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Episode: “A Place Among Nations”
Tom McCall tells us of the historical significance of the port city of Akko, known in the Bible as Acre. We hear from Israel’s Minister of Tourism and also from David Bar-Illan, former editor of THE JERUSALEM POST and senior advisor to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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 Among Nations” (4/12)

  • 00:03 HELLO, I'M ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 00:05 AND ON TODAY'S PROGRAM, WE ARE GOING TO VISIT HISTORICAL ACRE.
  • 00:08   THIS IS A COASTAL CITY THAT  WAS FAMOUS IN BIBLICAL TIMES.
  • 00:12  AND THEN WE'LL TALK WITH THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM IN ISRAEL.
  • 00:16  YOU KNOW, IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT INDUSTRY OVER THERE.
  • 00:19 AND FINALLY, OUR FRIEND   WHO'S BEEN WITH US
  • 00:21    SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE, THE >>   JOURNALIST AND POLITICAL    ADVISOR, DAVID BAR-LLAN.
  • 00:30    [ music playing ]
  • 01:04  SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 01:05   WELL, WE HAVE FILMED FOR 20  YEARS IN ISRAEL, GIVE OR TAKE
  • 01:08 AND WE'VE NEVER    VISITED THE CITY OF ACRE.
  • 01:11 AND TOURIST GO THERE, PILGRIMS    GO THERE ALL OF THE TIME.
  • 01:15   IT'S GIVEN AS ACRE IN THE BIBLE, A-C-R-E .
  • 01:20    IT WAS MORE IMPORTANT IN >>  THE PAST THAN IT IS TODAY.
  • 01:23 IT USED TO BE A HARBOR >>   WHERE BIG SHIPS CAME IN,
  • 01:26 ROMAN SHIPS, CRUSADER SHIPS AND SO ON, ESPECIALLY THE CRUSADERS.
  • 01:30 AND EVEN THE BRITISH USED IT AS  A HARBOR IN THE 20th CENTURY.
  • 01:33    IT'S ON THE COAST  OF THE MEDITERRANEAN.
  • 01:36  HERE'S THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA.
  • 01:39   THIS OF COURSE, IS ISRAEL.
  • 01:40   HERE'S THE SEA OF GALILEE.
  • 01:42 AND HERE'S THE BOUNDARY WITH LEBANON,
  • 01:45 THIS IS IN THE  FAR NORTH OF ISRAEL.
  • 01:48  AND THERE'S A HOOK IN THE COAST HERE.
  • 01:50    AND HYFFA IS HERE IN THIS NATURAL HARBOR.
  • 01:54    IT'S A BIG, MODERN CITY.
  • 01:56    AND ACRE LOCATED >>  ACROSS THE BAY IS VERY OLD.
  • 01:59    IT IS FIRST MENTIONED IN    EGYPTIAN WRITINGS DATING >>FROM 1900 B.C.
  • 02:05   THAT'S JUST >>   A CENTURY AFTER ABRAHAM.
  • 02:08  IT WAS IMPORTANT ENOUGH PORT  CITY FOR THE GREEK EMPIRE TO
  • 02:11    ESTABLISH A MINT    HERE IN 333 B.C.
  • 02:15  AND THE 11th CENTURY,  EUROPEAN CRUSADERS MADE THIS
  • 02:18 THEIR PRINCIPLE   PORT AT LIFE LINE,
  • 02:20 ONLY TO HAVE IT LEVELED BY THE  MUSLIMS TWO CENTURIES LATER.
  • 02:25 THE BRITISH CAPTURED ACRE FROM   THE TURKS IN 1917.
  • 02:29   THEY USED ACRE'S CITADEL AS THEIR MAIN PRISON WHILE NEARBY
  • 02:33 HYFFA BECAME THE PRIMARY PORT.
  • 02:35 THE BUILDINGS WE SEE IN   THE OLD CITY OF ACRE TODAY
  • 02:38  WERE PRIMARILY CONSTRUCTED IN  THE 18th CENTURY WHILE UNDER
  • 02:39 THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE FROM TURKEY.
  • 02:45  NOW, THERE ARE NEARLY  50,000 PEOPLE LIVING IN ACRE,
  • 02:48    WITH HALF OF THE >>POPULATION BEING JEWISH
  • 02:51    AND THE OTHER HALF ARAB.
  • 02:52 YET THERE ARE VERY FEW RACIAL OR RELIGIOUS PROBLEMS TO BE FOUND.
  • 02:57  FROM ACRE, OUR SENIOR  MINISTRY THEOLOGIAN,   DR. TOM McCALL TELLS US WHY
  • 03:02    ISRAEL DESERVES A >>   PLACE AMONG THE NATIONS.
  • 03:06 CONSIDER WHAT THE LORD   SAYS IN PSALM 79, VERSE 10.
  • 03:26 GOD IS THE HELP  OF THE NATION ISRAEL
  • 03:29 AND THE NATION SHOULD KNOW THIS.
  • 03:31    BUT SADLY ENOUGH, >>   THEY DO NOT RECOGNIZE IT
  • 03:37 OR AT LEAST THEY HAVE >>   NOT RECOGNIZED IT YET.
  • 03:39  AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE IN WORLD WAR II WERE VERY MUCH
  • 03:42    INVOLVED IN NOT ONLY THE >>   FIGHTING OF WORLD WAR II.
  • 03:47  AND THIS WAS A GREAT HELP IN   THEIR RECLAIMING THE LAND.
  • 03:50    BUT AS A MATTER OF FACT, >>  THEY WERE THE FIRST PEOPLE
  • 03:54  TO VOLUNTEER TO ALLY WITH THE   BRITISH ARMY IN THEIR FIGHT   AGAINST THE NAZIS.
  • 04:03 THIS WAS BEFORE   THE UNITED STATES,
  • 04:05  ANY OF THE EUROPEAN NATIONS,  ANY OTHER PEOPLES CAME TO AID
  • 04:11    BRITAIN IN THEIR >>  WAR WITH THE NAZIS.
  • 04:15   SO THIS EARNED THEM A GREAT RESPECT AMONG THE BRITISH ARMY  AT THAT TIME.
  • 04:22 SO THE LORD HAS   GIVEN A PROMISE TO ISRAEL.
  • 04:25 HE'S GOING TO KEEP THAT PROMISE  AS WE DRAW EVER CLOSER TO THE
  • 04:29    SECOND COMING OF CHRIST.
  • 04:31   OBSERVE WHAT THE LORD SAYS >>   IN GENESIS 35, VERSE 11.
  • 04:53  ISRAEL HAS A DESTINY.
  • 04:57    ISRAEL HAD A GREAT PAST, >>   BUT EVEN A GREATER FUTURE
  • 05:00    WHEN THE LORD RETURNS AND  ESTABLISHES HIS KINGDOM AMONG   HIS PEOPLE.
  • 05:07   ISRAEL WILL BE THE  HEAD OF THE NATIONS,
  • 05:09   NO LONGER THE TAIL.
  • 05:10  ISRAEL IS MAKING NEWS TODAY.
  • 05:14   WHAT COUNTRY OF THIS SIZE,
  • 05:17   SAY HOLLAND OR ANY OF THESE OTHER COUNTRIES THAT ARE SMALL
  • 05:22  MAKES NEWS ALL OF THE  TIME LIKE THE NATION ISRAEL?
  • 05:27  IT IS IN CONSTANT FRONT PAGE ATTENTION AND WE KNOW ALL OVER
  • 05:32   THE WORLD ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN ISRAEL.
  • 05:36 BUT IT'S GOING  TO MAKE GREATER NEWS ONE DAY.
  • 05:39  THERE'S GOING TO COME ONE DAY THE LORD JESUS TO REIGN AS KING.
  • 05:45 YOU REMEMBER DURING THE TIME OF    KING SOLOMON IN THE PAST,
  • 05:50    THE GREATEST KING  THAT ISRAEL HAD IN THE PAST,
  • 05:54  PEOPLE CAME FROM ALL OVER THE    WORLD TO HEAR HIS WISDOM,
  • 05:58 EVEN THE QUEEN OF SHEBA   CAME HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS
  • 06:01  OF MILES TO HEAR WHAT   HE HAD TO SAY IN THAT DAY.
  • 06:06   BUT ONE DAY, WHEN THE LORD    RETURNS, WHEN JESUS COMES
  • 06:09    AS KING OF KINGS >>  AND LORD OF LORDS,
  • 06:13  THE ONE GREATER THAN SOLOMON,
  • 06:15  IT'S GOING TO MAKE NEWS LIKE  HAS NEVER BEEN KNOWN BEFORE.
  • 06:19  IN THAT DAY, JUST AS IN THE DAY OF SOLOMON,
  • 06:23   MANY WILL COME TO SEEK THE  WISDOM OF THE GREATEST KING,
  • 06:27    THE KING MESSIAH, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST,
  • 06:31   WHO WILL BE A GREATER THAN SOLOMON.
  • 06:34 AND THEY WILL SEEK HIS WISDOM.
  • 06:36  WE READ ABOUT THIS IN ZECHARIAH CHAPTER 8, VERSE 23.
  • 07:05   WELL, DURING THESE PAST CENTURIES,
  • 07:07  IN FACT, FOR SOME 4000 YEARS,
  • 07:11   WHEREVER THERE HAVE   BEEN JEWISH PEOPLE,
  • 07:13    MANY TIMES IT IS >> NOT JUST BEEN 10 OR MANY MORE
  • 07:16  THAT HAVE GRABBED HOLD OF THE   JEW -- NOT TO DO HIM GOOD,
  • 07:19 NOT TO GO WITH HIM, BUT  SADLY ENOUGH, TO DO HIM HARM.
  • 07:24 IN THE DAY WHEN YESHUA, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST RETURNS,
  • 07:28    HE WILL BE KING OF KINGS.
  • 07:30  HE WILL RULE OVER ISRAEL AND THE WORLD AND 10 MEN WILL GRAB
  • 07:35  HOLD OF THE COAT OF THE JEW, SAYING,
  • 07:39 "WE HEAR THAT GOD IS WITH YOU, WE'RE COMING WITH YOU.
  • 07:42    "WE WANT TO LEARN   OF THE LIVING GOD,
  • 07:46   "THE KING OF KINGS,   AND LORD OF LORDS."
  • 08:01 YOU KNOW, WHEN   YOU THINK ABOUT IT,
  • 08:02  PILGRIMS TO THE LAND ARE SORT OF VOTING FOR ISRAEL.
  • 08:06  AFTER ALL, YOU DON'T HEAR OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HAVING A VACATION
  • 08:09   IN JORDAN OR IRAQ OR SYRIA   OR ANY OF THESE COUNTRIES,
  • 08:12 AND THEY'RE NOT    GOING TO LEBANON,
  • 08:14 BUT THEY COME IN LARGE   NUMBERS TO ISRAEL.
  • 08:18  OUR PRODUCER KEN BERG TALKED WITH A SPOKESMAN
  • 08:21   FOR THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM  ABOUT THIS WONDERFUL  DEVELOPMENT.
  • 08:26    TSION, JUST HOW IMPORTANT   IS TOURISM TO ISRAEL TODAY?
  • 08:29 TOURISM IS A BRIDGE FOR PEACE.
  • 08:31 TOURISM IS A BRIDGE OF  UNDERSTANDING WHAT'S  HAPPENING IN ISRAEL.
  • 08:34   YOU KNOW, I LIVED 10 YEARS IN AMERICA AND THERE ARE MANY,
  • 08:38 MANY PEOPLE WHO USED TO CRITICIZE US, EVEN OUR BROTHERS,
  • 08:42 THE JEWISH PEOPLE, OUR BROTHERS,  THE CHRISTIAN PEOPLE.
  • 08:44  I SAY, LISTEN YOU'VE GOT A RIGHT TO CRITICIZE THEM,
  • 08:47 BUT BEFORE CRITICIZING  PLEASE, GO AND VISIT ISRAEL.
  • 08:50    THEY NEED TO COME    AND SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING.
  • 08:51  HOW JEWS AND  ARABS LIVE TOGETHER.
  • 08:53    THEY NEED TO COME BACK AS AMBASSADOR OF GOODWILL.
  • 08:57    SO IT'S TRUE THAT WE MADE 3.3 BILLION DOLLARS FOR 1999 --
  • 09:03  WE'RE GOING TO MAKE.
  • 09:04   BUT MORE IMPORTANT FOR US,   IS THAT EACH OR MOST OF THE
  • 09:08   CHRISTIAN JEWS OR ANY JEWS >>   THAT COME BACK TO ISRAEL
  • 09:10 IS A POTENTIAL AMBASSADOR OF GOODWILL.
  • 09:13  AND WE NEED PEOPLE LIKE THAT MORE THAN THE DOLLARS,
  • 09:16  ALTHOUGH THE DOLLARS   ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR US.
  • 09:18   WHY ISRAEL?
  • 09:19    WHAT MAKES ISRAEL   SO SPECIAL ANYWAY?
  • 09:21  WHAT A GOOD QUESTION.
  • 09:23 YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ASKING:   WHY ISRAEL?
  • 09:26  ISRAEL IS VERY SMALL.
  • 09:27   IT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN  10,000 SQUARE MILES.
  • 09:30  IT'S 15 TIMES >>   SMALLER THAN CALIFORNIA.
  • 09:32  26 TIMES SMALLER THAN TEXAS OR MANY OTHER COUNTRIES.
  • 09:35   BUT YET, ISRAEL IS THE ONLY  COUNTRY IN THE WORLD LOCATED
  • 09:38    BETWEEN THREE CONTINENTS, >> EUROPE, ASIA, AFRICA.
  • 09:44 SO WE HAVE GOT THE ADVANTAGE   OF THESE THREE CONTINENTS.
  • 09:47    WE'VE MADE A SURVEY, IN FACT,  TO LEARN THE EXPECTATION OF >> THE TOURIST.
  • 09:50 WHAT ARE THEY EXPECTING FROM    THE DESTINATION WHEN THEY GO.
  • 09:53 AND WE DISCOVERED THAT WHATEVER
  • 09:55 THEY NEED IT IS  THERE IN THIS SMALL COUNTRY.
  • 09:56    THEY SAY HISTORY.
  • 09:57    YOU WANT HISTORY?
  • 09:59   WHAT CAN BE BETTER HISTORY THAN THE BIBLE?
  • 10:02  THIS IS THE LAND OF HISTORY.
  • 10:03  THEY SAY ARCHAEOLOGY.
  • 10:05  YOU WANT ARCHAEOLOGY?
  • 10:06 COME TO ISRAEL.
  • 10:07   WE CAN TAKER YOU TO MASADA.
  • 10:09 WE CAN SHOW YOU THE REMAINS FROM DAVID.
  • 10:13    WE CAN SHOW YOU REMAINS.
  • 10:14   HERODIANS.
  • 10:18  THE ZEALOTS.
  • 10:21 GO TO CEASAREA.
  • 10:22 WE CAN SHOW YOU, AGAIN,
  • 10:25  PHOENICIAN, HERODIAN, ROMAN, CRUSADE.
  • 10:28    GO TO ARMAGEDDON.
  • 10:29   22 LEVELS OF CIVILIZATION.
  • 10:31   AND SO THIS IS THE PLACE TO COME FOR ARCHAEOLOGY.
  • 10:33  THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY LIKE TO GO BECAUSE THEY LIKE TO    EAT FOOD.
  • 10:36 WE HAVE 74 DIFFERENT CUISINES.
  • 10:38   IF YOU ARE A BIRD WATCHER, COME TO ISRAEL.
  • 10:40 AGAIN, THE FACT THAT WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THREE CONTINENTS,
  • 10:42  BIRDS OF THESE THREE  CONTINENTS MIGRATE TO ISRAEL.
  • 10:45    AND I CAN GO ON.
  • 10:46 YOU WANT HEALTH RESORT?
  • 10:48   GO TO THE DEAD SEA,   THE BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD    AS HEALTH RESORT.
  • 10:52 YOU WANT TO GO MOUNTAIN   OR DESERT TOURING?
  • 10:57   20 MINUTES FROM JERUSALEM, YOU GO TO THE DESERT OF JUDEA.
  • 11:00  IT IS SO CONVENIENT.
  • 11:01   EVERYTHING IS HERE IN THIS SMALL COUNTRY.
  • 11:03 SO THAT'S WHY I SAY I CAN ALMOST PROMISE YOU WHATEVER YOU NEED AS
  • 11:07   A TOURIST, IT IS IN THIS COUNTRY.
  • 11:10 BUT THESE ARE ALL MINOR REASONS.
  • 11:14 THIS IS THE BIBLE LAND.
  • 11:17 SO THAT'S WHY WE ARE EMPHASIZING
  • 11:20 THE BIBLE LAND AND THE >>   PILGRIMAGE TOURS
  • 11:24    AND THIS IS THE COUNTRY.
  • 11:27    [ music playing ]
  • 12:28    "THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD,   I SHALL GATHER YOU FROM THE
  • 12:32 "PEOPLES AND ASSEMBLE YOU OUT OF THE COUNTRIES WHERE YOU HAVE
  • 12:35    "BEEN SCATTERED AND I WILL   GIVE YOU THE LAND OF ISRAEL,
  • 12:39   "THE WILDERNESS AND >>    DRY LAND SHALL BE GLAD.
  • 12:42    "THE DESERT SHALL REJOICE     AND BLOSSOM AS THE ROSE.
  • 12:46   "YOU SHALL KNOW THAT    I AM THE LORD WHEN I BRING
  • 12:50 "YOU INTO THE LAND OF ISRAEL."
  • 12:55   WELL, GO TO ISRAEL.
  • 12:56 JUST GO, DO IT.
  • 12:57   GO WITH US OR SOMEONE ELSE.
  • 12:59   BUT GET THERE IN THIS LIFE.
  • 13:00 IT'S WELL WORTH SEEING.
  • 13:02    I REALLY WANT YOU TO SEE IT FOR YOURSELF.
  • 13:04  YOU CAN'T RELY ON THE MEDIA.
  • 13:06    THEY JUST AREN'T COVERING  THE PLACE IN ANY FAIR OR LOGICAL WAY.
  • 13:11 I MEAN, AFTER ALL, HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ACRE ON THE NEWS?
  • 13:14 IT IS A TOWN OF 50,000 PEOPLE.
  • 13:16   MUCH SMALLER PLACES  ARE COVERED ALL OF THE TIME.
  • 13:19  A LITTLE SUBURB OF JERUSALEM WHERE THERE HAPPENS TO BE KIDS
  • 13:24 THROWING STONES NOW AND AGAIN IS COVERED AS IF IT WERE
  • 13:28    A NEW YORK CITY OR LONDON   AND PROBABLY HAS A  1000 OR 2000 PEOPLE.
  • 13:34 BUT YOU NEVER SEEN ACRE BECAUSE IT'S PEACEFUL.
  • 13:36  EVERYBODY GETS ALONG.
  • 13:38 IT'S A GOOD EXAMPLE OF   DEMOCRATIC ISRAEL WHERE THE
  • 13:41  ARABS AND JEWS LIVE TOGETHER.
  • 13:43    AND THEREFORE, THE MEDIA >>HAVE NO INTEREST IN IT AT ALL.
  • 13:45  YOU KNOW, WE A FRIEND OVER THERE WHO'S IS A MEDIA MAN.
  • 13:49 BUT WHEN DAVID BAR-LLAN >>   WAS THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR
  • 13:51 OF THE JERUSALEM POST, A VERY IMPORTANT MEDIA POSITION,
  • 13:55 HE WAS ALWAYS KIND TO US, GAVE US INTERVIEWS, ACCOMMODATED US.
  • 13:58 AND THEN HE BECAME THE ADVISOR  TO PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU,
  • 14:03    HE STILL HAD TIME FOR US.
  • 14:06 AND WE CONSULTED HIM ON  THIS PROBLEM ABOUT THE MEDIA
  • 14:09   AND ITS COVERAGE OF ISRAEL.
  • 14:11 UNFORTUNATELY THE MEDIA    EVERYWHERE NOW SEEM TO BE
  • 14:14    OBSESSED WITH THE NEGATIVE AND IN ISRAEL'S CASE,
  • 14:17  IT IS EVEN MORE SO.
  • 14:19    AND THAT IS IT PERHAPS    THE BIGGEST LIE
  • 14:21 THAT CAN BE TOLD ABOUT ISRAEL.
  • 14:23  I'VE OFTEN COMPARED >>  IT TO THE WAY THE SOVIETS
  • 14:27 USED TO PORTRAY   THE UNITED STATES.
  • 14:30    THEY VERY SELDOM ACTUALLY  FABRICATED ANYTHING,
  • 14:33 THEY SELDOM TOLD OUTRIGHT LIES.
  • 14:36  WHAT THEY DID WAS TOLD 10 PERCENT OF THE TRUTH
  • 14:39    AND THAT WAS THE >>  BIGGEST LIE OF ALL.
  • 14:41  BECAUSE WHEN YOU TAKE A SMALL   FRAGMENT, A SMALL SECTION,
  • 14:45  A SMALL SEGMENT OF THE TRUTH,
  • 14:47   IT CAN REALLY BE THE WORST
  • 14:50 POSSIBLE WAY OF  SHOWING WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.
  • 14:54 AND THE SOVIETS, FOR INSTANCE, WOULD TAKE A PICTURE OF A LINE
  • 14:59  OF UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE WAITING   FOR THE HANDOUT OR WHATEVER.
  • 15:05  A DRUG ADDICT SLEEPING IN THE PARK AND SAY, "THIS IS AMERICA."
  • 15:12  THIS IS ALL AMERICA IS ABOUT.
  • 15:14 AND OF COURSE, NOTHING COULD BE A GREATER DISTORTION.
  • 15:17    THIS HAPPENS VERY >>   OFTEN IN ISRAEL.
  • 15:19   WE GOT SO USED TO PICTURES,  FOR INSTANCE,
  • 15:24  OF ARAB REFUGEE CAMPS  WHICH ARE REALLY THAN NO MORE
  • 15:28  THAN A SOCIAL  PROBLEM WITHIN ARAB SOCIETY.
  • 15:32 I ONCE SUGGESTED TO MY REPORTERS ON THE JERUSALEM POST,
  • 15:36    WHEN I WAS THERE, TO DO A PROGRAM WHICH WOULD BE SOMETHING
  • 15:39 LIKE THE HOMES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS AND TO TAKE PICTURES ONLY
  • 15:45 OF ARAB HOMES IN ISRAEL AND IN THE TERRITORIES,
  • 15:49   BECAUSE THE MOST SUMPTUOUS,   THE MOST MAGNIFICENT HOMES
  • 15:53 IN THIS PART OF   THE WORLD BELONG TO ARABS,
  • 15:56    THE PALESTINIANS,  THE AREAS OF THE PALESTINIAN >>   AUTHORITY AND IN ISRAEL.
  • 16:00   VERY FEW PEOPLE KNOW THAT.
  • 16:02 OUR TOURIST ARE OFTEN SURPRISEDLY ESPECIALLY
  • 16:04   AS WE DRIVE THROUGH   GALILEE AND TOWNS, NAZARETH
  • 16:09  AND SO ON, TO SEE HUGE STONE  HOMES THEY ASSUME ARE ISRAELI
  • 16:13   GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, MOVIE STARS.
  • 16:15    IT IS LIKE MOVIE PALACES,  MOVIE VILLAS.
  • 16:19   ALL YOU HAVE TO DO   IS GO FIVE MINUTES
  • 16:20  FROM HERE TO SEE THESE HOMES.
  • 16:24 IT IS JUST ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.
  • 16:26  AND THAT SHOWS THE TREMENDOUS  GAP BETWEEN THE RICH AND POOR
  • 16:30  IN ARAB SOCIETY AND THE FACT THAT VERY LITTLE IS BEING BEEN
  • 16:33 DONE BY THE PALESTINIAN    AUTHORITY
  • 16:36    FOR THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE SO-CALLED REFUGEE CAMPS
  • 16:39    WHICH ARE REALLY >>   SHANTY TOWNS OF THE POOR.
  • 16:41   NOW, THAT'S A VERY SERIOUS  SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC PROBLEM.
  • 16:46    BUT IT CERTAINLY >>  HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE    GENERAL STATE OF AFFAIRS.
  • 16:50  AND IT'S A GREAT PITY    THAT IT IS NOT SHOWN WITH
  • 16:53  THE KIND OF BALANCED WAY THAT  WOULD BE CLOSER TO THE TRUTH.
  • 16:59 IS IT PERHAPS TRUE THAT >>   IF YOU FAIRLY CONSIDERED
  • 17:02 THE WHOLE ARAB SOCIETY  IN ISRAEL WITH THE WHOLE ARAB
  • 17:05  SOCIETY IN LET'S SAY    EGYPT OR SYRIA OR JORDAN,
  • 17:09    THAT THE ARABS IN ISRAEL >>  WOULD LIVE ON A MUCH HIGHER
  • 17:11   ECONOMIC PLANE PER CAPITA?
  • 17:14    WELL, OF COURSE.
  • 17:16 THE ARABS UNDER ISRAELI   RULE AND THIS APPLIES BOTH
  • 17:20 TO ISRAEL AND THE TIME WHICH OF COURSE, HAS PASSED NOW,
  • 17:24 BUT AT THE TIME IN WHICH ISRAEL RULED THE TERRITORIES IN WHICH
  • 17:28  THE PALESTINIANS LIVE, THOSE  ARABS HAVE A HIGHER STANDARD
  • 17:34   OF LIVING THAN ANY    ARABS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 17:37 THE HIGHER STANDARD OF HEALTH.
  • 17:40 AS A MATTER OF FACT, YOU KNOW,
  • 17:41  SINCE ISRAEL WON THOSE AREAS >>   WHICH IT
  • 17:45 NOW FORFEITED,  THE LIFE SPAN OF THE
  • 17:49  AVERAGE ARAB, >>   OF THE ARAB, OF THE ARAB
  • 17:51 POPULATION INCREASED BY 20 AND  25 YEARS WITHIN THAT PERIOD.
  • 17:57 THE HEALTH LEVEL BECAME FROM A
  • 18:01 SITUATION WHICH  COMPARED WITH THE WORST PARTS
  • 18:04   OF THE THIRD WORLD INTO MODERN FACILITIES.
  • 18:08 THE KIND OF HEALTH CARE THAT THEY CAN GET AND STILL DO
  • 18:12 GET IN THE HOSPITALS IN JERUSALEM AND HADASSAH HOSPITAL
  • 18:16 AND THE OTHER HOSPITALS >>   IS THE BEST KIND OF CARE
  • 18:19    THAT YOU CAN GET >>ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.
  • 18:21 THAT'S THE SORT >>   OF THING THAT NO AVERAGE
  • 18:23   ARAB IN ARAB WORLD CAN GET.
  • 18:25 I HEARD A STORY FROM BEER-SHEBA,   I GUESS YOU CAN VERIFY IT.
  • 18:29    THAT THE MEDICAL STUDENTS  THERE APPROACHED THE BEDOUIN
  • 18:32 AND TOLD THEM, YOU HAVE  A HIGH INFANT MORTALITY RATE.
  • 18:35 WE'RE LEARNING   TO DELIVER BABIES.
  • 18:38 WE CAN DO THIS   IN A DISCREET WAY.
  • 18:40  UNDER COVERS.
  • 18:41 WE WON'T OFFEND    ANYONE'S MODESTY.
  • 18:43   BUT PERHAPS WE CAN HELP YOU WITH A GRAVE PROBLEM.
  • 18:46 AND AFTER THEY DELIVERED A FEW BABIES,
  • 18:48 SAFELY AND AFTER A FEW BEDOUIN LADIES WHO WERE USED TO SLEEPING
  • 18:51 IN TENTS SLEPT IN HOSPITAL ROOMS
  • 18:54 WITH CLEAN SHEETS AND HAD MEALS BROUGHT TO THEIR BEDS ON TRAYS.
  • 18:57 THERE WAS A LONG LINE OF WOMEN,   NOT JUST PREGNANT,
  • 19:00 BUT SOME WITH CUSHIONS   TIED AROUND THEIR STOMACHS
  • 19:03  JUST TO HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE.
  • 19:06  YES, BUT ANYONE WHO VISITS AN   ISRAELI HOSPITAL KNOWS THAT
  • 19:10 THE NUMBER OF ARAB PATIENTS IN THEM ARE DISPROPORTIONATE WITH
  • 19:14 THEIR NUMBER IN THE POPULATION.
  • 19:16   IN FACT, IT IS MUCH LARGER AND THEY GET THE BEST OF CARE,
  • 19:19  LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE.
  • 19:21 THE WORLD PRESS WOULD HAVE IT THAT THE ISRAELIS
  • 19:25 ARE OPPRESSING THE ARAB SOCIETY.
  • 19:27  THAT THEY'RE STRONG.
  • 19:28 THAT THEY'RE UNCARING.
  • 19:30 THAT THEY HAVE TAKEN THEIR LAND.
  • 19:33  I GUESS, I DON'T KNOW  HOW TO SPEAK TO THIS.
  • 19:36   I'LL LET YOU DO IT.
  • 19:38  BUT IT'S BEEN REALLY   KIND OF MORE THE OTHER WAY.
  • 19:41    THE ISRAELIS HAVE  BEEN MORE THAN FAIR.
  • 19:43  FIRST OF ALL,    FOR OVER A HUNDRED YEARS,
  • 19:47  THE ARABS OF THIS REGION HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DESTROY ISRAEL,
  • 19:53 TO ELIMINATE THE JEWISH   PRESENCE IN ISRAEL
  • 19:56  AND CERTAINLY JEWISH    SOVEREIGNTY IN THIS AREA.
  • 19:59 EVEN TODAY, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND ANY KIND OF EXPRESSION
  • 20:03   OF RECOGNITION OF OUR RIGHT
  • 20:06  TO EXIST HERE AS A SOVEREIGN COUNTRY.
  • 20:09   YOU WILL NOT FIND THE WORD   ISRAEL IN ANY ARAB
  • 20:12 MAP PRINTED IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 20:14  THIS IS REALLY AN INDICATION OF AN ATTITUDE WHICH SHOWS THAT
  • 20:19  WE HAVEN'T BEEN ACCEPTED YET   AS PART OF THE MIDDLE EAST
  • 20:23  REGARDLESS OF THE BORDERS OR WHATEVER
  • 20:25 WE SETTLE WITH THE PALESTINIANS.
  • 20:27    BUT JUST THE FACT  OF OUR EXISTENCE HERE
  • 20:28 HAS NOT REALLY BEEN RECOGNIZED.
  • 20:30  PALESTINIAN TEXTBOOKS  DON'T HAVE THE WORLD
  • 20:32 ISRAEL IN THE GEOGRAPHY BOOKS.
  • 20:35  THE MAP OF ISRAEL IS DRAWN AS   PART OF OCCUPIED PALESTINE.
  • 20:40 THE WORD ISRAEL DOESN'T   EXIST IN THE BOOKS.
  • 20:44  THE LIST OF NATIONS.
  • 20:46  THE LIST OF COUNTRIES >>   DOES NOT INCLUDE ISRAEL.
  • 20:48   ON THE OTHER HAND,   THERE IS A COUNTRY
  • 20:50    BY THE NAME OF PALESTINE,   WHICH DOESN'T REALLY EXIST,
  • 20:52    BUT EXIST IN THESE BOOKS.
  • 20:53    SO IS THERE THIS KIND OF >>MYTH RATHER THAN REALITY WHICH
  • 20:57 DOMINATES ARAB THINKING  AND THAT IS I THINK,
  • 21:00 ONE OF THE GREATEST IMPEDIMENTS TO A CONCLUSION OF A SETTLEMENT
  • 21:05 OF PEACE BETWEEN US AND THE ARAB  STATES AND THE PALESTINIANS.
  • 21:09 THE MEDIA OF AMERICA AND EUROPE, AFTER ALL, THESE ARE DEMOCRATIC,
  • 21:15   THESE ARE DEMOCRACY PEOPLE WRITING
  • 21:18    AND YET THEY TAKE THE SIDE OF THE DICTATORSHIPS.
  • 21:23   WHEN YOU COME TO THE MEDIA,   IT'S AN ADDITIONAL PROBLEM.
  • 21:25  AND THAT IS THE FACT THAT THE MEDIA ALL KNOW
  • 21:27   THAT IF THEY ATTACK  THESE DICTATORSHIPS,
  • 21:31  THEY WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM THESE COUNTRIES.
  • 21:34 IF CNN WANTS TO   HAVE AN OFFICE IN DAMASCUS,
  • 21:37  IT CANNOT SAY BAD WORD ABOUT ASSAUD,
  • 21:40    EVEN THOUGH HE'S >>   ONE OF THE MOST RUTHLESS,
  • 21:42    ONE OF THE MOST HORRIBLE    DICTATORS IN THE HISTORY
  • 21:45    OF THE 20th CENTURY WHICH  HAS SEEN SOME RATHER   RUTHLESS DICTATORS.
  • 21:49 BUT CNN WILL NOT DARE SAY A WORD
  • 21:51  AGAINST HIM BECAUSE THEY KNOW   THAT IMMEDIATELY THE REGIME
  • 21:54  IN DAMASCUS WILL RETALIATE BY  EXCLUDING THEM FROM DAMASCUS
  • 21:58  AND NOT ALLOWING THEM TO OPEN AN OFFICE THERE
  • 22:00 IF THEY SO WISH TO DO.
  • 22:02  AND SO THE SAME THING APPLIES
  • 22:04   TO ALL OF THE OTHER >>   POLICE STATES AROUND US.
  • 22:06  THEY HAVE TO BE NICE TO THEM
  • 22:07    BECAUSE OTHERWISE  THEY WON'T BE THERE.
  • 22:09    YOU COULDN'T SEND ARNETT >>   TO BAGHDAD DURING THE WAR
  • 22:13 WITH IRAQ AND EXPECT HIM TO SAY VERY CRITICAL THINGS ABOUT IRAQ
  • 22:17    BECAUSE YOU KNEW HE WOULD   BE KICKED OUT THE NEXT DAY.
  • 22:19  PETER ARNETT.
  • 22:20  YES.
  • 22:21 THERE YOU ARE.
  • 22:22  THAT'S THE ANSWER TO   WHY THE MEDIA TREAT ISRAEL
  • 22:25  AS THEY WOULD >>   TREAT THE UNITED STATES.
  • 22:26   THAT IS, THEY KNOW >>   THIS IS AN OPEN SOCIETY.
  • 22:29 THEY KNOW THEY   HAVE ACCESS TO EVERYTHING.
  • 22:30 THEY CAN BE AS CRITICAL   AS THEY WANT TO BE
  • 22:32 AND NOTHING WILL HAPPEN TO THEM.
  • 22:33    WHILE IN ARAB COUNTRIES, >>IT'S GOODBYE, CHARLIE.
  • 22:38  THEY WON'T BE THERE ANYMORE.
  • 22:39 WELL, THAT'S VERY GOOD THINKING.
  • 22:40 I HADN'T THOUGHT OF THAT POINT.
  • 22:42  HOWEVER YOU CRITICIZE  ISRAEL YOU CAN STILL
  • 22:43 OPEN YOUR OFFICE IN THE MORNING.
  • 22:45  OF COURSE, OF COURSE.
  • 22:46   THAT IS, YOU KNOW, >>   IT'S PAR FOR THE COURSE.
  • 22:49 THAT'S WHAT IS >>   EXPECTED FROM EVERYBODY.
  • 22:52    CRITICIZE ISRAEL.
  • 22:54    IT ALSO IN A WAY >>  IF YOU ARE A BIT OF  A MASOCHIST, IT'S FLATTERING.
  • 22:58  WHY?
  • 22:59 BECAUSE IF THE >>   JEWS DO SOMETHING WRONG,
  • 23:02  IT IS THE MAN BITE DOG KIND OF NEWS.
  • 23:07    BECAUSE IT IS SO UNUSUAL.
  • 23:08    WHY, IF THE ARABS   DO SOMETHING WRONG,
  • 23:10    WELL, THAT'S WHAT   YOU EXPECT ANYWAY.
  • 23:12    SO IT IS NOT REALLY NEWS.
  • 23:14    BUT THE FACT IS,    AS THE COLUMNIST FOR THE
  • 23:18     WASHINGTON POST AND THE >>   TIME MAGAZINE HAS PUT IT,  JEWS IS NEWS.
  • 23:21  JEWS IS NEWS.
  • 23:25  AND PARTICULARLY WHEN   JEWS DO SOMETHING,
  • 23:28  THAT IS PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE, DONE BY EVERYBODY ELSE.
  • 23:31   BUT WHICH YOU DO    NOT EXPECT JEWS TO DO.
  • 23:35    AND THAT IS A SIGN THAT  ANTI-SEMITISM IS ALIVE AND
  • 23:41  THRIVING AND THAT IT HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO ANTI-ISRAELISM.
  • 23:46   THAT IS, I DON'T THINK THAT    PEOPLE DON'T HAVE A RIGHT
  • 23:49 TO CRITICIZES ISRAEL POLICIES.
  • 23:51   OF COURSE, THEY DO.
  • 23:52  BUT WHEN ISRAEL IS HELD TO A  DIFFERENT STANDARD FROM THAT
  • 23:56  WHICH APPLIES  TO OTHER DEMOCRACIES,
  • 23:59   THAT IS WHEN YOU FEEL THAT   PERHAPS THERE IS NOT JUST A
  • 24:02    DIFFERENT STANDARD HERE, >>BUT A DOUBLE STANDARD.
  • 24:04    OH, YES.
  • 24:06    DO YOU SEE ANTI-SEMITISM, SINCE THAT'S A SUBJECT
  • 24:08 IN THE NEWS LATELY IN AMERICA IS GROWING AND BECOMING VIRULENT?
  • 24:14    NOT ONLY GROWING >>  AND BECOMING MORE VIRULENT.
  • 24:16 I WANT YOU TO REALIZE THAT THE    ONLY GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED
  • 24:19   ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE WORLD  TODAY IS IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 24:23    THERE IS NO OTHER   PLACE IN THE WORLD
  • 24:25   IN WHICH GOVERNMENT   SUPPORTS, ABETS, SPONSORED, >>   INITIATES ANTI-SEMITISM.
  • 24:30 YOU HAVE ANTI-SEMITISM   EVERYWHERE,
  • 24:33    JUST AS YOU HAVE >>   CRIME EVERYWHERE.
  • 24:35    I MEAN, YOU PROBABLY WILL NEVER ELIMINATE IT COMPLETELY.
  • 24:37   AS YOU KNOW, THERE ARE HATE  CRIMES IN THE UNITED STATES,
  • 24:40 THERE ARE HATE   CRIMES EVERYWHERE.
  • 24:41   BUT THE DIFFERENCE IS THAT    THEIR SOCIETY CONDEMNS IT
  • 24:45 AND NEGATES IT AND THE >>   GOVERNMENT DOES WHATEVER
  • 24:47    POSSIBLE TO SUPPRESS IT, >> ELIMINATE IT.
  • 24:51 HERE IT IS THE OTHER WAY AROUND.
  • 24:53  THE GOVERNMENTS ENCOURAGE IT.
  • 24:55   THE GOVERNMENTS SPONSOR IT.
  • 24:57 YOU HAVE A GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED  PRESS IN EGYPT, FOR INSTANCE,
  • 25:02  AND THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY WHICH IS ANTI-SEMITIC.
  • 25:06  THE STATE DEPARTMENT   HAS CALLED IT ANTI-SEMITIC.
  • 25:08 IT IS NOT ANTI-ZIONIST, IT IS NOT ANTI-ISRAEL.
  • 25:12   OF COURSE, IT IS THAT, TOO.
  • 25:13 BUT IT IS ANTI-JEWISH.
  • 25:16 IT ACCUSES JEWS OF ALL    OF THE EVIL IN THE WORLD.
  • 25:18   THE OLD IDEAS ABOUT  POISONING THE WELLS,
  • 25:20 EXCEPT TODAY IT IS NOT POISONING THE WELLS, IT IS SPREADING AIDS,
  • 25:24    IT IS THAT KIND OF THING.
  • 25:26 SPREADING FOOD  THAT POISONS PEOPLE.
  • 25:28    THAT'S THE KIND OF THINGS >>   ARE JEWS ARE ACCUSED OF.
  • 25:30  JEWS AS JEWS, NOT AS  ISRAELIS OR ZIONIST.
  • 25:33  SO IT IS THE KIND OF MANIFESTATION WHICH IS
  • 25:36  NOT ONLY UNFORTUNATE, BUT WHICH IN THIS PART
  • 25:39 OF THE WORLD IS  WORSE THAN ANY OTHER.
  • 25:41  AS A MATTER OF FACT,   IT'S UNIQUE IN IT.
  • 25:44 WELL, I THINK THE POINT IS MADE.
  • 25:46 ISRAEL DESERVES   A PLACE AMONG THE NATIONS.
  • 25:48 IT'S A FINE DEMOCRACY.
  • 25:50   JEWS, ARABS AND CHRISTIANS    ARE LIVING TOGETHER THERE
  • 25:54 AT LEAST AS PEACEFULLY AS THEY    LIVE TOGETHER IN AMERICA,
  • 25:57    PUT IT THAT WAY.
  • 25:58  WE HAVE A FEW RACIAL AND RELIGIOUS PROBLEMS >>   IN THIS COUNTRY.
  • 26:02 THAT JUST COMES IN A DEMOCRACY
  • 26:04  WHERE PEOPLE CAN EXPRESS THEMSELVES.
  • 26:06  AND THAT COUNTRY IS PEACEFUL.
  • 26:08  ISRAEL IS A PEACEFUL NATION.
  • 26:10 I DON'T CARE HOW THEY COLOR IT.
  • 26:11  GOSH, I HAVE TAKEN 65 TOURS.
  • 26:15  I HAVEN'T SEEN ANY VIOLENCE.
  • 26:17 YOU WOULD HAVE TO DRIVE AROUND   OR SEARCH IT OUT OR HAVE IT
  • 26:21 STAGED FOR YOUR CAMERA   WHICH IS MORE LIKELY TO DO.
  • 26:24 YOU KNOW, THE MEDIA COMPLAINED THERE BECAUSE THEY CAN COMPLAIN.
  • 26:27  YOU KNOW, THERE'S AN OLD JOKE  ABOUT THE RUSSIAN WHO ARRIVED
  • 26:29 AND THEY SAID, "WHY DID YOU COME  TO ISRAEL, DIDN'T YOU HAVE A    PLACE TO LIVE IN RUSSIA?"
  • 26:33  AND HE SAYS,   "OH, I COULDN'T COMPLAIN."
  • 26:36   "DID YOU HAVE A JOB THERE?"
  • 26:37 HE SAYS, "I COULDN'T COMPLAIN."
  • 26:39    "SO WELL, IF YOU COULDN'T   COMPLAIN WHY DID YOU CHANGE   COUNTRIES?"
  • 26:43 HE SAYS, "HERE, I CAN COMPLAIN."
  • 26:46  AND THAT'S THE MEDIA.
  • 26:47 YOU KNOW, IF THEY WROTE THE KIND OF STUFF AND TELEVISED
  • 26:51 IT IN SYRIA OR EGYPT --
  • 26:52 EGYPT MURDERS CHRISTIANS DAILY
  • 26:55 OR SUDAN OR ANY   OF THESE COUNTRIES,
  • 26:58   WHY THEY WOULD BE IN JAIL,   THEY WOULDN'T EVEN SURVIVE.
  • 27:01 ISRAEL HAS GOT    A PERFECTLY FREE COUNTRY,
  • 27:03 A PERFECTLY FREE PRESS AND THEY  TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT,   THAT'S ALL.
  • 27:07 THE ARAB NATIONS ARE MORE LIKE CUBA FROM WHERE YOU NEVER GET A
  • 27:10 NEWS STORY EITHER OTHER THAN IF IT WAS AN ISSUE OVER SOME KIDS  OR SOMETHING.
  • 27:15   LOOK, BIBLE READERS   UNDERSTAND THIS PERFECTLY.
  • 27:18   GET DAVID BAR-LLAN'S BOOK.
  • 27:20 JERUSALEM: THE TRUTH.
  • 27:21    BOY, THIS IS A COMMENTARY ON THE 90's AND HOW IT BUILT UP
  • 27:26  TO WHAT WE HAVE NOW.
  • 27:28  AND WHAT TRENCHANT, WONDERFUL  EDITORIALS HE WROTE.
  • 27:30  REALLY GOOD READING.
  • 27:32  I RECOMMEND THE BOOK.
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  • 27:40 AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 27:43 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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