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Jerusalem Dateline: 8/17/18 Fulfilling Prophecy: Americans Immigrate to Israel

North American Jews fulfill prophecy as they return to Israel; and a look at what it's like for immigrants when they arrive; plus British Labor Party Leader lays wreath at graves of Palestinian terrorists' involved in 1972 Munich Olympics massacre. Read Transcript

(horn blowing)

- [Julie] This week on Jerusalem Dateline,

prophecy fulfilled

as more North AmericanJews return to Israel.

And we'll take a look atwhat it's like for them

when they arrive.

Plus British labor party leaderrebuked for laying a wreath

at Palestinian terroristsgraves, in Tunisia.

All this and more thisweek on Jerusalem Dateline.

(light music)

Hello, and welcome to thisedition of Jerusalem Dateline.

I'm Julie Stahl fillingin for Chris Mitchell.

One of the most visiblefulfillment of prophecy in our day

is the return of the Jewishpeople to the land of Israel.

It's mentioned some 70 times in the Bible.

Recently we brought you thestory of the French Jews,

who left the growingantisemitism in France

and made aliyah to Israel.

This week more immigrantsarrived in Tel Aviv.

This time from the U.S. and Canada.

They had different reasons for coming,

but as John Waage explains

in the words of one Israeli leader,

"They're all steppinginto Jewish history."

- More than 200 newimmigrants have arrived

on this flight from New York,

and nearly a quarter ofthem are lone soldiers,

young people who camewithout their families

and will soon joiningthe Israeli military.

Ya'Akov Cahn from Monsey New York

is just out of high school.

He'll be stationed in the south near Gaza.

- I'm not scared.

There's no reason to be scared.

It's our land, we don't have a choice.

Got to do what you have to do.

- [John] And what does hisfamily in New York think?

- They're very proud of me.

I hope that they follow inmy steps and do what I do.

- Mazel Tov. I don't knowwhether you know it or not,

but you just entered Jewish history.

- [John] Michael Oren,Deputy Prime Minister

to Benjamin Netanyahu was an immigrant

from the U.S. himself,almost 40 years ago.

He says most American'scome for different reasons

than the French immigrantswho came last month

from a place whereantisemitism is rampant.

- This is a very different Aliyah.

The people who came from North America

are not coming because they'renot fleeing antisemitism,

they are not here becauseof economic strife,

they've made a decision to move

from probably a bettereconomy than our economy,

to certainly maybe amore secure environment

than or environment to serve in an army.

In the United States, theydon't have to serve in the army.

Here they do have to serve in the army.

It's a very profound weighting decision

when you think about it.

- [John] Zelda Wildman cameholding a card from her father.

It was issued by the Britishmandate government in Palestine

denying him the right to come to Israel

before it became a modern nation.

- I feel like I'm fulfilling his dream.

We lost all our family in the holocaust

and he came to Ohio becausethat's where he was sent.

He always wanted to go to Palestine.

- [John] Jeff Dahan broughthis family from Connecticut.

His wife Dorit took careof the kids for months,

while Jeff took up a new job in Israel.

- It was difficult to be separated.

It was difficult for thekids, but we made it.

- [John] They're son Talsummed it up for the family.

- It's just been really hard and stressful

for when we had to get everything set up,

but now once we're here, it's a lot easier

and it's very worth it, 'causethis has been a dream for us

and we are living the dream.

- [John] We asked Ja'Akov Kahnif he is fulfilling the words

spoken by the bible prophets?

- I think it's pretty obvious that we are,

'cause we're returning.

- [John] John Waage, CBN News,Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv.

- We'll have more on whatit's like for new immigrants

to settle in Israel and someof the challenges they face

when they arrive later in our show.

As antisemitism continuesto rear it's head in Europe,

the widow of one Israeli athlete murdered

by Palestinian terrorists wants the leader

of Britain's labor party to apologize.

He laid a wreath at the graveof her husband's killers.

John Waage has that story.

- [John] It was an attackthat stunned the world.

Palestinian terroristsstormed the living quarters

of the Israeli team atthe 1972 Munich Olympics.

In the end a group callingitself Black September,

had murdered 11 Israeliathletes and coaches

including Ankie Spitzer's husband Andre.

Fast forward to a 2014 photoof British labor party leader

Jeremy Corbyn in Tunisia.

He's standing at thegraves of those terrorists

with a wreath in his hands.

- Imagine when the Israelipolitician would go

and put flowers on thegraves of those murderers

that killed people in London

or in England in a terror attack.

How would the British people accept it?

They would not accept it.

- [John] Labeled by many fora long time as and antisemite,

Corbyn admitted he was at the graveside.

- I was there when the wreaths were laid,

that's pretty obvious,

there were many others there

who where witness to that.

I witnessed many otherpeople laying many wreaths.

It was quite a-

- [Interviewer] Did you lay the wreath?

- I laid one wreath alongwith many other people

in memory, as I've said,of all those who died.

- [John] The photo drewwidespread criticism

in both the UK and in Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister, BenjaminNetanyahu blasted Corbyn.

"The laying of a wreath by Jeremy Corbyn

"on the graves of theterrorists who perpetrated

"the Munich Massacre andhis comparison of Israel

"to the Nazi's deservesunequivocal condemnation

"from everyone, left, right,and everything in between."

Corbyn filled back in a Tweet,

"Netanyahu's claims about myactions and words are false.

"What deserves unequivocalcondemnation is the killing

"of over 160 Palestinianprotestors in Gaza,

"by Israeli forces since March,

"including dozens of children"

The 1972 Munich Olympicswere the first time the games

were held in Germany,since they were hosted

by Adolph Hitler in 1936.

- Israel which was foundedin '48 among many things

as an attempt for Jews to beable to defend themselves,

was once again powerless

while Jews are being killed in Germany.

The historic resonance of that is clear.

- [John] Spitzer saidthe apology she wants

isn't just for her.

- He said I wanted to honorthe victims of terror.

Where were you, did youever come to the graves

of my husband or to otherterror victims here?

We never saw you Mr. Corbyn.

John Waage, CBN News, Jerusalem.

- Israel has opened the maincrossing point for goods

going into Gaza.

The Kerem Shalom crossinghad been closed for a month

because of Hamas attacks on Israel.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman

told Gaza residents onFacebook that calm pays,

violence doesn't.

A week of relativequite at the Gaza border

followed Hamas explosion of rocket fire

and flaming balloons and demonstrations.

Israel also extendedGaza's fishing area to

nine nautical miles in the Mediterranean.

It's the same border Israel hadallowed before the violence.

Egypt and the UN have pushedhard for a long term cease fire

between Israel and Hamas,but Israeli Deputy Minister,

Michael Oren told CBN News he's skeptical.

- I can't say much about thepossibility of a cease fire,

but one thing I can tellyou with 100% certainty,

that if a cease fire isachieved, Hamas will violate it,

'cause that's the nature of Hamas.

Hamas is a Jihadist terrorist organization

that's sworn to kill us.

So it's in it's DNA tobreak that cease fire.

Turning from Gaza toTurkey where there was

another setback from AmericanPastor Andrew Brunsen

detained in Turkey.

A Turkish court rejectedand appeal for his release.

The pastor is at the centerof an escalating spat

between the U.S. and Turkey.

Turkey's currency and economy have plunged

and Turkey is blaming the United States.

As relations worsen,some experts are worried

that the U.S. will lose Turkey as an ally,

while others say they already have.

Dale Hurd has that story.

- With Turkey's currency crashing,

the governments responsehas been to blame outsiders,

and double down on bad economic policy

that's only making it worse.

The Turkish Lira had lostalmost half it's value

against the dollar thisyear before recovering

slightly over night andthere are already signs

that its dragging down markets in Asia.

The crisis accelerated lastFriday after President Trump

promised to double tariffson Turkish exports.

Because of Turkey's continued detention

of American Pastor Andrew Brunsen.

Turkish President RecepTayyip Erdogan said

his nation is under siege.

Today he announced aboycott of U.S. electronics.

Turks who have seen theirbuying power cut in half

are worried.

This man says, "For realright now we think about

"the U.S. dollar when we goto sleep and when we get up."

Making matters worse,President Erdogan had ruled out

the possibility of higher interest rates,

which is exactly what manyeconomists say is needed.

- So structural problems,plus problems with the U.S.,

all came together andcreated the perfect storm.

Erdogan now wants to arrest socalled "economic terrorists"

on social media.

That's anyone who says negativethings about the economy.

Some say Turkey is alreadya defacto dictatorship,

and by vertu of it's location,

sitting between theMiddle East and Europe,

it's one of the most

strategically importantnations in the world.

There's concern it may turnit's back on the U.S. and NATO

and become an ally of Russia or China.

Foreign policy analystDr. Christopher Hull

believes it's already happened.

- Erdogan himself has proventhat he's hostile to America,

he's hostile to the West,he's hostile to our values.

He is much too closely aligned

with the global Jihadmovement and he's creating

and Islamic state.

- [Dale] And no matter whathappens to the economy,

Turkish journalist AbdullahBozkurt says Erdogan

will never leave office,because he would lose immunity

to prosecution in two corruption scandals.

- He's afraid of thoseinvestigations be opened against him.

So he'll be looking athuge legal troubles.

- So Turkish citizensare in for a rough ride,

as a combative Erdogan clings to power,

takes swings at the United States

and the Turkish currencycontinues to get battered.

Dale Hurd, CBN News.

- [Julie] Up next, thechurch in the Middle East,

persecuted but standing strong.

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In recent years thechurch in the Middle East

has gone through dark days,but some are convinced

the lives of believerstoday are reflecting those

of the heroes and heroines of the faith

in the region where Christianity was born.

- [Chris] Across the Middle East,

Christians and the church have suffered

terrible persecution, yetthere is still optimism here.

- I see the church isstanding, and standing strong,

with all of the difficulties,

and with all of the atrocities,and all the persecution.

- [Chris] Egyptian born Yvetter Issaic

believes that's because they'recontinuing the testimony

of the early believers.

- I really believe every day,a new page of the Book of Acts

is being written.

- [Chris] And Issaic wantsthe church in the West

to know what's happening here.

- They're our brothers and sisters,

Christian brothers andsisters who are living there,

and if it wasn't for them,

first we would not here aboutChristianity in the west.

Because of the church in the Middle East,

Christianity spread all over the world.

- [Chris] Yet she saysthe pressure on Christians

has been enormous.

- [Yevette] That's where it all started

and the enemy's focus is to destroy it.

The enemy's focus is toempty the Middle East

from Christianity, so he'sputting all of this pressure

and we have seen all kind ofpressure under the people.

- [Chris] Issaic hostsa television program

to the Middle East, and shebelieves Christian media

can play a big role to help Christians.

- The church needs to know the truth.

The Christian media needsto air and to show the world

the stories from there.

If we just depend on the secular media,

we will get what's theiragenda for the world to hear,

but awareness is very important.

That's why we have manyclips of Christian people

that they suffer andthey tell their stories.

- [Chris] One of the stories she tells

are the Christians whosuffered under Isis.

- We go to Iraq and to Syriaand we go to this places

and we try to empower the girlsthat they came of captivity.

Christians in Syria and in Iraq,

they don't want to speak too much.

Probably it's a fear, butwhen you really go there

they open up and theyfeel like they can open up

and tell us their stories.

So we share their storiesafter their permission,

to the world.

- [Announcer] She tells onestory of an orthodox priest

and an evangelical pastor.

- An orthodox priest toldme, when there was no water,

and there are only afew drops of water left,

I would rather divide itwith the evangelical pastor,

because I know if weboth live we're going to

be more powerful together.

If I live and he dies, I'm weaker.

- [Chris] She hopes eachpart of the body of Christ

will do their part.

- What am I called to do,especially in the western world?

The western church needs tounderstand the importance

of the existing of Christians

in the Middle East and this time.

Chris Mitchell, CBN News, Jerusalem.

- [Julie] Coming up, adeeper look at what it's like

to make Aliyah.

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- Before the modern stateof Israel was reestablished

the Jewish people began toreturn to their ancient homeland

as the prophets hadforetold and as we've seen,

they keep coming.

CBN's Scott Ross met someof those new immigrants

at their first home inIsrael and talked with them

about why they came.

- [Scott] They comefrom all over the world

to a place many have never been,

yet the Jewish peoplehave longed to return

to this land for thousands of years.

- I'm Sarah from France.

- Hi, Nilam from Uruguay.I did Aliyah in December.

I am here because I love Israel.

- Hi, my name is Debbie, Iam from Cordoba Argentina.

- I'm Nikita from Russia.

- Hi my name Gadhi, I'mfrom Brooklyn New York,

and I made Aliyah in December.

I'm a lawyer in New York and I'm here

because it's the onlyJewish state there is.

- [Scott] It's calledAliyah, literally going up,

taken from biblicaltimes, the term describes

when people went up to Jerusalemto worship at the temple.

Now it means immigratingor returning to Israel.

Your an American?

- Yeah.

- Why did you come?

- It's a beautiful country I love it here.

- Yeah, Arizona's beautiful.

- Arizona is beautiful,but it's not Israel.

- [Scott] Last year 27,000 newimmigrants arrived in Israel

including 3,600 from the United States.

- For over 3,000 yearsyou're disconnected,

but you're praying for Jerusalem,

so it's really the gathering of exiles

and it continues every day.

- [Scott] I spoke with Natan Sharansky

leader of the JewishAgency, which oversees

bringing the Jewish people home.

- [Natan ] I am very proud tobe the head organization now,

which brought threeand a half million Jews

for the creation of the State of Israel.

- [Scott] Sharansky madeheadlines in the 80's

as a political prisoner inthe former Soviet Union.

International pressure lead to his release

and he immigrated to Israel in 1986.

- [Sharansky] I meetwith a lot of immigrants

and I love to be in theairport and to see this moment

of them going down through the airplane,

because you think thatafter each of these people

there are at least 50 generationsof Jews who were praying

and dreaming about coming to Jerusalem.

Each of them is closinghuge circle of thousands

of years of exile.

- [Scott] Biblical prophets,Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel

all spoke of a time when Godwould bring the Jewish people

back to the land of Israel.

The prophet Amos says they'llnever be dispersed again.

Although they're part of a prophetic

and exiting journey, immigrants face

a whole new world when they arrive.

- Some of the people lefteverything, left their friends,

left families, left thesmell, the food, the jobs,

all the things that they knew,

they're coming here to start a new life.

- [Scott] That's why thestate works to create

a smooth transition.

Ziva Avrahami leads beitCanada, Ulpan Etzion

an absorption center in Jerusalem.

New immigrants live herefree for five months

so they can focus on learningHebrew and living in Israel.

- [Ziva] We call them thefirst home in the homeland.

Their coming here andthey have a soft landing.

They don't need to be afraid for things.

We help them to be part ofIsrael, but step by step.

- How important is itthat they learn Hebrew?

- The main reason that a people are here

in this absorption center isto get to know the language.

The Hebrew is the keyto the Israeli society.

If you want to be part of Israel.

If you want to be the leaderof this beautiful country,

you need to know the language.

- [Scott] Ulpan Etzionis mainly for millennials

who have a University degree.

You could say it's likea prophetic melting pot.

Are there conflicts betweenthem, culturally, socially,

adapting and adjusting to one another?

- Yes, there are differentpeople from different places,

the culture is different,the language is different,

so to put together 250young adults in one place,

you can imagine what'sgoing here in the evenings.

A lot of people arebecoming friends for life.

- Does the majority ofthem then stay in Israel?

- The first year and the secondyear are the hardest one,

and if you survive the two years,

people are staying in Israel.

This is gonna be their home.

- [Scott] I spoke withsome of the students

about their experience.

- I think it's the landof the Jewish people

and that is why I am here.

I want to essentially come home

and to be with my fellow Jews

and to please God, find a Jewish husband.

- Why did you come?

- Well I came to Israelbecause I feel this

is the homeland of the Jewish people

and for the first time in 2,000 years,

we have our own homeland,

and we can build a prosperous Jewish state

and I think that's veryexciting to be a part of.

- What kind of work wouldyou like to get into?

- I studied accounting and finance,

so hopefully something in that area.

- Do you want to get married?

- Yeah, for sure, that'swhy I'm here in Israel.

There's plenty of beautiful Jewish girls

and let's hope I can find one of them.

- [Scott] As Sharanskyprepares to leave his role,

I asked if he thought

all the Jewish people need to come home.

- Our prophets speakabout it very clearly,

about this grand design, oh,

and gathering of the people ofIsrael in the land of Israel.

I want to help the peopleto make this decision,

not by giving orders, not by pushing them,

even not by shaming them,but simply by giving them

the feeling how good it is.

Scott Ross for CBN, in Jerusalem.

- [Julie] Still ahead,Hatikvah and Aliyah.

(upbeat music)

When a Jewish persondecides to make Israel home,

he or she has fulfilledthe hope of generations,

to return to the land.

That's the theme ofIsraels National Anthem.

We'd like to leave youtoday with another look

at what it's like when newimmigrants first arrive.

Thanks for joining us,remember you can follow us

on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, and YouTube,

and remember, the Godthat's watching over Israel,

and fulfilling his wordfrom thousands of years ago,

is watching over you and me.

I'm Julie Stahl, we'll see you next time

on Jerusalem Dateline.

(Israel National Anthem, "Hatikvah")

(upbeat music)


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