Against All Odds: Israel Survives - 13 Episode Series - VOD
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Against All Odds: Israel Survives - 13 Episode Series - VOD


The complete 13-part cable network series that asks the powerful question: Is Israel the place of miracles?

Modern day Israel is truly a divine wonder of the current age. How has it trumphed through four major wars and survived relentless terrorist attacks? Meet the actual people who lived through what can only be described as miracles of Biblical proportions, and share their remarkable stories in this 13-episode series.

Even cynics will be challenged by this extraordinary journey through Israel's turbulent history to explore incredible documented stories which helped create and preserve modern Israel. This stirring 13-part live-action series dramatizes awe-inspiring incidents that pose the question: Does a divine power continue to uphold the country?

Disc 1: Episodes 1-3

  • Ep. 1 The AssignmentJournalist Michael Greenspan (CNN) accepts an intriguing assignment to investigate recorded instances of supernatural phenomena which helped create and preserve modern Israel. Greenspan meets Yom Kippur War tank commander David Yaniv, who recalls how he and his men were miraculously saved when a mysterious wind exposed thousands of explosives in the minefield in which they were stranded.
  • Ep. 2 Miracle at Michmash: Michael Greenspan investigates two battles that occurred at Michmash 2,000 years apart. During World War I, British Major Vivian Gilbert is sent to rout the Turkish garrison in an assault on Jericho. The night before, he reads the Biblical account of Saul and Jonathan, who, in 1050 B.C., were camped in the same place, facing a garrison of 30,000 Philistines. Gilbert follows their unorthodox battle plan, leading to improbable victory.
  • Ep. 3 Shula - The Girl Who Became a Spy: In this powerful episode, Michael Greenspan meets 85-year-old Shula Cohen, who became a spy for Israel in 1948 in Beirut, where her access to Lebanese and Syrian social circles gave her unprecedented access to vital intelligence information. She endures seven years of imprisonment, torture, and abuse before a prisoner exchange in the aftermath of the Six-Day War frees her.

Disc 2: Episodes 4-6

  • Ep. 4 The Miracle of Survival - Hitler and the HolocaustMichael Greenspan visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum outside Jerusalem, where he reflects on the history and legacy of one of the most devastating events in history. Nobel Prize-winner Elie Wiesel is featured in this moving episode that honors those whose sacrifice made the miracle of modern Israel possible.
  • EP. 5 A Boy Named EzraThis compelling episode dramatizes the incredible story of Ezra Yakhin, who, as a teenager, joined freedom fighters resisting the British occupation of Palestine. His mother prays that her son will never be seen by enemy soldiers. To his amazement, Ezra miraculously escapes detection by the British, time and again. This episode also chronicles the obstacles that stood in the way of the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the years before 1948.
  • EP. 6 The Miracle of '48: Israel’s founding Prime Minister David Ben Gurion once said, “To live in Israel without believing in miracles is not practical.” In this stirring episode, Michael Greenspan interviews freedom fighters and war veterans who recount Israel’s triumph against all odds in its war for independence from the British and the Arab enemies determined to destroy the new homeland.


Disc 3: Episodes 7-9

  • EP. 7 1967: Whether or not one believes in miracles, Israel’s stunning victory in the Six-Day War was certainly against all odds. This inspiring episode contains dramatizations of stories associated with the return of Jerusalem to Jewish hands for the first time since its fall to the Romans in 70 A.D. Among them is a remarkable account of how an outnumbered Israeli squad is saved when enemy troops flee after claiming to see the spirit of Abraham.
  • EP. 8 A Warrior Named KahalaniThe Yom Kippur War of 1973 was the ultimate David and Goliath story, as Israel faced certain annihilation from a coalition of Arab forces led by Egypt and Syria. Avigdor Kahalani, one of Israel’s most decorated and beloved war heroes, shares his own incredible stories of survival and miraculous victory. This moving program climaxes with an emotional visit by Michael Greenspan to the Memorial Wall of Remembrance at the Armored Corps Museum at Latrun.
  • EP. 9 The People of the Book Come HomeSome miracles are so big they can only be appreciated when viewed across a sweep of history. One of these is the gathering of Jewish people from around the world to recreate Israel as a sovereign nation after more than 2,000 years in exile. Israeli citizens share firsthand knowledge about what it means to live in the land of their forefathers. Rabbi Israel Lau describes the sense of coming home, with his own story of survival from the Holocaust, and Russian Jews reflect on their escape from the tyranny of Communism.

Disc 4: Episodes 10-12

  • EP. 10 A Place of MiraclesIs Israel a place of miracles? From ordinary Israeli citizens to Israel Lau, the chief rabbi of Tel Aviv, Michael Greenspan continues his investigation into whether Israel’s survival is the result of human courage, foresight and wisdom, or the work of God.
  • EP. 11 Myths or Miracles?Strange beings wielding flaming swords foil marauding Arabs in their attempt to destroy a Jewish community. Thousands of storks suddenly appear to devour locusts plaguing a farming village. These are not stories from the Bible. They reportedly happened in 20th century Israel! Michael Greenspan talks to those connected with these and other incredible events that encourage him to open his eyes and heart to the possibility of miracles.
  • EP. 12 Rescue at EntebbeScenes from the Oscar-nominated film, “Operation Thunderbolt” dramatize the harrowing 1976 hostage crisis when Arab terrorists seized Air France Flight 139. The subject of miracles and faith take a personal meaning when Michael Greenspan interviews Sarah Davidson, former hostage and Chicki Shani, who piloted the Hercules plane that brought a crack team of Israel soldiers to Entebbe airport for a daring rescue mission.

Disc 5: Episode 13 plus Extra Feature

EP 13. In Search of a Miracle: In this inspiring final episode, Michael Greenspan reflects on the remarkable people he has met and the incredible stories he has heard. Before returning to America, he visits a synagogue for the first time since he was a boy, and draws his final conclusion about miracles in this ancient land with its kaleidoscope of people and lifestyles.

Extra Feature (available only DVD): Series writer and director Tom Ivy hosts Against All Odds: The Making Of A Miracle, a fascinating behind the scenes look at the creation of this extraordinary exploration of fact and faith.

Disc 6: Against All Odds - Feature Film

This feature film version captures all the powerful drama and uplifting spirit of the stirring 13-part series. Gripping dramatizations, eyewitness accounts, and interviews with historians and religious leaders etch a fascinating portrait of a nation's soul.

***Note - Some Material may not be suitable for children.

DVD Extras:

Extra Feature: Photo Gallery

Against All Odds: Israel Survives 13 Episode Series VOD Details:

Closed Captions: No
Languages: English
Product Release Date:
Length/Run Time: 540 minutes
Produced By: Questar, Inc.
Directed By: Tom Ivy
Public Performance Rights: Questar

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5 of 5 Stars! Against All Odds: Israel Survives - 13 Episode Series - VODJoseph Grady I, 03/19/2009
What a great set! This series is phenomenal. It is very well presented, very informative, and highly entertaining. I watched the entire series over a couple of days because it was so interesting. The episodes were very diverse in topics and all were well done. It showed how miracles can sometimes be subtle things. I had never really grasped the full implications of some of the events which I already knew about such as the raid on Entebbe or how modern Israel uses Hebrew.
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Vinson-Ahna B: This is a series you can watch again. They repeated some footage but still a good series. Apr 25, 2017
Rebecca W: For a Jewish friend who do not know the Lord. Feb 7, 2017
Jamie E: This is the most telling story on Israel's survival against all odds. God has always protected them. Jan 11, 2017
susan R: I have seen this series on television and am pleased to know I can purchase them to share with others.They show that miracles still happen in Israel and that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps! Dec 28, 2016
Marlene W: It was recommended by a friend who watched the series on TV. May 2, 2016
Linda S: This is a GREAT series! Everyone should watch these inspirational stories of Divine Intervention on behalf of Israel. Jan 29, 2016
Marilynn A: Because I love and believe in God's purpose for Israel and spent 14 years there serving the land. Nov 23, 2015
Janet S: These videos reveal a portion of God's beautiful plan. Jul 27, 2014
Kristin M: Positive recommendations from fellow church member May 9, 2013
Ronald B: saw on tv Feb 12, 2013
Sheri R: What amazing stories of how God has intervened and protected Israel. one can learn a great deal through watching these dvds.. Dec 13, 2012
Keiko S: A preacher recommended me Nov 10, 2012
ashok s: As a christian,i am fascinated by ISRAEL & her struggle for survival.... Nov 9, 2012
James B: An excellent series of how God restored the nation of Israel, and God's miraculous interventions on Israel's behalf. Aug 27, 2012
Mary P: I had heard this (a radio program, I believe): a documentary about things concerning Israel ---man who came into Israel walking and there were mine fields and a wind came up and removed dirt to expose the mines. This interested me and that's why I wanted to get this. I didn't know it was a series; but am sure all this will be interesting. I can't wait to watch! Jul 17, 2012
thomas m: I just watched this movie about Cohon on Christian channel and I do like to watch more movies like that one. Apr 19, 2012
Kelly H: I chose this series for its educational value for myself and my family. Feb 15, 2012
Mary D: I understand God's love for Isreal and when I viewed this on John Hagee's program I was in haste to hear this powerful story. I stood on that spot in the Goland Heights in 1990 and I can feel the spirit from that place....did not know of this story...powerful....I am blessed and will share with others. Mary Jane Dalgleish austin tx. Feb 2, 2012
christine s: It was highly recommended by a Christian friend. We both have a special love for our Israelie brothers and sisters and know that throughout history God has always had his hand on them. I want to be able to sit with my family and watch the DVD's so my children will understand the way God protects and cares for his people in miraculous ways. Jan 13, 2012
Lydie I: Fascinated about this part of the world and its special place in God's economy! Dec 11, 2011
Thomas J: I want to know more gods chosen people and the promised land. Dec 4, 2011
Deborah K: Saw some reviews on John Hagee show with the producer. Looks fantastic! Apr 28, 2011
Christian W. E. M: I cannot buy it in Germany, but i think it is a very good documentary series, - i'm interisting in the true History of Israel
(not in the wrong propaganda of thier enemies)
Nov 17, 2010
A shopper asked: This movie is confirming of the Biblical view of Israel? Feb 21, 2013
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Gadi B asked: I'm considering buying this DVD for an Israeli friend who is not Christian, and I'm wondering if this would make a good gift, if there's anything in it they might find offensive.
Thank you.
Nov 26, 2010
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Tom I: Hi...My name is Tom Ivy and I wrote and directed all 13 episodes, living in Israel for a year during the production. The episodes are all Jewish stories except for the story of the British army's liberation of the Holy Land during World War I - and specifically Major Vivian Gilbert's capture of the Turkish garrison at Micmash using a strategy used by Saul and Jonathan. The dramas are mostly told in Hebrew with English subtitles - and I was very careful to respect our Jewish friends - all of whom were very impressed with the result. I would say it is a great statement of the power of God over the people of Israel - it is NOT in any way a Christian evangelistic tool - except that it would definitely encourage someone to investigate their faith and its personal relevancy if they are a Jew or Christian. Your Jewish friends will like this very much. Hope this comment helps. If you get it and get comments, I'd love to hear about your experience. You can send me an email at our website - just google the ivy company. - tom Apr 28, 2014
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mary u: Shalom Gadi!

Sorry it has taken so long for a reply, but wanted to ask others who also saw the DVDs their input too. We all agree this would make a great 'stepping stone' to start with. The first DVD especially. There have been so many miracles by the Lord for His people and these DVDs just share some. I do not believe your friend would find them offensive. I hope you will be able to view them with him also.

Mary Ulrich
Dec 27, 2010
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Jeremy W: We have not viewed all of the series. Thus far, we have seen 5 of the 13 episodes and it presents that God has miraculously brought about and preserved the current state of Israel without going into the roots of Christianity or discussion of Jesus thus far. It appeals to both Christians and Jews. It is very historically enlightening and pro-Israel. I highly recommend it to you. I think your friend would value it as a gift. Nov 27, 2010
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Ellen K: This would be an excellent DVD for any Israeli to see because it reveals some facts in Israeli history that would make an Israeli proud to be a Jew. I think it would make the viewer less complacent and more willing to fight for their faith. Also, I think it would cause one to take more of an interest in what is going on in Israel today. One definately learns from this DVD what the news media will never report. Nov 26, 2010
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Brenda R: It is my opinion your friend will be intrigue by "Against All Odds." I viewed the series through a Christian perspective and not a Jew, however I don't think there is anything that will offend your friend, if anything it will make him proud to be Jewish. I have found this series to be a powerful witnessing tool. I pray this helps you.

In Christ Jesus,
Nov 26, 2010
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Eva S: I don't think there's anything they could take offense to, unless they were very sensitive. Just keep in mind though that it WAS made by Christians, from a Christian prospective, but it does try to be objective. If anything they would just find that they don't agree with all the material. A muslim might find it offensive, but most Jews won't... Nov 26, 2010
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Linda S: We enjoyed watching this series. It would make a good gift. It is not offensive to an unbeliever. The point is that God STILL does miracles on behalf of Israel. I say, Go for it! :-) Nov 26, 2010
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Vicky asked: Who are the actors in this series, please (or the main ones)? I need to cite the information on a Social Studies school project. Thank you. Mar 1, 2017
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Jamie E: These are based on true events that happened. I do not know the narrators name but these are documentaries and depict the real people involved. This is based on history and that God does lover over Israel other wise you cannot believe that thank God they are still here. I am so thankful for these DVD's. My original one that I gave away was on separate disc and these are all on one. Mar 1, 2017
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John w: Excellent Mar 1, 2017
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