After two years, Pastor Brunson is a free man; and Israel's good friend Nikki Haley resigns from the UNâ€¦who can fill her shoes? Plus, uproar over a missing Saudi journalist: is he dead or alive and how will his fate affect the Middle East?
- [Chris] This week on Jerusalem Dateline,
after two years, PastorAndrew Brunson is a free man
answering the prayers of millions.
And Israel's good friend NikkiHaley resigns from the UN.
Who can fill her shoes?
Plus, an uproar over amissing Saudi journalist.
Is he dead or alive,
and how will his fateaffect the Middle East?
All this and more thisweek on Jerusalem Dateline.
- Hello and welcome to thisedition of Jerusalem Dateline.
I'm Chris Mitchell.
After more than two yearsin prison and detention,
American-born pastor AndrewBrunson was finally set free
after his fourth appearancebefore Turkish court.
Here's more on that story.
Pastor Brunson's ordealhas mobilized Christians
around the world.
- Hundreds of thousands ofpeople have been praying
for Pastor Brunson, notjust in the United States,
but around the world.
- [Chris] Before the court hearing,
US Vice President Mike Pence said
the release of PastorBrunson has been a priority
for the Trump administration.
- Our administration's made it very clear
that we will continue to stand strong
until Pastor Andrew Brunsonis free and back home
in the United States with hisfamily and with his church.
- This is historic in that how many times
they have actually brought this subject up
in high level conversationswith the Turkish administration.
- [Chris] Turkey accusedBrunson of participating
in a 2016 coup to overthrow the government
of Turkish President Erdogan
and faces up to 35 years if convicted.
His latest trial took placenear the city of Izmir
known as ancient Smyrnain the New Testament.
Brunson ministered formore than two decades
in his church and denied the charges.
The Trump administrationimposed economic sanctions
against Turkey to secure his release.
Middle East analyst Michael Karim said
Pastor Brunson stood formore than his own freedom.
- I believe this isreally a call to prayer,
not only for Andrew, butfor the Turkish and Kurdish
and Arab and Syrian andIraqi and Iranian people,
all living very much in close
because it's clear thatAndrew Brunson is in prison
or under arrest for one reason,
and that's his hope andfaith in Jesus Christ
as the Messiah, not only of the west
but of the entire world.
- [Chris] Brunson is expected
to be back in the United States soon.
- Another major Middle East story is
the mysterious disappearanceand suspected murder
of a US based Saudijournalist and dissident
by a Saudi hit team in Turkey
that threatens to damageUS Saudi relations.
Dale Heard has the story.
- [Dale] Video shows Saudi journalist
Jamal Khashoggi walking
into the Saudi ArabianConsulate in Istanbul
more than a week ago.
There's no video of him ever coming out,
but there are images invideo of an alleged 15 member
Saudi assassination squadentering the country
by private plane andsurveillance video that shows
that two hours after Khashoggiwalked into the consulate,
a van with diplomatic license plates left
with someone or something inside.
News reports suggest Khashoggi,
a writer for the Washington Post
and a frequent criticof the Saudi government,
was tortured, killed,and his body dismembered.
Khashoggi had gone into theconsulate to get a document
to allow him to remarry whilehis fiancee waited outside.
Saudi Arabia dismisses theallegation of murder as baseless;
however, the kingdomhas offered no evidence
that the writer didindeed leave the consulate
and is still alive.
- It's a very sad situation.
It's a very bad situation,
and we wanna get to the bottom of it.
- [Dale] President Trumpsays the US is demanding
answers from Saudi Arabia,and he plans to invite
Khashoggi's fiancee to the White House.
- His wife wrote us a letterand addressed it to my wife
and myself, and we'rein contact with her now,
and we wanna bring her to the White House.
- [Dale] The reaction amongUS senators from both parties
to the reports ofKhashoggi's disappearance
has been shock and anger.
Senator Lindsey Graham says if the Saudis
did murder Khashoggi, there will be,
quote, hell to pay.
- We're gonna get to the bottom of it,
and I hope there's a good explanation.
If not, this will be a gamechanger for me regarding
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- If Saudi Arabia took a US resident,
lured him into aconsulate, and killed him,
it's time for the UnitedStates to rethink our military,
political and economicrelationship with Saudi Arabia.
- [Dale] The incident calls into question
whether the heir apparentto the Saudi throne,
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,
is the pro-democracyreformer he claimed he was.
- To go back to what we were,
the moderate Islam thatis open to the world,
open to all the religions.
- [Dale] Khashoggi'sdemocratic credentials
have also come under attack.
He was an open supporterof the Muslim Brotherhood,
but as a fierce criticof the Saudi regime,
he reportedly toldfriends a few months ago
he had reason to fear for his life.
Dale Heard, CBN News.
- Israelis were as shocked as Americans
at the seemingly sudden resignation
of US Ambassador to theUnited Nations Nikki Haley.
She's one of the best friendsIsrael has had in a long time.
Here's what some had to say.
On the sidelines ofthe UN General Assembly
last month, Israeli PrimeMinister Benjamin Netanyahu
told Haley she had madethe UN smell better.
- The hall still permeates with the stench
of anti-Israeli andanti-Semitic resolutions,
which are the same,
and I want to thank youfor clearing the air.
- [Chris] Following the USveto of a UN vote on the status
of Jerusalem during Hanukah last year,
Netanyahu likened Haley to the Maccabees
who overthrew the Greek rulers in Israel
after they defiled the temple.
- Thank you, Ambassador Haley.
On Hanukah, you spoke like a Maccabee.
You lit a candle of truth.
You dispelled the darkness.
One defeated the many.
Truth defeated lies.
- [Chris] Following the announcement,
Even the Mossad tweeted its good-bye
with Haley's picture.
Iran unsurprisingly saidit was glad to see her go,
with the head of Iran's pressoffice at the UN tweeting--
But the head of theIsraeli-Jewish Congress tweeted--
Finally, the popularcartoonist Yaakov Kirschen
asked the question many are pondering,
who can fill Nikki Haley's shoes?
- A Palestinian terrorist murdered
a 28 year old mother of one
and 35 year old fatherof three as they worked
in the Barkan Industrial Zonenear the Israeli city of Ariel
and Samaria or the West Bank.
The 23 year old terroristcould be seen running away
from the scene by security cameras.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
described the attack assevere and said the murderer
would be brought to justice.
The attack was particularly jarring
for Israelis and Palestinians
because for 35 years the industrial zone
has been a model of coexistencebetween the two people.
More than 3,000 Palestinians work there
with Israelis each day.
This is the first attackever of its kind there.
Coming up, honoringdiplomats who rescued Jews
during the Holocaust.
They're called theRighteous among the Nations,
foreign diplomats who helpedrescue hundreds of Jews
from the Nazi Holocaust.
CBN has partnered withthe Israeli government
to bring a special exhibitionto Regent University.
It honors those who riskedtheir lives to save others.
Gary Lane gives us a look.
- [Gary] Beyond Duty is aHolocaust remembrance display
not only honoring Holocaust survivors,
but also courageous foreign diplomats
who helped rescue them.
Earlier this year theUnited Nations allowed
the Israeli Foreign Ministry permission
to display the exhibit there,
and now the exhibit is on the road
with the latest stop being theCBN Regent University campus
in Virginia Beach.
- Among some of therighteous diplomats featured
in this exhibit, Raoul Wallenberg.
He was from Sweden.
Many of us know abouthim, but how many of us
have ever heard aboutSebastian de Romero Radigales?
He was from Spain.
Stories of bold diplomats fromnations like Peru and Japan
are also featured.
Professor Gerson Moreno-Rianois with Regent University.
- Regent has a long historyof standing with the people
of Israel and the state of Israel,
and the chancellor, ourfounder, Dr. Pat Robertson,
loves the people of Israel,loves the state of Israel,
so for us, this is just onemore in a long series of things
that we have done in partnering,in with the local Jewish
community and the state of Israel.
It highlights the importanceof embodying moral courage
in the face of evil.
I think that today, intoday's world especially,
I think young people,students, others, need to see
and understand history.
- [Gary] Israel, CBN,and Regent University,
a unique partnershipbroadening Holocaust awareness
by honoring 36 courageousdiplomats and thousands of others
called the Righteous among the Nations.
- CBN's Gary Lane satdown with Benjamin Krasna,
the deputy head of missionfor the embassy of Israel
in the United States,
and he asked him about theimpact Haley had at the UN,
the Trump administration,the peace process, and Iran.
- With US Ambassador NikkiHaley's announced departure
from the UN, the nation ofIsrael is losing one of its
Joining us is Benjamin Krasna.
He's Deputy of Missionat the Israeli Embassy
in Washington, D. C.
Before moving to Washington,you served as Israel's
Deputy Council General in New York,
so did this surpriseyou about Nikki Haley?
- I think it took everyoneby surprise yesterday
because she really has beensuch a tremendous friend,
tremendous supporter, a greatfighter for what's right,
and to call out the UN onsome of the absurdities
that go on there inNew York and in Geneva,
so we certainly will miss her,
as the Prime Ministersaid earlier this morning.
- What was the most importantrole that she played
on behalf of Israel there?
- I think that it wasfocusing on hypocrisy
in places like the Human Rights Council,
focused on hypocrisy of a organization
that gives and equal voiceto Iran and allows Iran
to spew out its lies.
I think those are reallythe two focus issues,
and again, I think shestood up for what's right.
She stood up for Jerusalemas the eternal capital
She's stood up for what'swrong about the Palestinians
and continuing supportand financing of terror,
so we certainly will miss her.
- And she's taken a lot of heat for that,
has she not?
- She's brave, and she's strong.
I think that that's whatwe're going to miss.
- Well, I know you don'tget involved in politics
'cause you stay at theembassy in Washington,
and politics, Americanpolitics, you try and stay away
from that, but what type of person
would you like to see replace Nikki Haley?
- Well, we're not hereto give advice to the
President of the administration.
I'm a hundred percentconvinced that his leadership
in the White House, PresidentTrump, Vice President Pence,
certainly the Secretary of State Pompeo,
and National Security Advisor Bolton,
they are going to make the right choice.
What's right first of all forthe United States of America.
What's right for free democracy,
and what's right for Israel.
They usually go hand-in-hand.
- Now the President has a new peace plan
that he's working on for the Middle East,
and part of that, just the other day,
he said that he's opento a two state solution.
What would you like to see happen?
- What we need to see first of all
is to have a negotiationwith Palestinians,
to have a partner for peace,
to have someone sit down and talk,
to have someone committedto stopping violence,
to having someone improvethe situation in Gaza.
That's the most important thing.
Once we get beyond that, we can work out
what the right formula will be.
- And do you think that thePresident's doing a good job
It's been two years now, almost two years,
since he was elected.
- We're very, very pleasedwith the administration.
Two historic decisions that they took,
first on the correcting somethingthat was too long wrong,
and that was Jerusalemis the capital of Israel.
No one should be able to dictateto us where the capital is,
and the US has stood by us.
The legislation existed for a long time,
but it took President Trumpand this administration
to take if off the paper andchange the facts on the ground,
move the embassy to Jerusalem.
The other key importantdecision is to call out Iran,
to make it understand thatthe agreement was a farce,
that Iran was continuingregional activity supporting
terror, violating humanrights, and I think
calling Iran to task and nowcalling the international
community to task by saying tothem, we're not going to stay
with Iran and people now haveto choose, make a choice,
doing business with Iran,
doing business with theUnited States of America,
and hopefully improve onthat very, very faulty deal.
- It seems that since that deal
originally was negotiatedby the Obama administration,
Iran hasn't changed at all, have they?
I mean they're still supportingterrorism around the world,
still pledged to thedestruction of Israel.
- Well, the previous dealdid nothing to address
key issues, the regionalactivities of Iran,
the violations of human rights,
the building of the missile program,
the support of terror,the financing of terror,
and again, this is somethingthat needs to be corrected
because to look at onesmall piece of the puzzle
is to miss what Iran isabout, what the fabric
of this regime is about,and now is the time
to call them to task.
- What difference do youthink Pence and Pompeo
are making in this US foreignpolicy in the Middle East
and towards Israel?
- I think they're takingout some of that ambiguity
and making things much more clearer.
When they say you have to dobusiness with the United States
or with Iran, you can't do both,
that's a very, very clearmessage when they're standing
up and saying what's right, what's wrong,
calling out states who support terror,
calling out states who areviolating human rights,
that's a very, very,very important message
that we're seeing.
- And Pence has been very strongon the "pay to slay" policy
of the Palestinians,speaking out against that,
has he not?
- Absolutely, I think theissue of financing terror,
and you know, we saw theterrible, deplorable terrorist act
earlier this week in Israelwas two Israeli citizens
being killed by someonewho had a job in Israeli
factory in the city ofAriel, murdered two people,
escaped, and this man can expectwhether he's caught or not
that his family now willhave a pension for life,
and that's something that we have to stop,
and I think that that'scalling out what's right,
and I congratulate the administration.
I congratulate the US Congressfor everything they've
done on that regard.
- Thank you so much forjoining us, Mr. Krasna.
- Thank you very much.
- Bless you.
- [Chris] Up next, archeologistsunearth a unique link
between the Jerusalem of2,000 years ago and today.
- Israeli archeologistshave uncovered a unique link
between the Jerusalem of 2,000 years ago
and that of Jerusalem today.
It comes in the form of theoldest inscription ever found
of the modern Hebrewspelling and pronunciation
CBN Middle East correspondentJulie Stahl has that story.
- Archeologists uncovered thispillar during an excavation
near the entrance to presentday Jerusalem last winter.
The column is here in the Israel Museum's
second temple gallery.
It's the newest treasure in the exhibit
from the time of Jesus.
The inscription reads, Hananiahbar Dodalos, merushaliam.
Hananiah the son ofDodalos from Jerusalem.
- Jerusalem, surprisingly for us,
is inscribed the sameway we write it today
and the same way we pronounce it today,
and it's the first time we havean inscription of this sort
from 2,000 years ago from the times
of the second temple period.
- Senior curator DodiMeverah says the name,
Yerushalayim, exists on coinsfrom the great Jewish revolt
against the Romans in 70 A. D.
Those coins had a political agenda
while this inscription does not.
- Here there is no agenda.
It's just an art designfrom a potters' village
sating his name, his father's name,
and stating that he'snot from the village,
but originally he comes from the big city,
from Yerushalayim, Jerusalem.
- This site was a pottery workshop
that they started to develop at the end
of the second century before Christ
and continued into thesecond century after Christ.
- [Julie] During the excavations,
workers exposed the foundations
of a Roman structure.
One of the supports was thepillar the Romans had reused.
It bore an Aramaicinscription in Hebrew letters
typical of the time of Herod the Great.
- So, the column with the inscription,
it wasn't clean, so,but they could recognize
I saw that it's in Hebrew.
- [Julie] Archeologist Denik Levy
of the Israel AntiquitiesAuthority oversaw the excavation.
- I was really excited.
My heart went so fast andI think all the people
that was around they could hear it.
- [Julie] The site isabout four and a half miles
from the old city, which would have been
Jerusalem at that time.
- So we now know, in a very simple manner,
that Yerushalayim, Jerusalem,was called, Shalayim,
Yerushalayim, andYerushalayim, at the same time,
which we didn't know before.
It's just another piece of the mosaic
of how we portray the past.
- [Julie] Julie Stahl, CBN News,
- [Chris] Still ahead,millions of Christians
around the world pray forthe peace of Jerusalem.
- An estimated ninety million Christians
from around the world celebrated
the annual Day of Prayerfor the Peace of Jerusalem
praying in more than 170countries around the world.
CBN Middle East correspondentJulie Stahl again
brings us to this central prayerevent in Israel's capital.
(crowd singing and cheering)
- Thousands of Christiansfrom around the world
gathered together withChristian and Jewish leaders
at the promenade overlookingthe old city of Jerusalem
to pray for the peace ofJerusalem, sing, dance,
and worship the God of Israel.
- So the Day of Prayerfor the Peace of Jerusalem
in Jerusalem was inaugurated in 2005.
- [Julie] The event iscelebrated the first Sunday
of October each year.
It brings together Jews and Christians
to follow the Biblicalinjunction in Psalm 122:6.
Robert Sterns from Eagles' Wings Ministry
is head organizer of the event.
- Jerusalem is the root of our faith.
Jerusalem in a sense is thecity of both our spiritual birth
and of our future spiritual hope.
- [Julie] Organizers saythere are many reasons to pray
for the peace of Jerusalem.
- Now the Jewish peoplebelieve the reason he
has Jews and Christians prayfor the peace of Jerusalem
is because he alwayswants us to take the issue
of Jerusalem and keepit close to our heart.
- We need to understandthat we are grafted
into this incredible place called Israel,
and so our goal is tosomehow bring us back
to Biblical Christianity andblessing this incredible place.
- [Julie] Popular Christianartists like Eddie James
and Misty Edwards led the worship.
Jewish leaders thankedChristians for their support,
and Knesset member Michael Oren encouraged
Christians to stand upfor the Jewish state.
- I mentioned in myspeech here that there're
many international bodies who have denied
the Jewish connection to this city,
our common history, our common traditions,
and we have to unite together.
- [Julie] Keynote speakerRabbi Mark Schneier said
considering the historyof Christian persecution
of the Jews, it's a miraclethat Jews and Christians
can come together.
- We're living in miraculous times,
and one of those miraclesis the reconciliation
between our two faith communities,
and I believe that we're also celebrating
that miracle here today.
- Not pretending that we don'thave theological differences
because we do.
We're divided regarding theidentity of the Messiah,
but we are united in believing and praying
for the coming of theMessiah soon and quickly
in our day.
- [Julie] Julie Stahl,CBN News, Jerusalem.
- Well, that's a great reminderto pray without ceasing
for the peace of Jerusalem.
Well, that's all for thisedition of Jerusalem Dateline.
Thanks for joining us.
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I'm Chris Mitchell.
We'll see you next timeon Jerusalem Dateline.