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Jerusalem Dateline: 02/17/17 Long Winter Chill in US-Israel Relations Ends

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Netanyahu and Trump meet at the White House - US-Israel ties warming; Netanyahu says “no greater supporter” of Jewish people and state than Trump - what will it mean for Mid-East? plus a look at the ... Read Transcript


Chris: THIS WEEK ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE,"

PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU VISITS U.S.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AT

THE WHITE HOUSE.

THE LONG WINTER CHILL IS

OVER.

THERE IS NO GREATER

SUPPORTER OF THE JEWISH

PEOPLE AND THE JEWISH

STATE THAN PRESIDENT

DONALD TRUMP.

Chris: WE'LL HAVE

ANALYSIS OF THE MEETING

AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE

MIDDLE EAST.

PLUS A LOOK INSIDE THE

SETTLEMENT ISSUE, AND HOW

ONE MINISTRY IS HELPING

VICTIMS OF THE SYRIAN

CIVIL WAR.

> HELLO, AND WELCOME TO

THIS EDITION OF "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE

U.S. PRESIDENT TRUMP TOOK

OFFICE, ISRAELI PRIME

MINISTER BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU CAME TO THE

WHITE HOUSE.

IT MARKED A DRAMATIC SHIFT

FROM THE PREVIOUS EIGHT

YEARS.

THANK YOU, AGAIN, THANK

YOU.

David: A REKINDLED

FRIENDSHIP CHASED AWAY ANY

WINTER CHILL AT THE WHITE

HOUSE, AFTER YEARS OF

TENSION WITH THE WHITE

HOUSE ADMINISTRATION,

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SEES

PRESIDENT TRUMP AS A KEY

PARTNER.

I'VE KNOWN THE

PRESIDENT AND HIS FAMILY

AND HIS TEAM FOR A LONG

TIME.

AND THERE IS NO GREATER

SUPPORTER OF THE JEWISH

PEOPLE AND THE JEWISH

STATE THAN PRESIDENT

DONALD TRUMP.

David: BUT THERE ARE

KEY ISSUES TO WORK

THROUGH, STARTING WITH HOW

TO ACHIEVE PEACE BETWEEN

ISRAEL AND THE

PALESTINIANS.

President Trump: AS

WITH ANY SUCCESSFUL

NEGOTIATIONS, BOTH SIDES

WILL HAVE TO MAKE

COMPROMISES.

YOU KNOW THAT, RIGHT?

David: IN COMMENTS

THAT WOULD NO DOUBT ANGER

PALESTINIAN LEADERS, TRUMP

SAID A TWO-STATE SOLUTION

ISN'T A REQUIREMENT FOR

PEACE.

President Trump: SO

I'M LOOKING AT TWO-STATE

AND ONE STATE, AND I LIKE

THE ONE THAT BOTH PARTIES

LIKE.

I'M VERY HAPPY WITH THE

ONE BOTH PARTIES LIKE.

I CAN LIVE WITH EITHER

ONE.

David: NETANYAHU

MAINTAINS PALESTINIANS

MUST RECOGNIZE ISRAEL'S

RIGHT TO EXIST BEFORE ANY

PEACE PLAN CAN MOVE

FORWARD.

YOU HAVE TO ASK

YOURSELF, WHY ARE JEWS

CALLED JEWS?

WELL, THE CHINESE ARE

CALLED CHINESE BECAUSE

THEY COME FROM CHINA.

THE JAPANESE ARE CALLED

JAPANESE BECAUSE THEY COME

FROM JAPAN.

WELL, JEWS ARE CALLED JEWS

BECAUSE THEY COME FROM

JUDEA.

THIS IS OUR ANCESTORAL

HOME LAND.

David: THE OTHER

THORNY ISSUE IS ON

SO-CALLED SETTLEMENTS.

IN THE WEST BANK,

NETANYAHU HAS PUSHED

FORWARD, BUT THE WHITE

HOUSE SAYS THAT MAY NOT BE

THE BEST MOVE FOR A PEACE

DEAL.

IT IS A TOPIC CBN NEWS

ASKED ABOUT AT THEIR JOINT

NEWS CONFERENCE.

David: ON THE

SETTLEMENT ISSUE, ARE YOU

BOTH ON THE SAME PAGE?

HOW DO YOU TERM THAT AS IT

RELATES TO SETTLEMENT

ISSUES.

President Trump: AS

FAASFAR AS SETTLEMENTS, I

WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOU HOLD

OUT FOR A BIT.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A DEAL

MADE.

THAT'S THE ART OF THE

DEAL.

David: IT ALSO

PROVIDED THE PRESIDENT HIS

FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO

ADDRESS THE CONTROVERSY

SURROUNDING MICHAEL FLYNN.

HE DIDN'T ADDRESS THE TIME

TABLE OF WHAT HE KNEW

ABOUT HIM TALKING TO

RUSSIAN OFFICIALS.

INSTEAD, HE BLAMED THE

MEDIA.

President Trump: I

THINK HE HAS BEEN TREATED

VERY, VERY UNFAIRLY BY THE

MEDIA, AS I CALL IT THE

FAKE MEDIA IN MANY CASES.

AND I THINK IT IS REALLY A

SAD THING THAT HE WAS

TREATED SO BADLY.

I THINK IN ADDITION TO

THAT, FROM INTELLIGENCE,

PAPERS ARE BEING LEAKED,

THINGS ARE BEING LEAKED.

IT'S CRIMINAL ACTION, A

CRIMINAL ACT, AND IT HAS

BEEN GOING ON FOR A LONG

TIME, BEFORE ME, BUT NOW

IT IS REALLY GOING ON.

David: THE KEY

QUESTION REMAINS IF THE

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CAN

BEGIN TO PLUG THESE LEAKS

SO HE CAN MOVE FORWARD

WITH HIS AGENDA.

DAVID BRODY, CBN NEWS.

Chris: JOINING ME TO

TALK MORE ABOUT THE

TRUMP-NETANYAHU MEETING IS

JOHN WAGGI, SENIOR EDITOR.

HERE IN OUR JERUSALEM

BUREAU, JULIE STAAL, OUR

MIDDLE EAST CORRESPONDENT.

JOHN, WHAT WAS YOUR BIG

TAKE-AWAY FROM YESTERDAY'S

PRESS CONFERENCE WITH

PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU

AND PRESIDENT TRUMP.

John: IT FEELS LIKE A

NEW ERA.

YOU COULD TELL BY THE BODY

LANGUAGE.

YOU COULD TELL BY A LOT OF

DIFFERENT WAYS.

THE CAMARADERIE THAT

FLOWED BETWEEN THE TWO

LEADERS.

AND THEY HAVE SOME

SUBSTANTIVE NEW IDEAS.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT

WILL BE INTERESTING IS

BECAUSE I NOTICED IN

JERUSALEM, THE HEADLINES

WERE ALL ABOUT THE

POSSIBLE END OF THE

TWO-STATE SOLUTION, AND

HOW THE TWO LEADERS SEEMED

TO GET ALONG SO WELL, AND

ALL THOSE KIND OF THINGS.

AND THE HEADLINES HERE IN

WASHINGTON WERE ABOUT ALL

OF TRUMP'S PROBLEMS WITH

HIS FELLOW REPUBLICANS,

WITH THE NATIONAL SECURITY

APPARATUS, AND ALSO WITH

THE MEDIA.

AND SO HE HAS GOT A LOT OF

WORK TO DO JUST TO GET TO

THE MIDDLE EAST.

AGAIN, HE HAS GOT A THE

LOT OF THINGS TO WORK OUT

HERE POLITICALLY, JUST TO

GET HIS FEET ON THE GROUND

HERE IN WASHINGTON.

THE OPPOSITION IS IN FULL

CRY HERE.

Chris: IT DOES SEEM

LIKE AN ADMINISTRATION IN

SEIZE.

BUT THE OPTICS YESTERDAY

WERE A BIG CHANGE FROM

WHAT HAPPENED WITH

NETANYAHU AND OBAMA IN THE

LAST EIGHT YEARS.

JULIE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY

THE ISRAELI AND THE

PALESTINIAN REACTION WAS

TO YESTERDAY'S PRESS

CONFERENCE?

Julie: WELL, IT WAS

DEFINITELY A VERY

HOSPITABLE PRESS

CONFERENCE FOR THE

ISRAELIS.

I THINK THE REACTION HERE

IS PROBABLY A LITTLE

MIXED.

ON THE RIGHT, THEY'RE

PRETTY HAPPY WITH

NETANYAHU.

HE WAS GIVEN A LOT OF

FREEDOM.

ALTHOUGH I THINK THE

SETTLEMENT ISSUE KIND OF

THREW HIM A LITTLE FOR A

LOOP.

Chris: AND I

UNDERSTAND YOU HAD A

CONVERSATION WITH SAEED

BARAQUET, THE CHIEF

NEGOTIATOR.

Julie: YES, I DID.

AND HE SAID IF THIS IS THE

END OF THE TWO-STATE

SOLUTION, IT WILL BE A

DISASTER.

I ASKED HIM, WOULD YOU

RECOGNIZE ISRAEL AS A

JEWISH STATE?

AND HE SAID WE ALREADY

RECOGNIZED ISRAEL.

HE AVOIDED THE WHOLE

JEWISH ISSUE COMPLETELY.

Chris: JOHN, IT LOOKS

LIKE THE PALESTINIANS SEEM

TO BE OUT OF THE DEAL, SO

TO SPEAK.

PRESIDENT TRUMP, THE MAN

OF THE ART OF THE DEAL,

SEEMS TO HAVE A NEW

PARADIGM IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

HE SEEMS TO BE MAKING IT A

REGIONAL ISSUE.

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF

THAT?

John: WELL, I THINK

ABSOLUTELY THAT'S WHAT HE

HAS DONE.

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HE HAS

DONE.

THERE IS A NEW KIND OF

SHAPE OF THINGS IN THE

ARAB WORLD.

AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT

BOTH TRUMP AND NETANYAHU

REFERRED TO IN THEIR

MEETING AS A SIGN OF REAL

HOPE THAT SOMETHING CAN BE

ARRANGED.

IT DOES SEEM TO LEAVE THE

PALESTINIANS OUT IN THE

COLD TO SOME EXTENT.

IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO

SEE HOW, WITHIN THE ARAB

WORLD, THEY HAVE A

GIVE-AND-TAKE THAT WILL

PRESENT ONE NEGOTIATING

SIDE.

THAT COULD BE A REAL ISSUE

IN THE WEEKS AND MONTHS TO

COME.

Chris: YEAH, I WOULD

THINK SO, TOO.

IT SEEMS LIKE WHAT IS

DRAWING ISRAEL AND THE

SUNNI ARAB NATIONS

TOGETHER IS THEIR COMMON

ENEMY, IRAN.

JULIE, HOW IMPORTANT IS

THE IRAN ISSUE TO ISRAEL?

Julie: IT IS VERY,

VERY IMPORTANT.

THEY'VE SAID ON THEIR

MISSILES, THE PRIME

MINISTER SAID LAST NIGHT

IT IS WRITTEN "DEATH TO

ISRAEL" ON THEIR MISSILES.

SO IRAN REALLY IS A

THREAT.

Chris: JULIE, WHAT IS

THIS IDEA BEHIND THE

NUCLEAR DEAL?

I UNDERSTAND NETANYAHU IS

SAYING THEY'RE NOT ONLY

WANTING TO MAKE ONE

NUCLEAR WEAPON, BUT THEY

WANT TO MAKE 200, 100

NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

AND HE WAS MAKING THE

POINT THAT THIS IS NOT

JUST A THREAT TO ISRAEL,

BUT THE U.S. AS WELL.

Julie: THAT'S RIGHT.

INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC

MISSILES WILL BE ABLE TO

REACH THE UNITED STATES

AFTER ISRAEL.

SO A NUCLEAR IRAN WILL BE

A THREAT NOT JUST TO

ISRAEL, BUT TO THE REGION

AND THE U.S. AND THE WHOLE

WORLD.

Chris: JOHN, IRAN

POSSESS A THREAT TO

ISRAEL, THE REGION AND THE

U.S.

HOW DO YOU THINK

CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE

PRAYING FOR THIS NEW ERA

WE'RE JUST GETTING INTO?

John: I HEARD A LOT

OF TALK IN THE MEETING

THIS WEEK ABOUT THE ART OF

THE DEAL AND DEAL-MAKING

AND ALL THAT KIND OF

THING.

CHRISTIANS, I BELIEVE, ALL

WHO BELIEVE IN THE WORDS

OF THE BIBLE, NEED TO

REALIZE THAT THE BIBLE HAS

A LOT TO SAY ABOUT THE

BIBLICAL BORDERS AND ABOUT

WHAT THE LORD'S PLANS ARE

FOR THIS LAND.

AND WE'RE ENJOYING TO PRAY

AND THE LORDS PRAYER, THY

KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE

DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN

HEAVEN.

SO WE WANT THE LORD'S

PLANS TO BE ESTABLISHED

HERE.

IT COULD BE WHEN YOU GET

CAUGHT UP IN POLITICAL

BATTLES, YOU MIGHT WANT

ONE SIDE TO WIN OVER THE

OTHER, AND DEALS SOUND

REALLY GOOD, BUT THE

IMPORTANT THING IS THAT

THE LORD'S PLANS BE

ESTABLISHED FOR THE MIDDLE

EAST.

I THINK THAT'S THE KEY.

AND A REAL POINT OF

PRAYER, IN ADDITION TO THE

ONE WE ALWAYS HAVE FROM

THE BIBLE, PRAY FOR THE

PEACE OF ISRAEL.

Chris: THANKS, JOHN,

FROM WASHINGTON, D.C.

GLAD TO SEE YOU THERE.

AND JULIE HERE IN

JERUSALEM.

THIS IS GOING TO BE SUCH A

BIG ISSUE THAT WE'LL BE

REPORTING ON MONTHS AND

YEARS TO COME.

> UP NEXT, A ONE-ON-ONE

INTERVIEW WITH ISRAEL'S

DEPUTY MINISTER OF PUBLIC

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

AMBASSADOR MICHAEL OREN

SERVES AS ISRAEL'S DEPUTY

MINISTER OF PUBLIC

DIPLOMACY.

AND WE SAT DOWN WITH OREN

AND ASKED ABOUT A NUMBER

OF ISSUES, FROM THE

TWO-STATE SOLUTION TO THE

CURRENT STATUS OF THE

JEWISH STATE.

> AMBASSADOR OREN,

THANKS FOR JOINING US ON

CBN NEWS.

ALWAYS WONDERFUL TO BE

WITH YOU.

Chris: YOU WERE THE

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE

UNITED STATES WHEN

PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS

PRESIDENT.

WHAT CHANGES DO YOU SEE

RIGHT NOW, EVEN IN THE

LAST FEW WEEKS, WITH THE

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION?

WELL, THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION, BACK IN

2009, WHEN I CAME INTO

OFFICE, CHANGED SOME OF

THE FUNDAMENTAL, LET'S SAY

PILLARS OF THE U.S.-ISRAEL

RELATIONSHIP.

ONE WAS NO DAYLIGHT.

THAT MEANT IF WE'RE GOING

TO HAVE DISAGREEMENTS,

THAT THE TWO COUNTRIES

WOULD DO THEIR UTMOST TO

KEEP THOSE DISAGREEMENTS

DISCRETE, BEHIND CLOSED

DOORS.

AND THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION MADE A

CONCERTED DECISION TO

CONDUCT THESE DIFFERENCES

PUBLICLY.

THE OTHER MAJOR PILLAR

THAT WAS DISCARDED BY

OBAMA WAS THE PILLAR OF NO

SURPRISES.

THAT PILLAR SIMPLY HELD IF

THE UNITED STATES OR

ISRAEL WERE GOING TO MAKE

A MAJOR POLICY MOVE OR

DECLARATION, THAT THE

OTHER SIDE WOULD GET

WARNING, A CHANCE TO

REACT.

STARTING WITH THE CAIRO

SPEECH, THAT OBAMA MADE,

AND WE HAD NO

CONSULTATION.

SO THE HOPE WILL BE THAT

PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU

AND PRIME MINISTER WILL

RESTORE THESE PILLARS.

Chris: WHAT CHANGES

DO YOU SEE NOW IN THE

MIDDLE EAST BECAUSE OF

PRESIDENT TRUMP BEING THE

LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD?

ONE IS THE HOPE THAT HE

WILL STAND UP TO IRAN.

SPECIFICALLY IN THE PERIOD

AFTER THE SIGNING OF THE

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, THE

UNITED STATES SIMPLY

BACKED OFF FROM EVERY

IRANIAN PROVOCATION, WHEN

IT WAS TAKING U.S. SAILORS

HOSTAGE OR HOLDING

AMERICAN JOURNALISTS IN

JAIL OR TESTING BALLISTIC

MISSILES.

THE UNITED STATES DID

NOTHING.

THAT MESSAGE HAS TO GET

ACROSS THE ENTIRE REGION

THAT ERA HAS ENDED.

THE SENSE THAT THE UNITED

STATES STANDS FORE SQUARE

WITH ISRAEL.

AND AMERICAN LEADER DOES

NOT GET CREDIT IN THE

MIDDLE EAST FOR PICKING A

FIGHT WITH ISRAEL.

IN THE MIDDLE EAST, PEOPLE

RESPECT THOSE WHO STAND BY

THEIR FRIENDS, PERIOD.

Chris: THE PRIME

MINISTER IS UNDER A LOT OF

PRESSURE FROM A LOT OF

DIFFERENT SIDES.

ONE OF THAT IS ABROGATING

THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION,

ANNEXING PART OF THE WEST

BANK.

ONE OF THE PRESSURES HE IS

FACING -- HOW IS HE DOING?

I THINK YOU SAID IT

VERY WELL.

A LARGE PART OF HIS PARTY

NO LONGER ACCEPTS THE

FORMULA TWO STATES FOR TWO

PEOPLES.

ABOUT 100,000 PALESTINIANS

ENTER EACH DAY, AND THEY

WORK IN ISRAEL.

AND THAT'S AED GOO A GOOD THING.

SO HERE IS THE TYPE OF

THING NOBODY FOCUSES UP.

I THINK WE CAN BUILD THAT

AND IMPROVE IT.

Chris: WHAT IS YOUR

NEW POSITION?

MY POSITION IS

STRENGTHENING THE

RELATIONSHIPS, ISRAEL'S

FOREIGN RELATIONS.

WHEN I WAS A YOUNG MAN, WE

DIDN'T HAVE PEACE WITH

EGYPT AND JORDAN.

AND TODAY WE NOT ONLY HAVE

PEACE WITH EGYPT AND

JORDAN, WE HAVE EXCELLENT

RELATIONSCHINA.

WITH CHINA.

THE INDIAN PRESIDENT IS

COMING HERE SHORT.

GOOD RELATIONS WITH

RUSSIA, AND WITH THE

FORMER AFRICAN BLOCK

COUNTRIES.

TODAY THEY'RE ALL STANDING

IN LINE TO RENEW RELATIONS

WITH US.

OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE

SUNNI ARAB STATES, THE

STATES OF THE ARAB GULF

AREA, HAVE NEVER BEEN

BETTER.

AND IT IS HAPPENING IN

LATIN-AMERICA, TOO.

SO THERE IS SO MUCH WORK

TO BE DONE THAT WE HAVE

SEVERAL OFFICIALS DEALING

WITH IT.

I'M ONE OF THEM.

Chris: WHAT DO YOU

ATTRIBUTE TO WHAT IS

HAPPENING IN ISRAEL IN 50,

70 YEARS?

OUR PEOPLE.

WE HAVE LEARNED TO BE VERY

ADEPT AT CRAPPLING WITH

CHALLENGES AND THRIVING.

AND WHY IS THAT?

IT IS RELATED TO OUR

CONDITION.

Chris: AMBASSADOR, I

APPRECIATE YOUR HELP.

ALWAYS A PLEASURE.

Chris: COMING UP, WE

TAKE A DEEPER LOOK INTO

THE ISSUE OF JEWISH

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

IN LATE DECEMBER, 2016,

THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL

DECLARED THE AREA KNOWN AS

THE WEST BANK OCCUPIED

PALESTINIAN TERRITORY.

BUT DO THE JEWISH PEOPLE

HAVE THEIR OWN CLAIM TO

THE LAND, KNOWN IN THE

BIBLE AS JUDEA AND

SAMARIA?

HERE IS CBN NEWS MIDDLE

EAST CORRESPONDENT JULIE

STAAL.

Julie: MORE THAN

400,000 ISRAELIS LIVE IN

JUDEA AND SAMARIA, AN AREA

MOST OF THE WORLD CALL THE

WEST BANK.

ISRAEL ARGUES THE LAND IS

NOT OCCUPIED, BUT

DISPUTED, BECAUSE IT WAS

NEVER A MODERN COUNTRY AND

ITS STATUS HAS NEVER BEEN

RESOLVED.

IN 1967, ISRAEL TOOK BACK

THIS AREA KNOWN AS THE

BIBLICAL HEARTLAND IN THE

SIX-DAY WAR.

IT WASN'T JUST ABOUT A

VICTORY IN A WAR.

THIS WAS A RETURN TO OUR

ROOTS.

> THIS IS THE MODERN DAY

COMMUNITY OF BETEL,

ESTABLISHED IN 1977, IT IS

HOME TO SOME 6500

ISRAELIS.

IT IS IN THE SAME AREA AND

NAMED AFTER ITS BIBLICAL

ANCESTOR BETEL, ALSO KNOWN

AS BETHEL.

> 4,000 YEARS AGO, JACOB

DREAMED OF A LADDER TO

HEAVEN, AND GOD APPEARED

TO HIM AND PROMISED THE

LAND TO HIM AND HIS

DESCENTANTS.

> INITIALLY THE

GOVERNMENT DID APPROVE,

BUT ISRAELIS FROM ALL

SIDES OF THE POLITICAL

SPECTRUM SUPPORTED THE

IDEA.

I BELIEVE THEN ALMOST

THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF

ISRAEL WAS WITH US.

Julie: THE FIRST

SETTLEMENT WAS FARAZ ZION.

FIRST ESTABLISHED SOME 20

YEARS BEFORE THE STATE OF

ISRAEL.

ARABS DESTROYED IT THREE

TIMES OVER THE YEARS.

THE 1948 SIEGE LED TO THE

EVACUATION OF WOMEN AND

CHILDREN AND AN EVENTUAL

MASSACRE OF THE FIGHTERS

LEFT BEHIND.

THE YOUNG EVACUEES, LIKE

JERRY KATZ, NEVER LOST THE

HOPE THEY WOULD ONE DAY

RETURN.

THE GOVERNMENT ALLOWED

THEM TO DO SO IN 1967.

AS LITTLE CHILDREN, WE

SAID THAT WE WERE GOING TO

RETURN.

LIKE LITTLE CHILDREN

REPEAT STORIES ALL OF THE

TIME TO MAKE IT COME TRUE.

AND THEY REPEAT IT.

BUT THIS TIME IT REALLY

DID BECOME TRUE.

Reporter: EVEN WITH

THIS HISTORY, THE

SETTLEMENTS REMAINED UNDER

ATTACK.

WHILE SOME OF THE

COMMUNITIES ARE ISOLATED,

OTHERS ARE MUCH CLOSER TO

SOMETIMES HOSTILE ARAB

VILLAGES AND CITIES.

SOME ARE SMALL; OTHERS

HAVE THOUSANDS OR TENS OF

THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS,

COMMERCIAL CENTRES,

SCHOOLS AND SWIMMING

POOLS.

IF ISRAEL GAVE UP THIS

LAND, ESPECIALLY SAMARIA,

IT WOULD BE JUST NINE

MILES WIDE IN SOME PLACES.

MILITARY EXPERTS SAY THE

JEWISH STATE WOULD BE

INDEFENSEABLE.

IT IS NOT THE

SETTLEMENTS THAT ARE THE

STUMBLING BLOCK FOR THE

PEOPLE OF THE WORLD.

IT IS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF

THE SETTLEMENT OF THE

JEWISH STATE IN THE MIDDLE

EAST THAT IS A STUMBLING

BLOCK IN THE EYES OF THE

NATIONS OF THE WORLD.

Julie: MANY

SUPPORTERS POINT OUT THAT

ALMOST ALL ISRAELI

SETTLEMENTS ARE BUILT ON

STATE, NOT PRIVATE, LAND.

AND THERE IS CONFUSION

WHEN PALESTINIANS CLAIM

SOVEREIGNTY THERE.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO

UNDERSTAND THAT THE

PERSONAL PROPERTY

OWNERSHIP RIGHTS OF THE

ARABS HAVE BEEN COMPLETELY

RESPECTED.

BUT WE DON'T AGREE THAT

THEY HAVE SOVEREIGN RIGHTS

TO THIS LAND.

AT ONE TIME MANY ISRAELIS

WERE READY TO GIVE UP THE

LAND IN RETURN FOR THE

PROMISE OF PEACE.

NOW AFTER ISRAEL UPROOTED

21 JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN

THE GAZA STRIP AND FOUR IN

THE NORTHERN WEST BANK IN

THE 2005 DISENGAGEMENT,

THEY'VE CHANGED THEIR

MINDS.

THE WAKEUP CALL HAS

SENT A MESSAGE TO ALL

ISRAELIS THAT SETTLEMENTS

ARE NOT THE ROOT CAUSE OF

THE PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI

CONFLICT, AND CERTAINLY

NOT AN OBSTACLE TO PEACE.

THE MESSAGE TO THE

TERRORISTS IS NOT ONLY IS

TERRORISM PAID OFF, BUT IN

FACT YOU GET MORE AND MORE

RECOGNITION BY THE

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.

Julie: ALTHOUGH THE

UNITED STATES HAS HAD A

LONG-STANDING POLICY

AGAINST SETTLEMENTS,

ISRAEL BELIEVES THAT MAY

BE CHANGING UNDER

PRESIDENT TRUMP.

YEARS AGO TRUMP EVEN GAVE

A DONATION TO BETEL, AND

WHILE MUCH OF THE WORLD IS

STILL PUSHING ISRAEL TO

GIVE UP ITS BIBLICAL

HEARTLAND, THOSE WHO LIVE

THERE HOPE THEY CAN

CONTINUE RECLAIMING THEIR

BIBLICAL HERITAGE.

JULIE STAAL, CBN NEWS,

JUDEA AND SAMARIA.

Chris: UP NEXT, SEE

HOW A CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

CAME TO THE AID OF ONE

Chris: WELCOME BACK.

THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR HAS

DEVASTATED MILLIONS OF

FAMILIES.

MANY OF THEM SOUGHT REFUGE

IN NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES,

LIKE LEBANON.

HERE IS A STORY OF HOW A

CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION

BROUGHT HOPE AND HELP TO

ONE OF THOSE FAMILIES.

Reporter: HOMER'S

FAMILY WAS FORCED TO FLEE

THE WAR IN SYRIA WHEN A

BOMB DESTROYED THEIR HOME.

IT HAS BEEN VERY

DIFFICULT HERE.

AND MY HUSBAND WORKS VERY

HARD.

HE CAN'T GET A BETTER JOB

BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT

WON'T ALLOW THE REFUGEES

TO FIND LEGITIMATE WORK.

BUT WE STILL NEED MONEY TO

FEED OURSELVES.

Reporter: HOMER AND

HER HUSBAND INVITEDED ME

INTO THEIR MAKESHIFT TENT

AND TOLD ME ABOUT THEIR

LIVES BEFORE THE WAR.

WE HAD A BEAUTIFUL HOME

IN SYRIA.

AND I FARMED MY OWN LAND.

NOW I WORK IN OUR

LANDLORD'S FIELD, JUST

MAKING ENOUGH TO PAY THE

RENT.

Reporter: WHEN CBN'S

"ORPHAN'S PROMISE" AND

"HEART FOR LEBANON" FOUND

OUT ABOUT THE FAMILY'S

SITUATION, FIRST WE IN

RIGHTED THEINVITEDED THEM TO OUR FOOD

DISTRIBUTION.

THERE IS ENOUGH FOOD TO

LAST A FAMILY UP TO EIGHT

FOR AN ENTIRE MONTH.

NOW HOMER'S DAUGHTER AND

SON ARE GOING TO THE HOPE

CENTER, WHICH IS ALSO

SUPPORTED BY TH "HEART FOR

LEBANON".

I LOVE GOING TO SCHOOL.

THE TEACHERS ARE AMAZING

AND REALLY CARE FOR US.

WE WEREN'T ABLE TO GO TO

SCHOOL WHEN WE FIRST CAME

HERE, AND I REALLY MISSED

IT.

NOW WE GO TO THE HOPE

CENTER AND IT IS REALLY

FUN.

I'M SO HAPPY THEY ARE

GETTING A GOOD EDUCATION.

THEY COME HOME AFTER

SCHOOL, AND I MAKE THEM A

MEAL FROM THE FOOD WE WERE

GIVEN.

I CAN SEE THEIR SMILES AND

HOW HAPPY THEY ARE.

THAT MEANS EVERYTHING TO

ME.

Reporter: AT THE HOPE

CENTER, WE OPENLY TEACH

CHILDREN ABOUT JESUS

CHRIST AND SHOW THEM

"SUPERBOOK" IN ARABIC.

I LOVE "SUPERBOOK" AND

THE STORIES ABOUT JESUS.

I KNOW IF WE PRAY TO

JESUS, HE WILL TAKE OUR

BURDEN.

I PRAYED FOR MY

GRANDMOTHER, WHO WAS VERY

SICK IN THE HOSPITAL, AND

NOW SHE IS COMPLETELY

HEALED.

Reporter: "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" AND "HEART FOR

LEBANON" ALSO INSTALLED A

FRESH WATER SYSTEM FOR

HOMER'S FAMILY, SO THEY

NEVER HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT

FINDING CLEAN DRINKING

WATER.

WE ARE SO GRATEFUL THAT

YOU ARE SUPPORTING US WITH

THE FOOD AND WATER.

AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT WHAT

MY CHILDREN ARE LEARNING

AT YOUR SCHOOL.

I WANT TO THANK

CHRISTIANS A LOT FOR THEIR

PRAYERS AND FOR PROVIDING

FOR OUR NEEDS.

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND

PROTECT YOUR FAMILIES.

I WANT TO TELL ALL OF THE

PEOPLE THAT ARE HELPING US

THAT I LOVE YOU.

I LOVE "HEART FOR LEBANON"

AND "ORPHANS' PROMISE" SO

MUCH.

AND I WANT TO THANK THEM

FOR DOING THEIR BEST TO

TAKE CARE OF US.

Chris: "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" DOES GOOD FOR

MANY FAMILIES HERE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST AND AROUND THE

WORLD.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS

EDITION.

REMEMBER, YOU CAN FOLLOW

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AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO

KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT IS

HAPPENING IN THE MIDDLE

EAST, PICK UP A COPY OF MY

BOOK, "ISIS, IRAN, AND

ISRAEL, WHAT YOU NEED TO

KNOW ABOUT THE CURRENT

MIDEAST CRISIS AND THE

COMING MIDEAST WAR."

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON

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