As seen on â€œThe 700 Club,â€ July 25.: American Pastor Put Under House Arrest in Turkey; 'Renaissance Redneck' Serves Up Food, Fun, and Faith on the Pungo Prairie; GOP Incredulous as Dems Demand Release of Kavanaugh Docs, and more.
- Welcome to The 700 Club.
Tensions remain high onIsrael's northern border
after its military shotdown a Syrian fighter jet
that entered its airspace yesterday.
Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu has made it clear
it's a line that won't be crossed.
- Israeli forces remain on high alert
as Syrian soldiers retaketerritory from rebels
and inch closer to the Golan Heights.
John Waage has more from Jerusalem.
- [John] Israeli PrimeMinister Benjamin Netanyahu
has made sure that RussianPresident Vladimir Putin
knows where Israel'sred lines are in Syria
and one of them is the Golan Heights,
where Syrian jets are moving way too close
for Israel's comfort.
(in foreign language)
- Our air defense systemidentified a Syrian air force jet
that took off from theT-4 Syrian air force base
and penetrated Israeli air space.
This is a gross violation of
the 1974 Separation ofForces Agreement with Syria.
I have reiterated and made clear
that we will not acceptany such violation.
- [John] Israel is concerned about
Iranian backed forces in Syria
and wants Russia to keepboth Syria and Iran,
two clear enemies of Israel,
far away from the Golan border.
Russia sent its top generalto Jerusalem this week
for still more negotiations.
The Syrian pilot was reportedkilled in Tuesday's incident.
A casualty of Syria's move
to oust rebel Sunnis from the Golan.
All this week Israeli's havebeen shaken by rocket sirens
from the northern border with Syria
to the southern border near Gaza.
Now it appears the government is ready
to spend billions of dollars to bolster
the country's air andmissile defense systems.
The Syrian jet pilot may have strayed
into Israeli territory by accident,
but Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon
explained Israel can't take chances.
- When we see a fightercrossing the border
and we try to contact fewtimes and get no response,
the only thing we can do isto protect our civilians.
We cannot wait to see what are
the real intentions of the fighter.
That's what would anyother country will do.
We will not allow anyoneto breach our sovereignty.
We will not allow theIranians to build their bases
next to our borders in the Golan Heights.
- [John] Both Israel and Syria say
they're not in a hurry for war.
But if Syrian President Bashar Assad
doesn't heed Israel's many warnings
to stay away from the border,
the situation could escalate quickly.
John Waage, CBN News, Jerusalem.
- It could escalate very quickly.
And what's going on,
these are Sunni rebelssupported by the nation of Iran.
Iran's trying to create a land bridge
from its borders to the border of Israel
and there's no peaceful intention in that.
They've been fundingHezbollah for some time
in southern Lebanon.
They want to expand that into Syria.
They want to attack Israeland that's what's going on.
They also want to overthrowthe Assad government in Syria.
So it's a three prong problem.
If Assad strikes back at the rebels
who are trying to oust him,
they violate the 1974 agreement
which ended the Yom Kippur War
and these are veryserious terms for Israel.
They can't have the Syrian army assembling
on its northern border.
It's just intolerable for Israel.
And the rebels know that
and so they're actuallyusing that territory
to shelter while they marshal strength
to either attack Israel or attack Assad.
This could get very serious very quickly
'cause Israel could make the decision
well let's go into Syria,
wipe out these rebel camps on our own
and bring peace there and then withdraw.
That would be very serious
and would Russia get involved?
Would Syria respond?
Could we have full scale war?
This is a time absolutely
to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Well in other news,
Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu blasted
Turkey's President forcalling Israel a racist state.
John Jessup has more on that story
from our CBN News Bureauin Washington, John.
- Thanks Gordon.
Turkey's Recep Erdogancriticized Israel's new law
defining the country as the nation state
for the Jewish people.
In a speech before Turkey's parliament,
Erdogan said the description shows Israel
as the most Zionist,racist, and fascist country.
He also compared Israel'sleaders to Nazis, saying,
"the soul of Hitler who led the world
"to a great catastrophe has risen again
"within some of Israel's officials."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
shot back saying Turkeyunder Erdogan's leadership
has become a dark dictatorship
and imprisons tens ofthousands of its own citizens
and murders Syrians and Kurds.
American pastor AndrewBrunson has been moved
out of a Turkish prison andplaced under house arrest.
A court in Turkey made that decision.
Brunson has been imprisonedfor nearly two years.
He faces a long sentenceon charges of committing
crimes on behalf of terror groups.
The 50 year old evangelical pastor
strongly denies the accusations.
He wrote a letter earlier this year
that he's in prison not foranything he's done wrong,
but because he's a Christian pastor.
President Trump has repeatedlydemanded Brunson's release.
You stay up to date withthis story on CBNnews.com
Well Pastor Brunson will beone of the major subjects
at the first ever MinisterialSummit on Religious Freedom
happening at the state department.
Hundreds of leaders from around the world
are assembled here in Washington.
As CBN's National Security Correspondent
Erik Rosales reports,
US Religious FreedomAmbassador Sam Brownback
is calling on them to help the persecuted.
- One by one, persecutedbelievers shared their stories
at the first ever Ministerial Summit here
at the State Department.
But the first persecuted Christian
couldn't share his story in person.
That's because he's stillimprisoned in China.
- Many people know myhusband, John, is a pastor
living a simple life in pursuit
of spreading the word of God.
- [Erik] Jamie Powell, thewife of Pastor John Cao
says the Chinese governmentsees him as a criminal.
Last year, Chinese BorderPolice arrested John
for what she calls his faith driven work,
helping poor people.
He's now serving a sevenyear prison sentence.
- Since his detainment,
my husband has suffered arapid decline in his health.
He has lost 50 pounds.
He's not been able to communicatewith me and my children.
- Prayer is the start.
But as human beings, as wecan see through a conference
such as this, really havingthis open conversation
and bringing awareness to these issues
is the most important thing.
- Religious freedom reallytruly is for everyone.
It's a right given by God.
- [Erik] Former KansasGovernor Sam Brownback
is America's Ambassador-at-Large
for International Religious Freedom.
He urged the representativesfrom 80 countries
at this summit to helpmake the world a place
where people genuinelycare and love one another.
- Together an alliance of government,
civil society, and faith,
we can and will advance religious freedom.
- [Erik] Brownback citedthe ethnic cleansing
of Muslims in Myanmar
and the Islamic statesgenocide against Yazidis
and Christians in Iraq.
He also highlighted U.S.pastor Andrew Brunson
who he says remains wrongly imprisoned
on false charges in Turkey.
- I think the last statistic that I saw
was 79% of Christians aroundthe world are persecuted.
And I think it's very important
especially we as the Church in America
begin to understand whator sister and brothers
go through worldwide.
- [Erik] Brownback says thissummit is just the beginning.
And the Trump administration will continue
to make religious liberty a top priority.
Erik Rosales, CBN News.
- Thanks Erik.
Turning to weather, heavyrain is wreaking havoc
and causing floodingacross the United States.
In Maryland, rescuers werecalled to save children
stranded on a school bus.
And here in Washington D.C.,
a woman died after a treecrashed into her home.
Showers are also flooding out west
as drivers in Santa Fe, New Mexico
had to be rescued from their cars
and mudslides forced the closure
of Colorado highways.
Forecasters say to expect more rain
and dangerous floodingin the next few days.
Well Senate JudiciaryChairman Chuck Grassley
plans to be in confirmation hearings
for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh
after Labor Day.
Grassley tells CBN News whilethe hearings could get ugly,
Judge Kavanaugh has theopportunity to show the country
why he's qualified for the Court.
Abigail Robertson has more.
- Many Senate Democratsare refusing to even meet
with Judge Kavanaugh
unless Republicansrelease close to a million
pages of documents relatedto Kavanaugh's tenure
in the Bush White House.
- Our Republican colleaguesare dragging their feet
and that begs a serious question.
What are Judge Kavanaughand the Republicans hiding?
- [Abigail] Majority leaderMitch McConnell responded to
the tactic by threateningto keep senators in session
as long as needed toget a vote on Kavanaugh.
- Let there be no misunderstanding
that there would be anykind of delaying tactic
that would take us past thefirst Tuesday in November.
[Abigail] - SenateJudiciary Committee Chairman
Chuck Grassley tells CBN Newshe believes these documents
wouldn't change a thing.
- How much more do theyneed to know to vote no?
And yet, they're reallypushing hard for everything.
[Abigail] - Grassley wouldlike the Senate to go back
to when they simply looked ata nominee's qualifications,
not their politics or ideology.
- Now you have it youcan barely get somebody
with 51 or 52 votes toget on the Supreme Court
because some people like, take the view.
Well, it doesn't matterwho Trump appoints,
I'm going to be against them.
[Abigail] - He believesKavanaugh is a strong pick.
- If you're a personbefore him, you would feel
that you're getting equaljustice before the law.
[Abigail] - And Grassleyfeels if Kavanaugh can prove
that during the hearing, he'll be fine.
- Judge Kavanaugh, satisfying people
that he's going to be a independent person
that's going to leave hispersonal views out of it,
that he's going to lookat the law and looks at
the facts of the case.
- Republicans are racing toget Kavanaugh on the bench
by October 1st, the start ofthe next Supreme Court session.
Reporting from Capitol Hill,Abigail Robertson, CBN News.
- Thanks Abigail.
Gordon, with such a smallmargin in the Senate,
this no doubt will be anugly confirmation battle.
- We can anticipate it,but at the same time,
you can also anticipatewhat the final vote will be
and it depends on John McCain's health.
Will it be 50 to 49 with theVice President casting a vote?
Will it be 51 to 40 ...
You already know the vote total.
So, what Senator Grassleysaid is just remarkable.
How much more informationdo you need to vote no?
We already know how thevotes are going to be divided
and so, why don't we just get on with it?
Well, you can be involved.
You can show your supportfor Judge Kavanaugh.
CBN has an online petitioncalling on Congress
to confirm him to the Supreme Court.
You can find the link at CBNnews.com.
- Did you see when PresidentTrump first announced him,
and he came up with his little girls
and he kept talkingabout how he was a coach
and he was just solikable and so friendly?
I don't see how anybody couldvote against him, but ...
- Well, you don't have a vote.
- But I don't have a vote,but I've got a prayer.
I'm praying.- You can sign a petition.