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Jerusalem Dateline: 5/05/17 Trump Expected to Unveil Peace Plan on Israel Visit

US President Trump to visit Israel while Israelis celebrate 50th anniversary of reuniting Jerusalem; plus Trump hosts PA President Abbas but warns against incitement; and see why many Jews and Christians see Israel's founding as a miracle. Read Transcript


THIS WEEK ON "JERUSALEM

DATELINE," THE WHITE HOUSE

ANNOUNCES U.S. PRESIDENT

TRUMP WILL VISIT ISRAEL ON

THE DAY ISRAEL CELEBRATES

THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF

THE REUNIFICATION OF

JERUSALEM.

HE HOSTED MAHMOUD ABBAS

BUT WARNED ABOUT

INCITEMENT.

President Trump:

THERE CAN BE NO LASTING

PEACE UNLESS THE

PALESTINIAN LEADERS SPEAK

IN A UNIFIED VOICE AGAINST

INCITEMENT AND HATE.

Chris: HELLO, AND

WELCOME TO THIS EDITION OF

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL, COMING

TO YOU THIS WEEK FROM THE

JEWISH QUARTER, WHERE

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF MANY

OF THE VISITORS COMING AND

GOING TO THE WESTERN WALL

AND THE TEMPLE MOUNT.

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS FORGING

HEAD WITH THE ULTIMATE

DEAL: PEACE IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

MAHMOUD ABBAS VISITED THE

WHITE HOUSE, WHERE DONALD

TRUMP RAISED SOME

CONCERNS.

JENNIFER WISHON REPORTS.

Jennifer: PALESTINIAN

PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS

ARRIVED AT THE WHITE HOUSE

WITHOUT THE USUAL FAN FAIR

AFFORDED VISITING HEADS OF

STATE, WEAKENED BY RIVALS

BY HOME, HE WAS ANXIOUS TO

MEET WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP

AND SOLIDIFY HIS POSITION

AS CHIEF BROKER FOR THE

PALESTINIANS.

President Trump:

THERE CAN BE NO LASTING

PEACE UNLESS THE

PALESTINIAN LEADERS SPEAK

IN A UNIFIED VOICE AGAINST

INCITEMENT TO VIOLATE AND

VIOLENCE AND HATE.

THERE IS SUCH HATRED.

BUT HOPEFULLY THERE WON'T

BE SUCH HATRED FOR VERY

LONG.

Jennifer: TRUMP ALSO

RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

SENDING PAYMENTS TO

FAMILIES OF CONVICTED

TERRORISTS IN ISRAELI

JAILS.

ABBAS LAID OUT HIS OWN

DEMANDS.

Through Translator:

MR. PRESIDENT, IT IS ABOUT

TIME FOR ISRAEL TO END ITS

OCCUPATION OF OUR PEOPLE

AND OF OUR LAND AFTER 50

YEARS.

Jennifer: PRESIDENT

TRUMP WILL REPORTEDLY

TRAVEL TO ISRAEL LATER

THIS MONTH, A TRIP THAT

WILL COINCIDE WITH THE

50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE

SIX-DAY WAR, LEADING SOME

TO SPECULATE HE'LL USE

THIS TO ANNOUNCE HE IS

MOVING THE U.S. EMBASSY

FROM TEL AVIV TO

JERUSALEM.

THE WORLD LOVES A

STRONG HORSE.

IF YOU'RE DECISIVE AND

SWIFT AND STRONG ABOUT IT,

A LOT OF TIMES THEY'LL

RESPECT THAT.

Jennifer: PRESIDENT

TRUMP SAYS HE IS EAGER TO

MEDIATE AND ARBITRATE A

DEAL, BUT ULTIMATELY A

SOLUTION MUST COME FROM

THE ISRAELI AND

PALESTINIAN PEOPLE.

Chris: OTHER FOREIGN

POLICY ISSUES FACING

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS

U.S.-RUSSIAN RELATIONS,

THE ONGOING SYRIAN CIVIL

WAR, AND THE CRISIS IN

NORTH KOREA.

DALE HURD REPORTS.

Reporter: THE KREMLIN

SAYS RUSSIAN PRESIDENT

VLADIMIR PUTIN AND

PRESIDENT TRUMP AGREED

DURING A PHONE CALL TO

STEP UP THE U.S.-RUSSIAN

DEP MASDIPLOMATIC EFFORTS ON

SYRIA.

IT COULD SIGNAL A THAW.

SECRETARY OF STATE REX

TILLERSON IN SAUDI ARABIA.

IT WAS A VERY

CONSTRUCTIVE CALL THAT THE

TWO PRESIDENTS HAD.

A LOT OF DETAILED

EXCHANGES.

WE'LL SEE WHERE WE GO FROM

HERE.

Reporter: THE WHITE

HOUSE SAID THE TWO LEADERS

DISCUSSED SETTING UP SAFE

ZONES IN SYRIA.

THE U.S. IS ALSO WORKING

WITH CHINA ON A STRONGER

U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL

RESPONSE TO NORTH KOREA,

INCLUDING SANCTIONS, AFTER

PYONGYANG'S REPEATED

MISSILE LAUNCHES, THE MOST

RECENT MISSILE TEST ON

FRIDAY FAILED.

AND CONGRESS HAS PASSED

LEGISLATION THAT WOULD

INTENSIFY FINANCIAL

PRESSURE ON THE NORTH.

MILITARY IS ALSO BEING

BROUGHT TO AIR.

U.S. BOMBERS HAVE

CONDUCTED WHAT ARE CALLED

PRESENCE MISSIONS NEAR THE

KOREAN PENINSULA TWICE IN

THE LAST TWO WEEKS IN A

MOVE TO SHOW KIM JONG-UN

WHAT HE IS UP AGAINST.

A THAAD, TERMINAL HIGH

ALTITUDE AREA DEFENSE

SYSTEM IS OPERATING IN

SOUTH KOREA, AND THAT

ANGERS CHINA, AND BEIJING

HAS DEMANDED ITS REMOVAL.

IT HAS EVEN TRIGGERED

PROTESTS BY SOME SOUTH

KOREANS, THE PEOPLE IT WAS

SENT TO DEFEND.

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

HAS BEEN GREETED BY SO

MANY FOREIGN POLICY CRIE CRISES

IN IT'S FIRST 100 DAYS,

ONE CARTOON SHOWS

PRESIDENT OBAMA THROWING

TRUMP A GRENADE.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Chris: IN OTHER NEWS,

THE ISLAMIC GROUP HAMAS IS

SAYING IT IS NO LONGER

CALLING FOR THE

DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL.

THAT ANNOUNCEMENT IS PART

OF A NEW POLITICAL

PROGRAM, APPARENTLY

INTENDED TO END ITS

INTERNATIONAL ISOLATION.

STILL, HAMAS SAYS IT

REFUSES TO RECOGNIZE

ISRAEL AS A STATE, AND IT

ISN'T RENOUNCING VIOLENCE,

AND IT ALSO WANTS TO

LIBERATE ALL OF HISTORIC

PALESTINE, INCLUDING WHAT

IS NOW ISRAEL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU SAYS THE NEW

PLAN IS AN ATTEMPT TO FOOL

THE WORLD, BUT THAT IT

WILL NOT SUCCEED.

IT IS IRONIC THAT I'M NOT

STANDING TOO FAR AWAY FROM

THE WESTERN WALL AND THE

TEMPLE MOUNT, BUT UNESCO,

THE U.N. GROUP, VOTED TO

DISAVOW ANY ISRAELI

SOVEREIGNTY OVER

JERUSALEM.

ON THE BRIGHT SAID,

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAID

FEWER COUNTRIES VOTED FOR

THE ANTI-ISRAEL

RESOLUTION.

3,000 YEARS AGO SOLOMON

BUILT HIS TEMPLE THERE.

THIS IS THE SAME TEMPLE

THAT WAS REBUILT BY THE

EXILES OF BABYLON.

IT IS THE SAME TEMPLE THAT

JESUS VISITED WHEN HE

OVERTURNED THE

MONEY-CHANGERS TABLES.

HE DID IT IN THE JEWISH

TEMPLE HERE.

AND UNESCO SAID LAST YEAR

WE HAD NO CONNECTION TO

THE TEMPLE MOUNT, AND THIS

YEAR THEY DID NOT SAY

THAT.

100 U.S. SENATORS WROTE TO

THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF

THE UNITED NATIONS AND

SAID ENOUGH.

THE THEATER OF THE ABSURD

WHEN IT COMES TO ISRAEL

HAS TO STOP.

Chris: THE AL-AQSA

MOSQUE BEHIND ME IS ONE OF

THE MOST RECOGNIZED, AND

JUST A RUMOR ABOUT ISRAEL

UNDERMINING THAT SITE

SENDS MUSLIMS AROUND THE

WORLD INTO A FRENZY.

IT IS A DISHONEST TACTIC.

IT IS ONE OF THE MOST HOLY

AND CONTESTED PIECES OF

REAL ESTATE ON EARTH: THE

TEMPLE MOUNT.

FOR DECADES ISLAMIC

LEADERS HAVE INCITED

MUSLIMS TO VIOLENCE BY

TELLING THEM TH THAT THE

AL-AQSA MOSQUE WAS IN

DANGER.

FIRST THEY TOLD THEM THAT

THE ISRAELI WERE

UNDERMINING THE FOUNDATION

TO MAKE IT COLLAPSE.

AND NOW THEY SAY IT IS

EVEN A THREAT JUST TO HAVE

JEWISH PEOPLE PRAYING

THERE.

THEY SAY THEY WILL

DESTROY THE HOLY SHRINE.

Chris: KNOWN AS THE

NOBLE SANCTUARY, IT IS THE

PLACE WHERE TWO

CONSECUTIVE JEWISH TEMPLES

ONCE STOOD.

THE SECOND WAS DESTROYED

IN 70 A.D.BY THE ROMANS.

THE GOLDEN DOME OF THE

ROCK TO MY RIGHT IS THE

MOST IDENTIFIABLE MUSLIM

SHRINE ON THE TEMPLE

MOUNT.

BUT IT IS THE GREY-DOMED

AL-AQSA MOSQUE TO MU MY LEFT

THAT THE MUSLIMS

CONSIDERED THE MOST HOLY

SITE.

THEY SAY IT PRECEDES THE

JEWS AND GOES BACK TO

CREATION.

WHEN ADAM DESCENDED

FROM HEAVEN, HE CAME HERE

AND HE PRAYED HERE.

NO DIFFERENT.

BETWEEN SOLOMON AND KING

DAVID -- IT'S ALL THE

SAME.

Chris: TODAY THE

ENTIRE PLATEAU IS REFERRED

TO AS AL-AQSA.

THEY WROTE: "AL-AQSA IS IN

DANGER."

HE SAYS WHEN MUSLIM

LEADERS WANT TO UNITE THE

MASSES, THEY CLAIM IT IS

IN DANGER.

IT IGNITES THE PEOPLE

AND BRINGS PEOPLE INTO THE

STREET IS THIS: AL-AQSA IS

IN DANGER.

AND THIS IS BASELESS.

Chris: THERE HAVE

BEEN EXCAVATIONS NEAR THE

TEMPLE MOUNT BUT NEVER

UNDER IT.

ONE OF THE CORNERSTONES

OF WESTERN CIVIL YEAH CIVILIZATION

WAS NEVER TOUCHED.

Chris: HE SAYS IT WAS

THE MUSLIMS WHO BEGAN

DIGGING, AND NOT THE JEWS.

SINCE THE '90s, THERE

WERE MANY DESTRUCTIVE

DIGGINGS GOING ON IN THE

TEMPLE MOUNT, WHICH WERE

NOT FOR ARCHEOLOGICAL

PURPOSES, BUT THE THE

CONTRARY.

Chris: HAJ AMIN

HUSEINI STARTED THE LIABLE

IN THE 1930s.

HE ACCUSED THE JEWS OF

WANTING TO COLLAPSE THE

MOSQUES ON THE TEMPLE

MOUNT.

THAT LED TO MUSLIM RIOTING

AND MURDER OF THE JEWS.

DR. YITZHAK RITER SAYS THE

TACTIC HASN'T LOST ITS

POTENCY.

THEY REALLY BELIEVE

WHAT THEY THINK, THE

AL-AQSA IS IN DANGER AS

LONG AS ISRAEL IS

CONTROLLING THE EASTERN

PART OF JERUSALEM.

Chris: IN 1969, THE

MUSLIM WORLD BLAMED ISRAEL

FOR THE ARSON ATTACK ON

THE MOUNT, AND THAT LIE

CONTINUES TODAY.

THE WORST PALESTINIAN

VIOLENCE IN 30 YEARS BROKE

OUT WHEN ISRAEL OPENED AN

EXHIBIT FOR VISITORS HALF

A MILE FROM AL-AQSA.

AND IN 2004, RAIN, SNOW,

AND A MINER EARTHQUAKE

TOPPLED THE ENTRANCE TO

THE TEMPLE MOUNT, AND THAT

PROVOKED AN UP ROAR WHEN

ISRAELIS TRIED TO REBUILD

IT.

WE ASKED MUSLIMS WHAT THEY

THINK?

THE PLACE IS IN DANGER.

THEY ARE DIGGING AND

DIGGING, AND THEY DON'T

FIND ANYTHING.

GOD WILL SAVE IT.

Chris: EXPERTS SAY IT

IS IMPORTANT THAT THE WEST

TAKES NOTICE NOW BECAUSE

MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS

BELIEVE THE LIE IS TRUE.

THEY SAY THAT IT BROUGHT

VIOLENCE IN THE PAST AND

IT WILL DO SO IN THE

FUTURE.

> COMING UP, A

BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT

THE MAKING OF CBN'S NEW

EPIC DOCUDRAMA, "IN OUR

HANDS: THE BATTLE FOR

JERUSALEM."

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE"

HERE IN THE OLD CITY.

IN LESS THAN A MONTH

ISRAELIS WILL CELEBRATE

ONE OF THE GREATEST

MILITARY VICTORIES OF ALL

TIME, THE SIX DAY WAR AND

THE REUNIFICATION OF THE

CITY OF JERUSALEM.

CBN DOU DOCUMENTARIES PRODUCED

"IN OUR HANDS: THE BATTLE

FOR JERUSALEM."

BY 4:30 a.m. THE

JORDANIANS HAD REACHED THE

AREA.

THEY LINED THE OPENING OF

THE BUNKER WITH 21 TONS OF

T.N.T.

THIS IS AMMUNITION

HILL.

THIS IS THE SITE OF WHAT

IS STILL TODAY THE

BLOODIEST BATTLE IN

ARAB-ISRAELI HISTORY.

Reporter: I TALKED

WITH "IN OUR HANDS: THE

BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM"

WRITER AND DIRECTOR CBN'S

AARON ZIMMERMAN.

THE DOCUDRAMA TELLS THE

STORY OF THE 1967 SIX DAY

WAR THROUGH THE EYES OF

THE PARATROOPERS.

DID YOU DO REENACTMENTS

HERE?

WE DID.

THE PEOPLE WHO RUN

AMMUNITION HILL WERE VERY

GRACIOUS TO US.

WE HAD SNIPERS SHOOTING

THROUGH THE GRASS, AND

THEY SHOWED US THE

ORIGINAL BUNKER.

THE BATTLE KIND OF ENDED

WHEN THE ISRAELIS GOT TO

THE TOP OF THE HILL AND

THEY TOOK 21 POUNDS OF

T.N.T. AND BLEW THAT INTO

NEXT WEEK.

AND THEY SAID WE WERE

WELCOME TO USE THAT FOR

OUR EXPLOSION.

Reporter: BASED

ENTIRELY ON FACTS, THE

FILM INCLUDES

DRAMATIZATIONS OF SCENES,

LIKE COMMANDER MOTOGORE

TALKING TO TROOPS ON THE

MOUNT.

WE ARE SITTING HERE ON

THE TOP, AND SOON WE SHALL

ENTER IT, THE OLD CITY OF

JERUSALEM, WHICH

GENERATIONS HAVE DREAMED

UP AND LONGED FOR.

WE WILL BE THE FIRST TO

ENTER.

Reporter: AND RUNNING

THROUGH THE STREETS OF

JERUSALEM, UNDER THREAT OF

SNIPER FIRE, TO TAKE THE

TEMPLE MOUNT AND WESTERN

WALL.

WE HAD DONE ANOTHER

DOCUDRAMA, INUI, "THE HOPE," AND

WE THOUGHT, WHAT IS THE

NEXT CHAPTER OF THAT

STORY.

AND WE WENT TO '67.

AND WE THOUGHT, LET'S GET

TO KNOW THE MEN WHO

ACTUALLY LIVED IT.

Reporter: AND DIGGING

INTO ALL OF THE

BACKGROUND, THAT MUST HAVE

BEEN AN ENORMOUS

UNDERTAKING.

I TRIED TO USE PRIMARY

SOURCES AS MUCH AS I

COULD.

I TRIED TO USE PEOPLE'S

DIARIES AND MINUTES FROM

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT

MEETINGS.

I USED PERSONAL

INTERVIEWS.

BUT ALL OF THE DIALOGUE IN

THE FILM WAS RECORDED IN

HISTORY.

Reporter: AS A RESULT

OF THE WAR, ISRAEL TRIPLED

IN SIZE, BEATING THE

COMBINED ARMIES OF SYRIA,

EGYPT, AND JORDAN, TO WIN

THE GOLAN HEIGHTS, THE

SINAI DESERT, AND JUDEA

AND SAMARIA, AND REUNITING

BELOVED JERUSALEM.

TO COVER THE WHOLE WAR

WOULD TAKE TOO MUCH TIME.

SO WE NARROWED IT DOWN TO

THE BATTLE OF JERUSALEM.

AND WE NARROWED IT DOWN

FURTHER TO ONE GROUP OF

MEN, THE 55th

PARATROOPER BRIGADE.

I REALLY LIKED THEM

BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T

REGULAR ARMY.

THEY WERE A LITTLE OLDER,

THE REVERVEISTS, AND THEY

WERE THE HUSBANDS AND THE

FATHERS AND THE

BUSINESSMEN, AND THEY WERE

THE GUYS THAT ENDED UP

GOING INTO JERUSALEM.

> Reporter: THESE

ACTORS ARE VERY REALISTIC.

THEY'RE GREAT.

Reporter: DID IT HAVE

AN AFFECT ON THE ACTORS

THEMSELVES?

BECAUSE THIS IS THEIR, IN

MANY CASES, THEIR FATHERS

AND GRANDFATHERS.

HOW DID THEY RESPOND TO

THAT?

I HAD A LOT OF GUYS

TELL ME THEIR PERSONAL

FAMILY HISTORIES.

I HAD SO MANY GUYS SAY TO

ME MY GRANDFATHER WAS IN

THE HOLOCAUST, OR MY

GRANDFATHER, IN ONE CASE,

HIS GRANDFATHER WAS ONE OF

THE GUYS WHO FOUGHT FOR

JERUSALEM IN '48 AND SAW

THE WHOLE SIEGE AND

EVERYTHING.

Reporter: THE LITTLE

WOMAN WHO CAME AND OFFERED

UP THAT FLAG, SHE WANTED

THAT FLAG TO BE USED AND

FLOWN --

AT THE WESTERN WALL.

ODDLY ENOUGH, THE

PARATROOPER WHO WAS PART

OF THAT STORY -- I ASKED

HIM, DID YOU EVER SEE THAT

FAMILY AGAIN?

AND HE SAID, WE DID.

AND HE SAID, A FEW MONTHS

AFTER THE WAR, THE OLD

GRANDMOTHER PASSED AWAY.

SHE WAS WAITING.

SHE HAD LIVED THROUGH

GETTING KICKED OUT OF HER

HOME IN '48, AND SHE LIVED

THROUGH ALL OF THAT HOPING

TO SEE JERUSALEM REUNITED.

Reporter: FROM START

TO FINISH, ZIMMERMAN

WORKED ON THE FILM FOR

JUST A YEAR.

> IS THERE ANYTHING THAT

YOU UNCOVERED THAT YOU

DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT

AT ALL?

WHAT WAS INTERESTING TO

ME WAS THE RESPONSE TO THE

PARATROOPERS.

WHEN THEY CAME INTO TOWN,

THEY WERE HEROS.

AND THERE WAS ALSO A

BLACKOUT BECAUSE OF THE

JORDANIAN SHOWING, AND

STILL, THESE WOMEN WOULD

COME OUT OF THEIR HOUSES

WITH FOOD.

Reporter: HOW DID IT

AFFECT YOU PERSONALLY?

FROM THE FILM SIDE, I

LEARNED WHAT AN AMAZING

THING CAN HAPPEN WHEN

EVERYBODY WORKS TOGETHER

AND YOU HAVE SO MANY

PEOPLE DOING THEIR

SPECIALTY.

WHETHER IT IS DOING

MAKEUP, WHETHER IT IS

DOING EXPLOSIVES, WHETHER

IT IS TRAINING THE ARMY.

YOU CAN PRACTICE AND PLAN

AND PLAN, AND JUST THE

HARD WORK AND LIVING

SOMETHING, TO SEE THAT

RESULT COME OUT THE WAY

THAT IT DID, OR YOU CAN BE

IN A SITUATION LIKE THE

PARATROOPERS, WHERE YOU

TRAIN FOR ONE THING AND

LIFE THROWS YOU ANOTHER

WAY AND CAN YOU ADAPT TO

THAT?

Reporter: I ASKED HER

WHAT SHE WANTS THE

AUDIENCE TO TAKE AWAY FROM

THE FILM?

TWO THINGS.

I TRIED HARD TO KEEP IT AS

A.POLITICAL AS POSSIBLE TO

GIVE IT A WIDER AUDIENCE.

NUMBER ONE, I WANT THEM TO

SEE THE SACRIFICE THAT

THESE MEN MADE.

NUMBER TWO, WE WENT BACK

20 YEARS, TO 1948, TO WHAT

HAPPENED WHEN THE JEWISH

QUARTER FELL, AND THE

JORDANIANS ETHNICALLY

CLEANSED EVERY JEW FROM

THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM.

AND AT THE END OF THE

SEGMENT, THEY SAID, WE

HAVE COMPLETELY DESTROYED

THIS PLACE THAT NO JEW CAN

EVER RETURN HERE.

AND WE FAST FORWARD 19

YEARS AND SHOW HOW THEY

DID.

Reporter: AND WHAT

WILL ISRAELIS THINK OF THE

FILM?

I HOPE IT WILL BE GOOD.

Reporter: AFTER ALL

OF THE BLOOD-LETTING AND

EVERYTHING ELSE THAT

OCCURRED HERE, THERE IS NO

WAY THAT ISRAEL, JEWS, ARE

GOING TO GIVE UP THIS

CITY?

NO.

I DON'T THINK SO.

MOSHA DIAN SAID IT, "WE

HAVE COME TO THE CITY

NEVER TO DEPART FROM IT

AGAIN."

Reporter: SCOTT ROSS

AT AMMUNITION HILL IN

JERUSALEM.

Chris: CBN WILL BE

SHOWING THIS DOCUDRAMA IN

THEATERS AROUND THE

COUNTRY ON MAY 23rd.

IF YOU, YOUR GROUP,

CHURCH, OR SYNAGOGUE WOULD

LIKE MORE INFORMATION, GO

TO inourhands1967.com.

Chris: UP NEXT,

ISRAELI FIRST, AND SOME

SAY IT IS MIRACULOUS.

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

ISRAEL CELEBRATED ITS

69th BIRTHDAY ON ITS

INDEPENDENCE DAY.

BACK IN OUR STUDIO, DAVID

NUCRUTMAN OF THE

JEWISH-CHRISTIAN CENTER

FOR COOPERATION AND

UNDERSTANDING TOLD US WHAT

HE BELIEVES IS THE HAND OF

GOD ON THE BIRTH OF

ISRAEL.

SO A YEAR AFTER THE

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE STATE

OF ISRAEL, THE CHIEF RABBI

SAID, THIS IS SUCH A

MIRACULOUS EVENT.

2,000 YEARS BEING FORCED

FROM YOUR LAND, AND AS IT

SAYS IN ISAIAH 66, A

NATION WILL BE BORN IN A

DAY.

THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT

HAPPENED.

WE PRAYED AND HOPED FOR

THIS.

NOW IT IS ACTUALLY HERE.

THIS IS AN EXTRAORDINARY

EVENT THAT DESERVES

PRAISE.

TO ME, THE BEST ANSWER TO

ANY ATHEIST IS: EXPLAIN

THE EXISTENCE OF THE

JEWISH PEOPLE.

THERE IS NO LOGICAL REASON

IN THE WORLD THAT WE

SHOULD BE HERE TODAY.

IT IS ONLY BY GOD'S

UNFAILING LOVE FOR HIS

PEOPLE, FOR HIS COVENANT

AND WORD.

AND THIS IS MY BIGGEST

PROOF, THE STATE OF

ISRAEL.

IF GOD IS FAITHFUL TO ME,

HE IS DEFINITELY FAITHFUL

TO YOU AS A CHRISTIAN.

SO WHY CAN'T WE JUST COME

TOGETHER AND ACKNOWLEDGE

AND PRAISE GOD FOR THE

RESTORING OF ISRAEL IN OUR

LIFETIME.

Reporter: WOULD YOU

SAY MANY OF THE CONDITIONS

THAT EXISTED IN 1948 STILL

EXIST TODAY, WHEN ISRAEL

IS SURROUNDED BY ENEMIES

THAT WANT TO DESTROY IT?

THAT IS PSALM 118.

EVEN THOUGH WE'RE

SURROUNDED BY ALL OF THIS,

DEATH IS ALWAYS LURKING

OVER ISRAEL.

PSALM 91 -- I CAN TELL YOU

THIS, WHEN THE ROCKETS

WERE GOING OVER NATANIA,

PSALM 91 CAME TO MIND.

IT IS NOT THE IRON DOME

THAT PROTECTS US, IT IS

GOD'S DOME.

THERE CAN BE 10,000

ROCKETS, AND AT THE END OF

THE DAY, THERE IS THIS

MIRACLE THAT HAPPENS, THAT

GOD'S PROTECTION IS OVER

THIS LAND.

WE WAKE UP TO MIRACLES

EVERY DAY IN THIS LAND.

YOU FEEL GOD'S PRESENCE

MORE THAN ANY OTHER PLACE

IN THE WORLD.

Chris: COMING UP, A

BREATHTAKING LOOK AT

ISRAELIS INDEPENDENCE

AFTER 69 YEARS.

Chris: WELCOME BACK.

MODERN ISRAEL TURNED 69,

AND ISRAELIS CELEBRATED

THEIR ANNIVERSARY WITH

MEMORIALS, PICNICS, AND

FIREWORKS.

HERE IS A VIDEO OF SOME OF

THE CELEBRATION IN

JERUSALEM, AND AN EXAMPLE

OF WHAT YOU CAN SEE ON OUR

Facebook PAGE.

TAKE A LOOK.

*

THERE IS A TWO-MINUTE

SIREN RIGHT NOW, AND YOU

SEE PEOPLE STANDING IN

REMEMBRANCE.

[SIREN SOUND BLARING]

*

[SINGING IN FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

[SINGING IN NATIVE

LANGUAGE]

*

Chris: THAT VIDEO IS

EXCITING AND AN EXAMPLE OF

WHAT YOU CAN SEE ON OUR

SOCIAL MEDIA.

WELL, THAT'S IT FOR THIS

EDITION.

YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON

Facebook, TWITTER,

INSTAGRAM, OR YouTube.

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL, AND

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

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