August 24th, 2011
05:46 PM ET

Glenn Beck hosts pro-Israel rally in Jerusalem

American conservative star Glenn Beck hosted a pro-Israel rally with overt Christian overtones in Jerusalem on Wednesday, calling on people around the world to stand with the Jewish state at time when it is facing mounting criticism.

"In Israel, there is more courage in one small square mile than in whole of Europe," Beck said in a politically charged speech at the event. "In Israel, there is more courage in one soldier than in the cold heart of every bureaucrat at the U.N."

At a rally that drew heavily on support from Christian Zionists, Beck's speech was laced with biblical references and apocalyptic phrasing.

"The threats are mounting, and evil is growing; darkness is falling," he said. "Far too many politicians are just too willing to look away. They have turned day into night, good into evil; they have changed the very meaning of our words."

The rally was applauded by some conservative Israelis but was received with mixed emotions in much of the Jewish community.

Read more about the controversy surrounding the event.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Israel • Middle East

soundoff (426 Responses)
  1. Dave

    Please tell me Beck is actually a performance artist....
    So humiliating.

    August 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  2. Mark

    Like Israel, but Glenn Beck is still a closet hom o with no brains.

    August 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • nown

      Don't you have to be in the closet to see who's in the closet?

      August 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  3. Isolate

    Desperate to stay in the limelight by any means necessary. I'm glad he lost the Muammar Gaddafi Fan Club attempt at a goatee. It looked even worse on him than it does on the original, if that's possible

    August 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  4. compass

    save israel, drive out muslim from europe

    August 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • nown

      Save Europe, drive Mercedes and Volkswagens out of Israel.

      August 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Habib

      Save CNN blog, drive dum*s above from comment.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  5. hippypoet

    how did this idiot not get shot? out of all the things to happen, why his plane never gets high-jacked i will never know! stupid people spreading there message of stupidity... maybe they could have at least stoned him... thats biblical right! lol

    August 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  6. Not Reality

    @Realtiy – for someone who despises religion so much and thinks it's all mumbo jumbo, you sure are on here everyday railing off comments. Looks like your belief isn't very strongly held. I could care less about atheist articles and comment on them, bc I know they're dumb and false 🙂

    August 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Isolate

      You're thinking in self-imposed stereotypes again. Several studies, most recently by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, have discovered that atheists and agnostics outperform everyone in tests of religious knowledge, followed closely by Jews and far ahead of mainstream Protestants.

      True believers find this peculiar, but there's a huge gap between knowledge about a subject and belief in it. I long ago accepted atheism as my personal savior, and easily one-third of my extensive home library is about religion, including interlinear versions of Tanakh and the New Testament and several interpreter's bibles and concordances. I'm a long-term subscriber to Biblical Archaeology Review (part of the 6% who describe themselves as atheists/agnostics). I'm frequently amazed at how little true believers understand about the faith they profess, or how little they know about competing faiths.

      August 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • Dave

      Couldn't have said it better myself Isolate. I have yet to meet a knowledgeable Christian. They are frightened bunnies who worship a ghost. Creepy.

      August 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  7. becky poo


    August 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      All three of the insane participants of the rally are quoted in the above post.Later under medication and restraint normalcy returned.

      August 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  8. becky poo


    August 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      Poor leadership is Gods curse on a nation.No beck,noway, nohow!

      August 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  9. Reality

    Saw this recommendation on another blog a few years ago:

    "American Muslims agree to leave the United States in a one-for-one exchange for Jews from Israel. . Problem solved!"

    If that suggestion is not carried out, then the following should be implemented:

    Israel's formation was approved by the UN in 1948. It should honor the original UN agreement and live within the described borders. Considering the hate generated by passages in the koran and torah, erecting dividing walls between Muslims and Jews should continue. UN forces should control these walls. (Note: Walls are being used to separate Shiites and Sunnis in Baghdad.) The inanity of religion obviously continues 24/7!!!

    And Jerusalem should be made into an international city under the control and protection of the UN.

    August 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  10. Reality

    If there were a god, he/she/it and/or its spirit form would not tolerate the stupidity of Beck thereby proving there is no god. Ditto for all others who consider natural disasters as being the work of some god.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    August 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • The Lambly Winged Lion of The Gods Does Roar

      The benedictions of a resolute atheist and or secularist is duly noted and if their were a mute botton, I would so press it, but since I have to relinquish your pleasantries of sullenness and read your unwittled gestastions of mastered psycho-babble then I might as well throw in my incongruencies of flagrated cunninglessness. If ya can't hock em then rock em sock em robots are one's best bets to alleviate one's own critiquing quanderianisms of jail seeded independancies. I hope you choke on your wonderful words of completly biased and unwanted jealousies that ramble on like a Chrysler in the dung heeps of simple mindedness decreeing one's self the winningest plagerer of sarcasm's bookshelves.

      August 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • Reality

      If there were a god, he/she/it and/or its spirit form would not tolerate the stupidity of Beck thereby proving there is no god.

      Ditto for all others who consider natural disasters as being the work of some god.++++++++++++++++++++++

      August 25, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • EvolvedDNA

      lamby you write like most people sound with a mouth full of Novocaine ..

      August 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  11. GAW

    Long live Glenn Beck and Fox News......Oh my God! Did I just say that? Somebody help me! lol

    August 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  12. svscnn

    Man, talk about a missed opportunity – where's a qassam rocket when you actually NEED it?

    August 25, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • Beck Has Figured Out How To Make A Career Of Being A Nincompoop

      The various Palestinian militant factions all agreed that the best way to hurt America was to let Glenn Beck go back and continue to annoy Americans for years to come. And he is such a dipshit that he isn't worth a rocket.

      August 25, 2011 at 10:24 am |
    • svscnn

      Heh, heh... "Nincompoop."

      God, I love that word. So innocent sounding, yet so thoroughly insulting – and apropos when discussing Beck..

      August 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  13. Shlomo

    Israel is a Liberal cause!!! not a religous and racist cause!!!!

    It’s the driving lesson in Jerusalem, with the student behind the wheel a devout Muslim woman, and the teacher an Israeli with a skullcap. To judge from media reports about endless inter-communal conflict, such a scene should be impossible. Yet, it was so mundane that no one, it seemed, other than me gave it a passing glance. It goes without saying that the same woman would not have had the luxury of driving lessons, much less with an Orthodox Jewish teacher, had she been living in Saudi Arabia.

    It’s the two gay men walking hand-in-hand along the Tel Aviv beachfront. No one looked at them, and no one questioned their right to display their affection. Try repeating the same scene in some neighboring countries.

    It’s the Friday crowd at a mosque in Jaffa. Muslims are free to enter as they please, to pray, to affirm their faith. The scene is repeated throughout Israel. Meanwhile, Christians in Iraq are targeted for death; Copts in Egypt face daily marginalization; Saudi Arabia bans any public display of Christianity; and Jews have been largely driven out of the Arab Middle East.

    That’s the country I’m proud to stand up for. No, I’d never say Israel is perfect. It has its flaws and foibles. It’s made its share of mistakes. But, then again, so has every democratic, liberal and peace-seeking country I know, though few of them have faced existential challenges every day since their birth.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:39 am |
    • The Lambly Winged Lion of The Gods Does Roar

      Rabbi Shlomo or not, I know rather well your worded phraseologies beckoning the world stage to see your persecutionisms by mainly Muslim Nations/States where are harbored terroristic revelries around revelationed conscripts of Biblical Theosophies that are detrimental to non-secular idealisms and does play into the hands of Christendom's unfounded forays by those who misquote and ratify all for segmented porpose driven ideals unbecoming the Truths of Christ's own words of enlightenment. GOD and God and us godly folks are but likened to the bottom of a totem pole with GOD upon the topside and the Gods and Goddesses in between. Our social struggles will never cease even if Nationalisms fail, the struggles of socialisms will ever be a mainstay.

      August 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm |
  14. Ilana

    please after one week in israel we saw enouge!!!

    please take him back!!!!

    August 25, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  15. Tony

    Where are all the supporters? Fox and Friends? Friends of Fox and Glen? Who stands, to tell us how Glen is the messenger of god and speaks the truth? What kind of a day is it in Amrerica, when the rabble can't be roused?

    August 25, 2011 at 9:27 am |
  16. Jon M.

    Hello, Israel? You guys know he's a Mormon, right? And he's reading you quotes from the Bible? Why is it that Glenn Beck NEVER publically embraces his Mormonism? Mitt Romney, too? Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Sarah Palin... as much as I can't tolerate any of them, at least they are open about their religion and what they believe. What is Beck trying to hide? And if the Mormon Church doesn't want aspects of their religion discussed in puiblic, you have to ask yourself, 'what are they ashamed of?'

    August 25, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  17. jon

    I gotta admit, for a real jerk I at least appreciated his comment about Israel's courage.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  18. Douglas

    It's a sad testament to America's baseline level of intelligence that this chowderhead gets any attention from the media. Glen, go back and finish college... that might me a more productive use of your time.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  19. Wervon Browne

    Why does CNN still cover is idiot? Oh, wait, I forgot. That's what CNN does. Palin, Bachmann, Perry. Another version of Fox"not really"News. A free pass for the liars.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  20. liz

    Don't confuse an adoration of Israel with any affinity for the Jewish people. For too many, it's only about the land and they couldn't care less about the Jews. Rather anti-Semitic these people prove themselves to be

    August 25, 2011 at 9:18 am |
    • HappyMeal

      Liz, you got it wrong. Evangelical Christians genuinely care about the Jewish people. Probably the only group who truly love the Jews in this world. Because of Jesus we love the Jews.

      August 25, 2011 at 10:19 am |
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