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Jerusalem Dateline: 01/06/17 Showdown at the UN: More Anti-Israel Resolutions?

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Will President Obama take another step to delegitimize Jewish state after allowing anti-Israel resolution to pass? plus will Israel annex disputed West Bank? And 2,000-year-old coin validates ancient Jewish holiday. Read Transcript


Chris: THIS WEEK ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE,"

SHOWDOWN AT THE U.N.

WILL PRESIDENT OBAMA TAKE

ONE MORE STEP TO

DELEGITIMIZE ISRAEL AT THE

U.N., AFTER HIS HISTORIC

DECISION.

IT WAS EMBARRASSING

THAT THE UNITED STATES

ABSTAINED.

I THINK IT WAS ALMOST

UNFORGIVABLE.

Chris: PLUS, AFTER

THE RESOLUTION, WILL

ISRAEL ENTER THE CONTESTED

WEST BANK?

AND A 2000-YEAR-OLD COIN

VALIDATES AN ANCIENT

JEWISH HOLIDAY.

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 FROM THE JEWISH

QUARTER OF THE OLD CITY

AND THE CENTER OF A GLOBAL

CONTROVERSY.

MANY IN THE U.S. AND HERE

IN ISRAEL ARE WAITING TO

SEE WHAT OTHER SURPRISES

PRESIDENT OBAMA MAY HAVE

AFTER THE FAILURE OF THE

U.S. TO BLOCK A U.N.

RESOLUTION, CONDEMNING THE

ISRAELI SETTLES IN THE

WEST BANK, JUDEAN

SETTLEMENT.

> IT WAS PART OF THE

OUTSIDE WALL OF THE SECOND

JEWISH TEMPLE DURING THE

TIME OF JESUS.

NOW ACCORDING TO THE

UNITED NATIONS SECURITY

COUNCIL, IT IS O OCCUPIED

PALESTINIAN TERRITORY.

THIS RESOLUTION WILL GO

DOWN AS ANOTHER SHAMEFUL

RESOLUTION.

Chris: JUST BEFORE

CHRISTMAS, THE JAWS U.S.

ABSTAINED FROM VOTING

AGAINST 2334, CONDEMNING

ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS IN THE

WEST BANK.

IN DOING SO, THE U.S.

ABANDONED ITS LONG TIME

POLICY OF VETOING

ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTIONS.

IT IS UNFORTUNATE TO

SEE SOMEONE WHO CLAIMS TO

BE A FRIEND, THIS

ADMINISTRATION, BASICALLY

ABANDON US IN SUCH A

PROFOUND WAY.

Chris: IN A VERY LONG

SPEECH, SECRETARY OF STATE

KERRY ARGUED THAT

CONDEMNING SETTLEMENTS WAS

THE BEST WAY TO PROMOTE

ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE.

ISRAELI EDUCATION MINISTER

NATALTHI BENNETT SAID THE

RESOLUTION WAS LIKE A

SELF-INFLICTED WOUND FOR

THE WORLD.

IT GAVE BACK TO

THOUSANDS OF TERRORISTS

AROUND THE WORLD THAT WANT

TO DESTROY ISRAEL.

BECAUSE WHEN THEY SEE THE

U.N. TAKING SUCH A CRAZY

RESOLUTION AGAINST ISRAEL,

ESSENTIALLY SAYING THAT

JERUSALEM IS OCCUPIED

TERRITORY.

Chris: PALESTINIANS

WERE FREED WITH THE

DECISION.

THEY HOPE IT WILL FORCE

ISRAEL TO GIVE THEM LAND

WITHOUT GIVING ANYTHING IN

EXCHANGE.

WE KNOW NOW THAT IT WAS

A PREMEDITATED MOVE BY THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION,

TOGETHER WITH THE

PALESTINIANS AGAINST

ISRAEL.

Chris: ISRAEL SAYS IT

HAS EVIDENCE IT WILL GIVE

INCOMING PRESIDENT TRUMP

THAT THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION HELPED

WRITE THE RESOLUTION.

ACCORDING TO THE

EGYPTIAN DAILY, THEY

PUBLISHED THE MINUTES OF A

SECRET MEETING BETWEEN

KERRY AND SUSAN RICE AND

P.L.O. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

SECRETARY SAEED ARATAT.

THE SIDES AGREED TO

COLLABORATE REGARDING THE

RESOLUTION ON THE

SETTLEMENT.

THE AMERICAN SIDE SETTLED

ON COORDINATION OF

POSITIONS BETWEEN

WASHINGTON AND RAMALLAH,

WHICH WAS BROUGHT TO A

VOTE IN THE SECURITY

COUNCIL AND ADOPTED.

IT IS NOT CLEAR WHAT CAN

BE DONE TO REVERSE THE

EFFECTS OF THE RESOLUTION,

BUT MANY ARE CONCERNED

THAT THE UP COMING PARIS

PEACE CONFERENCE WILL

DELIVER YET ANOTHER

INTERNATIONAL BLOW TO THE

JEWISH STATE.

WHEN THE U.N. PASSED

RESOLUTION 2334, THEY

STATED THAT THE OLD CITY

OF JERUSALEM, WHERE I'M

STANDING RIGHT NOW, WAS

OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN

TERRITORY.

AND THEY EITHER DENIED OR

IGNORED MORE THAN 3,000

YEARS OF JEWISH HISTORY.

THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL

RESOLUTION TOOK THE

DRAMATIC STEP OF DECLARING

ALL SETTLEMENTS IN JUDEA

AND SAMARIA, ALSO KNOWN AS

THE WEST BANK, OCCUPIED

PALESTINIAN TERRITORY.

IT INCLUDES THE OLD CITY,

WHICH ENCOMPASSES THE

TEMPLE MOUNT BEHIND ME,

WHERE KING SOLOMON BUILT

THE FIRST JEWISH TEMPLE

3,000 YEARS AGO.

IT ALSO INCLUDES THE CITY

OF DAVID, AND MOUNTAIN

ZION, THE LOCATION OF THE

LAST SUPPER.

AND BELOW THE TEMPLE MOUNT

IS THE WESTERN WALL, WHICH

CHRISTIANS AND JEWS FROM

AROUND THE WORLD COME TO

PRAY.

WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE

TO BUILD.

WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO

BE HERE.

WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO

ENJOY THE SUN IN THE MIDST

OF THE RAIN.

Chris: THIS MAN IS A

SHOP OWNER IN THE JEWISH

QUARTER OF THE OLD CITY,

NOW CONSIDERED ILLEGAL BY

THE U.N.

THERE IS A WHOLE

DIFFERENT, ALMOST JOVIAL

ATTITUDE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE

COMING HERE.

THEY KNOW WHY THEY'RE

HERE.

THEY KNOW THIS IS WHERE

THEY NEED TO BE.

THEY'RE SORT OF SMILING,

LOOK AT ME.

I'M THE NEW CRIMINAL THAT

HAS COME INTO OCCUPIED

TERRITORY.

THIS IS OCCUPIED

TERRITORY.

THIS HAS BEEN THE PLACE OF

GOD'S PRESENCE AND THE

PLACE OF HIS PEOPLE FOR

3,000 YEARS.

IT WAS EMBARRASSING

THAT THE UNITED STATES

ABSTAINED.

I THINK IT WAS ALMOST

UNFORGIVABLE.

Chris: FORMER

GOVERNOR AND PRESIDENTIAL

CANDIDATE MIKE HUCKABEE

SAID THE U.S. ABSTENTION

BETRAYED ITS FRIEND AND

ITS ALLY.

THE FA FAILURE TO VETO THE

RESOLUTION WAS NOT ONLY A

SLAP IN THE FACE OF OUR

FRIEND ISRAEL, IT WAS A

SLAP IN THE FACE OF DONALD

TRUMP AS WELL, LEAVING A

MESS HE WILL HAVE TO CLEAN

UP.

Chris: HUCKABEE

BELIEVES THAT THE INCOMING

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WILL

WORK TO REVERSE THE

DECISION.

I EXPECT THAT DONALD

TRUMP AND HIS

ADMINISTRATION WILL MAKE

IT PRETTY CLEAR THAT THIS

KIND OF ACTION AGAINST ONE

OF OUR ALLIES -- IF

NECESSARY, I WOULD LIKE TO

SEE THE PRESIDENT-ELECT

SAY WE'LL PULL OUT OF THE

U.N.

Chris: TRUMP HAS

ALREADY SENT POSITIVE

SIGNALS TO ISRAEL WITH THE

NOMINATION OF DAVID

FRIEDMAN AS U.S.

AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL, AND

CALLING FOR THE U.S.

EMBASSY TO BE MOVED TO

JERUSALEM.

AND THE U.N. RESOLUTION

CLARIFIED EVEN MORE WHY

THIS MAN IS IN THE JEWISH

QUARTERS.

IT IS ALMOST LIKE I

WANT TO THANK THE U.N. FOR

MAKING IT SO CLEAR THAT

THEIR POSITION MAKE NO

LOGICAL OR HISTORICAL

SENSE.

AND MY POSITION OF GETTING

UP IN THE MORNING AND

RETURNING TO THE PLACE

WHERE WE'VE BEEN FOR 3,000

YEARS MAKES ALL OF THE

SENSE IN THE WORLD.

Chris: AND THERE

COULD BE MORE.

IN THE LAST DAYS OF HIS

ADMINISTRATION, MANY FEAR

PRESIDENT OBAMA MIGHT TRY

ANOTHER MOVE TO

DELEGITIMIZE ISRAEL.

THE MOST LIKELY

OPPORTUNITIES WOULD BE AT

THE UPCOMING PARIS PEACE

CONFERENCE ON

JANUARY 15th, OR BEFORE

THE TRUMP INAUGURATION ON

JANUARY 20th.

> COMING UP, AFTER THE

U.N. RESOLUTION, WILL

ISRAEL ANNEX THE

SETTLEMENT?

THE WHOLE

JUDO-CHRISTIAN WORLD

BELIEVES THAT THE ANCIENT

LAND OF ISRAEL BELONGS TO

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

ISRAELI EDUCATION MINISTER

NETALI BENNETT BELIEVES

ISRAEL NEEDS TO MAKE BOLD

MOVES AS A RESULT OF THE

U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL

RESOLUTION.

CBN MIDDLE EAST NEWS

CORRESPONDENT JULIE STAAL

ASKED BENNETT ABOUT HIS

REACTION TO THE

RESOLUTION.

WELCOME TO "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

GREAT TO BE HERE.

Reporter: AS IT HAS

BEEN UNFOLDING, WHAT ARE

THE CONSEQUENCES THAT YOU

SEE FOR THE U.N.

RESOLUTION?

WELL, IT'S MORE A

STATEMENT THAN ACTUAL

IMPLICATIONS.

WE'VE SEEN, SINCE 1967,

ABOUT 50 U.N. SECURITY

RESOLUTIONS AGAINST

ISRAEL, AND WE'RE

THRIVING.

WE'RE DOING JUST FINE.

Reporter: HOW MUCH

DAMAGE DO YOU THINK IT

ACTUALLY DID DO?

THOSE AMBASSADORS WHO

WERE CLAPPING WERE JOINED

BY THOUSANDS OF TERRORISTS

WHO WERE ALSO CLAPPING.

> JERUSALEM HAS BEEN OUR

CAPITAL FOR WELL OVER

3,000 YEARS.

NO U.N. RESOLUTION WILL

CHANGE THAT.

NO U.N. RESOLUTION CAN

CHANGE HISTORY.

Reporter: SO DO YOU

THINK THAT ISRAEL'S

REACTION HAS BEEN AT ALL

EXAGGERATED, PULLING BACK

FROM TIES WITH OTHER

COUNTRIES IN TERMS OF THE

U.N. RESOLUTION?

NOT AT ALL.

IT HAS BEEN A NATURAL

REACTION TO BEING THROWN

UNDER THE BUS BY SOME

COUNTRIES.

YOU KNOW, THE WHOLE WORLD

IS IN A BATTLE AGAIN

RADICAL ISLAM TERROR.

FROM BERLIN, THROUGH

PARIS, BRUSSELS, ORLANDO.

THE WHOLE WORLD IS TRYING

TO GET THEIR GRASP AROUND

IT.

WE IN ISRAEL ARE ACTUALLY

FIGHTING THEM DAY IN AND

DAY OUT.

WE'RE FIGHTING ISIS AND

HAMS AND HEZBOLLAH IN

IRAN, BECAUSE WE'RE

SURROUNDED BY THEM.

I, MYSELF, IS A COMPANY

COMMANDER, AND I FOUGHT

THESE TERRORISTS.

WHEN THE ONE DEMOCRACY

THAT IS ACTUALLY FIGHTING

YOUR WAR, THE WAR OF THE

FREE WORLD, IS OUT THERE

DEFENDING YOU AND THEN YOU

SORT OF STAB THEM IN THE

BACK, IT DOESN'T MAKE

SENSE.

I THINK WE'RE REACTING

QUITE APPROPRIATELY.

Reporter: WHY DO YOU

THINK THE WEST DOESN'T GET

IT?

I THINK THEY NEED TO

COME AND SEE IT.

THEY NEED TO SEE WHAT IT

MEANS TO LIVE UNDER A

BARAGE OF MISSILES SHOT BY

HAMS OR HEZBOLLAH.

THEY NEED TO SEE WHAT IT

MEANS TO FIGHT ISIS.

WHEN THEY SEE IT IN THEIR

OWN EYES, IN THIS TINY

DEMOCRACY CALLED ISRAEL,

THIS MIRACLE CALLED

ISRAEL, I THINK THEY WILL

REVERSE THEIR POLICY.

Reporter: YOU

SUGGESTED ANNEXING ALL OF

JUDEAN SAMARIA.

HOW DO YOU THINK THAT

WOULD LOOK?

IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN

JEWISH.

THE WHOLE CHRISTIAN JUDE JUDEO

WORLD BELIEVES IT HAS

ALWAYS BEEN JEWISH.

WE WOULD BE APPLYING

ISRAELI LAW UNDER THE

AREAS IN JUDEO AND

SAMARIA.

WE SHOULD HAVE DONE IT 50

YEARS AGO.

BUT WE SHOULD DO IT NOW.

THIS IS MY POLICY.

I'M GOING TO TRY TO PUSH

THIS THROUGH IN THE

GOVERNMENT.

Reporter: SO THEN

WOULD WOULD HAPPEN T HAPPEN TO THE ARABS

THAT LIVE THERE?

THERE WOULD BE

AUTONOMY, AND THEY HAVE A

FULL-BLOWN PALESTINIAN

STATE IN GAZA.

THE PALESTINIANS ALREADY

HAVE THEIR OWN SOVEREIGN

STATE.

THEY GOVERN IT -- THEY'VE

SCREWED IT UP, AND TURNED

IT INTO AN AFGHANISTAN IN

THE MIDST OF ISRAEL, BUT

THAT IS THERE CHOICE.

THEY HAVE THEIR

PALESTINIAN STATE AND WE

HAVE OUR JEWISH STATE

LIVING SIDE BY SIDE.

Reporter: WHY IS

ISRAEL NOT GOING TO THIS

PEACE CONFERENCE IN PARIS?

IT'S A FARCE.

THERE IS NO PEACE

CONFERENCE IN PARIS.

THERE IS AN ATTEMPT TO

FORCE ISRAEL TO GIVE UP

OUR OWN CAPITAL OF

JERUSALEM, TO SURRENDER

OUR OWN LAND TO RADICAL

ISLAM.

THAT WOULD BE CRAZY.

WHEN YOU HAVE ONE COUNTRY

OUT THERE THAT IS FIGHTING

RADICAL ISLAM AND WINNING

AGAIN AND AGAIN, FOR

ALMOST 100 YEARS NOW, THE

LAST THING YOU WANT TO DO

IS CUT UP ITS LAND AND

HAND IT OVER TO RADICAL

ISLAMISTS.

Reporter: WHY DO YOU

THINK IT HAS TAKEN SO LONG

FOR PEACE?

BECAUSE THE ARABS AND

MUSLIMS HAVE NOT ACCEPTED

ISRAEL AS A STATE.

THEY DON'T ACCEPT THE FACT

THAT THIS HAS BEEN OUR

LAND FOR 4,000 LANDS, AS

ANYONE WHO OPENS THE BIBLE

CAN ACTUALLY READ.

THEY WANT TO ANNIHILATE

THIS JEWISH STATE.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET

THAT HAPPEN.

Reporter: SO

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD

TRUMP, HE HAS BEEN

TWEETING KIND OF

SUPPORTIVE MESSAGES TO

ISRAEL.

ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO

HIS PRESIDENCY?

WELL, WE'RE CERTAINLY

LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING

TOGETHER WITH THE NEW

ADMINISTRATION ON

STRENGTHENING ISRAEL.

LOOK AT THE PARADOX HERE.

THE WHOLE REGION IS IN

CHAOS.

JUST TWO HOURS FROM HERE,

IN SYRIA, THERE IS A

GENOCIDE GOING ON WHERE

THEY HAVE MURDERED HALF A

MILLION WOMEN, CHILDREN,

AND INNOCENT MEN, AND YET

THE SECURITY COUNCIL HAS

DONE NOTHING.

THE ONE COUNTRY THAT IS

DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT,

THAT WE'VE OPENED MANY

FIELD HOSPITALS, AND WE'RE

TAKING CARE OF HUNDREDS OF

SYRIANS IN OUR

HOSPITALS -- THE ONE FREE

DEMOCRACY IN THIS REGION

GOT ESSENTIALLY STABBED IN

THE BACK BY THE U.N.

SECURITY RESOLUTION.

Reporter: WHAT DO YOU

THINK ABOUT THE IDEA OF

MOVING THE EMBASSY TO

JERUSALEM?

THAT'S A GREAT IDEA.

IT IS A NATURAL IDEA

BECAUSE JERUSALEM IS OUR

CAPITAL.

ALL EMBASSIES IN AMERICA

ARE IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

OUR CAPITAL IS JERUSALEM.

IT HAS BEEN THAT WAY FOR

3,000 YEARS.

JUST OPEN UP YOUR BIBLE,

AND YOU'LL SEE IT.

I THINK IT IS ABSURD THAT

IT HAS NOT HAPPENED UNTIL

NOW, AND WE'RE VERY MUCH

LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING

AMERICA BE THE FIRST ONES

TO PLACE THEIR EMBASSY IN

THE UNITED JERUSALEM.

Reporter: OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Chris: COMING UP,

MILLIONS OF TOURISTS VISIT

ISRAEL EACH YEAR, BUT IS

IT SAFE?

SO WHEN WE GOT HERE,

THERE WAS SUCH A PEACE.

THE WHOLE TIME WE'VE BEEN

HERE, I HAVE NEVER FELT

NOT SAFE.

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

WHEN PEOPLE CONSIDER A

VISIT TO ISRAEL, MANY

WONDER, IS IT SAFE?

WE MET UP WITH SOME

FIRST-TIME TOURISTS, AND

THEY FOUND IT NOT ONLY

COMPLETELY SECURE, BUT A

DESTINATION BEYOND ALL

THEIR EXPECTATIONS.

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.

FOR EXAMPLE, THIS IS THE

MANILA MALL, JUST OUTSIDE

THE WALLS OF THE OLD CITY.

IT IS A COMBINATION OF

RESTAURANTS, SHOPS, AND

CAFES.

WE TALKED WITH FIRST-TIME

TOURISTS ABOUT THEIR

PERCEPTION BEFORE LEAVING

AND THE REALITY THEY

EXPERIENCED AFTER THEIR

ARRIVAL.

WHAT DID PEOPLE SAY TO YOU

WHEN YOU TOLD THEM YOU

WERE GOING TO COME TO

ISRAEL?

THEY QUESTIONED IT.

THEY SAID, DO YOU REALLY

WANT TO DO THAT?

IS IT SAFE?

Reporter: DID THEY

SAY YOU WERE CRAZY?

THAT WAS A VERY COMMON

COMMENT, ARE YOU CRAZY?

AND I SAID, NO.

NOTHING WAS GOING TO STOP

ME.

PEOPLE COULDN'T TALK ME

OUT OF IT.

Chris: AND HOW DID

YOU FEEL BEFORE YOU CAME?

WHAT WAS IT LIKE?

PROBABLY A LITTLE

APPREHENSIVE, BUT EXCITED.

WE COULDN'T WAIT TO SEE

WHERE CHRIST HAS WALKED.

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.

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.

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: TUVIA ARRANGED

THEIR TOUR WITH A 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 THE

BIBLE EVENTS TOOK PLACE.

AND FOR THEM, IT HAS BEEN

AN EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE.

IT'S IN THE CONTEXT OF

ISRAEL TODAY.

Chris: SAMUEL SMADGA

HAS LED TOURS HERE FOR

MORE THAN 20 YEARS.

ISRAEL DOESN'T COME IN

THE CATEGORY OF TOURIST

DESTINATIONS.

ISRAEL IS NOT THE BAHAMAS.

ISRAEL IS NOT EVEN PARIS.

ISRAEL IS NOT EVEN WARM.

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.

IT 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.

WHEN WE GOT HERE, THERE

WAS SUCH A PEACE.

THE WHOLE TIME WE'VE BEEN

HERE, I HAVE NEVER FELT

NOT SAFE.

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 TIMES MORE PER CAPITA

THAN IN JERUSALEM.

Chris: AND HOW DID

THESE CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS

FEEL AFTER WALKING IN THE

FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS?

IT WAS QUITE MOVING.

IT BROUGHT ME TO TEARS A

FEW TIMES.

THERE IS NOT ANOTHER

FEELING LIKE WALKING WHERE

CHRIST HAS WALKED.

I DON'T THINK I'LL EVER

READ THE BIBLE THE SAME

WAY ANYMORE.

I'VE BEEN SO MOVED BY

BEING HERE.

I WERE WOULD NOT TRADE IT

FOR ANYTHING.

I FELT THE LORD WITH ME

THROUGH THIS TRIP.

HE HAS BEEN SPEAKING TO MY

HEART AND DOING GOOD WORK

IN THERE.

I WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR

ANYTHING, EITHER.

Chris: IT ALSO

BROUGHT THE BIBLE TO LIFE.

FOR ME IT REALLY TIED

THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE

NEW TESTAMENT TOGETHER IN

WAYS I COULD NOT HAVE

DONE, HAD I NOT COME HERE

AND SEEN THE GEOGRAPHY AND

APPRECIATED THE HISTORY.

I REALLY BELIEVE AFTER

YOU COME TO ISRAEL, YOU'LL

NEVER BE THE SAME.

FIRST OF ALL, YOU'LL READ

THE BIBLE IN A DIFFERENT

UNDERSTANDING.

YOU'LL BE ABLE TO

VISUALIZE WHATEVER YOU

READ.

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: UP NEXT, A

COIN PROVIDES A CLUE TO AN

ANCIENT JEWISH HOLIDAY.

MORE THAN 2,000 YEARS

AFTER, IT'S SO EXCITING TO

SEE THAT THE ANCIENT CLUES

ARE HERE, STILL WAITING

FOR US TO FIND THEM.

Chris: WELCOME BACK.

IN JERUSALEM, YOU'LL NEVER

KNOW WHAT YOU'LL UNCOVER

IF YOU DIG JUST A BIT.

RESTORATION OF AN ANCIENT

WALL AT THE TOWER OF DAVID

MUSEUM LED TO A TIMELY

DISCOVERY OF A MORE THAN

2,000-YEAR-OLD COIN

CONNECTED TO THE STORY OF

HANUKKAH.

HERE IS CBN NEWS' JULIE

STAAL.

Reporter: HANUKKAH

MARKS THE VICTORY OF THE

JEWISH HAVMONIAN OVER THE

GREEK RULER.

THE GREEK KING WAS TRYING

TO HELENIZE THE JEWS,

MAKING IT ILLEGAL FOR THEM

TO KEEP THE BIBLE.

HERE WE HAVE THE

ANCIENT COIN.

ON ONE SIDE OF THE COIN

YOU CAN SEE THE FACE OF

KING ANIOHOS, WITH A

CROWN.

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS

COIN, YOU CAN SEE A GREEK

GOD.

AND SHE WAS THE GOD OF OUR

CULTURE.

AND THE GREEK LETTERS HERE

SAY THE NAME OF ANTIOHOS.

Reporter: THE

DIRECTOR TOLD CBN NEWS

THAT THE COIN WAS FOUND

RIGHT FROM A WALL DURING

THAT TIME PERIOD.

NOW, TRY TO IMAGINE THE

PEOPLE OF JERUSALEM -- THE

JEWISH PEOPLE OF JERUSALEM

ARE HOLDING THESE COINS,

WALKING EVERY DAY TO THE

MARKET.

HOLDING A GREEK GOD ON

THEIR POCKET.

IT WAS AGAINST THE JEWISH

CULTURE.

AS YOU KNOW, THE JEWISH

PEOPLE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO

SHOW OR TO DRAW FIGURES.

Reporter: THAT COMES

FROM THE 10 COMMANDMENTS

THAT SAID THERE SHALL BE

NO GRAVEN IMAGES OR LIKE

LIKENESSES.

SO THIS COIN IS A

SYMBOL OF THE POWER OF THE

GREEK.

Reporter: AFTER THE

MACCABEES OVER THROUGH THE

GREEK EMPIRE, THEIR NEW

COIN HAD THE IMAGE OF THE

MEMENORAH.

IT IS SO EXCITING TO

SEE THAT THE ANCIENT CLUES

ARE HERE, STILL WAITING

FOR US TO FIND THEM.

Reporter: THE COIN IS

A GOOD REMINDER THAT

EMPIRES COME AND EMPIRES

GO, AND THE PLANS OF MAN

IN THE END WON'T TRIUMPH

OVER GOD.

JULIE STAAL, CBN NEWS,

TOWER OF DAVID MUSEUM,

JERUSALEM.

Chris: WELL, THAT

COIN IS ALSO A REMINDER OF

THE JEWISH CONNECTION TO

THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM

THAT GOES BACK THOUSANDS

OF YEARS.

> WELL, THAT'S IT FOR

THIS EDITION.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

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I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

AND REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR

THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

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