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Episode: “Top to Bottom”
Zola talks about Bet Shean and Caesarea, and then we return to Jerusalem to hear from “the Man on the Street.” Former Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert talks to us just prior to leaving his position about this city and the land he loves so much.
Series: “Voices From Israel”
This ten-program series not only traverses the physical land of Israel with a group of pilgrims visiting Biblical sites, but also scans Israel’s wide political landscape with the perspectives of government officials, so-called settlers and even Palestinians.

Caption transcript for Voices From Israel: “Top to Bottom” (9/10)

  • 00:07 THIS PLACE IS PART OF YOUR HERITAGE.
  • 00:09 THIS PLACE IS PART OF YOUR DREAM.
  • 00:11 PEOPLE OF THE BIBLE ARE IN CHARGE OF THE LAND OF THE BIBLE.
  • 00:14 I FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY TIMES IN HISTORY
  • 00:16 WHEN CHRISTIANS HAVE LOOKED THE OTHER WAY WHEN JEWISH PEOPLE WERE BEING ATTACKED.
  • 00:20 WE WILL ULTIMATELY SEE THE WORLD CHANGE.
  • 00:23 GOD'S PURPOSES FOR ISRAEL JUST MARCH ON, DON'T THEY?
  • 00:32 SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 00:34 WELCOME BACK TO OUR "VOICES FROM ISRAEL" SERIES.
  • 00:37 ON THIS PROGRAM WE'RE GOING TO MEET A VERY FASCINATING MAN, EHUD OLMERT.
  • 00:41 EHUD'S BEEN WITH US BEFORE WHEN HE WAS THE MAYOR OF JERUSALEM.
  • 00:45 NOW HE'S THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL,
  • 00:48 BUT HE'S ALWAYS BEEN GOOD TO US AND HE'S ALWAYS BEEN AVAILABLE.
  • 00:51 WHENEVER WE'VE ASKED FOR AN INTERVIEW, I MEAN, HE'S A MAYOR OF A VERY BUSY CITY.
  • 00:57 AND I'LL TELL YOU A STORY.
  • 00:59 WHEN WE HAD OUR BANQUET FOR MY 75TH TOUR THAT I LEAD TO ISRAEL,
  • 01:05 IN THE MIDDLE OF THE EVENING, HE SHOWED UP.
  • 01:08 JUST, AND WHEN THE MAYOR OF JERUSALEM COMES WITH ALL OF HIS SECURITY, IT'S A MOMENT.
  • 01:13 I MEAN, ALL THESE MEN BURST IN AND INTERRUPTED THE PROGRAM
  • 01:18 AND HE WAS KIND ENOUGH TO MAKE A SPEECH TO OUR PEOPLE.
  • 01:21 A VERY ENJOYABLE MAN TO KNOW.
  • 01:24 I THINK YOU WILL ENJOY HEARING FROM HIM.
  • 01:26 ALSO, WE'RE GOING TO HEAR FROM MORE ISRAELIS IN OUR "MAN ON THE STREET" SEGMENT.
  • 01:30 YOU KNOW, I STAND OUT ON BEN YEHUDA STREET
  • 01:31 WITH A CAMERA AND A MIC AND GET A WHOLE LOT OF OPINIONS.
  • 01:35 TONY, WE'RE GOING WITH THE TOUR AGAIN.
  • 01:38 WHERE ARE WE GOING ON THIS SHOW?
  • 01:39 WE'RE OFF ON OUR WAY TO,
  • 01:41 PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES
  • 01:43 AT BET SHEAN.
  • 01:45 ONCE WE LEAVE THERE WE WILL TRAVEL TO JERUSALEM.
  • 01:48 WE'LL GO BY SEASIDE AND WE'LL COME TO CAESAREA MARITIME
  • 01:52 AND THEN IN THE EVENING IS OUR FAREWELL DINNER,
  • 01:55 WHERE WE'LL COME TOGETHER AND REMINISCE
  • 01:58 OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE SEEN DURING THIS TOUR.
  • 02:00 OK, TO LOCATION IN THE HOLY LAND.
  • 02:12 THE CITY OF BET SHEAN IS MENTIONED IN SCRIPTURE
  • 02:15 TIME AND AGAIN, BUT ESPECIALLY IN CONNECTION WITH SAUL.
  • 02:50 AND HERE THAT CITY IS BEHIND ME.
  • 02:53 IT'S GOT A VERY LONG HISTORY.
  • 02:55 IT WAS AN ANCIENT CITY WHEN SAUL WAS FASTENED TO THE WALL HERE.
  • 02:59 IT WENT BACK TO ABOUT 3000 B.C.,
  • 03:04 WHICH MAKES IT 5000 YEARS OLD FROM WHERE WE STAND.
  • 03:08 OF COURSE, IT'S JUST A RUIN NOW.
  • 03:10 BUT, IT WAS A GREAT CITY, COMMANDING AN ENTRANCE TO THE TRADE ROUTES OF MESOPOTAMIA
  • 03:16 AND UPPER GALILEE AND SO ON.
  • 03:18 IT'S SOUTH OF THE SEA OF GALILEE ABOUT 25 MILES
  • 03:21 AND THE ROMANS BUILT QUITE A CITADEL HERE
  • 03:24 AND THE RUINS YOU SEE BEHIND ME ARE THEIRS.
  • 03:27 THEY PUT IN AN AGORA, A KIND OF SHOPPING CENTER WE WOULD SAY,
  • 03:34 A GREAT THEATER, MANY PILLARS AND COLUMNS, BUILDING AFTER BUILDING
  • 03:39 AND IT'S ONE OF THE MOST EXTENSIVE RUINS
  • 03:42 IN ALL OF ISRAEL, VERY BEAUTIFULLY EXCAVATED
  • 03:45 AND ONE OF THE PLACES WHERE PILGRIMS THRILL TO SEE ANCIENT HISTORY BEFORE THEIR EYES.
  • 04:14 ♪ THIS IS THE DAY ♪ THAT THE LORD HAS MADE.
  • 04:16 ♪ WE WILL REJOICE ♪ AND BE GLAD IN IT.
  • 04:19 ♪ THIS IS THE DAY, ♪ THIS IS THE DAY ♪ THAT THE LORD HAS MADE.
  • 04:26 THIS IS THE PRINCIPLE OF GRAVITY.
  • 04:28 WATER RUNS DOWN THE HILL FROM MOUNT CARMEL,
  • 04:30 COMES POURING DOWN ON HERE AND SUPPLIES THIS HUGE CITY OF CAESAREA WITH WATER.
  • 04:37 IT'S AN ENORMOUS CONSTRUCTON.
  • 04:40 LOOK, IT'S WHAT 15 MILES LONG.
  • 04:43 FROM THE AMAZING ROMAN AQUEDUCT BY THE COAST OF THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA,
  • 04:48 WE COME TO CAESAREA, THE CITY WHERE PAUL WAS IMPRISONED
  • 04:52 AND THE FIRST GENTILE CONVERSION OCCURRED.
  • 04:55 AS THE GROUP WALKS TOWARD THE AMPHITHEATER,
  • 04:58 WE FIND ZOLA THERE, WAITING TO OPEN UP THE SCRIPTURES
  • 05:00 AS WELL AS PROVIDE A DEMONSTRATION OF 1ST CENTURY ACOUSTICS.
  • 05:04 (ZOLA PLAYING RECORDER)
  • 05:26 THEY WOULD HAVE ACTORS THERE ON THE STAGE
  • 05:28 AND THE PEOPLE ON THE TOP ROW COULD HEAR THEM WHEN THEY TALKED IN A NORMAL TONE
  • 05:32 OR PLAYED AND INSTRUMENT OR WHATEVER.
  • 05:35 AND THAT JUST PROVED THE PRINCIPLE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT,
  • 05:38 JESUS STANDING DOWN IN THE VALLEY COULD TALK THE WAY I'M TALKING NOW
  • 05:42 AND BE HEARD BY 5000 AND THEIR FAMILIES, ALL.
  • 05:46 THIS I THINK SEATS SOMETHING LIKE 2500 AND THAT'S HALF OF THAT CROWD
  • 05:52 AND THEN THE MOUNT, OF COURSE, WENT OUT TO THE SIDES.
  • 05:55 THEY ALL HEARD HIM PERFECTLY.
  • 05:56 NOW, AT CAESAREA IS A MORE IMPORTANT SUBJECT.
  • 06:06 HE'S A ROMAN OFFICER.
  • 06:08 I AM SURE THAT HE SAT IN THIS THEATER AND WATCHED ROMAN PLAYS, AND WHY NOT.
  • 06:14 THAT'S THE PLACE TO OFTEN FIND AN OFFICE AND HIS WIFE
  • 06:17 AND SO YOU'RE SITTING RIGHT IN THE HEART OF THIS PLACE.
  • 06:31 WELL, HIS VISION IS THAT HE SHOULD SEND DOWN TO JOPPA,
  • 06:35 JAFFA, WHICH YOU WILL SEE LATER TONIGHT
  • 06:37 TO PETER, WHO WAS STAYING THERE AT SIMON THE TANNERS HOUSE AND ASKED PETER TO COME.
  • 06:44 WELL, HE KNEW WHO PETER WAS.
  • 06:46 PETER WAS A FAMOUS EVANGELIST BY NOW AND THE FOUNDER OF THE JERUSALEM CHURCH.
  • 06:52 AND HE SENDS FOR HIM.
  • 06:55 AND I'M GOING TO SKIP THROUGH THE CHAPTER A LITTLE BIT,
  • 06:58 BUT WHEN PETER GOES TO CAESAREA
  • 07:13 WELL, AS A MATTER OF FACT, THEY ARE SAVED BEFORE HE GETS FINISHED,
  • 07:15 PETER PREACHED AT PENTECOST 5 MINUTES AND 3000 WERE SAVED.
  • 07:23 IN ACTS 3, HE PREACHED MAYBE 3 MINUTES AND 5000 WERE SAVED.
  • 07:27 THIS TIME HE ISN'T EVEN FINISHED AND THEY INTERRUPT HIM WITH THEIR SALVATION
  • 07:31 BECAUSE IT SAYS IN VERSE 44
  • 07:50 NOW, INSTEAD OF SAYING REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED, EVERY ONE OF YOU,
  • 07:53 HE SAYS, ANYBODY HAVE ANY OBJECTION IF WE BAPTIZE THESE NEW BELIEVERS
  • 07:57 AND HE PUTS A LITTLE ARGUMENT IN HIS QUESTION.
  • 08:00 THEY'VE RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT JUST LIKE WE DID, AFTER ALL.
  • 08:03 NOW, I THINK THEY'RE STILL ASTONISHED.
  • 08:14 THEY WANTED HIM TO STAY AND DISCIPLE THEM.
  • 08:17 NORMAL CONVERSIONS, NORMAL VIEWS FOR NEWLY SAVED PERSONS.
  • 08:23 KNOW THAT SALVATION STARTED FOR GENTILE PEOPLE IN THIS CITY HERE AT CAESAREA
  • 08:29 WITH A ROMAN OFFICER, WHO LIVED NOT FAR FROM HERE,
  • 08:32 COULD PROBABLY SHOUT AND HE'D HEAR ME, IF HIS HOUSE WERE STILL HERE
  • 08:36 AND WE'LL SEE HIM IN THE KINGDOM AND HE'LL SAY,
  • 08:40 "BOY, IT WAS A GREAT DAY WHEN I HAD THAT DREAM AND SENT FOR PETER."
  • 08:43 ♪ ♪
  • 09:13 I LOVE IT.
  • 09:15 IT'S JUST THREE DIMENSIONAL HISTORY JUST COME TO LIFE
  • 09:17 AND IT'S NOT ALL CLUTTERED UP WITH EXTRA TRAPPINGS TO IT AND ALL THAT.
  • 09:23 IT'S THE REAL THING THAT'S OUT HERE.
  • 09:25 IT HASN'T BEEN TURNED INTO A SHRINE OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.
  • 09:27 IT'S JUST THE REAL THING THAT YOU CAN COME WALK AROUND IN.
  • 09:38 THE HUM OF THE BUS AND THE SETTING SUN MAKE OUR EYELIDS DROOP
  • 09:41 AS MANY OF US DOZE OFF FOR A NAP AT THE END OF A FULL, BUT EXCITING DAY OF TOURING ISRAEL.
  • 09:47 AS WE DRIVE INTO TEL AVIV, OUR THOUGHTS TURN TOWARD HOME.
  • 09:51 WE'RE ANTICIPATING FLYING BACK EARLY TOMORROW MORNING, BUT FIRST, WE CHECK INTO OUR HOTEL.
  • 09:57 WE GATHER TOGETHER ONE LAST TIME TO ENJOY A WONDERFUL DINNER,
  • 10:01 TO REMINISCE ABOUT THE TRIP AND HONOR THOSE WHO'VE MADE IT POSSIBLE.
  • 10:05 YOU REALLY DO ENCOURAGE THE ISRAELI PEOPLE BY YOUR PRESENCE.
  • 10:11 IT'S VERY NICE.
  • 10:12 IT'S SAD THAT MANY OF THE SITES WE WENT TO, WE WERE ALONE.
  • 10:17 DOES ANYBODY HAVE A SPECIAL EXPERIENCE OR TESTIMONY OR FEELING YOU WANT TO SHARE.
  • 10:23 EVERYONE HERE KNOWS HOW MUCH WE ALL LOVE ZOLA LEVITT AND HIS WIFE SANDRA.
  • 10:29 WE SHOWED THAT LOVE AND APPRECIATION BY COMING ON THIS 75TH TOUR.
  • 10:35 BUT, WE DO WANT TO RECOGNIZE 2 OTHER GENTLEMEN TONIGHT THAT WE'VE GROWN TO LOVE.
  • 10:41 (WE) NEVER MET THEM BEFORE UNTIL WE GOT OVER HERE
  • 10:43 AND NOW I THINK WE'VE ALL GOT VERY, VERY CLOSE TO THEM,
  • 10:47 NOT ONLY AS BROTHERS IN CHRIST, BUT AS GOOD FRIENDS
  • 10:51 AND GOOD STATESMEN FOR THE NATION OF ISRAEL.
  • 10:55 SO AT THIS TIME, WE WOULD LIKE ZVI AND DAVID TO COME UP
  • 10:59 AND THE GROUP AND WE WANT TO SHOW A LITTLE APPRECIATION
  • 11:03 FOR OUR LOVE FOR ALL THE HARD WORK THAT YOU HAVE DONE.
  • 11:07 I KNOW IT'S TROUBLE TRYING TO KEEP A BUNCH OF US IN LINE SOMETIMES,
  • 11:11 ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE'S A SHOPPING MALL
  • 11:16 SO IN ZVI'S FAMOUS WORDS, "LET'S GO."
  • 11:22 (APPLAUSE)
  • 11:32 EACH ONE OF YOU ARE A HERO THAT YOU CAME TO ISRAEL
  • 11:37 AND YOU DIDN'T LISTEN TO ANYONE
  • 11:39 FROM YOUR FAMILY, FROM YOUR NEIGHBOR.
  • 11:42 "DON'T GO, ISRAEL IS DANGEROUS."
  • 11:44 SO, THANK YOU FOR COMING AND I HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.
  • 11:50 (SPEAKING IN HEBREW)
  • 11:52 EVERYONE ON THE TRIP RECEIVES A CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE MAYOR OF JERUSALEM AND OTHERS,
  • 11:57 IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
  • 12:00 ALSO A CERTIFICATE RECOGNIZING GOING THROUGH THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SEMINAR.
  • 12:05 AS WE LOOK OUT THE WINDOW, WE SEE THE LIGHTS OF TEL AVIV,
  • 12:09 SOME BECOME EMOTIONAL AS THEY REFLECT BACK ON THEIR EXPERIENCE IN ISRAEL.
  • 12:14 I'VE CRIED MANY TIMES BECAUSE IT JUST BREAKS MY HEART.
  • 12:17 EVERYBODY OUGHT TO GO TO ISRAEL.
  • 12:20 THE LORD JUST BRINGS IT TO LIFE AND YOU GO AND YOU FEEL IT AND TOUCH IT.
  • 12:26 IT'S THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME.
  • 12:30 IF I HAD THE MONEY AND THE REST OF MY FAMILY WAS OVER HERE, I'D STAY OVER HERE.
  • 12:35 THAT'S THE EMOTIONS I HAVE.
  • 12:38 BUT, I'M SAD TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY, BUT I'M GLAD I'M GOING BACK HOME
  • 12:45 FOR THEIR SAKE, YOU KNOW, TO SEE THEM.
  • 12:47 BUT, THAT'S ALL.
  • 12:52 WELL, WE GOT A GROUP PICTURE EARLIER IN THE TOUR
  • 12:56 AND I'M GETTING EVERYBODY TO SIGN IT SO I CAN REMEMBER THEM AND WHAT WE DID.
  • 13:05 IT'S REALLY NICE OVER HERE.
  • 13:09 SOMETIMES I FEEL MORE SAFE OVER HERE THAN I DO AT HOME,
  • 13:14 BECAUSE THERE'S NOT GANGS AND STUFF LIKE THAT OVER HERE.
  • 13:18 ABOUT ZOLA GROUP, I CAN SAY, BEFORE ZOLA IS COMING, 1 MONTH,
  • 13:25 FIRST OF ALL, ALL THE COUNTRY THEY KNOW THAT ZOLA IS COMING.
  • 13:29 ALL THE MANY, MANY PEOPLE PHONE ME, WHEN IS HE COMING, IS IT TRUE HE'S COMING.
  • 13:36 I SAY YES.
  • 13:38 I HAVE THE FAX AND HE IS COMING HE COULD DECIDE HE WILL COME
  • 13:42 IF ANYTHING WILL HAPPEN HE WILL COME.
  • 13:48 HE DON'T MIND.
  • 13:49 A LOT OF PEOPLE SEEM SURPRISED THAT WE'RE HERE.
  • 13:53 YES, THAT'S TRUE.
  • 13:55 AND I TOLD THEM, IF HE DECIDES TO COME IN THE GULF WAR IN '91,
  • 13:59 SO HE WILL BE HERE IN ANYTIME.
  • 14:03 SO YOU'RE A BELIEVER, YOURSELF.
  • 14:05 I'M A BELIEVER.
  • 14:06 MY FAMILY, THEY ARE NOT BELIEVERS, BUT THEY NOT BOTHER ME.
  • 14:11 WHEN DID YOU BECOME A BELIEVER AND HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?
  • 14:15 FROM ZOLA'S GROUP.
  • 14:16 I THINK ABOUT 9 YEARS AGO IT HAPPENED.
  • 14:20 YOU KNOW, SLOWLY, SLOWLY, I BECAME BELIEVER
  • 14:23 AND BEFORE ZOLA, I WAS WORKING FOR ZOLA,
  • 14:28 IT SEEMED TO ME SOMETHING STRANGE AND WHAT'S GOING ON, WHAT MEANS BELIEVER.
  • 14:36 BUT, NOW I HAVE BIBLE AT HOME, ON THE BUS, EVERYWHERE.
  • 14:39 NEW TESTAMENT.
  • 14:41 WHY NOT?
  • 14:43 EVEN SOMETIMES I'M IN AGREEMENT WITH THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 14:49 WHY DO YOU THINK THIS IS SO-- YOU KNOW,
  • 14:52 I DON'T FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE BECAUSE THOSE PEOPLE LIKE YOU, SAME.
  • 14:56 REALLY, I WANTED TO COME AT THIS TIME TO GET A FEELING OF THE SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY,
  • 15:02 TO REALLY WALK SIDE BY SIDE WITH THE PEOPLE AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY'RE FEELING AT THIS TIME
  • 15:09 AND WHAT THE SITUATION REALLY IS IN THE COUNTRY,
  • 15:12 BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH IN THE MEDIA THAT'S DISTORTED, I THINK
  • 15:17 AND IT'S GOOD TO BE HERE TO GET A REAL SENSE OF ACCURACY.
  • 15:20 IT'S A DIFFICULT TIME FOR THEM.
  • 15:22 I THINK IT'S A VERY ROUGH NEIGHBORHOOD THAT THEY LIVE IN
  • 15:25 AND IT'S REALLY A TIME TO STAND WITH ISRAEL, REALLY,
  • 15:29 TO SUPPORT THE PEOPLE IN PRAYER AND TO SUPPORT THEM BY COMING HERE.
  • 15:33 YOU KNOW IT HELPS THEIR ECONOMY.
  • 15:36 THE BEST THING ABOUT COMING TO ISRAEL IS LANDING HERE.
  • 15:38 THAT'S SENSE OF "I'M HOME" AND THE WORST THING ABOUT COMING TO ISRAEL IS HAVING TO LEAVE.
  • 15:43 SO, IT IS A BIT SAD, YES.
  • 15:46 YOU KNOW, WE SAY
  • 15:47 (SPEAKING HEBREW) NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM.
  • 16:00 FOR A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST,
  • 16:05 ASK FOR ZOLA'S FREE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER, THE LEVITT LETTER.
  • 16:12 ZOLA'S NEW CATALOG DESCRIBES HIS, BOOKS, TEACHING TAPES AND CORRESPONDENCE COURSE.
  • 16:20 FOR ZOLA'S FREE NEWSLETTER AND CATALOG
  • 16:32 NOW WE TAKE OUR CAMERAS TO CENTRAL JERUSALEM
  • 16:35 TO HEAR FROM THE "MAN ON THE STREET".
  • 16:41 SO THE DISCUSSION IS TERRORISM.
  • 16:44 WHAT DO YOU THINK SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT THIS?
  • 16:45 THE HUMAN CONDITION, IS THE HUMAN CONDITION
  • 16:50 ESPECIALLY THIS PART OF THE WORLD.
  • 16:53 IT'S NOT THAT--
  • 16:54 SINCE THE PROBLEMS HAVEN'T BEEN SOLVED FOR 2-3,000 YEARS, 10,000 YEARS,
  • 16:58 IT'S ALWAYS BEEN THE SAME HERE.
  • 17:00 IF YOU LOOK AT HISTORY, YOU READ HISTORY AND YOU STUDY HISTORY,
  • 17:04 YOU'LL SEE THAT THE SAME HUMAN CONDITION HAS BEEN THE SAME HERE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME
  • 17:12 AND THEY FOUGHT OVER THAT SPRING DOWN IN THE VALLEY OF ZOHAN.
  • 17:17 IT'S THE SAME SITUATION.
  • 17:21 THE STRONG TRYING TO DOMINATE THE WEAK.
  • 17:25 I THINK THAT UNLIKE WAR, WHERE THE ANSWER IS DIPLOMACY, IN THE CASE OF TERROR,
  • 17:31 THE ONLY ANSWER IS TO FIGHT THEM AND DESTROY THE TERRORISTS
  • 17:34 BECAUSE WHEN SOMEONE IS FIGHTING A WAR, THEN THEY HAVE POLITICAL REASONS BEHIND IT
  • 17:41 EVEN IF IT'S AMERICA FIGHTING THE RUSSIANS OR WHATEVER.
  • 17:43 THEY'RE NOT FIGHTING TO KILL.
  • 17:45 TERRORIST ARE NOT HERE TO CONQUER SOMETHING, THEY'RE HERE TO CAUSE PANIC.
  • 17:48 THEY'RE HERE TO DRIVE THE PEOPLE SCARED AND TO KILL.
  • 17:54 THAT'S THERE MAIN FOCUS.
  • 17:56 THAT'S WHY THEY DON'T ATTACK SOLDIERS; THEY ATTACK CIVILIANS THAT HAVE CHILDREN AND WOMEN.
  • 17:59 IT'S A COWARDLY ACT, BUT THE SAME AS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SEEN
  • 18:04 WITH THE ATTACK ON THE TWIN TOWERS.
  • 18:06 TAKE FOR EXAMPLE IT THEY WOULD HAVE BLOWN UP, LIKE THEY DID,
  • 18:10 YOU COULD SAY THAT THE COLE, THE 6TH FLEET SHIP
  • 18:15 OR ATTACK MAYBE THE AMERICANS IN AFGHANISTAN, THAT'S A WAR.
  • 18:18 BUT, WHEN YOU BLOW UP THE TWIN TOWERS, WHICH HAVE CIVILIANS IN IT,
  • 18:22 ONLY TO CAUSE TERROR AND TO CAUSE PANIC.
  • 18:25 THERE'S NO POLITICAL LOGIC BEHIND IT
  • 18:28 AND THAT'S WHY I THINK WE CAN'T NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS
  • 18:31 BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING TO NEGOTIATE WITH.
  • 18:33 AND I THINK THAT'S THE MAIN DIFFERENCE, WHICH PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND
  • 18:36 BETWEEN FIGHTING A WAR AND FIGHTING TERRORISM.
  • 18:39 THIS COUNTRY WAS ESTABLISHED FOR US
  • 18:42 AND EVERYBODY IN DEEP, IN THE SECRET PLACE IN HIS HEART
  • 18:48 KNOWS THAT THE JEWS BELONG HERE, EVEN THE PALESTINIANS
  • 18:52 AND THEY WOULD ACCEPT IT IF THE JEWS WOULD ACCEPT THEIR RESPONSIBILITY OF BEING HERE.
  • 18:57 ARE NOT THE PALESTINIANS SAYING THAT THIS IS THEIR LAND?
  • 19:00 FIRST OF ALL, THEY'RE NOT PALESTINIANS.
  • 19:01 WHATEVER THEY ARE.
  • 19:02 THERE'S NO SH THING AS PALESTINIANS.
  • 19:04 THERE'S NOT?
  • 19:05 NO.
  • 19:06 BECAUSE WHEN NOBODY WANTED THIS LAND,
  • 19:09 THERE WERE JUST BEDOUIN ROAMING AROUND, DRIVING CAMELS, SHEEP AND GOATS.
  • 19:14 THERE WASN'T AN ESTABLISHED-
  • 19:16 THERE WERE A FEW PEOPLE TENDING THE OLIVE GROVES.
  • 19:19 BUT, THERE WERE NO PEOPLE HERE, CALLED PALESTINIANS.
  • 19:22 IT'S A MYTH, BEEN MADE UP.
  • 19:25 WHAT HAPPENED IS, WHEN THE JEWS ESTABLISHED THIS LAND
  • 19:27 AND STARTED TO DEVELOP IT AND TURN IT FROM A DESERT INTO A GARDEN,
  • 19:32 ALL THE ARABS CAME FLOODING IN HERE WANTING WORK.
  • 19:37 THEY HAD NO WORK.
  • 19:39 THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING IN ALL THE OTHER ARAB COUNTRIES ARE HALF OF WHAT THEY ARE HERE.
  • 19:45 SO NATURALLY THEY CAME HERE LOOKING FOR WORK IN THE ESTABLISHMENTS.
  • 19:50 THEN THEY BECAME SUDDENLY--
  • 19:51 YOU KNOW THE SLAVES ALWAYS TRY TO BECOME THE MASTER THROUGHOUT HISTORY,
  • 19:56 EVERY COUNTRY MAKES THE SAME MISTAKE.
  • 20:00 SO, WHAT ARE YOUR OVERALL FEELINGS OF ISRAEL?
  • 20:01 IS IT A SAFE PLACE TO BE?
  • 20:03 OH, IT'S A REAL SAFE PLACE.
  • 20:04 MY WIFE AND I WERE OUT LAST NIGHT AT 11 P.M.
  • 20:06 WALKING AROUND THE HILTON AND WE'RE JUST REAL COMFORTABLE HERE
  • 20:09 AND FEEL ALMOST MORE COMFORTABLE THAN WE DO IN ANY DOWNTOWN MAJOR CITY IN THE U.S.
  • 20:13 DO YOU THINK THAT THE PICTURE THAT'S PAINTED OF ISRAEL IN THE U.S. IS AN ACCURATE ONE?
  • 20:17 IT'S NOT ACCURATE BECAUSE, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN I TOLD MY FRIENDS I WAS COMING TO ISRAEL,
  • 20:23 THEY WOULD SAY, WHAT ARE YOU CRAZY, AREN'T YOU AFRAID?
  • 20:28 AND I WOULD JUST TELL THEM, WELL, NO, IT'S ACTUALLY,
  • 20:30 I FEEL MORE SAFE IN ISRAEL THAN I DO IN MANY PLACES IN THE UNITED STATES.
  • 20:44 ♪ ♪
  • 21:27 (VIOLINIST PLAYING)
  • 21:34 WELL, IT'S NOT HARD TO GET OPINIONS WHEN YOU'RE IN ISRAEL.
  • 21:38 IT'S ODD, YOU KNOW WE TAKE CAMERA AND MIC TO WASHINGTON, DC NOW, AND THEN
  • 21:42 AND WE DO "MAN ON THE STREET" PROGRAMS THERE.
  • 21:44 BUT, IT'S HARD TO CONVINCE THE PEOPLE TO COME UP
  • 21:47 AND GIVE AN OPINION IN AMERICA FOR SOME REASON.
  • 21:50 IT'S SURE NOT HARD THERE.
  • 21:52 TONY, THANKS A LOT FOR ALL YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS SERIES.
  • 21:56 HE TAKES EACH OF OUR TOURS.
  • 21:57 HE'S OUR TOUR MANAGER AND YOU KNOW THE ROPES OVER THERE
  • 22:01 AND WE ALL APPRECIATE YOUR WORK.
  • 22:03 THIS ONE'S BEEN A LOT OF FUN.
  • 22:05 NOW, MAYOR OLMERT, I CALL HIM THE MAYOR BECAUSE I KNEW HIM AS THE MAYOR,
  • 22:09 DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, OLMERT, WOULD BE MORE CORRECT.
  • 22:12 I ASKED HIM ABOUT TERRORISM AND ABOUT JERUSALEM, THE CITY HE LOVES.
  • 22:17 THIS IS TIME OF CRISIS.
  • 22:20 WE ARE FACED WITH ENORMOUS DIFFICULTIES.
  • 22:23 THERE ARE JUST PROVISIONAL DIFFICULTIES AS THE ECONOMIC CRISIS RIGHT NOW,
  • 22:30 BUT THERE ARE SOME FUNDAMENTAL ISSUES,
  • 22:32 WHICH WILL DETERMINE THE FACE OF OUR NATION FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.
  • 22:36 THERE IS A GROWING DISENCHANTMENT WITH THE POLICIES
  • 22:43 THAT HAVE BEEN THE MAINSTREAM OF THE ISRAELI POLICY IN THE LAST 10 YEARS.
  • 22:53 THE SOMEWHAT CHILDISH BELIEF THAT WE ARE EMBARKING ON AN ENTIRELY NEW ERA,
  • 23:00 THAT THERE IS A NEW MIDDLE EAST, THAT FROM A CERTAIN POINT ON,
  • 23:05 ALL THE RELATIONS BETWEEN US AND THE PALESTINIAN
  • 23:09 ARE NOW MOVING FORWARD IN A VERY RAPID WAY TOWARD RECONCILIATION AND A PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE,
  • 23:17 ALL THESE HAVE BEEN SHATTERED, NOT JUST BY THE BEGINNING OF THE INTIFADA,
  • 23:22 NOT ONLY BY THE NATURE OF THIS VIOLENT AND DEADLY NATURE OF THE INTIFADA,
  • 23:27 BUT WHAT LIES BEHIND IT, THE HATRED, THE INCITEMENTS,
  • 23:33 THE INDOCTRINATION OF THE WORST ANTI-SEMITIC NATURE,
  • 23:40 WHICH NOW HAVE CHARACTERIZED THE ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE STATE OF ISRAEL AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 23:45 THIS IS THE "CITY OF GOD".
  • 23:47 THERE IS NOT ANY OTHER CITY IN THE WHOLE WORLD,
  • 23:49 ABOUT WHICH ONE CAN SAY THAT IT IS THE "CITY OF GOD".
  • 23:53 IT HAS BEEN CHOSEN BY GOD TO BE THE CAPITOL OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 23:57 THIS IS WHERE OUR FOREFATHER, ABRAHAM WAS ASKED TO SACRIFICE HIS SON ON MT. MORIAH.
  • 24:05 MT. MORIAH IS THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 24:08 THE TEMPLE MOUNT IS WHERE THE FIRST AND THE SECOND JEWISH TEMPLES WERE BUILT.
  • 24:13 THIS IS THE CENTER OF JEWISH EXISTENCE.
  • 24:16 THIS IS THE SPOT FOR WHICH JEWS WERE PRAYING
  • 24:20 AND WERE YELLING FOR AND DREAMING OF AND CRYING FOR AND DYING FOR ALL THEIR LIVES.
  • 24:28 THIS IS THE ONE SPOT THAT WE ALWAYS ASPIRE TO COME BACK TO.
  • 24:32 YOU KNOW FOR 2000 YEARS AFTER THE DESTRUCTION OF THE SECOND TEMPLE,
  • 24:35 THE JEWS SAY, "NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM".
  • 24:42 NOW, I ASK YOU, WHAT DO YOU THINK, 1000 YEARS AGO, 1500 YEARS AGO
  • 24:47 WHEN JEWS WERE PRAYING, "NEXT YEAR IN JERUSALEM",
  • 24:51 DO YOU THINK THEY THOUGHT OF THE GILO NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE SOUTH PART OF THE CITY?
  • 24:56 THERE WASN'T GILO THEN.
  • 24:58 DO YOU THINK THAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT OTHER SECTIONS OF MODERN JERUSALEM?
  • 25:02 QUITE FRANKLY, THEY ARE VERY IMPORTANT,
  • 25:04 BUT THEY WERE NOT THE FOCUS OF THE DREAMS.
  • 25:10 THERE WAS ONE PLACE IN THE OLD CITY.
  • 25:13 IT'S NOT FAR FROM HERE, JUST A FEW HUNDRED METERS.
  • 25:17 THIS IS THE PLACE, THE TEMPLE MOUNT.
  • 25:19 THIS IS THE ONE SPOT THAT WAS THE CENTER OF THE JEWISH ETHOS FOR 2000 YEARS.
  • 25:28 THIS IS WHERE WE ALL LOOKED AT.
  • 25:31 THIS WAS THE DREAM. THIS WAS THE GOAL.
  • 25:34 IF YOU WANT, THIS WAS THE TORCH.
  • 25:36 THERE WAS LIGHTNING, THE DEEP DARK TUNNELS OF JEWISH LIFE THROUGHOUT CENTURIES
  • 25:44 AND THE FACT THAT THERE WAS A TORCH, LEAD US TO RETURN BACK INTO WHERE WE BELONG
  • 25:52 AND THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT ANYONE CAN FORGET OR THAT I CAN IGNORE.
  • 25:57 AT ANY GIVEN SECOND, WHILE I AM THE MAYOR OF THE MODERN CITY OF JERUSALEM,
  • 26:03 WHICH STILL LOOKS WITH GREAT REVERENCE AND ADMIRATION AND FEAR FOR THIS PLACE.
  • 26:12 YOU KNOW, WHEN WE FIRST TAPED WITH MAYOR OLMERT,
  • 26:16 HE SAID TO ME, DO YOU REALIZE I AM ONLY THE SECOND MAYOR OF JERUSALEM.
  • 26:21 WHAT HE MEANT WAS, MAYOR TEDDY KOLECK, WHO WAS IN OFFICE FOR DECADES,
  • 26:26 WAS BEFORE HIM AND THEN OLMERT TOOK OVER.
  • 26:29 HE WAS VERY PLEASED WHEN I REMINDED HIM THAT HE WAS REALLY THE THIRD.
  • 26:34 NEHEMIAH WAS ALSO THE MAYOR OF JERUSALEM, IF YOU REMEMBER IN THE SCRIPTURES.
  • 26:39 HE WENT THERE AND HELPED REBUILD AND ACTED AS THE MAYOR.
  • 26:43 THIS CITY WILL REMAIN IN JEWISH HANDS.
  • 26:48 THE SPAN OF TIME FROM NEHEMIAH TO OLMERT IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THE TIME COMING UP,
  • 26:52 1000 YEAR KINGDOM, JERUSALEM IN ETERNITY AND SO,
  • 26:56 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALYIM, PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. Stand For Truth
  2. Israel and “Palestine” (Celebrating 75 Trips to the Holy Land)
  3. Roots Run Deep
  4. A Place in History
  5. On a Mission
  6. Raised to Walk
  7. On the Outside
  8. For the Future
  9. Top to Bottom
  10. The Last Words

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Zola Levitt Presents
Levitt Letter
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