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Jerusalem Dateline: 6/2/17 Oldest Paper with ‘Jerusalem’ On It Called Miraculous

Trump decides against US Embassy move to Jerusalem for now; plus CBN’s Scott Ross revisits one of the most important Six-Day War battle sites; and a look at the oldest piece of paper with ‘Jerusalem’ on it called ‘a miracle.’ Read Transcript


Chris: THIS WEEK ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE,"

PRESIDENT TRUMP DECIDES

NOT TO MOVE THE U.S.

EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM, AT

LEAST FOR NOW.

PLUS CBN'S SCOTT ROSS

REVISISTS ONE OF THE MOST

IMPORTANT BATTLE FIELDS OF

THE SIX-DAY WAR.

Reporter: I DON'T

WANT TO GET OVERLY

DRAMATIC, BUT THIS IS

HALLOWED GROUND.

THIS PARTICULAR PLACE

IS ACTUALLY A MIRACLE.

Chris: ALL THIS AND

MORE ON THIS WEEK'S

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

HELLO, AND WELCOME TO THIS

EDITION OF "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

WE'RE COMING TO YOU THIS

WEEK FROM JUST OUTSIDE THE

WALLS OF THE OLD CITY, AND

I'M JOINED BY JULIE STAAL

TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS HERE

IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

THE BIGGEST ONE HAS TO BE

THE FACT THAT U.S.

PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS GONE

AHEAD AND SIGNED THE

WAIVER NOT TO MOVE THE

U.S. EMBASSY FROM TEL AVIV

TO JERUSALEM.

THAT'S RIGHT, CHRIS.

I THINK IT IS

DISAPPOINTMENT, BUT NOT SO

MUCH SURPRISE.

WE'VE BEEN GOING ON THIS

TRACK FOR MONTHS.

IT HAS BEEN IN THE PRESS,

WILL HIS MOVE IT, WON'T HE

MOVE IT?

NOW HE DECIDED HE IS NOT

MOVING IT FOR NOW.

THE PRIME MINISTER

EMPHASIZED THE STRONG

U.S.-ISRAELI RELATIONS,

AND HE SAYS HE IS DOING IT

BECAUSE OF THE PEACE

PROCESS.

HE WANTS TO GIVE IT A

CHANCE TO PROMOTE THE

PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI PEACE

PROCESS.

THE ISRAELIS THINK THAT

WILL DO MORE HARM THAN

GOOD.

Chris: ONE PIECE OF

NEWS THAT CAME OUT THIS

WEEK IS THE FACT THAT

PRESIDENT TRUMP APPARENTLY

YELLED AT MAHMOUD ABBAS

FOR LYING TO HIM AT THE

WHITE HOUSE.

Reporter: THAT'S

RIGHT.

MAHMOUD ABBAS TOLD

PRESIDENT TRUMP AT THE

WHITE HOUSE HE WAS FOR

PEACE AND EVERYTHING, AND

THEY WERE EDUCATING THEIR

CHILDREN FOR PEACE, AND

OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE NOT.

SO INITIALLY AFTER THE

MEETING, WHEN HE WAS IN

BETHLEHEM, PRESIDENT TRUMP

WAS, LIKE, OH, THIS IS

FINE, WE HAD A GOOD

MEETING.

NOW IT IS COMING OUT, IT

WASN'T SUCH A GREAT

MEETING.

Chris: I CAN'T THINK

OF ANOTHER TIME WHEN A

U.S. PRESIDENT HAS BEEN

REPORTED AS YELLING AT

SOMEBODY LIKE MAHMOUD

ABBAS.

> AND DANNY DEKNOWN, THE

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE

UNITED NATIONS WAS VOTED

THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE

GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

I DON'T THINK THAT HAS

EVER HAPPENED BEFORE.

Reporter: THAT'S

RIGHT.

USUALLY THEY ARE THERE,

BUT THEY DENT HAVE A

POSITION THERE.

IT WILL BE KIND OF AN

INTERESTING CHANGE THERE.

WE ARE WONDERING IF IT HAS

ANYTHING TO DO WITH NIKKI

HALEY BEING THE U.S.

AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED

NATIONS.

Chris: CERTAINLY

THERE IS A CHANGE OF

O TONE THERTONETHERE IN THE UNITED

NATIONS.

> AND MAYBE A SIGN OF

THE THINGS GOING ON,

"WONDER WOMAN" IS

PREMIERING AROUND THE

WORLD, BUT LEBANON IS NOT

GOING TO SHOW IT.

TELL US WHY?

BECAUSE WONDER WOMAN IS

ACTUALLY AN ISRAELI

ACTRESS, GAD GODOT, AND

LEBANON DOESN'T WANT HER

IN THEIR THEATERS.

Chris: WHETHER IT IS

POLITICS OR CULTURE, THE

WAR GOES ON.

THAT'S ABSOLUTELY TRUE.

Chris: WELL, AS A

FOLLOWUP TO WHAT WE

REPORTED LAST WEEK, 30

EYPTIANS WERE MURDERED

SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WERE

CHRISTIANS.

SURVIVORS OF THE ATTACK

SAID 10 MASKED MILITANTS

FORCED VICTIMS TO LEAVE

THE BUS ONE BY ONE, AND

THEN ASKED THEM IF THEY

WERE CHRISTIAN BEFORE

KILLING THEM.

AS EACH PERSON LEFT THE

BUS, THEY WERE ASKED TO

RENOUNCE THEIR CHRISTIAN

FAITH AND CONVERT TO

ISLAM.

A CHAPLAIN COMFORTING THE

SURVIVORS SAID ALL OF THEM

REFUSED.

EACH PERSON WAS SHOT IN

THE HEAD OR THREAT.

ISIS CLAIMED

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE

KILLINGS.

> AND HERE AT ANOTHER

TERRORIST ATTACK IN THE

MIDDLE EAST, ABOUT 90

PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN

KABUL, THE CAPITAL OF

AFGHANISTAN.

A MASSIVE BOMB WAS HIDDEN

IN A SUICIDE TRUCK AND

DETONATED DURING RUSH-HOUR

IN KABUL.

JUST ABOUT 1200 FEET FROM

THE GERMAN EMBASSY.

IN ADDITION TO THE DOZENS

OF PEOPLE WHO WERE KILLED,

AROUND 400 MORE ARE

SERIOUSLY HURT.

MOST OF THE VICTIMS ARE

CIVILIANS, INCLUDING WOMEN

AND CHILDREN.

NO ONE HAS IMMEDIATELY

CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR

THE BOMBING, AND IT IS ONE

OF THE WORST ATTACKS THE

CITY HAS EVER SEEN.

> THE KABUL BOMBING CAME

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE

MUSLIM MONTH OF RAMADAN.

GEORGE THOMAS TALKED WITH

TWO ISLAMIC EXPERTS AS TO

WHY THERE IS USUALLY AN

INCREASE OF TERROR ATTACKS

DURING THIS MONTH.

George: MUSLIMS

AROUND THE WORLD ARE

PRAYING AND FASTING THIS

MONTH IN OBSERVANCE OF

RAMADAN.

IT STARTED AN MAY 26 AND

ENDS ON JUNE 24.

WHILE THE VAST MAJORITY OF

MUSLIMS USE THE TIME FOR

PRAYER AND ATONEMENT, A

GROWING NUMBER ARE

RESORTING TO VIOLENCE.

TO UNDERSTAND WHY RAMADAN

IS SO IMPORTANT TO

JIHADISTS, I'M JOINED BY

ROBERT SPENCER, AUTHOR OF

SEVERAL BOOKS, INCLUDING

"THE COMPLETE INFE INFIDEL'S

GUIDE TO ISLAM."

AND ISIK, WHO AT THE APE AGE

OF 12 WANTED TO BECOME A

SUICIDE BOMBER.

ISIK, WHY IS THIS MONTH

HOLE TO MUSLIMS AND WHAT

DO THEY HOPE TO ACHIEVE?

IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO

MUSLIMS BECAUSE IT IS

ORDERED IN THE QURAN BY

ALLAH TO FAST FOR A MONTH,

AND, ALSO, IT IS A

SACRIFICE FOR THEM.

SACRIFICE OF THEIR FLESH,

PUTTING THEIR FLESH INTO

SUFFERING FOR ALLAH.

George: ROBERT, LET

ME GO TO YOU.

BUT RAMADAN IS ALSO A TIME

OF JIHAD AND MARTYRDOM FOR

MUSLIMS, RIGHT?

YES, THAT IS RIGHT,

GEORGE.

JIHAD MEANS STRUGGLE, AND

SO THE SPIRITUAL STRUGGLE

WITHIN THE SOUL TO GROW

CLOSER TO ALLAH, TO BECOME

MORE RIGHTEOUS, IS THE

SAME JIHAD AS THE STRUGGLE

AGAINST UNBELIEVERS

BECAUSE ALLAH COMMANDS

WARFARE AGAINST

UNBELIEVERS IN THE QURAN

ITSELF.

SO RAMADAN IS THE

ESSENTIALLY THE MONTH OF

JIHAD.

George: IS THIS WHY

YOU'RE SEEING THESE

SPECTACULAR ATTACKS HAPPEN

DURING RAMADAN?

FOR EXAMPLE, THE MASSACRE

OF CHRISTIANS IN THE SINAI

DESERT A FEW DAYS AGO, THE

HUGE TRUCK BOMBING IN

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, AND

THEN IN BAGHDAD.

ARE WE GOING TO SEE MORE

AND MORE OF THESE

SPECTACULAR ATTACKS HAPPEN

IN THE NEXT DAYS TO COME?

YES, GEORGE, I THINK

THAT IS VIRTUELY ASSURED.

BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF

ISLAMIC BELIEF REGARDING

JIHAD AND RAMADAN, AND THE

FACT THAT IT IS A

SPIRITUAL DEVOTION -- THE

QURAN SAYS FIGHTING IS

PRESCRIBED FOR YOU EVEN

THOUGH YOU DISLIKE IT.

AND RAMADAN IS ALL ABOUT

DOING THE THINGS THAT

ALLAH WANTS YOU TO DO THAT

YOU MIGHT DISLIKE.

AND FIGHTING IS THE

FOREMOST AMONG THEM, AND

SO WE'RE GOING TO SEE MORE

TERRORISM DURING RAMADAN.

Chris: COMING UP, A

LOOK AT ONE OF THE MOST

STRATEGIC BATTLES IN

ISRAEL'S MODERN HISTORY.

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

NEAR THE END OF THE 1967

SIX-DAY WAR, ATTENTION

SHIFTED FROM JERUSALEM

HERE TO ABOUT 120 MILES

NORTH.

ISRAELI TROOPS TOOK

CONTROL OF THE GOLAN

HEIGHTS.

AS WE'LL SHOW YOU, FOR THE

LAST 50 YEARS THAT BATTLE

HAS TURNED OUT TO BE ONE

OF THE MOST STRATEGIC OF

THE WAR.

WHOEVER SITS ON THE

GOLAN HEIGHTS TOTALLY

DOMINATES THIS PROXIMITY.

Chris: DAMASCUS IS

ONLY 40 MILES AWAY.

FOR DECADES, SYRIA

CONTROLLED THE GOLAN

HEIGHTS.

HERE ON THE HIGH GROUND,

OVERLOOKING THE SEA OF

GALILEE, SYRIAN ARTILLERY

AND SNIPERS SHOT AND

SHELLED ISRAELIS BELOW.

CHILDREN GREW UP RUNNING

TO BOMB SHELTERS, AND

RESIDENTS LIVED UNDER THE

CONSTANT THREAT OF ATTACK.

A ALL ALONG THIS LINE

WERE SYRIAN BOMBERS AND

MILITARY POSTS.

AND THE COMMUNITIES

BENEATH THE GOLAN HEIGHTS

WERE AT THEIR MERCY.

Chris: MIDDLE EAST

EXPERT AVI MILATAN TOLD ME

WHY THIS GROUND IS SO

IMPORTANT.

THE SEA OF GALILEE IS

THE BIGGEST FRESH-WATER

BODY IN ISRAEL.

PROVIDING SOMETHING LIKE

25% TO 30% OF ALL OF THE

FRESH WATER CONSUMPTION IN

ISRAEL.

FROM 1948 TO 1967, THE

SYRIANS OCCUPIED SOME

STRATEGIC AREAS.

AND THE RESULT OF THAT WAS

AN ENORMOUS PRESSURE ON

ISRAEL.

Chris: ISRAEL FACED

AN UPHILL BATTLE AGAINST

THE SYRIAN ARMY.

ISRAEL CAPTURED THE GOLAN

DURING THE LAST TWO DAYS

OF THE SIX-DAY WAR.

WE WERE AFRAID THAT

SYRIA WOULD COME BACK AND

WOULD SHELL THE VALLEY AND

TRY TO TAKE THE WATER, TO

TAKE CONTROL OF IT.

WE DECIDED TO MAKE THE

FIRST KIBBUTZ IN THE GOAL

HATES.

Chris: JUST A MONTH

AFTER THE WAR, HE AND HIS

FAMILY JOINED THE FIRST

ISRAELIS MOVING HERE.

WE GOT THE PERMISSION

FROM THE ARMY TO GET

INSIDE THE GOLAN HEIGHTS

BECAUSE IT WAS A MILITARY

AREA.

AND WE GOT A JOB FROM THEM

TO COLLECT COWS THAT WERE

WILD IN THE AREA.

Chris: THEY FIRST

LIVED IN WHAT HAD BEEN

HOUSING FOR SYRIAN ARMY

OFFICERS.

WE ARE VERY NEAR TO

KANETTA.

AND WE ARE NEAR TO THE

QUARTER WHERE WE USED TO

LIVE HERE FOR ALMOST FIVE

YEARS.

THIS WAS THE HOUSE -- WITH

ANOTHER THREE FAMILIES

LIVED IN HI THIS HOUSE.

Chris: TODAY CLOSE TO

50,000 PEOPLE, MORE THAN

25,000 ISRAELIS AND ABOUT

22,000 JEWS, LIVE ON THE

GOLAN HEIGHTS.

IT IS KNOWN FOR ITS FRESH

FRUIT, LIKE THE GRAPES

USED IN AWARD-WINNING

ISRAELI WINES.

FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS,

THE GOLAN HEIGHTS I IS THE

MOST QUIET AREA OF ISRAEL.

EVERYTHING HAPPENED ON THE

OTHER SIDE OF THE BORDER.

Chris: BUT THAT COULD

BE CHANGING.

> DO YOU SEE ANY

SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE

CONDITIONS PRIOR TO 1967

AND THE CONDITIONS NOW?

THE STRATEGIC THREAT,

AS FAR AS ISRAEL IS

CONCERNED IS TODAY MUCH

MORE SEVERE IN COMPARISON

TO THE PRE-1967.

THE MAJOR REASON FOR THAT

IS THAT THE PRESENCE OF

THE IRANIANS AND THE

MALITIAS ARE A STONE-THROW

AWAY FROM THIS ISRAELI

LINE.

Chris: HE SAYS THEY

WANT TO ESTABLISH A NEW

FRONT HERE, SIMILAR TO

THOSE IN SOUTH LEBANON AND

THE GAZA STRIP.

TRYING TO LAUNCH A

MILITARY FRONT AGAINST

ISRAEL IN THE GOLAN

HEIGHTS COULD RESULT IN A

MASSIVE ERUPTION BECAUSE

ISRAEL WOULD NOT STAND FOR

THAT, AND WISELY SO.

Chris: ON THE 49th

ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIX-DAY

WAR, PRIME MINISTER

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU MADE IT

VERY CLEAR HOW ISRAEL

VIEWS THE GOLAN HEIGHTS.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Through Translator:

THEY ARE FOR PEACE.

IN THE STORMY REASON

AROUND US, ISRAEL IS A

STABILIZING FACTOR.

ISRAEL IS THE SOLUTION,

NOT THE PROBLEM.

THE GOLAN HEIGHTS WILL

FOREVER REMAIN IN ISRAEL'S

HANDS.

ISRAEL WILL NEVER COME

DOWN FROM THE GOLAN

HEIGHTS.

Chris: FOR NOW, HOREL

SAYS THERE IS A REASON WHY

THIS AREA HAS REMAINED

QUIET.

WE LIVE HERE IN PEACE.

IT IS PEACE BECAUSE WE ARE

IN THE GOLAN HEIGHTS.

WHEN WE WERE ONLY IN THE

VALLEY, AND THE ENEMY WAS

UP ON THE HILL, IT WAS NOT

PEACE.

TO LIVE IN PEACE, YOU HAVE

TO BE STRONG AND TO LIVE

IN THE HIGHER PLACE.

Chris: COMING UP, WHY

PARATROOPERS WERE READY TO

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

THE SIX-DAY WAR PLAYED A

PIVOTAL ROLE IN THE

DEVELOPMENT OF THE ISRAEL

DEFENSE FORCES.

ONE OF THE FIRST URBAN

BATTLES TOOK PLACE HERE IN

JERUSALEM AND SET THE

STAGE FOR FUTURE BATTLES.

CBN'S SCOTT ROSS TALKED

WITH AN I.D.F. COMMANDER

ABOUT THE IMPACT STILL

FELT 50 YEARS LATER.

Scott: THE 55th

PARATROOPER'S BRIGADE

STILL SERVES AS A RESERVE

UNIT TODAY AS IT DID IN

THE 1967 BATTLE FOR

JERUSALEM.

WE'RE PART OF THE

98th DIVISION.

Scott: LIEUTENANT

COLONEL ONSHELD IS THE

COMMANDER OF THE 55th

BRIGADE.

WE DO THE MOST

INTERESTING AND MOST

DANGEROUS AND THE MOST

CHALLENGING MISSIONS IN

THE I.D.F., SO I BELIEVE.

AS PARATROOPERS, WE LIVE

UP TO OUR CODE: WALKING ON

OUR FEET IN THE NIGHT

QUIETLY AND HITTING THE

ENEMY WHERE HE IS WITHOUT

HIM KNOWING ABOUT IT IN

ADVANCE.

Scott: HE TOOK ME

THROUGH THE TRENCHES AT

AMMUNITION HILL, WHERE

BATTALION SOLDIERS FOUGHT

FOR JERUSALEM 50 YEARS

AGO.

AMMUNITION HILL WAS THE

BUNKER OF THE JORDANIAN

POLICE ACADEMY, WHICH IS

JUST BEHIND US.

AND THE POLICE ACADEMY WAS

THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THAT

SPECIFIC BATTLE, BEFORE

THEY CONTINUED TOWARDS THE

OLD CITY.

Scott: AND THIS WAS,

WHAT, DAY TWO OF THE

SIX-DAY WAR?

DAY TWO.

AFTER TAKING THE POLICE

ACADEMY, THEY ADVANCED

TOWARDS AMMUNITION HILL,

AND THEY SPENT MANY, MANY

HOURS TRYING TO ADVANCE

FROM TRENCH TO TRENCH.

Scott: HOW MANY MEN

WERE HERE FIGHTING?

THEY BEGAN WITH ALMOST

200, AND VERY, VERY FEW

REMAINED STANDING AT THE

END OF THE BATTLE.

Scott: MY, MY, MY.

BUT THEY WEREN'T TRAINED

FOR THIS KIND OF WARFARE,

WERE THEY?

NO.

THEY WERE VERY SURPRISED.

THEY WERE DISAPPOINTED

THEY WERE NOT PARACHUTED

TO FIGHT THE EGYPTIANS,

BUT THEN IT BECAME THE

BIGGEST BATTLE IN HISTORY.

IT WAS ALL DONE IN AR

IMPROVISED WARFARE.

Scott: IT IS HARD TO

UNDERSTOOD HOW MEN WITH

EQUIPMENT ON THEIR BACKS,

I ASSUME, RIFLES,

GRENADES, WHATEVER OTHER

EQUIPMENT THEY HAD -- HOW

DID THEY MAKE IT THROUGH

THESE NARROW, NARROW

TRENCHES TO TAKE THE ENEMY

ON?

THAT'S A VERY GOOD

QUESTION.

UNFORTUNATELY, MANY OF

THEM HAD TO CLIMB ABOVE.

AND THE STORY IS DESCRIBED

AS YOUNG SOLDIERS TELLING

THEIR COMMANDERS I'M GOING

TO GO UP I WITH MY MACHINE

GUN, AND THEY ADVANCED,

ONE, TWO, THREE, FIVE

FEET, AND THE NEXT GUY

CLIMBED UP AND CONTINUED

IT AND THE OTHER WAS HIT.

AND THAT'S HOW THEY

ADVANCED.

SOME WERE PULLED TOWARDS

THE INJURED FACILITY WITH

THE DOCTORS BEHIND, BUT

THEY HAD TO KEEP ON

ADVANCING.

Scott: I CAN STAND

HERE AS AN AMERICAN AND

TALK ABOUT REVOLUTIONARY

WAR, CIVIL WAR, AND THAT

IS HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO.

THIS IS 'YEARS AGO.

50 YEARS AGO.

I DON'T WANT TO GET OVERLY

DRAMATIC, BUT THIS IS

HALLOWED GROUND.

DO YOU SEE IT THAT WAY?

YES, IT IS.

OUR FRIENDS, OUR COMRADES

FELL HERE.

SOME PLACE WE RESPECT VERY

MUCH.

IT BECAME A NATIONAL

MONUMENT.

Scott: STANDING BY

THE HALF TRACK, THERE IS

LION'S GATE INTO THE OLD

CITY.

HE TOLD ME OF THEIR HONOR

IN CONTINUING THE HERITAGE

OF THOSE WHO HAVE GONE

BEFORE THEM.

> HAVE YOU TALKED TO ANY

OF THE MEN WHO HAVE

FOUGHT, AND SOME OF YOUR

FATHERS AND

GRANDFATHERS -- AND TALKED

TO THEM ABOUT THEIR

EMOTION OF THAT MOMENT?

IT IS IMPORTANT TO

MENTION.

EVERY YEAR ON THE SIX-DAY

WAR COMMEMORATION DAY, WE

MEET WITH OUR PREDECESSORS

AND WE REMEMBER THE FALLEN

AND WE TALK TO THEM.

Scott: WHAT MOTIVATED

THESE MEN?

AT THE END OF THE DAY,

STARTING WITH YOUR

FRIENDS, YOUR COMRADES,

WHAT WE CALL BROTHERS IN

ARMS, AND THAT'S WHAT

MAKES PEOPLE AT THE END OF

THE DAY RISE UP TOWARDS

ENEMY FIRE AND ADVANCE.

THE BIG VISION, THE

MISSION CONQUERING

JERUSALEM AND ALL OF THAT

IS IMPORTANT, BUT AT THE

MOMENT WHEN YOU RISE UP

TOWARDS THE FIRE, IT IS

FOR YOUR FRIENDS.

Scott: ARE YOUR MEN

MOTIVATED LIKE THAT TODAY?

WE BELIEVE SO.

TODAY YOUNG SOLDIERS ARE

BOTH IN THEIR

PROFESSIONALISM AND IN

THEIR VALUES ARE AS GOOD

AS WE WERE THEN.

Scott: HE COMMANDS

ABOUT 700 RESERVES, AND HE

TOLD ME HOW IMPORTANT THE

LESSONS OF THAT WAR ARE TO

SOLDIERS TODAY.

> HOW HAS THE PAST

AFFECTED THE FUTURE, THE

TRAINING OF THE MEN NOW?

THE BATTLE FOR

JERUSALEM IN 1967 WAS ONE

OF THE FIRST BATTLES IN

URBAN WARFARE.

AND IF YOU LOOK AROUND

TODAY, BOTH IN THE I.D.F.

AND THE U.S. ARMY AND ANY

OF THE WESTERN ARMIES,

FIGHTING TERRORISTS, WHICH

ARE FIGHTING WITHIN

CIVILIAN AND URBAN WARFARE

ENVIRONMENT HAS BECOME THE

MOST COMMON PART OF

WARFARE, AND WE'RE

LEARNING.

Scott: EVEN TODAY

YOU'RE SURROUNDED BY

PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DESTROY

YOU, THAT WANT TO

ANNIHILATE YOU, WIPE YOU

OFF THE MAP, DRIVE YOU

INTO THE SEA -- YOU'RE

EXISTENCE IS QUESTIONED.

SO DO YOU LIVE IN A

DEFENSIVE POSTURE?

I'M A RESERVE SOLDIER.

80% OF MY TIME I'M WITH MY

FAMILY AND MY WORK,

ENJOYING MY LIFE.

MOST ISRAELIS LIVE A VERY

PEACEFUL, VERY HAPPY --

I'D SAY WESTERN LIFESTYLE.

EVERY COUPLE OF MONTHS WE

HAVE A FEW WEEKS OF

TENSION.

AND WE'RE HERE.

Scott: SCOTT ROSS FOR

CBN NEWS AT AMMUNITION

HILL IN JERUSALEM.

Chris: UP NEXT, IT IS

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

RECENTLY ON THE SAME DAY

THE U.N. AGENCY UNESCO

BASICALLY DENIED ANY

JEWISH CONNECTION TO THE

TEMPLE MOUNT, A NEWLY

DISCOVERED PIECE OF

HISTORY LINKS THE JEWISH

PEOPLE TO JERUSALEM AS FAR

BACK AS 2,700 YEARS AGO.

HERE IS A STORY ABOUT AN

ANCIENT PIECE OF PAPER AND

THE HISTORY IT UNCOVERS.

THIS SMALL DOCUMENT

CONTAINS THE EARLIEST

MENTION OF JERUSALEM EVER

FOUND OUTSIDE OF THE

BIBLE.

PRIOR TO THIS, THERE

WERE ONLY TWO OTHERS

WRITTEN IN HEBREW FOUND ON

THIS PERIOD AT ALL.

AND PERHAPS THE GREATEST

SIGNIFICANCE IS FOR THE

FIRST TIME WE HAVE IN

HEBREW THE NAME JERUSALEM.

Chris: BOTH THE STYLE

OF THE SCRIPT AND THE

CARBON 14 ANALYSIS DATED

THE ARTIFACT BACK TO THE

FIRST JEWISH TEMPLE PERIOD

IN THE 7th CENTURY B.C.

IT SAYS FROM THE KING'S

MAID SERVICE, JARS OF WINE

TO JERUSALEM.

THE DOCUMENT IS A

SHIPMENT CERTIFICATE FROM

A PLACE CALL NATA RATTA.

WIT MENTIONS THAT TWO JARS

OF WINE ARE GOING TO BE

SHIPPED TO JERUSALEM.

Chris: A UNIT FROM

THE ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY

SEES IT FROM PALESTINIANS

EXCAVATING WITHOUT A

LICENSE.

WE UNDERSTOOD WE HAVE

SOMETHING VERY, VERY

IMPORTANT IN OUR HAND.

WE READ IT AND WE

UNDERSTOOD ITS VALUE.

Chris: ATON KLEIN

SAID THEY HAD TAKEN IT

FROM THE SAME AREA WHERE

THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS WERE

FOUND DECADES AGO.

UNTIL TODAY -- BECAUSE

THE CONDITIONS IN THE

DESERT ARE PROBABLY THE

BEST FOR THIS ORGANIC

MATERIAL.

Chris: THIS CURATOR

SAYS THAT IT IS NOT THAT

OTHER THE WRITINGS DIDN'T

EXIST, BUT THESE SURVIVED

BECAUSE OF THE DRY

CLIMATE.

THIS PARTICULAR ONE IS

A MIRACLE BECAUSE HERE WE

ARE TALKING ABOUT THE ONES

FROM THE FIRST TEMPLE

TIME.

Chris: THIS

RESEARCHER SAYS THE JEWISH

CONNECTION TO JERUSALEM IS

CLEAR.

THIS IS A PERIOD THAT

WE KNOW FROM VARIOUS

HISTORICAL ACCOUNTS, BOTH

FROM THE BIBLE AND THE

EXTERNAL SOURCES, THAT

THERE WAS THE KINGDOM OF

JUDEA AT THIS PERIOD.

Chris: IN ADDITION TO

THE JERUSALEM COLLECTION,

SHORE SAYS IF THE READING

IS CORRECT, THERE IS ALSO

A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF THE

ROLE OF WOMEN.

THAT WAS THE WOMAN

OFFICER OF THE SLAVE OF

THE KING.

NOT ONLY ARE WE TALKING

ABOUT JERUSALEM, BUT WE'RE

TALKING ABOUT WOMEN WHO

ARE IN HIGH OFFICE.

Chris: AS FOR THE

UNESCO VOTE, EXPERTS

AGREED IT WASN'T BASED ON

FACTS.

IT IS A POLITICAL

DECISION.

IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH

REALITY.

IT HAS NO MEANING

WHATSOEVER FOR

ARCHEOLOGISTS OR

HISTORIANS.

I'M AN ARCHEOLOGIST.

I JUST EXPLAINED IN LINK

ALL OF THE REASONS WHY

THIS IS SO VERY IMPORTANT,

AND WHY IT IS DATED TO THE

FIRST TEMPLE TIMES.

Chris: IT IS NOT ONLY

AN IMPORTANT FIND FOR

JEWISH HISTORY BUT ALSO

FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE

WORLD.

WELL, THOSE KINDS OF

DISCOVERIES CONTINUE TO

LINK THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO

THE LAND OF ISRAEL AND THE

CITY OF JERUSALEM.

THAT'S IT FOR THIS

EDITION, THANKS FOR

JOINING US.

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I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

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