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The Watchman: Iran's Moves in the Middle East and Why You Should Care

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we sit down with former Israeli Ambassador Yoram Ettinger and White House correspondent Bill Koenig to discuss Iran's dangerous advance throughout the Middle East and what it means for America and Israel. Read Transcript


Chris: AND WELCOME TO

THE WATCHMAN.

"WELL, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU"

IS COMING TO WASHINGTON.

THE ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER

IS SCHEDULED TO SPEAK

ABOUT THE IRANIAN NUCLEAR

THREAT BEFORE A JOINT

SESSION OF CONGRESS IN

"MARCH, AND THE OBAMA"

ADMINISTRATION IS NOT VERY

HAPPY ABOUT IT.

THE ADMINISTRATION

OFFICIALS ALWAYS ANONYMOUS

AND UNNAMED -- VERY

BRAVE -- HAVE THREATENED

CONSEQUENCES AGAINST

NETANYAHU THROUGH THE

"MEDIA, AND PRESIDENT OBAMA"

WILL NOT MEET WITH HIM

DURING THE TRIP.

SO WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS

MEAN FOR THE U.S.-ISRAEL

RELATIONSHIP?

WE'RE FORTUNATE TO HAVE

EXPERTS FROM BOTH

COUNTRIES WITH US TODAY TO

MAKE SENSE OF IT ALL.

YOU URAM ETIGER IS AN

EXPERT OF U.S.-ISRAELI

ANALYSIS.

AND WE'RE JOINED BY BILL

"CANICK, A WHITE HOUSE"

CORRESPONDENT WHO IS IN

ISRAEL FREQUENTLY.

AND YOU CAN FIND HIS WORK

AT WATCH.ORG.

"GENTLEMEN, GREAT TO HAVE"

YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

Erick: YOU'RE COMING

DURING A PERILOUS TIME FOR

THE U.S.-ISRAELI

RELATIONSHIP AT THE

GOVERNMENT LEVEL.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

"HAS BEEN, IN MY VIEW, VERY"

HARSH TOWARDS THE ISRAELI

ADMINISTRATION.

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?

WE KNOW THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION IS NOT

"HAPPY ABOUT THIS SPEECH,"

BUT WHY IS IT SO

IMPORTANT?

WHY DOES PRIME MINISTER

NETANYAHU FEEL HE NEEDS TO

COME TO THE U.S. AND

ADDRESS CONGRESS ABOUT

THIS IRANIAN THREAT?

" WELL, THE IRANIAN"

THREAT POSSESS A VERY

"CRITICAL, CLEAR AND"

PRESENT DANGER TO THE

"U.S., IN PARTICULAR."

AS WELL AS TO ISRAEL AND

THE WORLD AT LARGE.

ISRAEL IS A PLAYER IN THE

ARENA WHERE IRAN OPERATES.

ISRAEL HAS UNIQUE ACCESS

TO DIFFERENT INTELLIGENCE

"SOURCES, WHICH THE"

AMERICANS DO NOT.

"MOST IMPORTANTLY, THERE"

"IS, RIGHT NOW, A DEBATE IN"

THE U.S. AND THROUGHOUT

THE WESTERN WORLD ON HOW

TO FACE UP TO THE IRANIAN

THREAT.

A DEBATE BETWEEN THE

"SCHOOL OF THOUGHT, WHICH"

SAYS IRAN IS INNOCENT

UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

OR THE SCHOOL OF THOUGHT

"REPRESENTED BY ISRAEL,"

WHICH SAYS THE TRACK

RECORD IS CLEAR: THEY'RE

GUILTY UNLESS SOMEHOW

MIRACULOUSLY PROVEN

INNOCENT.

"AND AT THAT MOMENT, THERE"

MUST BE A DECISION MADE ON

"THE PART OF THE U.S.,"

WHICH IS THE NUMBER ONE

OBSTACLE TO IRAN.

AND THE SAME IMPACT THAT

"NETANYAHU HAD YEARS AGO,"

IN THE BATTLE AGAINST

"INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM,"

HE COULD HAVE AT THIS

"STAGE, SETTING THE WORLD"

"ON THE RIGHT COURSE,"

"RATHER THAN ON THE WRONG,"

"LEFT COURSE, FACING THE"

IRANIAN THREAT.

Erick: THIS IRANIAN

"THREAT, AS YOU MENTIONED,"

IS A THREAT NOT ONLY FOR

"ISRAEL, BUT FOR THE REGION"

AND FOR THE UNITED STATES.

"THE GREAT SATAN, AS THE"

IRANIANS CALL US -- WE'RE

GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT

MORE IN THE SHOW.

"BILL, I HAVE TO ASK YOU"

WHAT IS THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION THINKING?

YOU'RE A WHITE HOUSE

"CORRESPONDENT, YOUR EAR IS"

TO THE GROUND INSIDE THE

BELTWAY.

WHAT IS THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION THINKING

WITH IRAN?

IRAN HAS BASICALLY BROKEN

TWO DEADLINES IN THE

NUCLEAR TALKS.

AND NOW WE HAVE A NEW

"DEADLINE, JUNE 30th,"

2015

DOES THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION REALLY

THINK THEY CAN CUT A DEAL

WITH IRAN?

YES.

FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS

THEY THINK THEY HAVE WHAT

IT TAKES.

BARACK OBAMA THINKS HE HAS

WHAT IT TAKES.

JOHN KERRY ALSO THINKS HE

HAS WHAT IT TAKES.

IT IS RIDICULOUS.

"I MEAN, LISTEN TO WHAT THE"

IRANIAN LEADER SAYS ABOUT

"THE GREAT SATAN, THE"

"UNITED STATES, AND THE"

"LITTLE SATAN, WHICH IS"

ISRAEL.

"AS IF THIS GUY, KHAMENEI,"

OR RUHANI -- AS IF THESE

GUYS HAVE NEVER SEED THESE

SCATHING THINGS.

"IT IS EGOTISTICAL, AND"

UNREALISTIC.

AND THEY'RE NOT

EXTRAPOLATING THE DANGER

OF HAVING A NUCLEAR IRAN.

OUR SO-CALLED ALLIES THAT

BORDER THE PERSIAN GULF

ARE EXTREMELY CONCERNED

ABOUT A NUCLEAR IRAN THAT

HAS DEVELOPED SHORT-RANGE

NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES THAT

PUTS EVERY ONE OF THOSE

COUNTRIES AT RISK IN THE

NEAR FUTURE.

" THE SAUDIS, THE"

"EMIRATES, THE EGYPTIANS."

Erick: WE TALK ABOUT

THE IRANIAN THREAT TO THE

"UNITED STATES, THE ISRAELI"

PAPERS REPORT THAT IRAN IS

DEVELOPING

INTERCONTINENTAL

BALLISTICS.

ICBMs.

WHY WOULD THEY WANT TO

DEVELOP ICBMs THAT COULD

REACH THE UNITED STATES?

THEY'RE DEVELOPING IT

"JOINTLY WITH NORTH KOREA,"

WHICH SHEDS LIGHT ON THEIR

ATTITUDE TOWARDS AMERICA.

THEY'RE DEVELOPING WHILE

CELEBRATING EVERY YEAR ON

"NOVEMBER 4th, ""DEATH TO"

"AMERICA"" DAY, WHICH IS THE"

DAY THAT TERRORISTS IN

TEHRAN TOOK OVER THE

"AMERICAN EMBASSY, BUT THAT"

IS SUPPOSEDLY A PARTNER

"FOR PEACE, FOR"

NEGOTIATION.

THEY ARE DEVELOPING IT

WHILE INTENSIFYING THEIR

STRATEGIC TIES WITH THE

ANTI-AMERICAN REGIME IN

"CARACAS IN VENEZUALA, AS"

WELL AS BOLIVIA.

Erick: AT OUR

DOORSTEP.

AT OUR DOORSTEP.

INTENSIFYING THEIR SEARCH

"IN LATIN-AMERICA, WHICH"

"COULD HAVE AN IMPACT,"

"ALSO, ON MEXICO."

WHICH MEANS NOT FAR FROM

YOUR MAJOR METROPOLITAN

AREAS.

AND AT THE SAME TIME THEY

ARE SPREADING SUBVERSION

AND TERRORISM IN EVERY

SINGLE PRO-AMERICAN ARAB

COUNTRY IN THE GULF AND

BEYOND.

A FEW DAYS AGO THEY CAUSED

A SEARCH OF THE SHI'ITE

"MINORITY IN YEMEN, TO THE"

HELM IN YEMEN.

"NOW, THAT WAS NOT A LOCAL"

ISSUE.

YEMEN IS AN HISTORICAL

INVASION ROUTE TO SAUDI

ARABIA.

YEMEN CONTROLS THE EXITOUS

OF OIL TANKERS FROM THE

INDIAN OCEAN TO THE

METROPOLITAN.

"YEMEN BORDERS AMMAN, AND"

AMMAN CONTROLS THE ONLY

EXIT WHICH BRINGS OIL FROM

THE PERSIAN GULF TO THE

WORLD AT LARGE.

THE IRANIANS ARE PURSUING

A VERY CLEAR ANTI-AMERICAN

TACTIC.

AND THE REASON IS THEY

CONSIDER THE U.S. AS THE

MAJOR OBSTACLE ON THE ROAD

OF ATTAINING THEIR MAJOR

"GOAL, NAMELY THE"

DOMINATION OF THE GULF.

NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

BUT THE U.S. CAN STOP IRAN

FROM TAKING OVER THE GULF.

"AND THEN THE MUSLIM WORLD,"

AND THEN THE REST OF THE

AREA.

"HENCE, THE TARGETING OF"

"THE U.S., AS WELL AS"

"ISRAEL, WHICH MEANS U.S."

AND ISRAEL ARE NOW FACING

"A MUTUAL THREAT, WHICH"

FURTHER EXPLAINS WHY THE

LEADER OF ISRAEL SHOULD

COME HERE TO SHARE WITH

THE AMERICAN -- THE

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE

AMERICAN PEOPLE THE

CONCERN ABOUT THAT THREAT

TO THEIR OWN SAFETY.

" Erick: YEAH, THAT'S A"

GREAT POINT.

"BILL, WHAT DO YOU THINK"

THE FALLOUT WILL BE?

"AS I SAID IN THE INTRO,"

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

IS NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS.

THEY HAVE BEEN SO HARSHLY

ANTI-ISRAEL OVER THE PAST

"FEW YEARS, REALLY"

STUNNING.

I NEVER THOUGHT IN MY

LIFETIME I WOULD SEE THAT

KIND OF BEHAVIOR OUT OF AN

"AMERICAN PRESIDENT, BUT"

THIS IS THE SITUATION WE

HAVE.

WILL THERE BE FALLOUT

BETWEEN THE AMERICAN

PEOPLE -- WE KNOW THE

AMERICAN CONGRESS SUPPORTS

"ISRAEL, AND THE AMERICAN"

PEOPLE OVERWHELMING

"SUPPORT ISRAEL, SO THAT'S"

NOT THE ISSUE.

BUT THE OBAMA

"ADMINISTRATION, THE VETO"

VOTE -- THERE ARE

NIGHTMARE SCENARIOS THERE.

WHAT DOES THIS HEAD AFTER

NETANYAHU MAKES -- HE'S A

"GREAT SPEAKER, AND I'M"

SURE IT WILL BE A

"SUCCESSFUL SPEECH, BUT"

WHERE DOES THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION HEAD AFTER

THAT?

THERE IS A LOT OF MIXED

STATEMENTS.

OBAMA HAS SAID OVER AND

"OVER, I HAVE ISRAEL'S"

BACK.

AND JOHN KERRY SAID THE

SAME THING.

AND THEY SAID ISRAEL NEEDS

TO BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT

WHAT THEY'RE DOING RIGHT

NOW BECAUSE ISRAEL NEEDS

TO HAVE JOHN KERRY ON THE

INTERNATIONAL STAGE

STANDING FOR THEM.

AND I LAUGHED.

"I SAID, GIVE ME A BREAK."

HIS WHOLE PEACE EFFORTS IN

ISRAEL HAVE DONE NOTHING

BUT ENDANGERED ISRAEL.

EVERY TIME HE DOES

SOMETHING IN THE MIDDLE

"EAST, IT ONLY MAKES THE"

SITUATION WORSE.

"UNFORTUNATELY, JOHN KERRY"

HAS A VERY BIG EGO.

AND HE HAS CREATED A MESS.

"AND TO PRESERVE THAT EGO,"

"HE TRIES HARDER, WHICH"

ONLY MAKES THE SITUATION

WORSE.

SO THERE ARE TWO THINGS

RIGHT NOW HAPPENING IN

OBAMA'S FINAL TWO YEARS.

"NUMBER ONE, HE WANTS TO BE"

THE PRESIDENT THAT HAS

HELPED FINALLY ESTABLISH

THE PALESTINIAN STATE.

"THE SECOND THING IS, HE"

WANTS TO BE THE PRESIDENT

THAT BRINGS IRAN INTO THE

FOLD OF THE INTERNATIONAL

"COMMUNITY, BE WORK OUT"

THESE DIFFERENCE WHERE

THEY WILL BECOME A

RESPONSIBLE INTERNATIONAL

PLAYER.

IT IS LIKE HE IS LIVING IN

ANOTHER WORLD.

Erick: IT IS A LEGACY

ISSUE FOR HIM?

IS THIS HIS NIXON TO CHINA

SITUATION?

I DON'T KNOW IF I WOULD

BE SHOCKED IF PRESIDENT

OBAMA EVENTUALLY TRIED TO

GO TO IRAN AND REALLY DO

THAT IN THE NEXT TWO

YEARS.

BUT HE IS REALLY HELL-BENT

"ON DO THAT FOR HIS LEGACY,"

DO YOU BELIEVE?

YES.

NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.

THE WHOLE SITUATION IN THE

MIDDLE EAST IS VERY

CONFUSING.

TOP MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

PEOPLE WERE AT THE STATE

DEPARTMENT HAVING MEETINGS

THE OTHER DAY.

AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT

"SUPPORTING el-SISI, AND"

HE WAS ELECTED AT THE

EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT.

BUT YOU HAVE MUSLIM

BROTHERHOOD PEOPLE AT THE

"STATE DEPARTMENT, AND WHAT"

KIND OF SIGN IS THAT TO

THE INTERNATIONAL

COMMUNITY?

AND THEN IN THE MIDDLE

"EAST, THE OTHER BIG ISSUE"

"IS, WHO IS OBAMA"

SUPPORTING?

IS HE SUPPORTING THE

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD?

IS HE SUPPORTING IRAN?

OR IS HE SUPPORTING A

POLICY WHERE NO ONE TAKES

"HIM SERIOUS, AND THE"

MIDDLE EAST SPINS INTO A

"MORE DIFFICULT, DANGEROUS"

PERIOD OF TIME.

AND I WOULD SAY THE THIRD.

HIS DECISIONS IN THE

MIDDLE EAST -- OUR ENEMIES

DON'T FEAR HIM AND OUR

ALLIES DON'T TRUST HIM.

AND IT IS CREATING A LOT

OF CHAOS AND CONFUSION IN

THE MIDDLE EAST.

Erick: AND A PERILOUS

TIME IN YOUR BACKYARD.

"YOU'RE BASED IN ISRAEL,"

OBVIOUSLY.

YOU LOOK AT ISRAEL --

WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT

THIS AS WE GO ON IN THE

"SHOW, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE"

ISRAEL IS ENCIRCLED NOW.

I THINK THE RISE OF ISIS

IS AN INTERESTING ASPECT

BECAUSE THEY'RE GAINING

GROUND IN SYRIA.

"AND IN SINAI, THERE ARE"

SOME MURMURINGS THAT THE

ISLAMIC STATE IS TRYING TO

ESTABLISH A FOOT HOLD IN

GAZA AND JUDEA AS WELL.

"AS AN ISRAELI, WHEN YOU"

"LOOK OUT, HOW ENCIRCLED DO"

YOU FEEL ISRAEL IS?

YOU LOOK AT THE JEWISH

"PEOPLE, THE EXILE, THE"

"DESTRUCTION, THE"

"HOLOCAUST, THE BOYCOTTS,"

THE EXPULSIONS -- THE

CURRENT THREAT IS DWARFED

BY ALL OF THOSE WHICH WE

HAVE SURVIVED.

"BUT ON TOP OF THAT, IN THE"

"LAST 10, 20 YEARS, ISRAEL"

HAS BEEN ENHANCED AS A

"STRATEGIC ALLY, AS AN"

OUTPOST FOR THE U.S.A.

THE LATE GENERAL ALEXANDER

HAGUE WAS THE SUPREME

COMMANDER OF NATO AND

"SECRETARY OF STATE HERE,"

AND WHEN HE WAS ASKED HOW

COME HE WAS SUCH A FLAMING

SUPPORTER OF ENHANCED

"COOPERATION WITH ISRAEL,"

HE HAD A STANDARD

RESPONSE: ISRAEL

CONSTITUTES THE LARGEST

"AIRCRAFT CARRIER, WITHOUT"

A NEED OF A SINGLE BOOT ON

GROUND.

DEPLOYED IN THE MOST

CRITICAL AREA FOR AMERICAN

INTEREST.

AND IF THERE WOULDN'T BE A

JEWISH STATE IN THE

EASTERN PLANEK OF THE

"MEDITERRANEAN, THEN THE"

U.S. WOULD HAVE TO DEPLOY

A FEW MORE REAL AIRCRAFT

"CARRIERS, TENS OF"

THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN

SOLDIERS.

IT WOULD HAVE COST THE

AMERICAN TAXPAYERS

"$15 BILLION ANNUALLY, ALL"

OF WHICH IS SPARED BY ONE

JEWISH STATE.

" Erick: GREAT POINT,"

URAM.

"AS URAM SAID, ISRAEL IS"

THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE

FOR WARNER CIVILIZATION.

"IF ISRAEL GOES DOWN, WE"

ALL GO DOWN WITHOUT A

DOUBT.

MORE COMING UP AFTER THE

BREAK.

STAY TUNED.

¶¶¶

Erick: AND WELCOME

BACK.

WE'RE TALKING TO

"AMBASSADOR URAM, AND BILL"

"CANNICK, AND WE'RE TALKING"

ABOUT IRAN AND THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION AND WHAT IS

GOING ON WITH ISRAEL RIGHT

NOW.

"AND, GENTLEMEN, IT SEEMS"

AS YOU LOOK OUT AT THE

LANDSCAPE OF THE MIDDLE

"EAST, IRAN HAS TO BE"

FEELING PRETTY GOOD ABOUT

ITSELF.

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

IS DESPERATE TO STRIKE A

DEAL WITH IRAN OVER ITS

NUCLEAR PROGRAM.

AND YOU HAVE AN IRANIAN

"PRESENCE IN FOUR CAPITALS,"

"SANAA, BEIRUT, BAGHDAD IN"

IRAQ -- HAS THE IRANIAN

INFLUENCE EVER BEEN

STRONGER THAN IT IS RIGHT

NOW?

THERE HAS BEEN A

TRANSFORMATION OF IRAN

"FROM A COUNTRY, WHICH IN"

"2003, WAS READY TO SUSPEND"

ITS PURSUE OF NUCLEAR

CAPABILITIES.

WHEN THE AMERICAN TANKS

APPEARED ON THE STREETS OF

"BAGHDAD, AND ANNILHILATING"

THE REGIME OF SADDAM.

AT THAT POINT THEY ASSUMED

THEY WERE FACING AN

AMERICAN DOBERMAN.

"SINCE THAT TIME, HOWEVER,"

AMERICAN STEPS HAVE

CONVINCED THEM THIS IS NOT

A DOBERMAN.

THIS MAY BE A POODLE.

"AS A RESULT, THEY HAVE"

RESUMED IN A MUCH

"ACCELERATED, INTENSIFIED"

MANNER THE PURSUIT OF

NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

AND EVERY SINGLE STEP OF

THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION

IN WASHINGTON HAS

REAFFIRMED IN THEIR MIND

THAT THEY CAN GET AWAY

WITH INTERNATIONAL

"TERRORISM, WITH HATE"

"EDUCATION, WITH"

"SUBVERSION, AND WITH"

"NUCLEAR CAPABILITIES,"

TRUSTING THAT THE U.S.

DOES NOT WANT

CONFRONTATION BUT PREFERS

DIPLOMATIC NEGOTIATION.

AND THE TRAGEDY IS THAT

"WHEN YOU ASSESS, WHEN YOU"

EXAMINE THE VERY

WELL-DOCUMENTED TRACK

"RECORD OF IRAN, FROM THE"

DAILY ABUSE OF HUMAN

"RIGHTS, THROUGH THE HATE"

"AMERICA TYPE OF MENTALITY,"

ALL THE WAY TO DEVELOPMENT

OF WEAPONRY OF MASS

"DESTRUCTION, YOU WONDER"

WHETHER SUCH A REGIME CAN

BE PERCEIVED AS A CREDIBLE

NEGOTIATOR.

"AND IN MY MIND, THE"

ASSUMPTION THAT AN

AGREEMENT WITH IRAN HOLDS

"WATER ON ONE HAND, AND THE"

ASSESSMENT OF IRAN'S TRACK

"RECORD ON THE OTHER HAND,"

CONSTITUTES AN OXYMORON.

Erick: ABSOLUTELY.

TO SEE THAT IRAN CAN BE

ANY KIND OF AN HONEST

BROKER IN NUCLEAR

NEGOTIATIONS IS MADNESS.

"BILL, LOOK, WE HAVE ABOUT"

TWO YEARS LEFT WITH

PRESIDENT OBAMA.

THE MIDDLE EAST IS IN

FLAMES RIGHT NOW.

WE HAVE IRAN MARCHING

"TOWARDS A NUCLEAR WEAPON,"

AND STILL DEVELOPING

INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC

WEAPONS THAT CAN REACH THE

U.S.

HOW MUCH DAMAGE CAN BE

DONE IN TWO YEARS?

" WELL, WHEN YOU THINK"

"ABOUT IT, IN REALITY, THE"

UNITED STATES AND NATO ARE

ON THE SIDE OF IRAN TO

MAKE SURE THAT ISIS

DOESN'T TAKE OVER THE

"MIDDLE EAST, OR DEVELOP"

THEIR ISLAMIC STATE

CALIPHATE.

"SO, IN OTHER WORDS, THE"

UNITED STATES IS WORKING

"NOT DIRECTLY WITH IRAN,"

BUT THEY'RE ON THE SAME

"PAGE, ATTEMPTING TO KEEP"

"ASSAD IN PLACE IN SYRIA,"

"THAT KEEPS IRAN IN SYRIA,"

THAT KEEPS IN HEZBOLLAH IN

SYRIA.

I WAS TALKING TO A FRIEND

OF MINE WITH THE MIDDLE

EASTERN NEWS ORGANIZATION

TODAY.

SHE IS OUR WASHINGTON

CORRESPONDENT.

AND SHE IS FROM IRAQ

ORIGINALLY.

SHE SAID SHE -- THEY JUST

"GOT BACK FROM THERE, AND"

SHE WAS TALKING TO ONE OF

THE TOP MILITARY LEADERS

OF IRAQ.

"HER FAMILY, MANY YEARS"

"AGO, BEFORE SADDAM, SHE"

HAD TWO GENERALS IN HER

FAMILY.

AND SHE WAS INQUIRING

ABOUT THEIR MILITARY.

"AND HE SAYS, OUR MILITARY"

"IS RUN BY SULAMANÁ, THE"

IRANIAN.

Erick: WE HAVE TO

"LEAVE IT RIGHT THERE,"

BILL.

THE IRANIANS ARE RUNNING

THINGS IN IRAQ.

WE HAVE MORE COMING UP.

STICK AROUND.

¶¶¶

Erick: AND WELCOME

BACK.

WE'RE WRAPPING UP WITH

URAM AND BILL.

"URAM, WE'VE RECENTLY HAD A"

LOT OF ACTIVITY IN

"NORTHERN ISRAEL, BETWEEN"

ISRAEL AND HEZBOLLAH.

WHAT IS HEZBOLLAH'S GAME?

AROUND TOWNS LIKE

"METULLAH, WHERE ARE"

HEZBOLLAH PLANS IN THE

POSSIBLE NEAR FUTURE.

HEZBOLLAH'S PLANS ARE

SECONDARY.

IT IS IRAN'S PLANS.

IRAN IS LEVERAGING

"HEZBOLLAH IN ISRAEL, IN"

ORDER TO DESTABILIZE

PRO-AMERICAN ARAB REGIMES.

HAMAS IS EMPLOYED TO

DESTABILIZE GENERAL SISI

IN SINAI.

AND THEY ARE PROMOTING

"DESTABILIZATION IN JORDAN,"

TO CREATE AN IRANIAN

STRETCH FROM THE GULF ALL

THE WAY TO THE MIDDLE

EAST.

"HOWEVER, I SUGGEST NOT TO"

DISPAIR.

OBAMA IS FOLLOWING MORE OR

LESS THE POLICIES OF JIMMY

"CARTER, WHO STABBED THE"

"IRANIANS IN THE BACK, AND"

"ELEVATED THEM, AND OBAMA"

"PROCEEDS THE SAME, BUT"

"AFTER JIMMY CARTER, THE"

U.S. BOUNCED BACK.

THE U.S. WILL BOUNCE BACK.

ISRAEL HAS ALREADY BOUNCED

BACK.

THERE IS NO ROOM FOR

DISPAIR.

AND JUST LIKE THE PEOPLE

"OF ISRAEL, FROM SLAVERY IN"

"EGYPT, THEY BOUNCED BACK"

"TO THE PROMISED LAND, AND"

SO WE ARE GOING TO DO IN

CONTEMPORARY TIMES.

Erick: THAT'S GREAT

WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT.

"BILL, WHAT DO YOU SEE"

LOOKING INTO YOUR CRYSTAL

BALL.

WE HAVE THIS NETANYAHU

"SPEECH COMING UP IN D.C.,"

AND WHAT DO YOU SEE

COMING?

IN THE 20 YEARS I'VE

"COVERED THE MIDDLE EAST, I"

HAVE NEVER SEEN A PERIOD

OF MORE CHAOS.

THIS WHOLE REGION IS IN

PERIOD OF CHAOS.

YOU READ THE BOOK ON ISIS.

THAT'S ANOTHER DYNAMIC

THAT MANY PEOPLE HADN'T

"EVEN CONSIDERED, ALONG"

WITH THE IRANIAN THREATS.

YOU HAVE OPPOSING SUNNI

CALIPHATE TRYING TO GAIN

CONTROL IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

"AND AT THE SAME TIME, A"

GREAT CONCERN ABOUT

ISRAEL'S NORTHERN BORDER.

THEY HAVE THE SUBSTANCE

AND DEFINITELY THE ABILITY

TO TAKE CARE OF THE

HEZBOLLAH/IRAN/SYRIA

THREAT.

BUT THE BIG CONCERN FOR US

IN THE UNITED STATES IS

THE FACT THAT THE UNITED

STATES WILL NOT TIE

ISRAEL'S HANDS BEHIND

THEIR BACK TO KEEP ISRAEL

FROM DOING WHAT THEY HAVE

TO DO.

Erick: CHECK OUT

"THEIR WORK, FOLKS."

EXPERT ANALYSIS.

SOME OF THE BEST YOU'RE

GOING TO GET ON THE

U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONSHIP.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING

US.

"COMING UP, WOULD YOU LIKE"

"TO GO TO ISRAEL WITH ""THE"

"WATCHMAN""?"

FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN JOIN

ME.

MORE DETAILS AFTER THE

BREAK.

STAY TUNED.

¶¶¶

Erick: WELCOME BACK.

I AM THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE

THAT ALONG WITH MY CBN

NEWS COLLEAGUE CHRIS

"MITCHELL, I'LL BE HELPING"

TO LEAD THE DATELINE

JERUSALEM TOUR OF ISRAEL

"FROM NOVEMBER 3, TO"

NOVEMBER 21st.

CHRIS HAS BEEN BASED IN

JERUSALEM FOR 15 YEARS AS

CBN'S MIDDLE EAST BUREAU

CHIEF.

HE HAS ALSO BEEN MY

TRUSTED GUIDE ON MANY

TRIPS TO ISRAEL.

SO IT IS GOING TO BE A

BLAST TO TEAM UP WITH

"CHRIS, TO LEAD OUR TOUR"

TOGETHER LATER THIS YEAR.

"NOW, IF YOU'VE NEVER BEEN"

"TO ISRAEL, LET ME TELL"

"YOU, IT IS A LIFE-CHANGING"

EXPERIENCE.

THERE IS NOTHING LIKE

WALKING THROUGHOUT THE

HOLY LAND IN THE FOOTSTEPS

OF JESUS AND THE PROPHETS

AND SEEING THE BIBLE COME

TO LIFE BEFORE YOUR VERY

EYES.

NOT ONLY WILL OUR TOUR

TAKE YOU TO ALL OF THE

"IMPORTANT BIBLICAL SITES,"

CHRIS AND I WILL ALSO GIVE

YOU A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE

ON THE SECURITY CHALLENGES

"FACING ISRAEL, AND WHAT IT"

ALL MEANS FOR US HERE IN

AMERICA AND FOR THE

FUTURE.

BIBLE PROPHECY.

THE TOUR IS BEING RUN BY

INSPIRATION CRUISES AND

TRAVEL MANAGEMENT COMPANY

IN THE BUSINESS.

SO THIS IS ALL GOING TO BE

FIRST CLASS.

COUNT ON IT.

YOU CAN FIND OUT ALL OF

THE INFORMATION BY GOING

TO THE WEB PAGE THAT YOU

SEE RIGHT THERE ON YOUR

SCREEN.

THERE IS ALSO A VIDEO AT

THAT LINK WHERE CHRIS WILL

TELL YOU MUCH MORE ABOUT

THIS EPIC EXPERIENCE.

"FOLKS, MY FIRST TRIP TO"

ISRAEL CHANGED MY LIFE.

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD ME TALK

ABOUT IT HERE ON THE SHOW.

"ONCE YOU GO, YOU'RE NEVER"

THE SAME.

SO JOIN US.

FROM NOVEMBER 3 TO THE

"13th, 2015, 10 DAYS IN"

THE LAND OF ISRAEL.

THE HOLY LAND.

I WOULD LOVE TO BREAK

BREAD WITH YOU LATER HIS

YEAR IN JERUSALEM IN SUCH

A TIME AS THIS.

"FROM ""THE WATCHMAN,"" GOD"

"BLESS YOU, AND REMEMBER,"

NEVER HOLD YOUR PEACE.

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