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Jerusalem Dateline: 4/28/17 Will Trump Announce Embassy Move For Jerusalem Day?

Will US President Trump announce embassy move on expected historic visit to Israel? and a behind the scenes look at CBN's new docudrama ‘In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem,’ plus Israel celebrates independence -- nearly seven decades ... ... Read Transcript


Chris: HELLO, AND

WELCOME TO THIS EDITION OF

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

U.S. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS

EXPECTED TO PAY HIS FIRST

VISIT TO THE JEWISH STATE

MAY 22 AND 24rd.

23rd.

THOSE DATES ARE

SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE ISRAEL

WILL BE CELEBRATING

JERUSALEM DAY, MARKING THE

REUNIFICATION OF THE CITY

DURING THE 1967 SIX-DAY

WAR.

MANY THINK HE WILL DECLARE

THAT ISRAEL'S CAPITAL IN

JERUSALEM, AND THEY MAY

MOVE THE U.S. EMBASSY FROM

TEL AVIV TO JERUSALEM.

I THINK I CAN SAFELY

SAY IT IS A NEW DAY FOR

ISRAEL AT THE UNITED

NATIONS.

Chris: NIC HALIFAX NIKKI HALEY

SAID THAT IN A SPEECH TO

MORE THAN 600 DELEGATES IN

NEW YORK.

SHE SAYS THE U.N. MUST

STOP SINGLING OUT THE

JEWISH STATE, AND IT NEEDS

TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IRAN

IS THE REAL SOURCE OF

INSTABILITY AND TERROR IN

THE MIDDLE EAST.

MAHMOUD ABBAS IS SCHEDULED

TO VISIT THE WHITE HOUSE

AND MEET WITH PRESIDENT

TRUMP FOR THE FIRST TIME.

EARLIER THIS YEAR, ISRAELI

PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU, JORDAN'S KING

ABDULLAH, el-SISI, AND

SAUDI ARABIA'S CROWN

PRINCE ALL CAME TO THE

WHITE HOUSE.

IT IS ONE MORE ATTEMPT TO

STRIKE A PEACE DEAL

BETWEEN ISRAELIS AND

PALESTINIANS.

SOME PUT THE BLAME ON

ISRAEL'S SO-CALLED

OCCUPATION OF THE WEST

BANK, BUT FOR YEARS

PALESTINIANS HAVE WAGED A

TERRORISM CAMPAIGN AGAINST

ISRAELIS.

BUT WHAT IS THE REASON

BEHIND THIS ONGOING

TERRORISM IN ISRAEL?

WELL, PALESTINIANS POINT

TO ANGER OVER CLAIMS OF

ISRAELI OCCUPATION, AND

OTHERS BLAME IT ON

HOPELESSNESS AND DISPAIR.

CORRUPTION IN THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

COULD BE DRIVING YOUNG

PALESTINIANS TO CARRY OUT

TERROR ATTACKS.

IN GENERAL, PEOPLE ARE

NOT FEELING SAFE.

IF ANYONE COMPLAINS ABOUT

ANYONE THAT BELONGS TO

FATAH OR THE PALESTINIAN

AUTHORITY, OR AGAINST

ANYONE RELATED TO SOMEONE

IN THE PALESTINIAN

AUTHORITY, THE POLICE

REJECT THE COMPLAINT.

Chris: AKMED IS ONE

OF SOME TWO MILLION ARABS

LIVING UNDER P.A. CONTROL

IN THE WEST BANK.

WE HAVE HIDDEN HIS

IDENTITY FOR HIS

PROTECTION.

EVEN IF SOMEBODY HAS

BEEN ASSAULTED BY SOMEONE

WHO BELONGS TO THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AND

COMPLAINS, THEY FORCE HIM

TO BACK DOWN, OR HE IS

THREATENED WITH DEATH OR

JAIL.

Chris: THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

GOVERNMENT IS IN RAMALLAH.

SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN

THE MID-'90s, THE U.S.

HAS COMMITTED ABOUT

$5 BILLION INSISTENCE.

THAT WOULD MAKE

PALESTINIANS AMONG THE

WORLD'S LARGEST RECIPIENTS

OF FOREIGN AID.

SOMETIMES I BELIEVE

THAT THE REVOLUTIONARY

COUNCIL IS THE COUNCIL OF

CORRUPTION, AND THE

COMMITTEE IS A COMMITTEE

TO ENFORCE THE POLICY OF

CORRUPTION.

Chris: RAMI HAMDALLUH

SAYS THERE IS NO

CORRUPTION IN THE P.A.

USUALLY IF WE HAVE ANY

WORD OF CORRUPTION, THESE

PEOPLE WILL BE BROUGHT TO

JUSTICE.

THIS IS OUR POLICY.

BUT IN ANY COUNTRY,

MISTAKES CAN HAPPEN.

IF ANYONE COMMITS ANY OF

THESE ISSUES, ACTUALLY, HE

OR SHE WILL BE BROUGHT TO

JUSTICE.

Chris: ACCORDING TO A

SURVEY LAST YEAR, MORE

THAN 95% OF PALESTINIANS

SEE THEIR GOVERNMENT AS

CORRUPT.

WE ACTUALLY -- PEOPLE

CAN'T SEE ANYTHING.

EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT

ONCE YOU COMPLAIN, YOU'RE

PUTTING YOUR LIFE IN

DANGER.

AND THE POLICY OF THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY, IF

A PERSON HAS A PROBLEM

WITH AN OFFICIAL, EVEN IF

THIS OFFICIAL ASKS HIM FOR

A BRIBE, THAT PERSON HAS

TO PAY, EVEN IF HE HAS

NOTHING.

THAT PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

AND THE SECURITY SERVICES

COME AGAINST HIM, AND

NOBODY WILL PROTECT HIM.

Chris: PRESIDENT

TRUMP SAYS HE WANTS A

PEACE DEAL BETWEEN ISRAEL

AND THE PALESTINIANS, BUT

AHMED SAYS LACK OF PEACE

ISN'T THE PROBLEM.

I WANT THE WEST AND THE

UNITED NATIONS TO

ESTABLISH AN INQUIRY

DELEGATION, AN HONEST ONE,

TO INQUIRE INTO ALL OF

THOSE CRIMES THAT ARE

PERPETRATED AGAINST

PALESTINIANS BY THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY.

I AM CONVINCED THAT ONCE

JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED,

HUNDREDS OF THOSE GUILTY

PEOPLE WILL BE PUT IN

PRISON.

Chris: AHMED WANTS

THE WEST AND THE UNITED

NATIONS TO PRESSURE THE

P.A. TO BECOME AN HONEST

GOVERNMENT.

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

IN OUR HANDS TH: THE BATTLE

FOR JERUSALEM, IS ONE OF

CBN'S LARGEST PRODUCTIONS

TO DATE.

THEY WORKED WITH OVER 250

ACTORS AND EXTRAS.

EVERY LINE OF DIALOGUE

COMES FROM RECORDS AND

DIARIES AND INTERVIEWS.

AND MANY OF THE BATTLES

WERE ACTUALLY FILMED IN

THEIR EXACT LOCATIONS.

EFREM GRAHAM SAT DOWN WITH

SOME OF THE MEMBERS OF THE

CAST AND CREW TO SEE HOW

THEY MADE THIS EPIC CREW.

WE SHALL DESTROY ISRAEL

AND ITS INHABITANTS.

Efrem: ARAB NATIONS

SURROUNDED ISRAEL IN 1967

WITH A BATTLE PLAN.

OUR GOAL IS CLEAR: TO

WIPE ISRAEL OFF THE MAP.

Efrem: THEY

OUT-MANNED AND OUT-GUNNED

THE YOUNG COUNTRY.

THE SYRIAN ARMY, WITH

ITS FINGER ON THE TRIGGER

IS UNITED.

I BELIEVE THE TIME HAS

COME TO BEGIN A BATTLE OF

ANNIHILATION.

Efrem: THE JEWISH

NATION'S SURVIVAL HINGED

ON A WAR THAT WOULD LAST

ONLY SIX DAYS.

THOSE DAYS ARE RELIVED IN

THE FILM "IN OUR HANDS:

THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM."

THROUGH THE COMPELLING

STORIES OF ISRAELI

PARATROOPERS.

YOU LIV LEAVE HERE, YOU

WON'T BE COMING BACK.

IF I DON'T LEAVE, NONE

OF YOU WILL BE COMING

BACK.

Efrem: PRODUCTION

TOOK JUST OVER A YEAR TO

COMPLETE, AND ONE OF THE

MOST PIVOTAL BATTLE SCENES

WAS SHOT RIGHT HERE.

WE DID THE SHOOTING

RIGHT HERE.

THIS WAS ACTUALLY

ORIGINALLY MONTEGORE'S

JEEP, A CHARACTER PLAYED

BY SHARON.

Efrem: ON LOCATION AT

AMMUNITION HILL, WE TALKED

WITH ACTORS EDON BARKI.

MY GRANDFATHER WAS IN

THE SIEGE ON JERUSALEM

BEFORE.

AND HE WAS TELLING ABOUT

IT TO ME, WHEN I WAS

YOUNG.

AND IT WAS, LIKE, YOU

KNOW, UNBELIEVABLE THAT

I'M PLAYING, LIKE, THE ONE

THAT, YOU KNOW, LEFT THE

CITY AND TOOK IT BACK,

WHICH IS THE PLACE THAT MY

GRANDFATHER USED TO BE

HERE, LIKE, YOU KNOW,

UNPROTECTED.

Efrem: SHARON PLACE

MONTEGORE.

AND EDON PLAYS ARIT AKMAN.

YOU WANT ME TO PLAN AN

ENTIRE WAR IN TWO DAYS?

YES.

I'M AT THE UNIVERSITY

FULL-TIME.

I'M ABOUT TO TAKE MY FINAL

EXAMS.

SO YOU BETTER GET TO

WORK.

Efrem: BOTH OF THESE

GENTLEMEN, VERY IMPRESSIVE

IN TERMS OF THEIR LIVES.

YES.

Efrem: WERE YOU

NERVOUS ABOUT PORTRAYING

PEOPLE WHO PEOPLE

CELEBRATE AND WHO ARE

HEROS?

YOU FEEL OBLIGATED TO

HONOR THAT PERSON, BUT IT

IS JUST -- HE IS SUCH A

GREAT PERSON.

I WAS HUMBLED.

I JUST TRIED TO DO MY

BEST.

I TRIED TO GIVE OUT THE

EMOTION AND THE TENSION OF

THE MOMENT I WAS IN.

ME, MYSELF, I SERVED THE

ARMY, BUT I NEVER REALLY

FOUGHT IN BIG, GREAT WARS,

FORTUNATELY.

Efrem: THIS FILM HITS

CLOSE TO HOME FOR MANY

CAST MEMBERS.

I, MYSELF, WAS IN THE

ARMY, IN THE PARATROOPERS,

SO I COULD GIVE MY INPUT

TO THE PART IN THE MOVIE,

BUT IT WAS MORE REAL THAN

JUST A MEMORY OF THE

ISRAELI HISTORY.

Efrem: BEN SHOSHAY

PLAYS URAM SIMOSH.

> WERE THERE ANY SCENES

THAT WERE DIFFICULT FOR

YOU?

WHAT WAS THE MOST

MEMORABLE SCENE FOR YOU?

THE MOST MEMORABLE WAS

THE ACTRESS WHO PLAYS THE

WOMAN THAT GIVES ME THE

FLAG OF ISRAEL TO PUT ON

THE WALL.

IT WAS VERY EMOTIONAL.

I BROUGHT YOU A FLAG.

THIS FLAG FLIES IN THE OLD

CITY BEFORE WE LEFT IN

1948.

WHEN YOU GET TO THE WALL,

I WANT YOU TO HANG THIS

FLAG.

OF COURSE.

IT WILL BE OUR HONOR.

ACTION!

Efrem: GUIDING THESE

EMOTIONAL SCENES, PRODUCER

AND DIRECTOR ERIN

ZIMMERMAN.

THERE ARE SO MANY

AMAZING HUMAN STORIES, I

DIDN'T WANT TO DO A DRY

DOCUMENTARY.

WHERE YOU HAVE OLD FOOTAGE

WHERE YOU'RE SAYING, THIS

REGIMEN MOVED HERE.

Efrem: THIS FILM

BEING ABOUT WAR, THERE IS

A LOT OF DARKNESS IN IT,

BUT I FELT LIKE THERE IS

ALSO A LOT OF LIGHT IN

THIS FILM AS WELL.

IT WAS INTENTIONAL TO

END ON A HIGH NOTE, BUT IT

WAS ALSO MY INTENTION NOT

TO GIVE AN EMPTY, HEY,

YAY, WAR, WE WON, BECAUSE

THERE ARE SO MANY

CASUALTIES AND SO MANY

INJURIES, AND PEOPLE WHO

BOTH MENTALLY AND

PHYSICALLY WERE NEVER THE

SAME AFTER THAT WAR.

IT IS GOOD WORK.

Efrem: EFREM GRAHAM,

CBN NEWS, JERUSALEM.

Chris: AT THIS YEAR'S

APEC CONFERENCE, GORDON

ROBERTSON SPOKE TO AN

ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD ABOUT

THE FILM'S INCEPTION.

WHY DID CBN DECIDE TO

MAKE THIS FILM, WHY NOW?

Gordon: WE WERE IN

THE MIDDLE OF SHOOTING

"THE HOPE," WHICH CAME OUT

LAST YEAR.

AND THIS IS TWO YEARS AGO.

AND ERIN ZIMMERMAN, THE

WRITER/DIRECTOR OF THAT,

SAID WE NEED TO DO

SOMETHING ON THE SIX-DAY

WAR.

AND I SAID OKAY, BUT

REALIZED IT IS GOING TO BE

RELEASED ON THE 50th

ANNIVERSARY, WE CAN'T

EXTEND THE DEADLINE.

WE'VE GOT TO HIT THE

DEADLINE.

THAT WAS AFTER "THE HOPE"

ENDEDED UP IN A DELAY

PROCESS, AND SO IT WAS

SOME RISK, BUT I SAID,

YES, LET'S DO IT.

WHAT I REALLY LIKED ABOUT

IT WAS, WE WERE GOING TO

TELL IT FROM THE

STANDPOINT OF THE SOLDIERS

OF THE 55th PARATROOPER

BRIGADE.

LET'S SEE IT FROM THEIR

EYES.

DO IT AS A DOCUMENTARY OF

THE MEN WHO ACTUALLY

FOUGHT.

OBVIOUSLY, YOU HAD TO

MAKE A LOT OF DECISIONS

ABOUT WHICH PARTS TO

INCLUDE AND WHICH PARTS

NOT TO INCLUDE.

SOME MIGHT THINK YOU WOULD

START THE FILM WITH THE

BEGINNING OF THE WAR.

INSTEAD YOU START THE WAR

THREE WEEKS EARLIER DURING

A PERIOD KNOWN AS THE

WAITING.

WHY WAS IT IMPORTANT TO

INCLUDE THAT PERIOD IN THE

FILM?

Gordon: I THOUGHT IT

WAS IMPORTANT TO SHOW THE

WORLD JUST HOW PERILOUS

THE SITUATION WAS FOR

ISRAEL, THAT IT TRULY WAS

A MIRACLE THAT THEY WON.

THERE IS A JOKE THAT WAS

CIRCULATING AROUND TEL

AVIV AND IN THE AIRPORT

THERE WAS A SIGN PUT UP,

THE LAST ONE TO LEAVE,

PLEASE TURN OUT THE

LIGHTS.

SO THE STATE WAS TRULY AT

RISK.

AND THE FEAR WAS

ANNIHILATION.

THEY STOCKPILED BODY BAGS.

THEY DUG GRAVES IN

JERUSALEM AND TEL AVIV,

ANTICIPATING NOT JUST

SOLDIERS, BUT CIVILIANS

WOULD BE KILLED IN HUGE

NUMBERS.

AND YOU HAVE TO TELL THAT

PART OF THE STORY IN ORDER

TO EXPLAIN WHAT HAPPENED

AND JUST WHAT AN

INCREDIBLE SUCCESS IT WAS

THAT ISRAEL ACTUALLY WON

THAT WAR.

YOU TALKED A LITTLE

ABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING

ON THE CIVILIAN SIDE, IN

TERMS OF PREPARING PARKS

AND THINGS LIKE THIS.

SOME OF YOUR RESEARCH INTO

THE FILM, IN MAKING THE

FILM -- WHAT DID YOU LEARN

ABOUT WHAT THE I.D.F. WAS

ACTUALLY DOING DURING THIS

PLAN.

WERE THEY MAKING PLANS TO

CAPTURE JERUSALEM?

Gordon: ABSOLUTELY

THEY HAD NO PLANS TO

CAPTURE JERUSALEM.

THE 55th PARATROOPER

BRIGADE, THEY WERE

INTENDED TO GO TO SINAI.

THEY WEREN'T INTENDED TO

GO TO JERUSALEM AT ALL.

AND IT WAS AMAZING THAT

THEY WERE ABLE TO PLAN AND

PREPARE THE BATTLE FOR

JERUSALEM LITERALLY

OVERNIGHT.

IT WAS LESS THAN 12 HOURS.

WOW.

Gordon: I THINK ONE

OF THE GREAT HEROS -- YOU

DON'T HEAR HIS NAME A

LOT -- AARON AKMED.

HE PUT TOGETHER THE BATTLE

PLAN, AND THAT WAS THE

PLAN THEY EXECUTED ON.

AND HE LITERALLY HAD HOURS

TO PUT THAT PLAN TOGETHER.

WOW, THAT IS ABSOLUTELY

AMAZING.

I KNOW WE PUT THIS

CONFERENCE TOGETHER AND WE

WORK ON IT ALL YEAR LONG.

AND FOR SOMEBODY TO DO IT

THAT QUICKLY, FOR A

CONQUEST LIKE THAT, IS

AMAZING.

Gordon: AND YOU

SHOULD KNOW.

YOU WERE IN THE IDEA.

YOU TALKED ABOUT -- YOU

USED A LOT OF FIRST-PERSON

NARRATIVES THROUGHOUT THIS

FILM.

WHY WAS IT IMPORTANT TO

USE ACTUAL NARRATIVES?

Gordon: I THINK IT

PERSONALLIZEPERSONALIZES IT AND MAKES

IT ACCURATE, FOR LACK OF A

BETTER WORD.

WHEN YOU HEAR DIALOGUE IN

THIS FILM, IT WAS WORDS

THAT WERE ACTUALLY SPOKEN.

WE DON'T MAKE UP LINES OR

CONVERSATIONS.

THERE IS RESEARCH GOING

INTO EVERY LINE IN THE

MOVIE.

AND THE IDEA IS WE REALLY

WANT TO CONVEY WHAT THE

SOLDIERS ACTUALLY

DISCUSSED, HOW THE BATTLE

PLANS WERE CREATED, WHAT

WAS GOING THROUGH THEIR

MIND.

AND THEN WE HAVE

INTERVIEWS WITH THE

SURVIVORS, THE MEMBERS OF

THE 55th PARATROOPER

BRIGADE WHO ARE ALIVE

TODAY, GIVING THEIR

REFLECTIONS NOW 49, 50

YEARS LATER.

WHAT DO THEY THINK ABOUT

WHAT THEY DID?

AND I WOULD RATHER HEAR

FROM THEM THAN HEAR FROM

AN HISTORIAN.

WE DO HAVE EXPERTS IN

THERE, BUT THE REAL DRIVER

FOR ME IS LET'S TELL THE

STORY FROM THE STANDPOINT,

THE VIEWPOINT, OF THE

I.D.F. SOLDIER.

WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT

THESE SOLDIERS WHO WENT

THROUGH THIS, AND YOU READ

THESE INTERVIEWS AND YOU

SEE WHAT HAPPENED, WHAT

REALLY STRUCK YOU AS KIND

OF THE MOST POIGNANT

LESSONS THEY CAN TAKE AWAY

FROM IT TODAY?

Gordon: THERE IS A

SCENE WHERE THEY'RE

DISCUSSING THE BATTLE, AND

THEY SAY JERUSALEM HAS NOT

BEEN CONQUERED FROM THE

EAST SINCE THE TIME OF

KING DAVID.

AND THEN THE RESPONSE

COME: WELL, THIS WILL BE

THE SECOND TIME.

AND THEN THERE IS A

PAUSE...AND THE LAST TIME.

AND FOR ME, THAT PIECE

WAS --

[APPLAUSE]

Gordon: THAT JUST

MADE YOU FEEL GOOD.

[APPLAUSE]

Gordon: THAT'S A

MOMENT.

THAT'S A MOMENT IN THE

FILM.

VERY POWERFUL.

> EARLIER I HAD

MENTIONED IN THE LAST 50

YEARS, UNDER ISRAELI RULE,

PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS WERE

ABLE TO PRAY AT THE HOLY

SITES IN THE OLD CITY.

AS A CHRISTIAN, WHAT DOES

THAT MEAN TO YOU?

Gordon: MY FIRST TRIP

TO ISRAEL WAS BACK IN

1969.

AND I REMEMBER THE JOY AT

THE WESTERN WALL.

AND THEN I WENT AGAIN

REPEATEDLY THROUGHOUT THE

1970s.

THERE WAS A MOMENT ON

CHRISTMAS EVE WHERE WE HAD

A CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

OUTSIDE THE TOWN OF

BETHLEHEM.

AND SO WE'RE ON A HILL

OVERLOOKING, AND BEDOUIN

SHEPHERDS WANTED TO SEE

WHAT THESE CRAZY AMERICANS

WERE DOING WITH CANDLES ON

CHRISTMAS EVE, AND THEY

BROUGHT THEIR FLOCKS UP.

THEY WERE WATCHING OVER

THEIR FLOCKS BY NIGHT.

IT WAS A MOMENT WHEN WE

SHARED A SERVICE WITH

BEDOUINS, WITH THEIR

SHEEP, OVERLOOKING

BETHLEHEM.

TODAY I CAN'T GO TO

BETHLEHEM.

IT'S NOT SAFE FOR ME TO DO

THAT.

AND SO WHEN THE U.N. COMES

OUT AND SAYS EAST

JERUSALEM IS UNDER A

BLATENTLY ILLEGAL

OCCUPATION, I GO, UH-UH.

NO.

TO TURN EAST JERUSALEM

OVER TO THE PALESTINIANS,

AS A CHRISTIAN, THAT MEANS

I CAN NO LONGER GO TO THE

CHURCH OF THE HOLY

SEPULCHRE.

I CAN NO LONGER GO TO THE

GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE.

I CAN NO LONGER GO TO THE

MOUNT OF OLIVES.

I CAN NO LONGER GO TO THE

WESTERN WALL.

I CAN'T IMAGINE AN ISRAEL

LIKE THAT.

GORDON, THANK YOU VERY

MUCH.

I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING

THE FULL FILM.

*

Chris: WELCOME BACK.

THIS WEEK ISRAEL MARKS ITS

69th BIRTHDAY AS A

NATION.

LIKE MANY AMERICANS,

ISRAELIS CELEBRATE THEIR

INDEPENDENCE WITH PICNICS,

PARTIES, AND FIREWORKS.

BUT THOSE CELEBRATIONS

OFTEN PALE IN COMPARISON

TO THE MIRACLE THAT LED TO

THEIR INDEPENDENCE.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Chris: HERE IN

INDEPENDENCE HALL ON MAY

14, 1948, DAVID BEN-GURION

DECLARED THE FORMATION OF

THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN

NEARLY 2,000 YEARS THE

JEWISH PEOPLE WERE A

NATION ONCE AGAIN.

THIS IS WHERE ISRAEL

WAS BORN.

WHEN PEOPLE COME HERE,

THEY ARE ASTONISHED TO SEE

THIS PLACE.

MOST OF THE PEOPLE THAT

VISIT HERE, THEIR FIRST

REACTION IS: THIS IS IT?

THAT'S ALL YOU HAVE HERE?

Chris: BEN-GURION AND

HIS TEAM LOOKED FOR AN IN

CONSPICUOUS PLACE TO

DECLARE STATE HOOD.

DURING A 1978 RENOVATION,

THE DECISION WAS MADE TO

TAKE THE BUILDING BACK TO

ITS ORIGINAL LOOK.

IT WILL TEACH YOU THAT

GOD HAS A TENDENCY TO

PERFORM HIS BEST MIRACLES

IN THE MOST HUMBLE PLACES.

THIS PLACE IS ONE OF THOSE

PLACES.

Chris: ACCORDING TO

I'S CAISAAC DURE, IT SHOOK THE

WORLD AND BECAME A HAVEN

FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

HOW MANY PEOPLE PRAYED

FOR IT EVERY DAY.

WHEN THE JEWS SAID NEXT

SEASON IN JERUSALEM, NEXT

SEASON IN JERUSALEM --

THAT'S WHAT THEY MEANT.

Chris: WHEN ISRAEL

DECLARED ITS INDEPENDENCE,

DANCING FILLED THE STREET.

BUT THE VERY NEXT DAY

ARMIES OF FIVE ARAB

NATIONS INVADED THE

NEWBORN STATE.

WHEN IT COMES TO THE

STORY OF WORLD

INDEPENDENCE, WE DON'T

HAVE MANY ANSWERS THERE.

IT IS VERY HARD FOR US TO

EXPLAIN.

CALL IT A MIRACLE.

CALL IT WHATEVER YOU WANT,

BUT WE ARE HERE.

Chris: 130,000 PEOPLE

VISIT THIS TINY HALL EACH

YEAR TO HEAR ABOUT THE

MIRACLE OF ISRAEL,

INCLUDING TOURISTS, LIKE

THIS GROUP FROM

MASSACHUSETTS.

I DIDN'T EXPECT IT TO

BE SO MOVING.

MY WHOLE LIFE ISRAEL HAS

ALWAYS BEEN HERE.

SO I THINK IN SOME WAYS, I

TOOK IT FOR GRANTED.

AND NOW I FELT LIKE I WAS

HERE THAT DAY.

Chris: ACROSS THE

STREET IS THIS MONUMENT,

WITH A SCRIPTURE FROM

JEREMIAH: "AGAIN I WILL

BUILD YOU, AND YOU SHALL

BE REBUILT O VIRGIN OF

ISRAEL."

SURROUNDED BY SKYSCRAPERS

AND A NEW GENERATION

VISITING THE HALL, IT IS

TESTAMENT TO GOD'S

FAITHFULNESS TO HIS

PROMISE TO BUILD AND

REBUILD THE JEWISH STATE

AND HIS PEOPLE.

CHRIS MITCHELL AT CBN NEWS

AT INDEPENDENCE HALL IN

Chris: WELCOME BACK.

DRY BONES IS ONE OF THE

MOST WELL-KNOWN CARTOONS

IN THE WORLD.

IT IS READ BY MILLIONS,

AND THE CREATIVE GENIUS

BEHIND THE CARTOON

EXPLAINS HOW HE CAME UP

WITH THE UNUSUAL NAME FOR

HIS WORK.

WHEN I CAME TO ISRAEL

AND DECIDED I WOULD START

DOING A CARTOON, I

THOUGHT, WELL, I NEED A

NAME.

LIKE CURSHON'S CORNER,

WITH CORNER SPELT WITH A

"K."

AND I KEPT THINKING, WHAT

SHOULD IT BE.

AND THEN I REALIZED ONE OF

THE THINGS THAT BROUGHT ME

TO ISRAEL WAS MY READING

OF THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL.

THIS GUY, EZEKIEL, WHO

LIVED 2600 YEARS AGO, SAW

A VISION OF WHAT TO HIM

WAS THE FAR FUTURE.

AND THAT WAS OF A TIME

WHEN IT LOOKED LIKE THE

WORLD THAT DESTROYED THE

JEWISH PEOPLE.

BUT AT THAT POINT WE WOULD

COME OUT OF OUR GRAVES.

AND THE IMAGE HE SAW WAS

OF A VALLEY FILLED WITH

DRY BONES.

AND THESE BONES CAME

TOGETHER, THE KNEE BONE

CONNECTED TO THE SHIN

BONE, AND ALL LIKE THAT.

AND IN THAT IMAGERY, HE

SAW THE REBUILDING OF THE

JEWISH STATE.

HE SAW THE COMING TOGETHER

OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

HE SAW THE REBUILDING OF

THE CITIES AND THE

PLANTING OF THE TREES.

AND, THEREFORE, IF I WAS

GOING TO DO A CARTOON

ABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING

TODAY, ALL I COULD DO

WOULD BE TO ADD TO WHAT HE

HAD SEEN INCREDIBLY 2600

YEARS AGO.

AND SO I DECIDED TO CALL

IT "DRY BONES," THINKING

THAT EVERYONE WOULD

UNDERSTAND.

Chris: WELL, THAT'S

IT FOR THIS EDITION.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

REMEMBER, YOU CAN FOLLOW

US ON Facebook, TWITTER,

AND INSTAGRAM.

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

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