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Episode: “A Place to Call Home”
Nestled along the shore of the Mediterranean, Caesarea has become a beautiful and affluent area. Zola explains the spiritual significance of Caesarea, which is a jewel in the crown of Israel. We see new immigrants coming to Israel and hear from the Jewish Agency representative involved with the process.
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 to Call Home” (9/12)

  • 00:01 HELLO, I'M ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 00:03   ON TODAY'S PROGRAM, WE'LL GO OVER TO ISRAEL
  • 00:05 AND SHOW ]OU CEASAREA,   A REALLY SURPRISING PLACE.
  • 00:08 YOU ARE NOT GOING TO SEE ON CNN.
  • 00:10  AND GO TO BEN GURION AIRPORT    AND CHECK ON NEW ISRAELIS
  • 00:15   COMING BACK  TO THEIR ANCESTRAL HOMELAND.
  • 00:21    [ music playing ]
  • 00:57 SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN AND WELCOME
  • 00:58 BACK TO THIS IS ISRAEL SERIES.
  • 01:00 WE MADE THESE PROGRAMS BECAUSE  FRANKLY WE ARE JUST WEARY OF
  • 01:04   WATCHING HOW ISRAEL    IS PORTRAYED ON THE NEWS.
  • 01:06 IF ISRAEL WAS A PERSON, IT WOULD HAVE GROUNDS TO SUE FOR LIBEL.
  • 01:12  THE WAY CNN AND THE NETWORKS  COVER THE PLACE AS IF IT WAS
  • 01:15  SOME KIND OF BANANA REPUBLIC  AND ALWAYS IN TROUBLE
  • 01:17 AND HAVING STRIFE AND CONFLICT,  THAT'S CRAZY.
  • 01:20    IT'S A THRIVING DEMOCRACY   AND IT'S GOT THE PER CAPITA
  • 01:25   INCOME OF A    WESTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRY.
  • 01:27  IT'S NOT LIKE   ITS ARAB NEIGHBORS AT ALL.
  • 01:29   IT IS PROGRESSIVE, MODERN.
  • 01:31 ITS TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRY AND >>   EXPORTS MAKE IT A NATION >> AMONG NATIONS REALLY.
  • 01:39 AND WE CALL IT A PLACE TO CALL HOME, BECAUSE IT IS GOING TO BE
  • 01:43  HOME OF THE ENTIRE CHURCH NOT   JUST TO SAY THE JEWS OF THE    WORLD EVENTUALLY.
  • 01:49    BUT WE ARE GOING FIRST TO  THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST TO A WONDERFUL TOWN CALLED CEASAREA.
  • 01:56    IT GOES ALL THE WAY BACK >>   WE'LL EXPLAIN IN HISTORY.
  • 01:59   THIS IS MEDITERRANEAN SEA,  OF COURSE, AND THE COASTLINE
  • 02:03   OF ISRAEL,    THIS IS TEL AVIV.
  • 02:05 AND NORTH OF TEL AVIV, IS THE LITTLE TOWN OF CEASAREA.
  • 02:09  HERE IS HYFFA  AND THE BORDER WITH LEBANON.
  • 02:12    SO WE ARE HALFWAY   UP THE MEDITERRANEAN COAST
  • 02:17  A VERY, VERY  SURPRISING AND PRETTY PLACE.
  • 02:20    SO NOW WE'LL GO    TO LOCATION RIGHT THERE.
  • 02:31  A PLACE TO CALL HOME.
  • 02:33 THIS IS CERTAINLY ONE OF THOSE
  • 02:34 PLACES IN ISRAEL WHERE
  • 02:36 IT'S FUN TO BE AT HOME.
  • 02:37    THIS IS CEASAREA.
  • 02:38    IT WAS A DILAPIDATED TOWN   WHEN KING HEROD CAME HERE.
  • 02:41 IT IS AN ANCIENT SITE.
  • 02:43    IT'S A HARBOR AND SO ON, ON  THE COAST OF THE MEDITERRANEAN.
  • 02:46   BUT HEROD, THE GREAT    BUILDER OF MASSADAH
  • 02:50 AND THE TEMPLE AT JERUSALEM PUT A PALACE HERE
  • 02:53  AND BUILT A MAGNIFICENT TOWN.
  • 02:56  YOU KNOW, WHEN MARK TWAIN WAS    HERE IN THE 19th CENTURY,
  • 03:00 CEASAREA WAS ONE OF THE PLACES  THAT REALLY DISCOURAGED HIM.
  • 03:02  THE SEA WATER HAD BEEN PLOWED
  • 03:04  IN HERE AND THE TURKS >>   HAD TAKEN THE TREES OUT.
  • 03:07   IT WAS A DESERT AND  A SWAMP AND NOT A NICE PLACE.
  • 03:12    BUT UNDER HEROD, >> SO MANY PEOPLE MOVED IN HERE
  • 03:15  THAT THE CITY BECAME LARGER THAN JERUSALEM.
  • 03:18    IT HAD A >>POPULATION OF 100,000.
  • 03:21 THERE WAS AN OLD SAYING WHEN JERUSALEM PROSPERS    CEASAREA IS DOWN.
  • 03:27   AND WHEN CEASAREA PROSPERS,   JERUSALEM IS DOWN.
  • 03:29   AND WE'RE IN THE JERUSALEM   PERIOD NOW AND CEASAREA IS  PROSPERING JUST FINE.
  • 03:34   THE VIA MARIS GOES  THROUGH HERE.
  • 03:37  THE ROAD OF THE SEA.
  • 03:38 THAT IS THE WAY OF THE SEA THAT  COMES FROM SOUTH OF TEL AVIV
  • 03:42  AND RUNS UP THE COAST   TO HYFFA AND TO THE NORTH.
  • 03:44  AND THIS WAS A MAJOR  TRADE ROUTE IN ANCIENT TIMES.
  • 03:48 THE EGYPTIANS WOULD USE   TO TRADE WITH MESOPOTAMIA.
  • 03:52 IT WOULD GO UP AS FAR AS HYFFA  AND TURN IN LAND THROUGH THE
  • 03:54  VALLEY OF ARMAGEDDON AND PAST THE CITY OF MEGIDDO AND ALL OF
  • 03:58 THIS IS STILL THERE AS ANCIENT ROADS AND THEN THE ROAD WOULD GO
  • 04:03   THROUGH TO WHAT IS  NOW SYRIA AND JORDAN
  • 04:06 AND ALL THE WAY OVER TO NORTHERN >>   IRAQ AND THE TIGRESS AND >> EUPHRATES AND SO ON.
  • 04:11 WE'RE ON A GOLF COURSE.
  • 04:13   THERE'S A WONDERFUL   COUNTRY CLUB HERE.
  • 04:15  THERE'S ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL PROFESSIONAL 18-HOLE GOLF COURSE
  • 04:21    ALTHOUGH YOU HAVE TO KNOW   HOW TO HIT OUT OF THE SAND,
  • 04:24    IT IS A BEAUTIFUL   COURSE TO LOOK AT.
  • 04:27  THERE'S WATER AND BEAUTIFUL FAIRWAYS.
  • 04:29 AND THE TOWN BOASTS OF A ROMAN THEATER WITH 3600 SEATS THEY USE
  • 04:35  ALL OF THE TIME FOR CONCERTS.
  • 04:38 YOU KNOW, THE REVOLT OF 66 A.D.,  THE ONE THAT FINALLY ENDED UP
  • 04:43  RAISING THE JERUSALEM TEMPLE,    STARTED HERE AT CEASAREA.
  • 04:49  IT'S A FAMOUS PLACE.
  • 04:51    THE MARMALUKES CAME HERE >> AND DESTROYED ROMAN STATUARY   AND SO ON,
  • 04:55  SO THAT A LOT OF THE ANCIENT   RUINS HAVE BEEN DESECRATED.
  • 04:59  THOSE WERE MUSLIMS FROM EGYPT >>   WHO CAME HERE AFTER THE >>   CRUSADES.
  • 05:03 BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT OF  CEASAREA IS THIS IS THE TOWN
  • 05:08   WHICH BEGAN GENTILE  SALVATION IN THE CHURCH AGE.
  • 05:12  CORNELIUS, THE FIRST GENTILE WHOSE SALVATION IS RECORDED IN
  • 05:16 THE CHURCH AGE IS SAVED HERE BY A SERMON FROM PETER WHEN HE CAME
  • 05:26   HERE FROM JOPPA IN ACTS 10, THE THING IS RECORDED.
  • 05:27 IT'S A KEY MOMENT IN SCRIPTURE.
  • 05:28 WHEN THE BRETHREN AT JERUSALEM,
  • 05:31    THE CHURCH FATHERS WHO, >> OF COURSE, WERE ALL JEWISH AT THAT POINT,
  • 05:35  HEARD THAT HE WITNESSED TO    GENTILES, IT SAYS THEY   WERE TAKEN ABACK.
  • 05:40  AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE JEWISH CHRISTIANS THAT CAME
  • 05:42 HERE WITH PETER IT SAYS IN THE SCRIPTURES WERE ASTONISHED THAT:
  • 05:48  PAUL WAS HERE FOR TWO YEARS.
  • 05:50  HE STOOD TRIAL HERE.
  • 05:54 AND SINCE 1961, THIS HAS BEEN A
  • 05:55 REAL TOURIST >>   ATTRACTION IN OUR DAY.
  • 05:59 THEY COME HERE TO PLAY GOLF, TO GET SUN, TO SWIM.
  • 06:01  THERE IS BEAUTIFUL >>BEACHES ON THE MEDITERRANEAN.
  • 06:04 THERE'S GORGEOUS HOMES >>   HERE AND EXOTIC BAZAARS.
  • 06:07 THIS IS A JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF ISRAEL.
  • 06:10   IT'S ALSO A PLACE THAT CNN   AND THE NETWORKS DRIVE PAST   EVERY DAY.
  • 06:13  THEY CAN'T AVOID IT.
  • 06:15 THE HIGHWAY BETWEEN TEL AVIV AND HYFFA PASSES IN PLAIN SIGHT OF
  • 06:19 THESE BEAUTIFUL HOMES,    THIS GOLF COURSE,
  • 06:21   THESE BROAD BOULEVARDS AND    BEAUTIFUL TREES AND FRUIT  AND ORCHARDS.
  • 06:26 AND THEY NEVER,  EVER SHOW IT TO YOU.
  • 06:28 SO WE CAME HERE TO SHOW YOU THAT THIS, TOO, IS ISRAEL.
  • 06:45    "THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD,   I SHALL GATHER YOU FROM THE
  • 06:48 "PEOPLES AND ASSEMBLE YOU OUT OF THE COUNTRIES WHERE YOU HAVE
  • 06:52    "BEEN SCATTERED AND I WILL   GIVE YOU THE LAND OF ISRAEL,
  • 06:56   "THE WILDERNESS AND >>    DRY LAND SHALL BE GLAD.
  • 06:59    "THE DESERT SHALL REJOICE     AND BLOSSOM AS THE ROSE.
  • 07:03   "YOU SHALL KNOW THAT    I AM THE LORD WHEN I BRING
  • 07:06 "YOU INTO THE LAND OF ISRAEL."
  • 07:12 WELL, WE'VE MOVED FROM THE GOLF   COURSE HERE AT CEASAREA TO
  • 07:14  THIS AREA OF  VERY BEAUTIFUL HOMES.
  • 07:17   THE JEWS HAVE ALWAYS LOOKED    FOR A PLACE TO CALL HOME.
  • 07:21  FOR A LONG TIME,    THEY DIDN'T HAVE ONE.
  • 07:38  GOD HAS TAKEN   CARE OF HIS PEOPLE.
  • 07:40   THEY WERE DISPERSED  AND WENT FROM PLACE TO PLACE,
  • 07:42   COUNTRY TO COUNTRY, THE WORLD OVER.
  • 07:45   THE FACT IS AND AS BENJAMIN DISRAELI SAID,
  • 07:49    "IT IS IMPOSSIBLE  TO DESTROY THE JEWS."
  • 07:51  SO THEY SURVIVED AND THEY WENT ON AND THEY WENT ON.
  • 07:55  AND WE KNOW FROM OTHER VERSES THAT GOD GAVE THEM THE LAND HERE
  • 07:58 IN ISRAEL WHICH    BELONGED TO OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 08:01   HE WELL KNEW THAT.
  • 08:05   THEY WELCOMED FRIENDS HERE AND MADE A SOCIETY HERE
  • 08:09   AND THEY HAVE BEEN INFLUENTIAL HERE IN THE WORLD.
  • 08:12  ISRAELI PEOPLE HAVE GONE OUT AND REALLY HELPED IN THIS WORLD.
  • 08:16  YOU KNOW, IN YUGOSLAVIA, THEY WENT OUT AND HELPED OUT IN THE
  • 08:22  SETTLEMENT OF THE REFUGEES OF KOSOVO.
  • 08:25    THEY WENT TO THE >> EARTHQUAKE AT TURKEY.
  • 08:27    THEY WENT TO THE >> EARTHQUAKE AT GREECE.
  • 08:29    THEY HAVE REACHED OUT IN ALL DIRECTIONS.
  • 08:32  THEIR ENEMIES   HAVEN'T DONE THAT,
  • 08:35  BUT THE ISRAELIS REALLY HAVE.
  • 08:37    BACK IN THE 19th CENTURY, >>   THEY HELPED THE BOSNIANS
  • 08:40  WHO BUILT MOSQUES IN ISRAEL.
  • 08:42  AND THEY HAD    GOOD RELATIONS WITH THEM.
  • 08:47   ISRAEL REALLY WORKS    TO EMBRACE ITS NEIGHBORS.
  • 08:50   AND THAT IS   PART OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 08:52  ISRAEL WORKS EVEN TO EMBRACE   THE ARABS. THAT IS A FACT.
  • 09:15   IT REMINDS THEM TO BE GOOD TO STRANGERS BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN STRANGERS.
  • 09:18 THEY SURE HAVE.
  • 09:20   THEY WERE 400 YEARS  IN SLAVERY IN EGYPT.
  • 09:23    THEY HAVEN'T ALWAYS BEEN >> TREATED KINDLY IN THIS LAND.
  • 09:25   IN 1930, THE BRITISH ISSUED  THE "PASSFIELD WHITE PAPER."
  • 09:31   THEY SAID THERE WAS NO ONE  LAND TO BE HAD, NO MORE JEWS
  • 09:34   SHOULD BE COME BECAUSE THE WHOLE PLACE WAS OVERPOPULATED.
  • 09:37    THAT IS A RIDICULOUS LIE.
  • 09:39 THERE ARE 6 TIMES OR 10 TIMES AS MANY PEOPLE NOW AND IT'S STILL
  • 09:42    NOT OVERPOPULATED AT ALL.
  • 09:45 THEY SIMPLY WERE ANTI-SEMITIC.
  • 09:48 THE EXODUS SHIP WHICH CAME INTO THE HARBOR AFTER THE HOLOCAUST
  • 09:55  IN '47, '48,  THE JEWS WERE TRYING  TO COME TO THE LAND,
  • 09:59 THE BRITISH KEPT THE SHIP OUT IN THE HARBOR AND PEOPLE STARVED TO
  • 10:03 DEATH BEFORE THEY WOULD LET THEM  WALK INTO THE PROMISED LAND.
  • 10:06  IT WAS SUCH A   TERRIBLY SAD THING.
  • 10:08    AND IN THE LAND ISRAELIS >>REACTED, BY GOSH, MENACHEM BEGIN
  • 10:12   AND OTHERS LIKE HIM FORMED    VIGILANTE GROUPS AND THEY >>   BOMBED THE BRITISH, TOO.
  • 10:18  AT ONE POINT, >>   THEY BOMBED UP A SECTION >>OF THE KING DAVID HOTEL
  • 10:23  WHICH WAS THE BRITISH   HEADQUARTERS IN JERUSALEM.
  • 10:26   THEY DIDN'T  DO IT LIKE TERRORIST.
  • 10:28 THEY ISSUED A WARNING FIRST AND PHONED THE BRITISH OFFICERS AND
  • 10:31    TOLD THEM, THE PLACE HAS >>  BEEN STAKED OUT WITH BOMBS,   YOU NEED TO GET UP AND GO.
  • 10:35 THE BRITISH TALKED IT OVER AND  DECIDED THE ISRAELIS WEREN'T
  • 10:37  CAPABLE OF DOING THAT >>   AND AS A RESULT,
  • 10:39 LOST QUITE A FEW PEOPLE   WHEN THE BUILDING BLEW UP.
  • 10:43    THE ISRAELIS WERE  QUITE CAPABLE OF DOING THAT.
  • 10:47  THE CITY OF HADERA, JUST SOUTH  OF HERE WAS SETTLED 1891 BY 178 RUSSIAN FAMILIES.
  • 10:54  540 PEOPLE DIED OF MALARIA    IN THE FIRST 20 YEARS.
  • 10:59    IT'S VERY SAD.
  • 11:01 IT WAS A PLACE WHERE THERE WAS SWAMPLAND AND AT FIRST ALTHOUGH
  • 11:06    THEY DRAINED THE SWAMPS, >>  THE MOSQUITOS THAT CARRIED
  • 11:10  MALARIA WERE INDIGENOUS TO THE AREA.
  • 11:13    IT'S AN AREA THAT'S HARD >>  TO SETTLE AND HARD TO FARM,
  • 11:17    BUT THEY MADE IT PRODUCE.
  • 11:22   IT'S REALLY QUITE NICE NOW.
  • 11:23    NO BED OF ROSES, BUT THEY >>   HAVE DONE A LOT WITH IT.
  • 11:39  AND LIKE THE MESSIAH HIMSELF, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE TRIBULATION,
  • 11:43  BUT IN THE END THEY SURVIVE.
  • 11:45   THEY EVEN TRIUMPH.
  • 11:47    THEY HAVE PLENTY.
  • 11:48 ISRAEL TODAY IS   A REAL POWER TO BE
  • 11:50  RECKONED WITH   IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 11:52 AND IT IS A PERFECT SUCCESS IN TERMS OF BUILDING A COMFORTABLE
  • 11:57  MODERN LAND, A REAL HOME TO LIVE IN.
  • 11:59  LOOK AT THE HOMES BEHIND ME.
  • 12:01  YOU KNOW, HERE AGAIN,    CNN DRIVES PAST THIS PLACE
  • 12:05    ALL OF THE TIME, >>  SO DO THE NETWORKS.
  • 12:08  THEY'VE NEVER SHOWN YOU THIS.
  • 12:09  IT'S AS IF IT DOESN'T EXIST.
  • 12:11    AND YET, THIS S MUCH MORE   AVERAGE FOR ISRAEL THAN THE
  • 12:14  DUSTY STREETS  AND SMALL VILLAGES WHERE THEY
  • 12:17 TYPICALLY FILM THE BAD  NEWS THAT THEY SPECIALIZE IN.
  • 12:21   THE NEWS ON >>   TELEVISION IN PARTICULAR >> HAS DETERIORATED TO THEATER.
  • 12:25 IT IS SOME KIND   OF NEGATIVE ENTERTAINMENT.
  • 12:28 KNOW THAT ISRAEL HAS DONE THIS,  BUILT THIS AND ISRAELI PEOPLE
  • 12:34 AND ARAB PEOPLE ALIKE PROSPER.
  • 12:36  YOU KNOW, IN AMERICA WE HAVE    HOMELESS, WE HAVE HUNGRY.
  • 12:39 THERE'S NO SUCH THING IN ISRAEL.
  • 12:40  DESPITE THE ONCOMING IMMIGRATION EVERY YEAR.
  • 12:44  DESPITE THE TENSIONS >>   OVER POLITICS AND SO ON.
  • 12:48 DESPITE THE WILD EXAGGERATION OF     CNN AND THE OTHER MEDIA,
  • 12:52   EVERY YEAR, THE PEOPLE ARE ALL FED.
  • 12:57   EVERYONE HAS WORK.
  • 12:58   THERE ARE NO SUCH PROBLEMS.
  • 13:00   SO THEY HAVE REALLY  FOUND HERE A HOME TO LIVE IN.
  • 13:15    YOU KNOW,    THE PURPOSE OF OUR SERIES
  • 13:18   IS TO SHOW THE RE-BIRTH OF  THE BIBLICAL LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 13:21    THIS IS THE ONLY >>  COUNTRY IN THE WHOLE WORLD,
  • 13:24 I MEAN THAT, THAT WAS AN ANCIENT  KIND OF A PARADISE AND COMES
  • 13:30 BACK TO BE THE SAME KIND OF LAND WITH THE SAME PEOPLE, SAME GOD,
  • 13:34  SAME PRAYER,   SAME MUSIC, SAME FESTIVALS.
  • 13:37 THIS ISN'T TRUE ANYWHERE ELSE.
  • 13:40   YOU CAN GO TO OLD CULTURES, CHINA AND SO ON, BUT THEY HAVE
  • 13:43   CHANGED THEIR RELIGION AND CULTURE 50 TIMES IN THAT PERIOD.
  • 13:47  ROME, GREECE AND THESE ARE DIFFERENT PEOPLE THAT WERE THERE.
  • 13:51    EGYPT, YOU KNOW, >> OFTEN CLAIM THEY WERE
  • 13:53  THE BUILDERS OF THE PYRAMIDS.
  • 13:54 THAT'S NOT SO.
  • 13:56 THEY WERE ARABS WHO RODE IN AND CONQUERED THE PLACE OFF OF THE   ORIGINAL EGYPTIANS.
  • 13:59   YOU CAN SEE THE EGYPTIAN FRESCOS AND STATUES
  • 14:02    AND SO THEY DON'T LOOK AT ALL LIKE ARABS.
  • 14:04  AND IN ISRAEL THOUGH, YOU ARE  GREETED WHEN YOU GET THERE BY
  • 14:08 THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED THERE THREE  AND FOUR THOUSAND YEARS AGO.
  • 14:11   NO KIDDING,   SPEAKING THE SAME LANGUAGE.
  • 14:13    IF ZEPHANIAH CAME >>   WALKING DOWN THE STREET,
  • 14:15   THEY WOULD    UNDERSTAND HIM PERFECTLY.
  • 14:17   SO WE ARE SHOWING A TRANSFORMATION FROM A WASTELAND,
  • 14:23 ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO.
  • 14:25 MARK TWAIN FOUND IT A TERRIBLE WASTELAND TO A PARADISE THAT IT    IS TODAY.
  • 14:30 IN 50 YEARS OF THE POPULATION OF  JEWISH PEOPLE HAS RISEN FROM
  • 14:34   600,000 TO NEARLY 5 MILLION
  • 14:37   AND THE IMMIGRANTS    CONTINUE TO COME.
  • 14:40    AND WE CAN'T BLAME THEM.
  • 14:42  WE WENT TO BEN GURION AIRPORT
  • 14:44 TO CHECK ON THE PRESENT  IMMIGRANTS TO ISRAEL.
  • 14:47 EXPERTS WHO HANDLE IMMIGRATION  FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, COME TO
  • 14:53 ISRAEL TO LEARN FROM ISRAEL'S EXPERTISE
  • 14:56    IN THE ABSORPTION OF IMMIGRATION.
  • 14:59   ALMOST ONE MILLION,    TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND JEWS
  • 15:01 HAVE IMMIGRATED TO ISRAEL FROM  THE FORMER SOVIET UNION THAT
  • 15:05 MEANS IN THIS COUNTRY,   THERE IS A RUSSIAN >>   LANGUAGE INFRASTRUCTURE.
  • 15:12 IT HASN'T ALWAYS BEEN MILLION --
  • 15:15  TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND  SOUNDS A LOT AND IT IS A LOT
  • 15:17   FOR A COUNTRY WHICH HAS A POPULATION OF JUST OVER
  • 15:20  SIX MILLION OF WHOM ARE CLOSE   AND FIVE MILLION ARE JEWS.
  • 15:24 BUT IT WASN'T EASY FOR JEWS TO LEAVE THE COMMUNIST SOVIET UNION
  • 15:30   10 YEARS AGO, FOR EXAMPLE.
  • 15:33 AND WHAT WE ARE WITNESSING NOW,  IS THE MAJOR IMMIGRATION OVER
  • 15:38 THE LAST 10 YEARS WITH THE FALL OF COMMUNISM AT THE END OF 1989,
  • 15:43 OVER 800,000 JEWS HAVE IMMIGRATED FROM ISRAEL
  • 15:48  FROM THE FORMER SOVIET UNION.
  • 15:50  SO IF IN 51 YEARS A MILLION,   TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND ARRIVE
  • 15:55 AND IN 10 YEARS >>   CLOSE ON 800,000 ARRIVE,
  • 15:59 WE SEE THIS AS BEING ONE OF THE  MIRACLES OF THE 20th CENTURY.
  • 16:04 WE'VE WELCOMED A FLIGHT   OF NEW IMMIGRANTS TO ISRAEL
  • 16:09    THAT ARRIVED FROM >>   THE FORMER SOVIET UNION.
  • 16:14 CAN YOU TELL US   THE PROCESS THEY GO THROUGH
  • 16:16 WHEN THEY ARRIVE HERE?
  • 16:17 THE IMMIGRANTS COME OFF OF THE PLANE AND THEY ARE TAKEN TO THE
  • 16:21 IMMIGRATIONS HALL WHERE THEY ARE
  • 16:23 PROCESSED WITH  THEIR DOCUMENTATION.
  • 16:26 WHAT THESE IMMIGRANTS ARE GIVEN IS A IMMIGRATION BASKET TO KEEP
  • 16:32   THEM GOING FOR THE   FIRST FEW MONTHS IN ISRAEL.
  • 16:35 THEY COME WITH HARDLY ANYTHING.
  • 16:38  AND WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THEY'RE COMING HOME, RIGHT.
  • 16:41  ISRAEL LOOKS AT THEM.
  • 16:43   THIS IS NOT  IMMIGRATION BUT HEBREW TERM,
  • 16:45   [ speaking Hebrew ] BUT IT MEANS COMING UP.
  • 16:48 IT IS A BIBLICAL TERM,   A TERM WITH A LOT OF MEANING BEHIND IT AND IDEOLOGY.
  • 16:54  BUT WE ALSO LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD AND IT'S FELT THAT OFTEN
  • 16:59 51 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, THE IMMIGRATION PROCESS
  • 17:04   HAS TO BE A SMOOTH PROCESS.
  • 17:06 MY PARENT, OUR PARENTS  THEY LIVE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY
  • 17:13 AND THEY DIDN'T  COME TO THIS COUNTRY.
  • 17:15  WE'RE ALONE.
  • 17:18   WE CAME TO MY AUNT.
  • 17:21  SHE LIVES IN ISRAEL.
  • 17:26 I'M 18.
  • 17:28   I'M 16, 17.
  • 17:34 IT WAS MY DREAM >>   TO COME TO THIS COUNTRY.
  • 17:40    TO LIVE, TO WORK,  TO STUDY, YEAH, HERE.
  • 17:48    WHAT HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT ISRAEL?
  • 17:51   WELL, THIS?
  • 17:53 DO YOU THINK IT IS GOING TO BE A GOOD COUNTRY?
  • 17:55   MY AUNT ALWAYS PHONE US AND  PHONE US AND SAID THAT IT IS   VERY GOOD COUNTRY.
  • 18:05 SHE LIKES TO LIVE HERE.
  • 18:09   WHAT IS SIGNIFICANT   IN THIS LAST YEAR,
  • 18:12 THE IMMIGRATION IS COMING FROM RUSSIA,
  • 18:15  FROM THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION.
  • 18:17    FROM CITIES LIKE   MOSCOW AND ST. PETERSBURG.
  • 18:22  PREVIOUSLY JEWS WERE NOT COMING   TO ISRAEL FROM THE RUSSIAN >>  FEDERATION.
  • 18:29    JEWS WERE COMING FROM THE  UKRAINE AND OTHER STATES THAT
  • 18:34 MADE UP THE FORMER SOVIET UNION.
  • 18:36 BUT OVER THE LAST YEAR, WE'VE SEEN AN INCREASE
  • 18:39   OF 131 PERCENT IMMIGRATION  FROM THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION.
  • 18:43  WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THAT?
  • 18:46  AS EVERYBODY KNOWS THE RUBLE FELL, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THIS HAS
  • 18:50    BEEN FOLLOWED BY RAMPENT    ANTI-SEMITISM IN RUSSIA.
  • 18:55   THE JEWISH AGENCY HAS AN >>INFRASTRUCTURE OF EMISSARIES
  • 18:59    IN RUSSIA WHO HAVE BEEN >>PREPARING JEWS WHO HAVE WANTED
  • 19:04   TO COME HOME   IN LANGUAGE CENTERS.
  • 19:06  AND WHAT WE NOTICE RECENTLY,
  • 19:08  IS THAT MANY OF THE JEWS OF RUSSIA ARE OPTING
  • 19:12    IN THE SUMMER TIME TO GO >>  AND STUDY HEBREW TO PREPARE
  • 19:15 THEMSELVES FOR IMMIGRATION AND   THE CONTRIBUTION THAT THESE
  • 19:18    PEOPLE ARE MAKING, MAKING >>   TO ISRAEL IS PHENOMENAL.
  • 19:24 IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR ME TO BE
  • 19:26 A STUDENT HERE THAN IN THE DUTCH LAND BECAUSE EDUCATION HERE IS LITTLE BIT MORE USEFUL.
  • 19:34 AND MY MOTHER AND FATHER LIVED,
  • 19:36   I WILL STUDY HERE AND THEN, >>   I HAVE PLANS TO GO TO --
  • 19:47   BECOME A SPECIALIST   AND THEN WORK HERE.
  • 19:52 HERE, THE PEOPLE HAVE TURNED THE DESERT INTO A THRIVING COUNTRY.
  • 19:57  WHAT IS IMPORTANT FOR  YOU TO NOTICE IS THAT ISRAEL
  • 20:01   HAS PREFERENCE TODAY AS THE   COUNTRY WHERE IF JEWS FROM
  • 20:06 THE FORMER SOVIET UNION  WOULD PREFER TO COME.
  • 20:08    THE UNITED STATES  HAS A QUOTA FOR JEWS.
  • 20:10 THIS QUOTA IS NOT FILLED BECAUSE  WORD GETS BACK TO THE FORMER
  • 20:14   SOVIET UNION AND ESPECIALLY  RUSSIA YOU CAN MAKE IT IN THE
  • 20:18  COUNTRY EVEN    IF YOU DON'T KNOW HEBREW.
  • 20:20    THIS IS A COUNTRY    WHERE IN THE 50s,
  • 20:22 PEOPLE COULDN'T GO AND BUY MEAT, >>   EVERYTHING WAS RATIONED.
  • 20:25    PEOPLE WERE GIVEN COUPONS WHERE THEY COULD GO BUY >>   MEAT AND BUY VEGETABLES.
  • 20:32   NOTHING WAS AS IT IS TODAY.
  • 20:36  AND IF WE LOOK AT ISRAEL, WE SEE ISRAEL IS A LITTLE AMERICA.
  • 20:40 ISRAEL IS VERY,   VERY TECHNOLOGICAL.
  • 20:42 THERE ARE THREE CELLULAR PHONE   COMPANIES IN THIS COUNTRY.
  • 20:45  ISRAELIES HAVE THREE MILLION   SUBSCRIBERS TO CELL PHONES.
  • 20:48 AND A FOURTH COMPANY IS ON THE   VERGE OF BREAKING INTO THE MARKET.
  • 20:53 SO IF WE LOOK AT THE SOCIETY AND SEE THIS IS A CONSUMER SOCIETY.
  • 20:58    IT'S AN OPEN SOCIETY AND >>   OPEN MARKET, THINGS WHICH  VERY RECENTLY DID NOT EXIST.
  • 21:05   THIS IS A TREMENDOUS STORY.
  • 21:07  WHY DON'T YOU THINK WE DON'T  HEAR ABOUT THIS THROUGH CNN,
  • 21:10  OR OTHER NEWS    OUTLETS AROUND THE WORLD?
  • 21:13    IT'S CERTAINLY MUCH MORE >>   INTERESTING TO US AND OUR
  • 21:17  AUDIENCE THAN WHAT WE'VE HEARD ABOUT.
  • 21:20 I SUPPOSE THE OLD ADAGE >>   OF GOOD NEWS IS NO NEWS.
  • 21:23   THIS IS SOMETHING POSITIVE TAKING PLACE ON AN ONGOING BASIS
  • 21:28    AND THE PEOPLE HAVE COME >>   TO EXPECT THIS OF ISRAEL.
  • 21:33 ISRAEL, THE STATE OF THE JEWS,   WELL, WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?
  • 21:37 RIGHT?
  • 21:39  SHOULDN'T BE TAKEN AS A GIVEN THAT ISRAEL ABSORB ALL OF THESE PEOPLE.
  • 21:41 BUT AS EVERYBODY KNOWS, >>   THIS COSTS A LOST MONEY.
  • 21:46 WITHOUT THE HELP OF WORLD JURY AND LOVERS OF ZION, ISRAEL WOULD
  • 21:52 NOT BE ABLE TO SINGLE-HANDEDLY BE ABLE TO UNDERGO THIS
  • 21:57  TREMENDOUS TASK OF ABSORBING   MILLIONS OF JEWS ESPECIALLY
  • 22:03  FROM THE FORMER SOVIET UNION.
  • 22:05  SOMEONE HAS TO PAY FOR THIS.
  • 22:07    WE CAME AND NOW, >>WE ARE GOING TO GO TO.
  • 22:10 AND WE ARE HERE WITH NO RELATIVES HERE.
  • 22:17 YOU HAVE NO RELATIVES IN ISRAEL?
  • 22:18 YES, NO FRIENDS    AND NO RELATIVES.
  • 22:21  AND WHY DID YOU COME?
  • 22:24  WE WANTED TO   COME HERE AND TO LIVE HERE.
  • 22:27  WHY?
  • 22:28  WHY?
  • 22:31   I AM JEWISH AND I WOULD LIVE HERE.
  • 22:36  AND MY FAMILY >>   WANTS TO LIVE HERE, TOO.
  • 22:41    AND SO OUR RELATIVES WILL >>   COME HERE SOON AFTER US.
  • 22:47   ISRAEL IS NOT GOING >>   TO STOP THE IMMIGRATION.
  • 22:51 THIS IMMIGRATION IS NOT A BURDEN ON THE NATION.
  • 22:52 IT COSTS MONEY. IT'S EXPENSIVE.
  • 22:55 BUT IT'S AN ASSET >>AND THE INVESTMENT PAYS OFF.
  • 22:59 SO WILL YOUR AUNT BE HERE WHEN YOU GO OUTSIDE?
  • 23:01 SHE IS.
  • 23:05  I THINK SHE'S WAITING FOR US WITH MY BROTHER.
  • 23:10    I FEEL MYSELF VERY GOOD.
  • 23:12 I AM HAPPY, VERY HAPPY.
  • 23:24    [ music playing ]
  • 24:17    WELL, THE REGATHERING TO >>ISRAEL CONTINUES AND CONTINUES.
  • 24:20  AND YOU KNOW,   THIS IS A THELOGICAL POINT.
  • 24:23    THIS REGATHERING WILL BE >>COMPLETED FOR THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 24:27 IN WHAT WE CALL THE TRIBULATION  PERIOD UPCOMING IN PROPHECY.
  • 24:30 THEY WILL ALL GO BACK AND STAND BACK TO BACK IN ISRAEL BECAUSE
  • 24:34   OF ANTI-SEMITISM IN   THIS COUNTRY AND ELSEWHERE.
  • 24:37  AND I MENTIONED THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE IT'S ESPECIALLY
  • 24:40 COMFORTABLE FOR JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 24:42  BUT AFTER THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH IT WON'T BE COMFORATABLE.
  • 24:44  I THINK THEN THE ANTI-SEMITES WILL COME DOWN ON THEM.
  • 24:49  AND THEY WILL PREFER TO GO TO ISRAEL.
  • 24:50   THAT WILL DRIVE THEM HOME.
  • 24:52  ISAIAH 27:12-13 TALKS ABOUT A TRUMPET BLOWING
  • 24:56 AND CALLING THE JEWS BACK TO THE LAND.
  • 24:58   I THINK THAT'S THE  RAPTURE TRUMPET SO TO SPEAK.
  • 25:00   VERY EFFICIENT USE OF THAT TRUMPET HE CALLS THE BELIEVERS
  • 25:05 IN THE JEWISH MESSIAH TO HEAVEN  AND THE UNSAVED JEWS BACK TO ISRAEL.
  • 25:09    AND THEN, THE CHRISTIANS >>WILL REGATHER IN ISRAEL
  • 25:13    IN THE KINGDOM TO COME, >>THAT'S WHERE IT IS GOING TO BE.
  • 25:16    THIS IS WHY I AM >>  ALWAYS HARPING ON THE IDEA.
  • 25:19  ISRAEL IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE TO THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
  • 25:25 MY GOODNESS, IF YOU ARE GOING ON A TOUR FOR TWO WEEKS OR 10 DAYS.
  • 25:28    READ THE BROCHURE CAREFULLY AND STUDY UP.
  • 25:31   YOU ARE GOING THERE  FOR A THOUSAND YEARS.
  • 25:34    IF WE'RE READING >> THE SCRIPTURES RIGHT.
  • 25:35   IF THERE IS >>   A THOUSAND YEAR KINGDOM.
  • 25:38    GOOD GRIEF, IT IS MENTIONED 500 TIMES I SUPPOSE.
  • 25:41 WE KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING THERE.
  • 25:45  WE NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS,
  • 25:47    I DON'T CARE WHAT  THE SEMINARIES ARE TEACHING.
  • 25:49    I DON'T CARE IF THEY HAVE    DROPPED ISRAEL FROM THEIR
  • 25:52    CURRICULUM OR TALK ABOUT >>   PROPHECY IN VAGUEST TERMS
  • 25:55    AND I DON'T CARE IF THEY >> DON'T TALK ABOUT THE RAPTURE.
  • 25:58 THEY ARE JUST FALLING BEHIND OR GOING LIBERAL OR IN THE BUSINESS
  • 26:02    OF GETTING MORE STUDENTS    OR DONATIONS, ET CETERA.
  • 26:05   LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING.
  • 26:07 ISRAEL IS WHERE IT IS HAPPENING   TODAY LIKE THIS REGATHERING   THAT WE'RE SEEING.
  • 26:10 IT'S PROPHESIED DUETERONOMY 30,
  • 26:14 THE FIRST FIVE VERSES PROPHESY  THE REGATHERING TO THE LAND.
  • 26:18    THAT PROPHECY HAS >>   A RANGE OF 35 CENTURIES.
  • 26:21    3500 YEARS, IMAGINE THAT.
  • 26:25  AND THE JEWS ARE COMING FROM >>   EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD.
  • 26:27 GOSH, 1.2 MILLION RUSSIANS HAVE   COME TO ISRAEL OUT OF FIVE MILLION JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 26:33 MORE THAN 20 PERCENT IN ISRAEL  ARE RUSSIANS AND NOW YOU SEE
  • 26:36 RUSSIAN BILLBOARDS AND SO FORTH.
  • 26:41 WHAT WE'RE REALLY SEEING IS THE  REALIZATION OF THE BRILLIANT
  • 26:44 DRY BONES VISION OF EZEKIEL THAT THE PEOPLE RETURN IN UNBELIEF, UNBELIEF AGAIN.
  • 26:49 THE SEMINARIES ARE STARTING TO  HOLD THAT GOD WON'T DEAL WITH
  • 26:52 AN UNBELIEVING NATION.
  • 26:54 THAT'S INSANE.
  • 26:55 GOD HAS DEALT WITH UNBELIEVERS FOR THE ENTIRE BIBLICAL HISTORY
  • 26:58  AND HE WILL DEAL WITH THEM AS   EZEKIEL SAYS AND THEY WILL
  • 27:01  FINALLY HAVE A PLACE TO CALL HOME WHEN GOD SPIRITUALIZES THE PLACE.
  • 27:19    READ EZEKIEL 37.
  • 27:21    SEMINARIES READ IT, OKAY.
  • 27:23   AND TEACH IT AGAIN.
  • 27:25   AND LET'S GET   BACK TO THE SUBJECT.
  • 27:26    GET OUR OFFER, 12 PROGRAMS.
  • 27:28  THIS IS ISRAEL SERIES.
  • 27:30  IT IS A GOOD BUY AND SOMETHING
  • 27:32   TO LEARN AND I HOPE YOU TAKE
  • 27:34 ADVANTAGE OF IT.
  • 27:36   GET THE LEVITT LETTER
  • 27:37  AND CATALOG AND THOSE ARE FREE.
  • 27:38   JUST GIVE US  YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS.
  • 27:39   REMEMBER THE GIFTS OF FUNDS,   IF YOU WOULD, FOLKS.
  • 27:42 AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 27:44 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

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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