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Jerusalem Dateline: 03/03/17 See How Israel Prepares for Future Hezbollah War

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Israel ramps up security against Hezbollah threat; and see what Syrians discover across the Israeli border; plus archaeologists dig deep into biblical Jerusalem; and Israel mourns a great chronicler of its history. Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON "JERUSALEM

DATELINE," ISRAEL RAMPS OF

SECURITY ON ITS NORTHERN

BORDER AGAINST

IRANIAN-BACKED HEZBOLLAH.

AND SEE WHAT SYRIANS

CROSSING THE ISRAELI

BORDER FOR MEDICAL HELP

DISCOVER.

PLUS...ARCHEOLOGISTS DIG

DEEPER INTO JERUSALEM.

AND ISRAEL MOURNS THE

PASSING OF ITS GREATEST

PHOTOGRAPHER, WHO

CHRONICLED ISRAEL'S

HISTORY.

> HELLO, AND WELCOME TO

THIS EDITION OF "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

I'M JULIE STAAL.

U.S. PRESIDENT TRUMP'S

PLAN TO INCREASE DEFENSE

SPENDING BY $54 BILLION

COMES AS HIS

ADMINISTRATION FACES A

NUMBER OF FOREIGN POLICY

CHALLENGES AROUND THE

GLOBE, AND AS CBN'S

CORRESPONDENT GEORGE

THOMAS EXPLAINS, THAT

INCLUDES THE MIDDLE EAST.

George: IN THE MIDDLE

EAST, ISIS CONTINUES ON

ITS PATH OF DEATH AND

DESTRUCTION.

THE PRESIDENT SAYS

DEFEATING THE GROUP AND

KEEPING AMERICANS SAFE AT

HOME AND ABROAD IS A TOP

PRIORITY.

THE DEPARTMENT OF

DEFENSE PRESENTED ITS

PRELIMINARY PLAN TO THE

WHITE HOUSE TODAY TO

DEFEAT ISIS.

THIS PLAN HAS BEEN

DELIVERED BY SECRETARY

MATTIS, WHO IS CURRENTLY

BRIEFING THE PRINCIPLES ON

THE OPTION PRESENTED

TODAY, AND SEEKING THEIR

INPUT AND FEEDBACK.

George: OVER THE

WEEKEND, A 1300-FOOT GIANT

SINKHOLE WAS DISCOVERED IN

THE IRAQI DESERT, BELIEVED

TO BE THE SITE WHERE ISIS

SHOT AND THEN JUMPED UP TO

4,000 BODIES.

MOST OF THE VICTIMS KILLED

EXECUTION-STYLE.

ALSO, ISIS IS REPORTEDLY

USING PUPPIES AS SUICIDE

BOMBERS.

ED VIDEO HAVIDEO HAS EMERGED SHOWING

ISIS FIGHTERS PUTTING AN

EXPLOSIVE BELT ON THIS

PUPPY, AND PLANNING TO

DETONATE A DEVICE.

FORTUNATELY, IRAQI FORCES

WERE ABLE TO RESCUE THE

DOG AND DEFUSE THE BOMB.

> ALMOST TWO YEARS AFTER

SIGNING A DEAL TO CURB ITS

NUCLEAR AMBITIONS, THE

AYATOLLAH ARE STILL

TESTING THEIR MISSILES AND

EXPORTING THEIR TERROR

TACTICS.

FOR TOO LONG, IRAN HAS

BEEN FUNNELING WEAPONS AND

CASH TO PLACES LIKE

LEBANON, SYRIA, AND THE

GAZA STRIP.

THEY HAVE GONE TO GREAT

LENGTHS TO DEVELOP

BALLISTIC MISSILES AND

NUCLEAR WEAPONS, AND THEY

NOW HAVE EVEN MORE

RESOURCES TO DEVOTE TO

THESE EFFORTS.

George: AND THERE IS

ALSO THE NUCLEAR THREAT

FROM ANOTHER ROGUE REGIME,

NORTH KOREA.

EXPERTS LIKE JAMES WOSLEY,

FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE

C.I.A., WARNED THAT IT IS

PERIPERILOUS TO UNDERESTIMATE

THEIR NUCLEAR ATOMIC.

HE BELIEVES THE COUNTRY'S

WEAPONS ARE LIKELY MORE

ADVANCED AND DANGEROUS.

JIM MATTIS RECENTLY WARNED

NORTH KOREA THAT AMERICA'S

COMMITMENT TO DEFENDING

HER ALLIES IN THE REGION

IS IRON CLAD.

ANY ATTACK ON THE

UNITED STATES, OR ON OUR

ALLIES, WILL BE DEFEATED,

AND ANY USE OF NUCLEAR

WEAPONS WOULD BE MET WITH

A RESPONSE THAT WOULD BE

AFFECTIVE AND

OVERWHELMING.

George: THE U.S.

FACES THREATS FROM

COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA AND

RUSSIA AS WELL.

THESE AND OTHER HOTSPOTS

MAKE FOR A CHAOTIC,

DANGEROUS LANDSCAPE AROUND

THE WORLD AS TRUMP BEGINS

HIS PRESIDENCY.

GEORGE THOMAS, CBN NEWS.

Julie: 10 YEARS AGO,

HEZBOLLAH MILITANTS

CROSSED THE LEBANON BORDER

TO ATTACK ISRAELI

SOLDIERS.

THAT SPARKED NOT ONLY A

WAR, BUT IT SHOWED THE

DANGER THAT ISRAELIS FACE

EACH DAY FROM ALL SIDES.

AS CHRIS MITCHELL REPORTS

FROM ISRAEL'S NORTHERN

BORDER, THE I.D.F. IS

PREPARING FOR THE NEXT,

AND PERHAPS EVEN BIGGER,

BORDER WAR.

Chris: CBN NEWS

OBTAINED A RARE LOOK AT

THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCES

GETTING READY FOR THE

IRANIAN-BACKED FORCES.

YOU CAN HEAR THE SOUND OF

PROTECTION BEING CREATED

IN THIS RUGGED TERRAIN.

THIS U.N. FLAG REPRESENTS

THE INTERNATIONAL BORDER.

I'M STANDING IN ISRAEL,

AND THE ISRAEL DEFENSES

FORCES HAVE BUILT A

BARRIER, MAYBE 15 TO

20 FEET HIGH TO PROTECT

AGAINST HEZBOLLAH IN

FILTRATIONS.

FIRST OF ALL, IT GIVES

US AN OBSERVATION POINT TO

SEE BETTER.

ON THE OTHER HAND, IT

GIVES US BETTER

PROTECTION.

TODAY IF A PERSON RUNS

TOWARDS THE BARRIER TO

CROSS IT, HE CAN'T RUN

EASILY.

HE NEEDS TO STOP FOR A

MOMENT OR TWO.

THAT GIVES US TIME TO

REACT.

WE KNOW THE OTHER SIDE

ISN'T INNOCENT.

WE'RE SEARCHING FOR THE

POINTS THAT ARE UNSEEN,

WHERE THEY CAN GET IN.

AND BECAUSE OF THIS, WE'RE

WORKING ON THE ENTIRE

BARRIER, NOT ON A SPECIFIC

POINT.

Chris: UP HERE ON THE

BORDER, THE ENEMY IS

ALWAYS A CLEAR AND PRESENT

DANGER.

JUST ABOUT A MILE AWAY

FROM HERE IS A LEBANESE

SHI'ITE VILLAGE, MOST

LIKELY A HEZBOLLAH

STRONGHOLD, AND ONE MORE

SIGN OF THE HEZBOLLAH

PRESENCE HERE ON THE

BORDER, JUST BEYOND THE

FENCE THERE YOU CAN SEE

THE YELLOW HEZBOLLAH FLAG.

Through Translator:

RIGHT HERE THERE IS AN

ISRAELI COMMUNITY, AND WE

SEE THAT THE COMMUNITY IS

CLOSE TO THE SECURITY

FENCE.

WE ARE THE LINE OF

DEFENSE, SO WE BUILT A

KIND OF WALL THAT BE CLOSE

TO THE COMMUNITY.

WE KNOW THAT THE INTENTION

OF HEZBOLLAH IS NOT ONLY

TO LOOK FOR MILITARY

TARGETS, ITS GOAL IS TO

HARM EVERY ISRAELI.

IT DOESN'T MATTER IF IT IS

A CHILD, A MAN, OR AN

ELDERLY PERSON.

THEIR GOAL IS TO HARM

ISRAELIS.

AND BECAUSE OF THAT, WE

PROTECT CIVILIANS AND ALSO

MILITARY PERSONNEL BECAUSE

THE GOAL OF THE MILITARY

IS TO PROTECT THE STATE.

Chris: THIS IS WHERE

THE LAST WAR BEGAN.

THIS MEMORIAL MARKS THE

SITE OF A HEZBOLLAH AMBUSH

IN 2006.

THEY KIDNAPPED TWO

SOLDIERS AND KILLED THREE.

AND THIS INCIDENT MARKS

THE BEGINNING OF THE

SECOND LEBANON WAR.

THEY PICKED THIS SPOT

BECAUSE IT IS A DEAD AREA

WITH NO CELL PHONE

RECEPTION.

THEY KNOW THE AREA WELL.

AND THEY DID FOLLOW UP,

AND WE ALSO BROADCAST A

CLIP ON THE NEWS WHERE

THEY DID THE KIDNAPPING.

Chris: ISRAELI

LEADERS BACK IN JERUSALEM

ARE ALSO AWAY HEZBOLLAH IS

THINKING ABOUT THE NEXT

WAR.

HEZBOLLAH IS PLANNING

ITS NEXT WAR TO CROSS THE

BORDER, TO GO ON THE

OFFENSIVE, AND WE HAVE TO

BE PREPARED FOR THAT AS

WELL.

THEY'RE TRYING TO TAKE A

TOWN CAPTIVE, SOMETHING

LIKE THIS.

HEZBOLLAH HAS POSED AS

ISRAEL'S LEADING MILITARY

OFFICIALS HAVE SAID, AS A

LEADING THREAT TO THE

COUNTRY.

AND THAT'S WHY THEY HAVE

TAKEN PRESEM TIF PRESUMPTIVE

REACTIONS.

Chris: ISRAEL'S GOAL

IS TO STOP SYRIAN WEAPONS

FROM GETTING INTO

HEZBOLLAH HANDS.

DESPITE THESE STRIKES,

LEBANESE MEDIA CLAIMS

HEZBOLLAH NOW POSSESSES

WHAT THEY CALL

GAME-CHANGING WEAPONS.

THEY HAVE ABOUT 1,000

ROCKETS, IN THE HANDS OF

HEZBOLLAH, AND THEY HAVE

NOT BEEN FIRED.

THEY CAN HIT AS FAR SOUTH

AS LOTT.

Chris: ONE MORE

REASON BEHIND THE NEED FOR

VIGILANCE HERE.

YOU LOOK AT THE AREA.

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL AREA.

NATURE, NOSTALGIC.

EVERYTHING LOOKS AS

INNOCENT AS POSSIBLE.

BUT FROM OUR UNDERSTANDING

OF THE ENEMY, WE KNOW

THERE WILL BE A WAR HERE,

AND THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO

PREPARE, TO PREVENT AN IN

FILTRATION FURTHER INSIDE.

Chris: CBN NEWS, ON

THE NORTHERN BORDER WITH

THE ISRAELI DEFENSE

FORCES.

Julie: THOUSANDS

KILLED AND MILLIONS MORE

ON THE RUN.

THAT'S JUST PART OF THE

COST FROM THE ONGOING

SYRIAN CIVIL WAR.

YET IN ALL OF THE CHAOS

AND HEARTACHE, UNEXPECTED

EXAMPLES OF COMPASSION

COULD BE HEALING MORE THAN

JUST PHYSICAL WOUNDS.

HERE IS WHAT I FOUND OUT

WHEN I VISITED THE WESTERN

GALILEE MEDICAL CENTER IN

NORTHERN ISRAEL.

THIS IS THE GOLAN HEIGHTS,

PART OF ISRAEL'S 54-MILE

BORDER WITH SYRIA.

FOR DECADES, IT REMAINED

FAIRLY QUIET.

AND THEN SIX YEARS AGO,

SYRIA ERUPTED INTO CIVIL WA

NOW REBEL FORCES AND RIAN TRPS BATTLE

EDUCATOR LESS THAN TWO

MILES AWAY.

IN THE MIDST OF THAT

FIGHTING, HIGHWAY, WE HOWEVER, WE

FOUND A PHENOMENON.

MANY HAVE CROSSED THE

BORDER FOR MEDICAL

TREATMENT IN ISRAEL.

MOST OF THEM ARE FACIAL

INJURIES.

Julie: THIS DOCTOR IS

AN EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT

SPECIALIST.

MOST OF THE INJURIES

ARE MID-FACE, LOWER FACE,

FROM GUNSHOT WOUNDS.

AND THOSE WHO SURVIVE,

THEY'RE BEING EVACUATED TO

US.

AND WE OPERATE.

WE DO RECONSTRUCTIVE

SURGERY.

Julie: HERE AT THE

GALILEE MEDICAL CENTER,

THEY HAVE TREATED MORE

THAN 1500 VICTIMS OF THE

SYRIAN CIVIL WAR IN THE

LAST THREE YEARS.

AND ALTHOUGH THEY ARE

ENEMY COUNTRIES, AT LEAST

THE SYRIANS ARE GETTING A

GOOD IMPRESSION OF THE

ISRAELI MEDICAL SYSTEM.

MAYBE THREE YEARS AGO

THEY WERE AFRAID TO BE

HERE.

ACTUALLY, OUR REPUTATION

IS WORKING FOR US IN

SYRIA.

WE GET ALSO PATIENTS THAT

WERE ASKED TO COME TO US.

Julie: DURING

TREATMENT, THEY STAY IN

REGULAR UNITS WHERE ABOUT

HALF THE STAFF SPEAK

ARABIC.

AND FOR EXTENDED MEDICAL

TREATMENT, THEY ARE MOVED

TO AN UNDERGROUND WARD.

WE CANNOT GO TO A PLACE

CONTROLLED BY THE REGIME

TO GET TREATMENT, SO WE

COME TO ISRAEL.

Julie: THIS SYRIAN

FARMER CAME TO ISRAEL

AFTER AN EXPLOSION

SEVERELY INJURED HIS

HANDS.

NO, I AM NOT AFRAID

BECAUSE I ASKED SOME GUYS

WHO WERE HERE ABOUT THE

TREATMENT.

THEY TREATED ME HUMANELY.

THEY DIDN'T DISCRIMINATE

AGAINST US AS SYRIANS OR

ENEMIES.

Julie: THIS MAN FIRST

RECEIVED TREATMENT IN

JORDAN AND THEN ISRAEL FOR

BULLET WOUNDS.

HE IS WORRIED ABOUT

POSSIBLE REPERCUSSIONS FOR

COMING TO ISRAEL FOR HELP.

WE GREW UP AS CHILDREN,

KNOWING THAT ISRAEL IS AN

ENEMY.

Julie: SARAH SAYS

THAT AS DOCTORS AND

CARE-GIVERS, THEY DON'T

SEE THE SYRIAN AS ENEMIES,

BUT AS PATIENTS.

WE TREAT PATIENTS.

WE TREAT PEOPLE.

AND THEY COME IN A SEVERE

STATE.

YOU SEE IT IN THEIR EYES.

THEY LOOK AT US WITH THEIR

EYES, AND THEY LOOK FOR

HELP.

THEY LOOK FOR COMPASSION.

Julie: AND HE SHARES

THE HOPE THAT THIS MEDICAL

HELP MIGHT EVENTUALLY MAKE

AN IMPACT FOR PEACE.

ONCE WE TREAT THEM, AND

YOU SEE THE TRUST AND

THEY'RE OPENING TO US, AND

IF WE CHANGE ONE SYRIAN,

AND THE SECOND AND THE

THIRD, AND THEY GO BACK TO

SYRIA, AND THEY WILL

EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN

THAT WE ARE NOT SO BAD.

Julie: SADLY,

HOWEVER, IT DOESN'T APPEAR

THESE PATIENTS WILL EVEN

SEE PEACE WITHIN THEIR OWN

COUNTRY ANY TIME SOON.

> COMING UP, THE VITAL

COMES ALIVE AS

ARCHEOLOGISTS UNCOVER

Julie: WELCOME BACK.

WHEN PEOPLE VISIT

JERUSALEM'S OLD CITY, THEY

MAY BELIEVE IT IS THE SAME

PLACE KING DAVID SET UP AS

HIS CAPITAL SOME 3,000

YEARS AGO.

BUT THAT IS NOT EXACTLY

THE CASE.

AND AS CHRIS MITCHELL

SHOWS US, ARCHEOLOGISTS

ARE UNCOVERING THE

ORIGINAL CITY AND TELLING

AN AMAZING STORY.

Chris: SO WE'RE

LOOKING AT THE CITY OF

DAVID FROM HERE --

THIS IS THE CITY OF

DAVID.

Chris: THIS WOMAN

SERVES AS THE OUTREACH

COORDINATOR FOR THE CITY

OF DAVID.

WELCOME TO THE CITY OF

DAVID.

UP TO 150 YEARS AGO,

EVERYBODY THOUGHT THAT THE

ANCIENT BIBLICAL JEWISH

LIES WITHIN THE CONFINES

OF THE OLD CITY RIGHT

BEHIND YOU, WITHIN THE

WALLS THERE.

THE QUESTION IS WHAT

HAPPENED 150 YEARS AGO,

AND WHERE IS THE ANCIENT

BIBLICAL JERUSALEM?

Chris: SHE THEN

HELPED ANSWER THAT

QUESTION BY EXPLAINING HOW

THE CITY OF DAVID LAY

HIDDEN FOR NEARLY 2,000

YEARS UNTIL A BRITISH

ARCHEOLOGIST BEGAN A

DISCOVERY THAT CONTINUES

TO THIS DAY.

OF COURSE, WE'RE

STANDING IN A MAGICAL

PLACE RIGHT NOW.

THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE

CHARLES JUAN SAW

SOMETHING.

AND WHEN HE SAW THIS, HE

KNEW HE REDISCOVERED THE

ANCIENT BIBLICAL

JERUSALEM.

Chris: WAS THIS THE

BEGINNING, SORT OF, OF THE

UNVEILING OF THE CITY OF

DAVID IN THE MODERN TIMES?

EXACTLY.

BECAUSE NOW WE HAVE A

2,000-YEAR PERIOD WHERE

SOMEBODY KNEW WHERE THE

ANCIENT CITY WAS.

MOST PEOPLE THOUGHT, WHEN

THEY CAME, WHAT THEY SAW

IN THE OLD CITY, THAT WAS

ANCIENT BIBLICAL

JERUSALEM.

IT WAS ONLY WHEN THEY

FOUND THIS, THAT, WAIT A

MINUTE, THE ANCIENT

JERUSALEM LIES OUTSIDE OF

WHAT WE CALL TODAY THE

CITY.

Chris: THIS TUNNEL

SYSTEM VISUALLY TELLS HOW

KING DAVID CAPTURED THE

CITY AND BRINGS THE BIBLE

TO LIFE.

WHEN WE SAW THIS, WE

SUDDENLY SAW EXACTLY HOW

THE PICTURE CAME TOGETHER.

AND MANY TIMES WHEN WE DO

EXCAVATIONS, WE ALSO DON'T

KNOW WHAT WE'RE LOOKING

AT.

AND THEN WE HAVE TO GO TO

THE BIBLE AND THAT STARTS

EXPLAINING IT.

SO IT IS THE BIBLE AND THE

ECECSEXEXCAVATIONS.

> WE ARE STANDING AT THE

PLACE OF ANOINTING.

Chris: IN FACT, THE

CITY OF DAVID ECHOES WITH

THE PEOPLE OF THE BIBLE.

A ABRAM, AND THEN WE GET

TO DAVID, SOLOMON, WE GET

TO ISAIAH, WHEN HE WAS

GIVING HIS PROPHECIES ON

THESE VERY WALLS HERE.

JEREMIAH, AFTERWARDS, WHEN

HE HAD TO SPEAK ABOUT THE

DESTRUCTION THAT WAS

LOOMING OVER JERUSALEM --

ALL OF THOSE THINGS

HAPPENED EXACTLY WHERE

WE'RE STANDING RIGHT NOW.

Chris: MORE THAN 10

YEARS AGO, ARCHEOLOGISTS

DISCOVERED OTHER SITE THAT

WAS FED BY THE NEARBY

GIHIN SPRING.

IT IS THE PLACE WHERE

JESUS HEALED THE BLIND MAN

AND WHERE THEY WOULD

GATHER FOR THE FEAST OF

THE LORD.

THREE TIMES A YEAR, ALL

OF THE MEN HAD TO COME TO

THE POOL, AND FROM THERE,

GET READY TO GO TO TEMPLE

MOUNT.

THIS IS THE WALK THAT ALL

OF THE APOSTLES CAN DO

AGAIN WHEN THEY COME TO

JERUSALEM.

Chris: HAMIN SEES

THIS FINAL ASSENT AS A

MERGER BETWEEN ARCHEOLOGY

AND PROPHECY.

THEY ARE SAYING WE ARE

AGAIN EXCAVATING THIS ROAD

AND PROPHECY IS AGAIN

BEING FULFILLED.

IT SAYS, REMOVE THE STONES

FOR MY PEOPLE'S RETURN.

Chris: ONE ON-GOING

EXCAVATION IS THIS TUNNEL

LEADING TO THE TEMPLE

MOUNT.

HAMIN SAYS IT REVEALS THE

PAST AND OPENS A DOOR TO

THE FUTURE.

ONE OF THE CITY OF DAVID'S

MOST AMBITIOUS PROJECTS IS

THIS EXCAVATION CALLED THE

GIVATI, WHERE THE ENTIRE

HISTORY OF JERUSALEM IS

BEING REVEALED AS IF THE

ROCKS ARE CRYING OUT.

YOU CAN SEE EXACTLY HOW

HEY DISAPPEARED FROM

CIVILIZATION BECAUSE ONE

TY WAS BUT UPON THE

OTHER.

YOU COULD SEE HOW THE CITY

COULD HAVE LOST HOPE,

THINKING, WHO IS EVER

GOING TO DISCOVER ME

AGAIN.

UNTIL GOD SAYS, NOTHING

CAN STOP IT.

Chris: HAMIN SEES

PROPHECY UNFDING.

WE'VE STAEDTO SEEN

THE LAST DECADE, THE

BLUEPRINTS.

SHE IS STARTING TO SHARE

WHAT SHE LOOKED LIKE TO US

AGAIN.

YOU CAN SEE HOW PROPHECY

IS HERE AS WE GO.

SHAKE OFF YOUR DUST,

ARISE, AND TAKE YOUR

RIGHTFUL PLACE, JERUSALEM.

YOU CAN SEE THE BUCKETS

FLYING.

YOU CAN SEE THE DUST

LITERALLY FLYING ABOUT,

HOW SHE IS SHAKING OFF HER

DUST.

Chris: SHE CONSIDERS

HER ROLE IN THE CITY OF

DAVID A PRIVILEGE.

I CALL MYSELF THE

LUCKIEST PERSON IN THE

WORLD, THE LUCKIEST GIRL

IN THE WORLD, BECAUSE I

HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO

TAKE WHAT WE SEE HERE AND

TELL THE PEOPLE ABOUT THE

CITY OF DAVID, ABOUT THE

ANCIENT JERUSALEM.

AND EVERYSON WHO IS

SERIOUS ABOUTICAL

PROPHECY NEEDS TO OW

Julie: UP NEXT,

ISRAEL MOURNS THE PASSING

OF A BELOVED CHRONICLER OF

ITS HISTORY.

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

ISRAEL MOURNED THE PASSING

OF WORLD REKNOWED

PHOTOGRAPHER AND FRIEND OF

CBN NEWS, DAVID RUBINGER.

HE WAS 92, AND HE

CHRONICLED ISRAEL'S

HISTORY SINCE BEFORE THE

BEGINNING OF THE STATE.

HERE IS A STORY WE DID

EARLIER ABOUT HIS LIFE AND

WORK.

Chris: MORE THAN 60

YEARS AGO, ISRAELI PHOTO

JOURNALIST DAVID RUBINGER

BEGAN HIS CAREER, JUST

BEFORE THE BIRTH OF THE

STATE OF ISRAEL.

IT GAVE ME A CHANCE

THAT VERY FEW

PHOTOGRAPHERS HAVE TO

REALLY COVER A STORY,

WHICH -- AN ENTIRE STORY,

FROM "A" TO "Z".

Chris: HE TELLS HIS

STORY, AND ISRAEL'S, IN A

BOOK CALLED "ISRAEL,

THROUGH MY LENS."

HE DOCUMENTED THOSE EARLY

HISTORIC DAYS, LIKE THE

DAY IN 1947, WHEN THE U.N.

VOTED FOR THE

ESTABLISHMENT OF A JEWISH

STATE.

PEOPLE WERE DANCING IN

THE STREET.

THE YOUNG KIDS -- THERE

WAS A BRITISH ARMOURED CAR

WITH THE BRITISH POLICE

NUMBERS ON IT AND A HAND

PAINTED FLAG.

Chris: HE LATER

WORKED FOR YEARS AS TIME

LIFE'S PHOTOGRAPHER.

HE SHOWED ISRAEL'S FIRST

YEARS, ITS FIGHT FOR

INDEPENDENCE, AND THE JOY

OF JEWS RETURNING TO THE

PROMISED LAND FROM ALL

OVER THE WORLD.

THE IDEA, THE FEELING,

THE STRIVING FOR, QUOTE,, QUOTE, FOR EQUAL ITY,

SOCIAL JUSTICE.

Chris: DURING HIS

CAREER, HE HAS

PHOTOGRAPHED NEARLY ALL OF

ISRAEL'S LEADERS FROM

JERUSALEM'S MAYOR TEDDY

COLICK, TO SHIMON PERES,

AND GOLDA MEIR AT THE

KNESSET AND AT HER

KITCHEN.

THEN ISRAEL GENERALS RABIN

AND MOSHA DIAN, AND, OF

COURSE, DAVID BEN-GURION.

THIS MAC FACE WAS

SOMETHING.

IT WAS STRONG, LIKE A

ROCK.

Chris: HE HAS COVERED

ISRAEL'S TRIUMPHS,

CAPTURING THE JUBILATION

AFTER THE SUCCESSFUL RAID

ON INTEBI.

HE SHOWED ISRAEL SUFFERING

THROUGH ITS MANY WARS.

ONE OF MY DEAREST

PICTURES WAS TAKEN IN

1980.

A VERY, VERY INTIMATE

PICTURE BETWEEN TWO

LEADERS OF THE WARS.

Chris: BUT HIS MOST

FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH CAME

DURING THE 1967 SIX-DAY

WAR.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN

NEARLY 2500 YEARS, ISRAELI

PARATROOPERS CAPTURED

JERUSALEM'S OLD CITY AND

THE FAMOUS WESTERN WALL.

THE PARATROOPERS CAME TO

THE WALL, AND RUBINGER WAS

THERE.

IN ORDER TO GET ANY

LITTLE BIT OF PERSPECTIVE,

I WANTED TO SHOOT FROM THE

WALL.

I WAS LYING ON THE GROUND

AND SHOOTING.

AND I GOT THREE FRAMES,

NEARLY IDENTICAL.

Chris: YEARS LATER,

HE PHOTOGRAPHED THOSE SAME

THREE PA PARATROOPERS BACK AT

THE WESTERN WALL.

THE MEN AND THEIR COUNTRY

HAVE GROWN UP.

GROWN UP IS THE WORD.

GONE IS THE BEAUTY OF

CHILDHOOD.

Chris: SINCE 1967,

RUBINGER FEELS ISRAEL HAS

MADE UNWISE DECISIONS.

HE IS VERY CRITICAL OF

MANY OF ITS POLICIES.

BUT AS THE NATION

CELEBRATIONS ONE MORE

ANNIVERSARY, HE SAYS IT

HAS BEEN A REMARKABLE

HISTORY.

SUMMING UP 62 YEARS,

YOU STILL CANNOT AVOID

REALIZING ONE THING: I

THINK IT IS UNPRECEDENTED

IN HISTORY WHAT PEOPLE DID

IN 60 YEARS WHAT THIS

COUNTRY DID.

Julie: COMING UP, AN

NBA STAR WINS AN AWARD AND

PLAYS BASKETBALL IN

JERUSALEM.

FORMER NBA STAR AMARE

STOUDEMIRE WAS HONORED IN

JERUSALEM BY THE

AMERICAN-JEWISH COMMUNITY

AND THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

THE JEWISH NATIONAL

RELATIONS COUNCIL OF NEW

YORK PRESENTED HIM THE

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

AWARD THAT HONORS THOSE

WHO PROMOTE PEACEFUL

CO-EXISTENCE.

HE IS INVOLVED IN HELPING

CHILDREN AT RISK THROUGH

ART AND BASKETBALL.

AMARE STOUDEMIRE RETIRED

FROM THE NEW YORK KNICKS

AFTER 14 SEASONS LAST

SUMMER, AND THEN JOINED AN

ISRAELI TEAM, WHICH HE

CO-OWNS.

I WANTED TO PLAY

BASKETBALL HERE IN

JERUSALEM.

I ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY

HERE.

IT HAS BEEN A QUEST FOR ME

TO LIVE ABROAD, MY FAMILY

AND I.

THE HISTORY HERE IS GRAND.

I MEAN, FOR ANYONE WHO

BELIEVES IN THE BIBLE,

THIS IS SOMETHING I THINK

THE WORLD GRAVITATES TO

BECAUSE IT IS THE HUB OF

BIBLICAL STUDIES.

SO THAT'S VERY SPECIAL FOR

ME.

Julie: HE AND HIS

FAMILY CURRENTLY LIVE IN

JERUSALEM.

HE AND HIS TEAM WON THE

ISRAELI LEAGUE CHAMPION IN

2015.

> THAT'S ALL FOR THIS

EDITION.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

REMEMBER YOU CAN FOLLOW US

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I'M JULIE STAAL, AND WE'LL

SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

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