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CBN NewsWatch: March 17, 2014

On Newswatch, March 17: Suspicion falls on pilots in Malaysia jet search; Pro-Russian separatists: Crimea just the beginning; White trumps green on snowy St. Paddy's Day; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

THE SEARCH FOR THE MISSING

MALAYSIAN PLANE, WHY

INVESTIGATORS ARE FOCUSING

ON THE PILOTS IN ITS

DISAPPEARANCE.

Wendy: PLUS A

REFERENDUM TO JOIN RUSSIA.

CRIMEAN VOTERS SAY YES, BUT

THE WESTERN WORLD SAYS NO.

A LOOK AT WHAT COMES NEXT.

Mark: AND CBN NEWS

HEADS TO ISRAEL FOR A LOOK

AT WHAT IT IS LIKE LIVING

UNDER THE CONSTANT THREAT OF

ROCKET FIRE.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT

ON "NEWSWATCH."

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY.

QUESTIONS REMAIN OVER WHAT

EXACTLY HAPPENED TO THAT

MISSING MALAYSIAN PLANE, BUT

WHAT IS NOW KNOWN, IT'S

DISAPPEARANCE WAS NO

ACCIDENT.

Mark: SOMEONE

DELIBERATELY DIVERTED FLY

370, AND THE INVESTIGATION

IS BEGINNING TO FOCUS ON THE

PILOTS.

Wendy: DALE HURD HAS

MORE IN TONIGHT'S TOP

STORY.

Reporter: AS

INVESTIGATORS CONTINUE TO

ANALYZE THE EVIDENCE, THE

SEARCH FOR THE MISSING

MALAYSIA AIRLINES JET HAS

DEEPENED, FROM AUSTRALIA TO

KYRZAKHSTAN.

THERE ARE TWO

TRAJECTORIES, ONE SOUTHWARD,

INTO THE INDIAN OCEAN, AND

ONE NORTHWARDS, AROUND TO

WHERE WESTERN CHINA IS AND

PAKISTAN AND KYRZAKHSTAN.

Reporter: INVESTIGATORS

SAY THE JET CARRYING 239

PEOPLE WAS DELIBERATELY

DIVERTED, AND ITS

COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT

SWITCHED OFF.

INVESTIGATORS HAVEN'T RULED

OUT HIJACKING, SABOTAGE,

PILOT SUICIDE OR MASS

MURDER, AND THEY'RE CHECKING

THE BACKGROUNDS OF ALL

PASSENGERS AND CREW MEMBERS,

AS WELL AS THE GROUND CREW,

TO SEE IF LINKS TO

TERRORISTS, PERSONAL

PROBLEMS, OR PSYCHOLOGICAL

ISSUES COULD BE FACTORS.

SUSPICION HAS FALLEN ON THE

PILOTS BECAUSE OF THEIR

AVIATION EXPERIENCE.

I THINK IT IS PRETTY

OUTRAGEOUS, I HAVE TO SAY,

THAT IT TOOK THE MALAYSIAN

GOVERNMENT, I DON'T KNOW,

ABOUT A WEEK TO SEARCH THESE

PILOTS' HOMES AND START

INVESTIGATING THEM, THE

CREW, AND THE PASSENGERS.

Reporter: INVESTIGATORS

ARE FOCUSING IN ON THE

PILOTS' PERSONAL LIVES,

INCLUDING REPORTS THAT THE

CO-PILOT HAD ONCE BROKEN

SAFETY STANDARDS IN THE

COCKPIT, AND THAT THE

CAPTAIN, ZAHARIE AHMAD SHAH

WAS THE FOLLOWER OF A

MALAYSIAN OPPOSITION LEADER,

SENTENCED TO PRISON THE VERY

DAY OF THE ILL-FATED

FLIGHT.

AT THE HOME OF THE CAPTAIN,

POLICE CONFISCATED TWO LAB

TOPS AND HIS HOME FLIGHT

SIMULATOR, SEEN IN THIS

YouTube VIDEO HE

POSTED.

I CANNOT IMAGINE HIM

DOING ANYTHING TO HURT

HIMSELF, THE PASSENGERS, THE

PROPERTY.

Reporter: U.S.

OFFICIALS SAY THE PLANE MOST

LIKELY RAN OUT OF FUEL IN

THE SOUTH INDIAN OCEAN,

WHERE AUSTRALIA IS NOW

COORDINATING THE SEARCH.

26 COUNTRIES ARE LOOKING FOR

THE PLANE.

THE U.S. HAS SENT A P8A

POSEIDON.

THE U.S. NAVY HAS DEPLOYED

THE DESTROYER U.S.S. KIDD.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Mark: OUR TERRORISM

ANALYST, ERICK STAKELBECK,

OFFERED MORE OF HIS INSIGHTS

ON THE MISSING PLANE TODAY

ON "THE 700 CLUB."

TO SEE THAT FULL INTERVIEW,

VISIT OUR WEBSITE,

CBNNEWS.COM.

Wendy: TURNING NOW TO

UKRAINE, TENSIONS ARE HIGH

AFTER VOTERS IN THE CRIMEAN

PENINSULA DECIDED ON SUNDAY

TO SPLIT FROM THE COUNTRY

AND JOIN RUSSIA.

THE MOVE COMES AS RUSSIAN

FORCES CONTINUE TO TAKE

CONTROL OF MORE UKRAINIAN

TERRITORY.

GEORGE THOMAS REPORTS.

George: WITH THE

CRIMEAN PENINSULA NOW UNDER

THEIR FULL CONTROL, RUSSIAN

FORCES CAPTURED OA ANOTHER

UKRAINIAN TOWN THIS WEEKEND

THAT HOLDS A NATURAL GAS

FACILITY.

THEY SAY THEY ARE

PROTECTING US FROM

TERRORISTS' ACTS, BUT THEY

DON'T EXPLAIN WHICH

TERRORISTS ACTS.

George: RUSSIA H HAS

60,000 TROOPS IN UKRAINE.

WE ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED

ABOUT REPORTS OF RUSSIAN

MILITARY UNITS MOVING

CLOSER.

George: PRO-RUSSIAN

SEPARATISTS SAY CRIMEA IS

JUST THE BEGINNING IN THEIR

QUEST TO CREATE A GREATER

RUSSIA.

HOURS AFTER RESIDENTS VOTED

TO OVERWHELMING BREAK AWAY

FROM UKRAINE AND JOIN

RUSSIA, THEY SAID THEY'LL

GIVE THEM SAFE PASSAGE TO

THE EASTERN PART OF THE

COUNTRY, WHERE HE PREDICTS

RUSSIA WILL GO NEXT.

YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE

MAKEUP OF THIS REGION.

MORE THAN 60% OF CRIMEANS

IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS

ETHNIC RUSSIAN.

WE CAME BACK HOME TO

MOTHER RUSSIA.

WE CAME HOME.

RUSSIA IS OUR HOME.

George: WHILE THE

MAJORITY OF ETHNIC RUSSIANS

VOTED FOR SUCESSION, ETHNIC

UKRAINIANS BOYCOTTED THE

VOTE.

THE WEST, INCLUDING THE

UNITED STATES, DISMISSED THE

POLL AS A SHAM AND PROMISED

MORE SANCTIONS AGAINST

RUSSIA.

THIS MORNING, RUSSIAN FLAGS

FLEW OVER EVERY CORNER OF

THE CRIMEAN CAPITAL.

RUSSIA IS EXPECTED TO

FORMALLY ANNOUNCE ANNEXATION

LATER THIS WEEK.

Mark: BACK THE FROM

UKRAINE RIGHT NOW IS GEORGE

THOMAS, AND HE JOINS US WITH

MORE.

WE WANT TO MENTION THAT THE

U.S. AND MUCH OF THE WESTERN

WORLD SAY THEY ARE NOT GOING

TO RECOGNIZE THIS VOTE.

WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO GO

AGAINST IT?

George: THE EUROPEAN

UNION, ALONG WITH THE UNITED

STATES TODAY, LEVIED SOME

VERY TOUGH SANCTIONS ON

RUSSIAN OFFICIALS,

SPECIFICALLY 21 INDIVIDUALS

WHO SURROUND VA VLADIMIR

PUTIN'S CIRCLE, AND HERE IS

WHAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE

UNITED STATES SAID LATE THIS

AFTERNOON.

President Obama: AS AN

INITIAL STEP, I'M

AUTHORIZING SANCTIONS ON

RUSSIAN OFFICIALS, ENTITIES

OPERATING IN THE ARMED

SECTORS IN RUSSIA, AND

INDIVIDUALS WHO PROVIDE

MATERIAL SUPPORT TO SENIOR

OFFICIALS OF THE RUSSIAN

GOVERNMENT.

AND IF RUSSIA CONTINUES TO

INTERFERE IN UKRAINE, WE

STAND READY TO IMPOSE

FURTHER SANCTIONS.

George: OKAY, SO IN THE

SHORT TIME, THIS IS NOT

GOING TO MAKE MUCH OF AN

IMPACT, BUT LONG-TERM, IF

THE SANCTIONS CONTINUE A

YEAR OR TWO DOWN THE ROAD,

THEY ARE GOING TO FEEL THE

PINCH ECONOMICALLY.

Mark: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

IN CRIMEA?

George: WE HAVE, IN

ESSENCE, A NEW CRIMEA.

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED ALL

CRIMEANS WILL GET PAID IN

RUSSIAN RUBELS.

AND YOU'LL SEE A TOTAL

TAKEOVER OF WHAT WAS A

UKRAINIAN OUTPOST WILL BE

RUSSIAN TOTALLY.

Mark: SOME HAVE RAISED

CONCERNS THAT THIS IS ONLY

THE BEGINNING, AND THAT

RUSSIA IS GOING TO MOVE TO

TAKE OTHER PARTS OF

UKRAINE.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

George: THEY DID.

HOURS BEFORE CRIMEANS WENT

TO VOTE ON THIS REFERENDUM,

ABOUT 200 RUSSIAN TROOPS,

BACKED BY HELICOPTER GUN

SHIPS, THEY WALKED PROBABLY

ABOUT FIVE MILES NORTH OF

CRIMEA, AND TOOK OVER A TOWN

THAT HAD A NATURAL GAS

FACILITY.

THEY HAVE ABOUT 60,000

TROOPS ALONG THE EASTERN

CORRIDOR OF UKRAINE, LESS

THAN 30 MILES FROM THE

UKRAINIAN BORDER.

CLEARLY THIS IS EITHER

INTIMIDATION, OR AS THE KIEV

GOVERNMENT FEARS, THERE

COULD BE A FULL-SCALE

INVASION OF THE COUNTRY.

Mark: IS ANYBODY GOING

TO STOP THE RUSSIANS?

George: NO.

BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE UPPER

HAND.

THEY LOOK AT THE WEST AND

THE EUROPEAN UNION, AND THEE

THESE SANCTIONS ARE JUST A

SLAP ON THE HAND.

AND SO THEY HAVE THE

MILITARY ADVANTAGE GOING

DOWN TO THE ROAD, TO SEE HOW

THE U.S. WILL RESPOND.

WILL THEY RESPOND IN TERMS

OF PUTTING MILITARY ASSETS

IN POSITION TO SCARE THE

RUSSIANS?

I DON'T THINK THAT'S GOING

TO HAPPEN.

Mark: GEORGE THOMAS,

THANK YOU.

George: YOU'RE

WELCOME.

Wendy: IN SYRIA, THE

ASSAD REGIME HAS TAKEN

CONTROL OF A TOWN THAT HAS

LONG BEEN HELD BY REBEL

FORCES.

THE TOWN OF UBRAD IS NEAR

THE BORDER.

AND REBEL FIGHTERS HAVE BEEN

FLEEING THE CITY, TRYING TO

CROSS THE BORDER.

THE LEBANESE ARMY IS SENDING

TROOPS TO THE AREA AS

TENSIONS RUN HIGH.

MEANWHILE, THAT WAS A MAJOR

GAME FOR THE ASSAD REGIME.

FIGHTING FOR THE TOWN HAS

BEEN TAKING PLACE FOR

MONTHS, AND THIS WEEKEND

MARKED THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY

OF THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR.

SINCE THE FIGHTING BEGAN

MORE THAN 140,000 PEOPLE

HAVE BEEN KILLED.

Mark: PRESIDENT OBAMA

IS SEEKING TO KEEP

NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN ISRAEL

AND PALESTINE MOVING

FORWARD.

OBAMA EMPHASIZED DIRECT

TALKS WITH ISRAEL AS THE

ONLY PATH TO A SOVEREIGN

PALESTINIAN STATE.

MEANWHILE, HUNDREDS OF ABBAS

ABBAS SUPPORTERS IN THE WEST

BANK RALLIED, CALLING FOR

HIM TO MAKE SANCTIONS.

Wendy: JEWISH PEOPLE

AROUND THE WORLD ARE

CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAY OF

PERAM THIS WEEK.

IN THE BOOK OF ESTHER,

YOU'LL RECORD THE BIBLE

RECORDS THE STORY OF HOW THE

JEWS GAINED VICTORY OVER A

WICKED GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL'S

PLOT TO DESTROY THEM.

SOME SAY THE THEME OF THE

STORY IS STILL BEING PLAYED

OUT TODAY.

JULIE STAHL EXPLAINS.

Reporter: THESE

CHILDREN AND THIS SOUTHERN

ISRAELI CITY ARE OUT TO

CELEBRATE PERAM, EVEN THOUGH

THEY WERE UNDER A ROCKET

ATTACK DAYS AGO.

IT IS BOW GOD.

ABOUT GOD.

IT IS ABOUT SMILING ALL DAY

LONG.

Reporter: AT THE

WESTERN WALL AND IN

SYNAGOGUE, THE BIBLE BOOK OF

ESTHER IS READ FROM A

SCROLL.

THE BIBLE SAYS HAMAN

INSPIRED TO KILL ALL OF THE

JEWS THROUGHOUT THE KINGDOM

OF PERSIA ON ONE DAY.

BUT ESTHER WAS JEWISH AND

HER COUSIN EXPOSED THE PLOT

AND TURNED THE TABLES.

SO THE JEWS WERE VICTORIOUS

OVER THEIR ENEMIES.

AND SO THAT'S WHAT THEY

CELEBRATE.

WE'RE VERY HAPPY IT IS

VERY QUIET RIGHT NOW.

WE HAVE A CHANCE TO GO OUT

AND SEE ALL OF THE

COSTUMES.

THE PURPOSE OF THE ROCKETS

IS TO SCARE US.

AND EVERYTHING WE DO, WE DO

NOT LET IT SCARE US.

Reporter: JUST A FEW

DAYS EARLIER, IRANIAN-BACKED

JIHAD LAUNCHED DOZENS OF

ROCKETS AT STEROT AND

COMMUNITIES NEARBY.

12 YEARS IN THE CITY,

NEVER DID WE CANCEL ONE

EVENT.

NOT BECAUSE OF THE KASAM.

IT IS A HOLIDAY.

WE CELEBRATED.

WITH ROCKETS OR WITHOUT

ROCKETS, IT IS OUR HOLIDAY.

Reporter: WE ASKED THE

RESIDENTS IF THEY SEE A

CONNECTION BETWEEN THE STORY

OF PERAM AND TODAY?

MAYBE THERE IS SOME

CONNECTION, BUT, STILL,

HERE, JUST LIKE IN PERAM,

WE'RE HERE AND WE'RE FINE.

I THINK THE CONNECTION IS

THE DISTRACTION FROM OUR

DAILY ROUTINE HERE, BUT WE

STILL HAVE THIS CELEBRATION

HERE.

ALWAYS, IN EVERY

GENERATION, THERE ARISES ONE

WHO WANTS TO KILL THE JEWS.

EN THEAND THEN THE CREATOR

OF THE WORLD OVERTURNS IT

ALL.

Reporter: HAPPY PERAM

HOLIDAY.

JULIE STAHL, CBN NEWS,

STEROT.

Wendy: LATER ON

"NEWSWATCH," WELL HEAD BACK

TO STEROT TO SEE HOW PEOPLE

THERE DEAL WITH THE CONSTANT

THREAT OF ROCKET FIRE.

STICK AROUND.

Mark: COMING UP, A LOOK

AT THE WINTER WEATHER THAT

SHUT DOWN THE NATION'S

CAPITAL TODAY.

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

SPRING OFFICIALLY BEGINS ON

THURSDAY, BUT MILLIONS ALONG

THE EAST COAST ARE DIGGING

OUT YET AGAIN.

Wendy: IT WON'T COME

SOON ENOUGH.

THE LATEST PUNCH FORCED THE

FEDERAFEDERAL GOVERNMENT,

SCHOOLS, AND BUSINESSES TO

SHUT DOWN.

Reporter: ST. PATRICK'S

DAY IS TRADITIONALLY

ASSOCIATED WITH THE COLOR OF

GREEN, BUT WHITE HAS TRUMPED

ST. PATTY'S GREEN BECAUSE SO

MUCH HAS COVERED PARTS OF

THE COUNTRY AFTER YET

ANOTHER WINTER SNOWSTORM.

FROM VIRGINIA TO NEW JERSEY,

A WAVE OF WINTER WEATHER

SWEPT ACROSS THE EAST

COAST.

WHILE SNOW COVERED MOST OF

THE NORTHEAST, THE SOUTHEAST

WAS HIT WITH HEAVY RAINS,

AND THERE WERE EVEN REPORTS

OF TORNADOES.

NEAR THE FLORIDA-ALABAMA

STATE LINE, THE STORM RIPPED

OFF THE ROOF OF A SHOPPING

CENTER.

IT WAS VERY SCARY.

I WAS SHAKING, AND I FELT

LIKE I HAD TO GET TO THE

BACK.

Reporter: AND HERE IN

THE NATION'S CAPITAL, THE

FEDS HAVE SHUT DOWN ONCE

AGAIN, AND REAGAN NATIONAL

AIRPORT CLOSED RUNWAYS DUE

TO DRIFTING SNOW.

THAT GROUNDED ABOUT 300

FLIGHTS.

A STATE OF EMERGENCY HAS

BEEN DECLARED HAS 200 PLOW

TRUCKS ARE WORKING

FEVERISHLY.

10 INCHES OF SNOW ARE

EXPECTED IN SOME PLACES.

HARD TO BELIEVE WE'RE DAYS

AWAY FROM THE OFFICIAL START

OF SPRING.

I'M JOHN JESSUP, BACK TO

YOU.

Wendy: THANKS, JOHN.

AND THAT LOOKS LIKE THE WET,

MESSY SNOW.

WELL, A DECADES-OLD BIBLE

SURVIVED THE EAST HARLEM

COLLAPSE, AND WORKERS ARE

CALLING IT A MIRACLE.

SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE

80-YEAR-OLD SPANISH

CHRISTIAN CHURCH EXPRESSED

SHOCK AND JOY WHEN THEY

LEARNED THAT THE BIBLE

DIDN'T GO UP IN FLAMES

SOMEHOW.

THE REVEREND THOMAS PEREZ

EXPERIENCED HEART

PALPITATIONS AND TAKEN TO

HOSPITAL WHEN HE FOUND THE

HOLY BOOK.

Mark: UP NEXT, LIVING

ON THE FRONT LINES.

MEET THE RESIDENTS OF AN

ISRAELI CITY KNOWN AS ROCKET

TOWN.

Wendy: WELL, JUST LAST

WEEK, MILITANTS IN GAZA

FIRED DOZENS OF ROCKETS INTO

SOUTHERN ISRAEL.

IT IS A SITUATION THAT

RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN OF

SDEROT KNOW ALL TOO WELL.

Mark: THE TOWN BORDERS

GAZA, AND IT IS OFTEN WHERE

ROCKETS TEND TO FALL.

Reporter: THEY CALL IT

ROCKET TOWN.

THE BOMB SHELTER CAPITAL OF

THE WORLD.

FOR MORE THAN A DECADE,

ISRAELIS IN SDEROT AND

SOUTHERN ISRAEL HAVE LIVED

UNDER ALMOST DAILY ROCKET

ATTACKS FROM THE GAZA

STRIP.

IS THIS REPRESENTATIVE OF

WHAT YOU'RE DEALING WITH

HERE ALL OF THE TIME?

IT'S TRUTH IS, A VERY

SMALL FRACTIONS OF THE

ROCKETS EXPLODED HERE IN THE

REGION ITSELF.

Reporter: DO YOU HAVE

PEOPLE GETTING KILLED HERE

IN YOUR TOWN.

WE'VE HAD 44 PEOPLE

KILLED BY ROCKET FIRE, AND

OVER 1200 HAVE BEEN

SERIOUSLY INJURED.

AT THE SAME TIME, WE HAVE AN

ENTIRE GENERATION THAT GREW

UP WITH THIS KIND OF

REALITY.

Reporter: DAVID

BUSKILLA WAS BORN AND RAISED

IN SDEROT AND HAS BEEN THE

CITY'S MAYOR FOR 14 YEARS.

YOU LOVE THIS TOWN AND YOU

LOVE THE PEOPLE?

OF COURSE.

SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT LOVE

THIS TOWN CANNOT LIVE HERE.

Reporter: DAY BY DAY,

YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS

LIFESTYLE, WHERE ROCKETS ARE

BEING SHOWERED LITERALLY

UPON YOU.

HOW DOES ONE ADJUST TO THAT,

IF YOU EVER DO, REALLY?

IN 2001, IT WAS THE FIRST

MISSILE THAT LAUNCHED INTO

THIS CITY.

SINCE THEN, WE'VE HAD MORE

THAN 8,000 MISSILES.

Reporter: 8,000?

8,000 MISSILES THAT LAND

ONLY IN ZER ROT.

SDEROT.

IT IS A LITTLE TOWN, 5.5

SCARE KILOMETRES.

5.5 SQUARE KILOMETERS.

25,000 PEOPLE LIVE HERE.

8,000, IT HITS ALMOST EVERY

HOUSE AND APARTMENT IN THIS

CITY.

Reporter: HE SAYS MANY

ISRAELIS HERE SUFFER FROM

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS

DISORDER.

THE MAYOR TOOK ME TO A HILL

ON THE EDGE OF TOWN, WHERE

WE COULD SEE JUST HOW CLOSE

THE GAZA STRIP IS.

THIS IS THE BORDER.

840 METRES, LIKE A HALF A

MILE.

Reporter: THEY COULD

FIRE ROCKETS AT THESE TOWERS

AND NOT BEND DOWN.

THEY LAUNCH THE ROCKETS

TO THE ELECTRIC POWER GRID.

Reporter: YOU SUPPLY

THEIR ELECTRIC?

WE GIVE THEM ELECTRIC,

AND THEY FIRE ROCKETS TO THE

ELECTRIC STATIONS.

Reporter: EVERYONE WHO

DRIVES IN SDEROT TURNS OFF

THE RADIO AND ROLLS THE

WINDOWS DOWN, READY TO HEAR

THE COLOR RED SIREN TO MAKE

A MAD DASH FOR SAFETY.

HERE I AM IN A PLAYGROUND

WHERE KIDS COME AND PLAY.

HERE IS A CATEPILLAR, AND

ANYWHERE SELLS IN THE WORLD

THIS WOULD BE A NORMAL

CATEPILLAR.

HOWEVER, THIS IS A BIT

DIFFERENT.

THIS IS, IN FACT, A BOMB

SHELTER.

SO WHEN KIDS COME OUT HERE

TO PLAY, AND THE SIREN GOES

OFF, THEY HAVE 15 SECONDS TO

GET INSIDE HERE TO BE

PROTECTED FROM FALLING

BOMBS.

HOW DOES THIS ENVIRONMENT

AFFECT CHILDREN AS THEY'RE

GROWING UP?

ONLY YESTERDAY I WAS

TALKING TO ONE OF MY

FRIENDS, THAT HER BOY IS IN

OUR KINDERGARTEN, TOO.

AND WE HEARD TWO ALARMS

YESTERDAY, OR THE DAY

BEFORE, I DON'T REMEMBER.

HE WAS SO PANICKED, SHE HAD

TO GET OUT OF WORK AND COME

AND GET HIM.

AND HE IS ONLY TWO YEARS

OLD.

Reporter: AGRILA IS

SDEROT'S SOCIAL WORKER.

WE HAVE TO BE AWARE OF WHERE

A BOMB SHELTER IS?

RIGHT THERE.

Reporter: TELL ME WHERE

TO RUN.

NOTHING MOVED ME BEFORE

MEETING GERUT.

IN JANUARY, 2008, SHE WAS

SITTING IN HER HOME WITH HER

4-YEAR-OLD SON AND A

NEIGHBOR CHILD ON HER LAP.

A ROCKET CRASHED THROUGH THE

ROOF WHERE THEY WERE

SITTING.

THE BOMB COME THROUGH THE

WALL INTO THE ROOM.

ALL OF THE ROOF WAS CRUSHED

ON US, FROM THE -- HOW DO

YOU SAY IT?

Reporter: THE

EXPLOSION?

YEAH, THE EXPLOSION.

THE GIRL WAS WAS FLOWN TO

THE CORNER.

THERE WAS FOUR SHAP

SHRAPNELS IN MY HEAD.

THEY OPERATED AND TOOK OUT

THREE OF THEM.

BUT ONE OF THEM, IT GET DEEP

INTO THE BRAIN, SO THEY

DON'T WANT TO TOUCH IT.

Reporter: GERUT WAS IN

REHAB FOR A YEAR AND A

HALF.

BUT THAT WASN'T THE END OF

HER TROUBLE.

NEARLY FIVE YEARS LATER, HER

SON IS STILL AFRAID TO SLEEP

IN HIS ROOM.

THE FACT THEY HAVE TO RUN TO

THE BOMB SHELTER SOMETIMES

THREE TIMES A NIGHT.

SO WHY DOES SHE STAY?

IT'S MY COUNTRY.

IT'S MY CITY.

I WAS BORN HERE.

I LOVE IT.

IF YOU WANT TO MOVE, YOU

NEED TO SELL THE HOUSE.

NO ONE WANTS TO BUY A HOUSE

IN SDEROT.

NO ONE WANTS TO COME FROM

OUTSIDE TO LIVE UNDER

BOMBING, YOU KNOW.

Reporter: UH-HUH.

BUT I HAVE TO TELL YOU,

IT'S A VERY LOVELY CITY.

Reporter: HOW DOES IT

AFFECT YOU NOW WHEN YOU HEAR

THE ROCKETS LANDING?

BECAUSE THEY'RE STILL

SHOOTING THEM HERE.

EVERY TIME I HEAR THE

SIREN, IT TAKES ME BACK TO

THEN.

WHEN I GO DOWN TO THE

SHELTER, I'M SITTING, AND I

STOP CRYING EVERY TIME.

EVERY TIME, AGAIN AND

AGAIN.

Reporter: DO YOU

BELIEVE THAT GOD PROTECTED

YOU?

YEAH, YEAH.

Reporter: YOU BELIEVE

THAT?

I BELIEVE THAT, YEAH.

Reporter: YOU'RE NOT

ANGRY WITH GOD BECAUSE HE

ALLOWED IT TO HAPPEN?

NO.

NO.

I THINK NOW, AND I THOUGHT

BACK THEN, THAT IT WAS A

MIRACLE.

Reporter: OH, YES.

AND HE PROTECTS ON ME AND

HE KEEPS ME LIVING FOR MY

BOY.

I THANK HIM EVERY MORNING.

I WAS NEVER THAT BELIEVER,

YOU KNOW.

BUT SINCE THAT DAY, I

BELIEVE MORE IN GOD.

Reporter: SCOTT ROSS,

CBN, SDEROT, ISRAEL.

Wendy: WOW!

UP NEXT, A RIVER GOES

GREEN.

WE'LL HEAD TO CHICAGO AND

SEE HOW THEY'RE CELEBRATING

ST. PATRICK'S DAY.

Wendy: PEOPLE ACROSS

THE COUNTRY ARE CELEBRATING

ST. PATRICK'S DAY.

Mark: THE CITY OF

CHICAGO IS WELL-KNOWN FOR

IT'S PARADE AND AN UNUSUAL

TRADITION.

FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS AGO,

THE CHICAGO RIVER HAS BEEN

DYED GREEN FOR THE HOLIDAY.

THIS WEEKEND WORKERS DUMPED

POWDER INTO THE RIVER,

TURNING THE WATER EMERALD

GREEN.

THOUSANDS GATHERED TO SEE

THE RIVER AND ENJOY THE

PARADE, WHICH INCLUDING 160

GROUPS, LIKE IRISH DANCERS,

BAGPIPERS, AND MARCH BANDS.

IT IS SUCH A HUGE TOURIST

ATTRACTION FOR CHICAGO.

I THINK THE HOTELS WILL BE

FULL TODAY.

MY GRANDPARENTS ARE OFF

THE BOAT FROM IRELAND, AND

WE SAID WE'RE GOING TO

CHICAGO FOR ST. PATTY'S

DAY.

Mark: THE MARKED THE

59th ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S

DAY.

CLOSE TO A MILLION PEOPLE

ATTENDED THE CELEBRATION.

Wendy: HOW DID THEY GET

THAT MUCH GREEN POWDER INTO

THAT RIVER.

Mark: THAT'S A LOT OF

POWDER.

Wendy: I GUESS IT IS

SAFE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT.

Mark: I HOPE SO.

Wendy: HAPPY ST.

PATTY'S DAY, EVERYBODY.

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