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Jerusalem Dateline: 8/11/17 The War Against ISIS: a Prelude to Bigger Battles?

Is the war against ISIS just a prelude to bigger battles ahead? And Israel turning the other cheek: being a good neighbor to a long-time enemy; plus, how archaeologists say these stone vessels shed light on Jewish practices in the time of Jesus. Read Transcript


HELLO, WELCOME TO THIS

EDITION OF "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

I AM JULIE STALL FILLING IN FOR

CHRIS MITCHELL.

AFTER A NINE MONTH BATTLE,

TAKING THE FIGHT TO ISIS IS

SYRIA, TERROR GROUP

SELF-PROCLAIMED CAPITOL.

CHRIS MITCHELL REPORTS FROM THE

GOALLAND HEIGHTS, BATTLE AGAINST

THE ISLAMIC STATE MIGHT BE A

PRELUDE TO A MUCH MORE DANGEROUS

BATTLE AHEAD.

REPORTER: MOST BELIEVE IT

SIGNALS THE END OF THE ISLAMIC

STATE CALIPHATE.

YOU HAVE SO MANY DIFFERENT

ACTORS, STATE AND SUBSTATE LEVEL

WORKING IN THESE COALITIONS

AGAINST ONE ANOTHER WITH ONE

ANOTHER.

THIS IS A VERY, VERY DANGEROUS

PLACE.

REPORTER: WIDE RANGE OF

ACTORS, SYRIA, RUSSIA, U.S.,

TURKEY, CURDS HEZBOLLAH AND IRAN

ALL MAKE UP THE VOLATILE MIX.

A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH WEAPONS.

A LOT OF FIGHTING GOING ON IN

THE SMALL TERRITORIAL UNIT,

IMPLICATIONS FOR GREAT POWER

RELATIONS AND CAUSE MASSIVE

INSTABILITY IN JORDAN LIKE YOU

MENTIONED, ISRAEL, IRAQ IS PART

OF THE SAME THEATRE ARE ALMOST

MIND BOGGLING.

REPORTER: FROM THIS VANTAGE

POINT YOU CAN SEE THE

INSTABILITY IN ACTION.

NUMBER OF TROOPS CONTROL

INCLUING REBEL EVEN ISIS.

WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF SHIITES.

FIGHTING IN SYRIA.

REPORTER: THE WEST NEEDS TO

KNOW THE WAR IN SYRIA STRETCHES

BEYOND ITS BORDERS.

WAY BEYOND CIVIL WAR.

WE SEE A HUGE STAGE OF REGIONAL.

ROUGHLY SPEAKING BETWEEN TWO

MAJOR FORCES, ONE ARE IRANIANS

AND MILITIAS, OTHER ARE THE ARAB

SUNNIS.

REPORTER: FLOODED WITH

IRANIAN TROOPS.

SYRIAN MILITARY TODAY IS

IRANIAN, HEZBOLLAH IS IRANIAN.

THEY HAVE UNLIMITED NUMBER OF

TROOPS THEY CAN BRING IN AT WILL

AND ARE BRINGING INTO SYRIA FROM

AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN AND

BOTTOMLESS WELL OF PERSONNEL

IRAN CAN BRING OVER AND USE FOR

GAMES IN THE MIDEAST.

REPORTER: THEY WARN THEY ARE

TRYING TO GREAT A BRIDGE THAT

WOULD POSE A GREAT DANGER TO

ISRAEL.

IRANIAN REGIME FOLLOWS

ELIMINATION OF THE STATE OF

ISRAEL.

TRYING TO LAUNCH MILITARY FRONT

IN GOALLAND HEIGHTS COULD RESULT

IN MASSIVE ERUPTION, ISRAEL

WOULD NOT STAND FOR IT.

REPORTER: YOU MUST GO BACK IN

HISTORY TO PRESIDENT OBAMA.

OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION

DEFINITELY RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT

I CALL A GROWING -- MAJOR REASON

IS OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION FOR

WHATEVER THE REASONS ARE LINED

UP WITH THE IRANIANS, ENABLING

THE IRANIANS TO EXPEND INFLUENCE

AND DIFFERENT ARENAS.

REPORTER: UNPRECEDENTED

THREAT TO ISRAEL.

THEY ARE OPENINGLY

THREATENING WAR WITH ISRAEL.

NOT ONLY ARMOR MEN SOPHISTICATED

TO A DEGREE WE HAVE NEVER SEEN

BEFORE, BUT THERE ARE MEN UNDER

ARMS, SOLDIERS ARE BATTLE AND

GRUESOME BRUTAL WARRIORS IN THE

BATTLEFIELD IN SYRIA FOR THE

PAST SIX YEARS.

DANGER GREATER NOW THAN WHEN

ALL OF THE MIDDLE EAST GANGED UP

ON ISRAEL 1967 SIX-DAY WAR.

MUCH GREATER.

YOU ARE LOOKING AT DOZENS OF

THOUSANDS OF SHIITE MILITARY

ALREADY OPERATING IN SYRIA

ESPECIALLY ARMED AND GUARDED BY

THE IRANIANS.

IRANIANS SAME WAY THEY TOOK OVER

LEBANON USING HEZBOLLAH THEY ARE

LOOKING AT A SIMILAR FUTURE WITH

SYRIA.

REPORTER: THAT COULD LEAD TO

COMPLICATIONS WITH GLOBAL

IMPLICATIONS.

ISRAEL IS DETERMINED NOT TO

ALLOW IRANIANS TO MAKE GOALLAND

HEIGHTS STAGE OF WAR.

REALITY ON THE GROUND.

RAMIFICATIONS NOT ONLY LOCAL,

NOT ONLY REGIONAL, EXCEEDING

REGIONAL LEVEL THEY COULD BE

GLOBAL.

CHRIS MITCHELL CBN NEWS,

GOALLAND HIGHS, ISRAEL.

> APPEALING TO AN UNLIKELY

SOURCE FOR HELP, ISRAEL.

MANAGING A FULL-FLEDGED HUMAN

HUMANITARI

HUMANITARIAN.

REPORTER: IT IS CALLED

OPERATION GOOD NEIGHBOR.

MARCH 2014, TWO YEARS AFTER

FIGHTING IN SYRIA STARTED.

ONE NIGHT SEVEN WOUNDENED

SYRIANS CAME TO OUR BORDER

SEEKING FOR HELP.

DECISION MADE BY ISRAELI

COMMANDERS AND GOVERNMENT TO

ALLOW THEM TO ENTER THE COUNTRY

AND GIVE THEM FULL MEDICAL

TREATMENT.

THEN MANY OTHER WOUNDED SYRIANS

FOLLOWED.

REPORTER: NOT FAR FROM HERE

IS WHERE THE SYRIAN REFUGEES

HAVE BEEN COMING IN TO SEE

MEDICAL HELP

IN SYRIA, MEDICAL

INFRASTRUCTURE ARE NOT

FUNCTIONING.

70% OF THE DOCTORS FLED THE

COUNTRY.

WE DECIDED HELP FURTHER BY

STARTING OPERATION GOOD

NEIGHBOR.

REPORTER: SPECIAL LOOK AT THE

MANY WAYS THEY ARE HELPING ALONG

THE BORDER.

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER IN

NORTHERN COMMAND.

WE STARTED BRINGING IN SICK

SYRIANS, MOST ARE SICK CHILDREN

WITH NEGLECTED MEDICAL DISEASES.

WE HAVE TAKEN THEM INTO OUR

CLINIC.

EVERY NIGHT WOUNDED SYRIANS COME

TO ISRAEL GET THE SAME TREATMENT

WE GIVE OUR CITIZENS.

REPORTER: ISRAEL HAS HELPED

MORE THAN 4,000 SYRIANS, MANY

TAKEN TO ISRAELI HOSPITALS.

AID DIDN'T STOP THERE.

POPULATI HEALTH CARE, MEDICINE,

DOCTORS.

WE HAVE PROTECTED HIS

IDENTITY.

REPORTER: MANY OF THE GOODS

DONATED BY NGO'S PROVIDING

MEDICINE AND FOOD AND

ESTABLISHED TWO MEDICAL CLINICS

FOR SIMPLER CASES.

THOSE PEOPLE WERE EDUCATED TO

HATE US.

THEY ARE TELLING US THEY ARE

GRATEFUL TO THE STATE OF ISRAEL.

REPORTER: THEY HOPE IT WILL

BEAR GOOD FRUIT.

WE FEEL IT IS OUR DUTY TO

HELP OUR NEIGHBORS AND MAKING

GOOD NEIGHBORS AND CURE

ISRAEL-SYRIAN BORDER.

> MORE THAN 50 DEMOCRATIC AND

REPUBLICAN OF THE HOUSE OF

REPRESENTATIVES TOURED ISRAEL

DURING AUGUST AND U.S. HAS NO

GREATER ALLY THAN ISRAEL.

SPONSORED BY AMERICAN ISRAEL

EDUCATION FOUNDATION, GOAL IS TO

PROVIDE CONGRESSMAN OF FIRSTHAND

KNOWLEDGE AND CRITICAL ISSUES

FACING AMERICAN POLICY MAKERS

LIKE REGIONAL STRATEGIC THREATS

AND HOW RECENT EVENTS MIGHT

IMPACT THE FUTURE.

KEVIN MACARTHUR AND DENNY HOYER

SAID IT IS MEANT TO SEND A

MESSAGE.

WE HAVE SHARED SECURITY

INTEREST AND NO STRONGER BOND

BETWEEN ANY ALLY BEING THE ONLY

DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

THIS IS NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE.

WE WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE OF

SOLIDARITY WITH ISRAEL AND

SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF

ISRAEL.

SOLIDARITY THAT WE KNOW IS

NECESSARY IF WE ARE TO DEFEAT

THOSE NOT ONLY IN THE MIDDLE

EAST BUT AROUND THE WORLD WITH

TERRORISM AND VIOLENCE WOULD PUT

AT RISK OUR DEMOCRACIES OBLY

ISRAEL AND AMERICAN SHARE IN

COMMON.

ALSO PUT AT RISK OUR WAY OF

LIFE.

COMING UP, ARCHAEOLOGICAL

ARCHAEOLOGIST EXCAVATING IN

THE GALILEE SAY THEY FOUND A

RARE WORKSHOP FOR PRODUCTION OF

VESSELS FROM THE TIME OF JESUS

THAT SHEDS LIGHT ON JEWISH

PRACTICES AT THAT TIME.

TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT I FOUND IN

THE ERA OF BIBLICAL CANA WOULD

HAVE BEEN.

THIS 2000 YEAR OLD WORKSHOP

DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW

SPORTS CENTER.

IT WAS 2,000 YEARS AGO

QUARRY.

TAKEN OUT FROM THE INSIDE OF

MUD HOLES PRODUCED HERE.

VESSELS THAT HAD BROKEN DURING

THE PRODUCTION PROCESS.

ARCHAEOLOGIST UNCOVERED

THOUSANDS AT THE SITE.

THROWN AWAY AS PRODUCTION WASTE

2,000 YEARS AGO HAVE BECOME A

TREASURE TODAY.

PRODUCTION SITE IN GALILEE WE

ARE ABLE TO EXCAVATE AND LEARN

MORE ABOUT OBSERVANTS OF THE

PURITY 2,000 YEARS AGO.

NEW TESTAMENT SPECIFICALLY

MENTIONED STONE VESSELS AND

PURIFICATION LAWS WHEN JESUS

TURNS WATER INTO WINE.

SIX WATER POTS OF STONE

ACCORDING TO THE MANNER OF

PURIFICATION OF THE JEWS.

STONE IS A MATERIAL THAT

DOESN'T BECOME IMPURE AS OPPOSED

TO POTTERY VESSELS IF THEY CAME

IN CONTACT WITH SOMETHING IMPURE

OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

THEN THE POTTERY VESSEL WOULD

BECOME IMPURE AND BROKEN AND NOT

USED.

STONE IS CONSIDERED PURE ALL

THE TIME.

IF THE POPULATION WAS

CONCERNED WITH KEEPING THE LAWS,

THEY WOULD MAKE SURE THEY HAD

THESE VESSELS IN THE HOUSES.

ARCHAEOLOGIST HAVEN'T FOUND

LARGE STONE VESSELS AT THE SITE

YET.

THEY HOPE TO BE ALLOWED TO

CONTINUE TO EXCAVATE FOR MORE

FROM THE WEDDING IN CANA, WE

FAST FORWARD TO 1967, 50 YEARS

AGO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2000

YEARS, ONE OF THE HEROS OF THE

WAR, MAIN PLAYER IN THE BATTLE

FOR JERUSALEM AND CBN'S

DOCUDRAMA.

CBN'S SCOTT ROSS LOOKS AT THE

LIFE OF THAT MAN WHO HAD A HUGE

IMPACT ON ISRAEL'S PAST AND

FUTURE.

REPORTER: CHIEF INTELLIGENCE

OFFICER FOR THE 55TH BRIGADE

DURING THE SIX-DAY WAR.

I HAVE EXACTLY TEN HOURS TO

PREPARE UNITS TO WAR.

USUALLILY TO MAKE OUR OPERATION

IN JERUSALEM YOU NEED 40 HOURS.

WE HAVE THREE WEEKS.

TEN HOURS.

ONE OF THE SOLDIERS WHO

REUNITED JERUSALEM OKMONE WAS

HONORED OF THE CBN DOCTOR DRAMA

"IN OUR HANDS"

BATTLE FOR JERUSALEM.

I TALKED ABOUT WITH HIM AT HIS

TEL AVIV HOME ABOUT THE WAR AND

HIS LIFE.

WHEN YOU ENTERED THE CITY, HOW

DID THAT FEEL?

IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE MOMENT.

I WAS BUSY THREE DAYS OF

VERY, VERY HARD FINDS.

WITH US, THEN THE COME RATS OF

THE COMMANDING UNIT CAME TO THE

MOUNT THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME I

FELT THAT I PARTICIPATED IN

SOMETHING SPECIAL.

BUT TO SAY THE TRUTH, I WAS --

WHY?

BECAUSE 95 OF OUR COMRADES

DEAD IN THIS FIGHT.

MIXTURE OF THESE IS LIVING IN ME

TODAY.

THAT WAS THE BEGINNING OF HIS

CONTRIBUTION TO ISRAEL.

ONE OF THE FIRST PARATROOPERS

IN 1967 AND LED THE CROSSING OF

THE SUEZ CANAL.

AUTHOR WROTE ABOUT OKMONE IN

HIS SIX DAY WAR BOOK "LIFE

DREAMERS."

HE PLAYED THE ROLE OF HERO MORE

THAN ONCE.

TRANSFORMATION OF ISRAEL TO

HIGH TECH SUPER POWER.

ERICK OKMONE STARTS OUT AS A

BOY, LITTLE SETTLEMENT.

LEAVES AND ENDS UP BECOMING THE

CEO OF ISRAEL'S DOMESTIC

AIRLINE.

ISRAEL'S ECONOMY WAS SOCIALIST.

HE FIGHTS TRADES UNIONS AND

CREATES FIRST PRIVATIZED COMPANY

IN THE STATE OF ISRAEL AND OPENS

THE WAY TO THE HIGH TECH FREE

ECONOMY WE HAVE.

FOR ME, HE IS A MULTIPLE HERO.

HE LED THEM AT AGE 40.

NEVER FORGOT WHAT HE LEARNED

THERE.

STILL TODAY, I THINK I WILL

SEE HIM, BUILT ISRAEL.

WHERE DID YOU GET THE VISION

TO MOVE BEYOND LIFE INTO A

BROADER ECONOMY AND DEVELOPING

BEYOND JUST A SOCIALIST IDEA?

MY VALUES.

THERE IN THE KABOOTS.

I BELIEVE IN FREE ECONOMY --

VALUES MORE IMPORTANT THAN MANY.

IF THE ECONOMY HADN'T CHANGED

TO A FREE ECONOMY, DO YOU THINK

ISRAEL WOULD HAVE SURVIVED?

I THINK THE ISRAELI ECONOMY

IS A MIRACLE.

IN SUCH EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES TO

BE ONE OF THE LIVING ECONOMIES

IN THE WORLD.

EVEN WITH ISRAEL'S GREAT

DEVELOPMENT TROUBLED BY

DIVISIONS AMONG HIS PEOPLE.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR ENEMIES WHO

DON'T THINK YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO

EXIST?

ENEMIES ARE ENEMIES.

WE ARE STRONG ENOUGH.

ENEMY OF ISRAEL IS IN US INSIDE

US, NOT OUTSIDE.

FUTURE FOR THIS COUNTRY NOW,

YOU WERE A MAN OF VISION, YOU

HAVE BEEN A MAN OF VISION.

WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR ISRAEL

NOW?

I BELIEVE IN ETERNITY OF

JEWISH PEOPLE.

I AM NOT SURE I WILL BELIEVE IN

IT UNTIL THIS DAY.

I BELIEVE IN IT.

SCOTT ROSS, FOR CBN NEWS, IN

ON AUGUST 21ST, PARTS OF THE

UNITED STATES WILL EXPERIENCE A

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE.

THAT HAS MANY CHRISTIANS BUZZING

ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT IT IS A

SIGN FROM GOD.

WE ASKED POPULAR ISRAELI RABBI

WHAT IS THE JEWISH TAKE ON SIGNS

IN THE HEAVENS BOTH IN THE BIBLE

AND FOR NOW?

FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF IN JUDAISM

EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS HAS A

MEANING AND MESSAGE HIDDEN.

ALL THE PHENOMENON IN TERMS OF

EYE ALIGNMENT.

GOING UNNOTICE, SO MUCH

EXPECTATION.

JEWS ARE VERY WEARY READING INTO

SPECIFIC EVENTS THIS IS IT.

WHEN IT DOESN'T HAPPEN, IT IS A

BIG LET DOWN.

I WOULD SAY FROM THE JEWISH

PERSPECTIVE, I AM A HISTORIAN

AND RABBI.

I LOOK MUCH MORE AT THE EVENTS

HAPPENING ON THE PLANET EARTH.

ONLY THING I WOULD SAY RABBIS

TALK ABOUT THE COMING OF THE

MESSIAH AS COMING OF THE EARTH.

JUST AS A WOMAN GIVING BIRTH

GOES THROUGH CONTRACTIONS AS YOU

APPROACH THE BIRTH, THOSE TWO

EVENTS WILL GET MORE AND MORE

INTENSE AND HAPPEN MUCH MORE

RAPIDLY.

CERTAINLY WE SEE THINGS

CHANGING, POLITICAL UPHEAVAL,

TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES, WE'LL

ONLY KNOW PRETTY SOON AT THAT

TIME, BASICALLY IT IS NOT, IT IS

A MUCH BIGGER BUZZ IN THE

CHRISTIAN WORLD THAN IN THE

JEWISH WORLD.

WE COULD BE HITTING THE END OF

DAYS SCENARIO.

POSITIVE AND A NEGATIVE WAY.

REUNIFICATION OF JERUSALEM, JUST

CELEBRATED THE ANNIVERSARY.

THAT IS PROPHESY COMING TRUE

BEFORE OUR EYES.

PROPHESIES ARE PREDICTED.

SOME ARE UNUSUAL, UNIQUE AND

UNLIKELY.

WE ARE ONLY A FEW HEAD LINES

AWAY FROM DIRECT CONVERGENT OF

THE END OF DAYS SCENARIO WITH

THE HEADLINES IN THE NEWS.

UPCOMING SOLAR ECLIPSE WON'T

BE VISUAL IN ISRAEL BUT SAW A

PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE.

TAKE A LOOK AT IT AS AN EXAMPLE

OF WHAT YOU CAN SEE ON OUR

SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS.

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REMEMBER, THE GOD THAT IS

WATCHING OVER ISRAEL AND YOU AND

ME NEITHER SLUMBERS NOR SLEEPS,

I AM JULIE STALL.

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