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Episode: “A Place of Peace”
Along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, Tom McCall reviews the Biblical significance of the area as well as its importance to the modern nation of Israel. We see interviews with Israelis and visitors from the pedestrian mall on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem.
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 Peace” (10/12)

  • 00:02 ON TODAY'S PROGRAM, TWOF THE  WORLD FAMOUS SITES IN ISRAEL.
  • 00:06   THE TRANQUIL SEA OF GALILEE AND THAT ALL-IMPORTANT CAPITOL,   JERUSALEM.
  • 00:14    [ music playing ]
  • 00:50 SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 00:51  WELCOME BACK TO OUR   "THIS IS ISRAEL" SERIES.
  • 00:54    THIS PROGRAM IS   VERY IMPORTANT OBVIOUSLY.
  • 00:56  WE ARE GOING TO GO TO JERUSALEM AND FIRST TO THE SEA OF GALILEE.
  • 01:00  NOW, THESE TWO PLACES ARE ON OUR BASIC TOUR OF ISRAEL.
  • 01:05  OUR DELUXE TOUR, OUR SHORTEST  TOUR VISITS THESE THOROUGHLY.
  • 01:12 AND TAKING THE STORY OF CHRIST  OR ANY OF THE BIBLE STORIES,
  • 01:16 YOU PRIMARILY FIND THEM SET IN >>   JERUSALEM OR IN GALILEE.
  • 01:19    WELL, ON THE MAP,   WE HAVE THE SEA OF GALILEE    AND JERUSALEM RIGHT HERE.
  • 01:28  AND OF COURSE, THE WEST BANK,
  • 01:30    THIS YELLOW LINE,  SO-CALLED WEST BANK,
  • 01:33  THIS IS JUDEA   AND SAMARIA REALLY.
  • 01:36 AND JERUSALEM IS INLAND -- THE  YELLOW LINE GOES TO JERUSALEM
  • 01:40  TO LET THE JEWISH PEOPLE FROM  THEIR SIDE HAVE A SHOT AT THE >>   CAPITOL.
  • 01:45 NOW, THAT IS KIND OF RIDICULOUS.
  • 01:47    IT WAS THE JEWISH CAPITOL 3000 YEARS AGO.
  • 01:50  THE BIBLE DETAILS IT.
  • 01:53    BUT IN ANY CASE, >> WE ARE GOING TO VISIT   THE SEA OF GALILEE.
  • 01:56  AND YOU KNOW, THE SEA IS MADE FROM WATER THAT COMES DOWN FROM  MOUNT HERMON.
  • 02:02  THERE'S A MOUNTAIN NORTH OVER  THE BORDER WITH LEBANON WHERE
  • 02:06 FRESH, COOL WATER COMES   DOWN AND FILLS UP THE SEA.
  • 02:10 AND THEN THE SEA EMPTIES IT INTO  THE JORDAN RIVER AND IT GOES  DOWN TO THE DEAD SEA.
  • 02:15  AND YOU KNOW, IN A PREVIOUS PROGRAM,
  • 02:17 I GAVE AN ANALOGY OF THE LORD'S  CAREER AND THE WAY THAT WATER  GOES.
  • 02:21    AND I WANT TO JUST REPEAT   THAT AND FILL IT IN A BIT.
  • 02:25 THE WATER THAT COMES DOWN FROM    HEAVEN IS PURE AND WHITE,
  • 02:28 IT IS THE SNOW ON MOUNT HERMON.
  • 02:30    ON THE MAP IT IS >>  WAY UP HERE AND FLOWS DOWN
  • 02:35 THE NORTH JORDAN RIVER  AND FILLS THE SEA OF GALILEE.
  • 02:38    NOW, WHEN IT GETS TO THE >>  SEA OF GALILEE IT IS FRESH.
  • 02:42 AND THE SEA OF GALILEE IS ALIVE  AND FISH ARE SWIMMING AND SO FORTH.
  • 02:45    THAT IS THE LORD.
  • 02:47 COMING DOWN FROM HEAVEN TO THE   EARTH, PURE WHITE AND ALIVE
  • 02:50    AND STARTING HIS >> MINISTRY IN GALILEE.
  • 02:53 THEN THE WATER PROCEEDS DOWN THE JORDAN RIVER AND GOES
  • 02:57    SOUTHWARD TOWARD >>THE DEAD SEA DOWN HERE.
  • 02:59   AS IT GOES DOWN IT PICKS UP PARTICLES OF EARTH, OF COURSE,  LIKE ANY WATER WOULD.
  • 03:04 AND THAT IS THE LORD GATHERING  UP US, THE SALT OF THE EARTH.
  • 03:08 FINALLY WE GO INTO THE DEAD SEA.
  • 03:10 WE ALL DIE, THE LORD DIED, TOO,
  • 03:12  BUT THE WATER OF THE DEAD SEA RISES UP BACK INTO HEAVEN WITH
  • 03:17 EVAPORATION AND PREVAILING WINDS
  • 03:19   TAKE IT NORTH AGAIN AND IT  FALLS AGAIN ON MOUNT HERMON.
  • 03:22  AND THAT WATER IS IN A FIXED  CYCLE THAT CAN NEVER COME OUT
  • 03:27  AND IT TELLS THE STORY OF OUR RESURRECTION TO HEAVEN AND OUR
  • 03:31    RETURNING TO RULE   WITH CHRIST HERE ON EARTH.
  • 03:35 SO IF YOU FOLLOW THAT WATER, YOU CAN SEE THE CAREER OF OUR LORD.
  • 03:39 NOW THE CITY OF TIBERIUS BECAME HOLY IN GALILEE WHEN JERUSALEM
  • 03:44  WAS CONQUERED BY THE ROMANS.
  • 03:45  THE TALMUD WAS WRITTEN THERE.
  • 03:47 OUR MINISTRY THEOLOGIAN TOM McCALL STANDS BY THE WATER
  • 03:51  AND TELLS US    ABOUT THE SEA OF GALILEE.
  • 04:00 THIS IS UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN ALL OF   THE WORLD.
  • 04:03    WE ARE STANDING AT THE >>SHORE OF THE SEA OF GALILEE.
  • 04:08 THE PLACE WHERE OUR LORD JESUS HAD MOST OF HIS MINISTRY DURING
  • 04:11  THE THREE AND HALF YEARS THAT HE LABORED HERE UPON THE EARTH
  • 04:15   AMONG HIS DISCIPLES >>   AND WITH THE MANY CROWDS
  • 04:18 THAT WERE HERE   AROUND THE SEA OF GALILEE.
  • 04:21 WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE SEA OF GALILEE AND THE  MINISTRY OF THE LORD,
  • 04:26  WE'RE REMINDED OF MARK 4:39.
  • 04:32 WHEN JESUS STOOD UP IN THE SHIP, THE BOAT THAT WAS OUT THERE ON
  • 04:41 THE SEA OF GALILEE DURING A VERY HEAVY STORM THAT SOMETIMES COMES   UP ON THIS REMARKABLE LAKE.
  • 04:57 SO THE ENTIRE LAKE WAS BECALMED >>   BY THE WORD OF THE LORD, >> WHEN HE SPOKE PEACE.
  • 05:05  IN A VERY REAL SENSE, THAT'S WHAT HE DOES IN OUR OWN HEARTS.
  • 05:08  WHEN WE HAVE STORMS, WHEN THE  NATION OF ISRAEL HAS TURMOIL,
  • 05:19  IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES WHEN WE   ARE BESET WITH ALL KINDS OF    PROBLEMS,
  • 05:21 JESUS CAN COME   AND SAY, "PEACE BE STILL."
  • 05:22  AND WE DO INDEED HAVE PEACE.
  • 05:25 THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE LORD  HAS WANTED TO BRING TO ISRAEL   NATIONALLY AND PERSONALLY.
  • 05:33 AND EVEN IN THE EARLY DAYS WHEN THE PRIESTHOOD WAS ESTABLISHED
  • 05:37  IN THE DAYS OF MOSES, HE CALLED OUT THE TRIBE OF LEVI,
  • 05:43    AND CALLED OUT THE CHIEF    PRIESTS, THE HIGH PRIEST,
  • 05:48 AND HE SAID THAT ON OCCASION, HE WAS TO BLESS THE PEOPLE WITH THE
  • 05:52    FAMOUS AARONIC BLESSING.
  • 06:33 SO IT IS THAT THE LORD BLESSES HIS PEOPLE WITH PEACE, SHALOM.
  • 06:38   LIKE HE BLESSED THE   SEA OF GALILEE WITH PEACE.
  • 06:43  LIKE HE DESIRES TO BLESS HIS    PEOPLE ISRAEL WITH PEACE.
  • 06:47  LIKE HE DESIRES TO BLESS ALL
  • 06:49  OF THOSE WHO COME TO HIM WITH PEACE.
  • 06:53   AND EVEN, YOU, WITH PEACE.
  • 06:56    EVEN SO, SHALOM.
  • 07:11    "THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD,   I SHALL GATHER YOU FROM THE
  • 07:14 "PEOPLES AND ASSEMBLE YOU OUT OF THE COUNTRIES WHERE YOU HAVE
  • 07:18    "BEEN SCATTERED AND I WILL   GIVE YOU THE LAND OF ISRAEL,
  • 07:22   "THE WILDERNESS AND >>    DRY LAND SHALL BE GLAD.
  • 07:25    "THE DESERT SHALL REJOICE     AND BLOSSOM AS THE ROSE.
  • 07:29   "YOU SHALL KNOW THAT    I AM THE LORD WHEN I BRING
  • 07:32 "YOU INTO THE LAND OF ISRAEL."
  • 07:37 WELL, SEE ISRAEL FOR YOURSELF.    THAT'S THE WAY TO SEE IT.
  • 07:40 WE CAN SHOW YOU JUST SO   MUCH WITH THESE TV CAMERAS.
  • 07:43 OF COURSE, CNN AND THE NETWORKS CAN SHOW YOU MUCH MORE.
  • 07:45 THEY HAVE MORE CAMERAS.
  • 07:47   BUT THEY ONLY WANT TO SHOW TROUBLE SO YOU CAN'T REALLY SEE
  • 07:49  ISRAEL UNLESS YOU SEE IT WITH A TOUR.
  • 07:52  OURS OR SOMEBODY'S BUT ANYWAY  GET OVER THERE IN THIS LIFE.
  • 07:57  IT IS VERY IMPORTANT.
  • 07:59   WELL, THE LAND IS PEACEFUL,  ESPECIALLY THE CITY OF PEACE.
  • 08:02 JERUSALEM IS A   VERY PEACEFUL CITY.
  • 08:03  COMPARED TO AMERICAN CITIES, IT IS LAUGHABLY MORE PEACEFUL.
  • 08:07 I MEAN, YOU CAN TAKE A WALK AT MIDNIGHT AND IN MOST PLACES IN
  • 08:11 THE CITY WALK ALONG AND  MAKE A SPEECH IN THE STREET.
  • 08:13    TRY SOME OF THAT >>  IN AMERICAN CITIES.
  • 08:16  IT REALLY IS, AS MUCH AS ITS >>   REPUTATION FOR VIOLENCE,
  • 08:20  IT IS JUST NOT TRUE.
  • 08:24 IT JUST ISN'T.
  • 08:26 I USED TO HAVE STATISTICS IN MY HEAD.
  • 08:28 IN JERUSALEM, IN ONE YEAR THERE, WERE 10 PEOPLE KILLED IN VIOLENT  ACTS.
  • 08:34 AND THE SAME YEAR NEW YORK CITY HAD OVER 2000.
  • 08:37    I MEAN, IT IS JUST CRAZY >>  WHAT IS BEING DONE TO THEM.
  • 08:43 YOU KNOW, KEN BERG WENT BY THE MAYOR'S OFFICE IN JERUSALEM AND
  • 08:46   THAT'S A PRETTY BUSY PLACE.
  • 08:48  AND HE TALKED WITH ONE OF THE  MAYOR'S SPOKESMEN ABOUT THAT  CITY.
  • 08:51   WELL, LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS
  • 08:52   BEAUTIFUL NEIGHBORHOOD THAT  WE ARE STANDING IN RIGHT NOW.
  • 08:54  CAN YOU GIVE   US HISTORY ABOUT THIS AREA?
  • 08:57 YES, IT WAS A BUILDING    DOWN BELOW CALLED
  • 09:02 THE BUILDING OF THOSE WHO DARED.
  • 09:08   THOSE WHO WERE NOT AFRAID.
  • 09:12  THOSE WERE PEOPLE THAT CAME,   YOU SEE, IN ANCIENT TIMES,
  • 09:16 PEOPLE LIVED IN WALLED CITIES,
  • 09:18    THIS WAS A SUBSTITUTE FOR INSURANCE AGENCY AND THEY WERE >>   SECURE INSIDE THE WALLS.
  • 09:23   AND THOSE PEOPLE WHO DARED  HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO TO COME
  • 09:26    OUT OF THE WALLS AND LIVE IN THE WILDERNESS SURROUNDED BY
  • 09:31 NOTHING WERE CONSIDERED   TO BE VERY VALIANT.
  • 09:35 THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE JERUSALEM REALLY STARTED IN THE BEGINNING
  • 09:38    OF THE CENTURY WHEN ROADS  AND MACHINES STARTED.
  • 09:44 IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT.
  • 09:45   I WILL SAY THERE WILL NEVER BE A 20th CENTURY ARCHAEOLOGY.
  • 09:52   THERE WILL NEVER BE A 20th  CENTURY ARCHAEOLOGY.
  • 09:54   BECAUSE IN THE 21st OR 22nd  CENTURY, HE CLEARS THE AREA.
  • 10:00    IN THE PAST FEW YEARS -- >>AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF JERUSALEM
  • 10:06  WAS CONSTRAINED BY THE WALLS.
  • 10:08  IN EFFECT, PEOPLE CAME OUT OF THE WALLS AND ALLOWED HUNDREDS
  • 10:12 OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE COME TO JERUSALEM WITH THE DEVELOPMENT
  • 10:16  OF ROADS AND CARS, ET CETERA.
  • 10:18   AND NOW THE CITY OF 700,000  PEOPLE COULD NOT LIVE    INSIDE THE WALLS.
  • 10:21 THOSE PIONEERS >>   BUILT THIS AREA.
  • 10:23  THIS AREA WAS QUITE ABANDONED  UNTIL 1967 AFTER WE LIBERATED
  • 10:29   THE JEWISH QUARTER >>   IN THE OLD CITY IN 1967,
  • 10:33   WE ESTABLISHED THIS AS AN ARTIST COMMUNITY.
  • 10:39    BUT VERY SOON IT >>BECAME ELEGANT SORT OF HOUSING.
  • 10:42   IT IS VERY CLOSE TO THE WALLS OF THE CITY.
  • 10:44 IT IS VERY CLOSE TO THE WESTERN WALL, THE REMNANT OF OUR TEMPLE.
  • 10:48   IT BECAME VERY NICE TRAFFIC-FREE KIND OF COMMUNITY.
  • 10:56  THAT MAKES US PROUD.
  • 10:59 SO WHO LIVES IN THESE APARTMENT,   THESE ARE HOUSES, CORRECT.
  • 11:02 THESE ARE HOUSES, MOSTLY HOUSES.
  • 11:05 AND PEOPLE WHO   BOUGHT APARTMENTS.
  • 11:08   WE HAVE PEOPLE, SOME OF THE  LEADERS OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE >>   HAVE HOMES HERE.
  • 11:12  SOME OTHERS THAT HAVE   BEEN HERE FOR A LONG TIME.
  • 11:15  THAT ARE NOT THAT WEALTHY BUT  THEY HAVE A WEALTHY PROPERTY.
  • 11:20   IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT    SOME AMERICANS LIVE HERE.
  • 11:24   AMERICANS ARE ALSO FREE TO  COME HERE AS EVERYBODY ELSE.
  • 11:29 WELL, THE FACT IS THAT AMERICANS CAN FREELY COME AND GO.
  • 11:32 THAT JERUSALEM HAS A UNIQUENESS   ABOUT IT AND A BECKONING OF
  • 11:36  JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL TO THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES.
  • 11:39   THE WHOLE IDEA OF AMERICA,  ESTABLISHING IN AMERICA WAS A
  • 11:44 FREEDOM, THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, FREEDOM OF RELIGION.
  • 11:48 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY,  THIS YEAR, THE PAST 30 YEARS,
  • 11:54  EVERYBODY IS FREE TO COME TO  JERUSALEM AND WORSHIP HIS OWN   GOD OR HER OWN GOD.
  • 12:00 AT LEAST FOR THE FIRST   TIME THE JERUSALEM IS FREE.
  • 12:04 THIS IS THE FIRST TIME JERUSALEM FULFILLED NOT ONLY THE
  • 12:07    JEWISH DREAM, BUT >>   ALSO THE AMERICAN DREAM.
  • 12:09 I'M NOT CONSIDERING THE MEDIA OR THE SLANDER OF THE MEDIA AND THE
  • 12:16 TAKING THINGS THAT ARE MINUSCULE   AND AUGMENTING ITS SIZE TO    UNBELIEVABLE PROPORTIONS.
  • 12:23   THIS IS A CITY IN WHICH MY WIFE WALKS FREELY IN THE EVENING
  • 12:26  AND THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.
  • 12:28  THIS IS A CITY WHERE >>   MY CHILDREN WALK FREELY.
  • 12:30   THIS IS A CITY WHERE ALL OF  YOUR LISTENERS OR VIEWERS CAN
  • 12:35  COME HERE AND BE WITH US AND  CELEBRATE WITH US THE   MILLENNIUM.
  • 12:39  THIS IS A CITY THAT WE TRULY  HOPE TO TURN INTO THE CITY OF PEACE.
  • 12:44    AND FINALLY WHEN YOU COME  IN THE CITY AND SEE THE QUIET  SURROUNDINGS,
  • 12:48 WHEN YOU SEE THE POLITICS-FREE   JERUSALEM YOU FIND OUT THIS
  • 12:54  IS ONE OF THE   UNIQUE CITIES IN THE WORLD.
  • 12:57  AND I HOPE THAT LOTS OF YOUR VIEWERS AND LISTENERS WILL AVAIL
  • 13:02  THEMSELVES OF THE OPPORTUNITY AND COME TO BE WITH US.
  • 13:04    AS I LOOK AROUND, IT CERTAINLY IS A CITY OF PEACE.
  • 13:07   THE STREETS ARE BEAUTIFUL,  THE FLOWERS ARE OUT.
  • 13:10   BUT THIS IS NOT THE PICTURE  LIKE YOU SAID FROM THE MEDIA.
  • 13:12 I GUESS, THIS IS THE REASON THAT  MANY AMERICANS THINK OF THIS
  • 13:15 LOCATION AS SOMETHING THAT'S A   DANGEROUS AREA TO COME TO.
  • 13:18  WELL, IF YOU TAKE AN AVERAGE AMERICAN CITY,
  • 13:25  WITH 700,000 INHABITANTS, YOU HAVE MORE VIOLENT DEATHS A YEAR,
  • 13:34   10 TIMES MORE THAN   WE HAVE HERE IN JERUSALEM,  INCLUDING TERRORISM.
  • 13:39 I DON'T WANT TO COMPARE   IT TO ANY PARTICULAR CITY.
  • 13:43  BUT WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT JERUSALEM, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT
  • 13:48 NUMBER OF MURDERS THAT DOESN'T REACH THE NUMBER OF MY FINGERS.
  • 13:51    WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT JERUSALEM, WE TALK ABOUT, YES,
  • 13:55  THERE HAVE BEEN THREE OR FOUR HUNDRED PEOPLE THAT DIED IN THE
  • 13:58  PAST 50 YEARS IN ALL   KINDS OF TERRORISM ATTACKS.
  • 14:03 I DON'T WANT TO LET THE  TERRORIST WIN AND THEY DO NOT
  • 14:07   DETER ME AND SOMETIMES WHEN  I WALK IN THE STREETS
  • 14:10    OF NEW YORK OR STREETS OF >>   DALLAS, TEXAS OR STREETS >>OF LOS ANGELES,
  • 14:14 I FEEL MORE THREATENED  THAN IF I WALK IN JERUSALEM.
  • 14:17  BELIEVE YOU ME, YOU CAN WALK WITH ME ANY TIME OF DAY OR NIGHT
  • 14:23   AND YOU WILL SEE THE PEACE.
  • 14:26 AND IT WILL GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO THINK ABOUT THE
  • 14:28 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN LIFE.
  • 14:31 NOT ONLY ABOUT THE URGENT THINGS THAT YOU ARE DOING AND THAT WE  ALL DO DAY AFTER DAY.
  • 14:44  I MAY BE REMISS IN CONSTANTLY
  • 14:45   MENTIONING CNN AS A    CRITIC OF ISRAEL.
  • 14:48    I GIVE CREDIT TO >>  THE OTHER NETWORKS,
  • 14:52 I MEAN, MIKE WALLACE OF CBS IS    CERTAINLY ONE OF THE MOST   VICIOUS CRITICS OF ISRAEL.
  • 14:58  TED KOPPEL ON ABC AND   PETER JENNINGS IS TERRIBLE.
  • 15:03 AND SO I DON'T WANT TO SINGLE OUT CNN.
  • 15:05   BBC IN GREAT BRITAIN >>   DESERVES FULL CREDIT FOR >>CONSTANTLY BERATING THE PLACE.
  • 15:09 AND THE WRITTEN PRESS.
  • 15:11   I DON'T KNOW WHY IT SELLS.
  • 15:13  THAT'S ALL THE PRESS CARES ABOUT IS MAKING A PROFIT.
  • 15:16  LET'S GET THIS RIGHT,   IT IS NOT A PUBLIC SERVICE.
  • 15:18  IT IS A LIKE A STORE, IT'S A PROFIT-MAKING BUSINESS.
  • 15:21  AND FOR SOME REASON,  ISRAEL SELLS.
  • 15:23    IT IS LIKE I SAID BEFORE, IT IS LIKE JACKIE KENNEDY USED
  • 15:26    TO SELL IN THE TABLOIDS.
  • 15:27  FOR 20 YEARS, WE HAD TO READ JACKIE KENNEDY STORIES AND NOW,
  • 15:30 WE HAVE TO READ ISRAEL STORIES.
  • 15:32    AND I HOPE THEY GET THEIR   ATTENTION ON SOMEBODY ELSE  FOR A WHILE.
  • 15:35  AS FAR AS IT BEING PEACEFUL,  MY GOODNESS, DURING THE TIME
  • 15:39 WHEN THE SCUDS WERE FALLING ON  TEL AVIV, WHEN SADDAM HUSSEIN
  • 15:42   WAS SHELLING THIS NATION -- IT WASN'T EVEN PART OF THAT WAR,
  • 15:46 IT WAS TOTALLY INNOCENT OF ANY  PART OF IT --
  • 15:49 SHELLING THEM, I DID A SURVEY OF HOW LIKELY YOU
  • 15:55 WERE TO BE INJURED BY A  BALLISTIC PROJECTILE
  • 15:58 IN THE STREETS OF DALLAS AND IN >>   THE STREET WAS TEL AVIV.
  • 16:01  I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU,  YOU WERE 20 TIMES MORE LIKELY
  • 16:04 TO BE SHOT IN DALLAS, THAN TO BE  HIT BY ONE OF THOSE MISSILES.
  • 16:07 I MEAN, EVEN AT THE WORST TIME, AT WAR TIME IT IS MORE PEACEFUL   THAN THIS CITY IS.
  • 16:12    THERE IS A FAMOUS WALKING MALL IN THE MIDDLE OF JERUSALEM
  • 16:17 AND A LOT OF PEOPLE TALK ABOUT  WAR AND PEACE THERE.
  • 16:20    AND I REFER TO BEN YEHUDA STREET.
  • 16:22   ALL OF OUR TOURS VISIT IT.
  • 16:24 IT IS AN OPEN-AIR MALL SIMILAR TO A SHOPPING CENTER BUT OUT IN   THE STREET.
  • 16:29    THEY PAVED OVER A STREET.
  • 16:31   AND WE GO THERE AND WE ASK,  YOU KNOW, BECAUSE WHERE THERE
  • 16:35    IS TWO ISRAELIS,    THERE IS THREE OPINIONS.
  • 16:37 WE ASKED SOME OF THOSE OPINIONS.
  • 16:39 WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO ISRAEL?
  • 16:41  HAVE YOU ENJOYED BEING HERE?
  • 16:43 OH, THIS IS OUR FOURTH TIME TO COME AND TWO YEARS AGO
  • 16:47 WHEN SOMEBODY TOLD US IN AMERICA >>   THAT IT MAY NOT BE SAFE,
  • 16:53 THE FIRST YEAR,    THEY SAID THE SAME THING,
  • 16:55  I SAID TO THE PERSON    WHO WAS BRINGING US OVER,  "IS IT REALLY SAFE?"
  • 16:59    AND SHE SAID, "ELIZABETH, IT IS THE SAFEST PLACE   YOU COULD EVER BE."
  • 17:04    SHE SAID, "THE STREETS OF CHICAGO AND NEW YORK ARE WORSE
  • 17:07    "THAN THE STREETS    OF JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL."
  • 17:09 THE IMAGE WE GET IN THE UNITED STATES IS THAT OF BOMBS,
  • 17:14   DUSTY ROADS, DO YOU  THINK THAT IS THE CASE HERE?
  • 17:18   NOT AT ALL.
  • 17:21  I THINK IT IS  VERY MUCH DEVELOPED.
  • 17:22  AS A MATTER OF FACT, >>   I THINK IT HAS DEVELOPED
  • 17:24   A LOT IN THE PAST 10 YEARS, SINCE I HAVE BEEN HERE.
  • 17:25   SO DEFINITELY NOT.
  • 17:28    SO IS THIS A GOOD  PLACE TO COME FOR A VACATION.
  • 17:31   DEFINITELY, THAT'S WHY I AM HERE ACTUALLY.
  • 17:34  WHAT IS YOUR   OVERALL FEELINGS OF ISRAEL?
  • 17:35    IS IT A SAFE PLACE TO BE?
  • 17:37    IT IS A REAL SAFE PLACE.
  • 17:38   MY WIFE AND I WERE OUT LAST   NIGHT AT 11, WALKING AROUND
  • 17:41  AT THE HILTON AND WE ARE MORE COMFORTABLE HERE AND FEEL ALMOST
  • 17:44  MORE COMFORTABLE THAN  WE DO IN ANY DOWNTOWN MAJOR CITY IN THE U.S.
  • 17:47    DO YOU THINK THE PICTURE    THAT'S PAINTED OF ISRAEL
  • 17:50  IN THE UNITED STATES   IS AN ACCURATE ONE?
  • 17:51   IT'S NOT ACCURATE BECAUSE,  FOR EXAMPLE,
  • 17:55 WHEN I TOLD MY FRIENDS I WAS COMING TO ISRAEL,
  • 17:57 THEY WOULD SAY,  "WHAT ARE YOU CRAZY?
  • 17:59  "AREN'T YOU AFRAID?"
  • 18:02   AND I WOULD JUST TELL THEM, "WELL, NO, I FEEL MORE SAFE IN
  • 18:06    "ISRAEL THAN I DO IN MANY  PLACES IN THE UNITED STATES."
  • 18:10   WE'RE HERE AS A GROUP, YES,    SPIRITUALLY AND ALSO ON A    VACATION.
  • 18:15 WHAT'S BEEN THE   OVERVIEW OF ISRAEL?
  • 18:17    IS IT A SAFE PLACE TO BE?
  • 18:19  IT IS MY FIRST VISIT, >>MY WIFE'S SECOND.
  • 18:22    YES, I THINK SO
  • 18:23    I HAD A NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT SAY TO ME,
  • 18:25    "I CAN'T BELIEVE    YOU'RE GOING TO ISRAEL."
  • 18:27    BUT I FEEL SAFE.
  • 18:29 I AM NOT AFRAID AT ALL   TO GET OUT ON THE STREETS.
  • 18:32   I AM JUST AS SAFE HERE AS I WOULD BE IN ANY PART OF EUROPE
  • 18:35 AND MUCH SAFER THAN BEING SOMEWHERE IN ASIA
  • 18:39    THIS IS A LAND WHERE JUST  THE MAJOR SIGNIFICANT EVENTS
  • 18:42  OF OUR FAITH HAPPENED   AND SO TO BE HERE AND CLOSE
  • 18:46   TO THOSE PLACES IS TO TOUCH  A PART OF OUR STORY AND YEAH,
  • 18:49    I THINK IT IS SPIRITUALLY  SIGNIFICANT TO MAKE A >>   PILGRIMAGE HERE.
  • 18:52  IF YOU FEEL DRAWN TO ISRAEL,  IF YOU FEEL DRAWN TO COME TO   JERUSALEM,
  • 18:58   IT CERTAINLY IS NOT ANYTHING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT.
  • 19:02  NOT ANYTHING TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT.
  • 19:04 ALTHOUGH THE MEDIA SEEMS TO HAVE A PROBLEM COVERING THE POSITIVE
  • 19:07   THINGS HAPPENING IN ISRAEL,  WE FIND IT A JOY TO BRING YOU THE GOOD NEWS.
  • 19:12   I TALKED TO CLARENCE WAGNER >>   ABOUT BRIDGES FOR PEACE.
  • 19:14   CLARENCE, TELL ME ABOUT THE >>   MINISTRY FOR BRIDGES FOR >>PEACE.
  • 19:19  WELL, BRIDGES FOR PEACE IS AN EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
  • 19:21    THAT WAS FOUNDED    RIGHT HERE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 19:24 AND OUR WORK IS TRYING TO BUILD UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN CHRISTIANS
  • 19:28  AND JEWS AND REACH OUT TO OUR CHRISTIAN FRIENDS TO HELP THEM
  • 19:31 UNDERSTAND ABOUT ISRAEL, ABOUT THE JEWISH ROOTS OF CHRISTIANITY
  • 19:38   AND IN TURN BRING BACK INTO  ISRAEL THEIR LOVE AND CONCERN
  • 19:40  AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO   BLESS THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.
  • 19:43 AND WE DO THIS THROUGH A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS HERE IN THE COUNTRY.
  • 19:46   OVER YOUR SHOULDER,   I SEE A SCENE SO DIFFERENT.
  • 19:47   I SEE BLACK PEOPLE.
  • 19:49 RIGHT.
  • 19:50 THEY ARE FROM ETHIOPIA.
  • 19:54 ETHIOPIAN CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
  • 19:57  THEY COME IN AND THESE PEOPLE HAVE COME HERE BY THE THOUSANDS.
  • 20:04  15,400 IN ONE AIRLIFT ALONE, A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO.
  • 20:08 THEY WERE STARVING IN ETHIOPIA.
  • 20:09 AND WHAT HAPPENED THE ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT TOLD THEM THEY COULD
  • 20:14  COME OUT OF THE MOUNTAINS AND INTO THE AIRPORT AND LEAVE TO GO   TO ISRAEL.
  • 20:19 AND AT THE LAST MINUTE,   CHANGED THEIR MIND.
  • 20:21    AND OVER 15,000 OF THESE >>ETHIOPIAN JEWS CAMPED OUT AROUND
  • 20:25   THE TARMAC OF THE AIRPORT.
  • 20:27 WE PROVIDE FOR >>   THEM BRAND NEW BLANKETS.
  • 20:29 THINGS FOR THEIR KITCHEN, POTS  AND PANS AND CUTTING BOARDS.
  • 20:33  WE DISTRIBUTE ONE TON    OF FOOD EVERY SINGLE DAY.
  • 20:35  WE HAVE CHRISTIAN VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE GLEANING FIELDS AND BUY
  • 20:40    AN AWFUL LOT FROM >>   FACTORIES AND SUPPLIERS.
  • 20:43 AND BRING IT OUT TO THE PEOPLE,  TO COMMUNITY CENTERS AND ALSO >>   THEY COME TO US.
  • 20:49 YOU ARE ESTABLISHED IN JERUSALEM WHERE THE ORTHODOX ARE,
  • 20:53   THE CENTER OF WORLD JUDAISM AND OF COURSE,
  • 20:55   YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN  ORGANIZATION,
  • 20:57   WHAT IS THE RESPONSE OF THE LOCAL JEWISH COMMUNITY?
  • 20:59 THE RESPONSE IS   QUITE WARM FROM ALL RANKS.
  • 21:03 BRIDGES FOR PEACE HAS STEPPED IN AND HELPED IN AREAS WHERE OTHER
  • 21:06   GROUPS HAVEN'T HELPED EVEN   IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES.
  • 21:10  WE STARTED A PROGRAM BECAUSE    PROPHECY SAID THAT IN THE
  • 21:12 END DAYS GENTILES WOULD COME AND BE REPAIRERS OF THE BREACHES OF THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM.
  • 21:17 AND JUST LIKE NEHEMIAH CAME BACK
  • 21:18  AND REBUILT THE WALLS IN THE   CITY AND SO ON, WE SENT OUR
  • 21:22  CHRISTIAN WORK CREWS TO OTHER RELIGIOUS NEIGHBORHOODS
  • 21:25 WHERE CHRISTIANS WEREN'T WELCOME   BECAUSE OF WHAT HAPPENED IN EUROPE.
  • 21:29   AND THERE WE FOUND ELDERLY PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES.
  • 21:32 ONE MAN, WE SAW HIS PICTURE IN   THE PAPER.
  • 21:34  AND THE STORY OF HOW POOR THE >>   POOR REALLY ARE.
  • 21:37    SOME OF THESE OLD PEOPLE.
  • 21:39    SO WE WENT AND FOUND HIM.
  • 21:41  AND AN ISRAELI WHO WORKS WITH  US, SPOKE WITH HIM IN HEBREW
  • 21:44  TOLD HIM WHAT WE DID, THAT WE    HELP POOR PEOPLE.
  • 21:46 AND YOU KNOW, THIS VERY POOR OLD MAN STOOD UP AND TOOK A LITTLE
  • 21:49 CORN OUT OF HIS POCKET AND SAID,    "IF YOU HELP POOR PEOPLE,
  • 21:52    "I WANT TO HELP."
  • 21:54  AND WE SAID,   "NO, WE COME TO HELP YOU."
  • 21:56  AND THE REPAIRS CREW  GOT STARTED WITH HIM.
  • 22:00    AND FIXED HIS HOUSE FROM >>TOP TO BOTTOM.
  • 22:02    PUT WINDOWS AND DOORS AND PLASTER AND PAINTING AND WIRING
  • 22:04 AND FIXED THE LEAKY ROOF HE HAD AND WAS DRAINING OVER HIS BED.
  • 22:08  AND WE HAVE DONE THIS IN 250   HOMES IN THE POOR RELIGIOUS  NEIGHBORHOOD.
  • 22:15    BUT BECAUSE OF THAT, THE >> RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY HAS SEEN
  • 22:19  MAYBE NOT ALL CHRISTIANS ARE   NOT LIKE THOSE OF THE PAST,
  • 22:22 THOSE OF EUROPE WHO HATED US AND  PERSECUTED US AND KILLED US.
  • 22:25   MAYBE THESE    CHRISTIANS AREN'T SO BAD.
  • 22:27  WE HOPE THAT THEY SEE THE JESUS WE BELIEVE IN
  • 22:30  AND THE MESSIAH WE WORSHIP IS  WHO MOTIVATES US TO COME AND
  • 22:33    BRING THIS LOVE TO THEM.
  • 22:45   [ music playing ]
  • 23:28   WELL, ISRAEL IS A   PLACE OF PEACE EVEN NOW.
  • 23:30   BUT ESPECIALLY IT WILL BE   WHEN SHAR SHALOM RETURNS, >>THE PRINCE OF PEACE.
  • 23:36 SHAR SHALOM.
  • 23:38  ZECHARIAH 14:16 POINTS OUT.
  • 23:40  YOU KNOW, THE MOST   PEACEFUL FESTIVAL IS THE
  • 23:43   FEAST OF TABERNACLES THE >> THANKSGIVING DAY OF ISRAEL.
  • 24:00    SO FOR A THOUSAND YEARS, >> I'M TELLING YOU NOW,
  • 24:01    YOU ARE GOING TO >>BE LIVING IN JERUSALEM.
  • 24:03  FOR A THOUSAND YEARS, YOU WILL SEE THE PEOPLE
  • 24:06  OF ALL NATIONS COMING UP AND   CELEBRATING THIS WONDERFUL
  • 24:09 AND PEACEFUL FEAST IN A  WONDERFUL AND PEACEFUL CITY.
  • 24:13  BUT, UNTIL HE COMES,  JERUSALEM IS, SAID ZECHARIAH,    TO BE A BURDENSOME STONE.
  • 24:20  SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE TRY TO HANDLE AND CUT THEMSELVES WITH.
  • 24:24   HIS IMAGES ARE COMPELLING.
  • 24:26    HE IS THE GREAT   PROPHET OF THE END TIMES.
  • 24:29 BIBLE READERS ARE WELL AWARE OF >>   WHAT THE TIMES ARE LIKE
  • 24:35   AND WHAT THE LORD   WARNED US ABOUT AS SIGNS
  • 24:38 AND THE TRIBULATION AND HOW THE THINGS WE'RE SEEING IN JERUSALEM
  • 24:42 REALLY DOVETAIL WITH PROPHECY.
  • 24:44 BIBLE READERS ARE AWARE OF IT.
  • 24:46 THE MUSLIMS ARE NOT AWARE OF IT.
  • 24:48 THE POPE IS NOT AWARE OF IT.
  • 24:50   YOU JUST HAVE TO READ THE   SCRIPTURES AND TAKE THEM
  • 24:52   SERIOUSLY TO UNDERSTAND.
  • 24:54  THE MUSLIMS PRETEND >>   TO MAKE PEACE.
  • 24:57 THE POPE PRETENDS TO BELIEVE THE MUSLIMS' PRETENSE >>  OF MAKING PEACE.
  • 25:01    AND ON IT GOES.
  • 25:02    BUT THERE IS NO PEACE.
  • 25:04    AS THE SCRIPTURE SAID.
  • 25:06    "PEACE, PEACE,    WHEN THERE IS NO PEACE.
  • 25:08 "MEN WILL SAY PEACE AND SAFETY AND SUDDEN DESTRUCTION WILL COME  UPON THEM."
  • 25:13  THAT'S ALL PART OF THE TIMES UNTIL THE LORD HIMSELF RETURNS.
  • 25:20    AS TO WHETHER IT >>IS A DANGEROUS PLACE TO VISIT,
  • 25:23   I GET THIS QUESTION >>   ALL OF THE TIME.
  • 25:25 OH, LISTEN, IF I CAN GET OUT OF  DALLAS AND GET TO JERUSALEM,
  • 25:28    THEN I CAN SLEEP.
  • 25:29 LET'S PUT IT THAT WAY.
  • 25:31  IT'S NOT THAT DALLAS IS SO DANGEROUS,
  • 25:33    BUT JERUSALEM IS >>  FAR LESS DANGEROUS
  • 25:35  AND ISRAEL IN GENERAL IS FAR  LESS DANGEROUS THAN AMERICA.
  • 25:39  THEIR TERRORISM WHICH WE TALK ABOUT AS SOME KIND OF EVENT IS >>   SO PUNY.
  • 25:45 I MEAN, LET'S FACE IT.
  • 25:46    I TOLD IT BEFORE.
  • 25:48    THIS BOMB THAT WENT OFF.
  • 25:50   A FELLA TRIED TO BOMB SOME   PEOPLE IN TEL AVIV.
  • 25:54    I TOOK A SURVEY.
  • 25:55 "HOW MANY WERE KILLED," I SAID AFTER THE NETWORKS ON TELEVISION
  • 25:59 AND ALL OF THE PRINT MEDIA AND EVERYBODY REPORTED THIS THING
  • 26:01    DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY.
  • 26:03  AND I TOOK A >>   SURVEY AMONG MY FRIENDS.
  • 26:05  "DID YOU HEAR THE STORY ABOUT THE TEL AVIV BOMBING?"
  • 26:07   "OH, YES."
  • 26:09  "HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE KILLED >>   THERE, DO YOU REMEMBER?"
  • 26:11  WELL, I GOT ESTIMATES    OF 200, 500, EVEN A 1000.
  • 26:15 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CASUALTIES  THERE -- ONE.
  • 26:20   WHAT THEY ARE CALLING BOMBS ARE LIKE FIRECRACKERS.
  • 26:22 AND THE BOMBERS AREN'T VERY GOOD AT IT.
  • 26:24   NOT LIKE IN OKLAHOMA CITY.
  • 26:26 NOT LIKE THE WORLD TRADE CENTER.
  • 26:28 I AM AFRAID THE  WORLD TERRORISM THAT WE HAVE
  • 26:30    AND SKIP OVER IN >> FAVOR OF THEIRS IS FAR WORSE.
  • 26:36  IT REALLY IS.
  • 26:37 BUT THAT'S WHY WE MADE THESE PROGRAMS.
  • 26:39  THIS SERIES.
  • 26:40 "THIS IS ISRAEL," IS TO TELL YOU WHAT IT REALLY IS, SO YOU DON'T
  • 26:42 HAVE TO LISTEN TO THE NETWORKS  AND CNN AND THE PRESS BECAUSE
  • 26:46    THEY ARE JUST NOT TELLING YOU WHAT IT IS.
  • 26:48  SO WE WENT TO >>   THE EXPENSE AND TROUBLE.
  • 26:50   I HOPE YOU   ENJOYED THE SERIES SO FAR.
  • 26:54   AND WE WILL MAKE AVAILABLE >>   TONIGHT ALL 12 PROGRAMS.
  • 26:56   THEY ARE FINISHED ON TAPE.
  • 26:58 GET THIS WHOLE SERIES.
  • 27:00    IT IS WELL WORTH HAVING.
  • 27:02   LISTEN, BUY A SEPARATE COPY
  • 27:03  AND SEND IT TO EACH NETWORK.
  • 27:04 IT WILL HELP US
  • 27:06    AND SURE WILL HELP THEM.
  • 27:07   AT LEAST, THEY CAN SIT DOWN
  • 27:09  AND SEE WHAT  THEY HAVE BEEN DOING.
  • 27:10 AS IF THEY DON'T KNOW.
  • 27:12 BUT CALL THEIR ATTENTION TO IT.
  • 27:14   ALSO GET OUR LEVITT LETTER  AND CATALOG.
  • 27:17 THOSE THINGS ARE FREE.
  • 27:19   YOU KNOW, WE PRINT    A MONTHLY LETTER.
  • 27:20  AND IN A PERSONAL LETTER ALSO
  • 27:23  COMES ALONG DURING THE MONTH.
  • 27:26 AND YOU KEEP UP   WITH OUR MINISTRY.
  • 27:28  OUR CATALOG SHOWS ALL OF THE  OFFERS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE ON
  • 27:30   ALL OF THE PROGRAMS >>  FROMHE BEGINNING.
  • 27:31    AND REMBER THE GIS FUNDSFOS.
  • 27:34  THAT'S HOW WE REALLY DO THESE THINGS.
  • 27:36 AND SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM.
  • 27:38 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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