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News on The 700 Club: January 19, 2016

As seen on "The 700 Club," Jan. 19: What US-Iran prisoner swap really says about America; Trump to Liberty U. students: 'We're going to protect Christianity'; exodus from Western Europe sets new record; and more. Read Transcript


GORDON ROBERTSON: Christians all across the world

are overjoyed that Iran has finally released

four American prisoners.

But some say that President Obama gave away too much

to get them back.

TERRY MEEUWSEN: The former prisoners

have been getting medical checkups in Germany

before they return to the United States

to start their lives again.

And that won't be easy for any of them.

Gary Lane has the story.

During an interview with a TV station in Boise, Idaho,

Nagmeh Abidini called her husband Saeed's release

surreal and unbelievable.

She said it will take time to adapt once her husband Saeed

returns home.

NAGMEH ABIDINI: It will take time to readjust,

to know each other.

I'm a different person.

He's a different person.

I don't know where he's at physically, mentally.

And our family would need time to readjust.

And that's going to be the next step and asking for prayer.

GARY LANE: But some Republican presidential candidates

criticize the deal that set the Americans free from prison,

saying it set a bad precedent.

MARCO RUBIO: It proves, once again,

that now nations and enemies of America around the world

know that there's a price for Americans.

If you take an American hostage, Barack Obama

will cut a deal with you.

GARY LANE: And Donald Trump said quote,

"We give them $150 billion, we give them essentially 22

people-- 21, 22 people-- but these are people that really

did have problems, and we're getting back four people who

didn't do anything wrong...

That's the way we negotiate.

That's the way we negotiate.

It's so sad.

It's so sad."

President Obama said the prisoner deal

and the nuclear agreement with Iran

serve as a reminder of what America can achieve when it

leads with strength and wisdom.

But the president's positive spin on the deals

is unlikely to change attitudes toward Iran in the near future.

Many Americans still distrust Iran,

and think the nuclear agreement was a bad deal.

But for now, the captive Americans are heading home.

Gary Lane, CBN News.

GORDON ROBERTSON: In other news, Republican presidential

candidate Donald Trump is keeping up his efforts

to attract evangelical voters.

John Jessup has that story from our CBN News Bureau

in Washington.

John.

JOHN JESSUP: Thanks Gordon.

As part of that strategy, Trump took his campaign message

to Liberty University Monday.

David Brody was there and brings us this story

from Lynchburg, Virginia.

DAVID BRODY: Right off the bat, Donald Trump

tried to relate to his Christian audience,

even if it didn't come out exactly right.

DONALD TRUMP: 2 Corinthians 3:17--

that's the whole ballgame.

"Where the Spirit of the Lord--" right, "Where the spirit

of the Lord is-- there is Liberty."

DAVID BRODY: And he didn't stop with Scripture.

DONALD TRUMP: We're going to protect Christianity.

And I can say that.

I don't have to be politically correct.

DAVID BRODY: Despite a lack of evangelical-type

accomplishments, some students here seem

to like Trump's outsider feel.

DARIAN GRAVES: He's kind of a hothead.

He says what he wants to say, but he's politically incorrect.

And I think that says a lot about sometimes what we need.

DAVID BRODY: In the competition over this crucial voting block,

Ted Cruz is trying to paint Trump

as a guy who doesn't have much in common with evangelicals.

Trump told CBN News, however, why he should be the last man

standing.

DONALD TRUMP: Ronald Reagan wasn't

a-- totally he didn't read the Bible every day,

seven days a week, but he was a great president,

and he was a great president for Christianity.

And frankly, I would say that I will be a far better leader.

DAVID BRODY: And he adds, a good guy too,

despite what you read in the headlines.

DONALD TRUMP: I think I'm a much nicer person

than the public understands.

DAVID BRODY: And he says that heart extends to Israel.

DONALD TRUMP: So I will back Israel.

We have a president that I think is the worst thing that's

ever happened to Israel.

DAVID BRODY: Donald Trump is going

to need a sizable chunk of evangelicals

to secure the Republican nomination.

And he'll get another opportunity

to do just that when he talks to students

and sits down with Pat Robertson at Regent University

next month.

David Brody CBN News at Liberty University

in Lynchburg, Virginia.

JOHN JESSUP: Thanks David.

And you can see much more of the interview with Donald Trump

on David's blog-- the Brody File-- on CBNNews.com

The number of Jews migrating from Western Europe to Israel

has reached an all-time high.

Jews are leaving Europe because of the rising

number of anti-Semitic attacks.

The nonprofit Jewish agency says the vast majority came

from France, which has the world's third largest

population of Jews, and Gordon experts

say European Jews haven't felt this threatened since World War

II.

GORDON ROBERTSON: The good news is that there

is an Israel for them to go to.

That is the good news.

In the face of rising anti-Semitism.

And it's not just in Europe.

The FBI tracks hate crimes here in America.

And it's a shocking statistic.

You would think for religious bias,

there would be target against Muslims.

Those are 15%.

Targeted attacks against Jews-- just because

of religious belief, just because of their religion-- 60%

percent of hate crimes, in America,

for religious intolerance, are directed at Jews.

So it's wonderful that there's an Israel that they can go to.

There's a place where they can be safe and be able to worship

God as they see fit.

That's wonderful news.

And that is a good news to stand with Israel.

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