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Boundaries and Barriers

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April 11, 2017
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Why Israel Matters

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Boundaries and Barriers

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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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  • (narrator) From ancient history to modern day,
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  • the boundaries and borders of Israel
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  • have stirred great passion and debate.
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  • Often the Western world seeks to oversimplify
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  • this complex issue, and as a result,
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  • they miss the big picture.
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  • Here are three stories that explore Israel's borders
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  • and boundaries.
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  • (female announcer) This is Israel, a story told through maps.
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  • Ancient history reveals a land promised
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  • to the Hebrews in 1200 B.C.
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  • After that, things get fuzzy.
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  • Empires rise and fall,
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  • and as one foreign power conquers another,
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  • Israel's borders and boundaries blur.
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  • By 1920, the land is controlled by the British,
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  • and it is called Palestine,
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  • based on a name given by the Roman Empire
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  • in the 2nd century.
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  • The British have declared it the Jewish homeland.
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  • And then in 1947, the UN votes in favor of a plan
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  • for Jews and Arabs to divide the land.
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  • The Jewish side accepted the land,
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  • the Arabs launched a war.
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  • Now, this is Israel, according to the map.
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  • Get ready, because it changes.
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  • Israel won her war of independence.
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  • Then in 1949, armistice agreements
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  • paused the conflict and drew a line
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  • that marks today's West Bank.
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  • But there were more battles,
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  • like the Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War.
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  • Negotiations and withdrawals have failed to bring
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  • lasting peace in Israel,
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  • and today the issue is more complex
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  • because for the last century,
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  • opposing peoples have made their homes
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  • in a contested strip of land.
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  • Within Israel's state lines, the boundaries are still blurry,
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  • but one thing is clear,
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  • the pathway to peace is not on a map.
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  • [speaking foreign language]
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  • (narrator) We like to draw lines:
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  • political, religious, ethnic, economic.
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  • It's human nature.
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  • And while borders and boundaries are necessary and important,
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  • they come with a side effect.
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  • They keep us apart.
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  • They become barriers,
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  • not just physically, but mentally.
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  • And sometimes mental barriers are even more challenging
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  • to overcome than the ones found on a map.
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  • Even still, there's a cross-section
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  • of Israeli society that is looking beyond the barriers
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  • to see the people on the other side.
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  • (narrator) People like Yuval Roth are crossing borders
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  • in more ways than one.
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  • He represents many Israelis who are working to wash away
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  • the stains of this region's blood-soaked past.
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  • Although for many,
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  • the past is the most difficult barrier to surmount,
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  • the history of this region is riddled with war.
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  • Israel has claimed land and then given away land
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  • in pursuit of peace countless times,
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  • but time itself tells the story of a conflict
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  • that has not been fully resolved.
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  • Negotiations have failed, lives have been lost,
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  • and yet we hold onto the hope that even time can be redeemed.
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  • [siren sounding]
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  • [siren sounding]
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  • While there's much controversy and confusion
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  • surrounding the borders and boundaries
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  • of this small stretch of land, one thing is clear,
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  • God's love for Israel is unending.
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  • (narrator) In Psalm 132, God calls Zion his resting place forever.
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  • Even still, the love of God knows no boundaries.
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  • It transcends all barriers and extends to all people.
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  • As followers of Christ, we are often called
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  • to cross borders to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
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  • Whether it's a physical country or reaching out
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  • over cultural fences,
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  • following Jesus' example just may lead us
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  • across the lines our societies love to draw.
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  • May we all live to bring the good news beyond borders,
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  • boundaries, and barriers.
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  • I leave you with a psalm penned by King David,
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  • a blessing over the city,
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  • and indeed a prayer for Israel.
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  • "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
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  • "'May they prosper who love you.
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  • "'May peace be within your walls
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  • "and prosperity within your palaces.'
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  • "For the sake of my brothers and friends,
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  • "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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  • (female announcer) Thank you for watching "Why Israel Matters."
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