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Series: “This Is Israel”
Tired of waiting 20 years for CNN and the other networks to show Israel as the modern, beautiful country it really is, Zola and his crew decided to do it themselves. Viewers will be as surprised as our pilgrims to see that this much-criticized nation is at least the equal of our own and in some ways superior!
Episode: “A Place of Birth”
Zola teaches from the Kibbutz Ramat Rachel in Jerusalem, which overlooks Bethlehem. He relates the history of Bethlehem from Biblical times through today, including the controversial construction at Har Homa. Then, we zip into cyberspace as producer Ken Berg interviews the CEO of NetVison, Israel’s AOL.

Caption transcript for This Is Israel: “A Place of Birth” (1/12)

  • 00:02 HELLO, I'M ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 00:03 AND WE'RE GOING TO HAVE
  • 00:05    SOMETHING OLD AND SOMETHING NEW ON THIS PROGRAM.
  • 00:07 WE'LL START IN JERUSALEM WHERE YOU CAN OVERLOOK THE INTERESTING
  • 00:10 AND BEAUTIFUL CITY OF BETHLEHEM
  • 00:12 AND THEN WE'LL ZIP INTO  CYBERSPACE AND TALK WITH CEO
  • 00:16   OF ISRAEL'S LARGEST  INTERNET PROVIDER, NETVISION.
  • 00:20 █q    █[music playing softly ]
  • 00:59  SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 01:00   WELCOME TO OUR NEW SERIES, >>    THIS IS ISRAEL.
  • 01:02   AND THIS IS ISRAEL BEHIND ME ON THIS MAP.
  • 01:05  HERE'S THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA
  • 01:07   AND THIS IS THE COUNTRY OF ISRAEL.
  • 01:09 THE YELLOW LINE HERE MARKS WHAT  IS BEING CALLED THE WEST BANK
  • 01:13 WHICH IS ACTUAL THE PROVINCES IN THE BIBLE OF JUDEA AND SAMARIA.
  • 01:19 AND THIS LINE MARKS THE GAZA'S STRIP WHERE ARAFAT'S GOVERNMENT
  • 01:24 AND THE PALESTINIANS ARE LIVING.
  • 01:29  AND JERUSALEM IS HERE IN THE CENTER.
  • 01:30 AND BETHLEHEM JUST FIVE MILES SOUTH OF IT RIGHT THERE.
  • 01:34  AND WE'RE GOING TO GO THERE.
  • 01:36   YOU KNOW, THE POINT OF THIS SERIES IS TO DISPLAY THE OFTEN
  • 01:40 IGNORED SIDE OF ISRAEL WHICH IS ITS INGENUITY
  • 01:43    AND KNOW HOW AND BEAUTY.
  • 01:45   THE KIND OF NEWS YOU GET IN    AMERICA ON CNN AND SO ON,
  • 01:49 IT JUST ALWAYS SHOWS A TROUBLE  SPOT AND SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
  • 01:55   AND AFTER A WHILE, >>   THE PEOPLE START
  • 01:58  TO THINK OF ISRAEL THAT WAY.
  • 01:59  IT'S REALLY NOT AT ALL FAIR.
  • 02:01 AND SO WE ARE GOING TO GO TO JERUSALEM AND FROM THERE,
  • 02:05    KIBBUTZ -- ON THE   SOUTHERN SIDE OF JERUSALEM,
  • 02:07    RAMAT RACHEL WHICH  HAS AN EXCELLENT VIEW
  • 02:09  OF THE LITTLE >>   TOWN OF BETHLEHEM WHERE,
  • 02:12 OF COURSE, THE MESSIAH WAS BORN.
  • 02:22 HERE WE ARE AT A TRUE PLACE OF BIRTH.
  • 02:24 AND BACK OF ME, YOU SEE  THE LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM.
  • 02:26   THAT'S OUR LOCATION JUST ACROSS ON A SOUTHERN HILL
  • 02:29 IN THE SOUTHERN  SUBURBS OF JERUSALEM.
  • 02:34 AND FROM THIS KIBBUTZ,  FROM RAMAT RACHEL WE CAN LOOK
  • 02:37  AT THE TOWERS AND SPIRES OF THAT LITTLE TOWN.
  • 02:41  BETHLEHEM IN HEBREW    IS BEITLECHEM,
  • 02:44    "HOUSE OF BREAD,"
  • 02:46 AND THAT'S VERY SIGNIFICANT TO THOSE WHO READ THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 02:48  THAT THE LORD   IS REALLY A PIECE OF BREAD.
  • 02:50     "THIS BREAD IS MY BODY,"
  • 02:52 AND, "I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE."
  • 02:53  AND, HE WAS BURIED ON UNLEAVENED BREAD, AND SO FORTH.
  • 02:57  THAT IS THE JEWISH FEAST, THE SECOND FEAST ON LEAVENED BREAD,
  • 03:00  THE SECOND NIGHT OF PASSOVER.
  • 03:02  WELL, IT IS A HISTORIC PLACE.
  • 03:04   IT IS A VERY ANCIENT CITY.
  • 03:06    THERE IS A STATUE    HERE IN THE KIBBUTZ WITH
  • 03:08    RACHEL WITH HER TWO CHILDREN.
  • 03:10 SHE DIED HERE IN CHILDBIRTH
  • 03:12    AND HER TOMB IS HERE.
  • 03:14 THAT'S AN ALLEGED SITE, BUT IT IS WHERE
  • 03:17    RACHEL IS REMEMBERED AND >> PEOPLE VISIT ALL OF THE TIME.
  • 03:23 HERE IT WAS THAT NAOMI  HAD HER NEEDS MET IN FAMINE.
  • 03:27  HERE IT WAS THAT SHE HAD HOPE WHEN HER DAUGHTER RUTH CONVERTED
  • 03:31  TO THE JEWISH FAITH AND SAID,
  • 03:33   "YOUR LAND WILL BE MY LAND  AND YOUR GOD WILL BE MY GOD."
  • 03:37    AND HERE'S WHERE >>RUTH MET BOAZ,
  • 03:40    AND THEY MARRIED >> AND THEIR OFFSPRING,
  • 03:42 OBADIAH AND THEN JESSE,    AND THEN ONE OF THE GREAT
  • 03:45  FIGURES OF ANTIQUITY,   KING DAVID, OF THEIR LINE.
  • 03:49 AND FINALLY, OF COURSE,  ON DOWN TO THE LORD HIMSELF,
  • 03:53  THE PRESENT REIGNING    KING OF THE JEWS.
  • 03:56    DAVID WAS ANOINTED HERE.
  • 03:58 YOU RECALL THE SCENE IN I SAMUEL 16:13,
  • 04:01   THE PROPHET COMES TO ANOINT
  • 04:04  THE NEW KING OF ISRAEL DURING SAUL'S REIGN.
  • 04:07    BUT IT WAS THE CUSTOM TO >>ANNOUNCE THE NEXT KING.
  • 04:11 AND JESSE HAD MANY SUGGESTIONS.
  • 04:14 HE HAD EIGHT SONS AND,   OF COURSE,
  • 04:17   HE STARTED WITH THE OLDEST.
  • 04:18  BUT THE PROPHET WAS APPOINTED TO ACTUALLY DO THE YOUNGEST SON
  • 04:24    RATHER AS IN THE CASE OF >>JACOB AND ESAU OR ABEL AND CAIN,
  • 04:28   THE YOUNGER WAS PREFERRED.
  • 04:30  THE YOUNGEST OF ALL, >>   DAVID, THE SHEPHERD LAD,
  • 04:33 PLAYING ON A PIPE AND COMPOSING POETRY AND CARING FOR HIS SHEEP
  • 04:37 BECAME ANOINTED   AS THE NEXT KING OF ISRAEL.
  • 04:41   MICAH, THE PROPHET, HONORED  THIS LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
  • 04:44   IN AN UNFORGETTABLE   VERSE IN MICAH 5:2.
  • 05:00 THE LORD WAS BORN HERE,   OF COURSE,
  • 05:02 AT A TIME WHEN THIS WAS EVEN A  SMALLER TOWN THAN IT IS NOW.
  • 05:05    IT IS NOT A BIG TOWN NOW.
  • 05:07  BUT WHEN THE KING WAS  BORN TO A VIRGIN BRIDE HERE,
  • 05:11   THERE WAS ONLY 400 FAMILIES  IN BETHLEHEM.
  • 05:14   THAT'S NOT A VERY BIG TOWN.
  • 05:16  AS A MATTER OF FACT,    THAT'S THE REASON
  • 05:18  THAT THE LORD WAS BORN HERE.
  • 05:21   THAT IT WOULD BE A  BIRTH THAT WOULD BE NOTICED.
  • 05:23   YOU KNOW, IN A SMALL TOWN, >>   WHEN YOUNG KIDS,
  • 05:26   OR PRACTICALLY HIGH SCHOOL  KIDS ENGAGED,
  • 05:30  AND THE GIRL IS PREGNANT AND    ABOUT TO DELIVER,
  • 05:33    WHY, THAT'S NEWS.
  • 05:34 WHEN A GIRL HAS A BABY  IN WHAT WE CALL IT A BARN --
  • 05:39  IT WAS REALLY A CAVE   WHERE THEY KEEP THE ANIMALS
  • 05:41 WITH THE FIRE AT THE ENTRANCE.
  • 05:43 WHEN SHE HAS A BABY IN  CIRCUMSTANCES LIKE THAT, WHY,
  • 05:47  PEOPLE OF THE   TOWN MUST TELL EACH OTHER,
  • 05:49  "WHY DOESN'T SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING?"
  • 05:51   AND THEY --  SOMEBODY PROBABLY DID
  • 05:52    AND THEY PROBABLY >>   BROUGHT BLANKETS
  • 05:53 AND CARED FOR THEM AND SO FORTH.
  • 05:55    AND IN THAT MANNER THERE >> WAS A BIRTH TO BE REMEMBERED.
  • 05:59    30 YEARS LATER AN HONEST >> QUESTION OR LIKE A NICODEMUS
  • 06:03 MIGHT COME TO BETHLEHEM AND SAY,
  • 06:05 "LOOK, I'VE HEARD THE TEACHINGS OF THIS MAGNIFICENT GALILEAN WHO
  • 06:10   "THEY CLAIM WALKS ON WATER   AND HEALS THE SICK
  • 06:12  "AND RAISES THE DEAD.
  • 06:14   "BUT FOR ME TO MAKE   THE STEP TO BELIEVE
  • 06:16 "THAT HE IS TRULY THE MESSIAH OF   ISRAEL, THAT'S A BIG STEP.
  • 06:20   "AND I'D LIKE TO KNOW SINCE   MICAH SAID THAT THE MESSIAH
  • 06:23  "WOULD BE BORN IN BETHLEHEM,  IN YOUR LITTLE TOWN,
  • 06:26   "CAN YOU REMEMBER,   WAS HE BORN HERE?"
  • 06:29 AND OF COURSE, PEOPLE WOULD SAY,   "WHO CAN FORGET IT?
  • 06:32    "YES, HIS MOTHER >>AND DAD RODE INTO TOWN.
  • 06:36   "THEY WERE ENGAGED.
  • 06:37  "THEY WEREN'T    REALLY EVEN MARRIED YET."
  • 06:40  AND THEN NICODEMUS OR WHOEVER  QUESTIONED WOULD SAY,
  • 06:44   "ISAIAH SAID THAT HE    WAS TO BE BORN OF A VIRGIN.
  • 06:49   "WHAT CAN YOU   TELL ME ABOUT THAT?"
  • 06:52 THEY COULD SAY,  "WELL, SHE WAS A YOUNG GIRL.
  • 06:54  "SHE WAS A GOOD GIRL.
  • 06:55   "THEY WEREN'T MARRIED YET."
  • 06:57    THAT'S A LOT OF EVIDENCE.
  • 06:59 THAT'S THE WAY THEY USED TO FIND  THE MESSIAH WITH THE EVIDENCE
  • 07:01    OUT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 07:03 YOU KNOW, WE HAVE LOST THE SKILL OF WITNESSING
  • 07:05 OUT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT ALONE.
  • 07:07    BUT THAT'S WHAT PETER DID    AND WHAT PAUL DID
  • 07:09  AND EVERYONE OF THEM    IN THE FIRST CENTURY DID.
  • 07:11 THEY USED THEIR OLD TESTAMENT TO PROVE THE MESSIANIC PROPHECIES.
  • 07:15  THEY MUST HAVE USED ISAIAH 53
  • 07:17   AS PHILLIP DID WITH  THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH.
  • 07:20 "BY HIS STRIPES ARE WE HEALED."
  • 07:22    HE'S INTERCESSOR >>FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS.
  • 07:24 IF THEY COULD CALCULATE    DANIEL 9,
  • 07:27    THEY MUST HAVE USED THAT.
  • 07:28 THIS IS A TIME  THAT THE MESSIAH SHOULD COME
  • 07:30   IN THE 70 WEEKS OF YEARS OF   PROPHECY, AND MANY OTHERS.
  • 07:34  AND THEY HAD THE SKILL OF WITNESSING
  • 07:35 FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 07:37 WELL, BETHLEHEM WENT ON   AFTER HIS BIRTH AS A PLACE
  • 07:41  OF SPIRITUAL  RENEWAL AND REBIRTH.
  • 07:44 CHRISTIANITY FLOURISHED HERE IN THE HOLY LAND.
  • 07:47    THE LATIN BIBLE WAS  COMPOSED IN 386 A.D. BY JEROME,
  • 07:52  THE VULGATE BIBLE STILL  IN USE IN SOME PLACES.
  • 07:56 THE 4th CENTURY SAW THE BUILDING
  • 07:59  OF THE OLDEST   CHURCH IN THE LAND.
  • 08:01  THE BASILICA, CALLED   THE CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY
  • 08:05    WHERE THEY CLAIM >>THE MANGER IS LOCATED.
  • 08:07    I'M NOT SURE THAT'S TRUE >>  BECAUSE IT'S IN THE MIDDLE
  • 08:10   OF THE CITY SQUARE.
  • 08:11  AND MORE THAN LIKELY THE LORD  WAS OUT IN ALL OF THE FIELDS.
  • 08:13   AFTER ALL, ANIMALS   ATTENDED THE BIRTH
  • 08:15  AND IT WAS A FARM OR RANCH OR  SORT OF THAT HE WAS BORN ON.
  • 08:18    BUT IN ANY CASE, >> THE CHURCH WAS BUILT
  • 08:21    TO COMMEMORATE IT AND THE CHURCH
  • 08:23 WAS THE SITE OF   MUCH ARGUMENTATION.
  • 08:25  IT HAS A VERY LOW DOORWAY TO KEEP HORSEMEN FROM RIDING INTO
  • 08:30   THE CHURCH AND UP AND DOWN  THE AISLES LOPPING OFF HEADS
  • 08:32  IN THE HOME OF THE PRINCE OF PEACE TO CONTEND FOR THEIR SIDE.
  • 08:37 THERE HAS BEEN MUCH CONTENTION AND MUCH STRIFE
  • 08:40  AND IT SEEMS A SHAME   IN THE PLACE WHERE
  • 08:42    THE ONE WHO IS ULTIMATELY TO BRING PEACE ON EARTH
  • 08:46  AND GOODWILL TO MEN WAS BORN.
  • 08:58    "THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD,   I SHALL GATHER YOU FROM THE
  • 09:02 "PEOPLES AND ASSEMBLE YOU OUT OF THE COUNTRIES WHERE YOU HAVE
  • 09:05    "BEEN SCATTERED AND I WILL   GIVE YOU THE LAND OF ISRAEL,
  • 09:09   "THE WILDERNESS AND >>    DRY LAND SHALL BE GLAD.
  • 09:12    "THE DESERT SHALL REJOICE     AND BLOSSOM AS THE ROSE.
  • 09:17   "YOU SHALL KNOW THAT    I AM THE LORD WHEN I BRING
  • 09:20 "YOU INTO THE LAND OF ISRAEL."
  • 09:26   WE ARE ON LOCATION   ACROSS THE FROM THE
  • 09:28    LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM >> WHERE JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN,
  • 09:30    WHERE DAVID WAS ANOINTED,
  • 09:32 WHERE RACHEL DIED IN CHILDBIRTH, AN ANCIENT AND IMPORTANT CITY.
  • 09:37    AND WE'VE TALKED >>   ABOUT THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
  • 09:39  AND WHAT HAPPENED THEREAFTER,
  • 09:40   THE BUILDING OF THE CHURCH   OF THE NATIVITY AND SO ON.
  • 09:43 BUT THEN THE TOWN WENT    THROUGH A LOT OF CHANGES,
  • 09:45 BECAUSE AFTER ALL,    THE MOSLEMS RODE IN.
  • 09:47  THEY CONTROLLED JERUSALEM    STARTING IN 632 A.D.
  • 09:51 THEY BUILT THE DOME OF THE ROCK AND FINISHED IT IN 691.
  • 09:55 THEY HELD SWAY   HERE FOR CENTURIES.
  • 09:59    FOR TWICE THE AGE  OF THE UNITED STATES,
  • 10:00 THE MOSLEMS HELD ONTO THE AREA.
  • 10:03 CHRISTIAN ARMIES OF EUROPE  CAME HERE, THE CRUSADERS,
  • 10:07 TRYING TO WREST THE HOLY LAND FROM THE MOSLEMS.
  • 10:09  THEY RODE THROUGH THE PLACE,
  • 10:10 KILLING PEOPLE, JEWS AND MOSLEMS ALIKE.
  • 10:13    THEY DO NOT HAVE >>A VERY GOOD REPUTATION,
  • 10:15 CERTAINLY NOT A   VERY RELIGIOUS REPUTATION.
  • 10:19  AND THEY TOOK OVER THE LAND.
  • 10:21  THEY PUT THE KNIGHT'S TEMPLAR   ON THE TEMPLE SITE.
  • 10:24   THEY IN AN AWESOME   EXAMPLE OF FAILING
  • 10:26   TO READ YOUR OLD TESTAMENT, >>   THEY THOUGHT THE
  • 10:28  DOME OF THE ROCK WAS KING SOLOMON'S TEMPLE,   IF YOU CAN IMAGINE.
  • 10:32  AND THEY PUT   A CROSS ON THE TOP OF THING
  • 10:34   MAKING A CHURCH OUT OF IT.
  • 10:36   AND THAT WAS RATHER AMAZING  SINCE IT HAD ORIGINALLY BEEN
  • 10:39 BUILT OVER THE   OLD ROMAN TEMPLE OF JUPITER
  • 10:42    WHICH ITSELF HAD REPLACED   THE TEMPLE OF GOD,   THE JEWISH TEMPLE.
  • 10:46 WE NOW HAD A CHRISTIAN CROSS ON A MOSLEM DOME ON ROMAN PILLARS ON JEWISH LAND.
  • 10:53   THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS    IN THE HOLY LAND.
  • 10:56 THE CRUSADERS HELD THE PLACE FOR TWO CENTURIES OR SO.
  • 10:59 THE MULTITUDES  FROM EGYPT RODE BACK
  • 11:02  AND OTHER MOSLEMS TOOK OVER.
  • 11:03  AND FINALLY THE TURKS RODE, 1517,
  • 11:05 STILL OTHER MOSLEMS, >> THEY TOOK IT OVER.
  • 11:08   AND ALL THIS TIME, THE JEWS ARE DISPERSED
  • 11:11   AND THE CHRISTIANS TOO FAR AWAY TO OBJECT
  • 11:13   AND THE TURKS HELD SWAY UNTIL  1917 AT THE END OF WORLD WAR I,
  • 11:19  GENERAL ALLENBY   OF THE BRITISH ARMY,
  • 11:21  WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT,   GOT OFF OF HIS HORSE
  • 11:24  AND WALKED RESPECTFULLY    INTO JERUSALEM ON HIS FEET
  • 11:26   AND TOOK THE CITY OVER FROM THE TURKS.
  • 11:28  AND ESTABLISHED   THE BRITISH MANDATE.
  • 11:31  IN THE SAME YEAR, LORD BALFOUR  OF THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT SAID
  • 11:36   THAT THE JEWS HAVE A PERFECT    RIGHT TO REESTABLISH THEIR
  • 11:38  HOMELAND HERE AND THAT   WAS A HISTORIC MOMENT INDEED.
  • 11:42  THE JEWS DID START TO COME BACK
  • 11:44 AND THEY STARTED    TO FARM THIS PLACE.
  • 11:47 AT LAST, SOMEBODY LIVING    IN THE LAND CARED ABOUT IT.
  • 11:50 YOU KNOW, I CAN'T SAY MUCH ABOUT THE TURKS.
  • 11:53 THEY CUT OUT THE FOREST.
  • 11:54   THEY TURNED THE PLACE INTO A DESERT, INTO SWAMP LAND.
  • 11:57 THEY SEEMED NEVER TO PLANT A TREE.
  • 11:58   THEY CHOPPED DOWN ALL OF THE   TREES TO MAKE TIES FOR THEIR
  • 12:01 FAMOUS RAILROADS  BUT THEY NEVER REPLACED
  • 12:03   THE TREES AND SO SILT  WENT INTO THE HARBORS.
  • 12:07    THE PLACE WAS IN RUINATION  WHEN THE FIRST JEWS CAME BACK.
  • 12:11  BUT THEY TURNED OUT TO BE AMONG  THE BEST FARMERS IN THE WORLD.
  • 12:14 THEY DRAINED THE SWAMPS.
  • 12:16  THEY PLANTED THE PLACE.
  • 12:17 IN THE 1960s THEY WERE THE FIRST
  • 12:21   IN THE WORLD  TO USE DRIP IRRIGATION,
  • 12:23 COMPUTER CONTROLLED WATER  DRIPPING ON EACH PLANT.
  • 12:26   JUST ENOUGH.
  • 12:29    AND LATELY THEY GROW ROSES BY USING THE WATER TWICE.
  • 12:31   IT GOES THROUGH THE STONE AND  COMES OUT OF THE BOTTOM
  • 12:34    AND BACK UP THROUGH   THE TOP AND SO FORTH.
  • 12:37  AND THEY HAVE REALLY MADE THIS  PLACE INTO AN EXPORTER OF FOOD
  • 12:41 AND AS A MATTER OF FACT,   AN EXPORTER OF ROSES.
  • 12:44 AS WE POINT OUT IN THE PREVIOUS PROGRAM,
  • 12:46 ISAIAH PREDICTED THAT THE DESERT
  • 12:49  SHALL BLOSSOM LIKE A >>   ROSE AND INDEED IT DOES.
  • 12:53 NOW THEN, THEODOR HERZL,   THE GREAT ZIONIST AND
  • 12:56    BEN YAHUDA, THE LEXICOGRAPHER
  • 12:58   RECREATED THE    LANGUAGE OF ISRAEL.
  • 13:00  WHEN THE JEWS  STARTED TO COME BACK.
  • 13:02 THEY SPOKE A HUNDRED LANGUAGES.
  • 13:04   THEY SPOKE RUSSIAN, >>   LIKE MY PARENTS.
  • 13:07 AND THEY SPOKE YIDDISH.
  • 13:09   THEY SPOKE LANGUAGES OF THE    COUNTRIES THEY CAME FROM.
  • 13:13   AND THESE TWO FELT >>   THAT THEY OUGHT TO SPEAK >>THE BIBLICAL LANGUAGE.
  • 13:17    AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY,
  • 13:20  A "DEAD LANGUAGE" SO CALLED,  I MEAN IT WAS USED FOR PRAYER
  • 13:23   BUT NEVER FOR CONVERSATION,
  • 13:26   WAS RESURRECTED AND NEW WORDS PUT INTO IT.
  • 13:29  AND IT WAS USED EVERYDAY FOR   CONVERSATION IN THE STREETS   AND IN THE STORES.
  • 13:33    AND HEBREW WAS RECREATED.
  • 13:34 THE PRINCIPLE HERE IS GIVEN WAY
  • 13:37   BACK IN THE BEGINNING OF THE BIBLE.
  • 13:38 GENESIS 11, THE TOWER OF BABEL.
  • 13:46 THAT WAS THE CASE THEN.
  • 13:54    AND HE PROPOSED THAT THEY CONFOUND THE PEOPLE'S LANGUAGE
  • 13:57  AND SO THEY ALL ARE SPEAKING  DIFFERENT LANGUAGES SUDDENLY.
  • 13:59  THEY HAVE TO ABANDON THEIR PROJECT.
  • 14:10  THEY GAVE UP TRYING TO BUILD THIS TOWER TO REACH TO HEAVEN.
  • 14:27    WELL, HERZL AND >> BEN YAHUDA DID THE OPPOSITE.
  • 14:30   THEY RECREATED A LANGUAGE.
  • 14:31 GAVE THEM ALL BACK ONE LANGUAGE  AND SPOKE DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
  • 14:34    FROM ALL OVER THE EARTH.
  • 14:36 AND NOW, THEY WERE BACK  AND THEY HAVE STAYED,
  • 14:39 OF COURSE, FOR DECADES.
  • 14:41  ISRAEL IS NOW  IN ITS SIXTH DECADE.
  • 14:45    IT IS JUST PASSED  THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY.
  • 14:49 IN 1948 WHEN THE JEWS DECLARED INDEPENDENCE, WELL, I WOULD CALL
  • 14:53 THAT THE DECADE OF INDEPENDENCE.
  • 14:56   THEY MADE THEIR DECLARATION JUST LIKE AMERICA DID IN 1776.
  • 15:00    AND OF COURSE, THEY WERE >>FALLEN ON BY FIVE ARAB NATIONS.
  • 15:04  THE ARABS CAME FROM ALL SIDES    WITH WELL-EQUIPPED ARMIES
  • 15:07 AGAINST 650,000 JEWISH PEOPLE, MANY ARMED ONLY WITH HAND GUNS
  • 15:12   AND SOME NOT ARMED AT ALL.
  • 15:13 AND THEY LOST.
  • 15:15 THE ARABS LOST.
  • 15:16  SOMEHOW THE ISRAELIS HELD THE LAND AND THEY
  • 15:19 ESTABLISHED THEIR INDEPENDENCE.
  • 15:21  AND THEN IN THE 50s,  THE IMMIGRATION BEGAN IN REAL
  • 15:25 EARNEST AND THE 650,000 PEOPLE BECAME A TWO AND HALF MILLION.
  • 15:31    IT WAS A TREMENDOUS INFLUX OF    JEWS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD
  • 15:33  COME BACK TO BUILD A PROMISED LAND.
  • 15:35  IN THE 60s, THE PALESTINIANS OR THE ARABS CO-OPTED THE TERM
  • 15:40   PALESTINIANS FOR THEMSELVES   AND BEGAN THE PLO,
  • 15:45 AN IDEA OF LIBERATING SO CALLED, THE LAND FROM JEWISH INHABITANTS
  • 15:50   SINCE THEY HAD BEEN THERE -- AS WE CAN SEE THE MOSLEMS
  • 15:53  HAD BEEN THERE    FOR CENTURIES ALSO.
  • 15:55   BUT THE JEWS PREDATED THEM BY SO LONG.
  • 15:57 IN ANY CASE, THEY   WANTED TO LIBERATE THE LAND.
  • 15:59    THE SIX-DAY WAR OCCURRED    AND IN THAT ONE,
  • 16:01 THE JEWS CAPTURED JERUSALEM.
  • 16:03   THAT WAS THE DECADE OF WAR AND >>JERUSALEM, I WOULD SAY.
  • 16:07   THE 70s, THE DECADE  OF THE ARAB BOYCOTTS.
  • 16:10    REMEMBER WE STOOD IN LINE  TO BUY GAS BECAUSE THE ARABS
  • 16:12  HELD BACK THE OIL AND BLAMED   THE THING ON THE ISRAELIS.
  • 16:16    THE ISRAELIS MAKE THE ARABS DO BAD THINGS
  • 16:19 AND THE AMERICAN PRESS AND THE WORLD PRESS IN GENERAL
  • 16:22    TURNED AGAINST ISRAEL AND  IT IS AGAINST IT TO THIS DAY.
  • 16:25  BASHES IT EVERY DAY.
  • 16:27 AND THIS IS DECIMATING    A MODERN DEMOCRACY AND AN
  • 16:32   ALLIES OF THE UNITED STATES AND IT GOES ON AND ON.
  • 16:35   IT HAS BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE.
  • 16:37 THE ARAB "PR" MACHINE GOES ON   AND ON AND ISRAEL SUFFERS.
  • 16:41  IN THE 80s THE INTIFADA BEGAN
  • 16:44    WITH THE >>   CHILDREN THROWING STONES.
  • 16:45    ARAFAT AND HIS PEOPLE HAD >>   NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT.
  • 16:47    THEY WERE CAUGHT >>  TOTALLY BY SURPRISE
  • 16:49 AT THIS SPONTANEOUSLY UPRISING.
  • 16:51   BUT THEY CLAIMED IT AND DECIDED THAT THERE HAD TO BE
  • 16:55  PEACE CONFERENCES TO   SETTLE THIS ISSUE.
  • 16:58 AND SO WHAT WAS A REALLY GHETTO RIOTS WHICH WE HAVE ALL THE TIME
  • 17:02  IN THE UNITED STATES BECAME SOME KIND OF WAR
  • 17:05 THAT HAD TO BE SETTLED WITH PEACE CONFERENCES.
  • 17:07    AND SO WE HAVE THE 90s,  THE DECADE OF FALSE PEACE.
  • 17:11  THAT SHOULD HERALD  THE ENTRANCE OF THE ANTICHRIST,
  • 17:14   THE MASTER OF FALSE PEACE  COMING UP.
  • 17:17  WELL, TODAY, ISRAEL IS A TOTAL
  • 17:19 SUCCESS OTHERWISE.
  • 17:20   ITS INCOME IS EQUAL TO THAT OF
  • 17:22 ENGLAND PER CAPITA.
  • 17:23  IT IS MUCH WEALTHIER   AND MORE IMPORTANT
  • 17:27   THAN ANY OTHER ARAB NATION.
  • 17:28   EVEN THE ONES WITH ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF OIL STILL DON'T FEED
  • 17:31 THEMSELVES AS THE ISRAELIS DO.
  • 17:34    AND BETHLEHEM, BEHIND ME,
  • 17:37 WAS GIVEN OVER TO THE MOSLEMS IN 1995.
  • 17:40  I SUPPOSE WE WOULD BE IN THE CITY SQUARE IN BETHLEHEM FILMING
  • 17:43   IF IT WERE STILL A ISRAELI-CONTROLLED CITY BUT NOW,
  • 17:46    IT'S A CITY THAT >>   GOT SOME DANGER INVOLVED.
  • 17:49  IT IS NOT MUCH FUN TO VISIT.
  • 17:52  YOU HEAR CONSTRUCTION >>   GOING ON NEARBY.
  • 17:53  MEANWHILE, THE BIRTH GOES ON.
  • 17:55   THIS PLACE IS STILL BEING REBORN AND REBORN
  • 17:57   AS THEY BUILD NEWER  AND NEWER BUILDINGS.
  • 17:59    STILL REMAKING THE LAND.
  • 18:02  AND BETHLEHEM WAS LOST TO THE  PALESTINIANS SOME TIME BACK.
  • 18:05 HAR MOMA, WHERE SOME OF  THIS BUILDING IS TAKING PLACE,
  • 18:10  JUST OFF THE HILL TO MY RIGHT.
  • 18:12   AND THERE, OF COURSE,   WAS A TREMENDOUS CONTROVERSY
  • 18:15    ABOUT THE BUILDING    OF SOME APARTMENTS.
  • 18:16   BUT AS I SAY,   THE REBIRTH GOES ON.
  • 18:20  THE BORDERS OF JERUSALEM ARE  REALLY COMING UP FOR SERIOUS
  • 18:23  DISCUSSION AND WELL, YOU KNOW JEWS AND ARABS HAVE BEEN MOVING
  • 18:26    IN FOR YEARS AND >>THE CITY HAS SWOLLEN UP
  • 18:29   AND THE REAL ESTATE  VALUES ARE VERY HIGH.
  • 18:31   AND THE POPULATION >>   OF THE COUNTRY HAS GROWN
  • 18:33 BY A THIRD IN 10 YEARS.
  • 18:35  IMAGINE THAT.
  • 18:37 GOSH, IT WOULD BE LIKE ANOTHER  HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE COMING
  • 18:40  INTO AMERICA  IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS.
  • 18:42  ISRAEL HAS A TREMENDOUS BURDEN HERE.
  • 18:45    AND OF COURSE, MUCH MORE >> USAGE OF ALL OF ITS SERVICES
  • 18:48  INCLUDING COMPUTER SERVICES.
  • 18:50  OUR PRODUCER KEN BERG VISITED  THE HOME OFFICES OF NETVISION
  • 18:54    AND SPOKE TO THE >> CEO RUTH ALON.
  • 19:02  RUTH, THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US TODAY.
  • 19:04   THANK YOU.
  • 19:05    CAN YOU GIVE US A  BACKGROUND ON    NETVISION AND ITS
  • 19:07  EXTRAORDINARY    GROWTH AND WHERE YOU ARE GOING?
  • 19:09 NETVISION IS FIVE   YEARS OLD NOW.
  • 19:13 WE WERE FOUNDED IN 1994 AND WE GOT A LICENSE IN AUGUST
  • 19:21   AND STARTED SELLING   ACCOUNTS IN AUGUST OF '94.
  • 19:25    AND TODAY, WE ARE  THE LEADING COMPANY.
  • 19:28   WE HAVE MANY, MANY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CUSTOMERS.
  • 19:33   AND WE HAVE WONDERFUL, EXCITING BUSINESS.
  • 19:39  AND WE'RE TRYING >>TO RIDE THE WAVE OF THE INTERNET
  • 19:41 WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD.
  • 19:43 IT IS PROBABLY ABOUT 20 PERCENT
  • 19:45  OF THE CUSTOMERS  THAT ARE YOUNGER.
  • 19:47 AND THE OTHERS ARE THE TYPICAL,
  • 19:49  MAYBE MORE EDUCATED AND  SOMEWHERE AROUND
  • 19:54    THE 20 TO 45    IS THE TYPICAL USER.
  • 19:59    WHAT WAYS WOULD  YOU CONSIDER ISRAEL
  • 20:01    A LEADER IN CYBERSPACE TODAY?
  • 20:04 I THINK THAT PROBABLY THE NUMBER
  • 20:09  OF NEW IDEAS AND NEW VENTURES  AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES
  • 20:12   AND THE INNOVATION   THAT GOES WITH IT.
  • 20:15   WE MUST BE LEADER.
  • 20:17 ESPECIALLY IF WE TAKE A PERCENT
  • 20:21    OF THE POPULATION OF THE COUNTRY.
  • 20:23  THERE IS A HUGE NUMBER OF NEW    IDEAS AND PEOPLE,
  • 20:28   YOUNG PEOPLE, OLDER PEOPLE, A LOT OF MONEY THAT IS INVESTED
  • 20:32  IN TRYING TO COME UP WITH NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND NEW OFFERINGS.
  • 20:36   AND I THINK WE ARE  QUITE UNIQUE IN THAT.
  • 20:39    WHY DO YOU THINK >>   THAT IS THE CASE?
  • 20:41   ISRAEL IS A >>   RELATIVELY SMALL COUNTRY
  • 20:42 BUT YET SO MUCH >>   IS COMING OUT OF ISRAEL.
  • 20:45    THERE IS PROBABLY    SEVERAL REASONS FOR THAT.
  • 20:47  THERE'S THE CLASSICAL REASONS
  • 20:49   THAT ISRAEL HAS ALWAYS BEEN    KNOWN FOR WELL --
  • 20:53 BEING THE WELL-EDUCATED COUNTRY.
  • 20:55   WE HAVE A VERY HIGH PERCENT >>   OF PEOPLE THAT GRADUATED
  • 20:59  HIGH SCHOOL THAT CONTINUE IN ACADEMIC DEGREES OF SOME KIND.
  • 21:04   AND THE OTHER THING    IS WE ARE A SMALL COUNTRY
  • 21:06  AND WE ARE A LITTLE FAR AWAY.
  • 21:08   AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO US.
  • 21:10    AND EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE >>   CONNECTED WITH THE WORLD
  • 21:13  AND THERE IS NOTHING  LIKE THE INTERNET TO CONNECT
  • 21:15    AND MAKE US ONE >> NICE, GLOBAL VILLAGE.
  • 21:21  PERHAPS PART OF YOUR SURVIVAL
  • 21:22  THAT YOU NEED TO STAY >>   IN TOUCH WITH THE WORLD?
  • 21:24    I THINK IT'S VERY  IMPORTANT FOR ISRAEL.
  • 21:26   BECAUSE CERTAINLY, WHAT THE FUTURE BRINGS
  • 21:30   IS HOPEFULLY PEACE   AND GOOD ECONOMICS
  • 21:33 AND GOOD EMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE.
  • 21:35 AND EXPORT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ISRAEL AND WE NEED TO BE A PART
  • 21:40    OF THE WORLD AND >>   WE ARE PART OF THE WORLD.
  • 21:42  THERE IS NOTHING LIKE   THE INTERNET THAT DOES IT.
  • 21:44  AS WE SPEAK, >>   WE CAN HEAR CONSTRUCTION
  • 21:46    GOING ON RIGHT NEXT DOOR.
  • 21:47    IT IS SYMBOLIC, ISN'T IT, >>   IN THE WAY OF THE GROWTH
  • 21:50    OF THIS COUNTRY, NOT ONLY CYBERSPACE OR THIS IN GENERAL,
  • 21:53 IT'S A DYNAMIC COUNTRY.
  • 21:55   YES, IT IS VERY DYNAMIC
  • 21:57    AND THERE IS  BUILDING ALL OF THE TIME.
  • 21:58 IT COMES AND GOES AS WE CAN SEE.
  • 22:01 THAT'S OKAY WE GET USED TO IT.
  • 22:03 BUT IT'S FINE.
  • 22:04 WHERE WOULD YOU   SAY THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY
  • 22:05    IS TAKING TO US?
  • 22:07 WHAT ULTIMATELY    IS DOWN THE ROAD?
  • 22:09  WOULD YOU SAY IN FIVE YEARS?
  • 22:10 PROBABLY GOING    TO BE VERY LITTLE
  • 22:12    THAT WILL NOT BE >>SOMEHOW CONNECTED TO SOMETHING.
  • 22:16 WE LIKE TO SAY    SOMETIMES IN THE LECTURES
  • 22:19   THE STORY ABOUT HOW  YOUR SHIRT WILL HAVE
  • 22:22    THIS LITTLE SMEAR  THAT WILL TELL THE LAUNDRY --
  • 22:26 THE LAUNDROMAT THAT IT'S DIRTY
  • 22:29 AND IT IS TIME >>   TO TAKE IT TO THE WASHER
  • 22:30  AND ALSO TELL  YOU WHEN IT'S CLEAN.
  • 22:33  I THINK IT'S GOING TO REALLY CHANGE
  • 22:37 EVERYBODY'S LIFE EVEN MORE THAN
  • 22:39 WHAT WE CAN SEE NOW AND    HOPEFULLY FOR A GOOD WAY.
  • 22:42  AND CERTAINLY HOPE IT   HAS A BIG IMPACT ON
  • 22:45 THE NEW GENERATION WITH    EDUCATION AND THE ABILITY
  • 22:48    TO BRING THE GOOD   WONDERFUL THINGS THAT KIDS
  • 22:51 NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AND EXPLORE
  • 22:53   AND NOT JUST SIT THERE AND   LISTEN TO LECTURES ANYMORE.
  • 22:57 UNFORTUNATELY THE IMAGE THAT WE HAVE IN AMERICA
  • 22:59  IS NOT OFTEN THE BEST OF ISRAEL BECAUSE OF THE NEWS.
  • 23:03 DO YOU THINK THAT THE INTERNET  MAY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH
  • 23:05  CHANGING THAT DOWN THE ROAD?
  • 23:06 WELL, WE SURE HOPE SO.
  • 23:09  I THINK THAT ANYTHING   THAT MAKES PEOPLE TALK WITH
  • 23:13 EACH OTHER IS GOOD AND HAVE OPEN >>   PHONES TO DISCUSS THINGS
  • 23:18 AND DO IT IN A CIVILIZED MANNER.
  • 23:22  WE HAVE A LOT   OF USERS THAT SPEAK
  • 23:25  OTHER LANGUAGES THAN HEBREW.
  • 23:27  ACTUALLY HERE IN OUR TECHNICAL SUPPORT GROUP
  • 23:29 WE SUPPORT ON A REGULAR BASIS IN FOUR LANGUAGES;
  • 23:33    HEBREW, ENGLISH, >>ARABIC AND IN RUSSIAN.
  • 23:36 AND NEW REPORT THAT WAS JUST LAUNCHED
  • 23:40  ABOUT A MONTH AND HALF AGO IS ALSO SUPPORTING FOUR LANGUAGES.
  • 23:43  AND WE PUT A LOT OF EMPHASIS    ON THE ARABIC SIDE OF IT.
  • 23:48   AND WE'RE GOING TO PUT MORE CONTENT INTO IT AND IT IS GOING
  • 23:51  TO BE ADDRESSING THE ISRAELI-ARAB POPULATION
  • 23:53    AND HOPEFULLY, YOU KNOW, >>   PEOPLE AROUND US.
  • 23:57 AND WE DEFINITELY THINK THAT IT COULD HAVE A GOOD AFFECT
  • 24:00  IN COMMUNICATING MORE  AND START INTO TRADE
  • 24:03  AND SEE THE ECONOMY AFFECTED  BY IT AS WELL ON BOTH SIDES.
  • 24:16 [ music playing softly ]
  • 25:31    MODERN ISRAEL IS A STORY OF SOMETHING NEW AND    SOMETHING VERY OLD.
  • 25:35 YOU KNOW, AS MUCH   AS THEY ARE ADVANCED
  • 25:37    IN THE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE AND SCIENCE
  • 25:39    AND AGRICULTURE, AND SO ON.
  • 25:41    THEY ARE THE OLDEST   COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.
  • 25:45    WHY DO I SAY THAT?
  • 25:46 CHINA IS OLDER AND SO ON.
  • 25:48   YES, BUT THEY CHANGED  THEIR RELIGION
  • 25:50 AND THEIR    PHILOSOPHY A HUNDRED TIMES.
  • 25:52  I'VE SAID THIS BEFORE,  BUT I MEAN, WHAT WOULD
  • 25:53 AN ANCIENT CONFUSION HAVE TO SAY TO A CHINESE COMMUNIST OF TODAY?
  • 25:58   IN ISRAEL, IF ZEPHANIAH CAME   WALKING DOWN THE STREET AFTER
  • 26:03    NEARLY 3000 YEARS, AND SPOKE TO THE PEOPLE,
  • 26:06   HE'D SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE   AND GIVING THE SAME THOUGHTS
  • 26:08    ABOUT THE SAME GOD,  THE SAME PROPHECIES AND SINGING
  • 26:12  THE SAME SONGS  AND DO THE SAME PRAYERS
  • 26:14 THAT WE ARE DOING  FROM TIME AND MEMORIAL.
  • 26:16   MY GOODNESS,   GOD SAID TO ABRAHAM.
  • 26:25   IT HAS COME TO PASS.
  • 26:27  IT CERTAINLY HAS COME TO PASS.
  • 26:29 GET TO KNOW THIS COUNTRY, IT'S WELL WORTH KNOWING.
  • 26:33  WE'RE OFFERING    MAPS AS OUR OFFER.
  • 26:36   THIS IS INTERESTING.
  • 26:37   IF YOU HAVE A MAP OF >>  A COUNTRY OR A MAJOR CITY,
  • 26:39   YOU GET TO KNOW IT QUITE WELL.
  • 26:42 WE HAVE TWO MAPS.
  • 26:44   ONE OF ISRAEL >>  AND ONE OF JERUSALEM TYPICALLY
  • 26:45  THAT WE USE WITH OUR TOURS.
  • 26:47    WE'VE OFFERED THEM FOR YEARS.
  • 26:49  THEY ARE VERY COMPLETE.
  • 26:51    THE MAP OF ISRAEL HAS ALL  OF THE CITIES AND THE ROADS
  • 26:53 AND PROVINCES AND SO ON.
  • 26:55   SO YOU UNDERSTAND IT.
  • 26:56 AND THE MAP OF JERUSALEM IS A   PICTURE MAP.
  • 26:58 IT HAS STREET NAMES.
  • 26:59 YOU CAN SPEND HOURS AND HOURS LOOKING AT THIS KIND OF A MAP.
  • 27:03 IT IS DIFFERENT THAN AMERICAN CITY.
  • 27:05 THERE ARE NO EXPRESSWAYS.
  • 27:07 THERE ARE BUILDINGS OF 1500 YEARS OLD.
  • 27:13  1300 ANYWAY, THE DOME OF THE ROCK.
  • 27:15 THERE ARE WALLS THAT GO BACK TO KING SOLOMON,
  • 27:17 THE BOTTOM OF THE WESTERN WALL GOES THAT FAR BACK.
  • 27:20 SO GET THESE MAPS AND STUDY THEM AND YOU'LL LIKE THEM.
  • 27:24 AND GET OUR LEVITT LETTER AND OUR CATALOG.
  • 27:26 OUR NEWSLETTER AND CATALOG ARE FREE FOR THE ASKING.
  • 27:28 SEND US YOUR NAME   AND ADDRESS
  • 27:30 AND WE'LL SEND THEM RIGHT TO YOU.
  • 27:32 I HOPE YOU WILL DO THAT.
  • 27:33  REMEMBER THE GIFTS OF FUNDS.
  • 27:35   I MEAN, THAT'S HOW  ANY MINISTRY REALLY OPERATES.
  • 27:37  THIS IS NOT A STORE.
  • 27:38   WE NEED YOUR HELP.
  • 27:40    LIKE ANY CHURCH, >>  WE NEED YOUR TITHE.
  • 27:42 AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 27:44 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
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Episodes in this series

  1. A Place of Birth
  2. A Place of New Life
  3. A Place of Opportunity
  4. A Place Among Nations
  5. A Place of Blessing
  6. A Place of Healing
  7. A Place of Revelation
  8. A Voice to the Nations
  9. A Place to Call Home
  10. A Place of Peace
  11. A Place of Still Waters
  12. A Place for the King
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