Israeli PM Netanyahu and Russian President Putin meet over the future of Syria, plus a major Christian group takes a stand and a new book connects archeology and the Bible.
- This week on Jerusalem Dateline,
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
holds a high-stakes geopolitical meeting
with Russian President Vladimir Putin
with the future of Syria in the balance.
Plus a look into how a majorProtestant denomination
is taking a stand for the Scriptures.
And Etched in Stone,how archeology in Israel
is proving the Bible.
All this and more, thisweek on Jerusalem Dateline.
Hello and welcome to thisedition of Jerusalem Dateline,
I'm Chris Mitchell.
Right now Iranian forces in Syria
pose a dire threat to Israel.
One Iranian military leader says,
he's just waiting for the order to attack.
And that's why a series ofhigh-stakes geopolitical meetings
come at a crucial time.
It all centers on RussianPresident, Vladimir Putin
and his involvement in Iran and Syria.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
recently met with Putin,about the Iranian threat.
And on July 16th,President Trump also meets
with the Russian leader.
Following the meeting betweenIsraeli Prime Minister
Netanyahu and Russian President Putin,
Israeli reports said Russiawas working to remove
Iranian forces fromIsrael's border with Syria.
It's the subject the Israelileader came to discuss.
- It's not new for you thatour focus is on Syria and Iran.
- Netanyahu has been working very hard
to try to keep open linesof communication, why?
Because Russian militaryforces are operating
just over the northernmountains of Israel in Syria.
And Israel doesn't have amilitary conflict with Russia,
and it does not want amilitary conflict with Russia.
- [Chris] Israel has it'sred lines inside Syria.
- Israel cannot allowIranian presence in Syria.
Of course we will in noway, allow the Iranian bases
or Hezbollah bases, on the Israeli border.
That's why the dialogue withthe Russians is very important,
and I really hope thatalso during these talks
between Trump and Putin, thesesubjects will be addressed
and will be solved.
- [Chris] The border continuesto present a challenge
On Wednesday, Israel shotdown a drone that violated
The IDF retaliated by hittingthree targets inside Syria.
And a top Iranian generalhas threatened Israel's
destruction, from just across the border.
Today an internationalIslamic army has been formed
in Syria, and the voices of the Muslims
are heard near the Golan.
Orders are awaiting, so thatthe custom of God vis-a-vis
the eradication of theevil regime will land,
and the life of this regimewill be ended for good.
The life the Zionistregime was never in danger
as it is now.
In the meantime, the Syrian army
aided by Russian air support,
is seizing strategicterritory from rebel forces
in southern Syria.
A top Israeli intelligence group, reports
Iranian troops are also in the fight,
often wearing Syrian uniformsto disguise themselves.
All these boots on the ground
threaten Israels northern border.
A key reason Prime MinisterNetanyahu will insist,
Iran must leave Syria, either on it's own,
or with help from the IDF.
Here's more with MiddleEast expert, Joel Rosenberg,
and his analysis of the current situation
in the Middle East, and themajor players in the region.
Talk about Putin's goalsin the Middle East.
What's his goal and his agenda?
- The challenge withVladimir Putin is that
he wants to expand theinfluence of the Russian empire.
He wants to see Russia become feared,
he wants to be the go-toguy, where every world leader
comes to him and the onlyplace that he really has
to maneuver, is the Middle East.
He's got Iran in his pocket,
he's pulling Turkey into hisorbit, Turkey a NATO ally,
but increasingly Turkey ismoving to the dark side,
moving towards Putin.
Obviously Bashar al-Assad in Syria,
is already in the Putin camp.
And Putin wants to be seen as so powerful,
and so influential in the Middle East,
that the Saudis need to come to him,
that the Emirates need to come to him,
that the Jordanians, theEgyptians need to come to him.
He's trying to flip all of themaway from the United States,
away from the West,into the Russian orbit.
But I think what the truth is,
the Russians under VladimirPutin have an entirely different
approach to the worldthan Saudis, the Emirates,
and the Sunni Arab states and Israel.
Because Russia has gone to bed with Iran.
That's it, that's the plain truth.
They have built and alliance
that we've never seen inhistory, and it's dangerous.
And the Saudis, the Emirates,Israel, the Jordanians,
the Egyptians, the UnitedStates, all have to be saying
to him, "You have to make your choice.
"'Cause if you're gonna stickwith this Iranian alliance,
"then you're gonna be directly opposed
"to all of the rest of our interests."
- As we reported today and last week,
the Syrian army has seized moreterritory in southern Syria,
and it's left an enormoushumanitarian crisis in its wake.
The Syrian army captured areas
along its borders with Israel and Jordan
plus the main crossing into Jordan.
This now more than sevenyear-old civil war,
has caught thousands of Syriancivilians in the crossfire.
Just behind me is theIsraeli Syrian border,
and on the other side of the fence
are thousands of Syrians, whohave fled the recent fighting.
The UN estimates more thanthree hundred thousand people
have fled their homes.
This drone footage showsthe sea of new tents.
The IDF has reached out to help those
who now call this home.
- The main mission is togive as much humanitarian aid
to the other side.
We did it first becausewhen you understand
what happens on the other side,
you know that don't haveanything and they really suffer,
you cannot stand aside and do nothing.
I think it's part of what we know to do,
is to help other people who need it.
They're our neighbors on the other side.
- [Chris] Former IDF LieutenantColonel Marco Moreno,
developed this good neighborpolicy several years ago.
Now he works with aChristan relief organization
co-ordinating operations with the IDF.
- FAI, we are workingon launching a team now,
a medical team, inside the refugees camp,
in order to help themon the medical field.
Because it will take acouple of days and you know,
diseases will start,children will have issues,
so FAI is engaging immediately,first of all sending
a medical team and alsorelief tents, babies food,
whatever we can supply.
- [Chris] They areworking against the clock
to save lives.
- 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 mounting,escalating humanitarian crisis.
And now is the time forbelievers to engage.
The door is open, we have the access.
- [Chris] Thomas says they need help.
- We need human bodies,we need salt and light
people on the ground.
So if you're a medicalprofessional, education,
psychological trauma counseling,you name it, we need it.
This is a field that is ripeand white under harvest.
- [Chris] The crisis hasformed a unique partnership.
- If I'm an American thatlikes Israel and bless Israel
so it can proud in the IDF,with the Christian ministry,
helping the Muslims.
- If you would like to knowmore about this situation,
you can log on to fairelief.org.
While Palestinians accuse Australia
of making a declarationof war against them, why?
The country plans towithhold any financial aid
to the Palestinian Authority,if they continue to reward
terrorists and their families.
It's one more nation pressuring the PA
to stop a policy many call pay to slay.
The controversial policy provides money
to convicted Palestinianterrorists and their families
for attacking Israelis.
The payments coming fromthis fund add up to more than
three hundred and thirtymillion dollars each year.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop
objected to the policy saying,
"I am concerned that in providing funds
"for this aspect of the PA's operations,
"there is an opportunityfor it to use its own budget
"to fund activities thatAustralia would never support."
The PA describes the moveas a declaration of war.
- Australia now, is justdoing the bidding of the US
unfortunately and Julie Bishop's statement
is extremely insulting
and it shows the utmost ignorance
of the realities ofPalestinians living under
a cruel and brutal andillegal Israeli occupation.
- [Chris] Australia's decisionfollows America's lead
in passing the Taylor Force Act,
that also withholds aid
until the PA ends the terror payments.
Congress named the law after Taylor Force,
a US citizen killed in 2016terror attack in Israel.
Meanwhile, Israel's parliamentdebated it's own legislation
to stop payments to thePalestinian Authority.
- This Palestinianenterprise that is called
the Palestinian Authority, Mr Chairman,
it's very easy to get accepted,
the only thing you have to do
is to call Israelis toget arrested or killed
and you get a job.
- [Chris] Scott Taylor's father Stuart,
sat in on the debate.
- We are honored to have youhere with us for the event
to pass this bill andhopefully, we shall pass it
the second or the third call.
- [Chris] And pass it they did.
Another multi-million dollarpenalty against the Palestinian
Authority for encouragingand rewarding terrorism.
Up next, one of the largestProtestant denominations
in the world came toJerusalem and took a stand
for the Scriptures.
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One of the oldest Protestantdenominations in the world
is going through a crisis,
that could define itsfuture for generations.
It's an ongoing battlebetween today's culture
and traditional Christianity.
The face of the churcharound the world is changing,
- The leadership of theglobal church, without doubt
has passed on to the global south.
And Africans are taking a lead.
And this is a cause for great celebration.
It's not the white man, it'sthe religion of the Middle East
it's the religion of Africa,it's the religion of Asia.
So for me this is absolutely encouraging.
- [Chris] During this recentgathering of Anglicans
in Jerusalem, it becameclear, one the world's
largest Protestant denominations,is refocusing efforts
to spread God's word to the nations.
- What's so encouraging isthat we have many people here
from Africa or Asia.
These countries only receivedthe message of the gospel
150 or 200 years ago.
They have believed the gospel,they remained faithful,
and now God has sent them tous, especially in the West,
to remind us that we mustreturn to our gospel roots.
- [Chris] People in the US would recognize
the Episcopal Church as partof the Anglican communion.
The goal of this Jerusalemmeeting was to create a road map
for the future of this church body.
It began in 2008 to upholdtraditional church teaching
and emphasize the criticalimportance of the Bible.
Archbishop Stanley Ntagalifrom Uganda believes this group
exists to maintain thepurity of the gospel.
- It's all about Jesus, allabout mission, evangelism,
preaching the biblical gospelso that we do not divert
from the biblical truth, weremain focused on the Bible,
the authority of the Bible,the teaching of Jesus Christ.
- [Chris] Members of thisconference oppose the liberal
teachings in some westernAnglican churches that embrace
same-sex marriage and homosexuality.
Those teaching led ArchbishopNicholas Okoh from Nigeria,
to call on the Archbishop of Canterbury,
the leader of the Anglicanchurch, to repent.
- We would like him toknow that a big chunk
of people he's leading,are complaining very badly
about his direction, his trajectory.
And so, we would like him to change.
That is to say, that hemust make a definite stand
- [Chris] Representativeshere address differences
with those leaders in churchesin a letter calling them
schismatics who havedeparted from the teaching
of the Bible and the historicdoctrine of the church.
- We must return tobeing faithful to Jesus,
despite what the culture is telling us.
- [Chris] Up next, a newbook connects the dots
between archeology and theBible, when we come back.
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Israel contains someof the world's greatest
archeological treasuresand scientists often link
their finds directly to the Bible.
Now you can make those connections.
It's a new book thatprovides an easy guide
to match ancient artifactswith the Scriptures.
During a visit to the HolyLand, Lisette Bassett-Brody
visited the Israel Museum.
She found artifacts likethis one, but when she
looked for a catalog ofthese biblical treasures,
she couldn't find one anywhere.
So she decided to write oneherself, that was 18 years ago.
Her decision and years of hardwork led to Etched in Stone,
archeological discoveriesthat prove the Bible.
- This is not a book onarcheology, it really is more
about the Bible and thena little bit of archeology
just to show that the storieswithin the pages of the Bible
are historical and factual.
- [Chris] She says evenBible believers may not know
what's been discovered.
- [Lisette] I don't think thata lot of Christians realize,
how much physical evidence there is
to support the Scriptures.
- One famous piece, or more accurately,
thousands of pieces of evidence,are the Dead Sea Scrolls,
housed here at the IsraelAntiquities Authority.
This is the lab where expertsexamine those scrolls,
discovered seven years ago,that reveal the treasure
written two thousand years ago.
- When something is notsupported through archeology,
critics will jump on it asfast as possible and say,
"You see, there's noevidence, therefore the story
"is not true, and the Bible is wrong."
What the Dead Sea Scrollsshowed us, is that
our copy today is almostexactly identical that proved
that we can trust theversion that we have today
because it is so close to what was there
thousands of years ago.
- [Chris] In all, the bookprovides 70 discoveries
that document the historicalaccuracy of the Scriptures.
- They did not happen in avacuum, and they're not made up,
and the way we know this, isbecause we have physical proof.
And we can thank archeology for that.
- [Chris] Each year dozensof excavations go on
like this one in biblicalShiloh, Israel's first capital.
Two archeologists who discoveredphysical proof of the Bible
are Eilat Mazar and Gabi Barkay.
Mazar found the seal of King Hezekiah,
mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures.
- This is unparalleled,unheard of, to come as close
as you can imagine, to a biblical figure,
not to mention such aking and King Hezekiah.
So to find his seal impression,it's almost touching him.
- [Chris] Barkay uncovered tiles and coins
from the Second Temple period
described in the New Testament.
- In the book of Acts,and in the Gospel of John,
there is a mentioning of the Eastern Porch
of the Temple Mount.
We have the floors uponwhich the coins were rolling
when Jesus turned upside down the temples
of the money changers.
- The book includessections for easy reference
to people, places or things.
People like King David or Pontius Pilate,
places throughout Israeland the Middle East,
and things like Hezekiah'sTunnel or the Pool of Siloam.
- It's almost like Israelbrings the Bible to life,
and I think that's partlywhat makes Israel so special.
You know, when it talks aboutDavid being in the wilderness,
and you see what thewilderness looks like there,
that narrative makes much more sense.
And within each section,it's alphabetized.
I wanted everything to be very accessible,
very easy to find while flipping through.
Even within each artifact,there's an information box.
Where the artifact wasfound, who found it,
when did they find itand what exactly it is.
- [Chris] Bassett-Brody feelsit's a great witnessing tool
for both doubtingChristians, and skeptics.
- When we talk about the Bible,
it's so abstract to many people.
But anytime you have physical proof,
it' going to support what you're saying.
And archeology is thesame way, now that there's
physical evidence, I think itmakes the best witnessing tool
of all, because you can't really question
something that's sittingright in front of you,
that you can see with your own eyes.
- [Chris] She also hopesthe book will bring
the Bible to life.
- That was one of my goalsthat, if they read this book,
or even parts of the book,they're going to walk away
with something, having learnedsomething about the Bible,
about God, about Jesus.
- [Chris] Coming up, youmay be looking at the next
revolution in the internalcombustion engine.
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Imagine an engine that produces more power
with less energy.
That's the revolutionaryconcept behind a new engine
conceived in Israel.
More than 150 years ago, theinvention of the internal
combustion engine, changedhistory, eventually leading
to the birth of automobiles,airplanes and even rockets.
Since then however, there'sreally been no major
modification, until now.
- One day a wild guy namedShahouli, came and told us
about an engine that hasonly one moving part,
very few parts, and it does not create
a rotational movement.
It sounded very far-fetched but actually
this was the beginning.
- [Chris] Gal Fridman,CEO of Aquarius Engines,
offers a different concept.
The heart and soul of theengine is to take fuels or gas
and convert it into rotational movement.
Today we look at the roleof the engine differently.
We don't believe that therotational engine will survive,
and we can see that mobilityis going toward electricity.
So eventually what will turn the wheels
will be an electric engine.
The question is what will supplythe energy for that engine.
- [Chris] Fridman believes hisengine can supply that energy
and will do so with only one moving part.
- And now what you see,is the cut of the engine.
And this is a cylinder,with a double-sided piston
that slides from side to side.
And one time the enginecreates an explosion
on the left side whichpush the piston right,
and one time the explosionoccurs on the right side,
and will push the piston to the left.
The gas exchange isgoing through the piston,
through a hollow piston rod.
So as you can see, thereis only one moving part
in this engine, no valves, no crankshaft,
no other parts.
Which means low frictionwhich means higher efficiency.
- [Chris] Higher efficiencymeans less energy
and lighter engines.
The first majorapplication for this engine
is lighter and more efficient generators.
Fridman believes thisrevolutionary development
could make a major differencefollowing a natural disaster,
like a hurricane, or in undeveloped areas.
- Imagine a generator likethat in an African village,
or in Asia, that you have tomaintain every once in a while.
You have to bring it in aplace where ways are very hard.
And imagine now that one, tobe carried, to be deployed.
The advantage of size andweight and maintenance.
We think we're going to lightplaces that are dark today
and make life easier.
- [Chris] And since lighterengines means lighter
and less costly cars,
down the road, it mighttransform the way we drive.
- When somebody willcome with a technology,
that will enable themass market to adopt it,
which means cheaper technology,
this will be a turningpoint for the industry.
And this is exactly what we're doing.
- [Chris] It might take afew years, but Fridman hopes
his company will makethe world a better place.
- We will be able to deliver the promise,
and the global impact will be huge,
and will do some good for everybody.
- These engines are onemore chapter in Israel
being a start-up nation, anda light unto the nations.
Well that's all 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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