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Episode: “The Invasion”
Standing by a Crusader moat in Caesarea, Zola presents an overview of Pope Urban’s Crusade in 1095, which ultimately resulted in a bad reputation for all true Christians. Zola also interviews Ra’anan Gissin, the chief advisor and spokesman for Prime Minister Sharon, about the long war on terrorism.
Series: “The Crusaders”
Coalition forces, including American soldiers, are commonly referred to as “Crusaders” in Iraq and Afghanistan. Zola Levitt Presents takes a revealing look at the real Crusaders of a thousand years ago, and shows that the present accusation is unfair.

Caption transcript for The Crusaders: “The Invasion” (1/8)

  • 00:05 IN 1095 POPE URBAN II DECREED THAT THE CENTER OF THE KNOWN WORLD, JERUSALEM,
  • 00:12 SHOULD BE FREED FROM MUSLIM CONTROL.
  • 00:15 SPURRED BY RELIGIOUS FERVOR, >>WARRIORS MARCHED UNABATED ACROSS >>EUROPE TOWARDS THE HOLY LAND,
  • 00:21 LEAVING DEATH AND DEVASTATION IN THEIR WAKE.
  • 00:24 IN THE END, UPWARDS OF 30,000 >>MUSLIMS AND JEWS WERE MASSACRED >>IN JERUSALEM, ALONE.
  • 00:31 THIS WAS CALLED "A HOLY WAR". >>THESE WERE THE CRUSADERS.
  • 00:41 SHALOM, HELLO AGAIN.
  • 00:42 WELCOME TO OUR SERIES ON "THE CRUSADERS".
  • 00:46 WHY ARE WE DOING THE CRUSADERS?
  • 00:47 THE CRUSADERS WERE CHRISTIAN >>ARMIES, OF COURSE THAT CAME OUT >>OF EUROPE AND ATTACKED ISRAEL
  • 00:51 STARTING 1099 A.D., A THOUSAND YEARS AGO OR SO AND FOUGHT WITH THE MUSLIMS.
  • 00:58 WE ARE COVERING THEM BECAUSE WE ARE FIGHTING WITH THE MUSLIMS OURSELVES
  • 01:02 AND OSAMA BIN LADEN, FOR ONE, >>SAID THAT HE URGES THE MUSLIMS TO "LIBERATE" THE ISLAMIC WORLD
  • 01:11 FROM THE MILITARY OCCUPATION OF THE CRUSADERS.
  • 01:15 WE ARE SUPPOSED TO KNOW THAT OUR ARMY, THE COALITION TROOPS, ETC. >>ARE CRUSADERS.
  • 01:19 THEY ARE SORT OF LIKE THE >>CRUSADERS AND THAT IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO COVER IN THIS SERIES
  • 01:24 LATER IN THE PROGRAM, >>WE'LL TALK WITH RA'ANAN GISSIN,
  • 01:27 A SENIOR ADVIS██ TO PRIME MINISTER SHARON.
  • 01:30 BUT FOR NOW, LET'S GO TO >>LOCATION IN ISRAEL AT CAESAREA.
  • 01:37 OUR LOCATION IS CAESAREA ON THE >>MEDITERRANEAN COAST OF ISRAEL
  • 01:40 WHERE A NUMBER OF CIVILIZATIONS >>ESTABLISHED A PLACE FOR A >>HARBOR, A CITY, A TRADING POST,
  • 01:49 AND FINALLY CASTLES LIKE THE ONE BEHIND ME
  • 01:53 FORTIFIED BY THE CRUSADERS FOR THEIR ADVENTURES HERE IN THE HOLY LAND.
  • 01:58 OUR SUBJECT IS PEACE, SOMETHING THAT IS BEING TALKED ABOUT DAY >>AFTER DAY, YEAR AFTER YEAR,
  • 02:05 DECADE AFTER DECADE IN OUR TIME, >>PEACE IN THE HOLY LAND.
  • 02:10 SCRIPTURE INDICATES THAT IT'S HARD TO COME BY.
  • 02:23 IT'S DIFFICULT TO GET REAL PEACE >>HERE, EVIDENTLY.
  • 02:26 THROUGH THE AGES THERE HAVE BEEN >>SEVEN GRAND EFFORTS EVEN ON GOD'S PART,
  • 02:34 FOR PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND, YOU MIGHT SAY.
  • 02:37 IF YOU GO ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE START, I GUESS,
  • 02:40 WAS THE FLOOD WHEN GOD DECIDED >>PEACE THROUGH ELIMINATING UNBELIEVERS
  • 02:46 AND HE SAVED NOAH AND HIS FAMILY ONLY AND HE WENT ON FROM THERE,
  • 02:49 BUT SHORTLY AFTER IN THE BIBLE, >>YOU READ ABOUT THE TOWER OF BABEL
  • 02:53 AND FINALLY AT THE END OF >>THAT VERY CHAPTER, GENESIS 11 OF >>TARA AND THE BIRTH OF ABRAHAM
  • 03:00 AND NOW GOD TURNS TO PEACE THROUGH A CHOSEN PEOPLE AND A PROMISED LAND.
  • 03:06 ONE PEOPLE WILL BE A BLESSING TO ALL NATIONS AND THEY WILL BRING >>PEACE TO THE WORLD,
  • 03:14 SUPPOSEDLY IF THEY'LL DO IT WELL.
  • 03:17 THIS IS 1000 YEARS BY THE WAY,
  • 03:19 THE FLOOD IS GIVE OR TAKE IN BIBLICAL YEARS, 3000 B.C.,
  • 03:24 ABRAHAM IS 2000 B.C., ADD 1000 YEARS, YOU HAVE KING DAVID,
  • 03:30 PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH AND FAITH.
  • 03:32 HIS SON SOLOMON BUILT THE TEMPLE DAVID ESTABLISHED JERUSALEM AS >>THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL.
  • 03:39 THAT WAS 3000 YEARS AGO.
  • 03:41 SOME PEOPLE DON'T EVEN RECOGNIZE >>JERUSALEM AS THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL TODAY
  • 03:46 INCLUDING THE NATIONAL WEATHER >>SERVICE, BY THE WAY,
  • 03:48 WHEN YOU READ THEIR CAPITALS OF EUROPE AND THEIR WEATHER REPORTS AND CAPITALS OF THE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 03:56 BUT, IN ANY CASE, DAVID ESTABLISHED JERUSALEM AS THE CAPITAL AND BUILT A KINGDOM
  • 04:02 WHERE HE PACIFIED THE BORDER AND THERE WAS STRENGTH AND THERE WAS >>FAITH FOR AWHILE.
  • 04:08 AND THEN MUCH FIGHTING AND >>WARRING AND TEMPLE THROWN DOWN >>AND SO ON,
  • 04:14 1000 YEARS AFTER DAVID, YOU HAVE THE MESSIAH,
  • 04:17 PEACE THROUGH CHANGING MEN WAS >>HIS IDEA AND THAT WORKS.
  • 04:21 MEN WHO BELIEVE IN CHRIST FOR THEIR SALVATION ARE BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS.
  • 04:26 THEY NEVER MAKE WAR, NOT AGAINST ANYONE.
  • 04:28 OTHER KINDS OF PEOPLE CALLED CHRISTIANS DO, BUT BORN AGAIN BELIEVERS DO NOT.
  • 04:32 THEY ALWAYS LOVE THE HOLY LAND AND THE CHOSEN PEOPLE AND THEY >>ARE NOT FIGHTERS.
  • 04:37 THEY WILL NOT GO TO WAR EXCEPT >>WHEN THE LORD WILL LEAD THEM
  • 04:40 AGAINST THE ANTI-CHRIST IN ARMAGEDDON AT THE END.
  • 04:43 BUT IN ANY CASE, MESSIAH'S WORK >>AMONG CHANGING MEN HAS ONLY CLAIMED A REMNANT
  • 04:50 AND 1000 YEARS AFTER MESSIAH, >>YOU HAD THE CRUSADES AND THAT IS >>WHY WE ARE HERE AT CAESAREA
  • 04:57 BEHIND ME IS AS CASTLE FORTIFIED >>BY THE CRUSADERS WHEN THEY >>ATTACKED HERE IN THE HOLY LAND.
  • 05:04 THEIR IDEA WAS PEACE THROUGH >>TAKING OVER THE PROMISED LAND,
  • 05:07 CHANGING IT TO A CHRISTIAN COUNTRY, GETTING RID OF THE >>MUSLIMS AND AS A MATTER OF FACT,
  • 05:13 THE JEWS WHO THEY REALLY DIDN'T >>APPRECIATE AS CHOSEN PEOPLE
  • 05:17 AND THEY DID TAKE THE PLACE OVER >>FOR A COUPLE OF CENTURIES
  • 05:22 AND WE'RE GOING TO REVIEW THAT CAREFULLY.
  • 05:25 THAT'S NOT THE END OF IT THOUGH.
  • 05:27 1000 YEARS AFTER THE CRUSADES, >>GIVE OR TAKE,
  • 05:29 COMES OUR OWN TIME WITH OSLO AND THE ROADMAP
  • 05:32 AND THE VARIOUS PEACE PROCESSES >>AND THE PEOPLE RIDING UP WITH DIFFERENT IDEAS
  • 05:36 OF HOW TO MAKE PEACE HERE, THE SAME THING OVER AGAIN.
  • 05:39 PEACE THROUGH DIVIDING THE PROMISED LAND IS THE IDEA OF THE ROADMAP OR OSLO,
  • 05:46 GIVE HALF OF IT TO THE ENEMIES >>OF THE CHOSEN PEOPLE AND THAT'LL MAKE PEACE.
  • 05:51 WELL, IT HASN'T SUCCEEDED; >>NONE OF THOSE IDEAS HAVE WORKED.
  • 05:54 AND 1000 YEARS AFTER OUR OWN TIME, THAT IS THE LORD WILL >>COME, HE WILL START THE KINGDOM,
  • 06:01 WE WILL HAVE 1000 YEARS OF >>RELATIVE PEACE, IT STILL WON'T >>BE TOTALLY PEACEFUL,
  • 06:07 BECAUSE EVEN IN THE KINGDOM THERE'S SOME UNBELIEF.
  • 06:10 THERE IS BLOOD SACRIFICES AT THE TEMPLE
  • 06:11 BECAUSE UNBELIEVERS COME UP TO SEE GOD IN ACCORDANCE WITH ZECH 14:16,
  • 06:16 THEY GO TO CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES EVERY YEAR AND AT THE END OF THE 1000 YEAR REIGN,
  • 06:23 THERE IS AN INVASION NAMED FOR >>GOG AND MAGOG IN REV 19:20
  • 06:28 WHERE THEY RIDE UP IN ONE LAST >>MAD ATTEMPT TO TRY TO WREST THE HOLY LAND
  • 06:34 FROM THE CHOSEN PEOPLE, THAT'S NOT SUCCESSFUL.
  • 06:37 GOD PUTS DOWN THAT PARTICULAR REBELLION AND FINALLY,
  • 06:41 THIS IS THE LAST, THE 7TH IDEA, >>THERE HAVE BEEN 7,
  • 06:44 THE FLOOD, ABRAHAM, DAVID, THE MESSIAH, THE CRUSADES,
  • 06:48 OUR OWN PAX-AMERICANA IF YOU >>WANT TO CALL IT OR WESTERN IDEAS >>OF PEACE HERE
  • 06:54 AND HERE IS THE LAST OF THE 7TH ONE, GOD WILL MAKE NEW HEAVEN,
  • 06:59 A NEW EARTH AND A NEW JERUSALEM
  • 07:01 AND WE WILL FINALLY HAVE A PERIOD, ETERNITY,
  • 07:03 OF PERFECT PEACE WHEN AS REV. 21 >>SPECIFIES THERE WILL BE "NO MORE TEARS".
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  • 07:42 WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE >>CRUSADES AS PARTICULARLY COMING >>DOWN ON THE CHOSEN PEOPLE.
  • 07:51 THEY HAD BEEN ACCUSED OF DEICIDE >>WHICH IS THE MURDER OF GOD, SO TO SPEAK,
  • 07:57 BY THE EUROPEANS RIGHT ON SINCE >>THE GOSPEL, EVEN THOUGH JESUS SAID FOR THIS WAS I BORN
  • 08:05 AND EVEN THOUGH THE OLD TESTAMENT ANNOUNCES THAT
  • 08:07 HE WOULD COME AS A LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER,
  • 08:08 NEVERTHELESS, THEY ARE CONVICTED OF KILLING HIM.
  • 08:11 THIS IS SAID BY EUROPEANS AS I SAY, BASICALLY THE ROMAN CATHOLICS THROUGH THE AGES,
  • 08:16 BUT NOT BY ARABS BECAUSE IF THE MUSLIM WOULD SAY THEY KILLED GOD,
  • 08:22 THAN THAT WOULD BE ADMITTING THAT JESUS CHRIST IS GOD
  • 08:25 AND THEY DON'T EXACTLY WANT TO >>GO THAT FAR.
  • 08:26 SO THAT'S AMONG ALL THE ACCUSATIONS THEY PUT ON THE CHOSEN PEOPLE,
  • 08:30 THAT'S NOT ONE OF THEM, BUT THEY WERE MURDERED FREELY IN EUROPE, I'M AFRAID.
  • 08:35 THIS LEADS UP TO THE CRUSADES BECAUSE THE JEWS BECAME VERY DESPISED.
  • 08:41 IN THE 4TH CENTURY IN ITALY A SYNAGOGUE WAS BURNED,
  • 08:44 THERE WERE PROBABLY MORE THAN >>THAT BUT HISTORICALLY THAT'S THE >>FIRST ONE WE KNOW
  • 08:49 AND IT'S SUCH A SHAME THAT IT'S IN ITALY
  • 08:50 BECAUSE IT WAS TO THE ROMANS WHO LIVED IN THE CAPITAL OF ITALY THAT PAUL WROTE,
  • 09:16 ALL OF THIS IS WRITTEN TO THE ITALIAN AND YET THEY,
  • 09:20 WELL LET ME GIVE CREDIT TO THE >>SWISS, THE FRENCH, ENGLISH,
  • 09:25 EVERYBODY SIMPLY CAME DOWN ON THE JEWS IN THEIR TIME.
  • 09:29 THE MUSLIMS WHEN THEY CAME IN HERE BEGAN KILLING THE CHOSEN PEOPLE
  • 09:34 AND THEY INTRODUCED THE BADGE, >>THE CODE OF OMAR, THEIR LOCAL LAW FOR THIS PLACE,
  • 09:41 MADE THE JEWS WEAR BADGES TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS JEWS.
  • 09:45 IT IS THE REVERSE OF THE CHOSEN PEOPLE.
  • 09:47 THEY WERE CHOSEN FOR DERISION, >>FOR TAXATION, FOR FORCED CONVERSIONS.
  • 09:51 THESE BADGES REAPPEARED IN THE 13TH CENTURY IN EUROPE
  • 09:54 AND FINALLY WITH THE NAZIS WHO MADE THE JEWISH PEOPLE WEAR THE >>YELLOW STAR OF DAVID
  • 10:00 ON THEIR COAT SO THEY COULD BE RECOGNIZED WHEREVER THEY WENT.
  • 10:04 THE FORCED CONVERSIONS HAVE GONE >>ON THROUGH THE AGES TOO,
  • 10:08 IN SPAIN AFTER THE CRUSADES AND >>SO ON THROUGHOUT EUROPE.
  • 10:12 AND YOU KNOW WHEN I SPOKE IN OHIO AT A LITTLE MENNONITE CHURCH,
  • 10:17 A MENNONITE SCHOLAR ACQUAINTED >>ME WITH THE IDEA THAT PERHAPS MANY OF THE MENNONITES
  • 10:22 IN THE MIDWEST WITH THE JEWISH SOUNDING NAME,
  • 10:25 LIKE STEINER AND BERGER AND SO FORTH,
  • 10:27 WERE ORIGINALLY JEWISH PEOPLE >>WHO FLED PERSECUTIONS IN GERMANY >>AND SWITZERLAND,
  • 10:33 MANY OF THEM JOINED CHURCHES TO ACT AS CHRISTIANS, RAISE THEIR >>CHILDREN IN THOSE CHURCHES.
  • 10:40 THIS WAS JUST FOR PROTECTION, >>BIT WASN'T THAT THEY REALLY HAD >>A CLEAR BELIEF.
  • 10:44 BUT, LITTLE BY LITTLE THE JUDAISM GOT LOST AMONG THE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
  • 10:48 AND BY THE TIME THEY CAME OVER >>TO AMERICA THEY CONSIDERED >>THEMSELVES BIBLICAL CHRISTIANS,
  • 10:54 BUT IN REALITY ARE CHOSEN PEOPLE.
  • 10:57 I HAVE A THEORY THAT MORE >>AMERICAN GENTILES THAN KNOW IT
  • 11:02 REALLY ARE DESCENDED FROM JEWS >>EITHER IN THE SO-CALLED LOST TRIBES
  • 11:06 OR OTHER INTERMARRIAGES AND CONVERSIONS AND THIS SORT OF THING.
  • 11:11 GOD KNOWS WHERE EVERY DROP OF JEWISH BLOOD IS
  • 11:13 AND IT SOMETIMES APPEALS TO ME >>THAT SOME CHURCHES THAT CARE VERY DEEPLY ABOUT ISRAEL
  • 11:18 PERHAPS HAVE A GREAT MANY JEWISH PEOPLE IN IT AND DON'T EVEN REALLY KNOW IT.
  • 11:23 THE ATTACKS BY THE MUSLIMS >>CONTINUED AND THEY CONTINUE NOW,
  • 11:28 I MEAN, THIS IS IN OUR PRESENT >>DAY CONTINUALLY ATTACKING THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 11:33 WITH THE TEETH AND WITH TONGUE, >>KILLING THEM LITERALLY AND TALKING OBVIOUS ANTI-SEMITISM
  • 11:41 A VERY, VERY ANGRY AND UNFAIR CRITICISM OF JUDAISM ALL THE TIME.
  • 11:50 THE CRUSADERS CAME INTO THAT KIND OF MILIEU THAT WHEN THEY CAME OUT OF EUROPE,
  • 11:55 IT WAS A TIME OF KILLING THE >>JEWS BECAUSE OF THEIR DEICIDE, BECAUSE THEY KILLED CHRIST, ETC.
  • 12:02 THE CRUSADES MIGHT HAVE BEEN A >>NOBLE IDEA ON PAPER,
  • 12:06 BUT PERHAPS IT WAS DONE FOR MORE WORLDLY REASONS.
  • 12:10 POPE URBAN II HAD THE PROBLEM OF EUROPEAN COUNTRIES FIGHTING WITH >>EACH OTHER ALL THE TIME
  • 12:16 AS THEY STILL DO AND THEY WERE >>ALL ROMAN CATHOLICS BASICALLY
  • 12:21 AND HE WANTED TO UNITE THEM IN >>SOME COMMON PURPOSE
  • 12:24 SO A CRUSADE TO THE HOLY LAND WOULD SERVE THAT PURPOSE.
  • 12:27 HE ALSO HAD AN IDEA TO UNIFY THE EASTERN AND WESTERN CATHOLICS.
  • 12:33 THE EASTERN CATHOLICS FROM THE BYZANTINES ONWARD WERE SORT OF >>THEIR OWN CHURCH
  • 12:38 AND THEN THE ROMAN CHURCH WAS THE WESTERN SIDE
  • 12:42 AND HE WANTED THE TWO TO BECOME >>ONE STRONG CHURCH.
  • 12:45 IT'S PRETTY UNCLEAR WHETHER >>THAT'S EVER BEEN ACCOMPLISHED,
  • 12:49 BUT HE THOUGHT PERHAPS THE >>CRUSADES WOULD ACCOMPLISH THAT.
  • 13:27 WELL, WHAT ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL >>KNIGHTS IN THESE CRUSADES WERE THEY SINCERE?
  • 13:33 PROBABLY SOME REALLY WERE.
  • 13:34 IT'S NO LAUGHING MATTER TO COME >>FROM ENGLAND OR FRANCE
  • 13:39 ALL THE WAY TO THE HOLY LAND BACK IN THOSDAYS.
  • 13:42 IT'S A DIFFICULT TRIP IN SOME WAYS EVEN TODAY,
  • 13:45 BUT THEY CAME AND THE FOUGHT AND THEY TRIED,
  • 13:49 BUT THERE IS ALSO THE REVERSE SIDE.
  • 13:52 THEY RECEIVED INDULGENCES FROM >>THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, REMISSION OF SINS,
  • 13:57 FREEDOM FROM DEBTS, RELIEF FROM CIVIC CHARGES, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
  • 14:04 ALL KINDS OF PERSUASIONS UNREAL, >>UNSPIRITUAL, I SHOULD SAY.
  • 14:10 IN THAT MANNER THEY ARE NOT UNLIKE THE TERRORIST OF TODAY
  • 14:14 OR THE PALESTINIANS OR THE WORLD >>TRADE CENTER ATTACKERS
  • 14:17 WHO BELIEVE THEY ARE RECEIVING REMISSIONS OF SINS AND THIS SORT >>OF THING WHEN THEY ATTACK
  • 14:24 AND WHEN THEY KILL THE-- WHAT THEY CALL, THE INFIDELS,
  • 14:28 THE CHOSEN PEOPLE OR THE AMERICANS OR WHOMEVER THEY MAY KILL.
  • 14:33 THERE WAS THAT AND THEN SOME OF >>THESE KNIGHTS HAD DEBTS
  • 14:37 THAT THEY OWED TO JEWISH PEOPLE IN EUROPE.
  • 14:40 THAT WAS RELIEVED IF THEY WENT >>IN A CRUSADE,
  • 14:42 NEVERMIND THE JEWISH PERSON THAT >>LENT THE MONEY,
  • 14:44 HE JUST DIDN'T GET PAID AND THE KNIGHT GOT FREED FROM THE DEBT.
  • 14:49 THERE WERE 3 CRUSADES.
  • 14:50 I'M NOT GOING TO ATTEMPT TO DESCRIBE THEM IN DETAIL
  • 14:52 OTHER HOW THEY AFFECTED THIS LAND AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 14:56 12,000 JEWISH PEOPLE WERE KILLED ON ROUTE IN THE FIRST CRUSADE.
  • 15:01 THAT IS ONCE THESE ARMIES GOT A HEAD OF STEAM AND STARTED MARCHING,
  • 15:05 WHY THEY JUST KILLED JEWS WHEREVER THEY FOUND THEM,
  • 15:07 THE IDEA BEING THAT JEWS WERE GUILTY OF DEICIDE,
  • 15:09 THEY WERE GOING TO GO RESCUE THE LAND OF GOD SO THEY WOULD KILL >>THEM ON THE WAY.
  • 15:14 THERE WERE MORE KILLED IN ISRAEL >>IN THE SECOND CRUSADE.
  • 15:16 TO THIS DAY, THE CROSS THAT THESE ARMIES CARRIED IS >>ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN IN ISRAEL.
  • 15:24 THEY DON'T USE A PLUS SIGN IN >>ARITHMETIC BECAUSE IT LOOKS TOO >>MUCH LIKE THE CROSS.
  • 15:29 THIS IS TRUE OF MUSLIMS TOO, BY THE WAY.
  • 15:31 THEY ASKED THE SWISS EMBASSY TO TAKE THEIR FLAG DOWN
  • 15:35 BECAUSE IT HAS A CROSS ON IT AND THEY RESENT THE CROSS.
  • 15:39 IT JUST CAUSED TOO MANY DEATHS.
  • 15:42 IT CAUSED TERRIBLE ATTACKS ALL >>OVER THE HOLY LAND.
  • 15:45 THERE WERE ATTACKS IN THE 2ND CRUSADE ON NAZARETH, ON SOFFED,
  • 15:51 ON AKKAR UP THE COAST AND IN THE >>3RD CRUSADE,
  • 15:55 BY THAT TIME, AND I'M TALKING ABOUT LATE 13TH CENTURY OR MIDDLE 13TH CENTURY
  • 16:00 THE EUROPEANS HELD AN AREA ALONG >>THE COAST, VERY STRONG, FROM >>TYRE ALL THE WAY DOWN TO JAFFA.
  • 16:06 THAT IS FROM UP IN LEBANON TO SOUTH OF WHERE TEL AVIV IS TODAY.
  • 16:10 BUT THEY EVENTUALLY WERE ROUTED, >>ARAB SOLDIERS WITH A MUCH SHORTED SUPPLY LINE
  • 16:15
  • 16:16 CAME ON IN GREAT NUMBERS AND CHASED THEM BACK, CASTLE TO CASTLE.
  • 16:22 THEY RETREATED NORTHWARD UP THE COAST AND IN THE END
  • 16:25 THOSE THAT COULD NOT FIND A RIDE OUT OF HERE ON SHIPS, TENDED TO >>MERGE WITH THE LOCAL PEOPLE.
  • 16:32 I THINK THEY PUT ON HEADDRESSES OR WHATEVER IT TOOK AND TOOK OFF >>THEIR ARMOR
  • 16:36 AND WANDERED OUT INTO THE SOCIETIES AND TO THIS DAY,
  • 16:39 YOU SEE REDHEADED AND BLONDE CHILDREN AMONG THE ARABS HERE PARTICULARLY
  • 16:47 WHO EVIDENTLY GO BACK TO CRUSADERS.
  • 16:50 I MEAN, LITTLE KIDS WITH >>FRECKLES AND LIGHT COMPLEXIONS
  • 16:53 THAT EVIDENTLY GO BACK TO A CRUSADER PROGENITOR
  • 16:57 BECAUSE THE CRUSADER WITH NO RETREAT LEFT TO THEM,
  • 17:01 SHIPS DON'T EXACTLY PULL UP JUST >>WHEN YOU NEED THEM AND WHEN YOU'RE ATTACKED,
  • 17:05 THERE'S ALMOST NO CHOICE AND >>THEY INTERMARRIED IN THE SOCIETY
  • 17:10 AND BECAME MIDDLE EASTERNERS IN A WAY.
  • 17:12 AND THE 3RD CRUSADE WAS THE END >>OF THE IDEA.
  • 17:14 THEY DID NOT SUCCEED IN TAKING >>THE HOLY LAND AWAY FROM THOSE THEY CALLED THE INFIDELS
  • 17:19 ANYMORE THAN WE'VE SUCCEEDED WITH OUR ROADMAP OR OUR OSLO AGREEMENT
  • 17:23 OR ANYTHING ELSE TO TAKE LAND AWAY FROM THE CHOSEN PEOPLE.
  • 17:28 WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO IS, THIS IS GOD'S COUNTRY.
  • 17:33 THIS IS NOT SOME POLITICAL ENTITY HERE.
  • 17:35 FOR DIVIDING IT OR CHANGING THE BOUNDARIES, HISTORY HAS PROVED >>THAT YOU GET EXTINCTION.
  • 17:40 I MEAN, LOOK THE BABYLONIANS, THE PERSIANS THE GREEKS, >>THE ROMANS, THEY'RE ALL EXTINCT.
  • 17:46 THE CRUSADERS CAME AND WENT, THE ARABS OF TODAY ARE COMING ON STRONG,
  • 17:52 BUT I DON'T THINK THEY WILL EITHER SURVIVE TO TAKE THIS HOLY LAND, OF COURSE NOT.
  • 18:07 A VERY STRONG VERSE FOR THE TIMES
  • 18:10 AND SO WE'RE JUST LOOKING AT THE >>REMAINS OF ONE OF THESE FORTIFIED CASTLES
  • 18:16 WITH IT'S TREMENDOUS WALL, IT'S DEEP MOATS
  • 18:18 THROUGH WHICH THEY INTENDED TO PUSH SEA WATER TO DEFEND THEM- SELVES AGAINST THE LOCALS HERE.
  • 18:24 THAT DIDN'T WORK. >>IT CERTAINLY DIDN'T BRING PEACE. IT BROUGHT NOTHING BUT MURDER.
  • 18:29 IT GAVE A BAD NAME TO CHRISTIANS >>IN THE MIDDLE EAST.
  • 18:34 IT WAS ALREADY A RIVALRY BETWEEN >>ISLAM WHICH IN IT'S TIME,
  • 18:39 TO GIVE IT CREDIT, WAS A SUCCESSFUL SOCIETY
  • 18:43 AND A PRODUCTIVE AND INTELLIGENT SOCIETY.
  • 18:47 EUROPEAN CHRISTIANITY WHICH WAS >>AN UPSTART AT THE TIME,
  • 18:51 BUT IT STARTED MORE THAN A RIVALRY, IT STARTED A DOWN-RIGHT WAR.
  • 18:55 THAT WAR HAS BEEN ON PRETTY MUCH EVER SINCE.
  • 18:58 WE ARE SEEING THE RESULTS OF IT >>TODAY AS THE MIDDLE EAST TURNS AROUND
  • 19:02 AND CRUSADES AGAINST THE WEST >>AS IN THE ATTACKS ON ISRAEL OR >>ON THE WORLD TRADE CENTER
  • 19:08 OR THE VARIOUS EUROPEAN CAPITALS >>AND EVEN IN THE FAR EAST
  • 19:12 WHERE THERE'S BEEN MUSLIM TERRORISM AGAINST THE REST OF THE WORLD.
  • 19:18 THE MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN RIVALRY GOES ON.
  • 19:20 IT DIDN'T EXACTLY START AT THE CRUSADES, BUT THEY DIDN'T MAKE >>IT ANY BETTER
  • 19:24 AND WE ARE LIVING IN A KIND OF >>RESULT OF THESE ILL-FATED CRUSADES.
  • 19:31 RA'ANAN GISSIN WAS ALWAYS VERY KIND TO US WHEN HE WAS A COLONEL IN THE ISRAELI DEFENSE FORCES.
  • 19:39 HE WAS A SPOKESMAN FOR THAT ISRAELI ARMY AND HE IS WELL SPOKEN IN ENGLISH
  • 19:45 AND HE HAS NOW RISEN TO THE LEVEL OF THE SENIOR ADVISOR AND SPOKESMAN
  • 19:50 FOR THE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL, ARIEL SHARON.
  • 19:54 WE WENT TO THE KNESSET TO TALK WITH HIM.
  • 19:55 HIS OFFICE IS THERE IN THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COUNTRY.
  • 19:58 THAT WAS QUITE A BIT OF SECURITY TO GET IN THERE WITH OUR CAMERAS >>BUT WE PASSED THROUGH.
  • 20:04 WE WERE ABLE TO INTERVIEW HIM.
  • 20:06 WE BEGIN OUR CONVERSATION WITH THE SLANT THAT THE MEDIA TAKES >>ABOUT ISRAEL.
  • 20:12 SO, ON FOX NEWS >>WHICH YOU HAVE ON IN YOUR OFFICE >>AS WE WALKED IN,
  • 20:17 WE HAVE AN ANNOUNCEMENT, >>LIKE HERE'S A STORY FROM IRAQ, >>HERE'S A STORY FROM EGYPT,
  • 20:24 NOW TURNING TO THE MIDDLE EAST. >>RIGHT.
  • 20:28 AS IF ISRAEL--
  • 20:28 ALL THESE ARE LIKE SIDELINE STORIES AND THE REAL STORY THAT IS GOING ON
  • 20:34 IS THIS WAR, THIS CONFLICT BETWEEN AND ISRAELIS WHERE THERE'S NO RESOLUTION.
  • 20:41 IT'S THE CONFLICT THAT ALL THE OTHER CONFLICTS DWARF IN COMPARISON TO IT.
  • 20:47 THIS IS THE MEDIA'S PERSPECTIVE >>AND IF YOU TALK TO ME,
  • 20:50 WHAT IS THE MOST CRITICAL ISSUE >>OR CRITICAL CONFLICT TODAY GOING ON
  • 20:57 WHICH HAS FAR REACHING >>IMPLICATIONS FOR THE STABILITY >>OF THE REGION,
  • 21:00 STABILITY OF THE WORLD, I'D SAY IRAN.
  • 21:02 NOT THIS CONFLICT WHICH IS INSTITUTIONALIZED CONTAINED MORE OR LESS, YES.
  • 21:09 THERE ARE PROBLEMS THAT SEEM TO BE WITH NO SOLUTION AT THE TIME,
  • 21:15 BUT ATTRACTABLE, BUT I THINK AS >>WE MOVE ALONG
  • 21:18 WE'VE SEEN THAT THIS CONFLICT HAS CHANGED IN SHAPE
  • 21:21 AND WE MOVED A LONG WAY TOWARDS >>A SOLUTION IN THIS CONFLICT.
  • 21:25 CASUALTY FOR CASUALTY EVEN NOW, >>DAY BY DAY,
  • 21:28 THERE ARE MORE CASUALTIES AMONG >>AMERICAN TROOPS OR COALITION TROOPS IN IRAQ
  • 21:33 THAN THERE ARE IN CIVILIANS TO >>TERRORISM HERE.
  • 21:38 YOU KNOW, THIS IS ONE WAR--
  • 21:39 WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING A WAR OF >>TERRORISM FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, WAS IMPOSED ON US.
  • 21:43 DAY AND NIGHT, WE HAD THE HORRENDOUS SUICIDE BOMBING ATTACKS,
  • 21:49 I THINK OVER 125 OR 130 OF THEM >>WHO SUCCEEDED TO PENETRATE.
  • 21:54 OUR CASUALTY RATE IN THE PAST 3 YEARS HAS BEEN 892 IN COMPARABLE >>TERMS IN THE UNITED STATES
  • 22:03 THAT WOULD BE A KEY TO 49,000 >>MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN KILLED >>IN TERRORISTIC ACTION.
  • 22:10 WE'RE A SMALL COUNTRY, SO CASUALTIES ARE FELT VERY DEEPLY.
  • 22:14 WE HAVE WHOLE FAMILIES THAT WERE >>WIPED OUT HERE.
  • 22:16 BUT THE POINT IS THAT OTHER SOCIETIES WOULD HAVE PROBABLY GONE INTO DESPAIR
  • 22:25 OR YOU'D SEE THEM DISINTEGRATE.
  • 22:27 BUT THERE IS SOMETHING, NOT MYSTICAL,
  • 22:30 BUT SOMETHING HISTORICAL ABOUT >>THE JEWISH PEOPLE
  • 22:34 THAT MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR THEM >>TO SURVIVE FOR 4,000 YEARS CONTINUOUSLY
  • 22:40 AFTER THEY'VE BEEN PERSECUTED >>AND DRIVEN OUT OF THEIR LAND AND THEN HAD TO SUFFER 65 YEARS AGO,
  • 22:47 A HOLOCAUST, WHERE 1/3 OF OUR PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND STILL LIKE THE PHOENIX,
  • 22:53 WE RISE OUT OF THE ASHES.
  • 22:54 SO THERE IS SOMETHING TO SAY, I DON'T KNOW IF I SHOULD DESCRIBE IT AND SAY
  • 22:57 THAT MAYBE THERE IS SURVIVAL >>GENES IMPRINTED ON OUR DNA CODE
  • 23:02 WHICH MAKE US A RESILIENT NATION.
  • 23:05 WELL, THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING IS YOU AND I TALKED MORE THAN A >>DECADE AGO
  • 23:11 AND YOU SAID THIS SAME THING.
  • 23:11 YOU SAID AT THAT TIME I THINK YOU PUT IT, OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE EXUBERANT, ENTHUSIASTIC
  • 23:18 THE SOCIETY IS MOVING AND GENERATING AND IT'S PROVED, I GUESS.
  • 23:23 I THINK YOU AS, A JOURNALIST WHO TRAVELS AROUND THE WORLD AND YOU >>SEE VARIOUS PEOPLE,
  • 23:30 DIFFERENT SOCIETIES UNDER ANGUISH OR CONFLICT
  • 23:33 AND I THINK ONE OF THE BEST WAYS >>TO JUDGE THE RESILIENCE, THE TENACITY OF THE SOCIETY,
  • 23:40 THE VIBRANCY OF IT IS TO LOOK IN THE EYES OF CHILDREN.
  • 23:44 HERE WE'VE BEEN UNDER WAR FOR 3 YEARS,
  • 23:48 BUT YOU SEE THE BRIGHT HOPE IN >>THE EYES OF CHILDREN HERE
  • 23:52 AND IF YOU LOOK AT CHILDREN IN >>CAMBODIA, FOR EXAMPLE, OR VIET NAM,
  • 23:58 IT'S A DEAD-LOOK IN THEIR EYE.
  • 23:59 AND THIS IS A GOOD INDICATION ABOUT WHAT THE SOCIETY IS ALL ABOUT PERHAPS,
  • 24:06 YOU KNOW, A VISUAL INDICATION, >>IT'S A VIBRANT SOCIETY.
  • 24:08 AND I WOULD NOT DENY THAT WE >>HAVE SOME DEGENERATION OF CELLS >>OR PART OF OUR SOCIETY
  • 24:15 WHICH ARE DEGENERATING AND ARE >>NOT FUNCTIONING AS WE WANT,
  • 24:20 THERE IS A WIDE GAP, A SOCIO-ECONOMIC GAP.
  • 24:22 WE HAVE SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH REGARD TO WHAT SHOULD BE THE DEFINITION OF THE STATE.
  • 24:31 SHOULD IT BE A JEWISH STATE OR A >>STATE OF ALL IT'S CITIZENS,
  • 24:34 REAL CRITICAL ISSUES THAT ARE BEING DEBATED.
  • 24:36 BUT IT'S A VIBRANT SOCIETY THAT >>WHERE YOU SEE, PERHAPS, INSOLUBLE CONFLICTS
  • 24:44 AND THE POSSIBILITY OF FALLING >>APART AT THE SEAMS,
  • 24:47 YOU ALSO SEE A REGENERATION OF >>THE SOCIETY AND THAT REGENERATION COMES ABOUT
  • 24:54 BECAUSE OF IMMIGRATION THAT COMES TO ISRAEL.
  • 24:56 ABOUT 1.2 MILLION IMMIGRANTS CAME FROM THE FORMER SOVIET UNION
  • 25:00 AND FROM ETHIOPIA IN LESS THAN >>10 YEARS.
  • 25:03 IN OTHER WORDS, 10 OR 12 YEARS AGO, WE WERE 4 MILLION JEWS IN >>THIS COUNTRY.
  • 25:08 NOW WE ARE OVER 5.4 MILLION AND ALL TOGETHER 6.5 MILLION PEOPLE >>LIVE IN THIS STATE.
  • 25:15 SO WITH ALL THOSE DOOM-SAYERS >>THAT SAY WELL, ISRAEL IS FALLING >>APART AT THE SEAMS,
  • 25:20 ISRAEL HAS NO FUTURE, EVENTUALLY >>IT'S GOING TO DISINTEGRATE OR >>TURN INTO A BI-NATIONAL STATE,
  • 25:27 I JUST DRAW YOU TO THE STATISTICS.
  • 25:29 IN 1948, 55 YEARS AGO,THERE WERE >>ONLY 600,000
  • 25:34 AND IN THE 30'S THERE WERE ONLY >>400,000 LIVING HERE.
  • 25:38 AND TODAY TO A SOCIETY OF 6.5 MILLION PEOPLE, A VIBRANT ECONOMY,
  • 25:42 A PEOPLE WHO ARE LEADING TODAY >>IN THE HIGH-TECH INDUSTRY, IN MEDICINE.
  • 25:49 WE BUILT SCIENTIFIC AND RESEARCH INSTITUTION.
  • 25:52 WE REVIVED THE LANGUAGE THAT WAS 2,000 YEARS DEAD, THE HEBREW LANGUAGE,
  • 25:57 BECAUSE WE ABSORB PEOPLE COMING FROM 102 COUNTRIES, SPEAKING 82 >>DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.
  • 26:05 WHAT LANGUAGE COULD THEY SPEAK?
  • 26:07 ONE OF THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENTS, I WOULD SAY WAS REVIVING THE HEBREW LANGUAGE
  • 26:13 WHICH WAS THE COMMON LANGUAGE OF >>THESE PEOPLE
  • 26:15 COMING FROM ALL DIFFERENT PLACES >>AROUND THE WORLD.
  • 26:18 WE'LL HAVE MORE FROM CHIEF ADVISOR, RA'ANAN GISSIN ON OUR NEXT PROGRAM.
  • 26:23 AN INTERESTING THING HE SAID WAS THAT JEWISH SURVIVAL IN THE LAND,
  • 26:27 HE CALLED IT MYSTICAL SURVIVAL. >>IT'S NOT PRECISELY MYSTICAL, IT'S SCRIPTURAL.
  • 26:35 THE BIBLE IS SIMPLY FULL OF THAT.
  • 26:37 THE ENTIRE FUTURE OF BOTH THE BELIEVERS AND UNBELIEVERS
  • 26:42 IS CONCERNED WITH ISRAEL IN THE LAND.
  • 26:43 THE UNBELIEVERS WANT TO GET ISRAEL OUT AND THEY WILL EVEN RESORT TO ARMAGEDDON.
  • 26:47 THE BELIEVERS WANT TO JOIN ISRAEL IN THE LAND,
  • 26:50 THE BELIEVING ISRAELIS IN THE KINGDOM TO COME
  • 26:53 AND WE WANT TO GO IN AND THAT'S >>HOW THE SCRIPTURE IS WRITTEN,
  • 26:57 THE JEWS RESTORED TO THE LAND AND THERE IS NOTHING MYSTICAL ABOUT IT.
  • 27:01 IT NEEDS SOME BIBLE READING AND >>IT'S UNDERSTOOD COMPLETELY.
  • 27:05 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALYIM, >>PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. The Invasion
  2. The Old New Land
  3. The Ambassador Speaks
  4. The Real War on Terrorism
  5. Our Man in Jerusalem
  6. A Clash of Civilizations
  7. The Humble Knight
  8. The Apple of His Eye

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