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Jerusalem Dateline: Dramatic Shift in Mideast Bodes Well For Israel 02/26/16

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: a dramatic shift in the Mideast good for Israel; plus visiting Israel – is it safe? and a new book suggests the Islamic Mahdi is the anti-Christ; and U.S. legislators talk about their faith & U.S.-Israel ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON "JERUSALEM

DATELINE," A DRAMATIC

SHIFT IN THE MIDDLE EAST

AS ISRAEL'S NEIGHBORS NEED

HELP FROM THE JEWISH

STATE.

> PLUS, IS IT SAFE TO

VISIT ISRAEL?

WE'LL ASK THOSE WHO BRAVED

THE BAD REPORTS AND

VISITED THE HOLY LAND.

AND THE END TIMES AND

THE SECRET OF THE MAHDI.

> AND HEAR WHAT U.S.

LEGISLATORS HAVE TO SAY

ABOUT ISRAEL, THE MIDDLE

EAST, AND THEIR FAITH.

SHALOM, AND WELCOME TO

THIS EDITION OF "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

I'M JULIE STAAL, FILLING

IN FOR CHRIS MITCHELL.

WE'RE COMING TO YOU TODAY

FROM THE PROMENADE

OVERLOOKING JERUSALEM.

ISRAEL AND JEWISH LEADERS

SAY DESPITE THE DANGERS IN

THE MIDDLE EAST, THERE ARE

SOME PROMISING

DEVELOPMENTS.

AS CHRIS MITCHELL

COMPLAINS, THOSE

DEVELOPMENTS BODE WELL FOR

THE JEWISH STATE.

Reporter: ISRAELI

PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU TOLD VISITING

JEWISH LEADERS FROM

AMERICA A DRAMATIC SHIFT

IS HAPPENING IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

MAJOR ARAB COUNTRIES

ARE CHANGING THEIR VIEW OF

ISRAEL, THAT IS, THAT THEY

DON'T SEE ISRAEL ANY MORE

AS THEIR ENEMY, BUT THEY

SEE ISRAEL AS THEIR ALLY

ESPECIALLY AGAINST THE

BATTLE OF MILITANT ISLAM

WITH THE TWO

FOUNTAINHEADS.

THE MILITANT ISLAM THAT IS

LED MOO IRAN, AND THE

MILITANT ISLAM THAT IS LED

BY DAESH.

Chris: THE LEADERS

MET WITH THE PRESIDENT OF

TURKEY AND EGYPT.

THERE IS A WINDOW OF

CHANGE IN THE REGION.

Reporter: MALCOLM LED

THAT JEWISH DELEGATION TO

CAIRO AND ANKARA.

THE TERRORISM, THE ISIS

THREAT, THE ROLE OF RUSSIA

AND IRAN AND OTHERS IN THE

REGION ARE DRIVING

COUNTRIES TO REASSESS

THEIR RELATIONS WITH

ISRAEL.

AND I THINK THEY HAVE COME

TO SEE THAT ISRAEL HAS A

LOT OF ORDER, WHETHER IT

IS THE PROBLEMS OF THE

BORDER, OR AGRICULTURE OR

FIGHTING TERRORISM.

Chris: ARAB LEADERS

HAVE TOLD THEM THAT THE

WEST HAS LEFT A VOID IN

THE REGION, AS SOME FACE

DAUNTING CHALLENGES.

SOME SEE THE ABSENCE IN

THE WEST, AND THEY'RE

LOOKING TO FIND SOLUTIONS

WITHIN THE REGION TO SOME

OF THE CHALLENGES.

AND THEY'RE SEEING THE

INVOLVEMENT OF RUSSIA,

WHICH DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

SEE IN DIFFERENT WAYS, BUT

ALL EXPRESSED CONCERN OF

IT.

AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN WILL

THEY PLAY IN DESTABILIZING

THE REGION.

Chris: HOMELAND SAYS

IN THE MIDST OF THESE

CHALLENGES, THEY SEE

ISRAEL AS AN ALLY.

I THINK BUILDING

RELATIONSHIPS WITH EGYPT

AND OTHER COUNTRIES AND

HELPING MOVE THEM IN THE

RIGHT DIRECTION -- AGAIN,

IT WON'T BE AN

INSTANTANEOUS CHANGE.

BUT THERE ARE

OPPORTUNITIES TO COUNTER

THE EXTREMIST FORCES,

BECAUSE ALL OF THEM SEE

THEY ARE ENDANGERED BY IT

AS WELL.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

WHEN MANY CONSIDER A

TRIP TO ISRAEL, THEY

WONDER, IS IT SAFE?

AS CHRIS MITCHELL REPORTS,

MOST PEOPLE THAT MAKE THE

TRIP FIND IT A DESTINATION

BEYOND THEIR EXPECTATIONS.

Chris: MUCH OF THE

WORLD ONLY KNOWS ISRAEL

FROM WHAT IT SEASON

TELEVISION NEWS OR READS

ON THE WEB.

THAT TYPICALLY INCLUDES

IMAGES OF VIOLENCE, AND

WORDS LIKE "OPPRESSED."

BUT WHAT IS IT REALLY LIKE

IN ISRAEL?

BASED ON WHAT THE NEWS

MEDIA SHOWS, MANY WOULDN'T

EXPECT TO SEE SHOPPING,

RESTAURANTS, AND PEOPLE

GOING ABOUT THEIR DAILY

LIVES.

THIS IS THE MANILE WALL,

AND IT IS A COMBINATION OF

RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, AND

CAFES.

WE TALKED WERE YOU WITH

FIRST-TIME TOURISTS ABOUT

THEIR PERCEPTION BEFORE

LEAVING, AND THEIR REALITY

UPON ARRIVAL.

WHAT DID PEOPLE SAY TO YOU

WHEN YOU SAID YOU ARE

GOING TO ISRAEL?

THEY QUESTIONED IT.

THEY SAID, DO YOU REALLY

WANT TO DO THAT?

IS IT SAFE.

Reporter: DID THEY

THINK YOU WERE CRAZY?

THAT'S A VERY COMMON

COMMENT, ARE YOU CRAZY?

AND I SAID NO.

AND PEOPLE COULDN'T TALK

ME OUT OF IT, SO...

Chris: AND HOW DID

YOU FEEL BEFORE YOU CAME?

PROBABLY A LITTLE

APPREHENSIVE, BUT EXCITED.

WE COULDN'T WAIT TO SEE

WHERE CHRIST HAS WALKED.

AND IT WAS MORE THAN I

EXPECTED.

IT WAS AMAZING.

Chris: SOME FELT

COMING TO ISRAEL MIGHT

SEND A MESSAGE IN FIGHTING

BACK AGAINST THE GROWTH OF

TERRORISM.

I HAD SOME FRIENDS WHO

SAID, WHY DON'T YOU COME

ALONG.

AND I SAID, I'M NOT SURE I

SHOULD.

IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE

DANGEROUS.

AND THEN I THOUGHT,

GOODNESS, LIFE IS

DANGEROUS.

REALLY?

I CAME FROM THE BOSTON

MARATHON.

YOU KNOW, THERE IS SO MUCH

GOING ON, I'M NOT GOING TO

WORRY ABOUT IT.

IF YOU STOP MOVING, THE

BAD GUYS WIN.

IT'S RIDICULOUS.

Chris: TUVA ARRANGED

THEIR TOUR WITH AN EYE ON

ANCIENT HISTORY AND

CURRENT EVENTS.

I TOLD HIM I WANTED TO

COME OVER HERE AND LOOK AT

THE WORLD THAT IS HERE AND

THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE.

AND THE PLACES WHERE THESE

BIBLE EVENTS TOOK PLACE.

AND FOR THEM, IT HAS BEEN

AN EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE.

AND IT IS IN THE CONTEXT

OF ISRAEL TODAY.

Chris: SAMUEL HAS LED

TOURS HER FOR MORE THAN 20

YEARS.

ISRAEL DOESN'T COME IN

THE CATEGORY OF TERRORIST

DESTINATIONS.

ISRAEL IS NOT THE BAHAMAS.

ISRAEL IS NOT EVEN PARIS.

ISRAEL IS NOT EVEN ROME.

I BELIEVE ISRAEL IS THE

STAGE OF YOUR FAITH.

AND I BELIEVE COMING TO

ISRAEL WILL ENCOURAGE YOU

IN YOUR WALKING WITH THE

LORD.

Chris: AND WHAT WAS

IT LIKE AFTER THESE

TOURISTS MADE THEIR LEAP

OF FAITH TO COME TO

ISRAEL?

THE ISRAELIS REALLY

HAVE THEIR ACT TOGETHER.

I FELT VERY COMFORTABLE.

THE PEOPLE ARE WONDERFUL.

THEY'RE VERY PROFESSIONAL.

THEY'RE VERY CARING.

AND THEY REALLY WANT TO

MAKE US FEEL WELCOME.

IT IS A VERY

SOPHISTICATED,

COSMOPOLITAN CITY.

Chris: AND THEY DID

KNOW ISRAEL HAS BEEN

EXPERIENCING ITS OWN WAVE

OF TERROR.

THEY TOLD US, THERE ARE

PLACES YOU DEFINITELY

DON'T WANT TO GO.

BUT THERE ARE PLACES IN

ANY CITY IN THE UNITED

STATES YOU DON'T WANT TO

GO TO.

Chris: THE JERUSALEM

MAYOR TOLD CBN NEWS

DESPITE THE CURRENT

VIOLENCE, JERUSALEM IS A

SAFER CITY THAN MOST.

WE HAVE THE BEST POLICE

IN THE WORLD.

WE HAVE THE BEST SECURITY

FORCES PER CAPITA.

WE'RE AS SAFE AS LONDON

WHEN YOU REALLY CHECK THE

NUMBERS.

ACTUALLY, WHEN I FLY TO

AMERICA, I PRAY TO COME

BACK HOME SAFELY TO

JERUSALEM BECAUSE THE

CRIME RATES IN AMERICA ARE

SIX TIME MORE PER CAPITA

THAN IN JERUSALEM.

Chris: AND HOW DID

THESE CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS

FEEL AFTER WALKING IN THE

STAPLES OF JESUS?

IT WAS QUITE MOVING.

IT BROUGHT ME TO TEARS A

FEW TIMES.

I DON'T THINK I'LL EVER

READ THE BIBLE THE SAME

WAY ANYMORE.

I'VE BEEN SO MOVED BY

BEING HERE.

I WOULD NOT TRADE IT FOR

ANYTHING.

Chris: IT ALSO

BROUGHT THE BIBLE TO LIFE.

FOR ME IT REALLY TIED

THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE

NEW TESTAMENT TOGETHER IN

WAYS THAT I COULD NOT HAVE

DONE HAD I NOT COME HERE

AND SEEN THE GEOGRAPHY AND

APPRECIATED THE HISTORY.

I REALLY BELIEVE THAT

AFTER YOU COME TO ISRAEL,

YOU WILL NEVER BE THE

SAME.

FOR SEVERAL REASONS: FIRST

OF ALL, YOU'LL READ THE

BIBLE IN A DIFFERENT

UNDERSTANDING.

YOU'LL BE ABLE TO

VISUALIZE WHATEVER YOU

READ, AND YOU'LL BE ABLE

TO UNDERSTAND THE

JEWISH-CHRISTIAN

BACKGROUND OF THE WORD OF

GOD, AND YOU'LL SEE HOW

DEEP YOUR FAITH IS.

AND MY PRAYER IS THAT WHEN

YOU COME TO ISRAEL, YOU

WILL LEAVE HERE PRAYING

FOR THE PEACE OF

JERUSALEM.

Chris: AND WHAT WOULD

THESE FIVE SAY TO THOSE

WHO WARNED THEM NOT TO

COME?

I WOULD SAY, YOU'VE GOT

TO GO.

IT IS INCREDIBLE.

IT IS SAFE AND A

WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.

WE WERE ALREADY TALKING

ABOUT COMING A SECOND TIME

AND MAYBE BRINGING EITHER

OUR KIDS OR OUR GRANDKIDS

BECAUSE WE REALLY WANT

THEM TO EXPERIENCE BEING

HERE.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

UP NEXT, COULD THE

ISLAMIC MESSIAH, KNOWN AS

THE MAHDI, ACTUALLY BE THE

ANTI-CHRIST?

WE'LL SPEAK TO ONE AUTHOR

HAD WHO THINKS THAT'S THE

CASE.

Julie: WELCOME BACK.

A POPULAR PASTOR HAS A NEW

BOOK OUT SHOWING HOW MOST

VIOLENT MUSLIMS ARE TRYING

TO BRING THEIR MESSIAH

INTO THE WORLD.

BUT DR. MICHAEL YOUCEF

SAYS THAT FIGURE COULD

TURN OUT TO BE THE

ANTI-CHRIST.

PAUL STRAND HAS MORE.

Reporter: OVER THE

CENTURIES, PEOPLE HAVE

GUESSED WRONG AGAIN AND

AGAIN THAT THE ANTI-CHRIST

WOULD SOON APPEAR.

BUT MICHAEL YOUCEF

BELIEVES ONLY NOW ARE

CONDITIONS SET FOR THE

COMING OF THAT EVIL ONE.

WHAT THE DOCTOR FOUND THAT

TALKED ABOUT THE END TIMES

AND THE SECRET OF THE

MAHDI HOW WHAT IS GOING ON

IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW IS

LEADING STRAIGHT TOWARDS

THOSE EVENTS PROF PHID PROPHESIED IN

THE BOOK OF REVELATION.

I CAME TO THE

CONCLUSION THAT WE ARE

COMING INTO THE PERIOD OF

TIME LIKE WE HAVE NEVER

SEEN BEFORE IN HISTORY.

Reporter: YOUCEF

DEEPLY LOVES THE ISLAMIC

PEOPLE, BUT BELIEVES THEY

ARE HURTLING US TOWARDS

THE ANTI-CHRIST.

THEY WILL URGE THE

WORLD TO BELIEVE IN HIM,

EVEN WORSHIPPING HIM AS

THEIR MESSIAH, BUT HE WILL

END UP USING HUMANITY LIKE

THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN

BEFORE.

Reporter: IT IS

ALONGSIDE THE BIBLE'S

REVELATIONS ABOUT THE

ANTI-CHRIST.

THIS CONCLUSION?

CHRISTIANS KNOW HIM AS

THE ANTI-CHRIST.

SUNNI MUSLIMS KNOW HIM AS

THE SUNNI CHRIST.

AND THE SHI'ITE MUSLIMS

KNOW HIM AS THE MAHDI.

THEIR MESSIAH COMES AND HE

WILL RULE THE WORLD.

AND HE WILL DECLARE

HIMSELF TO BE A MUSLIM.

AND HE IS GOING TO TURN ON

THE CHRISTIANS AND THE

JEWS.

AND THE BIBLE SAID THE

ANTI-CHRIST IS GOING TO

COME AND HE IS GOING TO

TURN ON THE CHRISTIANS AND

THE JEWS.

Reporter: THE OTHER

PARALLELS BETWEEN THE

MAHDI AND THE

ANTI-CHRIST --

HE WILL COME AT A TIME

OF CHAOS AND CONFUSION,

AND PEOPLE WHO ARE LONGING

FOR SOMEONE TO GUIDE THEM

AND BRING THEM PEACE

BECAUSE THEY WILL WORN

OUT.

Reporter: THE BIBLE

AND ISLAM TALK ABOUT HIS

SEVEN-YEAR GLOBAL REIGN

FROM JERUSALEM AND THIS

PEACE WILL TURN HYPE PEL

VIOLENT.

HYPER

VIOLENT.

HE IS GOING TO

PERSECUTE PEOPLE AND HE

WILL DEMAND THEIR WORSHIP.

HE WILL KILL EVERYBODY WHO

DOES NOT WORSHIP HIM.

Reporter: HE SAYS

SOME SHI'ITES HAVE BEEN

TRYING TO BRING ABOUT THE

PROPHESIED TIME OF THE

MAHDI TO MAKE IT HAPPEN

THEMSELVES.

HE WILL APPEAR WHEN THE

WORLD IS IN CHAOS, AND HE

WILL BRING PEACE.

SO THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF

IRAN BASICALLY WANTED TO

STIR UP TROUBLE AND GET

THE NUCLEAR WEAPONS SO

THEY COULD ATTACK ISRAEL

AND CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE

OF CHAOS SO AS TO FORCE

THEIR MAHDI, THE 12th

CALIPHATE, TO SHOW UP.

Reporter: AND SOME OF

THE MOST VIOLENT SUNNIS

ARE ALSO TRYING TO SET UF

THSET OFFTHE END TIMES.

THE PEOPLE CALLED DAESH

OR ISIS, I.F., THEY HAVE

THAT CONCEPT THAT WHEN CAY

"YES" ANCHAOS AND BLOODSHED REIGN

SUPREME, THEIR MESSIAH

WILL COME.

Reporter: IF HIS

BELIEF IS CORRECT, THIS

MUSLIM MESSIAH WILL BE THE

ANTI-CHRIST, IT IS THE

FIRST TIME PEOPLE HAVE

BEEN ACTIVELY WORKING TO

BRING HIM INTO THE WORLD

AND WELCOME HIM.

THE LORD SAID, WHEN YOU

SEE THESE SIGNS, LIFT UP

YOUR HEAD BECAUSE THE DAY

YOUR REDEMPTION IS DRAWING

NEAR.

SO FAR FROM BEING AFRAID

AND WORRIED AND CONCERNED,

WE SHOULD BE RO REJOICING.

Reporter: MANY

BELIEVES THAT THE BIBLE

WARNS THAT THE WORLD WILL

BE DECEIVED BY ANTI-CHRIST

GLOBAL WORLD RELIGION, AT

FIRST TOLERATING AND

BRINGING ALL RELIGIONS

TOGETHER.

HE TALKS ABOUT THE BUMPER

STICKER WITH THE JEWISH

STAR OF DAVID FOR "X," AND

THE WITCHCRAFT DOTTING THE

"I" AND THE YIN AND YANG

SYMBOL FOR "S," AND THE

CROSS AS THE "T."

THERE ARE CHURCHES IN

CANADA AND THE UNITED

STATES, WHERE THEY READ

FROM THE QURAN AS WELL AS

THE BIBLE.

> IF A PERSON IS A

GENUINE BELIEVER IN JESUS

CHRIST, HE WILL NOT BE

DECEIVED.

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOING

TO GIVE US DISCERNMENT,

AND WE WILL BE ABLE TO

TELL THE DIFFERENCE.

Reporter: AND

ALTHOUGH THEY MAY BE

CURSED AS INTOLERANT, HE

SAYS IT IS TIME FOR

CHRISTIANS TO SAY CHRIST

IS THE ONLY WAY.

THERE ARE NO OPTION.

>S. WE DON'T HATE ANYONE,

BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE NAME

UNDER HEAVEN UNDER WHICH

MEN AND WOMEN CAN BE

SAVED, AND HIS NAME IS

JESUS.

Reporter: WHAT THE

DOCTOR EMPHASIZES IS THAT

WE CHRISTIANS NEED NOT

FEAR ALL OF THE SCARY

EVENTS IN THE BOOK OF

REVELATION, BUT WE HAVE TO

GO THROUGH THAT HORRIFYING

TIME OF THE ANTI-CHRIST

BEFORE WE CAN GET TO THE

VICTORIOUS RETURN OF OUR

CHRIST.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS,

REPORTING FROM "LEADING

THE WAY," ATLANTA,

GEORGIA.

Julie: COMING UP, ARE

ISRAELI-U.S. RELATIONS ON

SOLID GROUND?

SEE WHAT THREE U.S.

CONGRESSMEN HAVE TO SAY

ABOUT THAT AND HOU HOW THEIR

FAITH INFLUENCES THEIR

WORK.

Julie: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

HOW SOLD ARE U.S.-ISRAELI

TIES?

I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO

ASK THREE MEMBERS OF THE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

RECENTLY.

AND THEY SPOKE TO ME ABOUT

THE ROLE THEIR FAITH PLAYS

IN MAKING THEIR DECISIONS,

THEIR TAKE ON THE MIDDLE

EAST, AND WHAT THEY DID

WHILE THEY WERE HERE.

HERE IS WHAT VICKI, JESS,

AND GREG HAD TO SAY.

WE WENT TO THE NORTH

AND HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO

SEE THE IRON DOME AND

DAVID SLADE.

WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT

FOR THE NATIONAL DEFENSE

HERE, AND POTENTIALLY IN

THE UNITED STATES DOWN THE

ROAD.

ENJOYED VISITING WITH

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU AND THE

DEFENSE MINISTER, AND WE

LET THEM KNOW HOW MUCH WE

APPRECIATE OUR FRIENDSHIP

WITH ISRAEL.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE

MET WITH SOME LOCAL

MAYORAL OFFICIALS, AND I

THINK GETTING TO KNOW THE

LOCAL PEOPLE HELPS REALLY

UNDERSTAND WHERE THE STATE

OF ISRAEL IS TODAY.

Julie: HOW WOULD YOU

DESCRIBE THE STATE OF

ISRAELI-U.S. RELATIONS?

AS IT RELATES TO THE

CONGRESS, I WOULD SAY THAT

IT IS STILL STRONG.

THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE

BOTH ARE VERY SUPPORTERS

OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

NOW, IF YOU INTERJECT THE

PRESIDENT AND SOME OF HIS

POLICIES IN, IT BECOMES A

LITTLE MORE POLITICAL, AND

SOME OF OUR FRIENDS ON THE

OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE

WILL GO WITH THE PRESIDENT

ON HIS ISSUES.

BUT I THINK THAT OUR

FRIENDSHIP HAS BEEN MADE

TO LAST FOREVER.

THEY CERTAINLY HAVE

BEEN STRAINED A BIT, NO

DOUBT, THE PERCEPTION,

ANYWAY.

BUT I HOPE THAT PEOPLE

WILL KEEP IN MIND, YES,

THE PRESIDENT STRUCK A

DEAL WITH IRAN, THAT THE

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSED.

WE DON'T WANT TO CREATE

THE PERCEPTION THAT THIS

DEAL WITH IRAN MEANS ANY

WEAKENING IN THE SUPPORT.

AND CERTAINLY CONGRESS,

CONTROLLING THE FINANCIAL

ASPECTS OF THE BUDGET, AND

THE OMMIBUS THAT WE DID IN

DECEMBER, YOU CAN SEE IN

THAT DOCUMENT THE LEVEL OF

SUPPORT THAT SCOIFORTS FOR

ISRAEL.

EXISTS FOR

ISRAEL.

Julie: MANY OF

AMERICA'S ALLIES FELT A

LITTLE BETRAYED IN THE

LAST FEW YEARS.

DO YOU THINK THERE IS

ANYTHING THAT COULD BE

DONE TO REDEEM THOSE

RELATIONSHIPS?

ABSOLUTELY.

NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE ISRAEL

AS A FRIEND HERE, BUT WE

NEED TO STAND WITH JORDAN

AND EGYPT AND SOME OTHERS

IN THE AREA, WHO

TRADITIONALLY, FOR YEARS,

WE HAVE BEEN PARTNERS

WITH.

AND IT IS VERY SAD HOW

THEY'RE QUESTIONING, ARE

YOU STILL WITH US?

WE'RE IN A POSITION NOW,

BECAUSE OF THE POOR

DECISIONS AND POLICIES OF

THIS ADMINISTRATION, WHERE

OUR ALLIES DON'T TRUST US,

AND OUR ENEMIES DON'T FEAR

US.

AND WE CANNOT CONTINUE

DOWN THIS ROAD.

Julie: SOMETIMES IT

SEEMS, SITTING ON THIS

SIDE OF THE OCEAN, THAT

THE WEST JUST DOESN'T GET

IT.

WHAT DO YOU THINK COULD BE

DONE TO LET PEOPLE KNOW

THAT THE MIDDLE EAST

REALLY IS IMPORTANT THAT

THEM?

WHAT HAPPENS HERE DOES

AFFECT THEM.

WE HAVE, IN MANY AREAS

OF THE NEWS, A REWRITE OF

HISTORY, AND SOMETIMES

BORDERING ON A PROPAGANDA.

HOW DO WE GET TO THE

TRUTH?

WE WOULD HOPE WE WOULD

TEACH OUR CHILDREN NOT TO

ACCEPT THE PROFESSOR'S

WORD IN A LIBERAL

UNIVERSITY THAT SAYS THIS

IS ISRAEL'S FAULT.

LOOK BEHIND THAT.

CHALLENGE THAT.

AND GO AND SEE.

AND I THINK YOU'LL FIND A

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STORY

THAN WHAT IS THERE.

I THINK REALLY THE ONLY

WAY THAT PEOPLE CAN

UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENS

HERE IS TO TRAVEL HERE.

AND ONCE YOU TRAVEL AND

YOU SEE THE GEOGRAPHIC

IMPEDIMENTS THAT ARE HERE

IN THE STATE OF ISRAEL,

WITH THE PLACEMENT OF THE

WEST BANK AND THE GAZA

STRIP AND HOW NARROW THE

COUNTRY IS IN CERTAIN

PLACES, IT IS VERY EASY

THEN TO REALIZE HOW

DIFFICULT IT IS TO PROTECT

THE ISRAELI PEOPLE.

Julie: HOW DO YOU

FEEL YOUR FAITH PLAYS INTO

BEING A CONGRESSWOMAN?

IT'S A CALLING.

I BELIEVE IT IS A MINISTRY

WE HAVE.

IN ROMANS IT TALKS ABOUT

THOSE WHO ARE ELECTED

AUTHORITIES ARE GOD'S

SERVANTS, TO DO YOU GOOD.

THAT'S OUR ROLE.

AND EVERY DAY I TRY TO

SEEK HIS GUIDANCE.

AND JUST LIKE DAVID DID,

INQUIRE OF THE LORD.

CERTAINLY THE PRAYERS OF

THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY

MAKE ALL OF THE DIFFERENCE

BECAUSE THERE IS A

SPIRITUAL BATTLE GOING ON

IN OUR COUNTRY.

EVERY DAY I LOOK TO GOD

FOR GUIDANCE IN MANY OF

THE DECISIONS THAT I MAKE.

I ALWAYS SAY THAT IF I CAN

LAY MY HEAD DOWN AT NIGHT

AND SLEEP WELL, I KNOW

I'VE MADE GOOD DECISIONS

THAT WE BACK UP BY FACTS

AND WHAT I TRULY BELIEVE

IN.

AND THE VERY ROOT OF MY

BELIEFS ARE ROOTED IN THE

BIBLE.

IT AFFECTS EVERYTHING,

EVERY ELEMENT.

AND YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE

A RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THE

RIGHT THING, AND TO KNOW

THAT WHATEVER WE DO, I

CAN'T DO IN MY OWN

STRENGTH.

Julie: ANYTHING ELSE

YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

JUST THAT I KNOW THAT

WE SPEND SO MUCH TIME

TALKING ABOUT THE DAILY

PRESSURES THAT ARE HERE,

THE ATTACKS, THE

TERRORISM.

AND SOMETIMES WE LOSE

SIGHT OF SOME OF THE GREAT

SUCCESS STORIES THAT ARE

GOING ON IN ISRAEL.

IT IS AN AMAZING LAND, NOT

JUST FROM A BIBLICAL AND

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE,

BUT, ALSO, THIS IS ONE OF

THE GREAT HIGH-TECH

CENTERS IN THE WORLD.

THE PROMISE SAYS, IN

GENESIS 12: 3: "I WILL

BLESS THOSE WHO BLESS YOU

AND CURSE THOSE WHO CURSE

YOU.

AND ALL NATIONS OF THE

WORLD WILL BE BLESSED

THROUGH YOU."

I THINK THAT'S WHY AMERICA

HAS BEEN BLESSED OVER THE

YEARS, BECAUSE WE HAVE

STOOD WITH ISRAEL AND WE

CAN'T TURN BACK ON THAT.

WE'VE GOT TO CONTINUE

THAT, NOT ONLY BECAUSE IT

IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO,

BUT ALSO BECAUSE IT IS

WHERE THE BLESSINGS OF THE

LORD ARE FOR OUR COUNTRY.

Julie: UP NEXT,

DESPERATE SYRIAN REFUGEES

RECEIVE LIFE-CHANGING HELP

FROM CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ.

Julie: WELCOME BACK.

SAMER AND ILLHAN LOOK OVER

AND SAW THEIR VILLAGE IN

FLAMES.

THEY FLED AND MADE IT TO

IRBIL, IRAQ.

ALTHOUGH THEY WERE SAFE,

IT WASN'T THE END OF THEIR

TROUBLES.

SAMIR WOULDN'T FIND WORK

AND THEIR BABY WAS SICK,

BUT IN THIS NEXT STORY

WE'LL SEE HOW CHRISTIANS

ARE HELPING THEM.

Reporter: ILHAN AND

HER HUSBAND FLED THEIR

VILLAGE THE NIGHT BEFORE

ISIS OVERRAN THE CITY.

WE LEFT EVERYTHING TO

SAVE OUR LIFE.

I WAS SCARED THAT A

HORRIBLE DEATH WAS COMING

FOR US IF WE STAYED.

WE COULD SEE THE BLACK

SMOKE RISING FROM KOBANI

BEHIND US.

I WAS SO AFRAID.

THE HELPLESSNESS MAKES YOU

FEEL CRAZY.

Reporter: THEY MADE

THEIR WAY TO IRBIL, IN

IRAQI, KURDISTAN, HOPING

TO FIND WORK AND START A

NEW LIFE AS REFUGEES.

WHAT THEY FOUND WAS A

DAILY STRUGGLE TO GET BY.

I WORKED IN

CONSTRUCTION, BUT I

STEPPED ON A NAIL AND I

GOT TETANUS.

NOW I CANNOT DO WORK.

I FEEL SO DESPERATE AND

FRUSTRATED BECAUSE I CAN'T

PROVIDE FOR MY FAMILY.

THE RENT IS SO HIGH,

AND NO ONE HERE WANTS TO

HELP REFUGEES.

I CAN'T WORK OUTSIDE THE

HOME BECAUSE WOMEN ARE

OPPRESSED HERE IN IRAQ.

I AM SO WORRIED ABOUT MY

BABY.

I ALSO HAVE A TYPHOID

INFECTION, BUT WE CAN'T

AFFORD MEDICATION.

Reporter: WHEN I MET

WITH THE FAMILY, I LEARNED

JOHAN WORKED AS A HAIR

STILL LIST WHEHAIRSTYLEHAIRSTYLEST WHEN THEY WERE

IN KOBANI.

SO WE BOUGHT HER SUPPLIES.

AND PEOPLE FROM THE CHURCH

REGULARLY TALKED TO THE

FAMILY ABOUT THE LOVE OF

JESUS CHRIST.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR

DOING ALL OF THIS FOR US.

WE HAVE BEEN DESPERATELY

SEARCHING FOR HOPE.

YOU GAVE THAT TO US WHEN

EVERYONE ELSE SENT US

AWAY.

I'M REALLY GRATEFUL

BECAUSE YOU GAVE US SO

MUCH.

WE APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU

AND THE CHURCH HAVE DONE

FOR US.

WE WILL FERVO NEVER FIGURE THAT.

Julie: THAT'S IT FOR

THIS EDITION.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US.

REMEMBER TO FOLLOW US ON

Facebook AND TWITTER.

I'M JULIE STAAL, WE'LL SEE

YOU NEXT TIME AND

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

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