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Jerusalem Dateline: 5/26/17 Excavation Reveals Jerusalem Road Where Jesus Walked

President Trump visits Israel and pledges to protect it; plus a major archeological discovery in the heart of Jerusalem reveals street where Jesus walked; and Israelis take to the streets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s ... Read Transcript


Chris: THIS WEEK ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE,"

PRESIDENT TRUMP VISITS

ISRAEL AND PLEDGES TO

PROTECT IT.

PLUS A LOOK AT A MAJOR

ARCHEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY IN

THE HEART OF JERUSALEM.

AND ISRAELIS CELEBRATE THE

50th ANNIVERSARY OF THE

REUNIFICATION OF

JERUSALEM.

> HELLO, AND WELCOME TO

THIS EDITION OF "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

EGYPTIAN CHRISTIANS

SUFFERED YET ANOTHER

HORRIFIC ATTACK.

UNIDENTIFIED GUNMEN OPENED

FIRE ON A BUS CARRYING

COPTIC CHRISTIANS,

TRAVELLING TO A MONASTERY.

25 OTHERS WERE WOUNDED,

SOME IN CRITICAL

CONDITION.

THE ATTACK COMES AFTER

EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT

EL-SISI DECLARED A

THREE-MONTH STATE OF

EMERGENCY AFTER TWITTER

ATTACKS ON PALM SUNDAY.

ISIS CLAIMED

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THOSE

ATTACKS.

HERE IN ISRAEL, PRESIDENT

TRUMP PAID AN HISTORIC

VISIT TO THE JEWISH STATE.

AS ISRAEL HOSTED THEM, THE

MANCHESTER MASSACRE

CHANGED THE LANDSCAPE OF A

CAREFULLY CRAFTED SERIES

OF MEETINGS.

IT WAS ALSO A REMINDER OF

THE PALESTINIAN TERROR

TIES IN THE HEART OF THE

MIDDLE EAST.

AT HIS MEETING WITH

PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT

MAHMOUD ABBAS IN

BETHLEHEM, THE PRESIDENT

ALTERED HIS PREPARED

REMARKS.

President Trump: TO

TERRORISTS AND EXTREMISTS

AND THOSE WHO GIVE THEM

AID AND COMFORT MUST BE

DRIVEN OUT FROM OUR

SOCIETY FOREVER.

Chris: FOLLOWING HIS

STRONG SPEECH AGAINST

TERRORISM IN SAUDI ARABIA,

PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS FIRED

UP OVER THE CAN NAGE IN CARNAGE IN

MANCHESTER.

President Trump: OUR

SOCIETY CAN HAVE NO

TOLERANCE FOR THIS

CONTINUATION OF BLOODSHED.

WE CANNOT STAND A MOMENT

LONGER FOR THE SLAUGHTER

OF INNOCENT PEOPLE.

AND IN TODAY'S ATTACK, IT

WAS MOSTLY INNOCENT

CHILDREN.

Chris: THIS WAS

CLEARLY NOT THE SCRIPT

ABBAS HAS WRITTEN FOR HIS

TIME IN BETHLEHEM FOR

THEED PRESIDENT, BUT IT

WAS TAILER MADE FOR

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, WHO IS

TRYING TO MAKE ISRAEL

UNDERSTAND IT CANNOT

COMPREHEND THE DANGERS ON

THE FRONT LINES.

THEY NAMED TOWN SQUARES

AFTER SUICIDE BOMBERS.

IITZAMAR SAID ONE OF THE

TERRORIST IS KNOWN AS THE

REFRIGERATOR BOMBER.

HE TOOK A REFRIGERATOR

AND TOOK IT TO THE SENATOR

OF JERUSALEM, FILLED IT

WITH EXPLOSIVES, AND

DETONATED IT, AND KILLING

15 ISRAELIS.

AND THAT MAKES HIM A HERO.

BASICALLY ANYONE WHO KILLS

A LARGE NUMBER OF ISRAELIS

IS PRESENTED BY THE

PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP AS

A HERO.

Chris: AND THE

PRESIDENT MOVED ON TO

ISRAEL'S MEMORIAL OF THE

VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST.

President Trump:

TWO-THIRDS OF THE JEWS IN

EUROPE WERE SENT TO THEIR

DEATHS.

WORDS CAN NEVER DESCRIBE

THE BOTTOMLESS DEPTH OF

THAT EVIL OR THE SCOPE OF

THE ANGUISH AND

DESTRUCTION.

Chris: A SOMETIMES

VISIBLY MOVED NETANYAHU

THANKED THE PRESIDENT ON

BEHALF OF THE ISRAELI

PEOPLE.

MR. PRESIDENT, OVER THE

YEARS, ISRAEL HAS HAD MANY

FRIENDS, BUT ISRAEL HAS

NEVER HAD AND WILL NEVER

HAVE A BETTER FRIEND THAN

THE UNITED STATES OF

AMERICA.

[APPLAUSE]

President Trump:

ISRAELIS HAVE EXPERIENCED

FIRSTHAND THE HATRED AND

TERROR OF RADICAL

VIOLENCE.

ISRAELIS ARE MURDERED BY

TERRORISTS WIELDING KNIVES

AND BOMBS.

HAMAS AND HEZBOLLAH LAUNCH

ROCKETS INTO ISRAELI

COMMUNITIES, WHERE SCHOOL

CHILDREN HAVE TO BE

TRAINED TO HEAR THE SIRENS

AND TO RUN TO THE BOMB

SHELTERS WITH FEAR, BUT

WITH SPEED.

ISIS TARGETS JEWISH

NEIGHBORHOODS, SYNAGOGUES,

AND STOREFRONTS.

AND IRAN'S LEADERS

ROUTINELY CALL FOR

ISRAEL'S DESTRUCTION.

NOT WITH DONALD J.TRUMP.

[APPLAUSE]

Chris: PRESIDENT

TRUMP HAS TALKED ABOUT

TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT

SO MANY HAVE FAILED TO DO:

BRING A SUCCESSFUL PEACE

DEAL BETWEEN ISRAEL AND

ITS ENEMIES.

CBN NEWS CORRESPONDENT

DAVID BRODY BRINGS US THAT

STORY.

David: PEACE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST, HOW MANY

TIMES HAVE WE HEARD THAT

BEFORE?

BUT COULD THINGS BE

DIFFERENT NOW THAT

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ON THE

SCENE?

THIS PEACE PROCESS HAS

NEVER SEEN ANYTHING QUITE

LIKE HIM.

BEFORE DONALD TRUMP BECAME

PRESIDENT, HE WAS KNOWN AS

ONE OF THE BEST

DEAL-MAKERS IN THE ENTIRE

WORLD.

NOW HE HAS COME TO ISRAEL

HOPING FOR WHAT HE CALLS

THE ULTIMATE DEAL: PEACE

BETWEEN THE ISRAELIS AND

THE PALESTINIANS.

IT IS NOT GOING TO BE AN

EASY TASK.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF

STUMBLING BLOCKS AHEAD.

BUT ONE THING IS FOR SURE:

ALL ROADS LEAD THROUGH

JERUSALEM.

IT IS THE ULTIMATE

STUMBLING BLOCK IN ANY

TWO-STATE SOLUTION.

BOTH THE PALESTINIANS AND

ISRAELIS SEE THE HOLY CITY

AS THEIR CAPITAL.

OFFICIAL U.S. POLICY

CONSIDERED IT DISPUTED

TERRITORY, BUT AS A

CANDIDATE, TRUMP TOLD CBN

NEWS HE WAS READY TO MOVE

THE U.S. EMBASSY FROM TEL

AVIV TO JERUSALEM.

President Trump: I AM

FOR THAT 100%.

WE ARE FOR THAT 100%.

David: AS PRESIDENT,

HOWEVER, HE DIALED THAT

BACK IN OUR INTERVIEW IN

JANUARY.

President Trump:

THERE IS CERTAINLY A

CHANCE OF IT, ABSOLUTELY.

WE'RE DOING VERY DETAILED

STUDIES ON THAT.

I HATE TO DO THAT BECAUSE

THAT IS NOT USUALLY ME,

STUDIES.

USUALLY I DO WHAT IS

RIGHT, BUT THIS HAS TWO

SIDES THE IT.

IT'S NOT EASY.

David: THAT'S

BECAUSE A PROVOCATIVE MOVE

LIKE THAT MIGHT DISRUPT

THE PEACE PROCESS BEFORE

IT EVEN GETS GOING.

SO THIS TRIP, WITH NO

EMBASSY ANNOUNCEMENT,

DEFINITELY DISAPPOINTED

MANY ISRAELIS AND

EVANGELICAL SUPPORTERS

BACK IN THE UNITED STATES.

BUT HE DID MAKE HISTORY,

BECOMING THE FIRST SITTING

PRESIDENT TO VISIT THE

WESTERN WALL.

SOME SEE THAT HAS A

POSITIVE SIGNAL.

ALTHOUGH SOME IN THE TRUMP

ADMINISTRATION WON'T ADMIT

THE WALL IS PART OF

ISRAEL.

President Trump: IT'S

NOT EASY.

I'VE HEARD IT IS ONE OF

THE TOUGHEST DEALS OF ALL.

BUT I HAVE A FEELING THAT

WE'RE GOING TO GET THERE

EVENTUALLY.

I HOPE.

I DO LOOK FORWARD TO

OUR DISCUSSIONS.

David: THE HOPE

COMES FROM AN UNLIKELY

CUSTOMER: IRAN.

THE ADMINISTRATION

BELIEVES ARAB NATIONS LIKE

SAUDI ARABIA WOULD BE

WILLING TO WORK MORE

CLOSELY WITH ISRAEL AND

STAND TOGETHER AGAINST THE

COMMON ENEMY, THUS

ADVANCING THE PEACE

PROCESS.

THEY HAVE CONSULTED THE

PRESIDENT ON MIDEAST

PEACE.

HE WANTS TO ACHIEVE IT

AS SOMETHING BIG, THAT NO

PREVIOUS PRESIDENT HAS

BEEN ABLE TO SOLVE.

BUT REALITIES ARE

REALITIES.

NOT JUST IN OUR POLITICS

HERE IN THE UNITED STATES,

BUT IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

David: THE PRESIDENT

KNOWS HE'LL HAVE HIS HANDS

FULL AT GETTING THE

PALESTINIANS TO THE

NEGOTIATING TABLE.

HIS MEETING IN BETHLEHEM

WITH MAHMOUD ABBAS WAS AN

ATTEMPT TO SEE WHAT IS

POSSIBLE.

THE PROBLEM IS NOT

BETWEEN US AND THE

JUDAISM.

IT IS BETWEEN US AND

OCCUPATION.

David: FOR HIS PART,

PRESIDENT TRUMP IS KEEPING

HIS CARDS CLOSE TO THE

VEST.

HE HASN'T SIGNALLED YET

WHAT THAT PEACE PROCESS

PLAN WILL BE LIKE,

EXACTLY.

AND THAT'S DONE

INTENTIONALLY.

IT IS PART OF HIS

DEAL-MAKING D.N.A.

THE QUESTION THEN BECOMES:

WILL HIS DEAL-MAKING AND

HIS BIG PERSONALITY BE

ENOUGH TO PUSH THIS

PROCESS OVER THE FINISH

LINE?

DAVID BRODY, CBN NEWS,

JERUSALEM.

Chris: BEFORE

PRESIDENT TRUMP CAME TO

ISRAEL, HE VISITED SAUDI

ARABIA AND DELIVERED A

LANDMARK SPEECH IN THE

CAPITAL RIYADH.

GEORGE THOMAS SPOKE WITH

MIDDLE EAST EXPERT JOEL C.

ROSENBERG ABOUT THE IMPACT

OF THAT SPEECH AND AN

HISTORIC SHIFT IN THE

REGION.

George: JOINING US

FOR SOME PERSPECTIVE ON

THE PRESIDENT'S RECENT

TRIP IS MIDDLE EAST EXPERT

AND AUTHOR JOEL C.

ROSENBERG.

GOOD TO HAVE YOU BACK ON

THE SHOW.

> HOW SIGNIFICANT WAS

THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH ON

ISLAM THAT HA HE GAVE IN

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA?

THAT WAS AN OUTSTANDING

PEACH.

SPEECH.

IT ISN'T THAT HE SAID

THINGS HE DIDN'T SAY

BEFORE, BUT HE SAID THEM

IN SAUDI ARABIA.

BUT HE WAS RESPECTFUL, AND

HE WAS VERY CLEAR.

HE WAS VERY CLEAR ABOUT

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN

MODERATE MUSLIMS, THE VAST

MAJORITY, AND ISLAMISTS,

ISLAMIC RADICALS.

HE USED THAT TERM, ISLAMIC

RADICALISM AND ISLAMIC

EXTREMISM.

AND HE SAID IT IN SAUDI

ARABIA, NOT ONLY TO THE

SAUDIS THINGS, BUT TO

LEADERS OF 50 COUNTRIES.

AND IT WASN'T A

CONTROVERSIAL STATEMENT,

NOR SHOULD IT BE.

IT SHOWED AMERICAN

LEADERSHIP IS BACK IN THE

MIDDLE EAST.

THE AMERICAN SUPER POWER

IS REENGAGING, AND THERE

COULDN'T BE SOMETHING MORE

IMPORTANT THAN THAT RIGHT

NOW.

George: YOU KNOW,

OBVIOUSLY, SAYING THIS IN

SAUDI ARABIA, AS YOU KNOW

VERY WELL, JOEL, SAUDI

ARABIA IS A CHIEF EXPORTER

OF WAHABI ISLAM AROUND THE

WORLD.

SOME WOULD SAY A CHIEF

EXPORTER OF ISLAMIC

TERRORISM AROUND THE

WORLD.

WILL THE SAUDIS TAKE HEED

AND KNOW THAT THERE IS A

MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHO

WANTS TO ANNIHILATE ISIS,

WANTS TO DEAL WITH RADICAL

ISLAM?

AND WILL THEY DO THE

THINGS NECESSARY TO MAKE

THOSE CHANGES WITHIN THE

KINGDOM?

YEAH -- LOOK, I THINK

THE SAUDIS ARE CHANGING.

I DO THINK THAT.

NOW, IT IS AN OPEN -- THE

CASE IS NOT CLOSED YET.

BUT I THINK IF YOU LOOK

CAREFULLY, WE ARE NOT

SEEING A COUNTRY, SINCE

9/11, THAT IS REALLY

TRYING TO ACTIVELY

ENCOURAGE TERRORISM.

IT IS TRUE, THAT WAHABIISM

HAS BEEN A HUGE PROBLEM

AND THEY HAVE EXPORTED IT

GLOBALLY, BUT I THINK

YOU'RE SEEING SIGNIFICANT

CHANGES IN THE TEXTBOOKS

IN SAUDI ARABIA.

YOU'RE SEEING THEM

ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN

TRYING TO DEFEAT ISIS, THE

ISLAMIC STATE.

CLEARLY THE SAUDIS ARE

DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT AND

WANT TO DRAW A LINE AND

STAND AGAINST IRANIAN

SHI'A AGGRESSION IN IRAQ

AND SYRIA AND YEMEN.

SO I THINK THE SAUDIS ARE

PROVING THEMSELVES TO BE

FAITHFUL ALLIES.

PERFECT ALLIES?

NO.

BUT THE PRESIDENT ACTUALLY

SAID, WE'RE LOOKING FOR

PARTNERS, NOT PERFECTION.

AND I THINK THAT WAS THE

RIGHT TONE.

George: JOEL, YOU

MENTIONED BEFORE THAT

TRUMP'S VISIT SHOWS THAT

AMERICA HAS REENGAGED IN

THE REGION.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THIS?

WELL, WE HAD EIGHT

YEARS OF PRESIDENT OBAMA

DISRESPECTING OUR

TRADITIONAL SUNNI ARAB

ALLIES.

WOULDN'T EVEN INVITE THE

EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT,

EL-SISI, TO THE WHITE

HOUSE DURING THAT TIME.

YES, PRESIDENT OBAMA WENT

OVER AND BOWED TO THE

SAUDIS, BUT THEN HE

BASICALLY MADE A DEAL.

HE DID, HE MADE A DEAL

WITH THE SUNNIS' WORST

ENEMY: IRAN.

HE DISRESPECTED ISRAEL

DOING THAT PROCESS.

YES, HE HELPED FUND ISRAEL

ON MILITARY PROJECTS, BUT

WOULDN'T LISTEN TO ISRAELI

COUNCIL AT ALL.

SO HERE IS THE BOTTOM

LINE: YOU HAVE A STRATEGIC

REALIGNMENT GOING ON THAT

IS HISTORIC.

THAT IS THE SUNNI ARABS

AND ISRAEL WANT TO WORK

WITH THE UNITED STATES

AGAINST TWO COMMON AND

EXTENTIAL ENEMIES: IRAN

AND THE ISLAMIC STATE.

*

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

THE CAPTURE OF JERUSALEM'S

TEMPLE MOUNT 50 YEARS AGO

SENT SHOCKWAVES THROUGHOUT

THE JEWISH WORLD.

IT ALSO RAISED HOPES AMONG

SOME FOR THE BUILDING OF

THE THIRD TEMPLE.

ON JUNE 7th, 1967,

ISRAELI BRIGADE COMMANDER

MOTTA GUR MADE AN

ANNOUNCEMENT THE JEWS HAD

WAITED TO HEAR FOR SOME

2,000 YEARS.

[YELLING]

Chris: RETAKING THIS

GROUND WAS IMPORTANT FOR A

NUMBER OF REASONS.

FOR ONE, IT WAS WHERE KING

SOLOMON BUILT THE FIRST

JEWISH TEMPLE.

AFTER THE BABYLONIANS

DESTROYED IT, THEY LAID

THE STONE FOR THE SECOND

TEMPLE.

IT FELL AT THE HANDS OF

THE ROMANS IN 70 A.D.,

WHEN COMMANDER GUR

DECLARED THAT THE TEMPLE

MOUNT WAS BACK IN JEWISH

HANDS, IT REKINDLED HOPE

FOR THE LONG-AWAITED THIRD

TEMPLE.

THE SIX-DAY WAR WAS A

CATACLYSMIC OPENING OF A

NEW ERA FOR ISRAEL AND FOR

THE WHOLE WORLD.

Chris: RABBI CHAIM

SILBERSTEIN IS DEDICATED

TO REBUILDING THE JEWISH

TEMPLE.

IT WOULD BE HARD, I

THINK, NOT TO SEE WHAT

HAPPENED IN THE PAST 50

YEARS AS A TREMENDOUS

JUMP-START, A TREMENDOUS

FAST FORWARD.

IT IS MORE THAN PROPHETIC.

IT IS LIKE A KISS FROM

HEAVEN.

YOU KNOW?

IT'S LIKE A DIVINE KISS.

IT IS AN INTIMATE BRUSH

WITH THE REALITY OF GOD'S

COMPASSION AND LOVE.

HE KEEPS HIS PROMISES.

Chris: THE INSTITUTE

SHARES A KEY CONNECTION TO

THE BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM.

ITS FOUNDER, RABBI ISRAEL

ARIEL SERVED WITH THE 55

PARATROOPER BRIGADE THAT

CAPTURED THE TEMPLE MOUNT.

AFTER THE VICTORY, A

JORDANIAN GUIDE GAVE THEM

A REMARKABLE TOUR.

THIS JOB WAS TO CARRY

THE COMPANY MACHINE GUN --

THERE IS A BEAUTIFUL

PHOTOGRAPH OF THAT.

THE FIRST NIGHT OF THE

LIBERATION OF JERUSALEM,

HE WAS GIVEN THE TASK OF

GUARDING OVER THE SPOT OF

THE ROCK.

THE STORY, THOUGH, THAT HE

TOLD US, IS THAT THE

SOLDIERS WERE ON THE

TEMPLE MOUNT, AND IT WAS

JUST LIKE THE FIRST HOUR

OR SO, AND THEY WERE

APPROACHED BY A JORDANIAN

FELLOW IN WESTERN DRESS,

WHO EXPLAINED THAT HE WAS

THE OFFICIAL TOUR GUIDE

FOR THE JORDANIAN

PARLIAMENT.

AND HE OFFERED TO TAKE THE

SOLDIERS AND SHOW THEM THE

SIGHTS ON THE TEMPLE

MOUNT.

AND HE DID.

HE TOOK THE SOLDIERS AND

THE RABBI THERE.

AND HE SAID, WELL, THIS IS

EXACTLY WHERE THE

SANCTUARY STOOD.

THIS IS WHERE THE ALTER

STOOD.

AND THIS IS WHERE THE

MENORAH STOOD.

FINALLY THE RABBI ASKED

HIM, WHY ARE YOU TELLING

US ALL OF THIS?

AND HE SAID, WE HAVE

TRADITION FROM OUR

FATHERS, AND THEY FROM

THEIR FATHERS, THAT ONE

DAY THE JEWS WOULD WAGE A

WAR AND CONQUER THIS

MOUNTAIN AND REBUILD THE

HOLY TEMPLE.

AND I ASSUME YOU'RE

STARTING TOMORROW, AND I

WANT THIS TO BE MY PART IN

HELPING YOU.

Chris: WHAT WAS THEIR

REACTION TO THAT STORY?

HE WAS SURPRISED, BUT

THE BOTTOM LINE IS, IN

HINDSIGHT, IT DOESN'T LOOK

LIKE WE WERE READY.

Chris: 50 YEARS AGO,

THAT HAS CHANGED.

AND THEY'RE GATHERING

OFFICIAL TEMPLE ELEMENTS,

SUCH AS THE PRIESTLEY PRIESTLY

GARMENTS.

WHAT WAS THE HOLY

TEMPLE REALLY ALL ABOUT?

Chris: TALK OF

REBUILDING THE TEMPLE IS

NO LONGER CONSIDERED A

FRINGE IDEA.

TODAY THERE IS A LOBBY

IN THE KNESSET THAT ARE

CONSTANTLY SPEAKING ABOUT

JEWISH RIGHTS TO PLAN THE

TEMPLE MOUNT.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT 20

YEARS AGO THESE PEOPLE

WOULDN'T HAVE GIVEN A

MOMENT ON PRIME TIME

TELEVISION IN ISRAEL TO

SAY THESE THINGS.

THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN

LAUGHED OUT.

Chris: A FEW YEARS

AGO, THIS WAS CONSIDERED

FRINGE?

THEY WERE LUNATICS,

PECULIAR.

TODAY IT IS MAINSTREAM.

Chris: ONE OF THOSE

MEMBERS IS YUDA GLICK.

TODAY WE HAVE 20

MEMBERS WHO ARE INTERESTED

IN PRAYING ON THE TEMPLE

MOUNT AND ARE PART IN THE

BATTLE FOR THE REDEMPTION

OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT, AND

FOR BRINGING THE TEMPLE

MOUNT BACK INTO THE CENTER

OF THE NEXT STEP IN THE

REDEMPTION PROCESS.

Chris: RICHMOND SEES

THE TEMPLE THROUGH THE

EYES OF THE PROPHET

ISAIAH, WHO WROTE 3,000

YEARS AGO THAT GOD'S HOUSE

WOULD BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER

FOR ALL NATIONS.

IT MEANS THERE IS A GOD

IN THE WORLD AND THE BEST

IS YET TO COME.

AND WE ARE SO CONNECTED TO

HIM AND TO EACH OTHER AND

TO THAT PURPOSE AND TO ALL

HUMANITY, AND IT IS JUST A

WONDERFUL PRIVILEGE TO BE

HERE WITH YOU TODAY, TO BE

LOOKING OUT OVER

JERUSALEM, AND TO REALIZE

THAT WE'RE LIVING IN

PROBABLY THE MOST

IMPORTANT TIME IN HISTORY.

IF YOU BELIEVE IN THE GOD

OF ISRAEL AND YOU SEE HIS

HAND ON HIS PEOPLE, AND

YOU UNDERSTAND THE

TREMENDOUS CHANGES THAT

HAVE GONE ON OVER THE

YEARS, YOU SEE THAT THE

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

ISRAELI ARCHEOLOGISTS

ANNOUNCED A MAJOR

DISCOVERY IN THE ANCIENT

CITY OF DAVID.

WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO

SEE THIS DISCOVERY AND IT

GOES BACK TO THE TIME WHEN

JESUS WALKED ITS ANCIENT

STREETS.

AND THE ROMANS LATER

DESTROYED JERUSALEM.

TAKE A LOOK.

ABOUT 20 FEET BELOW THE

SURFACE ISRAELI

ARCHEOLOGISTS HAVE

UNCOVERED A 2,000-YEAR-OLD

ROAD NEXT TO THE CITY OF

DAVID.

THE ROAD LEADS FROM THE

POOL OF SALOM AND BELOW

AND GOES UP TO THE TEMPLE

MOUNT.

2,000 YEARS AGO, THIS

LIKELY WOULD HAVE BE THE

ROUTE THAT JESUS TOOK ON

HIS WAY UP TO THE TEMPLE.

THIS IS PROBABLY WHERE

JESUS ACTED AND MARCHED

DURING THIS TIME.

Chris: THIS

ARCHEOLOGIST IS WITH THE

ISRAELI ANTIQUITIES

AUTHORITY.

WE KNOW THIS STREET WAS

KNOWN FOR THE STREET

FAMOUS FOR CRUCIFYING

JESUS.

AND NOW IT IS OPENING A

NEW ERA.

Chris: THE EXCAVATION

POINTS DIRECTLY TO THE

TIME THE ROMANS QUELLED A

JEWISH REBELLION AND

DESTROYED JERUSALEM IN 70

A.D.

ONE EXAMPLE IS THIS

REMARKABLY PRESERVED

2,000-YEAR-OLD PALM FRAWN

OR BRANCH.

WHEN WE'RE TALKING

ABOUT THE DESTRUCTION,

THIS IS THE DESTRUCTION.

THE PALM FRAWN WAS BURNED

IN THE FIRE THAT THE

ROMANS IGNITED HERE.

WHEN THINKING ABOUT THE

LAST MOMENT OF JERUSALEM,

THIS TREE PROBABLY SAW THE

LAST MOMENT OF JERUSALEM.

AND THE PALM TREE IS A

SYMBOL OF JUDEA.

Chris: AND THEY ALSO

DISCOVERED WEAPONS OF WAR

FROM JERUSALEM'S FIGHT FOR

LIFE.

THIS IS THE EVIDENCE OF

THE BATTLE.

THESE BALLISTICS THAT WERE

SHOT BY CATAPULTS INTO THE

CITY, MAYBE WITHIN THE

CITY ITSELF.

IT WAS FIRED BOTH BY THE

ROMANS AND THE JEWISH

REBELS.

WE'RE SPEAKING ABOUT

BATTLES AND WARS, AND WE

HAVE THE WEAPONS HERE

TELLING US THESE STORIES.

Chris: SOME ESCAPED

THROUGH THIS DRAINAGE

CHANNEL.

FOR HOJABI, THE PROJECT

TELLS IS COMPELLING STORY.

THE DRAINAGE CHANNEL,

WHICH IS RIGHT UNDERNEATH

HERE -- THE PEOPLE WERE

RUNNING AWAY THROUGH THESE

DRAINAGE CHANNELS.

I IMAGINE PEOPLE RUNNING

ALONG THE STREET, RUNNING

FROM THE ROMANS OR RUNNING

TO FIGHT THE ROMANS.

Chris: WITHIN A FEW

YEARS, AS THE DIG MOVES

TOWARDS THE TEMPLE MOUNT,

PEOPLE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO

*

Chris: WELCOME BACK.

AS YOU HEARD EARLIER, MANY

BELIEVE THE SIX-DAY WAR

WAS A MIRACLE OF BIBLICAL

PROPORTIONS.

HERE IS A LOOK BACK AT THE

BATTLE OVER JERUSALEM, AND

HOW SOME ISRAELIS MARKED

THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF

THE WAR AND THE

REUNIFICATION OF THE CITY

OF JERUSALEM.

[EXPLOSIVE SOUNDS]

[GUNSHOT SOUNDS]

*

Chris: IT WAS AN

AMAZING SIGHT TO SEE

THOUSANDS OF ISRAELIS

CELEBRATING THE

REUNIFICATION OF THE CITY

OF JERUSALEM.

THAT IS ALSO AN EXAMPLE OF

WHAT YOU CAN SEE ON OUR

SOCIAL MEDIA.

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AND

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THAT'S IT FOR THIS

EDITION.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL, WE'LL

SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

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