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May 23, 2017
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  • (Mati Shoshani narrating) It is the land of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
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  • the birthplace of Jesus.
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  • From Genesis to Revelation,
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  • Israel is the centerpiece of God's story,
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  • a saga that continues to unfold in our daily news.
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  • But behind the headlines are the people
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  • caught in the crosshairs of some really complex issues.
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  • It can be hard to see clearly from the outside,
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  • so let's explore my homeland from within.
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  • Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace.
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  • It is the standard greeting in Israel.
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  • Yet, for the rest of the world, this small nation
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  • is a major point of contention.
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  • In this episode, we examine the concept of peace
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  • in the Middle East.
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  • (Canon Andrew White) All countries in the Middle East
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  • talk about peace.
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  • "Salaam aleikum," you greet people
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  • with the peace of God upon them.
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  • Here, we say, "Shalom, shalom, shalom, shalom,"
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  • when we greet somebody,
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  • shalom when we say goodbye to somebody.
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  • You pray and hope for peace all the time.
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  • But here in this region, we have seen
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  • one of the most profound anti-peace societies,
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  • talking of the whole of the Middle East.
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  • And a lot of it is against Israel.
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  • Israel, it is not just a place of holy sites.
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  • It is a place which is one of the most
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  • intellectually articulate and active countries in the world.
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  • If there's a problem, Israel can sort it out.
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  • There is David's citadel.
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  • This is the land where things which we take for granted,
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  • like the CAT scanner, was invented here.
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  • This is a land which has one of the most developed
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  • cardiac surgical and transplant programs in the world.
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  • If they can't do it here, they can't do it anywhere.
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  • Israel says it's the only democracy in the Middle East.
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  • It's one of the only democracies in the world.
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  • Well, considering I've got MS, and I'm supposed to be
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  • terminally ill, I'm doing very well.
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  • It's not just a democracy, it's almost anarchy.
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  • Because anybody can get their foot into the Knesset.
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  • Small parties, they all have a say.
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  • Religion in the Middle East is fundamentally different
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  • to Western perception of it.
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  • Here, religion and politics can't be separated.
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  • Jerusalem, the religious capital of the world,
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  • the homeland to the three monotheistic faiths,
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  • Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
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  • And yet, as you look around the Middle East,
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  • you realize that there was never really a separation
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  • between religion and politics.
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  • One of the fundamental difficulties
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  • that the Americans had when they came into Iraq,
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  • and I was there and very much involved in the process
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  • leading towards that, was they had no concept
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  • of the role of religion in Middle Eastern affairs.
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  • They kept talking about,
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  • "Oh, we believe in the separation of church and state,
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  • separation of religion and politics," whilst in reality,
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  • religion and state are more connected in America
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  • than almost any other country.
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  • You can see how every nation needs religious leadership.
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  • In Judaism, we say we're looking for the messianic age,
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  • that one day the Moshiach will come,
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  • that he will come first as Moshiach ben-Yosef,
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  • the servant Messiah,
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  • and then he'll come as Moshiach ben-David, the kingly Messiah.
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  • And so, even in Judaism, you have a certain messianic hope.
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  • In Christianity, you had that same messianic hope.
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  • We call it the Second Coming.
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  • And in Islam, you have the hope of the coming
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  • of the Twelfth Imam, who is called Madi.
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  • So, with all three communities, there is a messianic hope.
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  • Because I'm very much part of Israel and Iraq,
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  • I thought it'd be great to try and get a meeting together
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  • of Iraqis and Israelis.
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  • And at first, nobody wanted to do it.
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  • They all hated each other.
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  • But eventually, we did manage to bring them together for 3 days.
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  • After 3 days, I asked them, "Well, what?
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  • What has happened?"
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  • And one of the chief rabbis said,
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  • "I've been here for 3 days, and I've got 3 words to say:
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  • fear is canceled."
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  • One of the ayatollahs said, "I came here hating you Jews.
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  • I came here, I heard your story, I looked into your eyes,
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  • and you've become my friends."
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  • They're in close proximity, but they never know each other.
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  • You know, how many people from the west of Jerusalem here
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  • really know the people in Bethlehem or Ramallah.
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  • They live in closed-off worlds, amongst their own people.
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  • And yet, if they were to meet the other,
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  • they could love the other.
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  • I would state, first and foremost,
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  • we have got to love both Jew and Arab.
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  • So often, people think I'm on this side,
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  • or I'm on that side, and that is a devastating thing.
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  • We must begin to think about reaching out.
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  • Wherever we are, think, "Who is my supposed enemy here?
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  • Why are the Muslims seen like this?
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  • How can I reach out to them?"
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  • And I say when we meet, we must eat.
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  • There's always hospitality shown to us by the Muslim community.
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  • Whenever I go and see the ayatollah in Baghdad,
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  • he always cooks a whole sheep for me,
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  • which is a bit difficult when you're a vegetarian
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  • and you don't eat much anyway, but there it goes.
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  • I was down by the Jordan River,
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  • where there are literally thousands and thousands
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  • and thousands of mines from the 1967 war.
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  • There are seven churches in these minefields.
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  • Obviously, nobody can go to them.
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  • Peace involves putting an end to the pain of the past,
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  • the de-mining, but it also has to be active.
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  • We have to work towards trying to get peaceful situation.
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  • When religion goes wrong, it goes very wrong.
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  • And religion has become a weapon,
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  • and religion has become a means of hate, not of peace.
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  • And I have never forgotten the tragedy
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  • of the Christian attitude towards the Jewish people.
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  • And I have never stopped my fight of trying to look
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  • for a better way.
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  • Hostility, war, fraction, hatred,
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  • the opposite of peace is everything that causes division
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  • and breaks relationships.
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  • Peace is about restoration, wholeness, healing,
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  • and reconciliation.
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  • Peace is going to come to the man, to the holy one?
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  • No, I think there will always be opposition.
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  • But we have got to keep working for the peace of Jerusalem.
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  • "May they that love her prosper."
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  • Yes, we can clear out the mines which could kill people,
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  • but we need something to look forward to the future.
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  • (Mati) The Apostle Paul said in Hebrews 12:14,
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  • "Make every effort to live in peace with everyone."
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  • He continually encouraged believers to pursue peace
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  • and show love to their enemies.
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  • This is still the mandate of God's people today,
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  • for just as Jesus told his followers,
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  • "They will know you are my disciples
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  • by your love for one another."
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  • Gate's open.
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  • Yudah.
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  • - How are you? -- Good, good.
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  • Long time no see. So, how is the holiday?
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  • - It's going good. -- Yeah?
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  • - Yeah. -- You have a nice sukkot?
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  • (Avi Zimmerman) The notion of taking different societies,
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  • different mentalities, and different cultures,
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  • and trying to separate them with a document
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  • that's been engineered in an air-conditioned
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  • conference room somewhere else on planet earth
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  • is not going to work here.
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  • What's going to work here is from the ground up.
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  • Anything new going on here?
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  • Yeah, everything is doing well,
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  • we have a lot of work.
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  • (Avi) The term "settlement" is often used as a derogatory term
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  • to describe the Israeli communities
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  • east of the green line,
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  • in what the Israeli communities refer to themselves
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  • as Judea-Samaria,
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  • the heritage names of this region.
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  • Much of the world calls it the West Bank.
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  • When looking at this region from the outside in,
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  • people tend to see things through a conflict lens.
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  • They're looking at things, they are seeing conflict,
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  • they are looking for conflict, they're even feeding the fire.
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  • We go about our daily lives, living normally,
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  • kids go to school, adults go to work.
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  • That's true both for Israelis and for Palestinians.
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  • So, for us, it's not a conflict paradigm,
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  • it's a neighbor paradigm.
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  • (Yudah) Yeah, 85% local market,
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  • and around 15 to 20% export.
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  • (Avi) The Palestinian authority tried to forbid Palestinians
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  • from working in any of the industrial parks here.
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  • (Yudah) We have around 100 employees,
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  • 40 of them Israeli, 60 of them Palestinian.
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  • Here, we can find Israeli and Palestinian
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  • in a management position, or simple worker.
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  • All of them, Israeli and Palestinian,
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  • is dependent of the Israeli law, where all the social condition
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  • and salary condition is depending on the Israeli law.
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  • There is no difference between the people working here.
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  • Same salaries in there, and we have a wonderful time,
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  • and we send the people this year to Aqaba for 3 days,
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  • a vacation.
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  • The outside observer wants to put up
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  • these artificial walls here.
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  • They want to separate populations.
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  • They want everything to kind of fit into
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  • these neat little boxes,
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  • and they suggest all kinds of solutions
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  • or political solutions to move them in that direction
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  • 'cause they're trying to institutionalize the separation.
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  • The more that separation has taken hold,
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  • the less people have been able to have normal,
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  • organic interactions with one another.
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  • The spaces, the opportunity for overlap has been more limited.
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  • We'd like to see things moving in the other direction.
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  • (Yudah) This is Shimon, he's one of the oldest employees
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  • that I have in my company.
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  • And he works, hand by hand, with the Palestinian.
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  • And it's great for me, and great for them,
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  • and great for all of us.
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  • This guy is from--he's Palestinian, from Kalis.
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  • All of us like a big family.
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  • And I think you can get this relationship
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  • just in a place that we are working together.
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  • And our mission is to bring the company for the best result,
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  • and this is my target,
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  • and all of the workers are doing the best to get the best result
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  • because they know we have one big plate,
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  • all of us eating from this plate.
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  • And if we will succeed, they're getting more,
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  • I'm getting more, and all of us are living in a wonderful time.
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  • I am because of him.
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  • All the workers working with me, the company's success
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  • because of them, not because of me.
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  • Shimon is 73 years old, and I give him an opportunity
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  • to continue working until he says,
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  • "Yudah, it's enough for me."
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  • But I give him a nice car, I respect him a lot,
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  • and he's doing a wonderful job for me.
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  • What can I say?
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  • People with me can work until the day that they say enough.
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  • We're doing well, and I am at peace,
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  • they are at peace.
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  • And all of us, this is the hope, right?
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  • This is the hope between Israel and Palestinian,
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  • more and more places that they can work together,
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  • live together, and know each other,
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  • and bring the peace from the bottom.
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  • This is what we are doing.
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  • We are not politics, we are not speaking,
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  • we're just working and doing a good connection between people.
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  • This is the hope of the Middle East,
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  • Israeli and Palestinian, or Arabs and Israeli
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  • who have found a place to work together, to live together,
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  • and to find a way how to live and make peace.
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  • (Avi) I don't know a single person
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  • who doesn't want to live in peace.
  • 00:16:32.150 --> 00:16:34.280
  • But I also know too many politicians who use peace
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  • as a tagline for all sorts of other things.
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  • They're trying to advance a particular agenda.
  • 00:16:42.130 --> 00:16:44.250
  • They know their endgame, and the process
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  • isn't really all that relevant to them.
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  • (Yudah) I want to take you to the management room.
  • 00:16:48.280 --> 00:16:52.140
  • (Avi) When you speak about economic mutual interest
  • 00:16:52.150 --> 00:16:54.260
  • or mutual investment, you speak about health interest.
  • 00:16:54.270 --> 00:16:58.080
  • Everybody needs to be healthy.
  • 00:16:58.090 --> 00:16:59.260
  • It doesn't matter about the governments anymore,
  • 00:16:59.270 --> 00:17:01.200
  • it doesn't matter about the politicians
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  • or would-be solution makers,
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  • it matters about the real people on the ground level.
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  • We just speak about our life.
  • 00:17:08.090 --> 00:17:12.040
  • And what you can see here is the days
  • 00:17:12.050 --> 00:17:14.060
  • that we know how to take a day off.
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  • This is Lipski, this is Israeli and Palestinian together
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  • who know how to enjoy and to live together.
  • 00:17:20.130 --> 00:17:24.240
  • And this is from the--you see, that just 2 months ago,
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  • I took them to Aqaba.
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  • We're trying to create a situation where,
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  • at the Ariel Industrial Park,
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  • we can have not only Palestinian employees,
  • 00:17:35.190 --> 00:17:38.000
  • but also Palestinian factory owners as well.
  • 00:17:38.010 --> 00:17:41.110
  • We're trying to create a new entrepreneurship accelerator,
  • 00:17:41.120 --> 00:17:45.180
  • which will have joint Israeli and Palestinian teams working,
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  • coming up not only with the next business solutions
  • 00:17:48.240 --> 00:17:51.280
  • for the future,
  • 00:17:51.290 --> 00:17:53.080
  • but the next social action programs for the future as well.
  • 00:17:53.090 --> 00:17:56.230
  • Right there, I swim.
  • 00:17:56.240 --> 00:17:58.100
  • It's just you can see me here.
  • 00:17:58.110 --> 00:18:00.240
  • And some of them dived.
  • 00:18:00.250 --> 00:18:03.280
  • And look at us.
  • 00:18:03.290 --> 00:18:06.100
  • I think this is--first of all, Aqaba is a beautiful place.
  • 00:18:06.110 --> 00:18:10.210
  • And second, the people going because of the company,
  • 00:18:10.220 --> 00:18:17.210
  • to enjoy with their women and their--all of us
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  • doing the best to live well.
  • 00:18:25.010 --> 00:18:27.090
  • And all of that we can get just because we have
  • 00:18:27.100 --> 00:18:31.020
  • an industrial area of Palestinian or Israeli
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  • working together.
  • 00:18:33.080 --> 00:18:34.190
  • And we should increase this idea.
  • 00:18:34.200 --> 00:18:37.000
  • And maybe, as I said, the peace will come
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  • from the people and not from the leaders
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  • because the leaders don't want to do peace.
  • 00:18:42.030 --> 00:18:44.230
  • I can't tell you what the magic solution is
  • 00:18:46.020 --> 00:18:49.290
  • because I don't believe there's a magic solution.
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  • I believe that anyone who tells you that they know exactly
  • 00:18:52.120 --> 00:18:55.110
  • what needs to be done
  • 00:18:55.120 --> 00:18:56.210
  • doesn't know what needs to be done.
  • 00:18:56.220 --> 00:18:58.230
  • We just know that it has to happen organically,
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  • through the real human beings living here.
  • 00:19:01.280 --> 00:19:04.090
  • Peace is inevitable.
  • 00:19:04.100 --> 00:19:06.000
  • Peace is going to unfold, but it's going to happen
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  • not through a political process, but from a human process.
  • 00:19:08.270 --> 00:19:13.070
  • (Mati) Psalm 29:11 says, "The Lord gives strength to his people,
  • 00:19:15.080 --> 00:19:20.000
  • the Lord blesses his people with peace."
  • 00:19:20.010 --> 00:19:23.080
  • Peace is more than just the external result of unity.
  • 00:19:23.090 --> 00:19:26.180
  • Peace, shalom, is the internal strength
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  • that continues to carry God's people
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  • through seasons of persecution, conflict, and danger,
  • 00:19:31.190 --> 00:19:35.200
  • freeing the prisoners of fear
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  • and breaking the cycle of hate.
  • 00:19:37.130 --> 00:19:39.200
  • (Khader Khoury) I started as an assistant pastor in Gaza,
  • 00:19:40.240 --> 00:19:43.190
  • in Gaza Baptist Church.
  • 00:19:43.200 --> 00:19:45.030
  • About one million and a half people are living in Gaza.
  • 00:19:49.290 --> 00:19:55.080
  • Among all of them, 3.000 Christians
  • 00:19:55.090 --> 00:19:59.090
  • living as a minority in Gaza.
  • 00:19:59.100 --> 00:20:03.010
  • There is a kind of peace between Palestinian Muslim
  • 00:20:03.020 --> 00:20:07.060
  • and Palestinian Christian,
  • 00:20:07.070 --> 00:20:08.260
  • but when radical Islam came and people become
  • 00:20:08.270 --> 00:20:12.230
  • more close-minded, they thought that,
  • 00:20:12.240 --> 00:20:15.280
  • "This is our right, so you don't have rights."
  • 00:20:15.290 --> 00:20:19.090
  • They started to be more extreme, thinking that this
  • 00:20:19.100 --> 00:20:23.020
  • is what their God wanted them to be,
  • 00:20:23.030 --> 00:20:26.010
  • not in living in peace with Christians.
  • 00:20:26.020 --> 00:20:30.110
  • They make pressure over the Christian, like,
  • 00:20:30.120 --> 00:20:32.130
  • "You should believe in Islam."
  • 00:20:32.140 --> 00:20:34.240
  • They speak to you about Islam, and you don't able to say,
  • 00:20:34.250 --> 00:20:38.250
  • "I don't want to hear."
  • 00:20:38.260 --> 00:20:40.050
  • It wasn't before like this.
  • 00:20:40.060 --> 00:20:42.130
  • It wasn't before like this.
  • 00:20:42.140 --> 00:20:44.230
  • 00:20:44.240 --> 00:20:51.230
  • 00:20:51.240 --> 00:20:54.120
  • I love Gaza a lot.
  • 00:20:54.130 --> 00:20:55.220
  • I was praying for Gaza a lot.
  • 00:20:55.230 --> 00:20:58.140
  • I was interceding for Gaza a lot.
  • 00:20:58.150 --> 00:21:00.210
  • I was praying for his people a lot.
  • 00:21:00.220 --> 00:21:04.060
  • I was convincing people to stay in Gaza rather than
  • 00:21:04.070 --> 00:21:06.240
  • to go out of Gaza.
  • 00:21:06.250 --> 00:21:08.180
  • Even I will go, I thought I will go and return back.
  • 00:21:08.190 --> 00:21:13.140
  • If you live in Gaza, you live in a kind of phobia.
  • 00:21:13.150 --> 00:21:17.100
  • When you feel you are a minority,
  • 00:21:17.110 --> 00:21:19.040
  • you could give up to ask for your rights.
  • 00:21:19.050 --> 00:21:24.030
  • You try to compromise with everything,
  • 00:21:24.040 --> 00:21:28.030
  • with your faith even in order to live in the area.
  • 00:21:28.040 --> 00:21:32.220
  • And this will make you in a slave mentality,
  • 00:21:32.230 --> 00:21:36.280
  • like will let you feel like you are down and you are nothing.
  • 00:21:36.290 --> 00:21:42.130
  • I was making disciples for couples in the church,
  • 00:21:42.140 --> 00:21:45.140
  • and one of them, his name is Rami.
  • 00:21:45.150 --> 00:21:49.180
  • 00:21:49.190 --> 00:21:56.180
  • 00:21:56.190 --> 00:21:58.150
  • I started to see him more frightened.
  • 00:21:58.160 --> 00:22:00.280
  • He was in his office, in Bible Society in Gaza.
  • 00:22:00.290 --> 00:22:06.290
  • And somebody told him,
  • 00:22:07.000 --> 00:22:10.050
  • "Do you believe in the prophet Mohammed?"
  • 00:22:10.060 --> 00:22:11.280
  • He said, "I don't believe, actually.
  • 00:22:11.290 --> 00:22:17.060
  • It is not written in my book."
  • 00:22:17.070 --> 00:22:19.110
  • And then he said, "I will show you how to believe,"
  • 00:22:19.120 --> 00:22:22.190
  • and like he threatened Rami.
  • 00:22:22.200 --> 00:22:25.250
  • He was walking with his wife, and it felt like somebody
  • 00:22:25.260 --> 00:22:28.170
  • was following him,
  • 00:22:28.180 --> 00:22:29.270
  • so he was frightened when he came in group.
  • 00:22:29.280 --> 00:22:32.060
  • Next day, he was kidnapped.
  • 00:22:32.070 --> 00:22:35.100
  • When he was kidnapped, he called us
  • 00:22:35.110 --> 00:22:37.090
  • that he will come back.
  • 00:22:37.100 --> 00:22:38.190
  • And he called his wife, he told her the same.
  • 00:22:38.200 --> 00:22:41.200
  • At 3 a.m.,
  • 00:22:41.210 --> 00:22:45.080
  • he was killed.
  • 00:22:45.090 --> 00:22:48.210
  • I went to the hospital quickly and go to the morgue.
  • 00:22:48.220 --> 00:22:52.050
  • I was the first one to get in.
  • 00:22:52.060 --> 00:22:54.190
  • I was walking, and the blood, and I was like looking,
  • 00:22:54.200 --> 00:22:57.280
  • and I saw him, and he was the first martyr
  • 00:22:57.290 --> 00:23:01.000
  • actually in Gaza for Christians.
  • 00:23:01.010 --> 00:23:03.230
  • 00:23:03.240 --> 00:23:10.230
  • 00:23:10.240 --> 00:23:12.290
  • How much I live in this area,
  • 00:23:13.000 --> 00:23:14.220
  • how much I serve this area, how much I love those people,
  • 00:23:14.230 --> 00:23:18.130
  • how much I prayed for the people,
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  • like something broke in my heart because of this situation.
  • 00:23:20.250 --> 00:23:24.120
  • I am tempted to be pressure against Muslim,
  • 00:23:24.130 --> 00:23:27.220
  • against Jewish, against people, against everyone.
  • 00:23:27.230 --> 00:23:32.130
  • Conditionally, they are not worth to be loved,
  • 00:23:32.140 --> 00:23:34.090
  • like are not worth to be greeting.
  • 00:23:34.100 --> 00:23:37.240
  • If your heart not pure,
  • 00:23:40.160 --> 00:23:42.210
  • you will not be able to live freely with God.
  • 00:23:42.220 --> 00:23:46.100
  • I would still think about them, I would be a prisoner
  • 00:23:46.110 --> 00:23:48.260
  • under thinking a victim mentality.
  • 00:23:48.270 --> 00:23:52.020
  • He still loved them.
  • 00:23:52.030 --> 00:23:53.280
  • How I could hate them?
  • 00:23:53.290 --> 00:23:56.210
  • Why I just take one step, one thing and say,
  • 00:23:56.220 --> 00:24:00.200
  • like, "Lord, why?"
  • 00:24:00.210 --> 00:24:02.000
  • Because I don't see--I saw a piece of the puzzle.
  • 00:24:02.010 --> 00:24:04.200
  • I don't see all the puzzle, I don't see all the picture.
  • 00:24:04.210 --> 00:24:07.210
  • I should go still step in trusting him and trust his love.
  • 00:24:07.220 --> 00:24:12.220
  • His love not according to situation.
  • 00:24:12.230 --> 00:24:15.090
  • His love not according to the pressure around me.
  • 00:24:15.100 --> 00:24:19.170
  • If the Lord was doing a process with me,
  • 00:24:20.070 --> 00:24:23.120
  • even the hard people, he love them.
  • 00:24:23.130 --> 00:24:25.280
  • He's not happy of killing them.
  • 00:24:25.290 --> 00:24:28.070
  • He love to get them back.
  • 00:24:28.080 --> 00:24:30.200
  • This changed my heart to Muslims, actually.
  • 00:24:30.210 --> 00:24:35.040
  • He said, "Do you think that I am happy that they perish,
  • 00:24:35.050 --> 00:24:40.120
  • or they're killed?
  • 00:24:40.130 --> 00:24:42.060
  • I am more happy if they return back to me."
  • 00:24:42.070 --> 00:24:46.190
  • And now, establishing a new ministry in Bethlehem,
  • 00:24:46.200 --> 00:24:50.160
  • Beit Sahour, it's part of Bethlehem.
  • 00:24:50.170 --> 00:24:52.260
  • Beit Sahour means light to come.
  • 00:24:52.270 --> 00:24:56.180
  • I start to think of people who buy grapes,
  • 00:24:56.190 --> 00:24:59.190
  • I start to think about Muslims buying grapes,
  • 00:24:59.200 --> 00:25:01.260
  • think about Jews buying grapes.
  • 00:25:01.270 --> 00:25:04.070
  • I start to switch, to see them by the heart of the Father,
  • 00:25:04.080 --> 00:25:08.020
  • that he loved them and he want them
  • 00:25:08.030 --> 00:25:10.100
  • to be in his community, in his kingdom.
  • 00:25:10.110 --> 00:25:13.040
  • My family name is Khoury, means priest.
  • 00:25:14.130 --> 00:25:18.170
  • From my family line came about 34 Orthodox priest.
  • 00:25:18.180 --> 00:25:23.250
  • Maybe I break the line, but the first pastor in this family,
  • 00:25:23.260 --> 00:25:27.100
  • but I believe the Lord lists the inheritance of faith.
  • 00:25:27.110 --> 00:25:32.180
  • The Lord said, "My peace I give
  • 00:25:32.190 --> 00:25:34.270
  • is different than the peace of the world."
  • 00:25:34.280 --> 00:25:37.220
  • And his peace coming through trusting him,
  • 00:25:37.230 --> 00:25:42.000
  • how much we love him, we trust him,
  • 00:25:42.010 --> 00:25:44.150
  • how much peace come in.
  • 00:25:44.160 --> 00:25:46.240
  • (Mati) Our world is full of conflict.
  • 00:25:47.210 --> 00:25:49.170
  • We have warring nations, ideologies,
  • 00:25:49.180 --> 00:25:51.150
  • governments, and people groups.
  • 00:25:51.160 --> 00:25:53.130
  • Most days, peace seems out of our reach,
  • 00:25:53.140 --> 00:25:56.080
  • especially here in the Middle East.
  • 00:25:56.090 --> 00:25:58.000
  • But in reality, this land is the birthplace of peace.
  • 00:25:58.010 --> 00:26:01.250
  • When Jesus was born, the heavens invaded the earth
  • 00:26:01.260 --> 00:26:04.090
  • with a resounding sound of shalom.
  • 00:26:04.100 --> 00:26:07.020
  • "Peace on earth," the angels declared
  • 00:26:07.030 --> 00:26:08.180
  • the night Christ was born.
  • 00:26:08.190 --> 00:26:10.240
  • The Bible calls him the prince of peace.
  • 00:26:10.250 --> 00:26:13.000
  • And according to the prophet Isaiah,
  • 00:26:13.010 --> 00:26:14.260
  • the government rests on his shoulder.
  • 00:26:14.270 --> 00:26:17.140
  • This is still true today.
  • 00:26:17.150 --> 00:26:19.090
  • Jesus Christ came into our troubled world,
  • 00:26:19.100 --> 00:26:21.130
  • and he overcame it so that shalom
  • 00:26:21.140 --> 00:26:24.040
  • might echo in our hearts here on earth
  • 00:26:24.050 --> 00:26:26.030
  • and for all eternity.
  • 00:26:26.040 --> 00:26:28.110
  • I leave you with a psalm penned by King David,
  • 00:26:28.120 --> 00:26:30.180
  • a blessing over the city, and indeed a prayer for Israel.
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  • "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
  • 00:26:33.240 --> 00:26:35.270
  • "May they prosper who love you.
  • 00:26:35.280 --> 00:26:37.230
  • "May peace be within your walls
  • 00:26:37.240 --> 00:26:39.200
  • "and prosperity within your palaces.
  • 00:26:39.210 --> 00:26:42.000
  • "For the sake of my brothers and friends,
  • 00:26:42.010 --> 00:26:43.290
  • "I will now say may peace be within you.
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  • "For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
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  • I will seek your good."
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