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Episode: “A Place of Opportunity”
Zola tells us the history of Tel Aviv, the business center of Israel. We also visit a site in nearby Jaffa where Arab and Jewish children regularly come together in peace.
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!

Caption transcript for This Is Israel: “A Place of Opportunity” (3/12)

  • 00:02 HELLO, I'M ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 00:04 ON THIS PROGRAM, WE ARE   GOING TO ISRAEL'S LARGEST,
  • 00:06    MOST MODERN CITY, THE BIG ORANGE.
  • 00:08 AND THEN TO A SETTLEMENT HOUSE
  • 00:10  WHERE JEWISH AND ARAB CHILDREN COME TOGETHER IN PEACE.
  • 00:13  ALL THAT AND  MORE ON OUR PROGRAM.
  • 00:18    [ music playing ]
  • 00:54  SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 00:56  WELL, WE'RE GOING TO    THE BIG ORANGE AS I SAID.
  • 00:59    THAT'S THE SISTER CITY TO  NEW YORK CITY, THE BIG APPLE.
  • 01:01 AND, OF COURSE, IT'S TEL AVIV.
  • 01:03   ISRAEL'S CENTER FOR BUSINESS AND COMMERCE,
  • 01:05  A VERY MODERN  HUSTLE, BUSTLE CITY.
  • 01:08  WE'LL FIRST GO DOWN TO JAFFA
  • 01:10 WHICH IS ON THE   SOUTH OF TEL AVIV,
  • 01:12  AND WE'LL LOOK ACROSS THE MEDITERRANEAN SEAS,
  • 01:15 SINCE THESE ARE COASTAL CITIES AT THE BEAUTIFUL SKYLINE
  • 01:19   OF MODERN TEL AVIV.
  • 01:29    WELL, ISRAEL IS A PLACE OF REAL OPPORTUNITY.
  • 01:32   A MODERN COUNTRY.
  • 01:33    YOU KNOW, ISRAEL >> AND THE BIBLE ITSELF
  • 01:35    ARE CONSIDERED BY SO MANY   AS ANCIENT AND IRRELEVANT.
  • 01:40 THERE ARE CHURCHES THAT CONSIDER THE OLD TESTAMENT OUT OF DATE.
  • 01:44 REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY IS TAUGHT.
  • 01:45   AND GOD IS FINISHED   WITH HIS HOMELAND.
  • 01:49   CNN SHOWS THIS PLACE AS DUSTY STREETS AND SMALL TOWNS
  • 01:54   AND LITTLE VILLAGES   THAT DON'T COUNT FOR MUCH.
  • 01:56  THE TRUTH IS IT IS A   MODERN AND BEAUTIFUL PLACE.
  • 01:59 AND THAT'S WHAT  THIS SERIES IS ABOUT.
  • 02:01   YOU KNOW, WHEN THE  GREAT ZIONIST WROTE HIS BOOK,
  • 02:06   [ speaking Hebrew ]
  • 02:09  THEODOR HERZL, THAT'S   TRANSLATED "OLD/NEW LAND."
  • 02:14 THAT'S A FUNNY   WAY OF PUTTING IT.
  • 02:16 ISRAEL IS AN OLD LAND,   NATURALLY ONE OF THE OLDEST
  • 02:20  AND IT IS A NEW LAND    BECAUSE IT'S BEEN REBUILT
  • 02:22  IN A GENERATION, SINCE 1948,
  • 02:25   AS ONE OF THE MOST  MODERN UP-TO-DATE COUNTRIES.
  • 02:28   AND THESE WORDS FOR  THE NAME OF THE CITY TEL AVIV
  • 02:32  ARE OLD AND NEW ALSO.
  • 02:34 A TEL IS AN  ARCHAEOLOGICAL MOUNTAIN.
  • 02:36  THAT'S A VERY OLD THING.
  • 02:37    AVIV IN HEBREW   IS THE WORD FOR SPRING.
  • 02:39   THAT'S A RENEWED THING.
  • 02:42 SO TEL AVIV IS OLD AND NEW ALSO LIKE,
  • 02:46   [ speaking Hebrew ]   THE BOOK BY HERZL.
  • 02:48 AND THIS IS THE >>   NEW YORK CITY OF ISRAEL.
  • 02:51 TEL AVIV IS A MODERN METROPOLIS OF SKYSCRAPERS AND EXPRESSWAYS
  • 02:56   AND HUSTLE, BUSTLE, PEOPLE   RUNNING EVERYWHERE.
  • 03:00 AND IT IS NOT A VERY OLD CITY.
  • 03:02  ON OUR TOURS,    WHICH ARE BIBLICAL TOURS,
  • 03:03 WE REALLY DON'T SPEND MUCH TIME  IN TEL AVIV BECAUSE THE PLACE
  • 03:07   DIDN'T START UNTIL >>   ALMOST THE 20th CENTURY.
  • 03:10   IN 1889, PILGRIMS, PIONEERS  WERE ENCOURAGED TO COME HERE
  • 03:15    BY THE ROTHSCHILD FAMILY >>  WHO SUPPORTED THEM.
  • 03:18   AND THEY EKED OUT A  PLACE HERE ON THE EMPTY SAND.
  • 03:22 THEY BEGAN WITH   JUST A WATER TOWER.
  • 03:24  IN 1902, THERE WAS A   CHOLERA EPIDEMIC IN JAFFA.
  • 03:29 I'M ACTUALLY STANDING IN JAFFA
  • 03:31  WHICH IS THE    SOUTHERN END OF TEL AVIV.
  • 03:33  AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE   WERE DYING OF THIS DISEASE
  • 03:38  BUT THE ARABS WHO CONTROLLED   JAFFA WOULD NOT ALLOW THEM
  • 03:42    TO BURY THE JEWS >>  THERE IN THE LAND.
  • 03:44  I DON'T KNOW  IF YOU REALIZE THAT,
  • 03:45    BUT MUSLIM COUNTRIES WILL  NOT BURY CHRISTIANS OR JEWS.
  • 03:49    IN THE PERSIAN GULF WAR, >>SAUDI ARABIA SAID THAT,
  • 03:53    WHAT IF A JEWISH-AMERICAN SOLDIER WHO IS THERE TO DEFEND
  • 03:57    THE PLACE DIES IN BATTLE?
  • 04:00    WHAT WILL WE DO?
  • 04:01    WE HAVE TO TAKE HIS BODY,
  • 04:02 AND WE DID THAT   QUIETLY BEHIND THE SCENES.
  • 04:04    IF ANYBODY WAS KILLED AND   SHOULDN'T BE BURIED  AND WOULD CONTAMINATE
  • 04:08    THE SOIL WE HAD TO CARRY >>  THEM OUTSIDE OF THE PLACE.
  • 04:11    IMAGINE.
  • 04:13   OF COURSE, WHEN THE JEWISH PEOPLE WERE BURIED NORTH
  • 04:14  OF THE CITY,  NORTH OF JAFFA, WHY,
  • 04:17 THAT ATTRACTED THEM TO THAT AREA
  • 04:19    WHEN THEY WENT TO   VISIT THE GRAVES AND SO ON.
  • 04:22  IN 1909, 60 FAMILIES  DECIDED TO MAKE A SETTLEMENT.
  • 04:27  AND THEY DID SOMETHING VERY UNUSUAL.
  • 04:29 THEY WENT DOWN TO THE SEASHORE AND THEY GATHERED UP SEASHELLS
  • 04:32 AND THEY WROTE ON THE SEASHELLS,
  • 04:34  THE NAMES OF EACH FAMILY AND   THEN THEY WROTE LOT NUMBERS
  • 04:38  FOR PORTIONS OF LAND  WITHIN THE CITY OF TEL AVIV.
  • 04:41 AND THEN THEY SENT THE  CHILDREN TO CHOOSE A SEASHELL
  • 04:45  OUT OF ONE HAT FOR THE LAND,
  • 04:47    AND OUT OF THE OTHER HAT >> FOR THE FAMILY NAME.
  • 04:49 AND THAT'S HOW THEY ORIGINALLY   GOT THEIR FIRST LOTS HERE.
  • 04:53   AND NOW, OF COURSE,    AS YOU CAN SEE BEHIND ME,
  • 04:56   IT'S A CENTER OF THE WORLD.
  • 04:58    IT'S A POLITICAL CENTER.
  • 05:00  A RELIGIOUS CENTER CERTAINLY.
  • 05:02   A BIG STOCK MARKET,    DIAMOND EXCHANGE.
  • 05:06  SO MANY WONDERFUL THINGS HAVE  HAPPENED TO TEL AVIV  OVER THE GENERATIONS.
  • 05:10 WELL, IN 1936, THERE WAS AN ARAB  UPRISING IN JAFFA SO SERIOUS
  • 05:16  THAT IT CLOSED THE JAFFA PORT  AND THAT GAVE AN OPPORTUNITY
  • 05:20 FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO BUILD
  • 05:21 THEIR OWN PORT   NORTH IN TEL AVIV.
  • 05:25   IT OPENED TEL AVIV >>   TO SEA COMMERCE.
  • 05:28   WELL, AS THEY SAID,   THE PALESTINIANS NEVER SEEM
  • 05:31 TO MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MISS AN OPPORTUNITY.
  • 05:34  THEY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY BACK  THEN TO KEEP THEIR PORT OPEN
  • 05:38   AND KEEP THE JEWISH PEOPLE WITH THEM AND TOGETHER
  • 05:40    CULTIVATE THAT INDUSTRY.
  • 05:42  BUT INSTEAD CLOSED THEIR PORT  AND SO THE JEWS TOOK IT OVER
  • 05:47  AND NOW THEY HAVE THE BIGGEST MARINA IN THE WHOLE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 05:52  NOW 40 PERCENT OF THE ISRAELI POPULATION OCCUPIES THE TEL AVIV
  • 05:58   METROPLEX YOU MIGHT CALL IT
  • 06:00  OR THE WHOLE GREATER   METROPOLITAN AREA REACHING
  • 06:02 ALMOST TO JERUSALEM ON THE SOUTH    AND EAST AND UP THE COAST
  • 06:09  QUITE A WAYS  TOWARD CEASAREA ON THE NORTH.
  • 06:14    50 PERCENT OF THE    INDUSTRY IS HERE.
  • 06:16 THE PLANTS, THE DIAMOND   EXCHANGE WHICH I MENTIONED.
  • 06:19 IT'S INTERESTING THE JEWS HAVE  HANDLED THESE PRECIOUS STONES
  • 06:23 FOR A LONG TIME, FOR CENTURIES.
  • 06:26 AND THEY DO IT   ON TRUST, NOT ON CONTRACTS.
  • 06:29  THAT IS, AND YOU SEE    IT IN THE MOVIES,
  • 06:31   THE ORTHODOX JEWISH   PEOPLE IN NEW YORK,
  • 06:34   THEY CARRY DIAMONDS IN AN OVERCOAT POCKET.
  • 06:37 THEY TRADE WITH  EACH OTHER FOR CASH.
  • 06:39  THEY DON'T NECESSARILY WRITE   THINGS DOWN OR SIGN THINGS   OR PROMISE THINGS.
  • 06:44   ALL BILLS ARE PAID.
  • 06:45 IT'S A MATTER OF HONOR   AND THEY KEEP IT HONORABLE.
  • 06:50    IT IS JUST THAT CONTRACTS ARE A MATTER OF WHETHER
  • 06:56   YOU CAN TRUST YOUR PARTNER.
  • 06:58    THE PEACE PROCESS IS A VERY GOOD EXAMPLE
  • 07:00    OF CONTRACTS THAT SIMPLY DON'T WORK OUT.
  • 07:02    THE PROMISES ARE BROKEN.
  • 07:05    PEOPLE DON'T DO WHAT THEY    SAY THEY ARE GOING TO DO.
  • 07:07 AND THAT DOESN'T WORK.
  • 07:09  BUT THE JEWS AND THE DIAMONDS   HAVE WORKED FOR CENTURIES.
  • 07:11   THE EUROPEANS WELL KNOW IT.
  • 07:13 THE DIAMOND EXCHANGE THERE AND NEW YORK CITY SIMPLY DEPEND ON
  • 07:16  THE JEWISH SKILLS OF DIAMOND CUTTING AND DIAMOND APPRAISALS
  • 07:20   AND ALL OF THE REST OF IT.
  • 07:22  WHEN ARCHITECTS TEND  TO DESIGN A NEW CITY
  • 07:25 WHICH THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO DO    HERE IN TEL AVIV,
  • 07:27  THEY TEND TO USE THE DESIGNS >>   OF WHERE THEY CAME FROM.
  • 07:30   AND SO THIS    IS A EUROPEAN STYLE CITY.
  • 07:33  AT THE PRESENT TIME,  THEY ARE PRESENTLY RESTORING
  • 07:37    THE OLDER BUILDINGS FROM >>THE 1920s AND SO FORTH
  • 07:39   AND RESTORING THEM  IN THE STYLE THEY WERE MADE.
  • 07:42  AND YOU HAVE SIDEWALK CAFES.
  • 07:44 AND YOU HAVE --   THERE'S A STORY OF,
  • 07:46   YOU KNOW, THE TOURIST COME  AND SIT IN THE CAFES
  • 07:48 AND LOOK AT THE   PEOPLE PARADING BY.
  • 07:50   AND THEN THE TOURIST GET UP AND THEY PARADE AND THE PEOPLE
  • 07:53   WHO ARE WALKING SIT IN THE   SIDEWALK CAFE LOOK AT THEM.
  • 07:56  AND SO THEY EXCHANGE.
  • 07:58   BUT ANYWAY, IT'S A EUROPEAN STYLE OF LIVING AND THAT'S WHAT
  • 08:00  THE EUROPEAN >>   IMMIGRANTS WERE USED TO.
  • 08:02  THEY'RE COMFORTABLE WITH IT.
  • 08:04   WELL, GENESIS 12:2, WAY BACK TO THE TIME OF ABRAHAM
  • 08:08 GIVES A PROMISE    THAT'S BEHIND ME.
  • 08:22 TEL AVIV, ISRAEL REALLY  IS A BLESSING TO THE NATIONS.
  • 08:26  MEDIA CAN WRITE IT UP THE WAY  THEY PLEASE AND BE NEGATIVE.
  • 08:30   BUT WHEN YOU SEE IT REALLY    AS IT IS;
  • 08:33 BEAUTIFUL, MODERN, UP TO DATE,  TECHNOLOGICAL, VERY IMPROVED,
  • 08:38    LEADING THE WAY INTO THE >>  MILLENNIUM YOU CAN SEE THIS
  • 08:42   IS TRULY A >>   BLESSING TO ALL NATIONS.
  • 08:57    "THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD,   I SHALL GATHER YOU FROM THE
  • 09:00 "PEOPLES AND ASSEMBLE YOU OUT OF THE COUNTRIES WHERE YOU HAVE
  • 09:04    "BEEN SCATTERED AND I WILL   GIVE YOU THE LAND OF ISRAEL,
  • 09:08   "THE WILDERNESS AND >>    DRY LAND SHALL BE GLAD.
  • 09:11    "THE DESERT SHALL REJOICE     AND BLOSSOM AS THE ROSE.
  • 09:15   "YOU SHALL KNOW THAT    I AM THE LORD WHEN I BRING
  • 09:18 "YOU INTO THE LAND OF ISRAEL."
  • 09:30    [ music playing ]
  • 10:09  WELL, WE HAVE MOVED WITHIN THE   CITY ONCE BUILT ON SAND DUNES
  • 10:12   AND AS YOU CAN SEE BEHIND ME,
  • 10:13  THEY HAVE BUILT    QUITE A CITY HERE.
  • 10:15    CNN AND THE NETWORKS    DRIVE PAST PLACES LIKE THIS
  • 10:18   EVERY DAY AND THEY NEVER SHOW THEM TO YOU.
  • 10:21 THIS IS ISRAEL.
  • 10:22    THIS IS TEL AVIV.
  • 10:24    AND IT'S AVERAGE.
  • 10:25  WE COULD GO A HUNDRED   PLACES IN THE CITY
  • 10:28  AND HAVE WONDERFUL BUILDINGS   AND MODERN VIEWS LIKE THIS.
  • 10:31  IT'S A PLACE  OF REAL OPPORTUNITY.
  • 10:35  PEOPLE HAVE COME HERE >>   AND BUILT A MAGNIFICENT,
  • 10:38    HUGE AND WONDERFUL CITY.
  • 10:41  YOU KNOW, THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE SAYS THIS.
  • 10:54 THAT'S VERY SIGNIFICANT I THINK IN A TIME WHEN WE'RE DISCUSSING
  • 10:58 DIVIDING THE LAND BETWEEN THOSE OF ANOTHER RELIGION AND JUDAISM.
  • 11:05  WHEN BEFORE,   THE PALESTINIANS SO-CALLED,
  • 11:08    HELD HALF OF JERUSALEM SAY,
  • 11:11   THEY BLEW UP   THE SYNAGOGUES THERE.
  • 11:13   TOOK GRAVE STONES AND  PAVED ROADS WITH THEM.
  • 11:16   THEY REALLY DID NOT >>   ALLOW THE OTHER RELIGION
  • 11:18   ANY BREATHING SPACE AT ALL.
  • 11:21   IN FACT, JEWISH PEOPLE WERE SIMPLY FORBIDDEN TO GO TO THEIR
  • 11:23   HOLY SITES AND THAT  WAS THE END OF THAT.
  • 11:25 NOW THAT JEWISH  PEOPLE ARE IN CHARGE,
  • 11:27   PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS COME, CHRISTIANS AND MOSLEMS AND JEWS
  • 11:32  A LIKE GO WHERE WERE THEY LIKE IN THIS LAND.
  • 11:35  IT'S A RESTORED LAND.
  • 11:37 IT'S A DIFFERENT LAND.
  • 11:40  YOU KNOW WHEN YOU GO BACK TO  WHAT MARK TWAIN SAID
  • 11:42 AND I HAVE A QUOTATION   FROM HIM WORTH LOOKING AT.
  • 11:44 HE CAME AND TOURED HERE   AND HE WROTE A BOOK CALLED
  • 11:47   "INNOCENCE ABROAD,"  AND WHEN HE TOURED IN ISRAEL,
  • 11:51 THE THINGS THAT HE WROTE ABOUT   THIS PLACE ARE EYE OPENING.
  • 11:54  HE FOUND IT A TERRIBLE LAND,    AN ABANDONED LAND
  • 11:58 AND THIS WAS IN THE 19th CENTURY
  • 12:01 BEFORE THE JEWS CAME BACK TO THE LAND.
  • 12:04    IT SAYS.
  • 12:12   SADLY, THAT'S WHAT  THE LAND LOOKED LIKE
  • 12:14 AT THAT TIME AND YET WE HAVE SO MANY VERSES ZEPHANIAH 2:7 SAYS,
  • 12:19    "THE COAST LINE SHALL BE >>FOR THE REMNANT OF MY PEOPLE OF
  • 12:22  "JUDAH WHEN I TURN AWAY THEIR CAPTIVITY AND BRING THEM BACK."
  • 12:25    AND I COULD GO ON AND ON.
  • 12:26   DEUTERONOMY 30:1-5.
  • 12:28 "THEY'LL COME BACK INTO THE LAND  THEIR FATHER'S POSSESSED AND
  • 12:31   "THEY SHALL POSSESS   AND THEY'LL HAVE EVEN MORE
  • 12:33   "THAN THEIR FATHERS HERE."
  • 12:35   SO AS YOU CAN SEE,   MARK TWAIN WOULD BE STUNNED
  • 12:38   TO SEE THE SCENE BEHIND ME,    I'M SURE.
  • 12:40    GOLDA MEIR SAID:
  • 12:46   THAT'S THE SOUTHERN    DESERT OF ISRAEL.
  • 12:47   THAT'S LIKE ARIZONA OR CALIFORNIA.
  • 12:49 VERY, VERY DRY AND HOT.
  • 12:51    SHE SAID.
  • 13:01 THAT WAS SO VERY TRUE.
  • 13:02 AND NOT VERY SURPRISING WHEN YOU CONSIDER WHAT THE LORD
  • 13:05   ORIGINALLY SAID TO ABRAHAM IN GENESIS 12.
  • 13:34 INDEED, THIS IS ISRAEL'S REAL MISSION.
  • 13:36  BLESSING ALL NATIONS  OF THE EARTH.
  • 13:38 AND THEY DO IT    WELL BY GIVING THE BIBLE.
  • 13:40  MY GOODNESS, BY GIVING BIRTH OF THE MESSIAH
  • 13:43 AND BY SENDING OUT THE ORIGINAL MISSIONARIES.
  • 13:45  IN SOME WAYS,  THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
  • 13:47 IS AS A RESULT  OF A JEWISH MISSION.
  • 13:49 NOT IN JUST SOME WAYS, THAT'S A FACT.
  • 13:51   AND PEOPLE THROUGH    THE AGES RECOGNIZED THIS.
  • 13:55   ARTHUR BALFOUR, IN EUROPE, IN ENGLAND ONE OF GOD'S KEY MEN
  • 14:02 GAVE OUT A DECLARATION THAT THE JEWS REALLY DO HAVE A
  • 14:07  RIGHT TO ESTABLISH THEIR OWN   COUNTRY IN THEIR OWN LAND,   THEIR OWN SOCIETY.
  • 14:12 AND HE SAID THIS IN 1917 AND IT WAS AN ORIGINAL INSPIRATION FOR
  • 14:17   THE JEWS TO COME BACK HERE
  • 14:19  AND POSSESS THE LAND >>   THEIR FATHERS POSSESSED.
  • 14:23 THE IDEA OF THE JEWS COMING IS ZIONISM.
  • 14:27 THAT TERM HAS BEEN THROWN AROUND THE ARABS IN A PUBLIC RELATIONS
  • 14:33 MOVE DECIDED TO   SAY THAT ZIONISM IS RACISM.
  • 14:37  NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM   THE TRUTH AND I MEAN THAT.
  • 14:40   ZIONISM BRINGS ALL  JEWS BACK TO ISRAEL.
  • 14:43    THAT'S WHAT IT IS ABOUT.
  • 14:44   THEY COME FROM ALL NATIONS   AND THEY COME TO THIS LAND.
  • 14:47 THAT MEANS PEOPLE WHO ARE WHITE,
  • 14:50  PEOPLE WHO ARE BLACK  LIKE THE ETHIOPIANS,
  • 14:53   PEOPLE FROM RUSSIA,   CHINA, THE ORIENT,
  • 14:55 JEWISH PEOPLE FROM EVERY NATION.
  • 14:58  IT'S THE OPPOSITE OF RACISM.
  • 15:00  THIS IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT BROUGHT BLACK PEOPLE FROM AFRICA
  • 15:03   HERE NOT AS SLAVES   BUT AS FIRST CLASS CITIZENS
  • 15:08  AND NOT TO WORK HERE   BUT AS OWNERS OF THIS LAND.
  • 15:10    THEY DO NOT HAVE >>TO APPLY TO LIVE HERE.
  • 15:12 THEY ARE PROMISED THIS LAND BY ALMIGHTY GOD, FOR GOODNESS SAKE.
  • 15:18    SO ZIONISM IS THE   OPPOSITE OF RACISM
  • 15:22 SINCE IT DEALS WITH ALL RACES.
  • 15:24  THE ARABS PUT THAT AS AN U.N. RESOLUTION AND THE U.N. VOTED IT
  • 15:28   IN MINDLESSLY AND NOT EVEN KNOWING THE DEFINITION
  • 15:30   OF THE WORD AND THEN LATER >>   RESCINDED THAT APPROVAL.
  • 15:34 WELL, THE NATION SHOULD UNDERSTAND BY NOW THAT GOD MEANS
  • 15:38    IT WHEN HE SAYS,
  • 15:39  "I WILL BLESS THEE AND CURSE HIM THAT CURSETH THEE."
  • 15:43   WELL, FOR EXAMPLE, IN OUR OWN GENERATION,
  • 15:46  THE UNITED STATES HAS    PROSPERED SO WELL BECAUSE
  • 15:50  AT LEAST IN PREVIOUS   ADMINISTRATIONS WE
  • 15:52  WERE BLESSING   ISRAEL WONDERFULLY.
  • 15:54 WE HELPED THEM.
  • 15:55    WE GAVE THEM AID.
  • 15:57   WE HELPED THEM BRING THEIR   IMMIGRANTS IN AND SO FORTH.
  • 15:59   AND AMERICA HAS PROSPERED.
  • 16:01  WHAT DID THE ARABS HERE DO AT THE SAME TIME BUT BOYCOTT ISRAEL
  • 16:05    AND PERSUADE PEOPLE, JUST BLACKMAIL, IF YOU TRADE
  • 16:09 WITH ISRAEL WE WON'T SELL YOU ANY OIL
  • 16:11  OR WE WE'LL RAISE THE   PRICE OR WHATEVER.
  • 16:14   THAT WAS JUST THE OPPOSITE.
  • 16:15  BUT HOW HAVE THE ARABS FARED?
  • 16:18  THEY ARE POOR >>   AND THEY ARE DOWNTRODDEN >> AND THEY'RE BACKWARD.
  • 16:21  THEY HAVEN'T  PROSPERED VERY WELL.
  • 16:23  WELL, LOOK AT EUROPE    WHICH IS STILL STAGGERING
  • 16:28 FROM WORLD WAR II IN MANY PLACES OR RUSSIA WHICH IS COMING APART.
  • 16:32 ANTI-SEMITIC NATIONS WHICH HAVE   SUFFERED FOR CURSING ISRAEL
  • 16:37    VERSUS THE UNITED STATES >>  WHICH GAVE THE JEWS A HOME
  • 16:40 AND FREEDOM AND  PROSPERED BY THEIR INDUSTRY.
  • 16:44    ZIONISM REALLY IS FAITH.
  • 16:47   IT'S A KIND >>   OF A FAITH IN THIS LAND.
  • 16:49 AND FAITH, YOU KNOW IN 11:1 IS DEFINED FOR US.
  • 16:58 THEY COULDN'T SEE WHAT   WAS GOING TO THE SAND DUNES
  • 17:01  AND TO THE CEMETERY,  TO THIS PLACE THAT WAS EMPTY.
  • 17:04    IMAGINE HAVING THAT KIND >>OF FAITH TO BUILD THIS?
  • 17:08   THE GATE OF HOPE, IN 1878,   JERUSALEM JEWS ESTABLISHED
  • 17:14 A FIRST-EVER AGRICULTURE COLONY  AT PETAH TIKVA WHICH IS VERY
  • 17:18 NEAR HERE AND FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE,
  • 17:23   THEY BUILT    BEN GURION AIRPORT THERE.
  • 17:25 IT'S THE ANCIENT CITY OF LYDIA IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WHERE THE
  • 17:29    AIRPORT IS NOW STANDING.
  • 17:31  I CAN CONCLUDE WITH A   QUOTE FROM DOLLY'S MENORAH.
  • 17:36  THE ARTIST BUILT A FANTASTIC CANDLESTICK AND SAID THIS ON IT.
  • 17:50 I COULDN'T SAY IT BETTER MYSELF.
  • 18:00 JAFFA IS OFTEN TRANSLATED IN THE   BIBLE AS JOPPA, J-O-P-P-A,
  • 18:04 WHERE PETER SPENT THE NIGHT IN >>   SIMON THE TANNER'S HOUSE
  • 18:07  WHEN HE WAS SUMMONED  TO CEASAREA TO SEE CORNELIUS.
  • 18:10  AND THE FIRST GENTILE  OF THE CHURCH AGE WAS SAVED.
  • 18:13   PETER LEFT FROM THE    TOWN WE ARE GOING TO NOW.
  • 18:16   AND WE'RE GOING TO GO TO A  SETTLEMENT HOUSE LIKE A YMCA
  • 18:19 WHERE ARAB AND JEWISH CHILDREN   GET ALONG IN PERFECT PEACE.
  • 18:21 AND ISN'T THAT THE BEGINNING OF ANY REAL PEACE PROCESS?
  • 18:24  THE CHILDREN.
  • 18:30 DURING THE DAY, PEOPLE ARE COMING HERE TO HAVE
  • 18:32  ACTIVITIES BUT THE IDEA THAT PEOPLE CAN MEET THE OTHER SIDE.
  • 18:36  WE HAVE HERE  CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS AND JEWS.
  • 18:38   AFTERNOON, AND WE HAVE 2500 PUPIL DURING THE DAY.
  • 18:42    AND WE HAVE 1400 MEMBERS.
  • 18:45   WE HAVE ALL RANGES.
  • 18:46   WE CELEBRATE ALL HOLY DAYS.
  • 18:48   WE CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS    AND HANUKKAH.
  • 18:51   AND ALL PARTIES >>PARTICIPATE IN THE ACTIVITIES.
  • 18:54 FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAVE MEETINGS >>BETWEEN A PRIEST IN MUSLIM
  • 18:58    AND RABBI TO TALK  ABOUT THE CONNECTION
  • 18:59    WITH PEACE IN THE REGION.
  • 19:02 WE HAVE PEACE FESTIVALS AND PEOPLE ARE COMING FROM OTHER
  • 19:05  COUNTRIES AND  COMING TO ISRAEL TO HEAR IT.
  • 19:09  WHEN WE STARTED THIS CENTER, WE EXPECTED IN THE FIRST YEAR,
  • 19:12    WE WOULD HAVE 120 PEOPLE.
  • 19:15   THAT'S ALL.
  • 19:16    AND THE FIRST YEAR WE HAD   1000 MEMBERS IN THE CENTER.
  • 19:19   SO PEOPLE LIKE IT.
  • 19:21  PEOPLE WANT TO DO IT.
  • 19:23 NOW, HOW MANY SCHOOLS ARE REPRESENTED HERE
  • 19:25  AND WHY DO THEY COME HERE?
  • 19:26    WHY DON'T THEY >>JUST PARTICIPATE IN THE SAME
  • 19:28  THINGS RIGHT AT THE >>  SCHOOL WHERE THEY ATTEND?
  • 19:30   WE HAVE 14 SCHOOLS.
  • 19:35  WE HAVE ARAB SCHOOLS.
  • 19:36 WE HAVE JEWISH SCHOOLS   AND WE HAVE MIXED SCHOOLS.
  • 19:38    SOME OF THEM ARE >> COMING TO USE OUR FACILITIES
  • 19:40  BECAUSE WE HAVE VERY >>   BIG AND NICE FACILITIES.
  • 19:43   BUT THE IDEA IS TO GIVE THE  POTENTIAL FOR PEOPLE TO KNOW THE OTHER SIDE.
  • 19:48  FIRST OF ALL,  WE HAVE MIXED SCHOOLS
  • 19:51    AND WE HAVE ARAB >>  AND JEWISH SCHOOLS
  • 19:53 THAT COME TO SPECIAL PROGRAMS.
  • 19:55   FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAVE JEWISH SCHOOLS AND ARAB SCHOOLS TO MAKE
  • 19:58 THEATER GROUPS OR MUSIC BANDS OR BALLET AND SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
  • 20:02 AND TOGETHER WE TRY TO GIVE THEM TIME TO KNOW THE OTHER SIDE AND
  • 20:05  PLAY TOGETHER AND THEN AFTER THAT WE CAN TALK ABOUT POLITICS.
  • 20:10    THIS YEAR IS THE YEAR OF >>  RESPECTING THE OTHER SIDE.
  • 20:13    YOU SEE THIS IS THE IDEA.
  • 20:15    SO WE TRY TO GIVE   THEM THE POTENTIAL   OF KNOWING THE OTHER SIDE.
  • 20:16 SO YOU KNOW IN ISRAEL, IT IS VERY COMPLICATED
  • 20:18 TO DEAL WITH THE ARABS AND JEWS.
  • 20:20    THE ISSUES OF SECURITIES.
  • 20:22   THE ISSUE OF PEACE.
  • 20:23    SO IF YOU NOT TRY  TO DO IT FROM THE EARLY AGES.
  • 20:26    AND WE START THEM   AT ONE AND HALF YEARS OLD.
  • 20:29    THIS IS THE IDEA.
  • 20:31   TO GIVE THEM OTHER  IDEAS ABOUT THE OTHER CENTER.
  • 20:33  AND TO TRY TO DEMOLISH ALL OF  THE PREJUDICE OF THEM
  • 20:37  ABOUT THE OTHER SIDE.
  • 20:39    WHY DO YOU THINK THAT THE  PROGRAM IS NOT MORE ACCEPTED
  • 20:41   OR USED THROUGHOUT ISRAEL?
  • 20:44 WHY IS IT JUST HERE IN  JAFFA THAT IT'S ABLE TO WORK?
  • 20:47    I'M SORRY TO SAY >> THAT THIS IS THE ONLY CENTER
  • 20:49 OF THIS TYPE IN ISRAEL.
  • 20:51  I DON'T THINK IT IS A MATTER   OF BUDGET IN OTHER PLACES.
  • 20:52    IT IS A MATTER OF   POLITICAL DECISION.
  • 20:55 AND THIS IS A PROBLEM IN ISRAEL.
  • 20:57  YOU SEE POLITICAL DECISIONS.
  • 20:58  AND SO OKAY LET'S DO THINGS BETWEEN ARABS AND JEWS.
  • 21:00 AND OKAY, LET'S PUT ONE PERCENT   OR TWO PERCENT OF THE COST.
  • 21:06   MORE TALKING AND NOT DOING.
  • 21:09    YOU SEE, WE MAKE >>  THE THINGS HERE NATURALLY.
  • 21:12  WE DON'T MAKE IT ARTIFICIAL.
  • 21:14  LET'S BRING 50 PERCENT ARABS  AND 50 PERCENT JEWS.
  • 21:17    AND THEY MEET EACH OTHER.
  • 21:18  AND THEY DID.
  • 21:19 AND THEY CAN COME HERE.
  • 21:20  AND NATURALLY  YOU CAN SHARE THINGS.
  • 21:22 YOU MUST GIVE THEM BEST  EQUIPMENT AND IT MUST BE NICE
  • 21:25  AND QUIET AND CLEAN AND WELL >>   EQUIPPED BUT THE IDEA IS
  • 21:28 TO NATURALLY COME HERE.
  • 21:30   WHAT KIND OF CLASSES DO YOU   HAVE FOR THE CHILDREN HERE?
  • 21:33  WE HAVE A LOT OF ACTIVITIES.
  • 21:34 WE HAVE MUSIC,   ALL KINDS OF MUSIC.
  • 21:36 ORIENTAL MUSIC.
  • 21:38    GUITAR AND PIANO.
  • 21:42  ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF MUSIC.
  • 21:43 WE HAVE SPORTS.
  • 21:44    WE HAVE HEALTH CLUB HERE.
  • 21:47 WE HAVE ALSO TEACHING LANGUAGE, >>   ENGLISH AND MATHEMATICS.
  • 21:52  AND ACTIVE CENTER, ALL KINDS.
  • 21:55   WOULD YOU TELL ME WHAT YOU
  • 21:59 DO IN YOUR CLASS WITH THE CHILDREN?
  • 22:01    I'M TEACHING THE CREATIVE    DANCE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.
  • 22:06   IT'S BALLET, BUT IT IS MORE CREATIVE AND MORE NOEN AND FREE.
  • 22:11  WELL, WHAT'S IT LIKE WORKING  WITH ARAB CHILDREN AND JEWISH
  • 22:14 CHILDREN AND DIFFERENT RACES?
  • 22:17  I THINK IT'S MORE INTERESTING JUST TO SEE THEIR RELATIONSHIP
  • 22:20  BETWEEN THEM AND JUST   TO SEE HOW THEY GET ALONG.
  • 22:25  AND IT'S LIKE ALL OF >>   THE SMALL GROUPS
  • 22:27  AND NOW THESE   GROUPS ARE MIXED TOGETHER.
  • 22:29 AND IT'S NICE.
  • 22:30  IT IS NICE TO SEE THAT IT'S WORKING.
  • 22:32  THEY'RE CHILDREN, SO WHY NOT?
  • 22:35    TELL ME WHAT YOU >>   DO IN YOUR CLASS.
  • 22:36   I AM WORKING WITH THE CHILDREN WITH ALL KINDS OF MATERIALS
  • 22:40    AND I TEACH THEM >>I LITTLE BIT ABOUT ART
  • 22:44 AND LET THEM EXPRESS THEMSELVES.
  • 22:46    DO YOU FIND THAT THERE'S >>ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
  • 22:48  ARAB CHILDREN AND THE JEWISH CHILDREN AS TO HOW THEY EXPRESS
  • 22:51 THEMSELVES WITH PEN AND INK AND  CRAYONS OR WHATEVER THEY USE?
  • 22:55  NO, I THINK CHILDREN ARE CHILDREN, YOU KNOW.
  • 22:57    AND THEY EXPRESS >>THEMSELVES AS CHILDREN.
  • 23:00    DO YOU FIND IT DIFFICULT
  • 23:02    TO WORK WITH ARAB  AND JEWISH CHILDREN TOGETHER?
  • 23:04   FOR ME, IT'S THE SAME.
  • 23:05 IT'S KIDS.
  • 23:07 I LIKE THEM FOR HOW  THEY LIKE HUMAN,
  • 23:13   NOT HOW IT IS FROM JEW FROM RUSSIA OR FROM THE UNITED STATES   AND SO ON.
  • 23:20  YOU THINK THIS WILL HELP THEM
  • 23:22  AS THEY GROW UP THAT THEY ARE TOGETHER AT THIS POINT
  • 23:24 AND THEY WON'T   HAVE THE POLITICAL
  • 23:26   PROBLEMS WHEN THEY GROW UP?
  • 23:27  SURE.
  • 23:28  FOR ME IT IS A POSSIBILITY TO DO SOMETHING FOR PEACE PROCESS
  • 23:31   IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 23:33 MAYBE SOME LITTLE HELP FROM ME.
  • 23:36  BUT IT IS REAL HELP.
  • 23:38  10 YEARS AGO, >>   IF YOU ASKED ME ABOUT IT
  • 23:39   I SAY I CAN'T TELL   YOU IT IS A DREAM.
  • 23:42 BUT IF YOU WANT THINGS, IF YOU HAVE A DECISION,
  • 23:46    YOU CAN MAKE IT.
  • 23:47 SO WE MADE IT.
  • 23:48 WE MADE IT AND WE HAVE IT HERE.
  • 23:49    BUT A CHILD DOES IN FACT
  • 23:51   CHANGE HIS THINKING  AFTER BEING HERE FOR A WHILE?
  • 23:55 THOSE THAT COME WITH PREJUDICE?
  • 23:56  WE MADE A RESEARCH, A SURVEY  AND WE FOUND A LOT OF CHANGES
  • 24:03  AND A LOT OF   KIDS ARE FRIENDS, YOU SEE.
  • 24:07  THEY CAN COME AND VISIT EACH OTHER IN AFTERNOON BECAUSE THEY
  • 24:10  ARE LIVING HERE IN THE AREA.
  • 24:12 WE ARE GIVING SERVICES    TO THE PEOPLE IN THE AREA
  • 24:14  AND THE AREAS AROUND,  OTHER CITIES.
  • 24:18  BUT WE HAVE A LOT OF MEETINGS  BETWEEN FAMILIES AND MOTHERS
  • 24:21   AND FATHERS THAT ARE COMING   HERE AND TALKING TOGETHER.
  • 24:24   SO THIS IS AN IDEA.
  • 24:26 NOW, YOU HAVE BEEN TO AMERICA.
  • 24:27 DO YOU THINK AMERICANS  HAVE AN ACCURATE VIEW OF WHAT ISRAEL IS LIKE?
  • 24:31 NO, I THINK NO.
  • 24:33   SEE, WHEN I WAS IN AMERICA, I WATCHED TV AND SAID,
  • 24:36  "WOW, PEOPLE >>   ARE KILLING EACH OTHER."
  • 24:37 AND IN AMERICA,  PEOPLE THINK WE ARE SHOOTING
  • 24:40   EACH OTHER IN THE STREETS.
  • 24:42 SO IT IS NOT LIKE THIS.
  • 24:43    WE HAVE TENSION HERE, WE >>HAVE TENSION, BUT IN ISRAEL IS,
  • 24:47   IT IS MORE ON THE BORDERS.
  • 24:50   PEOPLE ARE >>   NOT SHOOTING EACH OTHER.
  • 24:52   IT IS NOT SO ROSY,  BUT IT IS NOT SO BAD.
  • 24:54 PEOPLE ARE LIVING HERE.
  • 24:56  AND WE HAVE A LOT OF TENSION  AND WE TRY TO LIVE TOGETHER.
  • 24:58    WE MUST CONTINUE    LIVING TOGETHER.
  • 25:00  IT THIS IS THE IDEA.
  • 25:01 IT IS NOT LIKE    THE THINGS ON TV.
  • 25:03  MOSTLY YOU SEE ON TV, MOSTLY THE BAD THINGS.
  • 25:08  WE ARE AGAINST IT, ALL OF US, >>   ARABS AND JEWS TOGETHER.
  • 25:10 WHEN YOU HAVE A BOMB ON THE BUS IN THE STREET,
  • 25:13 AN ARAB OR JEW CAN BE INJURED.
  • 25:15   IT IS NOT A >>   MATTER OF ARAB AND JEWS.
  • 25:19    WE ARE IN THE SAME BOAT, >>  I SAY AND THIS IS THE IDEA.
  • 25:30   WELL, IT'S PLACES LIKE THE CENTER THAT CAN REALLY
  • 25:32  HAVE A PEACE PROCESS.
  • 25:33 NOT LIKE THE FAKE PEACE >>   PROCESS WE HAVE.
  • 25:36 BUT REAL PEACE.
  • 25:37 THESE CHILDREN   ARE ISRAELI ARABS.
  • 25:39   IT IS WELL TO REMEMBER THAT  THE ARABS WHO LIVE IN ISRAEL
  • 25:41   AND ARE CITIZENS OF ISRAEL AND WHO VOTE IN ISRAEL
  • 25:43   AND HAVE MEMBERS OF  PARLIAMENT REPRESENTING THEM
  • 25:46 ARE QUITE HAPPY WITH THEIR GOVERNMENT.
  • 25:48 THEY DON'T WANT  TO HAVE A REVOLUTION.
  • 25:50 IT IS THE SO-CALLED PALESTINIANS OF GAZA AND THE WEST BANK WITH
  • 25:56 WHOM WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE PEACE AND THINGS ARE NOT GOING QUITE
  • 25:59   AS WELL AS THEY ARE AT THE CENTER, I CAN TELL YOU.
  • 26:02  BUT THAT'S HOW THINGS ARE AND HOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE UNTIL
  • 26:04  THE PRINCE OF PEACE RETURNS, >>   I THINK.
  • 26:07 THE ISRAELI ARABS WILL GET ALONG
  • 26:09  FINE BECAUSE    THEY LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY.
  • 26:10 OTHER ARABS, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH.
  • 26:14 WELL, TAKE A LOOK AT OUR  JERUSALEM 3000 SERIES.
  • 26:17 THAT'S OUR OFFER TONIGHT.
  • 26:19    WHY JERUSALEM 3000?
  • 26:20 WELL, THAT ESTABLISHES THE AGE
  • 26:21 OF JEWISH RULE IN THE LAND.
  • 26:24 EVEN WENT FURTHER BACK THAN THAT
  • 26:26   IF YOU COUNT THE JUDGES
  • 26:27 OF THE TIME SINCE JOSHUA CAME.
  • 26:29 BUT AT LEAST SINCE DAVID RULED
  • 26:30 IN JERUSALEM, IT WAS THE CAPITAL
  • 26:33 OF ISRAEL AND IT IS TODAY.
  • 26:35   AND WE HAVE COVERED THOSE 3000
  • 26:36 YEARS IN RATHER THRILLING SERIES
  • 26:38 OF VIDEO PROGRAMS.
  • 26:41 THERE'S JUST SO MUCH TO SAY
  • 26:42   ABOUT, WELL, YOU KNOW WE DON'T
  • 26:44   HAVE A PROGRAMS ABOUT AMERICAN
  • 26:46   HISTORY FOR 3000 YEARS
  • 26:47 OR EVEN 300 YEARS.
  • 26:49 LET'S FACE IT, THIS IS THE
  • 26:51 WORLD'S OLDEST CITY    OF ONE FAITH.
  • 26:55  THAT IS THE JEWISH FAITH,  ANYWHERE.
  • 26:59  OTHERS HAVE CHANGED THEIR RELIGIONS AROUND A HUNDREDS
  • 27:01  OF TIMES AND OF COURSE,
  • 27:02 MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS LIVE  IN JERUSALEM NOW
  • 27:04    AND THEY DID BEFORE.
  • 27:06 BUT 3000 YEARS AGO,
  • 27:07  DAVID OF ISRAEL CALLED IT
  • 27:08   THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL.
  • 27:11    AND TODAY EHUD BARAK CALLS IT
  • 27:13   THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL.
  • 27:14   NO OTHER CITY CAN MAKE
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  • 27:17  SO GET THE VIDEO SERIES.
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  • 27:23     SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM,
  • 27:25 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.
  • 27:27  AND AS YOU DO SO REMEMBER THE GIFTS OF FUNDS, FOLKS.
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  • 27:32   TAKE A TV CREW WITH ALL OF THE PROBLEMS WITH THE EQUIPMENT
  • 27:35 AND INSURANCE AND VANS AND HOTELS AND MEALS AND SO ON.
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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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