION POEM.

THEY'RE GOING TO BECAUSE

"SUPERBOOK" IS A SEED.

*

Reporter: LUCILLE

TALUSEN, CBN NEWS, JAKARTA.

Wendy: THANKS,

LUCILLE.

UP NEXT, MODERN-DAY ISRAELIS

TALK ABOUT LIFE IN WHAT IS

KNOWN AS THE WEST BANK, AND

THE PRESSURE TO GIVE THAT

LAND TO THE PALESTINIANS.

CHARGERS

PALESTINIANS.

Wendy: AS WE MENTIONED

EARLIER, IT HAS BEEN 20

YEARS SINCE ISRAEL AND THE

PALESTINIANS SIGNED THE OSLO

PEACE ACCORDS.

INSTEAD OF PEACE, THOUGH,

WE'VE SEEN ENDLESS

NEGOTIATIONS AND LOTS OF

VIOLENCE.

Mark: NOW ONCE AGAIN WE

HAVE PEACE TALKS.

THE STAKES ARE HIGH FOR

ISRAELIS SINCE THE

PALESTINIANS WANT TO TAKE

PART OF THE PROMISED LAND TO

CREATE THEIR OWN STATE.

RECENTLY SCOTT ROSS TALKED

WITH SOME ISRAELIS ABOUT

THEIR ONGOING STRUGGLES.

Reporter: KNOWN TO MUCH

OF THE WORLD AS THE WEST

BANK, JUDEA AND SOMARIA OF

THE BIBLE IS TODAY HOME TO

SOME 360,000 JEWISH

ISRAELIS, AND AT LEAST

1.4 MILLION PALESTINIAN

ARABS.

SHILO.

SHILO, THE FIRST CAPITAL

OF ANCIENT ISRAEL.

THE PLACE WHERE THE

TABERNACLE STOOD FOR 369

YEARS.

Reporter: HE IS THE

FORMER MAYOR OF SHILO, THE

PLACE PRONOUNCED SHILOH IN

AMERICA.

WE TALKED OVERLOOKING THE

ROUTE OVER WHICH THE

BIBLICAL PATRIARCHS ISAAC,

JACOB AND JOSEPH WOULD HAVE

TRAVELLED.

HE SAID, HOW LONG WILL

YOU WAIT BEFORE COMING TO

TAKE POSSESSION OF THE LAND

THAT THE LORD GOD OF YOUR

FATHER HAS GIVEN YOU.

HANNAH CAME TO PRAY FOR HER

SON.

THE SON WHO WAS BORN FROM

HER PRAYERS WAS SAMUEL THE

PROPHET, WHO GREW UP IN

SHILO, ALONG WITH THE PEOPLE

OF ISRAEL.

Reporter: AND THAT IS

THE ISSUE THAT REMAINS

TODAY: THIS IS THE LAND THAT

GOD GAVE YOU.

AS A SPECIAL

RESPONSIBILITY TO CHERISH IT

AND TO TAKE CARE OF IT.

Reporter: RUBIN'S

COMMITMENT TO THE LAND CAME

AT A ARN PERSONAL PRICE

WHEN HE AND HIS SON WERE

AMBUSHED ON THE WAY HOME.

I WAS SHOT IN THE LEG AND

MY SON WAS SHOT IN THE

HEAD.

Reporter: IS YOUR SON

STILL ALIVE TODAY?

THANK GOD MY SON IS STILL

ALIVE TODAY.

THE BULLET HIT HIS BRAINSTEM

BY ONE MILLIMETER.

Reporter: WHY DO PEOPLE

LIVE HERE WITH THE THREAT OF

VIOLENCE?

WHY DO PEOPLE WANT TO BE

HERE?

WE'VE COME HOME AND WE'RE

FULFILLING PROPHECY OF THESE

TIMES.

Reporter: THEY LIVE IN

SHILO 35 YEARS AFTER IT WAS

REESTABLISHED IN 1978.

YET MAHMOUD ABBAS SAID

RECENTLY THAT A FUTURE

PALESTINIAN STATE IN THIS

AREA MUST BE COMPLETELY FREE

OF JEWS.

THERE NEVER WAS A

PALESTINIAN STATE.

IT IS ALL AN ILLUSION, A

POLITICAL GAME BY THE

ISLAMIC WORLD, TO TRY TO

MAKE SURE THAT ISRAEL

DOESN'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO

EXIST ANYMORE.

Reporter: HOW DO YOU

FEEL ABOUT THE

LAND-FOR-PEACE

NEGOTIATIONS?

YOU GIVE UP THE LAND AND

THERE IS GOING TO BE PEACE.

IT IS TIME FOR A NEW

PLAN, WHICH IS CALLED PEACE

FOR PEACE.

WE EXTEND OUR HAND IN PEACE,

THEY EXTEND THEIR HAND IN

PEACE.

WE SHAKE IT AND WE HAVE

PEACE.

WE SIGN A PEACE TREATY, AND

ALL IS WELL.

Reporter: SHILO IS IN

BIBLICAL SOMARIA, NORTH OF

JERUSALEM.

JUDEA AND SOMARIA, INCLUDING

THE JORDAN VALLEY IS

75 MILES LONG AND BETWEEN 19

AND 34 MILES WIDE.

TO THE SOUTH OF JERUSALEM

AND BETHLEHEM IS A LARGE

BLOCK OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES

CALLED THE GUSH ETZION, IN

ANOTHER PART OF WHAT THE

WORLD CALLS THE WEST BANK.

WE'RE AT THE HIGHEST

POINT IN GUSH ETZION.

WE'RE ON THE BACKBONE OF THE

HILLS THAT CONTROL THE LOW

LANDS IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.

THAT IS THE MEDITERRANEAN

SEA AND THE COASTAL PLAIN.

TEL AVIV, OSHTOD, DOWN TO

GAZA, AND WE CAN SEE THE

ROCKETS COME OUT OF THERE.

WHEN YOU LOOK THIS AND WE

LOOK EAST, WE'RE LOOKING

TOWARDS JORDAN.

FIRST WE HAVE THE HILLS

HERE, WHICH BELONG TO GUSH

ETZION.

THEY GO FROM HEBRON ALL THE

WAY TO JERUSALEM, AND THERE

IS JORDAN ON THE OTHER

SIDE.

THAT'S IT.

THAT'S ALL WE'VE GOT.

THIS IS THE WIDTH, AND WE'RE

ON TOP.

Reporter: ROSY IS A

WIFE AND MOTHER.

ORIGINALLY FROM OHIO, SHE IS

RAISING HER FAMILY IN A

COMMUNITY CALLED ALON SHAB

BUT, WHICH MEANS RETURN TO

THE OAK TREE.

JEWS ESTABLISHED SEVERAL

FARMING COMMUNITIES HERE IN

1948, BUT DURING ISRAEL'S

WAR OF INDEPENDENCE, THEY

WERE DESTROYED, AND THE

RESIDENTS KILLED OR DRIVEN

AWAY.

AFTER THE 1967 SIX-DAY WAR,

THE JEWS RETURNED TO REBUILD

HERE.

WHO ARE YOUR NEIGHBORS?

I THINK HAVING LEBANON IN

THE NORTH, SYRIA TO THE

NORTHEAST, AND THEN YOU COME

AROUND AND HAVE EGYPT TO THE

SOUTH, WE'RE NOT IN A GREAT

AREA.

Reporter: THERE ARE 24

MUSLIM STATES SURROUNDING

ISRAEL, FROM MOROCCO TO

IRAN.

MORE THAN EIGHT MILLION

SQUARE MILES OF LAND.

MORE THAN 500 TIMES THE SIZE

OF ISRAEL, WHERE SOME HALF A

BILLION PEOPLE LIVE.

JUDEA AND SOMARIA STAND

BETWEEN ISRAEL'S MAJOR

POPULATION CENTERS AND THE

ARAB WORLD.

WITHOUT IT, IN SOME PLACES

ISRAEL IS JUST NINE MILES

WIDE.

THE ARABS, MANY FACTIONS,

HATE THE JEWS.

DO YOU HATE THE ARABS?

I DON'T THINK THE ARABS

WHO LIVE NEARBY IN THE

VILLAGE OVER THERE.

I DON'T THINK THEY HATE ME.

I THINK THEY'RE TAUGHT TO

HATE ME.

WE HAVE OUR ARAB FRIEND,

WHOM I KNOW BY NAME, I KNOW

HIS PROFESSION AND THE NAMES

OF HIS KIDS.

HE IS BEHIND THE CHEESE

COUNTER WITH HIS HUGE

CLEAVER.

AND HE IS GOING, WHAT CAN I

GETCHA?

AND I'M NOT AFRAID.

I'M ENCOURAGED.

Reporter: 20 YEARS AGO

YITZAH RABIN AND YASSER

ARAFAT SIGNED THE ASLO

ACCORDS AND SHOOK HANDS ON

THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN, AND

STILL THERE IS NO PEACE.

DO YOU SEE THAT THIS COULD

POSSIBLY BECOME A FUTURE

PALESTINIAN STATE?

IF IT WERE TO BECOME A

PALESTINIAN STATE, I WOULD

IMAGINE THAT IT WOULD BE

BECAUSE THERE IS SOME HUGE

BREAKTHROUGH AND THE WHOLE

WORLD BELIEVES THAT NOW WE

HAVE PEACE IN THIS PART OF

THE WORLD.

IF THAT IS TRUE, THEN I CAN

LIVE HERE.

I'M JEWISH.

I BOUGHT THE LAND, AND I

SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP MY

HOME.

IN EVERY TALKS THAT WE HEAR,

WE'RE OUT OF THE PICTURE.

WE'LL HAVE TO PACK UP AND

GO.

Reporter: THE

SCRIPTURES TEACH US TO PRAY

FOR JERUSALEM AND PRAY FOR

ISRAEL.

DO YOU THINK IT MAKES ANY

DIFFERENCE?

I HOPE THAT ALL OF YOU

CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR

JERUSALEM EVERY DAY.

IT STRENGTHENS US.

IT STRENGTHENS OUR PSYCHE.

IT STRENGTHENS OUR HOPES.

WE KNOW THAT WE'RE NOT

ALONE.

Mark: TECHNOLOGY HELPS

US CONNECT ACROSS LONG

DISTANCES.

Wendy: IT SURE DOES.

AND FOR A SEVENTH GRADER

WITH A RARE FORM OF CANCER,

TECHNOLOGY IS ALSO HELPING

HIM STAY IN SCHOOL.

RIGHT NOW KYLE WINETROP

LIVES IN PHILADELPHIA FOR A

YEAR OF TREATMENT, BUT HE IS

STILL ATTENDING HIS SCHOOL

IN FLORIDA BY USING A VIGO

ROBOT.

I CAN SEE THE WHOLE

CLASSROOM.

SO IT IS BASICALLY LIKE A

MAC.

HE IS NO LONGER

ISOLATED.

HE IS PART OF THE CLASS.

HE IS A NORMAL KID.

HE PROBABLY WANTS TO

LEARN, EVEN THOUGH HE CAN'T

BE HERE.

HE WANTS TO, LIKE, SEE HIS

FRIENDS.

Wendy: KYLE USES HIS

COMPUTER TO MANEUVER THE

ROBOT THROUGH THE SCHOOL.

HE NOT ONLY ATTENDS CLASS

BUT HANGS OUT WITH HIS

FRIENDS, TOO.

FRIENDS HAVE HELPED HIM

RAISE $6,000 TO PAY FOR THIS

ROBOT.

THOUGH HE IS SEVERAL STATES

AWAY, HE IS NOT MISSING OUT

ON A THING, EVEN HOMEWORK,

MARK.

Mark: IT IS AMAZING.

SO FUTURISTIC, BUT RIGHT

HERE NOW.

Wendy: GOD BLESS HIM.

THAT'S ALL

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