ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE UN DANNY DANON TALKS TO CBN NEWS ABOUT THE THREATS FACING THE STATE OF ISRAEL; ISRAEL'S REVOLUTION IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE SAVES LIVES AND TAKE A WALK ON THE ISRAEL TRAIL AND SEE THE COUNTRY FROM NORTH TO SOUTH.
- This week on Jerusalem Dateline,
Israeli ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon,
talks to CBN News about the many threats
facing the state of Israel.
Plus Israel's revolution andemergency medical response
saves lives and they planto take their solution
around the world.
And take a walk on the Israel Trail
and see the country from north to south.
All this and more thisweek on Jerusalem Dateline.
Hello and welcome to thisedition of Jerusalem Dateline.
I'm Chris Mitchell.
It's a big diplomatic tug ofwar here in the Middle East
over the American pastor, Andrew Brunson.
On July 18th, a Turkish courtrefused to release Brunson
once again and as Gary Lane reports,
it pits the U.S. Trump administration
against Turkish president, Recep Erdoğan.
- It was the third hearing for the
50-year-old North Carolina pastor
and it ended in another disappointment.
That's because many peoplethought Andrew Brunson
would be freed from prison.
He has spent 20 months behind Turkish bars
on accusations that hespied on the government
and plotted with rebels to overthrow
President Recep TayyipErdoğan in July 2016.
For nearly two hours during the hearing,
former church members testifiedagainst Pastor Brunson
making vague, unsubstantiated accusations.
When the judge asked Brunsonto reply to the witnesses,
he said, quote, "My faithteaches me to forgive,
"so I forgive those whotestified against me."
Only one witness from thedefense was allowed to testify.
The U.S. government expressed concern
about the court's decision.
- I have read the indictment.
I have attended three hearings.
I don't believe thatthere is any indication
that Pastor Brunson isguilty of any sort of
criminal or terrorist activity.
- [Gary] The Trump administrationand members of Congress
have been pressuring Turkeyto release the pastor.
On Wednesday, PresidentTrump expressed displeasure
tweeting, "A total disgracethat Turkey will not release
"respected U.S. Pastor,Andrew Brunson, from prison.
"He's been held hostage far too long.
"Erdogan should do somethingto free this wonderful
"Christian husband and father.
"He has done nothing wrongand his family needs him."
Cece Heil of the AmericanCenter for Law and Justice says,
immediately after the court decision,
the Trump administrationand members of Congress
began working again diplomaticallyto help free Brunson.
- It's a devastating blow.
So I would just ya know,pray for encouragement
for Pastor Brunson andfor his family because
they suffer the same.
- [Gary] Gary Lane, CBN News.
- As the representativefrom the ACLJ encouraged,
please pray for the soon releaseof Pastor Andrew Brunson.
Well, on another diplomatic front,
the Israeli ambassadorto the UN, Danny Danon,
defends the Jewishstate at the world body.
Again, here's CBN's Gary Lanetalking with the ambassador
about the many threatsIsrael faces in Israel,
the Middle East, and around the world.
- The relations between Israeland Russia have improved.
There's a good relationshipbetween Bibi Netanyahu,
your prime minister,and also Vladimir Putin.
So, what has the difference been?
How has that changedIsrael and the Middle East
having a better relationship with Russia?
- First, it's important tohave a strong relationship
The U.S. is the strongest ally.
It always will be our strongest ally.
They feel it everyday at the UN
working with the ambassador Haley.
It's important for us tospeak also with the Russians
mainly about Syria becausewe know, the Iranians,
they want to stay in Syria.
They want to take over Syria.
We think it will be a threat,
not only for Israel, butalso for other countries
in the region and we shouldnot allow the Iranians
to take over Syria.
Look what happened in Lebanon.
Today, the Iranians control Lebanon.
They have the Hezbollahforces next to our border.
We don't want to have a similar reality
in the border with Syria.
This is the message thatPrime Minister Netanyahu
delivered to Mr. Putin.
- So a lot of sufferingin six and a half years
in Syria, how do we bringabout the end of that war?
Is Russia the key?
What's the key to end it?
- First, I agree with you.
We look at the picturesof city devastation.
We are trying to help people in Syria.
I took a delegation ofambassadors with me to Israel
and we met with three young refugees
and they were shocked to hear the refugees
speaking about Jews in Israelsupporting Muslims in Syria.
So, we do whatever we can and we hope that
there will be some kindof stability in Syria,
but at the same time, wedon't want the Iranian
to be next to our border.
- The U.S. has enacted legislation,I think back in December
called the Taylor ForceAct and what that did is
it ended the pay to slay,
U.S. taxpayers support of Palestinians.
In turn, there were thePalestinian authority
giving money to terrorists andthe families of terrorists.
We ended that.
What's the effort like getting
other countries to follow suit?
- This is very important.
We need to understand it.
When you have a Palestinian authority,
which is a kind of a government,
takes funds from thegovernment and pay terrorists
to kill innocent Israelis,a monthly salary.
It can be up to $3,000 a month for life
and they're takinginternational aid support
and use that money to paythe families of terrorists.
I think it was a veryimportant legislation.
In Israel, we have a similar legislation
and we saw Australia joining the U.S.
and hopefully othercountries will do the same.
We encourage people tosupport humanitarian projects,
but you should not supportthe culture or hate
over the Palestinians.
- Are you optimistic about that or?
- I am, I am.
But we have to listen to the Palestinians.
They say it very clearly.
Despite all the legislations,we will continue
to pay salaries to terrorists.
Nevertheless what will be the outcome.
So, they will take fundsfrom other projects,
schools, infrastructure, and diversion
into paying salaries for terrorists.
It's a bad message for thenext generation of Palestinians
growing up today in Judah and Somalia.
- You know, when I met you in New York,
earlier this year, you seemedvery like you're an optimist.
You seem very optimistic about the future
and the prospects forpeace in the Middle East
and between Israel and the Palestinians.
Now with all this Gaza situation going on,
you know, we saw the rushing of the border
and crossing and infiltrating into Israel
at the time of the Jerusalemembassy dedication,
the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
Also, we saw the kites,the arson fires that began
into Israel as a result of Palestinians
sending those kites in.
Now, most recently, the rockets.
So, are you still optimistic?
How do you feel aboutthe prospects for peace?
- First, you have to be optimistic.
You have to be a believer tosurvive in the United Nations
and I'm optimistic becauselook what we achieved
in a short 70 years.
We had wars, we had terror attacks,
but despite all of thoseattacks and hatred,
we built up a miracle, abeautiful, thriving democracy
in our region.
So I think it will continue to do that,
but at the same time, we have to make sure
we have a strong army.
We have to be grateful forour friends in the U.S.
standing with Israel, supporting Israel.
We need that support becauseHamas is not going anywhere.
Hezbollah, they will stay there.
And Iran is still there.
So, we will have challenges in the future,
but at the same time,we have the capability
to face those challenges.
- The Israeli ambassadorto the United Nations,
a representative for Israel, Danny Danon,
thank you so much
for being with us.- Thank you very much.
- Good to see you again.- Thank you.
- God bless you.- Thank you.
- Coming up, join us onthe streets of Jerusalem
to see firsthand Israel's revolution
in emergency medicalresponse that's saving lives.
According to one survey, the average time
of an ambulance in the United States
to reach an emergency is 15 minutes.
Imagine if you could reducethat time to three minutes
or even less.
Well, one organizationbased here in Jerusalem
has imagined that and theybelieve it can change the world.
This is what it's like toride through the streets
of Israel on an ambu-cycle.
It weaves through trafficwhere an ambulance cannot.
CBN News got a firsthand look.
We're riding around withUnited Hatzalah volunteers
here on the streets of Jerusalem
where they can respondto a medical emergency
or an accident within 90 seconds.
It's really the game changerin lifesaving emergency
- We think that the largestcause of preventable death
in the west is waiting for an ambulance.
And United Hatzalah addresses that
by getting a volunteer,someone who's trained,
equipped, notified, andin the immediate vicinity
of the victim to thatperson within 90 seconds
or in a larger geography, three minutes.
- [Chris] United Hatzalah,which means rescue,
is the inspiration of Eli Beer.
- People die every day waiting for Huff.
My dream for UnitedHatzalah is to make sure
that no one will ever die from things
that they could be saved.
Growing up, I decidedI wanna become a doctor
and save lives.
- [Chris] Beer shared thatdream on a Ted Med talk
that went viral.
He said as a young ambulance driver,
he often arrived at an emergency too late
to save a life and decided to change that.
- [Eli] Together with 15 of my friends,
we were all EMTs.
We decided let's protect our neighborhood.
So, when something likethat happens again,
we will be there running to the scene
a lot before the ambulance.
- [Chris] From 15 friends years ago,
today, United Hatzalahhas 5,000 volunteers
Their ability to respond to an emergency
in three minutes or lessrests on three things,
the ambu-cycle, volunteers available
at a moment's notice andtechnology connecting them.
- [Eli] You know, Israelisare good on technology.
Every one of us has on his phone,
no matter what kind ofphone, a GPS technology
done by nowforce andwhenever a call comes in,
the closest five volunteers get the call
and they actually get there really quick,
navigated by a trafficnavigator to get there
and not waste time.
This is a great technologywe use all over the country
and reduce the response time.
- There's another emergencythat just went off right now.
We're currently in UnitedHatzalah's national command
and dispatch center.
What's happening rightbehind me here is that
volunteers from around the country,
in the eight different regionsthat we broke the country
down into, are beingdispatched to emergencies.
We receive about 1,000emergencies per day.
- [Chris] Then, volunteersfrom each cross section
of Israeli society go into action.
- It's really the driveand the desire for people
to help save lives and theycome from every walk of life
and every population group in Israel.
We have volunteers who are Jewish
or Muslim or Christiansor Jews or Bedouin.
Each working in theircommunities to save lives.
- [Chris] That's wherethe ambu-cycle comes in.
- Everything that's in an ambulance
is in this ambu-cycle.
- So this is like a lifesaving measures
within the first couple of minutes of a--
- Right, so I get to the callwithin three minutes or less.
I arrive, I throw on myjacket and I immediately
Everything that the ambulancehas except the stretcher
is in this box right here.
I have a defibrillator under the seat
and everything else is in this bag.
- [Chris] This lifesavingequipment can often get
to an emergency sooner than an ambulance.
This real-life video shows an ambulance
stuck in traffic and an ambu-cycleweaving its way through.
But they exist to complimentrather than compete
with the ambulance.
- Basically, we're there to fill the gap.
So, until the ambulance arrives,
in those first, first,crucial critical minutes,
we had help is on the scene.
Help has arrived, we are stabilizing,
and by the time the ambulance comes,
he is ready for transport to the hospital.
Getting there in 90seconds is the game changer
in EMS worldwide.
- [Chris] That time gapcan mean life or death.
- I can tell you every second counts
and if you wait twomore seconds for someone
who has no oxygen for morethan six or seven minutes,
there's no chance of saving that person
and if you do save him,that person will have
damage for the rest of their life
and will need assistance.
So, by having thousands of volunteers,
think about it, it's like Uber everywhere.
- [Chris] Gavy Friedmanhas responded to more than
9,000 emergency calls.
Now, he's in the U.S. to spread the news
about this revolutionin emergency response.
- I mean, with policechiefs or fire chiefs,
other medical professionals,even mayors in the city,
to really try to understandwhat it is that we do,
what we've accomplished and that they can
get it done too.
- [Chris] Frietzen believesan untapped U.S. labor force
is just waiting for theopportunity to save lives.
- I tell them we have somany veterans who are medics
who are probably at homeor even retired doctors
and physicians that ya know,
it's possible that they're trained
and they wanna help.
They just need ya know,someone that can really
lift em off and get that ball rolling.
- [Chris] The revolutionarymodel is now rolling
in Jersey City and five other countries.
- This is simply an amazing revolution.
Every minute, every otherminute during the day,
someone is leaving hisjob, is leaving his home,
is leaving his holidayjust to go save someone
who he doesn't even knowand get there within
two minutes or less and save his life.
- [Chris] United Hatzalahhas responded to more than
two and a half millioncalls in its history.
The dream is to take it worldwide.
- The global vision ispeople shouldn't die
waiting for ambulances.
It's very simple.
- Nothing like this existsanywhere else in the world.
It's an Israeli innovationand an Israeli invention
that it's our dream tobring it to everybody else
so that victims of heartattacks and strokes
and choking and bleedinghave the same chance of life
in Jersey City, in Omaha, Nebraska,
in Panama and Mexicoas they do in Jerusalem
and Tel Aviv.
- [Chris] Beer sees itas another way Israel
wants to help beyond its borders.
- This is a (speaks foreign).
This is a gift to the world.
We are light over the nationsin terms of many things,
technology, no onerealized that in medicine,
fast response, Israel'sthe fastest in the world
and we can share this with everyone.
Anyone who wants to learn from us,
we're there for them.
- It all started in Israel.
It works comprehensively in Israel.
It's our goal to bringthis around the world
and to make it Israel's gift,a light unto the nations.
- We're here for the mission of God.
If we're good to each other,God will be good to us
and that's why we're here.
United Hatzalah is an example of goodness,
of (speaks foreign),
be good to the other thesame way you want the others
to be good to you.
That's our mission.
- Up next, walk the Israel trail
and see the country from the sea
to the mountains to the desert
when we come back.
You may have heard ofthe Appalachian Trail
in the United States of theCamino de Santiago in Spain.
These are two of the greatwalking trails in the world,
but did you ever hearabout the Israel Trail?
It goes all the way fromIsrael's northern border
to the south in a lot on the Red Sea.
Recently, I talked withsomeone who walked that trail
and wrote a book describing his odyssey.
OK, Aryeh Green, great to be with you.
Here in Satof with a beautifulbackground behind us.
- Yeah, it's great to be here.
- You've written a bookcalled My Israel Trail
Finding Peace in the Promised Land.
Why did you write the book?
- I hiked the Israel Trail.
600 miles from the south of Israel
on the Red Sea, the Gulf of Eilat,
up to the border with Lebanon
through these Jerusalemhills and I hiked it
in eight weeks all alone
with a 50-pound pack on my back at age 51
and I hiked it following a very difficult,
traumatic period in my life,
getting over my divorce.
The hike itself and thelessons I learned on the hike,
the physical lessons oflearning how to do this
sort of a trek which Ihad never done before,
helped me to move on with my life.
It suddenly occurred to methat maybe some of these
things that I had learned,while there weren't necessarily
any great discoveries,but putting them together
in a certain way, it helpedme to meet the challenges
that I was facing, mightbe of interest to others
and might be able to helpothers facing their own
That's when I decided to write the book
and I also wanted to share the experience.
I mean, it's just, the phenomenal,exhilarating experience
of walking the land ofIsrael is something that
I would imagine manypeople who are interested
in Israel, perhaps havenever been able to visit
or always wanted to oreven if they've visited,
they've never necessarily walked the land.
- For those that love Israeland appreciate Israel,
how would you describe what it's like
to walk the land from north to south?
- First of all, that'swhat I wrote the book for,
to describe all of the uniquefeatures of hiking the land.
But the truth is, nothing compares
to hiking the land ofIsrael and this is true
for me as a Jew.
Walking literally in thefootsteps of our prophets,
walking step by step,kilometer by kilometer,
mile by mile throughour ancestral homeland
was for me, an incredibleway of connecting
with our people, our history, our land,
and the people that Imet actually on the trail
in our shared destiny.
It's true, I think Christian or otherwise,
other people who have aconnection to the land of Israel
where Jesus walked,could also feel the same.
- So, 42 days, 600 miles.
You spent a lot of time by yourself
and what was that whole experience like
to be on the biblical trail,
the land of the patriarchs as well?
- It's a funny combination.
I was getting over my divorce.
First three weeks in thedesert when literally,
you're not just all alone,but you're surrounded by
almost nothingness as it were.
It leaves a lot of time forcontemplation, for reflection,
and it was very healing.
There are a lot of places,people in the bible
that were alone in the desert.
I think Moses was one.
Jesus certainly was one
and I think a lot of people could identify
with a crisis that you went through.
What were the lessons that you learned
when you were there on the trail?
- Well, one of them is that humility,
that sense of modesty,acknowledging our place
in the universe.
Another one was a greatsense of acceptance.
Another aspect of thelessons that I learned
Forgiveness of myself, ofthe mistakes I had made
in my life, in the relationship,
forgiveness of my former wife, of course,
for the decision that she took.
Gratitude was another, appreciating the
amazingly beautiful things that we have
out there in life.
So grateful to my children and my friends
and the rest of myfamily for their support
they gave me through thisdifficult time but also,
just in general, how lucky I am to have
the friends and the family that I have.
Incredible gratitude to beable to be living in this
miraculous age of thereturn of our Jewish people
to our ancestral homeland and being part
of this experience andthe renewed sovereignty
of the Jews here.
There's so much that Ihad to be grateful for.
Every day I was gratefulfor the experience
of being able to hike the land of Israel.
I started every day with ourtraditional Jewish prayer
(speaks foreign language)
I am thankful before you, God,
for all of the miracles in my life.
I would not just say this inmy prayers in the morning,
but it would be the first song that I sang
as I started to walkwith my 50 pound pack.
Did I mention I had a 50pound pack on my back?
- You did, you did.
For those that are gonnabe reading this book,
what do you want them to takeafter they read this book?
- I would say, first of all,come and hike the Israel trail.
Not everybody can taketwo months off of work
and enjoy 42 days of hiking alone,
but if you come to Israelor if you're visiting
and you're doing the normal tourist things
which everybody does and which makes sense
and which are important,
take a half a day or take a day
and hike parts of the Israel Trail.
The first thing I would want somebody
taking away from my book is
having enjoyed the vicarious experience
of walking vicariouslywith me through the land
to have an appreciationfor the beauty of Israel
and the history and our connection to it
and hopefully, that wouldlead to a desire to visit.
- Well Aryeh Green, great to be with you
and thanks for writing sucha book and being vulnerable
and opening your heart andputting it down here on paper
so people can enjoy the experience
and learn from all lessons, thank you.
- Well thank you very much, Chris.
- Up next, find out about a unique tour
here in Israel throughthe eyes of a reporter.
Well, you just watched astory on the Israel Trail
and maybe somebody, youcan come here to Israel
and walk part of that yourself.
There's also anopportunity later this year
to come to Israel.
It's called Israel Throughthe Eyes of a Reporter.
Take a look.
Hello, I'm Chris Mitchelland I want to invite you
to the Israel Through theEyes of a Reporter tour.
This November 30th to December 9th, 2018.
I've been reporting fromIsrael for nearly 20 years
and I wanna share some of those
insights and experiencesoffhand during that time.
We'll have daily briefingson the current situation
and discuss the geopoliticaldevelopments in the area,
many of them with prophetic implications.
We'll also walk 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 Jerusalemand see the western wall,
the Temple Mount, andthe Guard of Yosemite.
The saying goes when you come to Israel,
you'll never be the same.
My wife says that beforeyou come to Israel,
reading the bible is likereading it in black and white.
But after you've come here,it's like reading it in color.
So join me here, November30th to December 9th
for the trip of a lifetime.
For more information, goto noseworthytravel.com
or call the number on your screen.
I look forward to seeingyou here in Jerusalem.
Well I hope you'll considercoming here to Israel
later this year.
That's it for this editionof Jerusalem Dateline.
Thanks for joining us.
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I'm Chris Mitchell.
We'll see ya next timeon Jerusalem Dateline.