WorldNetDaily’s Jerusalem Bureau Chief Aaron Klein and ABC Radio’s John Batchelor tonight will talk to the leader of the notorious 2002 siege of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity on Batchelor’s nationally syndicated radio show.
The segment with the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade’s Jihad Jaara will air at 11:05 p.m. EST.
Jaara, now living in exile in Ireland, gave an exclusive interview yesterday to WorldNetDaily regarding the siege in which members of his group and other terror organizations holed up inside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem while fleeing a massive Israeli anti-terror operation. One of Christianity’s most sacred sites, the church is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus.
Israel surrounded the church area but refused to storm the structure. Gunmen inside included wanted senior Hamas, Tzanim and Brigades terrorists reportedly involved in suicide bombings and shooting attacks. Over 200 nuns and priests were trapped in the Church after Israeli hostage negotiators failed to secure their release.
The siege ended after 39 days, when mediators agreed 13 senior terrorists would be deported to European countries, 26 would be transported to the Gaza Strip, and the remaining gunmen would be freed.
Batchelor, New York City’s No. 1 rated nighttime talk-show host, quickly achieved the highest ratings on WABC-AM during the aftermath of 9-11 with his insightful and passionate debate surrounding the war on terrorism. Batchelor began national syndication in March 2003, and can now be heard on over 30 affiliated stations, including WABC 770 in New York, WMAL 630 in Washington, WKRO 680 in Boston and WWBA 1040 in Tampa – all of which provide Internet links for listening to the program online.
His show covers a wide variety of topics – from military battles, presidential campaigns, planetary exploration and Hollywood politicos, to Batchelor’s own international travel. He has broadcast from all corners of the world and regularly brings on guests from New York, Jerusalem, Des Moines, Kazakhstan, Manchester, Morocco, Boston, Taipei, Washington and Baghdad.
Klein and Batchelor last month broadcast from various Mideast hot spots and interviewed some of the area’s top newsmakers. They made news themselves after Klein was denied a journalist visa to broadcast with Batchelor in Syria.
A regular WND reader, Batchelor has published seven political novels, as well as the best-known history of the Republican Party, “Ain’t You Glad You Joined the Republicans?”
Klein, who serves as special co-host, joins Batchelor regularly throughout the week to discuss his WND reports and offer the latest information on events in the Middle East, with particular emphasis on Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Jordan. Klein usually appears in the 10:50 p.m. Eastern time slot during weekdays at a rate determined by the news cycle.
For more information about Batchelor, or to listen online, visit the show’s interactive website. To request Batchelor in your area, contact your ABC affiliate manager at (212) 735-1700.