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CBN NewsWatch: September 27, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Sept. 27: Syria: No chemical attack responsibility claims, Obama, Congress not flinching over coming shutdown, and United Nations: 'People to blame for climate change,' and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

CHEMICAL WEAPONS REMOVAL,

HOW THE WORLD PLANS TO WORK

TOGETHER TO GET THE WEAPONS

OUT OF SYRIA.

PLUS CONTROVERSY OVER

CLIMATE CHANGE.

A LOOK AT A NEW REPORT ON

GLOBAL WARMING.

AND WHAT IS AT STAKE FOR

ISRAEL, AS THE NATION

NEGOTIATIONS PEACE WITH

PALESTINE.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

MORE QUESTIONS TONIGHT OVER

CHEMICAL WEAPONS USE IN

SYRIA.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

UNITED NATIONS INVESTIGATORS

ARE BACK IN THE COUNTRY

TRYING TO DETERMINE IF MORE

CHEMICAL WEAPONS WERE USED,

AND IF SO, WHO EXACTLY USED

THEM.

GEORGE THOMAS HAS MORE IN

TONIGHT'S TOP STORY.

George: THE UNITED

NATIONS IS INVESTIGATING NEW

ALLEGATION OF SEVEN ALLEGED

CHEMICAL ATTACKS IN SYRIA'S

NORTHERN ALEPPO PROVINCE.

SOME OF THE ATTACKS

REPORTEDLY HAPPENED AFTER

THE AUGUST 21st INSTANT,

THAT TRIGGERED THREATS OF

U.S. MILITARY ACTION.

THE REGIME AND REBELS ARE

ACCUSING EACH OTHER OF THE

INCIDENT.

MEANWHILE THE U.S. AND

RUSSIA HAVE AGREED ON A

RESOLUTION, CALLING FOR

SYRIA TO GIVE UP ITS

CHEMICAL WEAPONS.

THE WHITE HOUSE IS HAILING

THE AGREEMENT AS A MAJOR

BREAKTHROUGH IN TAKING THE

MOST CONTROVERSIAL OFF THE

BATTLEFIELD OF THE WORLD'S

DEADLIEST CURRENT CONFLICT.

TWO WEEKS AGO, THE SYRIAN

REGIME HAD NOT EVEN

ACKNOWLEDGED THE EXISTENCE

OF ITS CHEMICAL WEAPONS

STOCKPILES.

TONIGHT WE HAVE A SHARED

DRAFT RESOLUTION OF INTENSE

DEP SEDIPLOMACY OVER THE

LAST TWO WEEKS.

George: IT DOES NOT

THREATEN MILITARY ACTION IF

SYRIA FAILS TO COMPLY WITH

THE AGREEMENT.

INTERNATIONAL MONITORS MUST

INSPECT ALL SITES, DESTROY

ALL EQUIPMENT USED TO

PRODUCE AND MIX CHEMICAL

WEAPONS, AND HAVE IT ALL

COMPLETED BY THE MIDDLE OF

NEXT YEAR.

THIS IS A CHEMICAL

WEAPONS PROGRAM I DON'T HAVE

TO TELL YOU THAT HAS SAT

PRECARIOUSLY IN ONE OF THE

MOST VOLATILE COUNTRIES AND

IN ONE OF THE MOST HORRIFIC

CIVIL WARS THE WORLD HAS

SEEN IN A VERY LONG TIME.

George: AND THAT CIVIL

WAR RAGES ON.

IN DAMASCUS THIS MORNING,

SHORTLY AFTER MORNING

PRAYERS, A MASSIVE CAR BOMB

NORTH OF THE CAPITAL KILLED

AT LEAST 30 PEOPLE AND

INJURED DOZENS.

MORE THAN 100,000 PEOPLE

HAVE BEEN KILLED, AND

ANOTHER SEVEN MILLION DRIVEN

FROM THEIR HOMES SINCE THE

SYRIAN CONFLICT BEGAN IN

MARCH.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS.

Mark: FOR MORE ON THIS

NOW, WE TURN TO CLIFF MAY,

THE PRESIDENT OF THE

FOUNDATION FOR DEFENSE OF

DEMOCRACIES.

CLIFF, YOU ORIGINALLY

THOUGHT THE RIGHT COURSE OF

ACTION WAS TO RETALIATE

AGAINST SYRIA FOR USING

CHEMICAL WEAPONS AGAINST ITS

OWN PEOPLE.

THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN.

WHAT DO YOU SAY ABOUT THIS

LATEST RESOLUTION THE U.S.

AND RUSSIA HAVE COME UP

WITH?

WELL, I HAVE MY DOUBTS

ABOUT IT.

FOR ONE THING, THIS DRAFT

RESOLUTION HAS NO

ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM

WHATSOEVER.

SO IF ASSAD DECIDES TO

DE-ASSEMBLE, AND NOT

DISCOMPROMISE WHERE THEY,

AND THERE IS SOME INDICATION

HE HAS ALREADY DONE THAT,

INCLUDING MOVING WEAPONS OUT

OF LEBANON IN IRAQ.

AND SECOND, THE DRAFT

RESOLUTION DOESN'T PLACE ANY

BLAME FOR THE ATTACKS THAT

HAVE TAKEN PLACE ALREADY, IN

PARTICULAR THE ONE ATTACK IN

WHICH 1400 PEOPLE, MANY

WOMEN AND CHILDREN, WERE

GASSED TO DEATH.

NO BLAME FOR THAT.

SO I'M DUBIOUS.

Mark: VLADIMIR PUTIN

JUMPED INTO THE FRAY A FEW

WEEKS AGO.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS HIS

AGENDA?

WELL, AMONG OTHER THINGS,

VLADIMIR PUTIN IS

DEMONSTRATING TO THE WORLD

THAT HE STANDS BY HIS

ALLIES, INCLUDING SUCH FOLKS

AS BASHAR al-ASSAD, THAT

HE STANDS BY THEM THROUGH

THICK AND THIN, AND HE CAN

SAVE THEM IN CERTAIN CASES,

AND I THINK HE HAS, IN A

WAY, IN THIS CASE, AND HE IS

TRYING TO DRAW A CONTRAST

WITH THE U.S., AND TENDS TO

THROW ITS ALLIES UNDER THE

BUS.

Mark: WHAT OUT COME DO

YOU THINK THE U.S. SHOULD BE

SUPPORTING FOR SYRIA, THE

FALL OF ASSAD?

THERE ARE NO GOOD OPTION

AT THIS POINT.

TWO YEARS AGO, I THINK YOU

HAD A LOT OF DEMONSTRATORS

WHO WERE PEACEFUL, WHO WERE

PRO-WESTERN.

THEY WERE ESSENTIALLY LEFT

AS ORPHANS, AND THEY'VE BEEN

MARGINALIZED.

AND NOW WE REALLY SEE ONE

GROUP, THE ASSAD REGIME,

WHICH IS CLOSELY AFFILIATED

WITH IRAN, WHICH IS THE MOST

IMPORTANT NATIONAL SECURITY

THREAT TO THE U.S., AND A

THREAT TO ISRAEL.

ON THE OTHER HAND, YOU HAVE

THESE al-QAEDA FORCES.

SO YOU REALLY WANT BOTH TO

LOSE.

WHEN PEOPLE SAY THAT, THEY

ARE USUALLY JOKING.

BUT A SERIOUS SCRATCH GIST

WILL SAY HOW DO WE MAKE THAT

HAPPEN, THAT NEITHER IRAN

NOR al-QAEDA, NEITHER ONE

PREVAILS IN SYRIA ON THIS

BATTLEFIELD, OR FRANKLY,

MARK, ANYWHERE ELSE.

Mark: QUICKLY, IF ASSAD

IS REMOVED FROM POWER, WOULD

THINGS BE BETTER OR WORSE,

CHRIS, FOR THE CHRISTIAN

MINORITY LIVING IN SYRIA?

THINGS ARE BAD FOR THE

CHRISTIAN AUTHORITY NOW.

WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ARMING

THEM A LONG TIME AGO.

A LOT OF CHRISTIANS DID SIDE

WITH ASSAD -- NOT BECAUSE

THEY LIKED ASSAD, I NEVER

MET ANY CHRISTIANS FROM

SYRIA WHO IN PRIVATE WOULD

SAY WE LIKE ASSAD, BUT WHEN

YOU'RE A SMALL MINORITY, YOU

HAVE TO GET ALONG WITH

WHOEVER IS HOLDING POWER AS

BEST YOU CAN.

I THINK WE NEED TO DO

EVERYTHING WE CAN, AND WE

HAVE NOT DONE NEARLY ENOUGH

OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS TO

ENSURE THE SURVIVAL OF THE

CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA.

AND OTHER, I COULD WAY,

MINORITY GROUPS AS WELL.

AND THERE ARE A NUMBER OF

THEM, AND THEY ARE ALL IN

DANGER.

IN FACT, RELIGIOUS AND

ETHNIC MINORITIES ARE IN

DANGER THROUGHOUT THE MUSLIM

WORLD AND THROUGHOUT THE

MIDDLE EAST.

AND THIS IS A STORY YOU PAY

ATTENTION TO AT CBN, BUT THE

REST OF THE MEDIA HAVE NOT.

Mark: THANK YOU FOR

YOUR IN SIGHT.

JUST DAYS TO GO BEFORE A

POTENTIAL GOVERNMENT

SHUTDOWN ON CAPITOL HILL.

THEY ACCUSED REPUBLICANS OF,

QUOTE,"POLITICAL

GRANDSTANDING," WARNING

AGAINST A DEBT SENATE

SHUTDOWN.

Reporter:

DEMOCRAT-CONTROLLED SENATE

ON PARTY LINES AMENDED THE

BILL THE HOUSE PASSED LAST

WEEK AND PUT FUNDING FOR

OBAMACARE BACK IN.

DEFUND THIS BILL THAT

ISN'T WORKING, THAT IS

HURTING THE AMERICAN, THAT

IS KILLING JOBS, AND FORCING

PEOPLE INTO PART-TIME WORK.

YOU CAN HUFF AND YOU CAN

PUFF FOR 21 HOURS, BUT YOU

CANNOT BLOW THE AFFORDABLE

CARE ACT AWAY.

THE BILL GOES BACK TO THE

HOUSE, SETTING UP A BUDGET

BATTLE WITH HOUSE

REPUBLICANS.

G.O.P. LEADERS SAY THEY'RE

NOT GOING TO ACCEPT WHAT THE

SENATE SENDS BACK.

LISTEN, IT' THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE DON'T WANT THE

PRESIDENT'S HEALTH CARE BILL

AND THEY DON'T WANT THE

GOVERNMENT TO SHUT DOWN.

THE PRESIDENT SAYS I'M NOT

GOING TO NEGOTIATE.

WELL, I'M SORRY, BUT IT JUST

DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY.

Mark: PRESIDENT OBAMA

SAYS THE HEALTH CARE LAW IS

HERE TO STAY.

President Obama: SOME

HAVE THREATENED A GOVERNMENT

SHUTDOWN IF THEY CAN'T SHUT

DOWN THIS LAW.

THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN

AS LONG AS I PRESIDENT.

Mark: AS MANY AS

800,000 OF THE NATION'S

2.1 MILLION FEDERAL WORKERS

WOULD BE TOLD TO STAY HOME.

AND AN EVEN BIGGER FISCAL

STORM IS JUST AROUND THE

CORNER.

THE GOVERNMENT'S CREDIT

CARD, THE DEBT LIMIT, WILL

MAX OUT ON OCTOBER 17th.

UNLESS CONGRESS VOTES TO

RAISE THE DEBT CEILING.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS WANT THE

PRESIDENT TO AGREE TO

MASSIVE SPENDING CUTS.

THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE WILL

NOT NEGOTIATE.

AND AS LAWMAKERS WORK TO

COME UP WITH A BUDGET DEAL,

CBN NEWS IS WORKING TO KEEP

YOU INFORMED.

FOR ALL OF THE LATEST, MAKE

SURE YOU CHECK OUT OUR

WEBSITE, CBNNEWS.COM.

NEW JERSEY MUST ALLOW GAY

COUPLES TO MARRY.

THAT IS THE DECISION OF A

STATE JUDGE TODAY.

THE RULING FROM JUDGE MARY

JACOBSON SAYS NOW THAT THE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

RECOGNIZES GAY MARRIAGE, IT

WOULD VIOLATE THE NEW JERSEY

CONSTITUTION NOT TO DO THE

SAME.

THE STATE GOVERNMENT WILL

HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO

APPEAL THE RULING.

GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE IS

OPPOSED TO GAY MARRIAGE.

HIS ADMINISTRATION IS

EXPECTED TO APPEAL.

A NEW REPORT FROM UNITED

NATIONS' SCIENTISTS CLAIM

PEOPLE ARE TO BLAME FOR

GLOBAL WARMING.

THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL

ON CLIMATE CHANGE HAS LOOKED

AT DATA FROM THE 1950S, AND

THEY SE SINCE THEN THE

EARTH HAD CHANGED IN,

QUOTE,"UNPRECEDENTED WAYS,"

AND THEY ARE MORE CONFIDENT

THUNDETHAN EVER THAT THE

HUMANS ARE TO BLAME.

THE I.P. P. REPORT SAYS THE

RECENT SLOWDOWN COULD NOT BE

CONSIDERED A LONG-TERM

TREND.

Wendy: JOE BISTARDI IS

THE CHIEF FORECASTER AT

WEATHER BELL AND JOINS US

VIA SKYPE.

THE EARTH HASN'T GOTTEN

WARMER, BUT WE'RE CONSTANTLY

BEING TOLD WE'RE FACING A

GLOBAL WARMING CRISIS.

CAN YOU HELP EXPLAIN THAT TO

US.

I DON'T BELIEVE THAT FOR

A SECOND.

I THINK THIS IS NATURAL.

AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE

LATEST SPIN ON IT IS THAT

THE WARMING ISN'T TAKING

PLACE IN THE AIR.

IT IS TAKING PLACE IN THE

OCEAN.

IT IS JUST A MATTER OF TIME

BEFORE THAT COMES BACK UP

INTO THE ATMOSPHERE.

DR. BILL GREY AT COLORADO

STATE WROTE ABOUT THIS OVER

30 YEARS AGO.

A PAPER ON WHAT WE CALL A

THERMAHALIN CIRCULATION,

WHERE THE WATER WILL COOL

NEAR THE TOP AND WARM IN THE

BOTTOM AND GO BACK AND

FORTH, AND VICE VERSA.

IT HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR

CENTURIES AND CENTURIES AND

CENTURIES.

AND SO WHAT IS HAPPENING IS

A REPACKAGING OF ALREADY

KNOWN THINGS, AND THEY'RE

TRYING TO USE THAT AS AN

EXCUSE.

LET ME SAY THIS, WENDY.

THE MOST ABSURD THING THEY

TRIED TO BASE THIS WHOLE

POLICY ON ARE THE COMPUTER

MODELS.

THEY'RE HORRIBLE.

THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS

GOING ON.

Wendy: THE REPORT SAID

IMPROVED MODELS USED TO

ANALYZE GLOBAL WARMING CAN

MORE ACCURATELY PREDICT

FUTURE CHANGE.

HOW ACCURATE ARE THEY,

REALLY?

THEY'RE NOT ACCURATE.

I WORK WITH THESE EVERY

DAY.

THE REASON I'M IN THIS FIGHT

IS NOT BECAUSE I WANT TO BE

IN THIS FIGHT.

I'M A METEOROLOGIST THAT

FORECASTS THE WEATHER EVER

DAY, BUT I USE THE PAST

WEATHER TO SET UP THE

FUTURE.

SO I KNOW WHAT THE PAST IS.

A LOT OF THESE PEOPLE HAVE

COME ON THIS SCENE AND THEIR

ENTIRELY LIVELIHOOD DEPENDS

ON KEEPING THIS GOING.

DO YOU BELIEVE A TRACE GAS,

THAT HUMAN BEINGS HAVE

CONTRIBUTED ANYWHERE OF THAT

5.4% -- DO YOU THINK THAT IS

GOING TO PUSH AROUND THE SUN

AND THE OCEANS AND

VOLCANOS.

IT IS ALMOST ABSURD TO

BELIEVE IT.

YOU KNOW WHAT IS INTERESTING

ABOUT THIS ARGUMENT?

THE MORE I STUDY IT, THE

MORE I CAN SEE THE OTHER

GUY'S POINT ABOUT A FUTURE

OCCURRENCE -- THE MORE I

STUDY THIS, THE MORE I

REALIZE AS DR. BILL GREY

SAID YEARS AGO, WHAT A SCAM

THIS IS.

Wendy: JOE, WE

APPRECIATE YOUR PASSION, AND

THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING

US TODAY.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

AND, FOLKS, YOU DON'T HAVE

TO BELIEVE ME.

GO LOOK FOR YOURSELF.

Wendy: ALL RIGHT.

WE APPRECIATE IT.

THANKS, JOE.

THANK YOU.

Mark: COMING UP, WE

LOOK AT STORIES OF SURVIVAL

FROM THAT TERROR ATTACK AT A

KENYAN MALL.

Mark: IN THE WAKE OF

THE DEADLY ATTACK AT THAT

KENYAN MALL, THE U.S. IS

RAMPING UP ITS EFFORTS

AGAINST THE TERROR

ORGANIZATION AL-SHABAAB.

THE C.I.A. HAS ORDERED MORE

OPERATIVES TO FOCUS ON THE

GROUP.

WHILE THE WORLD WAITS FOR

ANSWER IN THE MASSACRE,

STORIES OF SURVIVAL ARE

EMERGING IN KENYA.

CAITLIN BURKE BRIN BRINGS

US THIS REPORT OF ONE MAN

WHO VOLUNTEERED TO GO INTO

THE MALL DURING A STANDOFF

SITUATION.

Reporter: JAMES QUEST

IS A PROMOTIONAL

PHOTOGRAPHER IN KENYA.

LAST SATURDAY HE PUT DOWN

HIS CAMERA TO HELP GUIDE A

POLICE SQUAD HEADING INTO

NAIROBI'S WESTGATE MALL.

IT WAS EERIE QUIET.

THE MUSIC IS PLAYING, LIGHTS

ON, NO PEOPLE.

I THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY

WEIRD.

Reporter: QUEST SPENT

SIX HOURS DODGING GUNFIRE,

PURSUING THE MILITANTS, AND

SEARCHING FOR SURVIVORS.

WHILE WE WERE THERE, I

MET THIS MAN WHO WAS SHOT IN

THE EYE AND IN THE SIDE.

BLOOD WAS ALL OVER HIS

CLOTHES, ALL THE WAY DOWN TO

HIS SHOES.

IT WAS TOO MUCH BLOOD.

Reporter: EVEN THOUGH

THE MAN'S INJURIES WERE

SEVERE, BY THE TIME HE WAS

LOADED INTO AN AMBULANCE,

QUEST WAS CERTAIN THEY HAD

SAVED HIS LIFE.

BUT THE NEXT DAY ON A TRIP

TO THE NAIROBI CITY

MORTUARY, HE FOUND THE MAN

AGAIN.

I WENT TO THE MORGUE JUST

TO GET SOME SHOTS OF WHAT IS

GOING ON THERE, AND I'M IN

THE PROCESS OF FINDING HIM

LYING THERE.

HE HAD PASSED ON.

Reporter: WHILE QUEST

WAS AT THE MORGUE, THE MAN'S

FAMILY ARRIVED TO IDENTIFY

THE BODY.

HE LEARNED ABOUT THE MAN HE

TRIED SO DESPERATELY TO

SAVE.

WHAT I DO KNOW ABOUT HIM

IS HIS NAME.

HE HAD FIVE KIDS.

Reporter: ACCORDING TO

GOVERNMENT ESTIMATES, AT

LEAST 67 PEOPLE WERE KILLED

IN THE WESTGATE MALL

ATTACK.

NEW IMAGES WERE JUST

RELIEVE RELEASED OF THE

AFTERMATH.

THIS PARKING LOT CAVED IN

AFTER OFFICIALS SAY SOLDIERS

FIRED GRENADES INSIDE SO

HOSTAGES COULD ESCAPE.

al-SHABAAB TAKES

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE

ATTACK.

ITS LEADERS SAY THE SIEGE

WAS, QUOTE,"A WARNING TO

WESTERNERS."

CAITLIN BURKE, CBN NEWS.

Mark: UP NEXT, CBN NEWS

TRAVELS TO ISRAEL FOR A LOOK

AT THE FUTURE OF THE JEWISH

STATE.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

20 YEARS AGO, ISRAEL AND

PALESTINE SIGNED THE OSLO

ACCORDS.

SINCE THEN ENDLESS

NEGOTIATIONS HAVE FOLLOWED,

BUT STILL NO PEACE.

NOW AS NEW PEACE TALKS ARE

UNDER WAY, THE STAKES OR

HIGH FOR ISRAELIS.

PAKISTANIS WANT TO TAKE PART

OF THE PROMISED LAND TO

ESTABLISH THEIR OWN STATE.

SCOTT ROSS TALKS WITH SOME

ISRAELIS ABOUT THEIR ONGOING

STRUGGLE.

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 1.4 MILLION

PALESTINIAN ARABS.

SHILOB.

THE PLACE WHERE THE

TABERNACLE STOOD FOR 369

YEARS.

Reporter: DAVID RUBIN

IS THE FORMER MAYOR OF

SHILO.

WE TALKED TOGETHER

OVERLOOKING THE ROUTE IN

WHICH THE BIBLICAL

PATRIARCHS, ABRAHAM, ISAAC,

AND JACOB WOULD HAVE

TRAVELLED.

THIS IS WHERE JOSHUA

STOOD BEFORE THE ISRAELITES

AND 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.

THIS IS WHERE HANNAH CAME TO

PRAY FOR HER SON.

THE SON THAT WAS BORN FROM

HER PRAYERS WAS SAMUEL THE

PROPHET.

WHO GREW UP ALONG WITH THE

PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.

Reporter: 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

AS A PERSONAL PRICE, WHILE

HE AND HIS SON WERE AMBUSHED

BY TERRORISTS WHILE

TRAVELLING ON THE WAY HOME.

THE CAR WAS HIT BY A

BULLETS.

I WAS SHOT IN THE LEG, MY

SON WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD.

Reporter: IS YOUR SON

STILL AHEAD?

THANK GOD MY SON IS STILL

HERE.

HE HAD A MIRACULOUS

RECOVERY.

THE BULLET MISSED HIS

BRAINSTEM BY ONE

MILLIMETRE.

Reporter: WHY DO PEOPLE

LIVE IN THIS VIOLENCE?

WHY DO PEOPLE WANT TO BE

HERE?

WE HAVE COME HOME.

WE'RE FULFILLING PROPHECY IN

THIS TIMES.

Reporter: SOME 230

FAMILIES LIVE IN SHILO

TODAY.

35 YEARS AFTER IT WAS

REESTABLISHED IN 1978.

AND YET PALESTINIAN

AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN 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.

ALL A POLITICAL GAME BY THE

ISLAMIC WORLD TO TRY TO MAKE

SURE 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, THERE

IS GOING TO BE PEACE.

IT IS TIME FOR A NEW

PLAN, WHICH IS CALLED PEACE

FOR PEACE.

Reporter: WHICH IS?

WE EXTEND OUR HAND IN

PEACE; THEY EXTEND THEIR

HAND IN PEACE.

WE SHAKE IT AND SIGN A PEACE

TREATY, AND ALL IS WELL.

Reporter: JUDEA AND

SOMARIA, INCLUDING THE

JORDAN VALLEY IS 79 MILES

LONG AND BETWEEN 19 AND

34 MILES WIDE.

TO THE SOUTH OF JERUSALEM

AND BETHLEHEM IS A LARGE

BLOCK OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES

IN JUDEA CALLED THE GUSH

GUSH ETZION.

WE'RE AT THE HIGHEST

POINT IN GUSH ETZION.

WE'RE ON THE BACKBONE OF THE

HILLS THAT CONTROL THE LOW

LANDS IN BOTH DRECKS.

THAT IS THE MEDITERRANEAN

SEA AND THE COASTAL PLANE.

TEL AVIV, DOWN TO GAZA, AND

WE CAN SEE THE ROCKETS COME

OUT OF THERE.

WHEN YOU LOOK THIS WAY, 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 UP 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: LUCY

LIEBERMAN IS A WIFE AND

MOTHER, ORIGINALLY FROM

OHIO, SHE IS RAISING HER

FAMILY IN A COMMUNE CALL

ALON SHABUT, WHICH MEANS

RETURN TO THE OAK TREE IN

GUSH ETZION.

THE JEWISH HAVE ESTABLISHED

SEVERAL FARMING COMMUNITIES

HERE BEFORE THE STATE OF

ISRAEL 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 ON

THE NORTH, AND SYRIA TO THE

NORTHEAST, AND 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 IN 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 AND

PALESTINIANS 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 A HUGE

CLEAVER.

HE IS THERE, WHAT CAN I GET

YOU?

HE'S OUR FRIEND.

I'M NOT AFRAID.

I'M ACTUALLY ENCOURAGED.

Reporter: 20 YEARS AGO,

THEN ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER

YITZAH RABIN AND YASSER

ARAFAT SIGNED THE OSLO

ACCORDS, AND SHOOK HANDS ON

THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN, AND

STILL THERE IS NO PEACE.

DO YOU SEE THIS COULD

POSSIBLY BECOME A FUTURE

PALESTINIAN STATE?

IF IT WOULD TO BECOME A

PALESTINIAN STATE, I WOULD

IMAGINE 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.

AND IF THAT'S TRUE, THEN I

CAN LIVE HERE.

I'M JEWISH.

I BOUGHT THE LAND.

AND I SHOULD BE ABLE TO KEEP

MY HOME.

AND IN EVERY TALK 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 UP.

IT STRENGTHENS OUR PSYCHE.

IT STRENGTHENS OUR HOPES.

WE KNOW THAT WE'RE NOT

ALONE.

Mark: FOR THE LATEST ON

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ISRAEL,

HEAD TO THE "INSIDE ISRAEL"

PAGE ON OUR WEBSITE AT

CBNNEWS.COM.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

Mark: FINALLY TONIGHT,

SOME BREAKING NEWS,

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS HE AND

IRANIAN PRESIDENT ROUHANI

SPOKE OVER THE PHONE TODAY.

IT MARKS THE FIRST TIME

LEADERS OF THE TWO COUNTRIES

HAVE TALKED SINCE 1979.

PRESIDENT OBAMA BELIEVES THE

CONVERSATION WILL HELP THE

U.S. IN DEALING WITH IRAN'S

NUCLEAR AMBITIONS, AND SAYS

THE U.S. WILL WORK CLOSELY

WITH ALLIES IN THE REGION,

INCLUDING ISRAEL.

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CONVERSATION, YOU CAN VISIT

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