HERE TO LISTEN TO:
ALAN KEYES' MESSAGE FROM JERUSALEM TO MESORA
AUGUST 1, 2002 - EXCLUSIVE FROM ISRAEL
Dear Rabbi Ben-Chaim:
It was a glorious day today in Israel. Our first full day
here without a bombing of innocents by radical Islamists! It
is difficult to wrap your mind around the constant threat of
attack that looms over Israel on a day-to-day basis as people
go about their daily lives. When you walk the streets of Jerusalem,
it is beyond comprehension that many times and many days have
held forth terrorists exploding bombs and killing people as they
walked the streets just as you are doing.
First I'd like to apologize for the lack of pictures of our
opening events of the day, and more extensive coverage of our
tour of Old Jerusalem. A large portion of the pictures from the
day somehow disappeared during the upload.
We began the day with a stroll to the King David Hotel. It
is a beautiful old structure that is the picture of elegance.
Ambassador Keyes gave a speech to a Los Angeles-based group,
Stand With Us, that is here in Israel on a unity mission. We
kept running across people from this group all day! They certainly
made their presence known in Israel.
After getting our blood circulating with the rousing speech,
we moved to a private area of the hotel for an interview with
a Christian leader in the West Bank. The Ambassador conducted
an interview with this man, but we had to take measures to assure
his anonymity. He is under constant threat of reprisals for speaking
He spoke about the desperate situation for Arab Christians
in the Palestinian-controlled areas. Most Christian leaders have
been forced to support Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority.
They find themselves in the awkward position of having to treat
the Old Testament of the Bible as a history book instead of God's.
The minister in our interview has refused to align himself with
Arafat and the PA in denouncing history and God's Truth. His
small church has been bombed 14 times since the year 2000. They
are desperate. We will be introducing him soon to Christian leaders
in the United States to help spread the word of their plight.
After this interview, Ambassador Keyes left us to go alone
with the IDF by helicopter to the border by Lebanon. There was
limited room in the helicopter, so he went with the IDF and one
cameraman who recorded the flight. The interviews and footage
of our trip will be made available soon either by broadcast or
by video. Mesora will have all of the details as soon as they
I spoke with the Ambassador upon his return. He told me of
some of the information he could share about the skirmishes taking
place quite frequently on the border. There is no longer a situation
of calm on the border with Lebanon, orchestrated by Syria.
As Ambassador Keyes spent his day in flight over the border,
I spent the day with Mrs. Keyes in Old Jerusalem. The Western
Wall is magnificent. As you touch the wall, you can feel your
prayers uniting with the millions of prayers that have been offered
here. It is the closest that Jews and Gentiles are allowed to
get to the Temple Mount. Only Arabs are allowed to visit the
Mount. We asked our guide to take us to the entrance to see if
we could try to get through, but he refused. He said we would
more than likely be shot by Arabs if we entered the area. Unreal.
We then toured the extensive tunnels underneath the Old City.
What a marvel of the architecture of the centuries is found here.
One of the most amazing feats was Solomon's underground pipeline
and aqueduct system that stretched all the way from Bethlehem
to the First Temple in Jerusalem that provided water for the
Temple. There is also a natural aqueduct system found beneath
the city that Solomon built upon.
We have provided pictures of some of the stops along the way
in the tunnels.
We also visited many of the temples and churches but sadly
these were among the pictures that were lost.
Tomorrow Ambassador Keyes will meet with Former Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, then attend a reception with the Mayor Olmert
of Jerusalem, before returning to the United States.
It has been an enlightening, informative and engaging experience
for all of us.
We hope that you have enjoyed our reports, but would like
to let you know that there will be much more to come for the
readers of Mesora once we get back to the United States and can
put the efforts to work giving you clips of interviews, transcripts
and sound files that limited time here in Israel prohibited on
Thank you for sharing our experiences with us.