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700 Club Interactive - Whose Land is It? Jewish Claims - March 02, 2016

Take a look at the Jewish claims to the West Bank, including the biblical promise to Abraham. Plus, T.C. Stallings, star of the hit movie War Room, shares how to pursue your God-given purpose. Read Transcript


Andrew: HAVE YOU

FOUND YOUR PURPOSE IN

LIFE?

I KNOW I'M SUPPOSED TO

BE HERE.

YOU CAN BE ENCOURAGED IF

YOU DON'T QUIT.

THAT GIVES YOU YOUR

ENDURANCE, WHEN YOU KNOW

GOD HAS GOT YOU IN A

CERTAIN PLACE FOR A

CERTAIN REASON.

Andrew: THAT'S ON

TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

GOOD MORNING, AND WELCOME

TO THE SHOW.

THE MOVIE "WAR ROOM," HAS

BEEN CALLED A FAITH BASED

DAVID VERSUS THE SECULAR

GOLIATH.

IT MADE MORE THAN

$67 MILLION ON A

$3 MILLION BUDGET.

IT ALSO MADE THE LEAD

ACTOR A STAR.

TAKE A LOOK.

T.C. STALLLING STALLINGS IS A

PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE

TURNED MOVIE STAR.

HIS CAREER REACHED NEW

HEIGHTS WITH HIS BREAKOUT

PERFORMANCE AS TONY JORDAN

IN "WAR ROOM," WHICH

SOARED TO NUMBER ONE IN

THE BOX OFFICE IN ITS

FIRST WEEK.

IN HIS FIRST BOOK, "THE

PURSUIT,PURSUIT," T.C. SHARES HOW

HE HAS PURSUED GOD'S

PURPOSE FOR HIS LIFE, EVEN

WHEN IT WASN'T EASY.

HE WANTS TO ENCOURAGE YOU

TO DO THE SAME.

YOU WANT TO GET

PASSIONATE ABOUT THE

PURSUIT OF FINDING OUT.

BECAUSE WHEN YOU DO, JESUS

WILL COMPLETE IT, THE HOLY

SPIRIT WILL COMPLETE IT.

SO WHEN YOU GET ROUGH

SPOTS, YOU'RE ENCOURAGE

THAT THIS IS NOT OVER.

IT AIN'T THE END.

I LOST THIS JOB, BUT I'M

GOING TO GET ANOTHER ONE.

I'M KNOW I'M SUPPOSED TO

BE HERE.

AND YOU GET ENCOURAGED AND

YOU DON'T QUIT, AND THAT

GIVES YOU YOUR ENDURANCE,

WHEN YOU KNOW GOD HAS GOT

YOU IN A CERTAIN PLACE FOR

A CERTAIN REASON.

Andrew: T.C. IS WITH

US NOW.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW.

THANK YOU.

NICE TO BE HERE.

Andrew: WHEN YOU WERE

CAST IN "WAR ROOM," DID

YOU THINK IT WOULD DO SO

WELL AT THE BOX OFFICE?

NOT NUMBER ONE.

WE WERE AT THE PREMIERE,

AND WE HAD DONE THREE

PREMIERES, AND WE WERE,

LIKE, WHAT DO YOU THINK

"WAR ROOM" WILL DO?

THEY HAD DONE TOP FOUR OR

FIVE, BUT NUMBER ONE,

UNBELIEVABLE.

Andrew: YOU'RE SUCH A

NICE GUY, BUT IN THE ROLE,

YOU PLAYED ANTONI, AND YOU

PLAYED A REALLY MEAN

HUSBAND.

YEAH.

WHEN I'M WATCHING IT IN

THEATERS WITH PEOPLE, THE

FIRST 40 MINUTES OR SO,

YOU'RE SINKING DOWN IN

YOUR SEAT.

BECAUSE THE WOMEN IN THERE

ARE SAYING, I COULD SLAP

HIM IN HIS HEAD RIGHT NOW.

AND I REMEMBER THOSE

MOMENTS WHERE WE KNEW WE

HAD TO TAKE THE AUDIENCE

THERE BECAUSE YOU WANT TO

TAKE THEM ON THIS

EMOTIONAL RIDE, SO LATER

ON THEY'RE CHEERING FOR

YOU.

IT WAS CHALLENGING.

Andrew: WHY DO YOU

THINK THE FILM RESONATED

WITH SO MANY PEOPLE?

I CAN THINK OF A FEW

THINGS.

NUMBER ONE, WITH

CHRISTIANS, YOU'RE TALKING

ABOUT JESUS AND PRAYER.

THOSE ARE THE TWO PILLARS

OF OUR FAITH.

AND THIS FILM IS EXCELLING

AND THE WORLD IS TALKING

ABOUT JESUS AND PRAYER.

YOU CAN SEE YOURSELF IN A

LOT OF THE DIFFERENT

CHARACTERS IN THE FILM.

MEN RESONATE WITH TONY,

AND THERE ARE WOMEN

RESONATING WITH

ELIZABETH'S JOURNEY.

AND THERE IS MISS CLARA

AND THE KIDS.

EVERYBODY CAN SEE

THEMSELVES IN THERE.

AND HOW IN THESE REAL LIFE

SITUATIONS NOT EVERYTHING

ALWAYS WORKS OUT.

SO YOU CAN SEE YOURSELF

THERE.

WE'RE TRYING TO TEACH

EVERYBODY HOW TO PRAY

THEIR WAY OUT.

I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE

WILL WANT TO LEARN HOW TO

HAVE A STRONGER PRAYER

LIFE.

Andrew: LET'S TOUCH

ON SOMETHING YOU

MENTIONED, NOT EVERYTHING

WORKS OUT.

YOUR PLAN WAS TO BE IN THE

NFL.

UH-HUH.

Andrew: TELL US ABOUT

THAT JOURNEY?

YEAH.

STARTING AT THE AGE 12,

ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS TO

BE IN THE NFL.

I REMEMBER WRITING THOSE

GOALS DOWN -- AND THERE IS

NOTHING INHERENTLY WRONG

WITH PLAYING FOOTBALL, BUT

THAT DOESN'T MEAN IT WAS

WHAT GOD WANTED ME TO DO.

I CHASED IT WITH

EVERYTHING I HAD.

I WENT TO THE UNIVERSITY

OF LOUISVILLE, AND ALL OF

THE STARS WERE LINING UP

FOR ME.

BUT IN 2008, I HAD THE

BEST SEASON THAT I HAD

EVER HAD, AND I THOUGHT

THAT WOULD TURN INTO NFL

SUCCESS, AND THEN WHEN IT

DIDN'T, I WAS JUST

EXHAUSTED.

I LITERALLY JUST GOT TIRED

OF FAILING, AND I REALLY

DIDN'T UNDERSTAND.

I HAD ALL OF THESE

POSITIVE PLANS, AND I

WANTED TO GLORIFY HIM --

Andrew: AND WHY

WOULDN'T IT MAKE IT IF

YOU'RE GOING TO GLORIFY?

RIGHT.

BUT IT IS NOT MY PLANS

THAT ARE BLESSED AND

ORDAINED, BUT IT IS HIS

PLANS THAT ARE BLESSED AND

ORDAINED.

I HAD TO TRADE IN MY WILL

FOR HIS WILL.

Andrew: DO YOU THINK

WE SAY, HERE IS THE PLAN

I'M GOING TO PURSUE, SO

PLEASE BLESS IT, RATHER

THAN SAYING, WHAT DO YOU

WANT FOR ME AND GIVE ME

THE STRENGTH TO FOLLOW IT.

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I

DID.

IT IS LIKE A PROPOSITION.

YOU PROPOSITION GOD.

IF YOU ALLOW ME TO PLAY

FOOTBALL, I'M GOING TO

GIVE ALL OF THE MONEY TO

THE POOR.

Andrew: I'M DOING

THIS FOR YOU.

THIS IS FOR YOU.

AND IT WILL BE SUCH A GOOD

TESTIMONY, AND WE CAN PUT

THIS PERSON TO USE.

BECAUSE YOU WANT TO DO IT.

AND GOD IS OKAY, HOW ABOUT

I WANT YOU TO GO AND BE

PERSECUTED IN ANOTHER

COUNTRY.

THAT COULD GLORIFY ME,

TOO.

IF IT IS ALL ABOUT MY

GLORY, THAT'S WHAT YOU

WOULD DO, TOO?

AND YOU'RE, LIKE, I DON'T

KNOW.

IF YOU LET THE HOLY SPIRIT

LEAD OUT, IT MAKES SENSE.

IN MY OWN HUMAN NATURE,

I'M GOING TO DO WHAT I'M

COMFORTABLE WITH AND BRING

GOD ALONG FOR THE RIDE,

AND HE SHOULD LEAD.

Andrew: GOD OPENED

THE DOORS FOR YOU TO

BECOME AN ACTOR.

TELL US HOW PEOPLE CAN

FIND THEIR PURPOSE AND

PLAN.

IT IS EASIER SAID THAN

DONE.

I THINK THIS -- THIS

QUESTION BEING ANSWERED

FOR ME HAS BEEN A

LIFE-CHANGING THING.

AND I DON'T THINK IT IS

NOTHING REVOLUTIONARY OR

RADICAL.

I OPENED UP THE BIBLE, AND

I SEE IN SCRIPTURES: "I

SAW YOU BEFORE YOU WERE

BORN.

EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE WAS

RECORDED IN MY BOOK AND

EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE WAS

PLANNED OUT BEFORE A

SINGLE DAY HAS PASSED."

AND THE BIBLE DOESN'T LIE.

AND THE BIBLE SAYS CONSULT

ME ABOUT IT.

AND THAT'S HOW YOU FIND

YOUR PURPOSE, BY ASKING

GOD, WHAT DOES HE WANT YOU

TO DO?

I DIDN'T SAY IT IS EASY.

IT IS SIMPLE, BUT IT IS

EASY.

AND ONCE HE ANSWERS THAT,

YOU HAVE TO PRAY FOR THE

COURAGE TO PURSUE THE

PLAN.

Andrew: TELL US A KEY

PRINCIPLE GOD SHOWED YOU

ON YOUR EXPLORATION OF HIS

WORK.

ONE OF THEM IS MATTHEW

7: 21, AND HES HE SAYS, "ONLY

THOSE WHO WILL DO THE WILL

OF THE FATHER WILL ENTER

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN."

AND WHEN HE SAYS, THIS IS

WHAT I MADE YOU TO DO --

AND IF I DON'T DO THAT, I

COULD BE DOING A LOT OF

COOL THINGS, BUT I'M NOT

LINING UP WITH JESUS.

AND THE OTHER ONE IS JAMES

4: 13, WHERE IT SAYS YOUR

LIFE IS BUT A MIST.

IT CAN BE HERE TODAY AND

GONE TOMORROW.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT MY

TOMORROW HOLDS.

I COULD BE GONE.

IN MY BOOK, I TALK ABOUT

NEARLY DYING IN A CAR

CRASH.

AND THAT WOKE ME UP.

AND JESUS LOOKED AT ME AND

SAID, WHEN I DIE, I NEED

TO BE SAYING I'M DOING

EVERYTHING YOU CALLED ME

TO DO.

AND YOU WANT TO GIVE

PEOPLE A SENSE OF URGENCY

AND DON'T WAIT BECAUSE YOU

DON'T KNOW WHAT TOMORROW

HOLDS.

Andrew: T.C.'S BOOK

IS CALLED "THE PE PURSUIT,"

AND IT HAS 14 SCRIPTURES

AND CHAPTERS TO HELP YOU

DISCOVER THE PURPOSE OF

YOUR LIFE.

> COMING UP, A LOOK AT

THE JEWISH CLAIMS TO THE

LAND OF ISRAEL.

YOU JUST SCRATCH THE

SURFACE, AND YOU FIND A

RICH JEWISH CULTURE IN

HISTORY OF MORE THAN

3,500, EVER SINCE KING

DAVID BUILT JERUSALEM.

Andrew: THE REAL

STORY BEHIND THE OLDEST

LAND DISPUTE IN HISTORY --

THAT'S AFTER THIS.

Andrew: IN 1967,

ISRAEL CAPTURED THE WEST

BANK FROM JORDAN IN THE

SIX-DAY WAR.

SINCE THEN ISRAEL'S

PRESENCE THERE HAS BEEN

CALLED ILLEGAL OCCUPATION,

AND THEIR CRAIMS T CLAIMS TO THE

LAND ILLEGITIMATE.

AND MANY REFER TO THE LAND

AS "OCCUPIED TERRITORY."

BUT ARE THOSE TERMS

HISTORICALLY CORRECT?

HERE IS A LOOK AT ISRAEL'S

CLAIM TO THE LAND.

Gordon: IT IS THE

OLDEST LAND DISPUTE IN

HISTORY.

FOR CENTURIES JEWS AND

ARABS HAVE BOTH CLAIMED TO

BE THE RIGHTFUL OWNERS OF

THE LAND OF ISRAEL.

JEWISH CLAIMS TO THE LAND

ARE BASED ON FOUR MAIN

ARGUMENTS.

THE FIRST IS GOD'S PROMISE

TO ABRAHAM.

ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER

DAVID BEN-GURION OFTEN

SAID THAT THE BIBLE WAS

THE JEWISH MANDATE FOR

SETTLING THE LAND OF

ISRAEL.

IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS,

GOD GAVE THE LAND TO

ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB,

THE PATRIARCHS OF ISRAEL.

AND THE REST OF THE BIBLE

TELLS THE STORY OF THEIR

DESCENDENTS IN THE LAND.

MOSES LED THE JEWS BACK TO

ISRAEL AFTER THEIR EXILE

IN EGYPT.

AND ROUGHLY 400 YEARS

LATER, AROUND 1,000 B.C.,

KING DAVID CONQUERED THE

CITY OF JERUSALEM AND

BUILT HIS CAPITAL THERE.

BUT THE STORY OF THE JEWS

ISN'T LIMITED TO THE

BORDERS OF MODERN ISRAEL.

THEIR FOOTPRINTS HAVE BEEN

TRACED THROUGHOUT JUDEA

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

BETHEL, WHERE JACOB

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

DREAMED OF A LADDER TO

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

HEAVEN.

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

CHILLO, THE RESTING PLACE

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

OF THE ARK OF THE

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

COVENANT.

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

BETHLEHEM, THE BIRTH OF

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

KING DAVID, AND HEBRON,

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

WHERE THE JEWISH

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

PATRIARCHS ARE BURIED.

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

THIS IS ALL NOT JUST

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

DOCUMENTED IN THE BIBLE

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

AND IN HISTORY, IT ALSO

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

REVEALS ITSELF IN EVERY

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

INCH OF THE LAND, IN ANY

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

ARC LOGICAL DIG.

AND SAMARIA.

AND SAMARIA.

YOU JUST SCRATCH THE

YOU JUST SCRATCH THE

RICH JEWISH CULTURE, OF

MORE THAN 3,500 YEARS,

EVER SINCE KING DAVID

BUILT JERUSALEM 3,010

YEARS AGO.

Gordon: THE JEWISH

RULE OVER ISRAEL WAS

DOCUMENTED OUTSIDE THE

BIBLE, OFTEN BY THE

ENEMIES OF ISRAEL.

IN EGYPT, AN ENCRYPTION ON

THE MENEPA STILA CLAIMED

THAT ISRAEL HAS BEEN LAID

WASTE.

IN 840 B.C., KING MESHA

IN 840 B.C., KING MESHA

WROTE ABOUT THE HOUSE OF

DAVID, AS DID ANOTHER KING

A CENTURY LATER.

HAFA EL EL OF DAMASCUS.

JOSEPHUS DESCRIBED IN

GREAT DETAIL THE JEWISH

TEMPLE IN JERUSALEM, AND

ITS DESTRUCTION BY THE

ROMANS.

A STORY CONFIRMED BY A

RELIEF IN THE ARCH OF

TITUS IN ROME.

EVERY DAY ARCHEOLOGY

YIELDS MORE EVIDENCE OF

ANCIENT JEWISH CULTURE,

DATING BACK THOUSANDS OF

YEARS.

IN THE 20th CENTURY,

THAT HISTORICAL CONNECTION

HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED

SEVERAL TIMES BY

INTERNATIONAL LAW.

IN 1917, BRITISH FOREIGN

SECRETARY ARTHUR BALFOUR

ISSUED A DECLARATION,

CALLING FOR A JEWISH

HOMELAND IN PALESTINE,

ALSO KNOWN THEN AS

SOUTHERN SYRIA.

PALESTINE INCLUDED AT

THE TIME, ALL OF THE

TERRITORY, WHICH IS NOW

ISRAEL AND JUDEA AND

SAMARIA, THE WEST BANK,

AND JORDAN.

Gordon: IN 1920,

ALLIED LEADERS GATHERED IN

SAN RAMO, ITALY, TO DIVIDE

THE REMAINS OF THE OTTOMAN

EMPIRE.

IT INCORPORATED THE

BALFOUR DECLARATION.

THE RESOLUTION WAS SIGNED

BY THE MEMBERS OF THE

LEAGUE OF NATION, AND THE

BRITISH WERE PUT IN CHARGE

OF PALESTINE.

THAT MEANT THEY WERE

LEGALLY BOUND TO HELP THE

JEWISH PEOPLE BUILD A

STATE THERE.

TWO YEARS LATER, IN 1922,

THE LEAGUE ADOPTED THE

BRITISH MANDATE FOR

PALESTINE, WHICH

RECOGNIZED THE HISTORICAL

CONNECTION OF THE JEWISH

PEOPLE, AND THE NEED FOR

RECONSTITUTING THEIR

NATIONAL HOME THERE.

BY THAT TIME, THE LAND

ALLOCATED TO THE JEWISH

PEOPLE HAD BEEN

DRASTICALLY REDUCED.

WITH MORE THAN 75% OF IT

GOING TO THE NEW ARAB

KINGDOM OF TRANSJORDAN.

THE MANDATE WAS SIGNED BY

ALL 51 MEMBERS OF THE

LEAGUE OF NATIONS.

AND ONCE AGAIN A JEWISH

STATE WAS GUARANTEED BY

INTERNATIONAL LAW.

BUT 25 YEARS LATER, THAT

STATE STILL EXISTED ONLY

ON PAPER.

AND IN 1945, THE LEAGUE

WAS REPLACED BY THE UNITED

NATIONS.

ARTICLE 80 OF THE U.N.

CHARTER STATES THAT THE

U.N. WOULD NOT ALTER

EXISTING STATES, PEOPLES,

OR MANDATES.

WHICH MEANS THE U.N.

LEGALLY RECOGNIZED THE

RIGHT OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE

TO SETTLE IN PALESTINE,

FROM THE JORDAN RIVER TO

THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA.

THE UNITED NATIONS IS

THE LEGAL SUCCESSOR AND

INHERITER OF THE NATION.

WHICH MEANS ALL

OBLIGATIONS, COMMITMENTS,

AND PLEDGES OF THE LEAGUE

OF NATIONS MUST BE UPHELD

BY THE UNITED NATIONS.

AND UNFORTUNATELY, THEY

DID NOT DO IT IN THE CASE

OF ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH

OWNERSHIP OVER THEIR LAND.

Gordon: IN

NOVEMBER 1947, THE LAND

INTENDED FOR THE JEWS WAS

DIVIDED ONCE AGAIN.

THE U.N. VOTED TO

PARTITION WHAT WAS LEFT OF

PALESTINE INTO TWO PARTS.

56% WOULD BE A JEWISH

STATE, WITH 43% GOING TO

AN ARAB STATE, TO BE

ANNEXED TO JORDAN.

ONCE AGAIN, A JEWISH STATE

WAS MANDATED BY

INTERNATIONAL LAW.

ISRAEL DECLARED ITS

INDEPENDENCE IN 1948.

AND A YEAR LATER THE NEW

STATE WAS ADMITTED TO THE

UNITED NATIONS.

BUT DESPITE NUMEROUS LEGAL

ENDORSEMENTS, ISRAEL'S

BORDERS WOULD STILL BE

DISPUTED FOR DECADES TO

COME AS ARAB LEADERS

INCITED VIOLENCE AGAINST

ISRAEL.

THE UNITED NATIONS

WRITES WITH INK, AND WE

DESTROYED IT BY BLOOD.

Gordon: IN 2002, KOFI

ANNAN FAMOUSLY USED THE

PHRASE "ILLEGAL

OCCUPATION," TO DESCRIBE

ISRAEL'S ANNEXATION OF THE

WEST BANK IN 1967.

BUT ANNAN'S CRITICS WERE

QUICK TO POINT OUT: HIS

USE OF THE WORLD "ILLEGAL"

WAS INCORRECT BECAUSE THE

WEST BANK NEVER LEGALLY

BELONGED TO PALESTINIAN

ARABS IN THE FIRST PLACE.

PALESTINE WAS RULED BY THE

OTTOMAN TURKS FROM 1516 TO

1918.

THEN FOR THE NEXT 30 YEARS

IT WAS CONTROLLED BY THE

BRITISH UNTIL ISRAEL

DECLARED ITS INDEPENDENCE.

DURING THE WAR THAT

FOLLOWED, THE KINGDOM OF

JORDAN INVADED THE WEST

BANK AND FORMALLY ANNEXED

THE LAND IN 1950.

THERE WAS A LEG OF

HISTORICAL UNDERSTANDING,

AND ALSO THERE IS AN ABUSE

HERE BY THIS THING OF

INTERNATIONAL LAW.

SINCE THE WEST BANK, JUDEA

ANAND SAMARIA WAS ANNEXED BY

JORDAN -- AND IN 1967, IN

THE SIX-DAY WAR, THEY

CLAIMED SELF-DEFENSE, WHEN

THREE AREAS WERE

SURROUNDING US, READY TO

DRIVE US INTO THE SEA,

ISRAEL WON THE WAR.

AND AS A RESULT, WE TOOK

INTO POSSESSION THE WEST

BANK, JUDEA AND SAMARIA.

THIS LAND WAS CAPTURED

FROM JORDAN.

Gordon: SINCE ISRAEL

RECAPTURED THE LAND FROM

JORDAN, IT NOW BELONGS TO

ISRAEL, ACCORDING TO

INTERNATIONAL LAW.

ONE JUDGE ON THE

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF

JUSTICE WROTE THE

FOLLOWING ABOUT THE 1967

WAR: A STATE ACTING IN

LAWFUL EXERCISE OF ITS

RIGHT OF SELF-DEFENSE MAY

SEIZE AN OCCUPIED FOREIGN

TERRITORY, AS LONG AS SUCH

SEIZURE AND OCCUPATION ARE

NECESSARY TO ITS

SELF-DEFENSE.

AND WHERE THE PRIOR HOLDER

OF TERRITORY HAD SEIZED

THAT TERRITORY UNLAWFULLY.

THE STATE WHICH

SUBSEQUENTLY TAKES THAT

TERRITORY IN THE LAWFUL

EXERCISE OF SELF-DEFENSE

HAS GENS THA AGAINST THAT PRIOR

HOLDER BETTER TITLE.

WE HOLD OUR LAND.

WE DIDN'T STOP WITH THE

WAR.

ALL OVER THE WORLD, THE

IDEA WHEN SOMEONE STARTED

WITH A WAR AND THEY

FAILED, HE PAID THE PRICE.

HE PAID THE PRICE.

WHY DO WE HAVE TO PAY THE

PRICE NOW?

Gordon: THE LAST

CLAIM THE JEWISH PEOPLE

MAKE FOR THE LAND OF

ISRAEL FOCUSES NOT ON HOW

THEY GOT IT BUT WHAT THEY

DID WITH IT.

TODAY ISRAEL'S POPULATION

IS WELL OVER EIGHT

MILLION.

BUT IN 1850, ONLY 350,000

PEOPLE LIVED IN ISRAEL AND

THE WEST BANK.

IN 1857, THE BRITISH

CONSULE IN PALESTINIAN

REPORTED THAT THE AREA WAS

EMPTY OF INHABITANTS.

AND ITS GREATEST NEED WAS

POPULATION.

DECADES LATER, A BRITISH

SCIENTIST WROTE THAT WHOLE

VILLAGES THERE ARE RAPIDLY

DISAPPEARING FROM THE FACE

OF THE EARTH.

AND AMERICAN WRITER MARK

TWAIN WROTE THIS ABOUT THE

JESUIT VALLEY: THERE ARE

TWO OR THREE CLUSTERS OF

BEDOUIN TENTS, BUT NOT A

SINGLE PERMANENT

HABITATION.

TODAY MANY PALESTINIANS

SAY THAT THE ISRAELIS

STOLE THE LAND, EVICTED

THE ARABS, AND LEFT

THOUSANDS HOMELESS, BUT IS

THAT THE REAL STORY?

LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

AS EARLY AS THE 1850s,

JEWISH PEOPLE STARTED

BUYING LAND IN PALESTINE.

BUT THEIR CHOICES WERE

LIMITED BY ARAB SELLERS.

THE ARABS SOLD MAINLY

IN MOUNTAINOUS AREAS.

THE ARABS WANTED TO SELL

LAND IN PLACES WHERE THEY

DID NOT LIVE, IN PLACES

WHICH THEY HAD LEFT IN THE

PAST.

Gordon: RECORDS SHOW

THAT MOST OF THE LAND

PURCHASED BY THE JEWS

BELONGED TO A SMALL GROUP

OF WEALTHY MUSLIM

FAMILIES, MOST OF WHOM

DIDN'T EVEN LIVE IN

PALESTINE.

THE ARABS WERE FROM

MANY WALKS OF LIFE.

ASCENDANTS WHO LIVED IN

BEIRUT, AS WELL AS LOCALS.

ALL OF THEM WERE WILLING

TO SELL THEIR LAND.

THERE WAS ALWAYS MORE LAND

AVAILABLE THAN THE DEMAND

FOR THEM.

Gordon: FROM THE

BEGINNING THE JEWISH

POLICY WAS CLEAR: NO ARABS

WERE TO BE REMOVED FROM

THEIR LAND AGAINST THEIR

WILL.

IN 1920, ZIONIST LABOR

LEADER DAVID BEN-GURION

ANNOUNCED THAT UNDER NO

CIRCUMSTANCES MUST WE

TOUCH LAND BELONGING TO

FELLOW HINE, OR WORK BY

THEM.

ONLY IF A FELLOW LEAVES

HIS PLACE OF SETTLEMENT

SHOULD WE OFFER TO BUY HIS

LAND, AT AN APPROPRIATE

PRICE.

THE JEWISH NATIONAL

FUND BOUGHT THE LAND

LEGALLY IN ORDER TO FULLY

SECURE THE OWNERSHIP OF

THIS LAND.

THE ARABS WERE NOT EVICTED

FROM THESE LANDS.

THEY RECEIVED COMPENSATION

AND FULL PROCESS FOR THE

LANDS.

Gordon: THAT

COMPENSATION WAS

DOCUMENTED BY THE BRITISH

PEEL COMMISSION IN 1937.

THE GROUP HAD BEEN SENT TO

PALESTINE TO INVESTIGATE

CLASHES BETWEEN ARABS AND

JEWS.

THEIR REPORT SHOWS OF THE

464 ARAB WORKERS

DISPOSSESSED BY LAND

SALES, 347 WERE RESETTLED

BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT

FOR FREE.

THE REST REFUSED HELP AND

FOUND EMPLOYMENT

ELSEWHERE.

NOT ONLY DID THE JEWS BUY

THE LAND LEGALLY, THEY

ALSO PAID 10 TIMES THE

NORMAL RATE.

IN 1944, THE GOING RATE

FOR RICH FERTILE SOIL IN

AMERICA WAS $140 AN ACRE.

IN PALESTINE, THE JEWS

WERE PAYING $1,000 AN ACRE

FOR ARID LAND.

THEY KNOW THAT WE MUST

WORK HARD, AND THEY WORKED

VERY HARD.

WE'RE ONLY 66 YEARS OLD,

AND LOOK WHAT WE HAVE

ALREADY.

Gordon: IN THE 19th

CENTURY, LIFE WAS HARD

UNDER OTTOMAN RULE FOR

ARAB WORKERS IN PALESTINE.

MANY HAD LOST THEIR FARMS

TO HEAVY TURKISH TAXES OR

BEDOUIN RAIDERS.

THERE WERE NO SCHOOLS, NO

ELECTRICITY, AND LITTLE

SANITATION.

THE AVERAGE LIFE

EXPECTANCY FOR AN ARAB

MALE IN PALESTINE WAS 30.

WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THE

JEWISH SETTLERS, ALL OF

THAT STARTED TO CHANGE.

WITH HARD WORK, THEY

TURNED SWAMPS INTO

VINEYARDS, FARMS, AND

CITRUS GROVES.

THEY INTRODUCED

ELECTRICITY TO PALESTINE

AND IMPROVED THE

SANITATION.

AND THEY WORKED TO

ERADICATE THE MOSQUITOS

THAT CAUSED MALARIA.

AND THE LOCAL ARABS

BENEFITED FROM THEIR WORK.

OVER A 20-YEAR PERIOD, THE

INFANT MORALITY RATE FOR

ARAB CHILDREN WAS CUT IN

HALF, AND THE LIFE

EXPECTANCY FOR ARAB MEN

INCREASED BY 12 YEARS.

THE JEWISH LAND OWNERS

HIRED MANY OF THEM TO HELP

WORK THE LAND, AND PAID

THEM BETTER THAN THEIR

ARAB EMPLOYERS.

FIRST OF ALL, FOLLOWING

THE PURCHASE OF LAND, THE

ARAB POPULATION HAD

INCOME.

WITH THE HELP OF THIS

MONEY, THEY COULD IMPROVE

THEIR LIVING.

AND THE ARAB SOCIETY COULD

RAISE THEIR STANDARD OF

RAISE THEIR STANDARD OF

LIVING.

RAISE THEIR STANDARD OF

RAISE THEIR STANDARD OF

BECAUSE OF JEWISH PURCHASE

RAISE THEIR STANDARD OF

RAISE THEIR STANDARD OF

OF LANDS, THE ECONOMIC AND

RAISE THEIR STANDARD OF

RAISE THEIR STANDARD OF

SOCIAL CONDITIONS OF THE

RAISE THEIR STANDARD OF

RAISE THEIR STANDARD OF

ARAB SOCIETY WERE BETTER.

RAISE THEIR STANDARD OF

RAISE THEIR STANDARD OF

Gordon: ARABS FROM

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FLOCKED TO PALESTINE TO

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE

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HIGHER STANDARD OF LIVING.

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FROM 1922 TO 1947, THE

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TOTAL ARAB POPULATION OF

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PALESTINE MORE THAN

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DOUBLED.

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IN THE CITY OF HAIFA, THE

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NUMBER OF ARABS INCREASED

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BY 290%.

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IN JERUSALEM, 131%.

IN JERUSALEM, 131%.

AND IN JAFFA, 158%.

IN 1939, MARTIN BUER

DESCRIBED THE COOPERATION

BETWEEN ARABS AND JEWS IN

A LETTER TO MAHATMA

GANDHI.

THE JEWISH FARMERS HAVE

BEGUN TO TEACH THEIR

BROTHERS, THE ARAB

FARMERS, TO CULTIVATE THE

LAND MORE INTENTLY.

TOGETHER WITH THEM, WE

WANT TO CULTIVATE THE

LAND, TO SERVE IT, AS THE

HEBREW HAS IT.

THE MORE FERTILE THIS SOIL

BECOMES, THE MORE SPACE

THERE WILL BE FOR US AND

FOR THEM.

WE HAVE NO DESIRE TO

DISPOSE SEDISPOSSESS THEM.

WE WANT TO LIVE WITH THEM.

BY THE TIME ISRAEL

DECLARED INDEPENDENCE IN

1948, THE JEWISH PEOPLE

HAD ALREADY BUILT A STRONG

NETWORK OF COMMUNAL

FARMERS, THAT STRETCHED

FROM THE GALILEE TO THE

NEGEV.

AND THEY BUILT SCHOOLS,

HOSPITALS, ROADS, AND

CITIES.

IN OTHER WORDS, THEY WERE

ALREADY FUNCTIONING AS AN

INDEPENDENT STATE.

WHEN BEN-GURION

DECLARED THE FOUNDATION OF

THE STATE OF ISRAEL IN

1948, HE ALREADY HAD A

BASE, A TERRITORIAL

FOUNDATION OF LANDS AND

SETTLEMENTS, A LARGE

NUMBER OF SETTLEMENTS

SPREAD THROUGHOUT ISRAEL,

SETTLEMENTS BUILT ON LANDS

PURCHASED BY THE JEWISH

PEOPLE.

Gordon: DESPITE THE

VALID HISTORICAL AND LEGAL

CLAIMS OF THE JEWISH

PEOPLE TO THEIR LAND,

ISRAEL'S BORDERS ARE STILL

BEING NEGOTIATED.

AFTER NEARLY SEVEN DECADES

OF STATEHOOD.

EVEN THOUGH THERE IS NO

DOUBT, NOT HISTORIC, NOT

MORAL, NOT ARCHEOLOGICAL

DOUBT ABOUT THE CONNECTION

OF ISRAEL TO THE LAND, AND

THE LAND TO ISRAEL,

ISRAELIS ARE WILLING TO

COMPROMISE JUST IN ORDER

TO SAVE LIVES, JUST IN

ORDER TO ACHIEVE PEACE.

WE WILL WAIT UNTIL WE HAVE

A PARTNER ON THE

PALESTINIAN SIDE WHICH IS

TRUSTWORTHY, WHICH DOES

NOT BELIEVE IN THE

DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL AND

THE JEWISH PEOPLE AS A WAY

TO BUILD THEIR OWN

NATIONAL NARRATIVE AND WHO

ARE WILLING TO LIVE WITH

US IN PEACE AND

COOPERATION.

Andrew: WE'VE BEEN

WATCHING PART TWO OF OUR

LATEST DOCUMENTARY "WHOSE

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