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Jerusalem Dateline: US Announces Closure of PLO Office in Washington 9/14/18

Jerusalem Dateline: 9/14/18 Trump administration shuts down PLO office in Washington in latest bold move to affect the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; plus 17 years after 9-11 the war with radical Islam continues; and Jewish people around the ... ... Read Transcript

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- This week on Jerusalem Dateline:

the Trump administration shuts down

the PLO office in Washington.

It's the latest bold move by the U.S.

to affect the IsraeliPalestinian conflict.

Plus 9/11, it's been 17 years,

but the war with radical Islam continues.

And the Jewish peoplearound the world prepare

to observe Yom Kippur, theholiest day of the year.

All this and more, thisweek on Jerusalem Dateline.

Hello, and welcome to thisedition of Jerusalem Dateline.

I'm Chris Mitchell.

Palestinian leaders reactedangrily to the latest decision

by the Trump administrationto close the office

of the Palestine LiberationOrganization in Washington, D.C.

But as Julie Stahl reports from Jerusalem,

the decision is one moremove by the White House

that puts pressure on the Palestinians.

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- [Julie] National SecurityAdvisor, John Bolton, said,

"The decision to closethe PLO office is designed

"to restart peace talks."

- And the Trump administrationwill not keep the office open

when the Palestinians refuse to take steps

to start direct and meaningfulnegotiations with Israel.

The United States supports a direct

and robust peace process.

- The decision enforces a U.S. law

mandating the closure of the PLO office

if the Palestiniansthreaten to take the U.S.

or Israel to theInternational Criminal Court.

- The United States willuse any means necessary

to protect our citizensand those of our allies

from unjust prosecution bythis illegitimate court.

We will not cooperate with the ICC.

We will provide no assistance to the ICC,

and we certainly will not join the ICC.

- [Julie] Top Palestiniannegotiator and PLO executive,

Secretary General Saeb Erekat called

the move a dangerous escalation.

- The U.S. threatsagainst the ICC is a coup

against the world's bestinternational system.

- [Julie] Erekat said thePalestinian's would press ahead

with their appeals tointernational bodies.

- We will pursue a requestfrom the Human Rights Council

to issue their database on the companies

that operate in the Israeliillegal settlements.

And we will pursue our requestsin the International Court

of Justice concerning theTrump's decisions in Jerusalem

and other issues.

And we will pursue our effortsin the UN General Assembly

and Security Council on the issue

of internationalprotection for Palestinians

and membership of the state of Palestine.

- [Julie] The PLO was consideredat a terror organization

until its late leader, Yasser Arafat,

signed the Oslo Accordspeace process with Israel

25 years ago this month.

Since then, negotiationshave been on again off again.

Palestinian terrorism reached its peak

during the second Intifada from 2000-2005

and has never really ended.

And meanwhile since 1994,the U.S. and European Union

have given billions of dollars and euros

to fund most areas ofPalestinian government

and institutions without asking anything

in return until now.

President Trump first movedthe U.S. embassy to Jerusalem

then cut funding to the UnitedNations body responsible

for Palestinian refugees andnow is closing the PLO offices

in Washington.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

applauded the move.

- [Translator] Israelvery much appreciates

the Trump administration decision

and supports Americanactions that are designed

to make it clear to thePalestinians that the refusal

to enter into negotiations with Israel

and the unbridled attacks against Israel

will not only not advancepeace but will certainly

not make things betterfor the Palestinians.

- [Julie] Meanwhile the Trumpadministration's peace plan

is still under wraps, and it's unclear

when it will be put on the table.

Julie Stahl, CBN News, Jerusalem.

- 17 years ago, Islamicjihadists struck America

in coordinated attacks thatused hijacked airplanes

to crash into the TwinTowers in New York City

and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

A third attack crashed ina field in Pennsylvania.

Those attacks killed nearly 3000

and forever changed the world.

As George Thomas reportsnearly two decades

after 9/11, the battle withradical Islam is far from over.

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- Since that fatefulSeptember morning in 2001,

Islamic jihadists have launched more than

33000 deadly terror attacks.

- The movements and ideologiesthat drove and justified

that attack and the thousandsof other attacks you name,

that still remains verydynamic, very vibrant.

- [George] And these terrorgroups have hit targets

nearly everywhere aroundthe world since 9/11,

from Iraq and Afghanistanto Finland and California.

Experts say Islamic fighters have shown

that they are far fromexhausted, discouraged

or underfunded.

- They still seem very prepared to fight;

not ready for a diplomatic process.

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- [George] ISIS, an offshoot of Al-Qaeda,

born in the desert sands of Iraq and Syria

is much weaker, but by nomeans out of the fight.

The group has carriedout more than 150 attacks

in 29 countries, killing thousands.

Its affiliates orsupporters are now spread

around the world, includinghere in the homeland

where the FBI's directortold congressional officials

this summer that his bureau was tracking

an alarming number of cases.

- We have about a thousand investigations

into exactly the kind ofpeople you're describing

covering all 50 states.

- [George] Despite thedeath of its leader,

Osama bin Laden, in May 2011, Al-Qaeda,

which just had a fewhundred fighters on 9/11,

now has between 10000 and20000 battle-hardened fighters

in Syria.

4000 are operating inLibya, and another 9000

are in Somalia.

Hundreds more are scatteredacross North Africa

and Southeast Asia.

And according to Western intelligence,

there are about 50000jihadists living in Europe,

including recent combatantswho have returned home

after fighting alongside ISIS, Al-Qaeda,

and other terror groups in Syria and Iraq.

- They are faith-driven.

They have ideology that isderived from a theology.

- [George] 17 years on, despitetrillions of dollars spent

and countless Americanlives lost, the threat

from radical Islam is morewidespread than ever before.

May says the world shouldprepare for a long war

against an enemy that isn't backing down

and believes time is on its side.

- We don't know how longthis war is gonna last.

Our enemies don't carehow long it's gonna last.

If we are not prepared for such a war

then we will for sure lose such a war.

George Thomas, CBN News.

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- [Chris] Up next, one Americanfamily, living overseas,

faces the aftermath of9/11, when we come back.

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9/11 not only affectedthe U.S., but Americans

in faraway places.

This American missionaryfamily came face to face

with the aftermath of 9/11.

They faced near death,but through their ordeal,

they found forgiveness and redemption.

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- [Narrator] The daysand weeks following 9/11

were tenuous times for Americans,

especially for people likeRay Norman and his family.

His work with the Christianhumanitarian organization,

World Vision, had broughtthem to Mauritania,

an Islamic republic onthe west coast of Africa.

- We were the largesthumanitarian organization

working with the government tofight poverty in the country.

I knew there were somepockets of extremism

in the country that werenot happy with our presence.

There were rocks thrown atour cars, and the government

assigned guards at ourhome and our office,

around my daughter's school.

So it was a very tense time.

- [Narrator] After fiveweeks, security measures

were lightened as tensions eased.

Ray decided to take his daughter, Hannah,

to a nearby beach.

He'd gotten out to lock thewheels into four wheel drive

when an Arab man walkedup and greeted him.

- He asked me if I was an American,

which didn't alarm me at the moment,

and I said, "Yes, I am."

And then he said, "Well, thank you."

And he went on his way.

He took about three paces, turned around,

and called to me.

And when I stood up, he hada nine millimeter pistol

aimed at my chest.

And of course as afather, all of my thoughts

were about how do I protect Hannah.

I was hoping that if he gotme maybe he'd leave her alone.

- [Hannah] I started screaming,"Daddy, that man has a gun.

"He has a gun."

- [Narrator] As Ray scrambledto get in the vehicle,

the man pulled the trigger,but the gun misfired.

- It went click, click, click.

And he took the gun,and he tapped it twice

and took aim again.

But with Hannah screaming, hetook the gun's aim off of me

and aimed at Hannah.

- My dad, he threw himselfup against the window

to block the man's view of me.

And as he did that, that bullet went off.

- The bullet came through my right arm.

Glass went everywhere.

It went into our eyes, into our skin.

- [Narrator] Ray spun off as the man fired

into the rear window.

They made it to safety,but something was wrong.

- I felt out of breath.

I felt like something had punched me.

- The bullet that had gone through my arm

had struck her in the center of her chest.

And so... (sighs)

My world crumbled.

And then she said to me,she said, "Well, Daddy,

"am I about to die?"

I could only respond in faith.

And something just welledup within me, and I said,

"Hannah, you're not gonna die."

- "I need you to pray."

And I said, "Okay, Daddy, I can do that."

I just called on the nameof Jesus over and over

and over again.

- [Narrator] Ray spedtowards the nearest clinic,

praying desperately for his daughter.

I had an argument rightthere in my prayers.

I said, "Lord, this is not theway it was supposed to be."

- [Narrator] Clinic staff tended to Hannah

and rushed her in for X-rays.

- And it turned out that whenthe bullet had hit her chest,

it bounced off her sternum,slid across her ribcage,

and exited in her armpit.

But the bullet had notpenetrated her lungs

or her heart, and she was gonna survive.

- [Narrator] By then, friendshad gathered at the clinic

to support them.

- I remember with tearsraising my hands in the air

and saying, "Lord, thank you.

"Your promises are true and faithful."

And I remember a Muslimfriend look at me, he says,

"Yes, your Jesus is faithful."

- [Narrator] Both werepatched up and flown to Paris

for medical attention.

Hannah's mother, Helen, was finally able

to see her daughter.

- My first reaction wasto go straight to Hannah

and just hold her.

She, in fact, was sitting upin bed looking very chipper.

The Holy Spirit stepped inand protected both of them

from those bullets.

I was just so convinced ofthat from the beginning.

- [Narrator] As they recovered physically,

the family tried to makesense of what happened.

- Why did he try to killmy father and myself?

- Someone who represented apeople that I had felt called

to serve in the name of Christwould inflect such harm.

This man had never given methe opportunity to tell him

how much I cared about him and his people.

He just walked out ofthe sand dunes and shot.

- I felt somewhat sorry for him.

Like why did he feel the need...

To do what he did?

- [Narrator] A few daysafter the shooting,

authorities caught thegunman, Ali Ould Sidi.

Once the Normans returned to Mauritania,

a Muslim friend of Ray's explainedwhat would likely happen.

- This man has shamedhis family, his clan,

many, many people arevery upset at what he did.

He said, "You need tounderstand that before his case

"ever comes to trial, he will probably

"conveniently disappear."

- I was shocked.

Like that...

Why would that happen?

Why does he deserve that?

I was angry.

I was upset.

And it didn't make sensefor me for that to happen.

- [Narrator] The familyrequested a visit with Ali

in prison.

Six months later, they were finally

granted a five-minute visit.

- Seeing him was just sort of a relief,

because I saw that he was human too.

And he wasn't a monster.

He was just a man, andhe looked really sad.

- He was obviously shocked to see us.

And you can tell by the look on his face

that he was expecting us toaccuse him, to bring him grief.

I turned to Hannah, and Isaid, "Hannah, do you wanna say

"anything to the prisoner?"

She addressed him directly.

And she said, "Mr. Ali, I havetwo things that I wanna say.

"First is I want to know whyyou tried to kill my daddy."

- He paused for a while andthen said, "I lost my head."

I said, "Mr. Ali, I holdno bitterness in my heart

"towards you, and I forgive you."

He froze, and he didn'tmove for a couple seconds.

And when he looked up, wecould all see he had tears

in his eyes.

I saw how fragile he was, and...

And even then my heartcontinued to soften for him.

- It wasn't easy.

I was still shaking at the time.

I was also hearing Godushering me into getting closer

to this man.

I just started explaining tohim the fact that maybe God

was thinking about him whenhe protected Ray and Hannah,

because he had designsand plans for his life.

- [Narrator] The nextday, the Normans received

a handwritten letter from Ali.

- "I cannot find the words todescribe our meeting today.

"Although I still feel remorse with regard

"to the evil I have causedyou, words cannot express

"the depth of my joy inseeing you with your daughter,

"that little angel, alive and well.

"Many times I have heardof Christian charity,

"of Christian kindness and love.

"When you came to see me, Isaw it and experienced it."

- [Narrator] In accordancewith Sharia law,

the Norman family'spublic forgiveness helped

to commute Ali's sentence,and he was released

after one year in prison.

The Normans never got to see him again.

But for them the experienceconfirmed everything

they believe about the God they serve.

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- He gives us this abilityto forgive and to love

that is unnatural.

As natural human beingswe can't just do this.

- For God so loved theworld he gave his son.

For God so loved Muslims...

He gave his son.

- [Chris] Coming up, a lookat the holiest day of the year

in the Jewish calendar,and the special prayer

that's significant forboth Jews and Christians.

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- During this season, Jewsworldwide mark Yom Kippur,

the holiest day of the Jewish year.

It's the end of a ten-dayperiod that begins

at Rosh Hashanah, knownas the Days of Awe.

They observe this day with both fasting

and a special prayer.

Here's a look at thesignificance of this prayer

to both Jews and Christians.

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(man chanting)

- [Chris] It's called theViddui, a prayer of repentance

and a plea for forgiveness.

- The Viddui is the centralprayer of confession

and for forgiveness of theJewish people on Yom Kippur.

And it's a prayer that they pray,

not only on behalf ofthemselves, but on behalf

of all the Jewish people around the world.

- [Chris] Reverend DavidPileggi serves as the rector

of Christ Church in the heartof Jerusalem's Old City.

He studied the Jewishroots of Christianity

for nearly 30 years.

He says the Viddui recognizes, as Jeremiah

the prophet wrote, thatthe heart is deceitful

above all things and that deedsneed to follow repentance.

- One thing that we learnfrom the Jewish people,

something quite importantespecially about Yom Kippur,

that it's not enough to say you're sorry.

You have to confess, say you're sorry,

and then at the sametime take practical steps

to change your behavior.

- [Chris] The Vidduicontains sections to be said

both corporately andprayed by the individual.

The group repeats confessions like,

"We sinned before you.

"We betrayed you.

"We spoke falsely.

"Now we want to repentand ask your forgiveness."

The individual prays inpart, "O God and father,

"maker of heaven and earth,I penitently acknowledge

"my sins, desiring tolearn what is your will

"concerning me andresolving to devote myself

"more faithfully to your holy service."

Pileggi says, "Christianscan find a parallel

"between Yom Kippur andthe teachings of Jesus."

- Now we have a saying of Jesus, don't we?

It says, "If you bringyour gift to the altar

"and your brother hassomething against you,

"leave your gift at the altarand go and be reconciled

"with your brother."

Jewish tradition says, "Goget your relationship right

"with your neighbor, with your brother,

"with your family member.

"Forgive and be reconciled.

"And then on the Day ofAtonement when you begin

"to fast and pray and to confess,

"God will hear your prayer and forgive you

"as you have forgiven others."

It's teaching of Jesus,and it's also something

that's part and parcelof Jewish tradition.

And here the two line up very nicely.

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- [Chris] Chris Mitchell,CBN News, Jerusalem.

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Up next, a look atCBN's annual celebration

of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.

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Every year, CBN celebrates the beginning

of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah,

and why it's so important to Christians.

Take a look.

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The shofar sounded at dusk last night

in the CBN Regent University campus chapel

celebrating Rosh Hashanahand signaling the beginning

of the Jewish New Year.

- This is the unfinished feast.

All the other feasts werefulfilled during the lifetime

of Jesus.

This one will be fulfilledwhen he comes again.

- [Chris] Rosh Hashanahreminds God's people

to reflect on the past yearand trust God's promises

for the year ahead.

It's a time of renewal,planning, and expectation.

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- What's important is thatJesus is coming back again!

That's what's important.

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And that's why we celebrate this time.

We celebrate him as our lid of covering,

as the one who covers our sins,

as the one who is giving us life,

as the one who's with us constantly,

who's never going toleave us nor forsake us.

Thank you, father!

Thank you, Lord!

(man singing)

- [Chris] Worship leaderPaul Wilber led much

of the Rosh Hashanah celebration.

- Hear, O Israel, the Lordour God, the Lord is one.

And blessed be his name.

Whose glorious kingdomis forever and forever.

And forevermore!

- [Chris] A night filled with singing.

♪ Jesus is the Lord ♪

♪ You are Lord over all the earth ♪

(lively folk music)

- [Chris] Dancing.

And prayer.

- Now may the Lord bless you and keep you.

- [Chris] Those who cameexperienced a wonderful night

of worship and gave thanksto God for a joyful New Year.

♪ Israel will say ♪

♪ Amen ♪

♪ Sing all you nations hallelujah ♪

♪ Israel will say Amen ♪

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- I know that the annualRosh Hashanah celebration

at CBN is a highlight forthe CBN family and viewers.

Well, that's all for this edition.

Thanks for joining us.

Remember you can followus on Facebook, Twitter,

Instagram, and YouTube.

And for all of our Jewish friends,

may you have an easy fast on Yom Kippur.

I'm Chris Mitchell.

We'll see you next timeon Jerusalem Dateline.

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