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Jerusalem Dateline: Hamas Terror Tunnel Exposed on Gaza Border - 04/22/16

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Israel discovers a terror tunnel on southern border and declares northern border non-negotiable; plus for the first time in more than a decade, a bus bombing rocks Jerusalem; and Biblical Feast of Passover begins. Read Transcript


Chris: THIS WEEK ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE,"

ISRAEL DISCOVERS A TERROR

TUNNEL ON ITS SOUTHERN

BORDER, AND ALSO DECLARES

ITS NORTHERN BORDER IS

NON-NEGOTIABLE.

PLUS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN

MORE THAN A DECADE, A BUS

BOMBING ROCKS JERUSALEM.

SOME WONDER IF THIS IS THE

BEGINNING OF MORE TO COME.

> AND ISRAELI DOCTORS

TRAVEL ALL THE WAY TO

AFRICA TO SAVE A CHILD'S

HEART.

ALL OF THIS AND MORE THIS

WEEK ON "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

HELLO, AND WELCOME TO THIS

EDITION OF "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

COMING TO YOU THIS WEEK

FROM ABOUT A MILE FROM THE

GAZA BORDER.

FROM THIS SPOT IN TIMES

PAST, WE'VE SEEN MISSILES

FLY OUT OF GAZA CITY INTO

ISRAEL.

AND NOT TOO FAR FROM HERE,

ISRAEL DISCOVERED A TERROR

TUNNEL.

IT IS THE FIRST ONE

DISCOVERED BY ISRAEL SINCE

THE 2014 SUMMER WAR WITH

HAMAS.

IT IS ALMOST SURREAL, A

BEAUTIFUL PASTORAL SETTING

ALL AROUND, BUT ABOUT

100 FEET UNDERGROUND,

HAMAS PLANNED TERROR WITH

THIS TUNNEL.

WHEN EVERYTHING IS

QUIET, IT IS LIKE HEAVEN.

IT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL

PLACE IN THE WORLD.

BUT WHEN IT IS NOT, IT IS

TERRIFYING.

Chris: ABOUT A MILE

BEHIND ME, BEYOND THESE

ORCHARDS, IS THE BORDER

WITH THE GAZ STIP.

GAZA STRIP.

ABOUT 6,000 ISRAELIS LIVE,

WORK AND SEND THEIR

CHILDREN TO SCHOOL IN THIS

AREA.

THE TERROR TUNNEL WAS

FOUND VERY CLOSE TO THIS

SPOT.

HAMAS SAYS IT WANTS TO USE

THESE TERROR TUNNELS TO

INFILTRATE INTO ISRAEL,

MURDER THE ISRAELIS, OR

TAKE THEM BACK.

FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS

HAMAS LAUNCHED ROCKETS

ACROSS THE BORDER.

SINCE THE DEVELOPMENT OF

THE IRAN DOME ANTI-ROCKET

SYSTEM, HAMAS TERRORISTS

HAVE GONE UNDERGROUND.

WHEN YOU HAVE MISSILES

MOST OF THE TIME, WE HAVE

ALARMS.

YOU HAVE FIVE SECONDS TO

GET READY.

IT IS NOT A LOT, BUT IT IS

FIVE SECONDS.

AND THE TERROR TUNNELS, WE

DON'T KNOW.

Chris: NO ONE KNOWS

HOW MANY OF THESE TUNNELS

EXIST, BUT ISRAEL SAYS IT

IS WORKING TO FIND THEM.

WE EXPOSE A TUNNEL

BASED ON FOUR CORE

COMPONENTS: TEL INTELLIGENCE,

TECHNOLOGY, BOOTS ON THE

GROUND, AND GOOD

ENGINEERING CAPABILITIES.

Chris: I.D.F.

SPOKMA PETER LEARNER

SAYS THE DISCOVERY OF THE

TUNNELS WAS A SURPRISE.

HE SEES THE TUNNEL THREAT

AS TACTICAL, NOT

STRATEGIC.

THEY CAN MAKE SOME

DAMAGE OVER THERE.

BUT THE IMAGE OF THIS IS

MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE

DAMAGE.

AND THEY CAN SUCCEED AT

THIS.

Chris: SHALAK SAYS

TERRORISTS HAVE EVOLVED

FROM HIJACKING PLANES IN

THE '70s TO MISSILES AND

NOW TUNNELS.

IT IS A LONG RACE

BETWEEN THE HAMAS AND THE

I.D.F., AND THE STATE OF

ISRAEL.

Chris: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, ON THE

BORDER WITH GAZA.

WHEN YOU'RE DOWN HERE ON

THE BORDER WITH GAZA, IT

IS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE,

AND OFTEN PEACEFUL, BOUT

THAT PEACE IS DECEPTIVE.

THE DISCOVERY OF A TUNNEL

BRINGS BACK THE PAINFUL

2013 WAR WITH HAMAS.

HERE IS A LOOK BACK AT

THAT TURBULENT TIME.

THE HAMAS TERRORISTS

INFILTRATED ISRAEL.

THE ISRAELI SOLDIERS

STOPPED THIS KIND OF

INFILTRATION, BUT IT THIS

TYPE OF OPERATION THAT

PRESENTS A CLEAR AND

PRESENT DANGER TO ISRAELIS

ALONG THE BORDER WITH

GAZA.

THE TUNNELS ARE MEANT TO

INFILTRATE THE BORDERS.

SOME OF THESE TUNNELS ARE

MORE THAN A MILE LONG,

60 FEET DEEP WITH MULTIPLE

EXITS.

IT PROVES THAT HAMAS HAS

BEEN PLANNING THIS FOR A

VERY LONG TIME.

I CAN'T IMAGINE

ANYTHING MORE TERRIFYING

FOR THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE

THERE THAN THE THOUGHT

THAT SUDDENLY THE EARTH

OPENS UP, ALMOST LIKE A

SCENE OUT OF A GRADE "B"

ZOMBIE WOUNDED, AND THE

WALKING DEAD COMES OUT.

EXCEPT THEY'RE NOT DEAD,

AND THEY'RE NOT WALKING,

AND THEY'RE ARMED WITH

TANKS AND GRENADES.

THAT'S WHY WE HAD TO DO

THE GROUND OPERATION.

THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO

CHOICE.

WHAT COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

WOULD ALLOW ITS PEOPLE TO

BE UNDER THAT KIND OF

DANGER.

Reporter: THE FIRST

GOAL OF ISRAEL'S GROUND

CAMPAIGN IS TO DISCOVER

AND DESTROY THIS ELABORATE

MAZE OF TUNNELS.

THIS IS FOO FOOTAGE OF I.D.F.

SOLDIERS DISCOVERING A

TUNNEL AND DESTROYING THE

TUNNEL.

ONE TUNNEL STARTED FROM

UNDERNEATH THE WAFA

HOSPITAL IN GAZA, AND

SEVERAL CAME FROM THE

NEIGHBORHOOD OF SAJI EJA,

THE SCENE OF SOME OF THE

HEAVIEST FIGHTING.

HAMAS MADE SEVERAL IN FILL

STRATIONS INTO ISRAEL

USING THESE TUNNELS.

AND ISRAEL ANNOUNCED THAT

HAMAS PRISONERS TOLD OF A

MEGA TERROR EVENT PLANNED

FOR THE JEWISH NEW YEAR.

ABOUT 200 HAMAS TERRORISTS

PLAN TO KILL HUNDREDS OF

ISRAELIS ALONG THE

ISRAELI-GAZA BORDER.

THE PEOPLE OF JERUSALEM

ARE WONDERING IF BUS

BOMBINGS MAY BECOME A NEW

PART OF THE WAVE OF TERROR

THEY'VE EXPERIENCED FOR

MONTHS.

THE RECENT ATTACK INJURED

MORE THAN 20 AND DESTROYED

TWO BUSES.).

MOMENTS AFTER THE

EXPLOSION, POLICE AND

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TEAMS

RUSHED TO THE SCENE OF THE

ATTACK.

WE'RE ABOUT 100 YARDS OR

SO FROM THE INCIDENT THAT

TOOK PLACE, WHERE ONE

JERUSALEM BUS EXPLODED AND

SET A SECOND BUS, NEARBY,

ON FIRE.

IT TOOK THE POLICE A

LITTLE TIME TO DETERMINE

EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.

THE FACTS ARE THERE WAS

AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE THAT

WENT OFF INSIDE A BUS.

AND THERE ARE WOUNDED

PEOPLE.

I IMAGINE THAT WITHIN A

HALF HOUR, MAYBE MORE,

WE'LL BE ABLE TO

DEFINITELY IDENTIFY WHO

LAID DOWN THE DEVICE,

WHO'S BEHIND IT.

WE'RE HEARING ALL SORTS OF

CLAIMS OF RESPONSIBILITY

BY GROUPS FOR THIS

INCIDENT.

Reporter: THE ATTACK

REPRESENTS THE FIRST BUS

BOMBING IN JERUSALEM IN

MORE THAN 10 YEARS.

ONE OF THE LAST ONES,

MARKED BY THIS MEMORIAL,

TOOK PLACE HERE IN 2004.

AT THE TIME, PALESTINIAN

TERRORISTS FREQUENTLY

TARGETED BUSES.

AND ISRAELIS HOPE MONDAY'S

ATTACK WON'T BE THE

BEGINNING OF A NEW WAVE OF

TERROR ATTACKS AGAINST

THOSE BUSES.

THE ATTACK ALSO CAME AS

ISRAELIS ARE PREPARING FOR

THE FEAST OF PASSOVER.

MEANWHILE, PALESTINIANS IN

GAZA PASSED OUT CANDY,

CELEBRATING THE ATTACK.

THE POPULAR FRONT FOR THE

LIBERATION OF PALESTINE

CALL IT A POSITIVE AND

IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENT OF

THE INTIFADA.

CHRIS MITCHELL, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

UP ON ISRAEL'S NORTHERN

BORDER, ISRAELI PRIME

MINISTER BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU HELD A CABINET

MEET OG ANMEETING ON THE GOLAN

HEIGHTS.

THE GOLAN HEIGHTS WILL

FOREVER REMAIN IN ISRAEL'S

HANDS.

ISRAEL WILL NEVER COME

DOWN FROM THE GOLAN

HEIGHTS.

Chris: IT WAS THE

FIRST TIME SINCE ISRAEL

GAINED CONTROL OF THE

PLATEAU 49 YEARS AGO, THAT

THE GOVERNMENT HELD AN

OFFICIAL MEETING THERE.

IT COMES AGAIN THE

BACKDROP OF PEACE TALKS.

SYRIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER

RESPONDED SAYING THAT

SYRIA IS PREPARED TO USE

MILITARY MEANS TO

RECAPTURE THE GOLAN

HEIGHTS.

NETANYAHU SAYS DOZENS OF

ANCIENT SYNAGOGUES ON THE

GOLAN TESTIFY TO ITS

HISTORICAL PLACE.

Through Translator:

DURING THE 19 YEARS THAT

THE GOLAN HEIGHTS WERE

UNDER SYRIAN OCCUPATION,

WHERE THERE WERE MINES,

THEY WERE FOR WAR.

IN THE 49 YEARS THAT THE

GOLAN HEIGHTS HAVE BEEN

UNDER ISRAEL RULE, THEY

HAVE BEEN FOR AGRICULTURE,

TOURISM, ECONOMIC

INITIATIVE AND BUILDINGS.

IN THE STORMY REGION

AROUND US, ISRAEL IS A

STABILIZING FACTOR, NOT

THE PROBLEM.

Chris: NETANYAHU SAID

THAT AFTER NEARLY 50

YEARS, THE INTERNATIONAL

COMMUNITY SHOULD RECOGNIZE

THAT THE GOLAN WILL

PERMANENTLY REMAIN IN

ISRAEL'S HANDS.

WILL ISRAEL'S DEPUTY

CHIEF-OF-STAFF ALSO

ADDRESS THE FOREIGN MEDIA?

HERE IS WHAT HE HAD TO SAY

ABOUT THE THREATS FACING

ISRAEL.

WE CAN SAY THAT OUR

ENEMIES REACH A NEW LEVEL

OF CAPABILITIES.

AND THE MEANING OF THAT IS

THAT FUTURE WARS ARE GOING

TO BE MUCH HARSHER,

COMPARED TO ANYTHING WE

HAVE EXPERIENCED IN THE

LAST 20 YEARS.

Chris: GOLAN ALSO

TOLD REPORTERS, EVEN

THOUGH ISIS GETS MORE

ATTENTION, IRAN AND ITS

AMBITION TO DOMINATE THE

MIDDLE EAST, POSSESS AN

EVEN GREATER THREAT TO

ISRAEL AND THE REGION.

> COMING UP, EVEN THOUGH

ISRAEL FACES THREATS FROM

ALL DIRECTIONS, ISRAELI

DOCTORS TRAVEL THOUSANDS

OF MILES TO SAVE A CHILD'S

HEART.

Chris: WELCOME BACK.

DESPITE THE CONSTANT

THREAT OF WAR AND

TERRORISM, ISRAEL HAS

DISTINGUISHED ITSELF AS A

NATION THAT REACHES OUT TO

OTHERS IN NEED.

IN OUR NEXT STORY, JULIE

STAAL TAKES US TO

TANZANIA, WHERE AN ISRAELI

MEDICAL TEAM SAVING A

CHILD'S HEART IS

PARTNERING WITH LOCAL

MEDICAL STAFF TO DEVELOP A

LIFE-SAVING HEART

TREATMENT PROGRAMME.

Reporter: DAR SARAN

IS THE LARGEST CITY IN THE

EAST AFRICAN COUNTRY OF

TANZANIA.

TANZANIA HAS 50 MILLION

PEOPLE, YET IT IS THE ONLY

PLACE IN THE ENTIRE

COUNTRY THAT PERFORMS

HEART SURGERY.

LAST YEAR THE JAKIA

CARDIAC INSTITUTE SAW

25,000 PATIENTS AND

PERFORMED 270 SURGERIES.

THAT'S NOT NEARLY ENOUGH.

HELP IS NEEDED, AND THE

ISRAELI ORGANIZATION,

"SAVE A CHILD'S HEART," IS

ANSWERING THE CALL BY

PARTNERING WITH THE

HOSPITAL.

AT THE WOLFSON MEDICAL

CENTER, DOCTORS GIVE THEIR

TIME TO SAVE A CHILD'S

HEART.

OVER THE YEARS, THEY'VE

SAVED THE LIVES OF MORE

THAN 4,000 BABIES AND

CHILDREN, FROM AFRICA,

SOUTH AMERICA, ASIA, AND

THE MIDDLE EAST.

AND THERE IS MORE.

FOR US, JUST BRINGING

THE CHILDREN TO ISRAEL IS

NICE.

IT'S IMPORTANT.

BUT IT IS NOT AS GOOD AS

TREATING THEM HERE.

Reporter:

CARDIOLOGIST DR. SIGI ASSA

IS ONE OF 35 DOCTORS AND

OTHER STAFF WHO BROUGHT

THEIR TALENTED CARE TO

DARA SALAN FOR A WEEK LONG

HEALING MISSION.

TH SPEAKING YOUR LANGUAGE

IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE

SURGERY.

Reporter: THEY

PERFORMED 12 SURGERIES, 21

OTHER PROCEDURES, AND

SCREENED 125 CHILDREN FOR

HEART ISSUES.

THAT NUMBER INCLUDED

7-MONTH-OLD WHITNEY.

SHE NEEDED SURGERY TO

SEPARATE THE BLOOD VESSELS

TO HER HEART.

CBN NEWS RECEIVED A RARE

OPPORTUNITY TO DOMINANT

THIS SURGERY, PERFORMED BY

THE TEAM OF ISRAELI AND

TANZANIAN DOCTORS.

IF NOT DONE DURING THE

FIRST YEAR OF LIFE, IT

MIGHT BE EA IRREVERSIBLE.

Reporter: WHITNEY'S

MOM, OLIVIA, SAID SHE KNEW

HER DOCTOR'S CASE WAS

UNCOMMON.

I WAS VERY SCARED.

AN OPERATION LIKE THAT --

HAVE YOU HAD THAT?

AND THEY SAID NO.

BUT THEY SAID IN ISRAEL,

WE USED TO DO IT.

THAT MEANS THAT SHE

WOULD BE ABLE TO LIVE A

NORMAL LIFE EXPECTANCY,

HAVE CHILDREN, BE LIKE A

NORMAL CHILD.

Reporter: BUT THE

WORK OF "SAVE A CHILD'S

HEART" DOESN'T STOP THERE.

IT IS THE CAPACITY THAT

IS BUILDING.

AND THAT'S WHY YOU SEE THE

OPERATIONS ARE

COMPLICATED, BUT IT IS THE

LOCALS WHO ARE DOING IT

WITH THE SUPERVISION FROM

THE ISRAELI TEAM.

Reporter: PROFESSOR

MOHAMMED JAMADI, THE

DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE,

KNOWS IT IS AN UPHILL

TASK.

BECAUSE THIS OPERATION,

BY OUR OWN, NOBODY COULD

HAVE TRIED TO TOUCH IT.

HAVING HIM COME IN

HERE, AND FOR THE FIRST

TIME WE DID IT TOGETHER

HERE.

SO I'M HOPING THAT THE

NEXT CASE I'LL BE ABLE TO

DO IT BY MYSELF.

Reporter: DR. GODWIN

GODFREY TRAINED IN ISRAEL

FOR FIVE YEARS.

THAT HELPED HIM PREPARE

FOR A BUSY SCHEDULE WHEN

HE RETURNED TO TANZANIA.

I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO

SPECIALIZED IN CARDIAC

SURGERY.

BUT I HAVE HELP FROM OTHER

SURGEONS.

Reporter: THE HEAD

SURGEON OF "SAVE A CHILD'S

HEART," MENTORED GODFREY.

NOW HE ASSISTED ME, BUT

IN MANY OTHER CASES HE DID

IT BY HIMSELF.

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT

IS THE FRUITS AND THE

RESULTS OF A LONG TRAINING

PROGRAM IN ISRAELI.

WHERE ISRAELI DOCTORS HAVE

BEEN TRAINING THEIR

COLLEAGUES FROM TANZ TAN.

ReporterTANZANIA.

Reporter: "SAVE A

CHILD'S HEART" DIRECTOR

SAYS THERE HAS BEEN A

DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE

KIND OF CASES THAT

DR. GODFREY CAN HANDLE.

UNTIL A YEAR AGO,

TANZANIAN CHILDREN IN NEED

OF A HEART SURGERY

COULDN'T BE TREATED HERE.

THEY HAD TO GO TO INDIA OR

TO ISRAEL.

Reporter: THIS

PARTNERSHIP IS ALSO GIVING

BOTH ISRAEL AND TANZANIA

AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ON

NEGATIVE PERCEPTIONS.

IF YOU GO OUT TODAY AND

INTERVIEW PEOPLE, WHAT DO

YOU KNOW ABOUT ISRAEL?

WE KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE

ARE SHOOTING THE

PALESTINIANS.

NO, NO, THEY'RE TRYING TO

DO OPERATIONS.

IF YOU INTERVIEWED 10

PEOPLE TODAY, TRUST ME,

MAYBE ONE WILL BELIEVE

YOUR STORY.

AND MANY PEOPLE COME TO

AFRICA, AND THEY DON'T

THINK ABOUT THE CARS AND

ROADS AND EVERYTHING.

ALL THEY THINK ABOUT ARE

THE FINE PEOPLE.

IT IS REALLY ABOUT THE

IMAGE THAT IS PORTRAYED.

Reporter: BRANDY

WEISS RECRUITS VOLUNTEERS

AND SPENDS A LOT OF TIME

KEEPING THE CHILDREN

HAPPY.

SHE HOPES THE GOOD WORK

DONE HERE, AND IN OTHER

PLACES, WILL HELP GET THE

WORD OUT NOT ONLY ABOUT

THIS ORGANIZATION, BUT

ISRAEL AS WELL.

THERE IS SO MUCH

NEGATIVITY ESPECIALLY

RELATED TO ISRAEL, AND

PEOPLE TEND TO IGNORE ALL

OF THESE WONDERFUL THINGS.

Reporter: MISSIONS

LIKE THESE CAN HELP TIP

THE SCALES.

I CAN GUARANTEE THAT

THEIR IMAGE OF ISRAEL

CHANGED AFTER THEIR

CHILDREN RECEIVED SURGERY.

Reporter: SUCH WAS

THE CASE FOR THIS MUSLIM

DAD.

I LOVE ISRAEL BECAUSE

THEY SAVED MY SON'S LIFE.

GIVE ME FIVE!

HE IS SO GOOD.

Reporter: AND THAT

SAYS IT ALL.

JULIE STAAL, CBN NEWS,

DARA SALAN, TANZANIA.

Chris: COMING UP,

LEARN MORE ABOUT AN UP

COMING MAJOR CONFERENCE

HIGHLIGHTING THE SCURGE OF

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

AROUND THE WORLD.

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

LATER THIS YEAR A MAJOR

CONFERENCE ON THE PLIGHT

OF PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

AROUND THE WORLD IS BEING

PLANNED IN MOSCOW.

I SAT DOWN WITH KEN BARON,

THE CHIEF-OF-STAFF OF

FRANKLIN GRAHAM, AND KEN

ISAACS, THE PRESIDENT OF

"SAMARITAN'S PURSE," TO

TALK ABOUT THIS SITUATION.

HOW SERIOUS IS THE

SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE

EAST?

I THINK IT IS VERY

SERIOUS.

WE WORK IN MANY DIFFERENT

MIDDLE EASTERN COUNTRIES,

IRAQ, JORDAN -- THAT SPACE

IS SHRINKING ALL OF THE

TIME FOR THEM.

ISIS IS SENDING A VERY

CLEAR AND CHILLING SIGNAL

WHEN THEY LINE UP 21

ETHIOPIANS AND CUT THEIR

HEADS OFF.

THAT MEANS SOMETHING.

WHEN THEY KIDNAP CHRISTIAN

WOMEN COMING OUT OF SYRIA

AND PUT THEM IN SLAVERY

AND WHEN THEY EXECUTE THE

MEN IN FRONT OF FAMILY

MEMBERS, IT MEANS

SOMETHING.

THERE HAS BEEN A MASS

EXODUS OF CHRISTIANS OUT

OF THE MIDDLE EAST.

AND THIS IS WHERE

CHRISTIANITY STARTED.

WHAT I CAN SAY, IN THE

NEARLY 30 YEARS I'VE BEEN

WORKING AROUND THE WORLD,

IS THAT OVER THE LAST 10

YEARS, FIVE YEARS, TWO

YEARS, I SEE THIS

INCREASING SPEED OF THE

FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY.

IT IS LIKE A BIG RIVER

COMING INTO A NARROW

CHANNEL AND STARTING TO

PICK UP A LOT OF SPEED AND

INTENSITY.

SO I CAN'T SEE FORWARD,

BUT I CAN SEE WHERE WE

ARE, AND I CAN READ THE

BOOK.

AND I CAN SAY, WOW, THAT

IS THIS AND THAT IS THIS.

WHETHER IT IS AN EZEKIEL

REVELATION, YOU SEE ALL OF

THESE THINGS COMING

TOGETHER.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A

FRONT-ROW SEAT TO WHAT

HAPPENS RIGHT HERE.

Chris: THAT'S EXACTLY

RIGHT.

KEN, WHAT ARE YOUR

THOUGHTS?

HE IS EXACTLY RIGHT.

I THINK WHAT WE'RE SEEING

HERE IS A VERY STRONG

MESSAGE TO US.

AND AS KENNY REFERENCED,

THE BOOK TELLS US

EVERYTHING.

OUR JOB IS URGENT IN THE

FACT OF THE MILITARY

SITUATION, THE THREAT IS

TO THE WORLD.

THE THREAT IS TO

CHRISTIANITY.

THE THREAT IS TO US.

I SEE AN URGENCY, AND NOT

JUST A MILITARY URGENCY.

I SEE A SUPERIO SPIRITUAL URGENCY.

Chris: CAN YOU

DISCUSS WHAT YOU HAVE IN

MIND WITH THIS CONFERENCE

COMING UP IN MOSCOW, AND

WHAT YOU WANT TO

ACCOMPLISH THROUGH THAT?

I THINK THE CONFERENCE

IS REALLY TO BRING PEOPLE

TOGETHER.

IT'S A BOLD MOVE,

ESPECIALLY IN MOSCOW.

THE OUTCOME IS REALLY WHAT

WE WANT.

WE WANT TO SEE SOMETHING

GET DONE.

AND PART OF THAT IS

EXPOSING THIS TO THE WORLD

AND LETTING PEOPLE KNOW

THIS IS GOING ON.

ONLY WHAT WE GET FROM THE

MEDIA, BUT THERE IS SO

MUCH MORE IN THE WORLD

GOING ON THAT PEOPLE DON'T

SEE.

TO EXPOSE THIS AND INVITE

OVER 100 PEOPLE TO COME TO

THIS CONFERENCE IN LATE

OCTOBER, TO SPEND THREE

DAYS TALKING ABOUT THIS

AND SHARING, WILL,

PRAYERFULLY, HAVE A GREAT

UPCOME.

Chris: WHAT WOULD YOU

LIKE TO SEE ACCOMPLISHED?

WHAT WE NEED IS

RECOGNITION, THAT PEOPLE

WHO CLAIM CHRIST ARE BEING

PERSECUTED AND MURDERED.

IT IS VERY SYSTEMATIC.

IT IS SO BIG THAT IT HAS

NOW BECOME NORMALIZED.

IT'S NOT REALLY A BIG DEAL

ANYMORE.

AND THE PERSECUTION CAN BE

OVERT AND IT CAN BE

COVERT.

IT CAN BE SUBTLE AND IT

CAN BE HARD.

BUT IT IS PUSHING,

PUSHING, PUSHING

CHRISTIANS ALL OF THE

TIME.

I THINK TO HAVE IT IN

MOSCOW IS -- IT'S GOING TO

BE CONTROVERSIAL.

BUT I THINK THAT I CAN SEE

THE REASONING IN IT.

ABOUT 99% OF THE ORTHODOX

PRIESTS WERE MURDERED

DURING THE DAYS OF

COMMUNISM.

SO THAT CHURCH IN ITSELF

WAS HUGELY PERSECUTED.

BUT TO HAVE IT THERE, TO

HAVE THE GOVERNMENT

STRENGTH THERE -- THE

GOVERNMENT PERMISSION TO

COME AND HOLD IT THERE,

THAT GOING TO SEND, I

HOPE, A SIGNAL TO OTHER

GOVERNMENTS.

WHAT IS GOING ON WITH

RUSSIA?

WHAT IS RUSSIA DOING ABOUT

THAT?

MY HOPE IS THAT DURING THE

CONFERENCE IN OCTOBER IN

MOSCOW, THAT WE WILL BE

ABLE TO CREATE A BUZZ.

WE WILL BE ABLE TO

IDENTIFY AND FOCUS AND

AMPLIFY SOME OF THE ISSUES

THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED

IN A SERIOUS WAY.

THESE ARE NOT SOME

MINORITY GROUP ISSUES.

THESE ARE MAJOR WORLD

POWERS AND MOMENTUMS THAT

ARE BEING CREATED, AND WE

NEED TO FIND A WAY TO

PROTECT CHRISTIANS.

CHRISTIANS NEED A RIGHT OF

RELIGION.

Chris: UP NEXT,

ISRAELIS AND JEWS AROUND

THE WORLD PREPARE FOR

PASSOVER AND THE FEAST OF

UNLEVENED BREAD.

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

ISRAELIS AND JEWS AROUND

THE WORLD ARE CELEBRATING

THE BIBLICAL FEAST OF

UNLEVENED BREAD.

IT BEGINS WITH THE FESTIVE

MEAL ON PASSOVER, WHERE

THEY RETELL THE STORY OF

THEIR MIRACULOUS ESCAPE

FROM EGYPT THOUSANDS OF

YEARS AGO.

IN JERUSALEM A

ELSEWHERE, MANY ORTHODOX

JEWS BURN THE LAST BIT OF

HAMAS OR LEVEN IN FIRES

JUST BEFORE THE HOLIDAY

BEGINS.

THEY'LL EAT UNLEVENED

BROAD THROUGHOUT THE

SEVEN-DAY HOLIDAY.

IT SAYS IN THE BIBLE

THAT WAS SEVEN DAYS TO

ONLY EAT MATZAH AND HUMMUS

HUMMUS.

THE JEWS LEFT IN A HURRY

AND THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO

MAKE THEIR BREAD.@

SO THE TORAH TELLS US

MANY, MANY, MANY LAWS OF

EXACTLY HOW IT IS DONE.

BUT WE -- THROUGH THE

WHOLE HOLIDAY PASSOVER WE

DON'T EAT ANYTHING THAT

RISES.

Chris: IN WONDERFUL

TO SEE THE BIBLICAL FEAST

UNFOLD RIGHT THERE ON THE

STREETS OF JERUSALEM.

THAT'S IT FOR THIS

EDITION.

REMEMBER YOU CAN FOLLOW US

THROUGHOUT THE WEEK ON

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INS GRAHAM.

ANINSTAGRAM.

TO ALL OF OUR JEWISH

FRIENDS, HAPPY PASSOVER.

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

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