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Jerusalem Dateline: 6/30/17 Jewish Community in Biblical Heartland 25-Year First

In exclusive interview US Ambassador Friedman says US-Israel relations "extraordinary;" plus, first in 25 years: new Jewish community breaks ground in biblical heartland; and Ismail’s story: a Syrian war refugee finds hope and a new beginning. Read Transcript


Chris: THIS WEEK ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE," CBN

NEWS TALKS WITH NEW U.S.

AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL DAVID

FRIEDMAN IN AN EXCLUSIVE

INTERVIEW BO ABOUT

U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONS.

THE BONDS BETWEEN OUR

TWO COUNTRIES IS

EXTRAORDINARY.

Chris: PLUS, NEW

JEWISH COMMUNITY BREAKS

DOWN IN THE HEARTLAND.

AND THE STORY OFIS OF ISHMAIL,

HAD REFUGEE FINDS HOPE AND

A NEW BEGINNING.

> HELLO, AND WELCOME TO

THIS EDITION OF "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

THE NEW U.S. AMBASSADOR TO

ISRAEL, DAVID FRIEDMAN,

MADE ONE OF HIS FIRST

PUBLIC APPEARANCES IN

JERUSALEM.

AND CBN NEWS GOT THIS

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH

THE AMBASSADOR, WHERE WE

DISCUSSED NEGOTIATIONS

BETWEEN ISRAELIS AND

PALESTINIANS, AND THE

RELATION BETWEEN THE U.S.

AND ISRAEL.

AMBASSADOR FRIEDMAN

ADDRESSED AN ANNUAL

MEETING OF A JEWISH

ORGANIZATION, THE NEBRED.

HE GAVE CBN NEWS AN

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW AND

EXPLAINED WHY CURRENT

NEGOTIATIONS ARE HELD IN

PRIVATE.

IT IS A MISTAKE, TO

CHARACTERIZE IT, TO

DEPRIVE ALL OF THE PARTIES

OF PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS,

CANDID CONVERSATIONS,

WHICH I THINK ARE

NECESSARY.

I'M JUST REALLY NOT GOING

TO GET INTO IT.

NOT BECAUSE I WANT TO BE

COY.

I JUST THINK IT'S NOT THE

RIGHT WAY TO PROCEED.

Chris: FRIEDMAN SAYS

PRESIDENT TRUMP'S RECENT

MIDEAST TRIP MADE A

DIFFERENCE IN THE REGION.

HE HAS MAY ENORMOUS

STRIDES, I THINK.

I THINK THE TRIP TO SAUDI

ARABIA, THE TRIP TO THE

VATICAN, IT WAS AN

EXTRAORDINARILY SUCCESSFUL

TRIP.

I THINK YOU'LL SEE MORE

SUCCESS BUILDING UPON

THAT.

Chris: DURING HIS

SPEECH, HE WENT

OFF-SCRIPT.

FRIEDMAN ADDRESSED THE

PRESSING CONTROVERSY

BETWEEN AMERICAN JURY, THE

STATE OF ISRAEL, AND THE

STATUS OF THE WESTERN

WALL.

BUT HE TOLD CBN NEWS

U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONS ARE

DEEP AND WIDE.

THE DEPTH AND THE

BREATBREADTH OF THE

RELATIONSHIP IS WELL

BEYOND WHAT PEOPLE

ORDINARILY UNDERSTAND.

WHEN YOU HAVE THE

PRIVILEGE TO WORK IN THE

EMBASSY, YOU SEE ALL OF

THE DIFFERENT DIVISIONS,

HOW THEY'RE COMMITTED TO

TRADE, COMMITTED TO

CULTURAL EXCHANGE AND

VARIOUS ECONOMIC

INITIATIVES, AND IT GOES

SO FAR BEYOND THE POLITICS

WE READ ABOUT IN THE PAPER

EVERY DAY.

THE BOND BETWEEN OUR TWO

COUNTRIES IS

EXTRAORDINARY.

I DON'T KNOW THAT GETS OUT

AS MUCH AS IT SHOULD.

Chris: AMBASSADOR

FRIEDMAN WENT OFF-SCRIPT

TO TALK ABOUT WHAT IS

HAPPENING HERE IN THE

STATE OF ISRAEL.

TO TALK MORE ABOUT THAT

CONTROVERSY IS A

SPOKESPERSON FROM THE

JEWISH AGENCY, ABI MAYOR.

TELL US ABOUT THE

CONTROVERSY ABOUT THE

WESTERN WALL.

THE WESTERN WALL FOR

MANY YEARS HAS BEEN

DIVIDED BETWEEN A MEN'S

SECTION AND A WOMAN'S

SECTION.

THEY ARE USED TO PRAYING

TOGETHER, MEN AND WOMEN,

IN A MIXED SECTION.

RECENTLY A SECTION WAS

CREATED, SORT OF SOUTH OF

WHERE THE SEPARATED

SECTION IS TO ENABLE THAT

TO HAPPEN.

AND THE PRO PERSIAN GULF, PROPOSAL WOULD

HAVE FURTHER EXTENDED

THAT, AS WELL AS PUTTING

IT UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF

A MIXED COMMITTEE

COMPRISED OF

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THOAT THOSE

GROUPS.

Chris: AND THE OTHER

CONTROVERSY IS CONVERSION

BETWEEN CONFORMED ORTHODOX

AND CONSERVATISM.

EXPLAIN THAT.

THE LAW WOULD

ESSENTIALLY SAY THAT ANY

CONVERSION CONDUCTED IN

ISRAEL, NOT UNDER THE

AUTHORITY OF A RABBI,

WOULD NOT BE RECOGNIZED BY

THE UNITED STATES.

THAT IS TROUBLING BECAUSE

IT IS TAPPED NOT AS

STRINGENT AS THE

STRUCTURES OF THE CHIEF

RABBI.

THAT IS CAUSING A LOT OF

ANXIETY AROUND THE

STUDENTS AROUND THE WORLD.

Chris: WHERE DO YOU

THINK IT GOES FROM HERE?

WE'RE HOPEFUL THAT THE

GOVERNMENT WILL ULTIMATELY

RECANT AND WILL RESTORE

THE PLAN REGARDING THE

WESTERN WALL, WHICH WOULD

TRULY ENABLE IT TO BE A

PLACE TO WHICH EVERYBODY

AROUND THE WORLD CAN

CONNECT, AND NOT HAVE THIS

DAMAGING LEGISLATION ABOUT

CONVERSION, WHICH WE

BELIEVE WOULD PREVENT MANY

PEOPLE WHO WOULD OTHERWISE

WANT TO BECOME A PART OF

THE JEWISH PEOPLE FROM

DOING SO.

Chris: I KNOW A LOT

OF CHRISTIANS WOULD WANT

TO PRAY PSALM 133, HOW

BLESSED IT IS WHEN

BRETHREN PRAY TOGETHER.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR

EXPERTISE AND EXPLANATION.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

> ONE OTHER STORY WE'RE

COVERING IS THAT FOR THE

FIRST TIME IN 25 YEARS,

THE GOVERNMENT IS BUILDING

A NEW JEWISH COMMUNITY IN

THE BIBLICAL HEARTLAND OF

ISRAEL.

JULIE STAAL HAS THAT

STORY.

WHEN WE CAME TO AMONA,

THERE WAS NOTHING THERE.

IT WAS JUST AN EMPTY

HILLTOP, WITH SOMETHING

THERE.

THE ONLY THINGS THAT WERE

THERE HISTORICALLY WERE

THE RUINS OF OUR

ANCESTORS.

Reporter: THAT WAS IN

1996.

SINCE THAT TIME, ISRAELIS

BUILT HOMES AND FAMILIES

MOVED IN, INCLUDING ALAT

AND HIS WIFE, WHO RAISED

SEVEN CHILDREN IN AMONA.

THEN IN FEBRUARY OF THIS

YEAR, THE ISRAELI

GOVERNMENT UPROOTED ALL 42

FAMILIES WHO LIVED IN THIS

COMMUNITY.

ISRAEL'S SUPREME COURT

RULED IT HAD BEEN BUILT ON

PRIVATE PALESTINIAN LAND.

IN ANY PLACE IN THE

WORLD WHERE THERE IS A

DISPUTE OVER LAND, YOU DO

NOT GO OUT AND THROW OUT

PEOPLE FOR NOTHING.

IF SOMEONE PROVES THAT THE

LAND IS HIS, YOU HAVE

ASSETS T FROM THAT LAND, YOU

COMPENSATE THE ONE WHO HAS

THE LAND.

Reporter: NOW HIS SIX

GIRLS SHARE THIS

DORMITORY, AND HE AND HIS

WIFE LIVE IN OTHER ROOM.

THIS IS WHAT THEY HAVE FOR

A KITCHEN.

WE WANT TO COME BACK TO

OUR OWN HOME LAND.

Reporter: AND THAT

STRUGGLE COULD SOON BE

OVER.

THERE IS A NEW SETTLEMENT

IN THE WORKS WITH ROOM FOR

100 FAMILIES.

THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE

THE NEW COMMUNITY IS BEING

BUILT.

IT IS CALLED AMIHI, "MY

PEOPLE OR MY NATION

LIVES."

THE FORMER RESIDENTS OF

AMONA CHOSE THE NAME AS A

REMINDER THAT AMONA ALSO

LIVES.

JEWISH SETTLEMENTS IN THIS

LAND ARE ONE OF THE MOST

CONTENTIOUS ISSUES IN THE

ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN TALKS.

THEY ASKED BENJAMIN

NETANYAHU TO HOLD BACK ON

SETTLEMENTS AT THEIR WHITE

HOUSE MEETING, BUT SOME

THINK TRUMP WOULD ACTUALLY

BE GOOD FOR SETTLEMENTS IN

THE END.

I THINK THIS PRESIDENT

TRUMP UNDERSTANDS THAT

ISRAEL MUST BE STRONG HERE

IN THE MIDDLE EAST IN

ORDER TO HAVE MORE

STABILITY IN THIS REGION.

Reporter: AVI IS THE

SPOKESMAN FOR THE ISRAELIS

FROM AMONA.

HE THINKS TRUMP REALIZES

THAT ISRAEL NEEDS JUDEA

AND SAMARIA TO BE STRONG.

IF YOU CUT OFF JUDEA

AND SAMARIA AND FOR FROM THE

STATE OF ISRAEL, IT WILL

PUT ISRAEL IN A TINY STRIP

OF 20 MILES, AND IT WILL

WEAKEN ISRAEL.

AND HE MUST STOP IT AND

NOT LET IT HAPPEN.

Reporter: JULIE

STAAL, CBN NEWS, AMIHI,

Chris: DEADLY

TERRORIST ATTACKS HAVE

ROCKED EUROPE IN THE PAST

FEW YEARS, EVEN IN THE

PAST FEW WEEKS.

AND SOME EXPERTS ARE

WARNING THAT AMERICA IS

OPENING ITSELF UP TO THE

SAME TYPE OF TERRORISM.

DALE HURD BRINGS US THAT

STORY FROM EUROPE.

Reporter: A ONCE

PEACEFUL CONTINENT HAS

TURNED INTO A

BATTLEGROUND.

ISLAMIC TERROR ACROSS

EUROPE.

COULD THIS BE A PREVIEW OF

WHAT IS AHEAD FOR AMERICA?

FORMER NEW YORK POLICE

COMMISSIONER BILL BRATTEN

SAID RECENTLY THAT

EUROPEAN-STYLE TERROR

ATTACKS ARE COMING TO THE

U.S.

ISLAM EXPERT ROBERT

SPENCER AGREES.

THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT

THAT WHATSOEVER.

THE FACT IS THAT

EVERYWHERE THAT LARGE

NUMBERS OF MUSLIMS

SETTLEMENT, THERE IS

CONFLICT.

Reporter: BECAUSE, HE

SAYS, THE VIOLENCE FLOWS

FROM THE QURAN.

THE QURAN SAYS WHEN YOU

MEET THE UNBELIEVER,

STRIKE THE NECK.

SO THEY DO THESE BEHEADING

VIDEOS AND THE WORLD IS

HORRIFIED, BUT IT IS RIGHT

IN THE QURAN, CHAPTER 37,

VERSE 34.

IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT ALL

MUSLIMS ARE GOING TO DO

IT, BUT IT DOES MEAN SOME

ARE.

THERE IS NO DOUBT THIS

KIND OF THING IS GOING TO

HAPPEN IN THE UNITED

STATES ONCE MUSLIMS ARE

HERE IN SUFFICIENT

NUMBERS.

Reporter: AND WITH IT

COMES POLITICAL

ENFORCEMENT BY THE LEFT,

TARGETING THOSE WHO OPPOSE

UNCONTROLLED MUSLIMS

IMMIGRATION, EITHER WITH A

RACIST LABEL PROTEST OR

EVEN VIOLENCE.

AMERICANS ARE USED TO

OTHER NATIONS FOLLOWING

THEM, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO

MUSLIM REFUGEES AND

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AND

SPEECH OPPRESSION,

EUROPE'S REALITY COULD BE

AMERICA'S FUTURE.

THE MOST IMPORTANT

THING FOR AMERICANS IS TO

STOP THINKING THAT YOU'RE

SAFE AND WE'RE IN TROUBLE.

Reporter: IN PARIS,

AMERICAN WRITER NEDRA

PALOR SAYS WHEN SHE

EMIGRATED TO FRANCE 44

YEARS AGO, FRANCE FELT

SAFER THAN AMERICA.

NOT ANYMORE.

WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO

HAVE ETHNIC STATISTICS,

BUT PEOPLE KNOW WHERE THAT

VIOLENCE IS COMING FROM.

HERE WE HAVE A HUGE MUSLIM

POPULATION THAT INCLUDES

FINFINE PEOPLE WHO CAME HERE

TO LIVE IN FREEDOM AND

THUGS AND ISLAMISTS WHO

USE THE THUGS TO WEAKEN

OUR DEMOCRACY.

AFTER THE THUGS TERRORIZE

PEOPLE, THEN THEY SAY

YOU'RE ISLAMOPHOBE.

Reporter: SWEDEN NOW

HAS SEVERAL THOUSAND

MUSLIM EXTREMISTS.

SWEDEN ALSO FACES A FISCAL

CRISIS BECAUSE IT HAS

ACCEPTED SO MANY MUSLIM

MIGRANTS.

SWEDISH CITIZENS ARE

LITERALLY PAYING TO HOST

TERRORISTS.

IT COULD BE THAT OUR

POLITICIANS ARE SO STUPID

THAT THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN YOU

BRING IN A LOT OF PEOPLE

FROM A TOTALLY DIFFERENT

CULTURE.

COULD BE, BUT I DON'T

BELIEVE THAT ANYMORE.

I MEAN, IT IS NOT JUST

THIS GOVERNMENT.

THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR

30, 40 YEARS.

Reporter: WHAT'S MORE

LIKELY IS THAT SWEDISH

LEADERS DON'T CARE.

ONE FORMER PRIME MINISTER

SAID SWEDISH CULTURE

WASN'T WORTH PRESERVING.

THERE ARE MANY MUSLIMS WHO

COME TO THE WEST TO JOIN

DEMOCRACY, INTEGRATE WITH

SOCIETY, AND LIVE IN

PEACE.

BUT THERE ARE ALSO

TROUBLING SIGNS, LIKE A

POLL IN BRITAIN LAST YEAR

THAT SHOWED THAT

TWO-THIRDS OF BRITISH

MUSLIMS WOULD NOT TELL

POLICE ABOUT EXTREMISTS.

THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A

BIG PEACE MARCH BY GERMAN

MUSLIMS LAST WEEK TO SHOW

THEIR OPPOSITION TO

TERRORISM.

IT FLOPPED.

NOT ONLY WAS IT SMALL, BUT

IF MOST OF THESE PEACE

DEMONSTRATORS DON'T LOOK

MUSLIM, IT'S BECAUSE

THEY'RE NOT.

SPENCER SAYS SOME MUSLIMS

COME AS COLONIZERS TO

ISLAMIZE THE WEST.

THAT'S IN THE QURAN, TOO.

CHAPTER 4, VERSE 100,

IN THE QURAN PROMISES

GREAT REWARDS FOR THOSE

WHO EMIGRATE IN THE CAUSE

OF ALLAH AND DIE IN THE

NEW LAND.

Reporter: SPENCER WAS

POISONED LAST MONTH ON A

SPEAKING TOUR IN ICELAND.

HE BELIEVES IT WAS DONE BY

LEFTESTS WHO PROTESTED HIS

VISIT.

THE GROUP ANTI-FAH IS A

EUROPEAN CREATION.

STREET BATTLES, LIKE THE

ONES INVOLVING TRUMP

SUPPORTERS AND LEFTISTS

HAPPENED FIRST IN EUROPE.

IN 1968, ENOC POWELL WAS

SACKED AFTER HE SAID MASS

IMMIGRATION WOULD SOME DAY

LEAD TO RIVERS OF BLOOD.

SPENCER WARNS THAT RIVER

IS FLOWING TO AMERICA.

THIS HAS HAPPENED

EVERYWHERE MUSLIMS HAVE

GONE.

WHY DO WE THINK WE'LL BE

EXEMPT?

WHY DO WE THINK WE WILL BE

DIFFERENT?

THE ISLAM THAT IS TAUGHT

IN THE AMERICAN MOSQUES IS

EXACTLY THE SAME ISLAM

THAT IS TAUGHT IN THE

MOSQUES IN THE MIDDLE EAST

AND IN EUROPE.

SO THE SAME THINGS WILL

HAPPHAPPEN HERE THAT HAVE

HAPPENED EVERYWHERE ELSE

IN THE WORLD.

Reporter: DALE HURD,

CBN NEWS.

Chris: COMING UP, SEE

WHAT THE SIX-DAY WAR DID

Chris: 50 YEARS AGO,

WHERE I'M STANDING RIGHT

NOW, IN THE JEWISH

QUARTER, WAS CONTROLLED BY

JORDAN.

THEN IN THE 1967 SIX-DAY

WAR, ISRAELI PARATROOPERS

CAPTURED THE TEMPLE MOUNT

BEHIND ME AND THE OLD

CITY.

AND SINCE THEN ISRAELI

ARCHEOLOGISTS HAVE MADE

SOME OF THE MOST

SIGNIFICANT FINDS IN

HISTORY IN AND AROUND

JERUSALEM.

ONE OF THE FIRST AND

LARGEST TOOK PLACE JUST A

FEW STEPS FROM WHERE I'M

STANDING.

AT 10 YEARS OLD, ALAT FELT

LIKE PART OF HER FAMILY

CAME HOME WHEN SHE FIRST

HEARD THAT ISRAEL

RECAPTURED THE OLD CITY.

EVEN AS A CHILD, I

COULD SENSE THIS IS A HUGE

EVENT.

IT IS LIKE YOU GET

SOMETHING BACK.

PEOPLE RELATED TO EACH

OTHER LIKE A RETURNING

LOST SON.

NOW IT IS HAPPENING.

Chris: 23-YEAR-OLD

GABBY BARKI FELT LIKE HIS

APARTMENT ADDED A ROOM.

IT IS LIKE I VISITED

THE BACK ROOM OF THE

APARTMENT IN WHICH I LIVE,

AS I WAS PROHIBITED FROM

ENTERING FOR YEARS.

AND SUDDENLY IT IS OPEN.

IMAGINE, IT IS MY HOUSE.

IT IS MY CITY, AND

SUDDENLY I CAN SEE IT WITH

MY OWN EYES.

I CAN TOUCH IT.

Chris: NOW BOTH MAZAR

AND BARKI ARE AMONG

ISRAEL'S LEADING

ARCHEOLOGISTS.

WITH TEENAGED VOLUNTEERS

BEHIND US, WE TALKED WITH

BARKI AT THE TEMPLE MOUNT.

IT IS A RESOLUTION.

Chris: AND YOU WERE

PART OF THAT RESOLUTION?

I STARTED MY CAREER

THEN.

Chris: WE SAT DOWN

WITH HIM OVERLOOKING THE

CITY.

AFTER THE '67 WAR, WHAT

DID IT MEAN FOR

ARCHEOLOGY?

I WOULD SAY IT IS A

TURNING POINT.

IN THE COUPLE OF YEARS

AFTER THE SIX-DAY WAR, THE

RESULTS OF JERUSALEM

ARCHEOLOGY ACCUMULATED TO

BEING MUCH MORE THAN

WHATEVER WAS DONE IN THE

150 YEARS BEFOREHAND.

Chris: FROM 1948 TO

1967, JERUSALEM WAS A CITY

DIVIDED BY LANDMINES,

BARRICADES, AND BARBED

WIRE.

SUDDENLY AFTER THE SIX-DAY

WAR AND YEARS OF NEGLECT,

THE DOORS OF JERUSALEM

WERE OPEN TO

ARCHEOLOGISTS, WHO LONG TO

UNCOVER ITS ANCIENT PAST.

THE FIRST DIG TOOK PLACE

HERE AT THE SOUTHWESTERN

WALL OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT

BY ALAT'S GRANDFATHER,

BENJAMIN.

MY GRANDFATHER SCRAF

EXCAVATED 10 YEARS WITHOUT

STOPPING.

HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF WORK

THAT REVEALED FANTASTIC

REMAINS OF ANCIENT

JERUSALEM FROM ALL

PERIODS.

IT IS CALLED THE BOOM

OF ARCHEOLOGY.

THERE WAS SUDDENLY A

BUDGET FOR ARCHEOLOGY.

THERE WAS A PUBLIC

INTEREST IN THE ARCHEOLOGY

OF JERUSALEM.

PEOPLE COME AND VISIT THE

ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES OF

JERUSALEM.

Chris: SINCE 1967,

MAZAR AND BARKI HAVE MADE

SOME OF ISRAEL'S GREATEST

FINDS.

WE SHOWED AND REVEALED

KING DAVID'S PALACE, AND

WE SHOWED MORE OF KING

SOLOMON'S CONSTRUCTION.

HE BUILT A CITY WALL

AROUND THE TEMPLE, AROUND

HIS OWN PALACE.

WE DISCOVERED THE

MANUSCRIPT EVER

DISCOVERED, PRE-DATING THE

ANCIENT SCROLLS BY MANY

CENTURIES.

THESE ARE TWO TINY SCROLLS

OF SILVER.

"THE LORD BLESS YOU AND

KEEP YOU" IS IN BOTH OF

THEM.

Chris: IN MANY OF

THESE DISCOVERIES AFTER

THE SIX-DAY WAR, DID THEY

CONFIRM THE BIBLICAL

RECORD OF JERUSALEM?

IN GENERAL, THE ANSWER

IS YES.

THE HISTORY WHICH EMERGED

FROM THE RESULTS OF THE

EXCAVATION FITS WELL WITH

THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

EMBEDDED IN THE OLD

TESTAMENT.

Chris: PERHAPS

MAZAR'S GREATEST FIND

BROUGHT THE BIBLE TO LIFE.

FROM THE BIBLICAL

TIMES, FINDING THE SEAL

IMPRESSION FROM KING

HEZEKIAH HIMSELF, THIS IS

A CLOSE AS YOU CAN IMAGINE

TO A BIBLICAL FIGURE, NOT

TO MENTION SUCH A KING AS

KING HEZEKIAH.

SO TO FIND THE SEAL IS

ALMOST TOUCHING HIM.

Chris: IS THERE ANY

CONNECTION WHAT YOU'VE

DISCOVERED AND THE TIME

WHEN JESUS WAS HERE IN

JERUSALEM?

YES, FOR SURE.

IN THE BOOK OF ACTS AND IN

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, THERE

IS A MENTIONING OF THE

EASTERN PORCH OF THE

TEMPLE MOUNT, AND IT

APPEARS UNDER THE NAME

UNDER THE PORCH OF

SOLOMON.

AND OVER THERE LIES A

CAPITAL, WHICH ORIGINATES

FROM THE PORCH OF SOLOMON.

WE HAVE THE FLOORS UPON

WHICH THE COINS WERE

ROLLING WHEN JESUS TURNED

UPSIDE DOWN THE TEMPLES OF

THE MONEY-CHANGERS.

WE HAVE THOSE VERY FLOORS.

THE BIBLICAL STORIES

AND THE NEW TESTAMENT

STORY, BY THE WAY, IT GOES

TOGETHER BECAUSE IT PROVES

QUITE ACCURATELY THE

DEVELOPMENT OF JERUSALEM

AND THE WAY JERUSALEM IS

DESCRIBED, AND IT IS QUITE

ACCURATE.

Chris: TODAY, 50

YEARS AFTER THE WAR,

JERUSALEM IS AN OPEN CITY.

VISITORS CAN COME TO SEE

THE EXCAVATIONS.

AT THE POOL 6 SILOHAM,

WHERE JESUS HEALED THE

BLIND MAN.

PEOPLE CAN COME AND SEE

FOR THEMSELVES.

COME AND SEE.

Chris: AND FOR THESE

LOVERS OF HISTORY, THE

CITY HAS CAPTURED THEIR

HEARTS.

I COME IN THE MORNING

AND GO TO SLEEP WITH

JERUSALEM, WITH EXCAVATING

JERUSALEM.

IT IS 100% ON MY MIND,

BESIDES MY FAMILY, YOU

KNOW.

WE ARE VERY FAMILY PEOPLE.

IT IS A WONDERFUL CITY.

THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE ON

EARTH WHICH CAN COMPETE

WITH JERUSALEM.

Chris: COMING UP, SEE

HOW CHRISTIANS HELPED THIS

SYRIAN REFUGEE WIDOW AND

HER CHILDREN.

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

WELL, SOME FAMILIES HERE

IN JERUSALEM ARE

CELEBRATING AND REJOICING,

AND NOT FAR AWAY SOME

FAMILIES IN SYRIA ARE

LITERALLY FLEEING FOR

THEIR LIVES.

THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR HAS

RAVAGED FAMILIES AND SENT

CIVILIANS FLEEING TO GIANT

REFUGEE CAMPS, WHERE

THEY'RE STRUGGLING TO

SURVIVE.

HERE IS A STORY OF HOW

SOME CHRISTIANS HAVE

BROUGHT HOPE AND HELP TO

ONE SYRIAN AND HER

CHILDREN.

Reporter: AS ISMAEL

WAS ON HIS WAY HOME ONE

DAY, BOMBS STARTED

HAPPENING.

MY SON WAS SAVED BY A

SHOPKEEPER WHO TOOK HIM IN

UNTIL THE FIGHTING MOVED

ON.

IT WAS A HORRIBLE TIME,

AND I WAS IN CONSTANT FEAR

FOR MY CHILDREN'S LIVES.

I KNEW WE HAD TO GET OUT

OF SYRIA.

Reporter: ISMAEL'S

FATHER ARRANGED FOR A

DRIVER TO TAKE ISMAEL, HIS

MOTHER AND TWO SIBLINGS

INTO LEBANON.

BEFORE HE COULD JOIN THEM,

HE WAS SHOT IN THE BACK

AND KILLED.

WE HAD A GOOD LIFE.

AND THEN THE CIVIL WAR

HAPPENED, AND EVERYTHING

WAS TAKEN FROM US.

NOW I HAVE TO RAISE MY

CHILDREN ALONE AND TRY TO

START OVER.

Reporter: ISMAEL'S

FAMILY NOW LIVES IN A

MASSIVE CAMP IN THE MACAU

VALLEY.

HIS MOTHER MAKES LESS THAN

$4 A DAY.

MANY DAYS AS SHE WORKS,

SHE THOUGHT ABOUT HOW

ISMAEL WAS BEING

MISTREATED AT A LOCAL

PUBLIC SCHOOL.

THE TEACHERS HIT THE

CHILDREN.

THE TEACHERS MADE IT SO

HARD FOR HIM THAT HE

DIDN'T WANT TO GO TO THE

SCHOOL EVER AGAIN.

Reporter: THEN "HEART

FOR LEBANON", WHICH IS

SUPPORTED BY CBN'S

"ORPHANS' PROMISE,"

INVITED ISMAEL TO OUR HOPE

CENTER, A SCHOOL DEDICATED

TO PROVIDING A SAFE

ENVIRONMENT FOR THE

CHILDREN.

AT MY OLD SCHOOL, THE

TEACHERS WOULD HIT ME IF I

DIDN'T ANSWER THE

QUESTIONS RIGHT.

BUT IT IS SO NICE HERE.

I HAVE WONDERFUL FRIENDS

AND THE TEACHERS ARE VERY

KIND.

Reporter: AS THIS

OPENLY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL,

ALONG WITH LEARNING MATH,

ENGLISH, AND MUSIC,

STUDENTS OR ALSO SHOWN

"SUPERBOOK" IN ARABIC.

JESUS TEACHES US TO BE

GOOD TO OTHERS.

I LEARNED TO BE LIKE HIM

AND TO PRAY TO GOD WHEN

I'M IN TROUBLE.

Reporter: ALL OF THE

CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOL

COME FROM MUSLIM FAMILIES,

BUT THEIR FAMILIES ARE

HAPPY TO SEE WHAT THEY'RE

LEARNING IN THIS CHRISTIAN

ENVIRONMENT.

I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM

WITH MY CHILDREN LEARNING

ABOUT JESUS AND ALL OF HIS

TEACHINGS BECAUSE NOW

THERE IS SOMETHING

DIFFERENT ABOUT MY

CHILDREN.

I CAN SEE A CHANGE COMING

FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

THEY ARE GETTING HAPPIER

EVERY DAY.

Reporter: "ORPHANS'

PROMISE" AND "HEART FOR

LEBANON" ALSO PROVIDE

LARGE PORTIONS OF FOOD

EACH MONTH TO ISMAEL'S

FAMILY AND THE OTHER

REFUGEES IN THEIR CAMP.

I'M SO HAPPY TO KNOW

THERE ARE CHRISTIANS

ABROAD WHO ARE REACHING

OUT TO MUSLIMS WHO ARE

SUFFERING AND IN NEED.

I PRAY FOR THESE PEOPLE

AND FOR GOD'S BLESSING ON

THEM.

IT MEANS A LOT FOR US TO

KNOW THAT THEY THINK OF US

AND FEEL FOR US.

THANK YOU FOR THE FOOD

AND FOR ALLOWING ME TO GO

TO THIS SCHOOL.

Chris: THE TRAGEDY OF

THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR HAS

DESTROYED THOUSANDS OF

FAMILIES, BUT IT IS GOOD

TO SEE A HEART-WARMING

STORY, LIKE THE ONE WITH

ISMAEL AND HIS MOTHER.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY

FOR THE SYRIAN REFUGEES

AND THE MANY MINISTRIES

LIKE "ORPHANS' PROMISE"

WHO ARE GIVING THEM HELP

AND HOPE.

THANKTHAT'S IT FOR THIS EDITION

OF "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL, WE'LL

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