The Christian Broadcasting Network

Browse Videos

Share Email

Jerusalem Dateline: 10/19/18 CBN Special: Pastor Brunson after Dramatic Release

More trouble brewing on the Gaza border, will it explode? And Prime Minister Netanyahu urges Christian journalists to tell the truth about the Middle East and CBN interviews Pastor Brunson after his dramatic release. Read Transcript

(Shofar horn)

(upbeat music)

- [Chris] This week on Jerusalem Dateline,

more trouble brewing on the Gaza border.

Will it explode?

And Prime Minister Netanyahuurges Christian journalists

from around the world to tell the truth

about the Middle East.

And CBN interviews Pastor Andrew Brunson

after his dramatic release.

All this and more thisweek on Jerusalem Dateline.

(upbeat music)

(crashing swoosh)

- Hello and welcome to thisedition of Jerusalem Dateline.

I'm Chris Mitchell.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

pledged to take very strong action against

the Gaza Strip after a rocket from Gaza

slammed into an Israelihome in Beer Sheva,

Israel's fourth largest city.

CBN Middle East Correspondent, Julie Stahl

brings us that story.

- [Julie] Terrorists in the Gaza Strip

launched a rocket before dawn that crashed

into a home in the southernIsraeli city of Beer Sheva,

nearly 30 miles from Gaza.

A mother and her three children were safe

because they had gone to the bomb shelter

when the warning sirens sounded.

In response the IDF said Israeli planes

struck more than 20 Hamas targets

including a terror tunnelwhich crossed into Israel

and a factory used tomanufacture components

to build tunnels.

The IDF also released a video showing

a terror squad setting up a launching pad,

loading rockets and theIDF strike on the squad.

The rocket attack came a day after Israeli

Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman said

he is pressing forupgraded military action

to quiet the situation in Gaza.

He said, "My position isvery clear: we must deal

"a heavy blow against Hamas.

"This is the only way to return the

"situation to its previousstate, and to reduce

"the level of violence to nearly zero."

- Hamas isn't trying toachieve any truce with Israel.

Hamas is trying to achieve political aims

by using violence.

This is what terrorist organizations do.

- [Julie] IDF spokesman, Lieutenant

Colonel Jonathan Conricus

said Hamas is trying to involvethe international community.

- What they're doingis sending Palestinian

civilians forward causingthem to endanger themselves

by attacking Israel andhoping that these civilian

casualties will generateor garner international

interest in what's happeningand perhaps alleviate

the situation in Gaza.

- [Julie] A second rocketwas also apparently

launched at Tel Aviv andlanded in the Mediterranean.

It's the first time a rocket was launched

toward Tel Aviv since the 2014 Gaza War.

The rocket attack wasthe latest in escalating

violence which has seenPalestinian rioting

along the Gaza borderfor nearly seven months.

(speaks foreign language)the Jewish National Fund

also said attacks fromarson balloons and kites

from Gaza since April, havedestroyed more than half

of the forested areas surrounding Gaza.

Political leaders arecalling for Israel to take

tougher action and not allow Hamas

to erode Israel's deterrence.

Julie Stahl, CBN News, Jerusalem.

- Prime Minister Netanyahuhad already promised

painful blows againstHamas if they didn't stop

their violent protests.

The threat comes afterseven months of riots

along Israel's southern border.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu

said Israel may choose a different way

to confront Hamas's violence.

(speaks foreign language)

- [Translator] We're close toa different kind of action.

This action will includevery painful blows.

If Hamas is smart it will cease its fire

and violent outbursts now.

- [Chris] Hamas-led riotsbegan on March 30th.

IDF spokesman JonathanConricus told CBN News

Hamas plans events for different days.

On Monday, it's the beach.

- For instance, Mondaysare always the naval riots.

When they embark from the Gaza Harbor

and they try to breachinto Israeli waters.

- [Chris] Friday is the weekly main event.

- Where an average of18,000 rioters gather

in six different locations,trying to violently

get across into Israelbecoming more and more violent.

We see a clear escalation in violence,

in the weapons that they use.

Last Friday the most violentattempt, IED's were placed

by Palestinians on thefence, were detonated

and that blew a hole inthe fence through which

20 or so Palestiniansgot in and they tried

to assault an IDF position.

Hamas is actively pushingPalestinians towards

the fence, really escalatingthe level of violence

and trying to get Palestinianskilled on the fence.

- [Chris] AmbassadorMichael Oren addressed

the Gaza situation toChristian journalists

from around the world.

- A demonstrator is the new missile.

It's actually a better missile

'cause in more cases it's multi-usage.

And they get the picture,they get the picture

of innocent kids getting killed by Israel

which causes the same time of (mumbles).

It erodes our national legitimacy.

- [Chris] Earlier, CBNNews got a firsthand look

at what Israel soldiers have faced

for more than half a year.

- [Soldier] It's notlegitimate and civilian riot.

The leaders of the riot isHamas and they are trying

to challenge us.

- [Chris] Hamas is hasalso flown arson balloons

into Israel that burn thousands of acres

of Israeli farmland.

The goal of Hamas is toinfiltrate into Israeli

border communities toattack Israeli civilians.

- It should be very clear to our enemies

that there is a limit tothe amount of violence

that can be tolerated,to the amount of terror

that is inflicted uponIsraeli's civilians,

and of course IDF has thetools and the capabilities

to defend against us.

- New disturbing details are emerging

in the case of missing Washington Post

journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Intelligence officialsare reportedly becoming

more and more convincedthe Saudi Crown Prince

was involved in his death.

This as critics ofPresident Trump accuse him

of giving cover to the Saudis.

CBN's Jenna Browder bringsus the story from Washington.

- New grim details are comingout about what happened

to Washington Postjournalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

This as President Trumpgets ready to be briefed

by Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo today,

who just returned home from Turkey.

(speaking foreign language)

- [Jenna] One of his closest friends says

Khashoggi was killed in a barbaric way.

The New York Times reportsthat Turkish authorities say

audio recordings indicatea hit squad beheaded

and dismembered Khashoggi.

And US IntelligenceOfficials say evidence points

to the Crown Prince's involvement,

noting that some members of the team

serve on his security detail.

- They're an ally and they'rea tremendous purchaser

of not only militaryequipment but other things.

- [Jenna] President Trump saysthe Prince and Saudi King,

both deny having any knowledge

about what happened to Khashoggi.

But others have their doubtsincluding Khalil Jashon,

another friend of Khashoggi's.

- Everything is possible inpolitics and in a chaotic

situation and apparentlythere is an element of chaos

in governing in Saudi Arabia at this time.

But I would say it's afar-fetched assumption

because the governing processis a very vertical one.

It always goes up to the top.

- [Jenna] The Crown Princeis heir to the throne

and has been credited withbringing some positive

changes to Saudi Arabia.

- Since becoming CrownPrince, bin Salman has

positioned himself as thechampion of modernization.

He has ushered in a host ofeconomic and social reforms.

He's allowed for example, womento drive for the first time.

They can also open their open businesses.

- [Jenna] CBN NewsInternational Correspondent,

George Thomas says whilethe Crown Prince has

helped to modernizeSaudi Arabia, he's also

ruled with a heavy hand.

- He's clamped down oncritics, arresting dozens

of prominent businessleaders, government officials,

human rights activists and evenmembers of the royal family.

The number of executions in the Kingdom

has steeply increased.

- [Jenna] The Presidentinsists he's not giving cover

to the Saudis and wantsto hold off on judgment

before the full story is known.

- I want to find out whathappened, where is the fault.

And we will probably knowthat by the end of the week.

- The Washington Post haspublished it's final Op-Ed

written by Khashoggithat says the Arab world

needs more freedom of expression.

In Washington, Jenna Browder, CBN News.

(upbeat music)

- Coming up, after morethan two years in prison

and house arrest, PastorAndrew Brunson is free.

Hear what he has to say about his ordeal.

Just a week after he wasfreed from a two year

confinement in Turkey forhis faith, Pastor Andrew

Brunson appeared on CBN's 700 Club.

He also sat down with CBN News' Gary Lane

to talk about his experience in prison.

(crashing swoosh)

- Pastor Brunson, it's sogood to have you here with us

and to see you back homein the United States.

Many Christians were praying for you.

And you were in house arrestand then within 24 hours,

you were in the United Statessitting in the Oval Office

with the President of the United States.

How did that feel?

- Well it was kind of a Joseph situation.

Actually I was just a weekago, standing in a Turkish

courtroom and it becameapparently, suddenly

that they were going to convict me.

We did not know what was going to happen.

But it was clear they haddecided to convict me.

And I didn't know how manyyears they would give me

at that time and how it wouldescalate things politically,

how many years I'd end up in prison.

And within 24 hours after Iwas convicted as a terrorist

in Turkey, officially convicted now,

but released for time served.

And then within 24 hoursto be able to visit

the White House andpray with the President.

It's a Joseph type ofsituation from the prison

up to the White House, amazing.

- Out of all the places inthe world you and your wife

could have ended up, why Turkey?

- Well, we didn'toriginally plan to go there

but our mission at thetime asked us to go.

And we said, okay.

But as we stayed there, we realized,

we developed a real love for the country.

God put it in our hearts.

But one very good reasonto be there is that

it's the largest unevangelizedcountry in the world.

So it has very few believersfrom a Turkish background.

And so this was what keptus there for many years,

is just sowing into that land,sowing into what we believe

is a great harvest thatis going to come there.

- And three months after the coup attempt

against the president and his government,

you're arrested and you'reput in solitary confinement.

What was that like?

- Well, first I was for13 days, with my wife

and we were kept togetherin a detention center.

And after that I wastransferred on my own,

my wife was released after 13 days.

And I think that was helpfulfor me to be arrested

with her, and go throughthose first days with her,

because we both wentthrough a process of fear.

We didn't know what wasgoing to happen to us.

And then when she wasreleased, I knew she would

be fighting for me.

One of the big concerns thatpeople have when they're

in prison, especiallythe political prisoners

or for reasons of persecutionis that they'll be forgotten.

And I knew that my wife wouldnot allow that to happen,

that she would fight for me.

Being in solitary confinementwas very, very difficult

especially for a long time,I didn't have a Bible,

there were not books.

It was just a bed and that was it.

And so I had nothing to dothroughout the entire day.

And actually what really saved me there

is somehow a booklet byMike Bickle, somebody

go it in to me, which we werenot allowed to have books.

But someone got thatinto me and it was just

some prayer points.

And that helped me to keep my sanity.

I just began to praythrough that and I'd pace

back and forth across that room for hours

just praying through these prayer points,

crying out to God.

- And before this interviewyou were telling me

how you started dancing before the Lord.

Tell me how that came about.

- Well, I read a book by Richard Wormbrand

where he describes how whenhe was in solitary confinement

that God says, Jesus sayactually, "Blessed are you

"when people persecuteyou and revile you falsely

"say all kinds of evil things about you.

"Rejoice and be glad,"

exceedingly glad actually.

And Wurmbrand danced before the Lord

in obedience to this.

And I thought well, I don't feel joy,

I don't sense joy right now.

But I'm going to dance before the Lord

as Wurmbrand did, asa sacrifice of praise.

So it was one of the steps I took.

That was into my secondyear when God started

to rebuild my strength.

So every day, I would take five minutes.

I just danced beforethe Lord and sang those

versus from Matthew 5:10 and 11.

And I would say, I dancebefore you as Wurmbrand

danced before you.

Here's my sacrifice of praise.

(upbeat music)

- Up next, we'll havemore on that interview

with Pastor Andrew Brunson.

(smashing swoosh)

As we promised, here's thesecond part of that interview

with Pastor Brunson, whosestory of faith under fire

was heard around the world.

(crashing swoosh)

- Would you say the firstyear was a tough year for you

and then God took you to a new level?

- The first year I wasreally broken in a way

that I hadn't imagined that I could be.

I thought I was stronger than that

because we had gone throughsome difficulties in Turkey.

And this was very unexpectedand I think what I had

expected from reading biographies was that

prison wouldn't be that difficult.

It would just be a timeof great intimacy with God

and joy and rejoicing in suffering.

And it was not that way for me.

I was really broken.

And then it was in the second year

that God began to rebuild me.

I could think of several of my friends

that I thought theywould to so much better

in this situation.

They're prayer warriors,they're intercessors,

they would just spendall their time praying.

And I said a number of times,God, you got the wrong man.

You chose the wrong man for this.

This is a mistake because I'm so weak.

So he allowed me to be broken.

I believe God allowed this.

But then he began to rebuildme in the second year.

- What did you pray at that time?

- Sometimes, my prayerswere not very deep.

They were just heartfelt and very simple.

When I was returned for a fewdays to solitary confinement

when my trial started at a prison

where I had some traumatic experiences

and I started to really fall apart again.

But then I found thatwhat spontaneously came

from me, even though I wasjust weeping and weeping

in solitary confinement again,

and I was just saying, Ilove you Jesus (laughs)

and this was my heart.

It was a time, very difficult time

but just a time of hanging on to him

and making declarations that he loves me

and is faithful and good and true,

even when I don't feel it or see it.

- And he was there?

- He was there.

- Did he lead you to share the gospel

with any of your cellmates?

- I certainly tried.

One of the things is that my cellmates

were all, I was in a cell for

for terrorists, Islamist terrorists,

at least called that bythe Turkish government.

For the (speaks foreignlanguage) movement.

And so they were all very strong Muslims.

And it's basically aMuslim missionary society,

you could say, Muslim missionary movement.

So they were telling meabout Islam. (laughs)

And I would answer back and I explained

Christianity to them.

But it was like being ina Muslim house of prayer.

It was very intense.

Muslim prayers going on all the time,

recitation of the Koran.

- Did they mistreat you?

- No they didn't.

The prisoners wereactually, they were in the

same situation I was in.

They were in prison,they didn't know what was

going to happen to them.

And they were not bad.

- So now that you're free,

looking back on this experience,

how did it change your faith, Andrew?

- You know, I was justconvicted a week ago.

So I haven't begun to process

what God has done in me.

I think that he's, there aresome profound changes in me.

And one simple thing I think is

that I've learned justto press on and hang on

whatever my feelings are,

that, make declarationsabout God's faithfulness

to me, even when I don't feel it.

So those are some of the big things.

I think that

my main prayer became

God I want to serve your purposes.

And if serving your purposerequires me to remain

in prison, I can't do it.

I feel weak and broken.

But then I ask you to give me the strength

and perseverance and courage of Jesus

to just pour it out into me

so that I can finish the race well.

- How can we and otherpeople who see this interview

pray for you?

What should we pray?

- Well, first, we'regrateful for all the people

who did pray for us.

It's just an amazing thing.

We can't believe it.

And those prayers really sustained us.

And I believe that far beyond us,

that they are an overflowthat will go into Turkey

and the Middle East andthat God will use these

prayers for his purposes there.

As for now, we're just seekingGod to say what's next.

We've been missionaries for many years.

Our heart is to reach the lost.

And so we want to continue doing that

for the rest of our life.

(upbeat music)

- Still ahead, the Israeli government

invites Christian journaliststo come and see Israel

on its 70th anniversary.

(crashing swoosh)

The Israeli government invited Christian

journalists from around the world

to see for themselves whatthe country is all about.

Take a look at what government officials

and participants had to say.

- You are ambassadors of truth.

You're not merely the greatestambassadors that Israel

has around the world,you're champions of truth.

- Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu

spoke to Christian journalistsat the second Christian

Media Summit in Jerusalem.

More than 180 journalists,broadcasters, publishers

and communicators from some30 nations gathered here

for the three day event,called Seventy Years of Israel.

Among the speakers, USAmbassador to Israel,

David Friedman, who is an orthodox Jew.

- While I do not observe,in a religious sense,

the teachings of the New Testament,

I'm quite fond of many of its insights

and what it has to say.

None more so than the statementfrom the Book of John,

chapter eight, verse 32, says,

"Then you will knowthe truth and the truth

"shall set you free."

- [Chris] Participants heardfrom Israeli government,

military and other leadersabout Israel's achievements

and challenges facing the Jewish state

in the international and media arenas.

Nitzan Chen, heads thegovernment Press Office,

that sponsored the event.

- We need your Christianmedia because we know

exactly that you are loversfrom the bottom from your heart

and you don't need to pretend.

- [Chris] Author Joel Rosenberg said,

the fact that Israel hosted such an event

shows how much it valuesChristian reporting.

It's encouraging to see thatthe government of Israel

realizes that Christianjournalists are people that

at least are willing toconsider their perspective

and in fact, communicate

a fair picture of what's going on.

- [Chris] Participants saidthe summit was important

to their understanding of Israel.

- We're hearing a lot offresh, primary source news.

And that's what a goodjournalist should want.

- There's such a wonderfullydiverse community here

and I think sometimes inthe evangelical community

we don't grasp that about Israel.

So it's a tapestry.

- You read about things inthe news but when you come

here and you hear all of these speakers

and then you understandreally from all these

different perspectives ofwhat's happening in this land,

and the media bias, thestuff that's going on,

the negativity againstIsrael and you hear the truth

of what's happening inthis land firsthand,

it really opens up your eyes to everything

that's going on here.

- [Chris] Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

summed up Israeli sentiments.

- We thank you, thank you again

for coming to Jerusalem.

Please take home withyou a message of peace

from the Holy Land and a love for Israel.

Even more importantly, come back soon.

- Well, it's alwaysexciting to have journalists

from around the worldcome here to Jerusalem

and also exciting to seethat Pastor Andrew Brunson

has been freed.

Well, that's all for thisedition of Jerusalem Dateline.

Thanks for joining us.

Remember you can followus on Facebook, Twitter,

Instagram and YouTube.

I'm Chris Mitchell,we'll see you next time

on Jerusalem Dateline.

(upbeat music)



Related Podcasts | Do You Know Jesus? | Privacy Notice | Prayer Requests | Support CBN | Contact Us | Feedback
© 2012 Christian Broadcasting Network