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Jerusalem Dateline: 12/30/16 2016: From ISIS to Trump’s New Mideast Policy

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: a look at 2016 from the ravages of ISIS to the return of Christians to their villages in Iraq; and president-elect Trump – how will he deal with Middle East? plus the UN says no Jewish connection to the Temple ... Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON JERUSALEM

DATELINE, A

LOOK BACK AT 2016 FROM THE

RAVAGES OF

ISIS TO THE RETURN OF

CHRISTIANS IN

IRAQ AND DONALD TRUMP AS

PRESIDENT,

WHAT WILL IT MEAN TO THE

MIDDLE EAST.

ALL THIS AND MORE THIS WEEK

ON

JERUSALEM DATELINE.

HELLO AND WELCOME TO THIS

SPECIAL

EDITION OF THE YEAR-END OF

JERUSALEM

DATELINE. I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

FOR MORE

THAN 2 YEARS, THE WORLD HAS

FOUGHT

ISIS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA.

AND TAKING ISIS OUT OF MOSUL

WAS HOME

TO MILLIONS WHO LEFT THEIR

HOMES

THERE, BUT WHAT WILL IT BE

LIKE WHEN

THEY RETURN. NOW SAN JAR AND

WHAT IT

LOOKS LIKE.

IT LOOKED LIKE RUINS FROM

ANCIENT

TIMES OR A DESTROYED CITY

FROM A WORLD

WAR.

ISIS DID MUCH OF THIS

DESTRUCTION

WHILE STREET FIGHTING AND

ALLIED AIR

STRIKES DID THE REST.

BEFORE ISIS LEFT SAN JAR

THEY LEFT

IT IN A WHOLE NEW LEVEL.

BEHIND ME IS

A CHURCH THAT WAS DESTROYED

AND MANY

OTHER BUILDINGS. ISIS TRIED

TO WIPE

OUT THE YES DEES.

YOU SEE SOME CLOTHES AND

HUMAN BONES.

ABOUT 1500 WERE KILLED, MOST

OF THEM

WERE MEN, BUT SOME WERE WOMEN

AND

CHILDREN.

FOR THE BOYS IF THEY RAISED

THEIR ARM

AND THEY HAD ANY UNDERARM

HAIR, THEY

COULD BE KILLED.

AS TO WHY YOU NEED TO STOP

ISIS,

THESE ARE WOMEN AND CHILDREN

AND MEN.

YOU HAVE BABY SKULLS WITH

THEIR FRONT

TEACH BASHED IN WITH A RIFLE

OR

SOMETHING. THEY ARE ABOUT A

THOUSAND

YARDS AWAY.

EUBANKS SAY THE WAR FOUGHT

HERE IS THE

SAME WAR AS IN THE US.

THESE ARE OUR BROTHERS AND

SISTERS.

IT'S COMING TO US ANYWAY.

THIS ISN'T A WAR WE WOULD

CHOOSE.

WE HAVE TO STOP THIS.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE NEED TO

STOP THIS

FOR THE SAKE OF THESE PEOPLE.

THAT'S

THE LESSON LEARNED, WHEN EVIL

COMES

YOU DON'T WAIT.

IT'S LIKE AN INFECTION, YOU

DON'T

WONDER IF IT'S GOING TO GET

BETTER.

YOU IMMEDIATELY ATTACK IT.

WE FOUND THIS MAN WHO

WITNESSED THE

MASSACRE.

WHEN I SAW THIS, I

COULDN'T DO

ANYTHING. I WAS IN THE

MOUNTAIN

DEFENDING OUR POSITION SINCE

ISIS

DIDN'T CAPTURE MOUNTAIN SAJ

AR.

DURING THE CAPTURE, THE

FIGHTING

WENT STREET TO STREET AND

UNDERGROUND.

THIS IS ONE CAUGHT BY ISIS

IN SAN

JAR AND YOU JUST FOLLOW THIS

DOWN AND

THIS GOES TO ANOTHER

BUILDING. THIS IS

HOW THEY FOUGHT THE WAR, THE

BATTLE

FOR SINJAR.

THIS STRETCHED TO 5

BUILDINGS. ISIS

HAS DONE NUMEROUS TUNNELS

LIKE THIS IN

MOSUL.

IT GIVES THE CITY A BIG

ADVANTAGE.

THE CITY ITSELF IS LITTERED

WITH

DEBRIS FROM WAR.

THEY WARNS ON PICKING UP ANY

LEFT OVER

EXPLOSIVES.

YET AMIDST THE DESTRUCTION,

THERE IS A

SIGN OF LIFE. IT'S A

PLAYGROUND.

IT'S A VISION. A PRODUCT

OF GREAT

VISION TO PUT FUN AND JOY IN

A WAR

ZONE TO GIVE KIDS WHO HAVE

LIVED

THROUGH TRAUMA OF WAR, SOME

FRESH

PIECE OF LOVE FROM PEOPLE WHO

CARE FOR

THEM.

ITS BRIGHT COLORS NOT ONLY

STAND

OUT BUT ONE YOUNG AMERICAN

SAW THE

VALUE OF WHAT A PLAYGROUND

CAN DO IN A

CHURCH FROM WAR.

ONE OF THE KIDS WAS

WATCHING A

VIDEO OF KIDS PLAYING IN A

PLAYGROUND

IN ANOTHER FRONTLINE.

HE SAID, I THINK THEY HAVE

FORGOTTEN

ABOUT IT.

I THINK THEY HAVE FORGOTTEN

ABOUT THE

WAR.

THEY ARE JUST PLAYING.

THAT'S OUR JOY IN PARTNERSHIP

WITH

THIS AND IT'S OUR PRAYER FOR

THE KIDS

THAT THEY WOULD KNOW

SOMETHING ABOUT

GOD'S LOVE AND CREATE A NEW A

PLAYGROUND AMIDST A DIFFICULT

PLACE.

A SIGN OF HOPE IN A PLACE,

AMONG A

PEOPLE IN A REGION WHERE HOPE

SEEMS TO

HAVE FLED.

ON AUGUST 6, 2014, NEARLY

60,000

PEOPLE FLED THE TOWN JUST

HOURS BEFORE

ISIS TOOK OVER THE CITY.

THEN THE KURDISH LIBERATED

THEIR CITY

BEFORE ISIS LEFT THE TOWN IN

DESTRUCTION.

THEY SHOW US WHAT ISIS DID

TO HER

CITY.

WE FIRST VISITED HER HOME

CHURCH, THE

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

CATHEDRAL.

THIS IS OUR CHURCH IN THE

MIDDLE

EAST.

WE DO ALL OF OUR WORSHIP HERE.

MY PARENTS GOT MARRIED HERE.

WE HAVE OUR FIRST COMMUNION

HERE.

WE USED TO WORSHIP EVERY DAY,

CHRISTMAS, EASTER.

FROM THE CEILING, TO THE

FLOOR, TO

THE ALTER, ISIS LEFT ITS MARK.

FROM WHAT THEY TOLD US

THEY WOULD

GATHER THESE BENCHES IN THE

MIDDLE

HERE AND BURN THEM. SO THE

CHURCH WAS

BURNING FOR DAYS.

YOU KNOW WHEREVER YOU SEE A

CROSS,

THEY TOOK IT DOWN.

AS YOU SEE HERE, WE HAVE THE

ALTER.

THEY TRIED TO DO AS MUCH

DESTRUCTION

TO SAY, YOU CHRISTIANS STOP

HERE. THIS

IS NOT YOUR LAND.

SHE FOUND PAGES FROM A NEW

TESTAMENT.

JOHN FIRST, CHAPTER 4 AND

5TH.

BECAUSE HE'S THE ONE WHO CAME

TO SAVE

US WITH WATER AND BLOOD.

IT SAYS DO NOT FOLLOW EVIL

BUT FOLLOW

EVERYONE THAT DOES GOODNESS

BECAUSE

THIS IS FROM GOD.

WHOEVER DONE EVIL WOULD NOT

SEE GOD.

THIS IS A COURTYARD OF THE

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH.

WHEN

ISIS WAS HERE, THEY USED IT

AS A

TRAINING GROUND.

FOR EXAMPLE YOU CAN SEE THE

COURTYARD

LITTERED WITH BULLETS. AFAR

IS WHAT

THEY USED FOR TARGET PRACTICE.

THEY BROUGHT THE BOOKS FROM

THE

CONVANT AND BURNED THEM.

IMAGINE HOW MANY PEOPLE

THEY HAVE

TO TRAIN TO KILL.

ON THE STREET, WE

WITNESSED

DEVASTATION, SOME OF IT

CAUSED BY AIR

STRIKES TARGETING ISIS.

THOSE WERE HOUSES. AS A

MATTER OF

FACT, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, HOUSES

THAT HAVE

BEEN DESTROYED, BEHIND HAVE

BEEN

DESTROYED. THOSE HOUSES

BELONGED TO

FAMILIES WHO WORKED SO HARD.

THIS FAMILY LOST A HOME,

MONEY AND

A THREE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER

WHOM ISIS

STOLE FROM THE FAMILY.

SHE LOST HER DAUGHTER.

EVERYTHING. WE LOST IT.

THROUGHOUT THE TOWN, ISIS

LEFT

BEHIND WRITING ON THE WALL.

ISIS LEFT GRAFFITI ALL

OVER.

THIS ONE SAYS THAT ISIS WILL

CRUSH OR

SQUISH ALL THE BELIEVERS.

THIS ONE SAYS, WE DESTROYED

YOUR

CROSSES, WE BEHEADED YOU, YOU

INFIDELS.

THEY ESPECIALLY DAMAGED OR

DESTROYED CROSSES.

THEY EVEN PILLAGED CHRISTIAN

GRAVES.

ISIS NOT ONLY DESTROYED

THE HOMES

OF THE LIVING, BUT ALSO

DESECRATED THE

GRAVES OF THE DEAD.

THEY LOOTED THE GRAVES TO

TAKE ANY

VALUABLES OFF THE CORPSES.

THIS WILL BE OVERWHELMING

WITHOUT

FAITH IN GOD.

THEY DESTROYED EVERYTHING,

BUT

THROUGHOUT THAT, THEY COULD

NOT

DESTROY OUR FAITH.

THEY COULD DESTROY MATERIAL

THINGS,

BUT WHAT LIVES IS THE ETERNAL

THING.

SISTER DIANA PRAISE THE

TOWNSPEOPLE

WILL RETURN BUT THEY NEED

ASSURANCES.

WE NEED TO FEEL SECURE.

IF A FATHER AND MOTHER WON'T

FEEL

SECURE, THEY WON'T SEND THEIR

CHILDREN

TO SCHOOL.

AFTER WE BREAK, WE HOLD

THE GROUND.

THE TOWN IS UNDER THE

CONTROL OF A

CHRISTIAN BASED MILITIA.

BUT THEY NEED MORE HELP.

PEOPLE, THEY NEED TO COME

BACK.

BUT THEY NEED TO FEEL SAFE.

THEY NEED FORCE ON THE GROUND.

THEY NEED LIKE, YOU KNOW,

INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION.

THAT WILL BE GOOD, LIKE A

GUARANTEE

THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.

IT'S SCARY TO THINK IF

SOMETHING

BIG DOESN'T HAPPEN, ISIS CAN

BE

SUCCESSFUL TO DESTROY THIS

COMMUNITY.

IT ISN'T WITHOUT HOPE, BUT

PEOPLE NEED

HELP HERE.

PEOPLE, IN ORDER TO RETURN

TO THEIR

HOMES THEY ARE GOING TO NEED

HELP.

THEY ARE HOMELESS ALREADY,

THEY ARE

BROKE.

THEY ARE IN A PLACE THAT IS

NOT THEIR

HOMELAND.

THIS IS THEIR HOMELAND.

TOO MANY FAMILIES MAYBE

DISCOURAGED

AND LEAVE THE AREA.

SHE BELIEVES THAT CHRISTIANS

IN

NORTHERN IRAQ ARE THE SALT

AND LIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT THEY WILL BE.

WE CARRIED THE MESSAGE OF OUR

LORD

JESUS CHRIST.

WE ARE GOING TO BE FAITHFUL

TO HIM NO

MATTER WHAT THEY DO.

THEY CAN'T DEFEAT GOD.

AND THE GLORY OF THIS CHURCH

AND THIS

TOWN'S COMING BACK. SOONER OR

LATER,

GOD HAS PROMISED US A BETTER

LIFE.

YOU KNOW WHAT, WE ARE GOING

TO LOOK

FOR THAT PROMISE.

IN THE MEANTIME SISTER

DIANA ASKED

FOR PRAYER AS THEY TRICKLE

BACK TO SEE

THEIR HOMES, THEIR CHURCH AND

TO

WORSHIP.

UP NEXT, WITH DONALD

TRUMP'S

ELECTION IS IT TIME FOR A NEW

AND

> WELCOME BACK. ONE OF THE

BIGGEST

EVENTS WORLDWIDE WAS THE

ELECTION OF

PRESIDENT- ELECT TRUMP.

THAT WAS ABOUT FUTURE

RELATIONS WITH

THE MIDDLE EAST AND

ESPECIALLY ISRAEL.

SOME THINK THIS IS A GOOD

TIME TO

OVERHAUL THE ISRAELI

PALESTINIAN PEACE

PROCESS.

MANY ISRAELIS BELIEVE IT

WILL BE A

CHANGE IN ADDRESSING THE

ISRAELI

PALESTINIAN CONFLICT.

THE CHANGE IN THE UNITED

STATES AND

EUROPE AND THE REGION PROVIDE

ISRAEL

WITH A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO

RESET AND

RETHINK EVERYTHING.

SINCE THE 1993 A CORDS,

ISRAEL AND

PALESTINIAN WILL COME TO AN

AGREEMENT

ALSO KNOWN AS THE WEST BANK.

THAT WILL

ULTIMATELY LEAD TO THE DIVIDE

OF THE

JERUSALEM AND ISRAELIS. HE

RAISED THE

STAGE WHEN HE SAID WITH

TRUMP'S

ELECTION IT COULD CHANGE THE

RESOLUTION.

IT'S NO SECRET OF THE

NOTION OF

SETTING UP A PALESTINE IN

ISRAEL.

WE HAVE TO BRING NEW IDEAS

INSTEAD OF

THE PALESTINIAN STATE

APPROACH.

DESPITE YEARS OF COUNTLESS

FAILURES

INCLUDING ROCKET ATTACKS IN

ISRAEL AND

THE WAR IN GAZA, THE

RESOLUTION

REMAINS.

POSSIBLY CHANGING INCLUDE

COMMENTS

FROM ADVISOR GREEN BLAD ARE

NOT A

STUMBLING BLOCK.

MOVE THE U.S. EMBASSY TO TEL

AVIV.

A MOVE PROMISED FOR 20 YEARS

BY

VARIOUS CANDIDATES WITH ANY

FULFILLMENT.

HE BELIEVES SUCH A MOVE WOULD

BRING

MIXED REACTION.

THERE WILL BE UNHAPPINESS

ON THE

ISRAEL AND PALESTINIAN SIDE.

THERE MAY BE VIOLENCE.

AM BASSADOR FROM JORDAN

SAYS

WASHINGTON NEEDS TO

REEVALUATE THIS

CONFLICT.

WHETHER THERE WILL BE A

WAR IN THE

PALESTINIAN WITH THE PREVIOUS

ATTEMPT

AND COME UP WITH A NEW

PARADIGM THAT

MAYBE MOST SUCCESSFUL IN

OBJECT

OBTAINING A SOLUTION TO THE

ISRAEL I

PALESTINIAN CONFLICT.

THEY ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS

TO

RESOLVE THE CONFLICT.

NETANYAHU SHOULD PUSH FOR

CHANGE

BECAUSE NO ONE IS PRO ISRAEL

THAN THE

PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE.

COMING UP.

TRUMP WANTS TO MOVE THE U.S.

EMBASSY

TO JERUSALEM.

BUT THE UNITED NATIONS BODY

> WELCOME BACK, US

PRESIDENT- ELECT

TRUMP IS PLANNING TO MOVE THE

U.S.

EMBASSY FROM TEL AVIV TO

JERUSALEM

WHICH IS THE UNDIVIDED

CAPITAL OF THE

JEWISH FAITH.

THE U.S. EDUCATIONAL

SCIENTIFIC AND

CULTURAL EDUCATION, SAYS BOTH

SITES

AREN'T REALLY JEWISH AT ALL..

IN A

VOTE OF 24 IN FAVOR GAVE THE

APPROVAL

TO THE RESOLUTION OF THE U.S.

CONNECTION TO THE WESTERN

MOUNT AND

THE WESTERN WALLS.

THIS IS CHRISTIAN HISTORY

AND THERE

IS THIS SYSTEMIC ATTEMPT TO

AIRBRUSH

THE HISTORY OUT OF THE

PICTURE.

STUDENTS OF THE BIBLE KNOW

THAT THE

TEMPLE MOUNT BEHIND ME HAS

BEEN THE

FOCAL POINT FOR JEWISH

CHRISTIANS FOR

THOUSANDS OF YEARS, WHERE

KING SOLOMON

BUILT A TEMPLE ACCORDING TO

THE LORD'S

DIRECTION.

BUT THIS RESOLUTION REFERS TO

THE

TEMPLE MOUNT AND THE WESTERN

WALL

ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY BY THEIR

MUSLIM

NAMES.

BY THEIR FACEBOOK AND

YOUTUBE PAGES

NETANYAHU SAYS IT'S ABSURD.

EVEN IF THEY DON'T READ

THE BIBLE,

I WOULD SUGGEST THEY READ THE

TITUS IN

ROME. ONE THEY CAN SEE WHAT

THEY

BROUGHT BACK FROM ROME AND

AFTER THEY

DESTROYED AND LOOTED THE

TEMPLE. THEIR

ENGRAVED ON TITUS IS A BRANCH

MENORAH

WHICH IS A SYMBOL TO THE

JEWISH PEOPLE

AND I REMIND YOU IS ALSO THE

SYMBOL OF

THE JEWISH STATE TODAY.

SOON UNESCO WILL SAY IT'S

TIED TO

PROPAGANDA.

HE SAYS THIS WILL BE LIKE

CHINA

WASN'T CONNECTED TO THE GREAT

WALL OR

EGYPT TO THE PYRAMIDS.

THE TEMPLE MOUNT IS GROUND

ZERO TO THE

JEWISH FAITH.

IT'S WHERE THE KING OF

JERUSALEM

AND WHERE SATAN ATTEMPTED

JESUS.

THE NETHERLANDS, LITHUANIA

VOTED

AGAINST.

URGED THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION TO

CONDEMN IT'S ADOPTION.

WRITING THIS IS JUST ANOTHER

ATTEMPT

IN UNESCO'S DISTURBING TREND

TO

ATTACKING ISRAEL AND

DELEGITIMIZING

THE JEWISH STATE.

THE SPOKES IS MAN FOR THE

PALESTINIAN

PRESIDENCY SAID IT SHOULD

EVALUATE THE

POLICY FOR ISRAEL WITH IT'S

CAPITAL

AND MUSLIM AND CHRISTIAN HOLY

SITES.

ODDLY ENOUGH THERE WOULDN'T

BE ANY

CHRISTIAN HOLY SITES IF THERE

HADN'T

BEEN JEWISH THERE IN THE

FIRST PLACE.

THIS IS FOR PALESTINIAN

STATE AND

THE MUSLIM PRESENCE ON THE

TEMPLE

MOUNT.

SO WORKING ON THIS

SIMULTANEOUSLY.

A FINAL VOTE ON THE

RESOLUTION IS

SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK.

BUT IF ENOUGH DON'T STAND UP,

IT'S SET

TO PASS.

SEE WHAT ARCHEOLOGIST

> WELCOME BACK. LOOKING

BACK AT THE

YEAR THERE HAS BEEN MANY

ARCHEOLOGICAL

DISCOVERIES FROM A BIBLICAL

HERITAGE.

WHAT THEY BELIEVE TO BE THE

TOMB OF

JESUS INSIDE THE CHURCH. THIS

IS WHAT

WE FOUND IN THE HEART OF THE

CITY

WHERE MAJOR RESTORATION IS

UNDER GOING.

THIS IS SHOWING THE MARBLE

SLAB

UNDER THE TOMB.

THEY SAY THE MONS TOMB HAS

NEVER BEEN

PHOTOGRAPHED. THEY REPORTED

CONSERVATIONALIST WERE

SURPRISED THEIR

INSTRUMENT DIDN'T DETECT

BENEATH THE

DEBRIS AND THEY DISCOVERED

ANOTHER

SLAB CARVED UNDER THE SURFACE

AND THEN

THEY SAW THE ORIGINAL BED.

IT WAS BUILT IN THE 24TH

CENTURY.

THE ROMAN EMPEROR IN THE

SECOND

CENTURY BUILT A TEMPLE HERE

TO THE GOD

OF APHRODITE.

THE TOMB IS PART OF THE

RESTORATION

PROCESS. WORKERS ARE

PREPARING A

DESTRUCTION KNOWN AS A LITTLE

HOUSE.

IT WAS BUILT TO PROTECT THE

TOMB.

THE LAST REPAIR WORK DONE ON

THE

EDICULE TOOK PLACE MANY YEARS

AGO.

WE REMOVED THE MARBLE

SLAB, THE

STONE SLAB.

WE WILL INJECT -- TO THE

COMPLEX

STRUCTURE.

THAT MEANS THAT WE DEVELOP A

UNIFIED

STRUCTURE WITH ALL THE LAYERS

WILL BE

FRACTURES AND UPON REACH,

AFTER A

REPAIRING WITH NEW MORTAR

COMPLETE.

FOR THE WORKERS, IT'S MORE

THAN A

JOB.

HE'S A GREEK CIVIL ENGINEER.

I'M VERY EXCITED.

WORKING IN GREECE WHEN IT

WAS LIKE

THIS.

THIS WAS VERY SPECIALIZED

WORK.

I DON'T BELIEVE THAT I CAN GO

TO DO

THIS.

INSIDE THE HOLY TOMB,

SPEAKS TO THE

VALUES OF THE HOLY TOMB, THE

HOLY TOMB

IS THE BEST PLACE IN THE

WORLD.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PLANS

TO SHOW

MORE OF IT'S FOOTAGE THIS

MONTH ON ITS

CHANNEL.

THE REST WILL BE COMPLETED

SOMETIME

NEXT YEAR.

THANKS FOR JOINING US IN

2016 AND

WE LOOK FORWARD TO BEING WITH

YOU IN

THE COMING YEAR. YOU CAN

FOLLOW US ON

TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM.

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

WE'LL SEE YOU HERE ON

JERUSALEM

DATELINE.

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