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Friday, September 12, 2014

Jerusalem Dateline Show: The Strategy against ISIS

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: President Obama's strategy to take on Jihadis in Iraq and Syria.

And what a caliphate means to the Muslim world.

Plus, Israelis see the radical Islamic threat just across their border.

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Jerusalem Dateline Show: Expanding ISIS Threat

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: The expanding threat of the ISIS army may be headed closer to Israel.

Plus, we take a look at the Christian ministry that brings spiritual and physical relief to Iraq refugees fleeing the jihadist army's onslaught.

Also, we examine why some are blaming the Obama administration's foreign policy for many of the crises around the world.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Islam 101: What is a Caliphate?

"O Muslims everywhere, glad tidings to you and expect good. Raise your head high, for today – by Allah's grace – you have a state and khilafah, which will return your dignity, might, rights, and leadership." Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, July 20, 2014

For some Muslims, the announcement of a Muslim caliphate by Al-Baghdadi of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – which became the Islamic State – was a dream come true.

But what is a caliphate? What's its history?

A while ago, we sat down with Professor Moshe Sharon, one of the leading experts on Islam in the world. In this segment, he explained the history of the caliphate and why many Muslims see the restoration of the caliphate as their ultimate goal.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Jerusalem Dateline Show: What Did Israel Gain with the Ceasefire?

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Israel agrees to a ceasefire, but what did it gain by ending the fight with Hamaspp>

Plus, we'll talk with the Vicar of Baghdad about the desolation of Christians in Iraq.

And, the shocking reason Jews are fleeing France.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Death on the ISIS Highway

We drove through the main highway in the Kurdish town of Mukhmur. Suddenly our guide noticed a few cars that pulled off the side of the road. Several drivers had already gotten out.

They saw something. Someone.

We pulled over and followed them down to the center of attention. It … he was a dead ISIS fighter. Several Peshmerga (Kurdish soldiers) gathered around the corpse. Then two camera crews joined the group. Some took pictures and videos on their iPhones. The fighter looked like a young man, maybe early twenties.

His singed body, with bullet holes in his hand, lay in the unforgiving Iraqi sun. It had begun to stiffen. He died one day earlier when the Peshmerga drove ISIS from this battleground town.

Suddenly ISIS -- this terror group I’d seen mainly in propaganda videos -- became more real … and more vulnerable.

Death rides on the ISIS highway but usually they’re in the killing driver’s seat -- beheading journalists like James Foley or murdering Christians, Yazidis, and the rest of Iraq’s religious mosaic.

Now one ISIS fighter lay fallen in this latest Middle East battlefield.

I wondered, “What possesses a young man to live and die for ISIS’s barbaric goals?” Those goals demand conversion to Islam or death … those goals exile multitudes from ancient homelands … and those goals declare a utopian Islamic caliphate where the infidel is persona non grata or dead.

ISIS divides the world into two classes: the true believer and the infidel (many times other Muslims) where they live as second class citizens or not at all.

From where does such venom arise?

Dr. Sarah Ahmad, from the Foundation for Reconciliation and Relief in the Middle East, has been privy to many horrific ISIS stories.

As an example, she told us that abducted women are used as sex slaves and scheduled at different times of the day with various ISIS men.

"It's just so hard to hear all these stories and imagine a human being doing this. It's so hard. It's the work of the devil," she concluded.

Paul reminds us in Ephesians, "We fight not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities, rulers of this world darkness and wicked spirits in heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12)

It is the devil.

A mad, diabolical, demonic idea drives the men of ISIS and along with a growing military machine this idea is sweeping across much of the Levant.

The world is witnessing the emergence of a malevolence not yet seen in our time.

Well-armed, well-financed and well-motivated, they’re doing what no one thought they could. They’ve declared a caliphate, a region ruled by Islam’s Sharia law. They’ve announced they’re coming after the United States. Their ultimate goal remains a world under the heel of Islam.

God forbid they acquire a weapon of mass destruction.

Their murderous rampages seem like death itself, with its sickle stalking the killing fields of what used to be Syria and Iraq.

Will the world rise up to this challenge of our age? We will see.

Later on we drove by where our young ISIS terrorist lay. A pile of dirt covered his body … an ignominious end to a wasted life.

Tragically it’s a fate too many lives in this chaotic Middle East have met. Whether it’s a dead ISIS fighter on the side of the road or the tragic end of journalist James Foley, death rides on the ISIS highway.

Lest we lose hope, thankfully, Paul also reminds us in Ephesians 6:13, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Jerusalem Dateline Show: Back Into Gaza

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Israel goes back into Gaza to finish the war with Hamas.

Also, in Iraq, hear survivors' horror stories as ISIS targets non-Muslims.

And, the West's newest threat.UK, European, and even U.S. Muslims are fighting with ISIS. What happens when they return home?

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Friday, August 08, 2014

Jerusalem Dateline Show: War With Hamas

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: What is missing from the reporting in Gaza? We take a look at the media's lopsided coverage of Israel's war with Hamas.

Also, Hamas hides behind mosques and churches to launch their attack against Israel.

Finally, Israel joins forces with Egypt and Saudi Arabia in a strange new alliance to fight Iran.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Smoking Gun: Captured Hamas Manual Instructs on Benefits of Human Shields

IDF forces in the Gaza Strip found a Hamas manual on “Urban Warfare,” which belonged to the Shuja’iya Brigade of Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades.

The manual explains how the civilian population can be used against IDF forces and reveals that Hamas knows the IDF is committed to minimizing harm to civilians.

Chris Mitchell explains more on what this manual says about the use of human shields.

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Jerusalem Dateline Show: The UN and Israel

This week on Jerusalem Dateline: Why does the international body target the Jewish state while seemingly giving Hamas a free pass?

Israeli soldiers say Hamas fighters are hiding behind women and children.

Plus, from the Gaza Strip, ordinary people speak out against the Hamas regime and call for peace with Israel.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The 3 Types of Hamas Terror Tunnels

Israel says one of the main objectives of its war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip is to dismantle the terror tunnels.

Avital Leibovitz, director of the American Jewish Committee and former IDF spokeswoman, says there are three types of terror tunnels:

1. Those that hide Hamas leaders
2. Those that hide Hamas rockets
3. Those that are used to attack Israelis.

Watch as Leibovitz explains more.

Media Coverage
Social media is a new battleground in the current Israeli operation against Hamas, Leibovits explains below

Who is Hamas?
Just who is Hamas? Leibovitz offers more insight.

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