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Episode: “A Place for the King”
Zola reviews Jerusalem’s history from the beautiful YMCA building. We hear from a city official and the mayor about the modern city of Jerusalem and its issues.
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 for the King” (12/12)

  • 00:02  HI, I'M ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 00:04   ON TODAY'S PROGRAM, >>   WE'RE GOING TO JERUSALEM
  • 00:06   AND TALK WITH THE MAYOR OF  THAT BUSY CITY, EHUD OLMERT.
  • 00:10 THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT JERUSALEM WHICH DOES NOT EXIST
  • 00:14   IN ANY OTHER PLACE   IN THE WHOLE WORLD.
  • 00:17    [ music playing ]
  • 00:56  SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 00:58 WELL, THIS IS THE LAST PROGRAM OF OUR "THIS IS ISRAEL SERIES."
  • 01:01   I HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED IT.
  • 01:03    WE ARE GOING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER ON THIS PROGRAM,
  • 01:05  JERUSALEM.
  • 01:07  3000 YEARS AGO, KING DAVID >>MADE IT THE CAPITOL OF ISRAEL.
  • 01:10    IT WAS THE JEWISH CAPITOL.
  • 01:12   NO OTHER PEOPLE HAS EVER CLAIMED IT AS ITS CAPITOL,
  • 01:14   CERTAINLY NOT THE MUSLIMS,  OCCUPYING CRUSADERS,
  • 01:17 MARMALUKES FROM EGYPT,   ET CETERA.
  • 01:20 TURKS WHO MARCHED THROUGH THERE.
  • 01:22   NO ONE EVER CALLED    IT THEIR CAPITOL.
  • 01:24  IT IS THE JEWISH CAPITOL AND  THAT'S ALL THERE IS TO THAT.
  • 01:26 ON THE MAP, OF COURSE,
  • 01:28   IT'S IN THE CENTER   OF THE COUNTRY RIGHT HERE.
  • 01:30  THE WEST BANK, SO CALLED, WAS   CUT IN THIS WAY SO THE JEWS
  • 01:34  ON THEIR SIDE    HAVE ACCESS TO JERUSALEM.
  • 01:37  IMAGINE DOLING OUT TO PEOPLE  ACCESS TO THEIR OWN CAPITOL.
  • 01:41 THIS NAME WEST BANK WAS   PERFECTED BY THE LATE KING
  • 01:43  OF JORDAN IN  ORDER TO MAKE IT SEEM SMALL.
  • 01:46    IT'S AS YOU CAN SEE HALF >>  OF THE ARAB LAND OF ISRAEL.
  • 01:50 HE DID FOOL AT LEAST MTV WHEN THEY HAD ARAFAT
  • 01:53 ON THEIR PROGRAM IN THE INTRO, THEY SAID THE WEST BANK
  • 01:56 AND THEY SHOWED A PICTURE OF THE   RIVER BANK, ABOUT 50 YARDS.
  • 01:59 THAT'S MORE THAN THAT.
  • 02:03   YOU KNOW, JESUS CHRIST WILL RETURN TO THIS CITY AND >>   WILL REIGN HERE.
  • 02:07   ALL CHRISTIANS WILL   RESIDE HERE, INCLUDING YOU.
  • 02:09  IF YOU'RE A BELIEVER,  YOU WILL RESIDE IN JERUSALEM
  • 02:12 FOR A 1000 YEARS UNLESS YOU ARE  IN THE FOREIGN SERVICE IN THE >>   KINGDOM TO COME.
  • 02:18 JERUSALEM IS TRULY A PLACE FOR A KING AND A PLACE FOR A QUEEN.
  • 02:21  YOU KNOW, WE WHO ARE   THE BRIDE OF CHRIST WILL BE
  • 02:23  THE QUEEN OF  THE KINGDOM TO COME.
  • 02:25    THAT'S SOMETHING WE NEVER   THINK ABOUT, BUT YOU KNOW,
  • 02:28  REVELATION 19:8 SAYS:
  • 02:29 "BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES TO THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB AND
  • 02:34   "THE WIFE OF CHRIST    HATH MADE HERSELF READY."
  • 02:37  AND NOW TO JERUSALEM.
  • 02:48  WELL, IN THE HEART OF  JERUSALEM ARE TWO BUILDINGS,
  • 02:50    EACH UNIQUE WITH >>  DIFFERENT PURPOSES
  • 02:53    THAT ARE MOST BEAUTIFUL.
  • 02:55 BEHIND ME THE MAGNIFICENT YMCA,
  • 02:58  CERTAINLY THE FINEST    YMCA IN THE WORLD.
  • 03:01 AND ACROSS THE STREET, THE KING DAVID HOTEL,
  • 03:04 ONE OF THE WORLD'S GREAT HOTELS.
  • 03:07    THE YMCA WAS STARTED HERE   IN THE 19th CENTURY
  • 03:10 BY THE VERY BRITISH MEN  WHO INVENTED THE IDEA
  • 03:13 OF YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION.
  • 03:17  AND IN JERUSALEM, IT WAS MORE  THAN A CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION,
  • 03:21    IT'S A PLACE OF PEACE FOR   ALL RELIGIONS IS THE IDEA.
  • 03:25    AND THE BUILDING >>ARCHITECTURE SAYS THAT.
  • 03:27   THERE ARE 12 CYPRESS TREES >>   IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING
  • 03:30   AND THEY REPRESENT >>   THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL,
  • 03:32 THE 12 DISCIPLES OF JESUS, AND  THE 12 FOLLOWERS OF MOHAMMED.
  • 03:38   WELL, OBVIOUSLY ON >>   A BUSY STREET --
  • 03:39    JERUSALEM GOES ON   AND ON AROUND US --
  • 03:42    AND YOU WILL HEAR  TRAFFIC AND SO FORTH.
  • 03:45   BETWEEN THESE TWO BUILDINGS  IS A VERY BUSY THOROUGHFARE.
  • 03:51    AND THERE ARE 40 PILLARS >> EXACTLY IN THE FACADE
  • 03:53    OF THE BUILDING AND THEY >>  REPRESENT CHRIST'S 40 DAYS
  • 03:59    OF TEMPTATION AND THE 40 >>YEARS WANDERING IN THE DESERT.
  • 04:01   EITHER END OF THE BUILDING IS LIKE A MOSQUE ON EITHER SIDE
  • 04:05  REPRESENTING THE MUSLIM PREFERENCES
  • 04:08  AND THE CENTRAL TOWER   IS RATHER LIKE THE PILLARS
  • 04:11    OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
  • 04:13    AND HAVE THE TWO WINDOWS >>   IN IT THAT LOOK THAT WAY.
  • 04:15    AND CHRISTIAN AND MUSLIM >> AND JEWISH SYMBOLS THROUGHOUT
  • 04:18  THE BUILDING AND THE PLACE IS DEDICATED TO EVERYBODY PUTTING
  • 04:22    THEIR DIFFERENCES ASIDE, >>COMING TOGETHER, PLAYING SPORTS,
  • 04:26 FELLOWSHIPPING TOGETHER    AND THEY DO THAT.
  • 04:29   THERE'S TENNIS HERE AND HAND BALL,
  • 04:31  GYM EQUIPMENT LIKE ANY YMCA.
  • 04:33  THERE'S ROOMS FOR THE   NIGHT AND THERE'S A COUPLE
  • 04:36   OF NICE RESTAURANTS  AND THERE'S EVEN A MESSIANIC
  • 04:39  CONGREGATION THAT MEETS HERE ON THE OUTER PORCH ON SUNDAYS.
  • 04:43   OUR TOUR GROUP HAS ATTENDED SERVICES WITH THAT CONGREGATION.
  • 04:47 AND THE PLACE GOES ON IN ONE OF  THE BUSIEST AND SOME SAY MOST
  • 04:53 CONTENTIOUS PLACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST, ALWAYS A SCENE OF PEACE.
  • 05:01    [ music playing ]
  • 05:23   WELL, WE ARE AT THE LITTLE   CAFE WHERE LUNCH IS SERVED.
  • 05:26  THE PORCH OF THE YMCA  AND THE HEART OF JERUSALEM --
  • 05:31  WHICH YOU KNOW, WAS A JEWISH  CITY TO BEGIN WITH 1000 YEARS
  • 05:35   BEFORE CHRIST WHEN  KING DAVID CAPTURED THE CITY
  • 05:38   FROM THE GEBUSITES, >>   THAT WAS IN II SAMUEL 5, >>TELLS FROM VERSE 6-10,
  • 05:43 AND THEN LATER, >>   OF COURSE, MUSLIMS CAME,
  • 05:47    CHRISTIANS CAME, >> AND SO FORTH,
  • 05:49   AND THE CITY BECAME  THE HEART OF THREE RELIGIONS.
  • 05:54    THERE ARE THREE SECTIONS >> IN THIS BUILDING THAT EXPRESS
  • 05:57   THE MUSLIM/CHRISTIAN/JEWISH  SECTORS OF THE CITY.
  • 06:03  THERE'S THREE  SECTIONS OF THE CITY.
  • 06:04 THE OLD CITY, THE ORIGINAL, THE NEW CITY BASICALLY WHICH JEWISH
  • 06:09 PEOPLE HAVE BUILT SINCE 1948 AND  EAST JERUSALEM WHICH HAS BEEN
  • 06:14   GENERALLY OCCUPIED BY ARAB PEOPLE FOR A LONG TIME.
  • 06:16 AND SO THERE ARE THREE RELIGIONS   LIVE TOGETHER MORE OR LESS.
  • 06:22    OF COURSE, IT IS    ALWAYS UNDER DISCUSSION.
  • 06:25  90 PERCENT OF THE TOURIST WHO  VISIT ISRAEL CERTAINLY VISIT
  • 06:28 JERUSALEM AND OF THOSE,   70 PERCENT ARE NOT JEWISH.
  • 06:33  THEY ARE CHRISTIAN TOURIST OR   THE TOURIST FROM THE ORIENT
  • 06:36 OR EUROPE OR WHATEVER,   NOT JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 06:39 I SHOULD SAY WHEN I DISCUSS THE  THREE SECTIONS OF JERUSALEM,
  • 06:43 THAT THE NEW CITY, THE ONE BUILT SINCE 1948 BY THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 06:46   IS 20 TIMES BIGGER   THAN THE OLD CITY.
  • 06:51 IT REALLY IS JERUSALEM.
  • 06:53 EAST JERUSALEM  IS QUITE SMALL, TOO.
  • 06:55   IT WOULD BE LIKE COMPARING >>   MANHATTAN WITH THE OTHER >>BURROUGHS OF NEW YORK.
  • 07:00 IT'S REALLY THE MAIN PART OF THE PLACE.
  • 07:03 BUT AS WE SAY, JESUS WALKED THROUGHOUT
  • 07:05  CITY STREETS IN THE OLD CITY.
  • 07:07    IT WAS ALWAYS A PLACE OF >>RELIGION, A PLACE OF POLITICS,
  • 07:11   THEN AND NOW, EVEN   GOING BACK TO DAVID'S TIME
  • 07:14 THIS WAS A CENTER OF DISCUSSION OF ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED
  • 07:18 IN THE AREA, OF COURSE, ISRAEL  ITSELF IS A CROSSROADS OF THE  MIDDLE EAST.
  • 07:25   AND THIS IS ALWAYS  GOING TO HAPPEN HERE.
  • 07:27 JERUSALEM, OF COURSE, >> IS THE CAPITOL NOW >>OFFICIALLY OF ISRAEL.
  • 07:33 AND IT WAS RECAPTURED BY THE    JEWISH PEOPLE IN THE '67 WAR,
  • 07:37  IN THE SIX-DAY WAR AND IN 1980,  OFFICIALLY MADE THE CAPITOL
  • 07:41 AGAIN AS IT WAS IN THE TIME OF  KING DAVID 3000 YEARS BEFORE.
  • 07:46 AFTER ALL, THE KNESSET IS HERE.
  • 07:49 THE CONGRESS, THE PARLIAMENT OF  THE COUNTRY IS IN JERUSALEM, >>   NOT IN TEL AVIV.
  • 07:52  WE -- AMERICA ARE AMONG THOSE  NATIONS WHICH PREFER TEL AVIV
  • 07:56  SO AS NOT TO UPSET THE ARAB PEOPLE.
  • 07:59 BUT THE KNESSET IS IN JERUSALEM.
  • 08:02 IT'S SO FUNNY, OUR EMBASSY IS IN TEL AVIV AND THEY ALWAYS HAVE TO
  • 08:05    DRIVE THE 45 MILES OR SO >> TO VISIT THE KNESSET
  • 08:08  AND BACK AND FORTH BECAUSE WE STUBBORNLY REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE  THIS CAPITOL.
  • 08:13   YOU KNOW WHEN WIESMAN SPOKE  TO DAVID BELFOUR ORIGINALLY,
  • 08:18 THE ENGLISH WERE TRYING  TO IMPRESS THE JEWS TO GO TO
  • 08:22   SOME OTHER COUNTRY  TO ESTABLISH THEIR HOMELAND.
  • 08:25  UGANDA WAS SUGGESTED >>   OF ALL PLACES IN AFRICA.
  • 08:29 AND FINALLY WEISMAN WHO WAS THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF ISRAEL SAID
  • 08:34    TO DAVID BELFOUR,   OF THE ENGLISH PARLIAMENT,
  • 08:37   "JERUSALEM WAS OUR CAPITOL    WHEN LONDON WAS A MARSH."
  • 08:40   THAT IS QUITE TRUE.
  • 08:42 IN FACT, JERUSALEM WAS THE JEWISH CAPITOL WHEN
  • 08:45  ROME AND GREECE WERE NOT EVEN  THOUGHT OF YET IN THE TIME OF   KING DAVID.
  • 08:49  THERE WERE NO >>   OTHER EUROPEAN CAPITOLS,
  • 08:52 NONE AT THE TIME THAT JERUSALEM WAS THE JEWISH CAPITOL.
  • 08:55  WELL, THE DEBATE OVER  THE CAPITOL RAGES ON >>   AND SCRIPTURE COVERS IT.
  • 09:26  WE'RE SEEMING TO COME  TO THAT TIME RATHER RAPIDLY.
  • 09:29    THIS IS JUST THE >> NATURE OF THIS PLACE.
  • 09:32    IN I KINGS 3, WE HEAR THE  ORIGINAL COMMENDATION OF GOD
  • 09:40    ON THIS CITY WHERE GOD IS TALKING TO KING SOLOMON
  • 09:44    WHO HAS BUILT THE TEMPLE.
  • 10:01   IT'S PRETTY STRONG.
  • 10:02 GOD CHOSE THIS   PLACE AS HIS CAPITOL ALSO.
  • 10:05 AND JERUSALEM NOW IS IN A SENSE PREPARING TO RECEIVE HER KING.
  • 10:10 THE END TIMES ARE HERE.
  • 10:12   MANY TEACHERS SAY SO AND I >>   CERTAINLY AGREE WITH IT.
  • 10:15  AND ZECHARIAH 8 SAYS:
  • 10:18  THUS SAITH THE LORD,   "I AM RETURNED UNTO ZION."
  • 10:21  ALMOST AS IF HE IS TALKING --
  • 10:24    I HAVE ESTABLISHED MYSELF    HERE BACK IN DAVID'S TIME
  • 10:27   AND NOW, I'VE COME   BACK ALONG WITH MY PEOPLE.
  • 10:53    OLD PEOPLE, YOUNG PEOPLE,    THE WHOLE SOCIETY WILL BE
  • 10:56  PEACEFUL AND RECEPTIVE OF THE   LORD WHEN THE KING RETURNS.
  • 11:00    THIS REALLY IS A >>  PLACE FOR THE KING.
  • 11:03 IT'S NOT LIKE THE HIGH PLACES,    ESTABLISHED BY THE PAGANS
  • 11:06  ALL THROUGH THE AGES,   BUT RATHER,
  • 11:10  IN THE MIDST OF THE CITY, THE TEMPLE OF THE KING WILL STAND.
  • 11:13  AND PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL COME TO THIS CITY.
  • 11:16 ZECHARIAH 14:16 IS HEARTENING.
  • 11:31 THE FEAST OF TABERNACLE >>   IS A STUNNING, WONDERFUL
  • 11:33    FESTIVAL OF THANKSGIVING, ROUGHLY EQUIVALENT TO AMERICAN
  • 11:37 THANKSGIVING AND ALSO HAPPENS IN  THE FALL, USUALLY IN OCTOBER.
  • 11:41   AND THAT WILL BE A FESTIVAL THAT WE WILL ALL ATTEND IN THE KINGDOM TO COME.
  • 11:46 WHEREVER WE'RE LIVING,  IF WE'RE MARRIED TO THE KING,
  • 11:49 PRESUMABLY WE ARE LIVING HERE.
  • 11:51  BUT IF YOU ARE LIVING  IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY,
  • 11:52 YOU'LL COME HERE AT LEAST ONCE EACH YEAR AND CELEBRATE
  • 11:55    THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES.
  • 11:58 YOU KNOW, AN 18th CENTURY POLISH RABBI'S DAUGHTER WROTE THIS ON HER WEDDING INVITATION.
  • 12:11   THIS IS WAY BEFORE   THE JEWS WERE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 12:14    THEN SHE WRITES:
  • 12:24 SHE WAS SO TRUSTING OF THE LORD, THAT SHE WROTE IT JUST THAT WAY.
  • 12:38    [ music playing ]
  • 12:46 COME WITH ZOLA LEVITT   AND SEE FOR YOURSELF
  • 12:48    THE LAND OF THE COVENANT.
  • 12:51 ZOLA PUTS ON ONE OF THE MOST  SPECTACULAR TRIPS YOU COULD  EVER BE ON.
  • 12:55 THE WHOLE GROUP, EVERYBODY   JUST PUTS EVERYTHING TOGETHER.
  • 12:57  IT'S SPECTACULAR.
  • 13:00 WITH WHAT WAS CHOSEN FOR US   TO DO AS WELL AS WHO GUIDED US
  • 13:04 AND WHO SPOKE WITH US,  THE OTHER PEOPLE ON THE TRIP.
  • 13:09    IT WAS WONDERFUL.
  • 13:10   OTHER PEOPLE SAID THEY WENT ON CRUISES AND TRIPS LIKE THIS
  • 13:13  AND IT WAS ALL HISTORICAL AND THEY SAW A LOT OF SITES
  • 13:15 BUT THIS WAS SPIRITUAL    AND THIS WAS REALLY GOOD.
  • 13:18   SO I'M REALLY GLAD  I PICKED ZOLA LEVITT'S GROUP
  • 13:22 TO TOUR THE HOLY LAND.
  • 13:27    TOUR THE HOLY LAND    WITH ZOLA LEVITT.
  • 13:29 CALL OR WRITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
  • 13:39 WELL, SEE ISRAEL FOR YOURSELF.
  • 13:40 THAT'S THE THING TO DO.
  • 13:42 DON'T DEPEND ON  US TO SHOW IT TO YOU.
  • 13:44    I'M GLAD YOU'RE WATCHING,  BUT I THINK YOU OUGHT
  • 13:46  TO TAKE A TOUR IN THIS LIFE.
  • 13:48    WITH US OR SOMEONE ELSE, >> THAT'S FINE.
  • 13:51  WELL, JERUSALEM IS MENTIONED   IN THE BIBLE OVER AND OVER
  • 13:54 A THOUSAND TIMES, I DON'T KNOW.
  • 13:55 YOU KNOW THAT IT'S NOT MENTIONED IN THE KORAN AT ALL.
  • 13:59  THE HOLY BOOK OF THE MUSLIMS.
  • 14:00    JERUSALEM IS NOT >> HOLY TO THE MUSLIMS.
  • 14:03    JERUSALEM IS NOT >> HOLY TO THE MUSLIMS.
  • 14:06 IT'S A POLITICAL IDEA.
  • 14:07 PEOPLE OF THE MENTALITY  OF THE ARAFAT
  • 14:11 AND THE KING OF SAUDI ARABIA AND PEOPLE OF THAT NATURE DECIDED IT >>   WILL BE.
  • 14:16  BUT IT ISN'T MENTIONED IN THE KORAN.
  • 14:18 THE BEST ARGUMENT THEY HAVE IS  THAT MOHAMMED DREAMED THAT HE
  • 14:22 RODE HIS HORSE FROM A FAR MOSQUE OR SANCTUARY TO HEAVEN AND THEY
  • 14:28  DECIDED TO SAY WELL, THAT WILL BE JERUSALEM.
  • 14:30   THEY PICKED IT OUT.
  • 14:31 THEY COULD HAVE PICKED  NEW YORK CITY OR WASHINGTON.
  • 14:33  I'LL ARGUE THAT POINT WITH ANY MUSLIM FROM THE KORAN,
  • 14:36  THAT'S NOT A PROBLEM.
  • 14:38   YOU KNOW PEOPLE GET >>   THIS PLACED SO MIXED UP.
  • 14:40  A RECENT COLUMN SAID >>   IN THE WASHINGTON TIMES,
  • 14:44 "JERUSALEM IS A PLACE OF MOSES,
  • 14:46   "MOHAMMED AND JESUS   ALL WALKED THERE."
  • 14:49   NO, SIR, ONLY JESUS  OF THOSE THREE WALKED THERE.
  • 14:52 MOHAMMED NEVER VISITED IT MOSES DIDN'T EITHER.
  • 14:55  JERUSALEM IS PRECIOUS TO JEWS AND CHRISTIANS.
  • 14:58  IT IS NOT PRECIOUS TO MUSLIMS    BUT THEY PRETENDED IT IS.
  • 15:01   THE JEWS AND THE CHRISTIANS   HAVE A REAL STAKE IN THIS.
  • 15:05 I TALKED TO THE BUSIEST MAYOR IN THE WORLD, EHUD OLMERT,
  • 15:09 THE MAYOR OF JERUSALEM.
  • 15:11    MAYOR OLMERT, IN AMERICA >>AND THE WESTERN WORLD,
  • 15:15    THE NEWS ABOUT JERUSALEM >>  TENDS TO BE VERY NEGATIVE,
  • 15:18 DUSTY STREETS,   PEOPLE PUSHING EACH OTHER,
  • 15:21 WORSE THAN THAT   AND YET WHEN WE COME HERE,
  • 15:24    IT LOOKS LIKE A PEACEFUL,  VERY BEAUTIFUL CITY.
  • 15:27 IT CERTAINLY IS A VERY BEAUTIFUL CITY AND PEACEFUL CITY.
  • 15:30    YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING IS RELATIVE.
  • 15:32    THE PROBLEM OF JERUSALEM >>IS BECAUSE OF ITS VERY UNIQUE STATUS.
  • 15:39  ENORMOUS SIGNIFICANCE   FOR WORLD HISTORY,
  • 15:43 FOR SO MANY DIFFERENT BELIEVERS,
  • 15:44    SO MANY DIFFERENT RELIGIONS IN THE WORLD.
  • 15:46    THERE IS ENORMOUS   SENSITIVITY ABOUT JERUSALEM
  • 15:49   WHICH IS DIFFERENT   FROM ANY OTHER CITY
  • 15:54    IN THE WORLD, THEREFORE, >>ANY KIND OF EVENT WHICH WOULD BE
  • 15:59 HARDLY MENTIONED OR EVEN NOTICED  IN BIGGER CITIES IN DIFFERENT
  • 16:07   PARTS OF THE WORLD,  IMMEDIATELY BECOMES A GLOBAL
  • 16:11  EVENT WHERE IT IS -- WHEN IT    TAKES PLACE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 16:16 EVERYTHING THAT TAKES PLACE HERE IS IMMEDIATELY A GLOBAL EVENT.
  • 16:21   SO THINGS TEND TO BLOW OUT   OF THEIR REAL PROPORTIONS.
  • 16:26   BUT THERE ARE MORE VIOLENT EVENTS IN AMERICA OR IN EUROPE.
  • 16:35  THERE ARE MORE INSECURITIES,   IN TERMS OF PERSONAL SAFETY
  • 16:39  AND SECURITY FOR INDIVIDUALS  IN MOST MAJOR CITIES
  • 16:42  IN THE WORLD  THAN THERE ARE IN JERUSALEM.
  • 16:45 JERUSALEM IS CLEANER, IS NICER,  IS CERTAINLY MORE BEAUTIFUL.
  • 16:50   AND MORE INSPIRING  THAN ANY OTHER CITY.
  • 16:57    OKAY, YOU GO TO NEW YORK >>  AND I LOVE NEW YORK
  • 16:59   AND YOU WILL SEE THESE HIGH   RISES AND BIG TOWERS, OKAY,
  • 17:03    AFTER YOU HAVE SEEN FIVE,    YOU GET THE IDEA.
  • 17:06 THERE IS 5000.
  • 17:10    YOU GO TO MIAMI AND GO TO  TEL AVIV AND YOU ASK YOURSELF
  • 17:13 WHICH IS MIAMI AND WHICH IS TEL AVIV?
  • 17:16 IT IS YOU KNOW,  SOME OF THESE CITIES,
  • 17:20    THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT >>JERUSALEM WHICH DOES NOT EXIST
  • 17:24   IN ANY OTHER PLACE   IN THE WHOLE WORLD.
  • 17:28    WHEN YOU THINK THAT JUST >> ACROSS FROM WHERE WE SIT NOW,   500 METERS.
  • 17:34    IN ONE SQUARE KILOMETER, >>WE HAVE MORE HOLY SITES
  • 17:39 THAT ARE IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT FOR MORE BELIEVERS,
  • 17:45  OF MORE RELIGIONS ACROSS THE  WORLD THAN ANY OTHER PLACE IN >>   THE WHOLE WORLD.
  • 17:53    WHEN YOU THINK OF ALL OF >>  THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL EVENTS
  • 17:58   OF OUR CIVILIZATIONS, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN THIS SMALL PLACE,
  • 18:03   WHEN YOU KNOW THAT  WHEN YOU COME THERE,
  • 18:07 YOU CAN LOOK AT PLACES OF WHICH YOU READ IN THE BIBLE.
  • 18:12    NOW THIS IS NOT FICTION.
  • 18:14 THIS IS NOT FAIRY TALE.
  • 18:16    THIS IS REALITY.
  • 18:18  YOU WALK THROUGH THE HILLS WHERE KING DAVID WALKED.
  • 18:23  THIS IS NOT A STORY.
  • 18:25   WE HAVE THE REMAINS   OF THE HOUSE OF KING DAVID
  • 18:27 JUST OUTSIDE OF THE WALL IN JERUSALEM.
  • 18:31 YOU LOOK AT ABSALOM --  WHICH YOU READ ABOUT
  • 18:35  IN THE BIBLE THAT KING DAVID BUILT FOR HIS SON AFTER HIS SON
  • 18:40    TRIED TO ASSASSINATE HIM >>  AND HE EULOGIZED HIM IN ONE
  • 18:44  OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PIECES OF POETRY THAT WAS EVER WRITTEN
  • 18:47 BY ANY HUMAN BEING IN HISTORY.
  • 18:50  ALL OF THAT IS HERE.
  • 18:53 IT CANNOT COMPARE TO ANYTHING.
  • 18:55   SO, IT IS TRUE THAT   JERUSALEM IS FILLED
  • 18:58 WITH ALL KINDS OF DIFFICULTIES AND PROBLEMS AND CONTRADICTIONS
  • 19:01    WHICH IS PART OF >> THE FASCINATION OF THIS CITY.
  • 19:05   BUT HOW CAN IT BE ANY OTHER PLACE?
  • 19:08 PART OF THE YOUR JOB IS  KEEPING ALLIANCE ACROSS TOWN.
  • 19:11   WE WENT TO THE ORIENT HOUSE
  • 19:13   AND WE'VE INTERVIEWED FAISAL HUSSEINI,
  • 19:16  WHO IS CLAIMING   TO BE A PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY
  • 19:20  REPRESENTATIVE   FOR JERUSALEM
  • 19:22   AND FOR ALL INTENTS  AND PURPOSES,
  • 19:25    PUTS HIMSELF OUT >>AS THE MAYOR OF EAST JERUSALEM.
  • 19:28  THAT MUST BE  A THORN IN YOUR SIDE.
  • 19:31  WHAT GOES ON  WITH THE OTHER SIDE?
  • 19:33    THIS IS A VIRTUAL STAGES.
  • 19:36 REALLY IT IS NOT OF ANY PRACTICAL SIGNIFICANCE.
  • 19:42 FAISAL HUSSEINI, HAS NO AUTHORITY TO TAKE ANY DECISION
  • 19:44 REGARDING THE LIFE OF PEOPLE IN JERUSALEM OR THEIR WHEREABOUTS
  • 19:48  OR THEIR WELL BEING.
  • 19:50   HE CAN'T BUILD ONE SCHOOL.
  • 19:53    HE CAN'T OPEN ONE SCHOOL.
  • 19:54    HE CAN'T GIVE ONE PERMIT.
  • 19:57   HE CAN'T GIVE ONE LICENSE.
  • 19:58 HE CAN'T IMPOSE A CERTAIN RESTRICTION.
  • 20:01 IT IS MORE LIKE  A POLITICAL RHETORIC.
  • 20:04  AS FAR AS POLITICAL RHETORIC  IS CONCERNED, HE'S AN EXPERT.
  • 20:08   THAT'S MORE   OR LESS WHAT IT IS.
  • 20:09   ONE THING I CAN DO IS TRY TO ENGAGE MYSELF
  • 20:15   IN ALMOST ENDLESS BATTLES,
  • 20:20   VERBAL BATTLES WITH   FAISAL HUSSEINI OF WHAT IS THE REAL STAGE.
  • 20:26  I FIND IT TOTALLY UNNECESSARY BECAUSE I AM NOT INTERESTED ON WASTING MY ENERGIES ON RHETORIC.
  • 20:32  EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT THE ONLY PERSON WHO HOLDS THE REAL POWER
  • 20:37 IN TERMS OF RUNNING THE CITY,
  • 20:39    IN TERMS OF MAKING THE   DISCUSSION AND EFFECTING
  • 20:41 THE QUALITY OF PEOPLE >> REGARDLESS WHERE THEY ARE.
  • 20:45  BUT AS LONG AS THEY ARE IN >>JERUSALEM, IS THE MAYOR MYSELF,
  • 20:48  NOT FAISAL HUSSEINI.
  • 20:50 WE ENTERED INTO DAVID BAR-ILLAN,
  • 20:52  WHO POINTED OUT THAT  DURING THE COLD WAR,
  • 20:55   THE RUSSIANS TENDED TO COME TO AMERICA AND TELEVISE
  • 20:58   AND IT WAS NOT THAT  THEY TOLD LIES BUT WHAT THEY
  • 21:00  PUT ON TELEVISION WAS PEOPLE   STANDING IN LINES FOR FOOD
  • 21:05   AND NEGATIVE THINGS AND BY  SHOWING NOTHING BUT NEGATIVE
  • 21:09 THINGS GAVE THE    PLACE A BAD NAME.
  • 21:12 GAVE AMERICA A   BAD NAME IN RUSSIA.
  • 21:14 EXACTLY RIGHT.
  • 21:15    THE RUSSIANS S SAW   NOTHING BUT THESE PICTURES
  • 21:17 AND I'M BEGINNING TO THINK THE SAME THING HAPPENS TO JERUSALEM.
  • 21:19  RUSSIANS WAITING IN THE LINES   IN RUSSIA TO BUY BREAD IN A
  • 21:26  STORE WERE SHOWN PICTURES OF    AMERICANS DOING THE SAME.
  • 21:30 AND THEY BELIEVE IT THEMSELVES   AND THEY KNEW THE REALITIES
  • 21:34   AND I THINK THIS IS    TRUE ABOUT THE PERCEPTION
  • 21:37 REGARDING JERUSALEM, JERUSALEM IS A CITY OF GREAT FASCINATION
  • 21:44 AND ALSO I THINK A CITY    WHERE TOLERANCE IS REALLY
  • 21:49 A MAJOR INGREDIENT IN THE LIGHT.
  • 21:53  THERE ARE VERY GOOD RELATIONS  AMONGST OF THE POPULATIONS IN   JERUSALEM.
  • 21:59 BUT THERE IS A DESIRE,  BY LOTS OF POLITICAL FACTIONS
  • 22:06  TO PORTRAY JERUSALEM   IN A DIFFERENT WAY.
  • 22:12    THIS IS NOT TRUE.
  • 22:14    AND TO LOOK TO THE PAST, >> MAYOR, TEDDY KOLLECK WHOM WE
  • 22:17    ALSO INTRUDE WAS >>IN OFFICE FOR 20 YEARS.
  • 22:21   OVER 20.
  • 22:23    DO YOU ANTICIPATE BEING   PRIME MINISTER SOME DAY,
  • 22:29   YOU WILL STAY IN >>LEADERSHIP POSITION?
  • 22:31    NOT THAT LONG AS MAYOR.
  • 22:33  I THINK IT IS WRONG >>  TO BE MAYOR SO MANY YEARS
  • 22:37  AND THIS IS MY OBSERVATION >>ALSO ABOUT THE LAST FEW TERMS
  • 22:42   OF TEDDY KOLLECK    WHO HAD TERMS TOO MUCH.
  • 22:46    AND ALTHOUGH HE  WAS A GREAT MAYOR.
  • 22:47  BUT I THINK YOU CAN'T HOLD, YOU CAN'T KEEP THE SAME KIND
  • 22:53 OF EFFICIENCY AND THE >>   SAME KIND OF ENTHUSIASM
  • 22:58  ABOUT WHAT >> YOU DO IN SUCH A LONG TIME.
  • 23:02  THERE'S ALWAYS A DANGER OF >>FALLING IN A CERTAIN ROUTINE.
  • 23:06   WHICH BY THE WAY, >> IS NOT BAD WHEN YOU  RUN MIAMI OR DETROIT OR ST.
  • 23:13 LOUIS OR TEL AVIV OR HYFFA, BUT  NOT WHEN YOU RUN JERUSALEM.
  • 23:22 THAT'S SPECIAL.
  • 23:23 YOU MUST OBTAIN WITHIN YOURSELF THE ENTHUSIASM AND EXCITEMENT.
  • 23:28 AND BECAUSE WITHOUT IT,   WHAT IS LEFT FOR YOU TO DO
  • 23:34    IN A CITY LIKE JERUSALEM?
  • 23:37   AND YOU CAN'T DO IT   25 YEARS YOU KNOW.
  • 23:40 IT CAN BE DONE   10 YEARS 14 YEARS,
  • 23:43 I THINK THAT'S ENOUGH.
  • 23:47    [ music playing ]
  • 25:09  WELL, AT THIS LAST PROGRAM OF  OUR SERIES, "THIS IS ISRAEL,"
  • 25:13 I HOPE WE ACCOMPLISHED WHAT WE SET OUT TO DO.
  • 25:16  WHAT THE NETWORKS, ET CETERA,
  • 25:18  JUST WILL NOT DO AND THAT IS SHOW YOU ISRAEL AS IT REALLY IS.
  • 25:22  THEY SHOW YOU ISRAEL   AS A WAR-TORN PLACE
  • 25:25 AND DUSTY VILLAGES AND   COPS AND KIDS AND SO FORTH.
  • 25:27   THAT'S JUST SILLY, THAT'S HARDLY ENCOURAGED AT ALL.
  • 25:30 WE HAVE SHOWN YOU WHAT    IS REALLY GOING ON THERE.
  • 25:34   THE MEDIA IS IN BUSINESS TO REPORT PROBLEMS ALL THE WAY FROM
  • 25:37 YOUR LOCAL TV NEWS IN YOUR HOME
  • 25:39   TOWN PAPER TO THE GIANT NETWORKS,
  • 25:42   THAT'S ALL THEY DO,   IS CYNICISM AND NEGATIVISM
  • 25:44  AND IN SOME CASES IT IS BAD.
  • 25:48 AS I SAID BEFORE, IF ISRAEL WAS  A PERSON THEY WOULD HAVE SUED
  • 25:51   FOR LIBEL AND WON THE CASE.
  • 25:54   IT IS TERRIBLE THE  WAY THEY DESCRIBE IT.
  • 25:56  WE BELIEVERS  MUST SUPPORT ISRAEL.
  • 25:59   WE MUST SUPPORT THE  HOME OF THE KINGDOM TO COME.
  • 26:01    FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE  IT CAN START TONIGHT.
  • 26:04  WE WILL HAVE TO GIVE IT SOME SUPPORT IF WE ARE GOING TO LIVE
  • 26:06 THERE A THOUSAND YEARS.
  • 26:07 IF I AM READING   THE BIBLE CORRECTLY
  • 26:10   THAT'S WHERE WE ARE GOING.
  • 26:11 THEY ASKED JESUS.
  • 26:12  WILT THOU AT THIS TIME RESTORE    THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN UNTO  ISRAEL?
  • 26:15    WELL, WE'RE GOING THERE.
  • 26:17 AND WE ARE GOING TO LIVE THERE AND BE THE QUEEN OF THE KING TO  COME.
  • 26:20    AND WE MUST BE AT LEAST INTERESTED IN IT
  • 26:22 AND SUPPORT THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 26:24    CAN'T WE AT LEAST   LOVE WHO GOD LOVES?
  • 26:27   HE PICKED THEM OUT.
  • 26:28   OKAY, YOU MAY THINK    HE HAS BAD TASTE.
  • 26:29    THAT'S UP TO YOU.
  • 26:31  BUT CAN YOU DO WHAT GOD DOES   AND LOVE THEM A LITTLE BIT
  • 26:34    AT LEAST STOP CRITICIZING   OR GET AFTER THOSE WHO DO.
  • 26:38  JESUS CHRIST IS GOING TO RETURN TO THE LAND HE LEFT.
  • 26:42 JESUS CHRIST NEVER LEFT ISRAEL  OTHER THAN WHEN HE WAS A BABY
  • 26:45    WHEN HIS PARENTS >>  TOOK HIM TO EGYPT.
  • 26:46    BUT HE WITNESSED >>IN ISRAEL TO JEWS ONLY.
  • 26:50 AND WE OUGHT TO DO WHAT HE DOES.
  • 26:54 DO YOU WITNESS TO JEWS?
  • 26:55    IF NOT, GIVE US SUPPORT,
  • 26:58 WE'LL GET THEM FOR YOU.
  • 26:59    WE GO OUT THERE,
  • 26:59 WE GO ALL OF THE TIME.
  • 27:01  YOU KNOW, PAUL SAYS YOU HAVE
  • 27:02 CREDIT IF YOU SUPPORT A MINISTRY
  • 27:04    WITH WHAT THAT MINISTRY >> ACCOMPLISHES.
  • 27:07   AND SO HE'S COMING  BACK TO THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.
  • 27:09 ARE YOU READY TO GO WITH HIM?    IF YOU ARE SAVED,
  • 27:12 IF YOU BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST,
  • 27:14  YOU WILL GO TO JERUSALEM FOR  THAT THOUSAND YEARS WITH HIM
  • 27:17 TO THE MOUNT OF OLIVES.
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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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