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Matt & Laurie Crouch hosts Erick Stakelbeck from Jerusalem, Israel

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January 30, 2019
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Matt & Laurie Crouch hosts Erick Stakelbeck from Jerusalem, Israel

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  • (upbeat rock music)
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  • - Jerusalem is kind of the focus of the entire world.
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  • Erik Stakelbeck, what is going on and why does it matter?
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  • - Matt, the center of the universe, Jerusalem,
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  • the ancestral capital of Israel and the Jewish people
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  • going back over 3.000 years before Berlin,
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  • Paris, London and Washington DC ever existed,
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  • now officially acknowledged as such by the leader
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  • of the free world, the United States.
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  • This, according to President Trump.
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  • He's laid down the law quite literally.
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  • This is the capital of the nation of Israel
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  • and the United States embassy is now here
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  • in Jerusalem where it belongs.
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  • This is the center of the world.
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  • Everyone is watching right now
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  • and all nations are being drawn to Jerusalem,
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  • just like the Word of God said would happen.
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  • - We are gonna break down
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  • inside of this broadcast, the importance.
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  • We wanna talk about, and you know, what's interesting,
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  • before camera, we were agreeing on one thing.
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  • It doesn't matter who likes it, who doesn't like it,
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  • it's happened, okay, and so it is now fully recognized.
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  • - Done deal.
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  • - America and interestingly, what year
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  • did Congress actually vote that this would happen?
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  • When did that happen, actually?
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  • - 1995 and Matt and Laurie, this is the interesting
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  • wrinkle about the story that no one's really talking about.
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  • President Trump, a bold move without a doubt, to move the
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  • embassy but he's merely fulfilling official US law.
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  • In 1995, the Jerusalem Embassy Act mandated that the
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  • US Embassy move from Tel Aviv to this city, Jerusalem.
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  • Now successive administrations, Clinton,
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  • George W. Bush, President Obama, they all made promises
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  • that they would do just that.
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  • Instead, they kicked the can down the road.
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  • They did not move the embassy, they didn't wanna touch it.
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  • It was a hot potato.
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  • President Trump, less than a year in office,
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  • he made the move.
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  • He announced on December 6, 2017.
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  • He kept his campaign promise.
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  • - You've been studying this issue,
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  • the Middle East, geopolitics and all that.
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  • Why was it a hot potato?
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  • - I think the main reason it was a hot potato,
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  • I'll be honest, is the threat of radical Islamic response
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  • and Palestinian response as well.
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  • There's been a threat of violence,
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  • If you move the embassy to Jerusalem,
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  • the whole region's gonna be on fire.
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  • I have news for you, the region's been on fire
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  • for about 3000 years already, can't get much worse,
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  • but that was the threat.
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  • Honestly, Matt, Laurie, the threat of violence
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  • was really why US Presidents said
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  • Hey, we don't wanna touch it.
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  • Because if we move the embassy, wow,
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  • the region's gonna go up in flames.
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  • We don't wanna be a party to that.
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  • We don't wanna be responsible for a war breaking out
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  • in the Middle East over Jerusalem.
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  • And that's the main reason, and guess what?
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  • President Trump made the announcement December 2017,
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  • the embassy moved May 2018 and things are looking
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  • pretty good here in Jerusalem. - And here we are.
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  • - And here we are.
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  • - And like we said, it doesn't matter
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  • who doesn't like it or does like it, God likes it.
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  • - God loves it. - And so, you know.
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  • - This is the city
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  • where He says-- - God's country.
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  • - God's country, God's city.
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  • Guys, the word of God says,
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  • This is the city Jerusalem, where we're sitting right now,
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  • where I have written My name forever.
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  • Key word, forever.
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  • - This week on The Watchman, we are on
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  • Israel's border with Syria for a live fire drill
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  • with the elite HaTzanhanim Paratrooper Unit.
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  • You hear the gunfire behind me, you see the tanks.
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  • The brave soldiers of the Israel defense forces
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  • are preparing for the barbarians at the gates.
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  • Just over the border here in Syria,
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  • you have Iran, Hezbollah, ISIS, the Assad regime,
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  • some of the world's worst actors.
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  • And the brave soldiers here of the IDF
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  • are standing in the gap not only for Israel
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  • but for you and for Western civilization.
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  • (intense music)
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  • - It was an exciting moment for you yesterday.
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  • Where were you yesterday?
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  • - We were on the Golan Heights and the reason
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  • it was so exciting, Matt, is because less than
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  • 24 hours before we there,
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  • literally the sky was lighting up.
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  • Iran and Israel were going at it.
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  • - [Matt] Yup.
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  • - This week on The Watchman, we are back on Israel's
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  • Golan Heights, less than a mile from the Syrian border.
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  • Why are we here?
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  • Because this is the place where Iran and Israel
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  • are on a collision course.
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  • The Iranian regime has directly attacked Israel
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  • from right across the border here in Syria,
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  • firing missiles at Israeli territory.
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  • Israel has responded with overwhelming force
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  • and sent a message to the Iranians that an
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  • Iranian presence in Syria is an absolute red line.
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  • And unlike some, the Israelis keep their red lines.
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  • Today you will hear the inside story
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  • of what Iran is doing just a mile
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  • from where I'm standing right now in Syria and how the IDF,
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  • the Israel Defense Forces, are fighting back.
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  • It's The Watchman, it's Christians United for Israel
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  • only right here on TBN from the Golan Heights.
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  • Iranian forces fired at least 20 missiles
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  • at Israel from Syrian territory.
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  • Now Israel's Iron Dome Missile Defense System
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  • shot down four of those Iranian missiles
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  • and the rest fell short of reaching Israel, thankfully.
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  • Israel responded to this act of war from Iran
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  • with devastating and decisive force.
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  • In a daring operation, Israeli fighter jets
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  • destroyed much of the military infrastructure
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  • that Iran has been building up inside Syria.
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  • It was the largest Israeli operation in Syria
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  • since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and Iran paid a severe price
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  • for it's continued attempts to establish a foothold in Syria
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  • from which it can attack Israel.
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  • Folks, it's all part of the Iranian regime's
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  • grand strategy to destroy the Jewish state.
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  • They want to surround Israel on all sides,
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  • whether through Hezbollah in Lebanon,
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  • Hamas in Gaza, and now Syria.
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  • Well, our team at Christians United for Israel
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  • just so happened to have a delegation right here in May
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  • and less than 24 hours after Israel and Iran
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  • battled in Syria, our founder and chairman
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  • Pastor John Hagee, traveled with me and others
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  • from our CUFI team to Israel's border with Syria
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  • and looked out at the site where there had been
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  • fierce fighting only hours before.
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  • Pastor Hagee and I met up on the Golan Heights
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  • with the international spokesman of the
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  • Israel Defense Forces, Lt. Cl. Jonathan Conricus
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  • to get the inside story of what went down
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  • between Israel and Iran just one night before.
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  • Take a look.
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  • - It's important to say Israel is not a warmongering state.
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  • We are here to defend ourselves.
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  • We are inside Israel holding our own,
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  • minding our own business, and asking the question,
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  • What are Iranian forces looking for 1.000 miles from home?
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  • It cannot be that they're bringing about peace
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  • and they're sure as not bringing about economic development
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  • or anything-- - Why are they building
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  • a military infrastructure right next door to Israel?
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  • - Exactly, and they're clear about it.
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  • At least they're not lying about it.
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  • They're saying that they do that
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  • in order to be able to terrorize Israeli civilians
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  • and to be able to have the capability to strike Israel.
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  • Yesterday night was a good example of the resolve
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  • and the military capabilities of the IDF that delivered
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  • a clear message, a precise professional message,
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  • that struck targets and targets only.
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  • What needed to be struck was struck, nothing else,
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  • and where substantial damage was made
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  • to the Iranian capabilities.
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  • Let's hope that the Iranians heed the warning
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  • and understand that it is not in their interest and not in
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  • Syria's interest, and not in the region's interest
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  • for them to be attacking Israel.
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  • - Yeah, major setback for the Iranian adventure
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  • in Syria last night, Jonathan.
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  • Pastor, at CUFI, we've been talking about this for years.
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  • - Yes we have.
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  • - Iran's goals, its' ideology, to wipe the Jewish state
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  • off the map, what are your immediate thoughts
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  • on what went down here just a day ago?
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  • - What went down here was just another provocation
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  • by the State of Iran to demonstrate that what they've
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  • been chanting in the streets, Death to the Jews,
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  • is exactly what they are looking for.
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  • The American people need to focus in this time
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  • when we're talking about the significance of the Iran deal.
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  • And our president has made a bold and decisive decision
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  • that very dramatically helped the State of Israel
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  • and it's going to save lots of Jewish lives.
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  • They also need to focus on the fact that when you
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  • mention Iran, their two proxy armies are here
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  • named Hezbollah and Hamas.
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  • They trained, they equipped, and they have organized
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  • these two terrorist organizations.
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  • But when you think about the military conflicts
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  • that are happening, always track it back to Iran
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  • because they're the head of the snake.
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  • - [Stakelbeck] What's the IDF looking at next?
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  • Threats on all sides, it seems like.
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  • - There's an abundance of threats
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  • but we know that we are strong.
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  • We have the full support of our greatest ally, the US,
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  • and we know that we trust in our capabilities
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  • to continue to defend the Jewish state
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  • and to do it well despite all the threats.
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  • I'd like to say that I'd hope that the message
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  • will be strong enough for Iran to understand
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  • and not only for Iran, but for Hezbollah to see that
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  • what happened in 2006 would only be a prelude,
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  • only be an introduction, to what would happen should
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  • Hezbollah make the wrongful decision to attack Israel.
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  • Very important to understand that we have now,
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  • the good people of Israel who live in the
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  • northern part of Israel, have been enjoying
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  • 11 years of quiet and stability.
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  • You just saw how peaceful and blooming
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  • the northern part of Israel is.
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  • That's exactly how we want to keep it.
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  • We will be able to keep it that way
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  • by constantly making sure that our enemies
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  • like Hezbollah know how strong we are,
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  • know how much we know about them, their capabilities,
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  • their whereabouts, and their locations and their intentions,
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  • and make sure that they understand that it is
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  • not in their interest to be attacking Israel.
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  • - Pastor, along those lines, any final thoughts
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  • from here on the Golan Heights?
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  • - I think it's important for the American people
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  • to recognize that if there was ever a time for us
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  • to stand boldly with Israel and the Jewish people,
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  • it's right now.
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  • Israel is just trying to pursue peace.
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  • We are standing with Israel as a nation
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  • and it's time for the citizens of our country,
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  • especially every member of Christians United for Israel,
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  • to stand up verbally and actually for the state of Israel.
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  • - This is an area you're very familiar with,
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  • working high up in Intelligence for the IDF,
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  • working here up north.
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  • What's your immediate reaction and impression
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  • to what happened just last night with Iran
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  • trying to barrage Israel with missiles?
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  • - I think what we saw yesterday
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  • is an example how the Iranian regime doesn't understand
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  • signs and messages.
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  • I think Israel, from the Prime Minister Netanyahu
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  • all the way down to the Chief of Staff and the army,
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  • is saying to the Iran regime, don't test us.
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  • We will not allow you to go into Syria.
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  • We will not do the same mistakes as we did
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  • with Lebanon and Hezbollah.
  • 00:11:57.090 --> 00:11:59.120
  • - Iran is here, in their view,
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  • they're here to stay in Syria, right,
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  • just a mile from where we're standing right now.
  • 00:12:03.080 --> 00:12:05.150
  • We're in Israel right now but less than a mile
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  • from where we're standing right now,
  • 00:12:08.020 --> 00:12:09.180
  • Iran is determined to have a permanent presence here
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  • at Israel's doorstep in Syria.
  • 00:12:13.070 --> 00:12:14.290
  • - Yes, Iran took a strategic decision a couple years ago
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  • to open a front here with us.
  • 00:12:18.150 --> 00:12:20.260
  • What we saw yesterday is the struggle between us and them,
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  • but us not allowing them to do it.
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  • It will take time, it's the Middle East you know,
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  • people think slowly and sometimes react slowly,
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  • but we have patience.
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  • We will not allow it.
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  • It's very simple, you know.
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  • I think it was clear not only to Iran yesterday,
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  • also to Hezbollah that is looking upon this event
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  • and said, Okay, the game has changed now.
  • 00:12:44.190 --> 00:12:47.230
  • - Yeah, that's an interesting factor here, Marco.
  • 00:12:47.230 --> 00:12:50.000
  • You know, again, working in Israel intelligence,
  • 00:12:50.000 --> 00:12:52.240
  • during your time in the IDF, you worked frequently,
  • 00:12:52.240 --> 00:12:55.020
  • specialized up here in the north.
  • 00:12:55.020 --> 00:12:56.260
  • You're very familiar with Hezbollah.
  • 00:12:56.260 --> 00:12:59.140
  • How do they factor into all of this,
  • 00:12:59.140 --> 00:13:01.060
  • maybe even into an Iranian response?
  • 00:13:01.060 --> 00:13:04.280
  • - If I'm Hezbollah now, ah-seer-ing now in the
  • 00:13:04.280 --> 00:13:08.140
  • Dahieh in the west part of Beirut,
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  • I also need to recalculate my route.
  • 00:13:11.110 --> 00:13:14.210
  • Because I think what Israel showed here
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  • to Hezbollah and Iran that we have a very,
  • 00:13:16.260 --> 00:13:20.210
  • seems to be very good intel about what's going on.
  • 00:13:20.210 --> 00:13:23.260
  • So if we react for 20 missiles as we react yesterday,
  • 00:13:23.260 --> 00:13:28.260
  • imagine what will happen if something worse will happen.
  • 00:13:30.100 --> 00:13:32.220
  • - This has been a very eventful week between the
  • 00:13:32.220 --> 00:13:34.260
  • strikes here in Syria and President Trump
  • 00:13:34.260 --> 00:13:37.160
  • pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.
  • 00:13:37.160 --> 00:13:40.190
  • What are your thoughts on that as an Israeli?
  • 00:13:40.190 --> 00:13:42.290
  • A great thing, I believe as an American a great thing
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  • for the United States, talk about your thoughts on it.
  • 00:13:45.150 --> 00:13:48.220
  • - I think President Trump sent two messages recently
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  • to the Middle East and to the world.
  • 00:13:53.080 --> 00:13:56.010
  • To the Middle East, President Trump said,
  • 00:13:56.010 --> 00:13:58.060
  • If there is dinner and you're not invited,
  • 00:13:58.060 --> 00:14:00.280
  • you will find yourself on the menu.
  • 00:14:00.280 --> 00:14:03.100
  • The second President Trump sent to the world,
  • 00:14:03.100 --> 00:14:06.100
  • especially to North Korea, is once President Trump
  • 00:14:06.100 --> 00:14:09.230
  • is taking the sword out, he will not
  • 00:14:09.230 --> 00:14:12.080
  • take it back to their belt very quickly.
  • 00:14:12.080 --> 00:14:15.050
  • - In the Middle East, they respect strength.
  • 00:14:15.050 --> 00:14:18.130
  • - [Moreno] Yes.
  • 00:14:18.130 --> 00:14:19.190
  • - [Stakelbeck] And he's showing strength.
  • 00:14:19.190 --> 00:14:21.030
  • - [Moreno] He's showing strength and he sees things clearly.
  • 00:14:21.030 --> 00:14:23.070
  • - [Stakelbeck] Yeah.
  • 00:14:23.070 --> 00:14:24.050
  • - [Moreno] He's not confused.
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  • Good for us that we have President Trump that is
  • 00:14:25.130 --> 00:14:27.190
  • taking care of us and watching our back here.
  • 00:14:28.240 --> 00:14:30.160
  • - Good to see the leader of the Free World
  • 00:14:30.160 --> 00:14:32.030
  • showing some moral clarity.
  • 00:14:32.030 --> 00:14:33.160
  • And again, a big week, Marco, we have what's going on.
  • 00:14:33.160 --> 00:14:35.270
  • We hear some gunfire, I think, in the distance
  • 00:14:35.270 --> 00:14:37.150
  • right now in Syria behind us, by the way.
  • 00:14:37.150 --> 00:14:39.160
  • What a week, what an amazing time to be here
  • 00:14:39.160 --> 00:14:41.140
  • in the Golan Heights.
  • 00:14:41.140 --> 00:14:42.280
  • And by the way, folks, there's things Marco knows
  • 00:14:42.280 --> 00:14:44.240
  • that he can't tell us, so we appreciate
  • 00:14:44.240 --> 00:14:47.060
  • what you did share, my friend.
  • 00:14:47.060 --> 00:14:48.180
  • Thank you so much for joining us here on the Golan.
  • 00:14:48.180 --> 00:14:50.070
  • Thanks, Marco.
  • 00:14:50.070 --> 00:14:51.020
  • - Why does some of all of this matter,
  • 00:14:54.180 --> 00:14:57.250
  • the embassy move, all of this, why does it matter
  • 00:14:57.250 --> 00:15:00.190
  • to us in America that are paying bills
  • 00:15:00.190 --> 00:15:03.110
  • and getting our kids through school
  • 00:15:03.110 --> 00:15:04.280
  • and all that kind of stuff?
  • 00:15:04.280 --> 00:15:06.130
  • - That's the key thing here, guys, for our American viewers
  • 00:15:06.130 --> 00:15:08.040
  • because we always have to tie it back.
  • 00:15:08.040 --> 00:15:09.210
  • Okay, this is thousands of miles away.
  • 00:15:09.210 --> 00:15:11.250
  • We have a great life in America,
  • 00:15:11.250 --> 00:15:13.110
  • the most prosperous country in the history of the world.
  • 00:15:13.110 --> 00:15:14.280
  • Why should we care?
  • 00:15:14.280 --> 00:15:16.130
  • Okay, number one, let's start with Syria and Iran,
  • 00:15:16.130 --> 00:15:18.230
  • and what's going on there.
  • 00:15:18.230 --> 00:15:20.000
  • To boil it down real simple for folks.
  • 00:15:20.000 --> 00:15:21.280
  • Number one, the chaos in Syria.
  • 00:15:21.280 --> 00:15:23.100
  • We've seen ISIS pour out of Syria,
  • 00:15:23.100 --> 00:15:25.280
  • come to the west to Europe, to the United States,
  • 00:15:25.280 --> 00:15:28.230
  • carry out attacks on western soil,
  • 00:15:28.230 --> 00:15:30.260
  • Paris, Germany, London, elsewhere.
  • 00:15:30.260 --> 00:15:33.040
  • That all started in Syria.
  • 00:15:33.040 --> 00:15:35.220
  • They train there, then they come to our backyard.
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  • That's number one.
  • 00:15:38.260 --> 00:15:40.020
  • Number two, with Iran, they're developing
  • 00:15:40.020 --> 00:15:42.130
  • intercontinental missiles, big word I know.
  • 00:15:42.130 --> 00:15:45.130
  • Intercontinental missiles, real simple, they're designed
  • 00:15:45.130 --> 00:15:48.110
  • to travel across continents, across oceans.
  • 00:15:48.110 --> 00:15:51.000
  • Those missiles are not for Israel, they're for us.
  • 00:15:51.000 --> 00:15:54.070
  • They're for the United States.
  • 00:15:54.070 --> 00:15:55.220
  • Iran is actively working on those long-range missiles
  • 00:15:55.220 --> 00:15:58.250
  • and the nuclear weapons to mount them with.
  • 00:15:58.250 --> 00:16:02.010
  • If I didn't scare anyone enough,
  • 00:16:02.010 --> 00:16:03.160
  • we'll get to the good news now.
  • 00:16:03.160 --> 00:16:05.090
  • Why should Jerusalem matter?
  • 00:16:05.090 --> 00:16:06.250
  • Jerusalem should matter to our viewers
  • 00:16:06.250 --> 00:16:09.010
  • because it matters to God, number one, very much so,
  • 00:16:09.010 --> 00:16:12.030
  • His city where He has His name, literally, on these walls.
  • 00:16:12.030 --> 00:16:16.010
  • But number two, for America, the leader of the Free World
  • 00:16:16.010 --> 00:16:20.150
  • to declare that yes, this is the capital of Israel.
  • 00:16:20.150 --> 00:16:23.120
  • Let's take Jerusalem off the table for the bad guys.
  • 00:16:23.120 --> 00:16:26.140
  • Everyone covets it, from Iran to the UN and beyond,
  • 00:16:26.140 --> 00:16:29.270
  • they covet it, they want this city.
  • 00:16:29.270 --> 00:16:31.230
  • But America is reasserting its position, in my view,
  • 00:16:31.230 --> 00:16:35.050
  • as the leader of the Free World.
  • 00:16:35.050 --> 00:16:36.230
  • This was a bold move by President Trump.
  • 00:16:36.230 --> 00:16:38.230
  • Everyone opposed it.
  • 00:16:38.230 --> 00:16:40.090
  • I mean, some supported it, not loud voices, but some did.
  • 00:16:40.090 --> 00:16:44.120
  • But by and large, President Trump was on his own on this.
  • 00:16:44.120 --> 00:16:48.040
  • He went against Europe, all of our closest allies there.
  • 00:16:48.040 --> 00:16:50.270
  • He showed real backbone that is lacking
  • 00:16:50.270 --> 00:16:53.140
  • in Europe today, if I might say.
  • 00:16:53.140 --> 00:16:54.260
  • It's a Winston Churchill moment, where is he?
  • 00:16:54.260 --> 00:16:57.030
  • We need him today in Europe.
  • 00:16:57.030 --> 00:16:58.280
  • He showed backbone there in pulling out
  • 00:16:58.280 --> 00:17:00.280
  • of the Iran nuclear deal.
  • 00:17:00.280 --> 00:17:02.070
  • America is reasserting itself
  • 00:17:02.070 --> 00:17:04.030
  • as the leader of the Free World.
  • 00:17:04.030 --> 00:17:05.190
  • The world doesn't like it, but I think that means
  • 00:17:05.190 --> 00:17:07.280
  • we're probably doing something right.
  • 00:17:07.280 --> 00:17:09.280
  • - Yup, okay, two things I wanna point out.
  • 00:17:09.280 --> 00:17:12.190
  • Give me the three shot here, I wanna just show.
  • 00:17:14.250 --> 00:17:17.100
  • While Erick was talking, psychologically,
  • 00:17:17.100 --> 00:17:20.050
  • you don't even realize this, but most of the time,
  • 00:17:20.050 --> 00:17:22.210
  • you were looking and pointing.
  • 00:17:22.210 --> 00:17:24.160
  • You know why you were doing that?
  • 00:17:24.160 --> 00:17:25.230
  • Because you were talking about Syria,
  • 00:17:25.230 --> 00:17:27.210
  • which is right there, okay (laughing).
  • 00:17:27.210 --> 00:17:29.210
  • - We have the great, we have, at TBN,
  • 00:17:30.250 --> 00:17:32.010
  • we have the greatest set in all of Jerusalem,
  • 00:17:32.010 --> 00:17:34.100
  • all of the Middle East.
  • 00:17:34.100 --> 00:17:35.190
  • It's hard to resist.
  • 00:17:35.190 --> 00:17:36.180
  • - You were talking about Syria,
  • 00:17:36.180 --> 00:17:38.250
  • you were talking about where it's at
  • 00:17:38.250 --> 00:17:40.010
  • and it's really right there (laughing).
  • 00:17:40.010 --> 00:17:41.150
  • - It's really right, this is not a green screen.
  • 00:17:41.150 --> 00:17:43.060
  • Again, this is real (laughing).
  • 00:17:43.060 --> 00:17:44.160
  • - I thought that was hilarious.
  • 00:17:44.160 --> 00:17:46.050
  • You were sitting there literally pointing at Syria
  • 00:17:46.050 --> 00:17:48.200
  • while you were talking.
  • 00:17:48.200 --> 00:17:50.050
  • - Last night right down the street, there was a bomb.
  • 00:17:50.050 --> 00:17:51.100
  • - Yeah, so basically, the other thing
  • 00:17:51.100 --> 00:17:54.160
  • that's kind of interesting and bold
  • 00:17:54.160 --> 00:17:57.220
  • about what has happened here in Jerusalem,
  • 00:17:57.220 --> 00:18:01.040
  • on our way here to Israel, we stopped in Bulgaria
  • 00:18:01.040 --> 00:18:05.210
  • and we interviewed the Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
  • 00:18:05.210 --> 00:18:09.020
  • And he's on the record in great support of Israel.
  • 00:18:09.020 --> 00:18:13.130
  • Interesting, they have common nicknames, Bibi.
  • 00:18:14.200 --> 00:18:18.110
  • So they both are referred to as Bibi,
  • 00:18:18.110 --> 00:18:20.280
  • Prime Minister Bibi, you know.
  • 00:18:20.280 --> 00:18:22.150
  • And so basically, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria,
  • 00:18:22.150 --> 00:18:26.220
  • when I asked the direct question,
  • 00:18:26.220 --> 00:18:29.170
  • America has moved its embassy, are you moving yours?
  • 00:18:29.170 --> 00:18:34.160
  • And he said, I make bold decisions
  • 00:18:35.190 --> 00:18:38.090
  • but I'm not making that one alone.
  • 00:18:38.090 --> 00:18:40.270
  • That will have to be the entire Knesset,
  • 00:18:40.270 --> 00:18:45.190
  • you know, the entire Bulgarian Parliament.
  • 00:18:45.190 --> 00:18:48.090
  • And so basically he said, so unless the Parliament rules,
  • 00:18:49.230 --> 00:18:53.250
  • I'm not gonna do that alone because we have friends
  • 00:18:53.250 --> 00:18:57.030
  • in the Palestinian area also.
  • 00:18:57.030 --> 00:18:59.140
  • So he had the politician-type answer
  • 00:18:59.140 --> 00:19:04.160
  • and that was an interesting thing for me to hear
  • 00:19:05.260 --> 00:19:08.220
  • right in route in Israel, knowing that our president
  • 00:19:08.220 --> 00:19:13.210
  • has made a very, very bold, bold, bold move.
  • 00:19:14.280 --> 00:19:18.170
  • - He just did it.
  • 00:19:18.170 --> 00:19:19.160
  • - And it's amazing, I love that.
  • 00:19:19.160 --> 00:19:21.020
  • - Yeah, great point, Matt, I'm glad you brought that up
  • 00:19:21.020 --> 00:19:22.190
  • about other countries potentially moving their embassy.
  • 00:19:22.190 --> 00:19:25.180
  • Now the Bulgarian answer seems like
  • 00:19:25.180 --> 00:19:27.150
  • the typical European answer.
  • 00:19:27.150 --> 00:19:28.270
  • - Sure.
  • 00:19:28.270 --> 00:19:30.040
  • - But I see the Czech Republic, I see Hungary,
  • 00:19:30.040 --> 00:19:32.070
  • contemplating moving their embassy here.
  • 00:19:32.070 --> 00:19:35.070
  • Paraguay, Honduras, Guatemala's doing it.
  • 00:19:35.070 --> 00:19:38.240
  • So we're starting to see a bit of a domino effect
  • 00:19:38.240 --> 00:19:41.160
  • where people are saying, You know what, we're gonna do it.
  • 00:19:41.160 --> 00:19:43.160
  • The embassy belongs there.
  • 00:19:43.160 --> 00:19:45.010
  • Israel's seat of government is here a few blocks
  • 00:19:45.010 --> 00:19:47.150
  • from where we're sitting right now in Jerusalem.
  • 00:19:47.150 --> 00:19:49.190
  • It's just common sense.
  • 00:19:49.190 --> 00:19:51.170
  • - The Watchman, it airs weekly right here on TBN
  • 00:19:51.170 --> 00:19:56.140
  • and you're here during this amazing time.
  • 00:19:56.140 --> 00:20:00.010
  • In our lifetime, you know,
  • 00:20:00.010 --> 00:20:02.130
  • this is one of the bigger moments.
  • 00:20:02.130 --> 00:20:04.230
  • I mean, certainly there has been others
  • 00:20:04.230 --> 00:20:06.220
  • and there are things.
  • 00:20:06.220 --> 00:20:08.050
  • But the 70th year of Israel, to move our embassy,
  • 00:20:08.050 --> 00:20:12.140
  • to do all that, so many just tuned in.
  • 00:20:12.140 --> 00:20:15.210
  • The importance of this in your mind, please.
  • 00:20:15.210 --> 00:20:18.010
  • - These are Bible times, Matt.
  • 00:20:18.010 --> 00:20:20.070
  • We are living in Bible times.
  • 00:20:20.070 --> 00:20:22.070
  • A lot of people say Man, I wish I was alive back then,
  • 00:20:22.070 --> 00:20:24.250
  • the times of the Old Testament.
  • 00:20:24.250 --> 00:20:26.040
  • Guess what, you're in Bible times right now.
  • 00:20:26.040 --> 00:20:28.230
  • We're living in them.
  • 00:20:28.230 --> 00:20:30.000
  • We here at TBN have a front-row seat.
  • 00:20:30.000 --> 00:20:32.140
  • God has given us this front-row seat, literally,
  • 00:20:32.140 --> 00:20:35.210
  • and we're able to see history unfold before our very eyes.
  • 00:20:35.210 --> 00:20:39.150
  • God, the importance of Israel returning to the land,
  • 00:20:39.150 --> 00:20:43.020
  • now 70 years, that's a long time from 1948 until today.
  • 00:20:43.020 --> 00:20:47.280
  • And now Israel is really starting to step into
  • 00:20:47.280 --> 00:20:50.190
  • its destiny as a light unto the nations,
  • 00:20:50.190 --> 00:20:52.230
  • fulfill that Biblical mandate.
  • 00:20:52.230 --> 00:20:54.150
  • I see Israel blessing the world with innovation,
  • 00:20:54.150 --> 00:20:57.240
  • high tech, it's amazing.
  • 00:20:57.240 --> 00:20:59.120
  • If there's an earthquake in Haiti,
  • 00:20:59.120 --> 00:21:01.060
  • if there's a hurricane in Houston,
  • 00:21:01.060 --> 00:21:03.190
  • Israelis are the first on the ground helping,
  • 00:21:03.190 --> 00:21:05.260
  • first responders.
  • 00:21:05.260 --> 00:21:07.080
  • Take out your cell phone, we don't have that
  • 00:21:07.080 --> 00:21:09.160
  • without Israeli technology.
  • 00:21:09.160 --> 00:21:11.220
  • The water crisis in California,
  • 00:21:11.220 --> 00:21:13.200
  • Israeli scientists and experts are there solving that.
  • 00:21:13.200 --> 00:21:16.090
  • They're in Africa, they're in the Third World.
  • 00:21:16.090 --> 00:21:18.040
  • They're everywhere, this tiny nation
  • 00:21:18.040 --> 00:21:20.070
  • the size of the State of New Jersey,
  • 00:21:20.070 --> 00:21:21.270
  • punching far above its weight in every area.
  • 00:21:21.270 --> 00:21:25.070
  • Only God could do this, in only 70 years.
  • 00:21:25.070 --> 00:21:28.140
  • So to see this, to have a front-row seat,
  • 00:21:28.140 --> 00:21:30.130
  • we're here all the time, guys.
  • 00:21:30.130 --> 00:21:31.220
  • We see it, we feel the energy in the land,
  • 00:21:31.220 --> 00:21:33.270
  • the spirit of innovation, of entrepreneurship.
  • 00:21:33.270 --> 00:21:36.290
  • There's startups.
  • 00:21:36.290 --> 00:21:38.120
  • Israel has more startups, if I'm not mistaken,
  • 00:21:38.120 --> 00:21:40.160
  • than any country in the world.
  • 00:21:40.160 --> 00:21:42.090
  • God Almighty has harnessed the genius of the Jewish people
  • 00:21:42.090 --> 00:21:46.030
  • in this one place, in this one tiny nation,
  • 00:21:46.030 --> 00:21:49.170
  • and it is a sight to behold.
  • 00:21:49.170 --> 00:21:51.180
  • So He's doing great things here.
  • 00:21:51.180 --> 00:21:53.150
  • We can talk about Iran, Syria,
  • 00:21:53.150 --> 00:21:55.000
  • that's a real threat for sure.
  • 00:21:55.000 --> 00:21:57.020
  • But the God of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.
  • 00:21:57.020 --> 00:22:01.060
  • - What an amazing job you do,
  • 00:22:01.060 --> 00:22:02.160
  • thank you for getting that done.
  • 00:22:02.160 --> 00:22:04.080
  • - While you are up, when you were talking about
  • 00:22:04.080 --> 00:22:06.040
  • being up in the Golan Heights,
  • 00:22:06.040 --> 00:22:07.160
  • wasn't Pastor Hagee with you up there?
  • 00:22:07.160 --> 00:22:08.280
  • - [Stakelbeck] He was, the one and only.
  • 00:22:08.280 --> 00:22:10.190
  • Pastor Hagee was with me and it was, wow.
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  • To have that eyewitness account from the IDF,
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  • this is what happened a few hours ago.
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  • Iran, Israel, it was amazing.
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  • - I think the reason that it's exciting to be here
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  • during this time is to even just kind of dwell about
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  • what kind of a blessing this is going to even result
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  • for us in America because of our stand.
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  • Think of the CUFI, the Christians United for Israel,
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  • 3 million plus members,
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  • and the expectation level of even blessing
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  • for America because of what we've done.
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  • - That's a promise to us.
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  • If we bless Israel, we'll be blessed.
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  • - Yeah, and if you look at history, guys,
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  • God has held that promise.
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  • I think one of the reasons the United States has been
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  • blessed more than nation in the history of the world
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  • is because we have blessed Israel.
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  • On the other side of the coin,
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  • you look at Haman, the Philistines, the Persians,
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  • the Greeks, Romans, the Nazis,
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  • everyone who came against Israel has been cursed.
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  • CUFI, we're a Genesis 12 organization.
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  • We truly believe God will bless those who bless Israel,
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  • curse those who curse Israel.
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  • One more reason, guys, why everyone watching should care,
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  • Americans, followers of Jesus should care,
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  • the Bible says that, God says, My house,
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  • His house in Jerusalem will be a house of prayer
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  • for all nations.
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  • And Isaiah 40 says, The glory of the Lord, the Lord Jesus,
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  • will be revealed and the entire world will see it.
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  • This is where they're going to see it, Jerusalem.
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  • - Yeah, behind you, Erick, behind your shot is Mount Zion.
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  • Just a little bit further over is Mount Moriah.
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  • The gold dome sits where the temple once sat.
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  • And you see the, how old, Erick,
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  • would the walls be that are visible to us,
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  • kind of in our distant view there?
  • 00:24:04.030 --> 00:24:06.140
  • - Those city walls, well, Suleiman the Magnificent
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  • from the Ottoman Empire in the 1500s, I believe,
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  • renovated those walls but the Western Wall,
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  • obviously, goes back over 2.000 years
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  • and there's ancient history behind us.
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  • - Yeah, so the Solomon Stones of the Western Wall
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  • and the ones with the border cut around them,
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  • those date all the way back to the Roman period.
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  • - [Stakelbeck] Oh wow, yeah.
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  • - And then behind us is Mount Scopus
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  • and of course the Mount of Olives is behind us.
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  • You get the final word.
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  • This is an interesting time to be in Israel.
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  • American, the bold step, recap it
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  • and final thoughts, please.
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  • - I think number one, God is moving, guys, clearly,
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  • at a rapid rate.
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  • More in prophecy is being fulfilled before our very eyes
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  • in 2018 and God is moving at a very rapid rate.
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  • Things are happening.
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  • All the chess pieces are moving on the board right now.
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  • President Trump moving the embassy is a watershed moment.
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  • Some people in Israel have compared him to King Cyrus,
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  • when King Cyrus, the Persian king,
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  • let the Jewish people come back to Israel,
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  • rebuild the temple.
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  • People are calling Trump a modern day Cyrus.
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  • So very interesting to see Israelis view it like that.
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  • Something special is happening and President Trump
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  • is undoubtedly a disrupter, for sure, and for good,
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  • in the case of Jerusalem, the Iran deal, everything else.
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  • Has a great relationship right now
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  • with Prime Minister Netanyahu.
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  • I can tell you that the US-Israel relationship
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  • has never been stronger, ever.
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  • And it's a strong relationship historically,
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  • never stronger than it is today.
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  • I think that means blessings for America,
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  • blessings for Israel, and we live in very exciting times
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  • and fasten your seat belts.
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  • It's only just beginning.
  • 00:25:48.000 --> 00:25:49.120
  • - You know, I just was thinking as we're wrapping it up,
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  • I was here with Mike Huckabee about six months ago when
  • 00:25:53.130 --> 00:25:58.130
  • President Trump made his very first international trip.
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  • Israel was on his agenda.
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  • He made a joint statement with Netanyahu.
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  • Mike and I were able to be in the room
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  • when that was happening.
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  • And we all were hoping that there was gonna be
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  • some kind of an announcement
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  • about the embassy move at that time.
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  • I think that would have been about October of '17, I think.
  • 00:26:21.090 --> 00:26:24.080
  • - [Stakelbeck] Yeah, he was the first president
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  • to pray at the Western Wall.
  • 00:26:25.230 --> 00:26:27.010
  • - Right, so all of that was really good news.
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  • He was here, he was in support of Israel.
  • 00:26:30.030 --> 00:26:32.160
  • That made most of the Body of Christ
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  • awaken to the importance of this time and the season.
  • 00:26:36.180 --> 00:26:41.120
  • But basically now we're sitting here, the embassy and
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  • all of what the importance of that has happened
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  • and literally it doesn't matter who protests
  • 00:26:50.220 --> 00:26:54.210
  • or who does or who doesn't,
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  • because God declared let's make this happen and it has.
  • 00:26:56.060 --> 00:26:59.020
  • - Yeah, this is the post show, I guess you could say, Matt.
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  • It's a done deal, it's done.
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  • That embassy is staying in Jerusalem.
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  • And whoever touches Israel, God says,
  • 00:27:06.190 --> 00:27:09.010
  • touches the Apple of His eye.
  • 00:27:09.010 --> 00:27:11.090
  • - So remember to watch The Watchman every week
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  • and stay tuned to TBN for amazing new updates
  • 00:27:15.260 --> 00:27:19.120
  • happening right here in Jerusalem, Israel,
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  • the home of the US embassy.
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