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Jerusalem Dateline: 07/06/18

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- [Announcer] This weekon Jerusalem Dateline.

New fighting inside Syria creates another

Middle East humanitarian crisis.

We'll have a frontline report and see how

the IDF and a Christianministry are helping.

Plus ancient seals bring tolife the people of the Bible

and a new novel transformstoday's headlines

on Israel into a thrillerfor a new generation.

All this and more thisweek on Jerusalem Dateline.

- Hello and welcome to this edition

of Jerusalem Dateline, I'm Chris Mitchell.

We're coming to you thisweek from the front lines

of the Syrian Israeli border and behind me

you can see some of thethousands of Syrians

who have fled the recent fighting.

It's just the latesthumanitarian crisis here

in the Middle East and thecrisis has presented for Israel

both problems and opportunities.

- [Narrator] The fighting settled

on the southern city of Daro

where Syrian troopspounded rebel positions.

The offensive combinedSyrian ground troops

with Russian air powerto regain control of

Southwestern Syria, along the Israeli

and Jordanian borders.

That's an area that recently had been part

of a US backed truce.

The fighting created a humanitarian crisis

in southern Syria.

The UN estimates more than 300,000 Syrians

have been displaced by the conflict.

This drone footage shows the camps set up

to house these people.

This activist called theconditions deplorable.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

address the crisis at hisweekly cabinet meeting.

With regards to southernSyria, we will continue

to defend our borders.

We will extend humanitarian assistance

as much as we can.

We will not allow entry to our territory.

- [Narrator] Following thefighting next to its border,

the IDF have deployed more troops

to the Golan heights and reinforced their

current positions withadditional armor and artillery.

In addition to increasingits military presence,

the IDF have launched ahumanitarian operation

to assist Syrians caught in the fighting.

In a nighttime operation, they provided

60 tons of aid to displaced Syrians.

The aid included tons offood, baby food, clothing

and shoes sent to an undisclosed location

in the Golan Heights.

The IDF also providedemergency medical care

to a number of Syrianswounded in the fighting

including some children whoseparents had been killed.

IDF medical personnel provided life saving

medical treatment andsome were transferred to

Israeli hospitals forfurther medical care.

The humanitarian aid is part of Israel's

good neighbor policywhere they have treated

thousands of Syrians for years during

the Syrian civil war.

- To learn more aboutthe situation up here

in the border, what the IDFand a Christian ministry

are doing, we talked with Dalton Thomas

of Frontiers Alliance International

and Marco Moreno, who developed Israel's

good neighbor policy.

- FAI, we are workingon launching a team now,

a medical team inside the refugee's camp

in order to help themon the medical field.

Because it will take acouple of days and diseases

will start, children, youknow will have issues,

so FAI is engagingimmediately first of all

sending a medical teamand also relief tents,

baby's food, whatever we can supply.

- Right now it's critical to engage the

issue of displacement andthe refugees on the ground.

Because it's the hottestmonths of the year right now.

So in terms of dehydrationand hunger and medical issues,

we're seeing a mountingescalating humanitarian crisis.

And now is the time forbelievers to engage.

The door is open.

We have the access.

We need to engage.

- [Chris] FAI has sentmedical teams inside Syria

for more than a year.

- You know, India andthese Jews and Christians

helping the Muslims.

I think it changed the heartsand minds of people here

because they finally realizethat Christians and Jews

are not so bad people.

They came in the toughesthour of their lives,

the Muslim side and helped them.

I think it's beautiful.

- We've experiencednothing but hospitality,

kindness and warmth and the reception is,

we've been working in conflict zones

for a while now.

I've never seen anything like this.

So, yes, Syria is the most dangerous place

on earth for sure, but it's also the

most hospitable place on earth.

- The Syrians when they came first time,

they were surprised because they saw

Arabic language on thesigns, you know, on the road.

They said how come it's in Arabic, here.

They say hey, we are one million Muslims

living in Israel, part of us, civilians.

And then they will go to the hospital.

They will see a Christian doctor,

a Muslim doctor, a Jew working together.

So they will say hey, thisis not what we have been told

that you guys, the bigZionist enemy and here

you are saving our life.

- [Chris] Would you say thisis a field wet under harvest?

- This is a field and iswhite and ripe under harvest.

You know the Lord saiddon't say four more months

till harvest and I thinkthat's the word of the Lord

for right now.

Don't say four more months.

Don't say in the future.

The door is open.

We need to engage now.

- They should that theidea is the moral army,

you can't find the word.

We help the enemy each night.

And now a Christianministry, FAI is partnership

with the idea of doing the same.

So anyway, the IDF had the torch

and they wanted to pass it on to someone

and only Christianministry came and engaged

with the Muslim community.

I think it's beautiful.

I think the American, if I'm an American

I can be proud of theChristian ministry doing that.

If I am an American that likes Israel that

bless Israel so we canbe proud in the idea

of with the Christianministry helping the Muslims.

- We need human bodies.

We need salt and lightpeople on the ground.

So if you're a medical professional,

education, psychological,trauma counseling,

you name it, we need it.

So pray for open doors fornew areas of operation,

pray for resourcing, resourcing is our

biggest burden right now.

It's the thing that, it'sthe most daunting thing

that's funding it andthen finding the kind

of people that are suitedfor this kind of work

because you can't just bea good medical professional

or a good leader or a good whatever.

It's a challenge.

You need the right kindof person to engage this

kind of environment.

So if that's you, apply,if you're burdened by this,

please pray with us and pray that the Lord

would thrust forth laborers into this.

- Please be sure to pray for

Frontiers Alliance International

and what they're doingto help Syrians caught

in the crossfire of this Syrian civil war.

Well, as Americanscelebrated their independence

on July 4, Iranians have their own dreams

of freedom as well.

Public anger is risingand many people have taken

to the streets to protestand it's fueling dreams

of a regime change.

But some of those protests have been met

by violence by Iranian police.

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- [Narrator] Iranian police fired

on protesters demonstrating in the streets

about salty muddy drinking water

during a severe drought int he country.

While Iran's foreign ministerdownplayed this incident,

it follows last week's protestat Tehran's grand bazaar

outside of Iran's parliament and in dozens

more locations across Iran.

- We are now I believe very realistic

in being able to see andend of the regime in Iran.

We can see it.

- [Narrator] Mayor Rudy Guilianicited those demonstrations

at the annual meeting ofIran's main opposition group.

- They continue to growand grow with numbers

that now threaten to topple the regime.

When that happens, then freedom is right

around the corner.

- [Narrator] Guilianicredited President Trump's

decision to pull out ofthe Iranian nuclear deal

and reimpose sanctionsfor putting enormous

pressure on Iran's economy.

He noted today's protest were coordinated

and that even more economic pressure

could soon hit an Iranianeconomy already in freefall.

Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu addressed

the impact of the sanctions.

- In complete contrastto what the international

experts said not only hasthe reimposition of sanctions

not united the Iranianpublic around the regime,

the complete opposite is happening.

- [Narrator] Netanyahualso used social media

to speak directly to the Iranian people

during the arrest.

Michael Oren's Israel'sDeputy Minister of Diplomacy

told CBN News Israelis trying to resurrect

a historic friendship.

- You know the Iranian and Jewish people

have an historic alliance.

It goes back 2500 years.

We were never at war with these people.

Their government, their regime has been

at war with us.

Up to 1979, up to the Iranian Revolution,

we had excellent relationswith Iranian people.

We want to go back to wherethose relations were in 1979

and to restore what wesee as an aberration

in our historic friendship.

- [Narrator] Despitethe growing opposition

to the Iranian regime, Oren is cautious

about expecting change.

For many years, I've been hearing about

eminent changes of governments in Iran.

For the last 40 years it hasn't happened.

So let's be cautious about it

and frankly let's hope.

- [Narrator] Coming upa look at ancient seals

from Jerusalem thatbring the Bible to life.

- Welcome back to Jerusalem dateline.

Again we're on the Israeli/Syrian border

and behind me are justsome of the thousands

of Syrians displacedby the recent fighting

in the more than seven-year-oldSyrian Civil War.

Well, about a three-hourdrive from here in Jerusalem,

thousands of years ago KingHezekiah and the Prophet Isaiah

used to work together.

Now thanks to archeology,they're together again

in of all places, Oklahoma.

Personal seals thatlikely belonged to them

are on display togetherfor the first time.

- [Narrator] What connectedthe two men is an exhibit of

their personal impressions that would have

been used to seal documents.

A simulcast linkingJerusalem with Oklahoma's

Armstrong Auditorium marked the debut.

- This is a celebrationday for all our friends

and especially for the loversof Israel and the Bible.

- [Narrator] Archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar

helped uncover the artifacts in 2009.

- This is one of the related we found.

It's am impression, very tiny,

as large as you can see it now, but it's

only 1 centimeter indiameter, even not the

nail on my finger.

- Workers uncovered bothitems just a few feet apart

here at the foot of the temple mount.

Historically it's been called the Ofel,

meaning a high place to climb to.

- [Narrator] King Hezekiah's,considered one of Judea's

greatest leaders and the Prophet Isaiah

lived some 2700 years ago.

- When people wanted atthat time, Biblical times

to seal a document, they used, you know,

they tied the documents with the strings

and then they took a little tiny mud

and pushed their privateseal to the soft mud

and made an impression whichcontained and you could

read their names.

- [Narrator] Hezekiah'sreads belonging to Hezekiah,

son of Ahaz, King of Judah.

- To find such a private item that relates

to one of the Judean kings.

We came so close to get configure.

- [Narrator] Isaiah's isn't as clear.

It reads belong to Isaiah,but the second word

is missing a letter that could complete

the Hebrew word for prophet.

- Whenever you find discoverieslike this, you know,

actual physical itemsthat people can touch

and they have inscribed on them the names

of Biblical figures, it's always powerful.

This is science proving the Bible.

- [Narrator] Mazar'sgrandfather Benjamin Mazar

led the first excavationafter the 1967 Six-Day War

that reunited Jerusalem.

- My grandfather excavated10 continuous years

without stopping.

This was a fantastic project,

almost no parallel dimensions,

hundreds of people worked.

They revealed fantasticremains of ancient Jerusalem

from all periods.

- We've had a partnershipwith Dr. Eilat Mazar

since 2006, but our relationshipwith the Mazar family

actually goes back to1968 when her grandfather

worked with the namesake of our college,

Herbert W. Armstrong, so since that time,

we've sent students tovolunteer on the excavations

and we've also providedfunding for some of her work.

- [Narrator] Dr. Michael Oren,Israels Minister of Diplomacy

calls Eilat Mazar a hero.

- She has fought for Israel's future

by fighting for its past.

And faced a lot of naysayers and typically

people in the word who denya historical connection

between Israel and the city of Jerusalem,

people who deny thereever was a King David

or a King Hezekiah or a Prophet Isaiah.

Eilat digs down and she finds and the

proves them all wrong.

- [Narrator] 10 years ago while digging

in the city of David,

Mazar believes she discoveredKing David's palace.

- It's monumentality is obvious.

Everybody can see.

Also its date.

Been constructed some time around 1000 BC,

the time of King David in general,

Based on the pottery that wefound underneath and within.

These effects brought us to understand

that we have got fantasticmonumental construction.

- [Narrator] While manyarcheologists dismiss the Bible,

Mazar maintains it to be animportant historical source.

- The Biblical stories andthe New Testament story

by the way, it goestogether because it just

proves quite accuratelythat the development

of Jerusalem and the wayJerusalem is described

is quite accurate.

- [Narrator] The Oklahomaexhibit contains other artifacts,

including a life sizedreplica of Hezekiah's

underground water tunnel.

It's open to the publicthrough mid August.

Oren believes thesignificance of these pieces

goes way beyond science.

- Archeology is not justabout revealing the past.

Archeology is about securing our present,

archeology is about ensuring our future.

Archeology is about richness,

it's about ruddiness andit's about a lot Mazar

will tell you it's about truth.

- [Narrator] Up next, meet the co-author

of a new book bringingtoday's headlines to life.

- Welcome back to Jerusalem Dateline

here on the Israeli/Syrian border.

Brock and Bodie Thoenehave thrilled millions

of readers with their novelslike the Zion Chronicles.

How they've teamed upwith Pastor Ray Bentley

from Maranatha Chapelin San Diego, California

for a new book called Onthe Mountain of the Lord.

Recently I talked with Pastor Bentley

overlooking the city ofJerusalem and the temple mount.

Pastor Ray Bentley, great to be with you

here in Jerusalem.

- It is great to be with you Chris.

- With an amazing view behind us

in the City of Jerusalemand the Mount of Olives.

You've written a book calledthe Mountain of the Lord.

What's the book about?

- Just recently in thelast couple of years

had a divine appointment where I met Body

and her husband BrockThoene and they have written

these series like theZion Chronicle series

and, you know, all about historical novels

all the way from the first century through

the rebirth of Israel and I met her

and it's like wow, I've read your books,

this is awesome, how amazing.

And after I met her I wasstudying and getting ready

for a sermon and I felt God speak to me

and say why don't you askBodie if she would write

a story with you where I could kind of do

the prophetic background,she would write the story,

so I called her up very nervous and said

I don't know if youwould ever think of this,

but would you prayerfully consider maybe

doing a book with me and she stopped.

She said, well, I'venever done this before,

but Brock and I will pray about it.

They prayed about itand came back and said

you know, the Lord told us to do it.

It's a modern story about modern Israel

and how prophecy is coming together

and there's a maincharacter that, you know,

I don't want to giveaway and give a spoiler,

but he was a believerand some tragedy happens

in his life where heloses his faith in God

and the Bible and hegets tied into this whole

thing of counselingpeace for the Middle East

and for Jerusalem inparticular and this guy,

he doesn't believe in God anymore

and he goes I don't believe in old men

with beards walking through the desert

and that they've gotsolutions to modern problems,

you know, but he comes to Jerusalem,

has a series of miraculousdivine interventions,

gets caught up into it and has this

epiphany, this you knowmoment where he's like

oh, my gosh it's all happening.

And I think people aroundthe world right now

are having that same kind of uh-oh,

what's going on?

When Israel became anation, that got us going,

1967, Jerusalem wasconquered, that got us going,

but then decades happened,it's been 50 years

even since then and now all of a sudden

it's back again and it'smoving the pieces forwarded

to pointing to the return of Jesus Christ.

- Without giving too much away,

what do you want peopleto take away from the book

when they read it?

- Well, you know, so the book title is

On the Mountain of theLord and one of the things

that I didn't know fora long time and many

Christians I don't thinkare aware, is that the

Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve started

and paradise, beauty and everything,

and walked with God inthe quill of the evening,

the Garden of Eden wason top of a mountain

and when sin came and when Adam and Eve

got kicked out of the garden,

essentially they hadto go down the mountain

to the howling wilderness and the curse

and thorns and thistles, and so the story

of redemption in theBible is how God came down

from the top of the mountain and through

the incarnation, he walkedout into the wilderness

and out into the thornsand thistles of the curse

of this world and grabbedAdam with one hand

and Eve with another hand and he walked

us back up to the top of the mountain,

back into the garden, backinto fellowship with God.

And I think that's whyso many of the stories

of the Bible happen on mountains.

Mount Sinai, the givingof the Ten Commandments

and Mount Carmel and Elijah with fire

and Jesus' most famous sermon was called

the sermon on the mountain.

And of course that's where the temple was,

that's where the Lord is coming back

through the eastern gate.

It's all about that mountain that's right

there behind us and I think when people

read this story they're gonna understand

all the Psalms and theprophecies that talk

about the mountain of the Lord.

- And you want to reach a newgeneration, is that right,

millennials that?

- Yes, I kind of grew up with this,

you know hearing about prophecy in Israel

and the next generationI think they've kind

of not really heard itthey've lost it a little bit.

I want to take the millennial that says,

what is this about the Bible and prophecy

and end times, what doesthat have to do with me?

I want to take them on a journey.

I'm gonna take them ona story and by the end

of that story, I thinktheir eyebrows are gonna

be raised and they'regonna be going oh, my gosh,

could I be actuallyliving in the generation

when Jesus Christ is actually coming soon

and that's what he prophesied, Chris,

in Matthew 24 he said theparable of the fig tree,

when you see the fig tree blossom,

which is Israel, everythinghappening with Israel,

Jews from around the world coming back

into the city and thefocus being on Jerusalem,

you know what Jesus said?

The generation that sees that, he said I'm

at the door.

We don't have very much time.

It's time to get right

and get right with Godand wake up and you know

smell the coffee and be prepared for

what God is about to do.

- I look forward to thebook, when does it come out?

- It is coming out July 31.

You can pre-order it on Amazon.

And it's called On theMountain of the Lord,

Ray Bentley and Bodie Thoene.

- Great to be with you Ray.

- Thank you Chris.

- [Narrator] Up next, anopportunity for you to come

to Israel and see theland through the eyes

of a reporter.

- Welcome back to Jerusalem Dateline.

Perhaps you've wanted to come to Israel,

but waiting for justthe right opportunity.

Or maybe you've been here to Israel

but want to see it througha different perspective.

Well, later this year I'll be hosting

a tour and maybe it'swhat you're looking for.

Take a look.

Hello, I'm Chris Mitchelland I want to invite

you to the Israel Throughthe Eyes of a Reporter Tour

this November 30 to December 9, 2018.

I've been reporting fromIsrael for nearly 20 years

and I want to share some of those insights

and experiences I've had during that time.

We'll have daily briefingson the current situation

and discuss the geopolitical developments

in the area and we'll alsowalk in the footsteps of Jesus

and visit places likethe Mount of Beatitudes,

Capernaum and take a boatride on the Sea of Galilee

and we'll come here to Jerusalem and see

the Western Wall, the temple mount

and the Garden of Gethsemane.

The saying goes when you come to Israel

you'll never be the same.

And my wife says thatbefore you come to Israel,

reading the Bible islike reading it in black

and white, but after you come here it's

like reading it in color.

So join me here November 30 to December 9

for the trip of a lifetime.

For more information goto

or call the number on your screen.

I look forward to seeyou here in Jerusalem.

Well, I hope you can consider being

part of the tour and we'll certainly

be talking soon about the crisis here

in the Israeli/Syrian border.

Well, that's it for this edition.

Thanks for joining us.

Remember you can followus on Facebook, Twitter,

Instagram or YouTube.

I'm Chris Mitchell.

We'll see you next timeon Jerusalem Dateline.

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