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. mike

    beck is why we are divided lets face it the uneducated are attracted to him and what I mean by uneducated are the people that live in there own little world and expect that everyone else to live like they do but what they fail to realize is that they wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the people that they fear the most

    August 25, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  2. MollyBee

    Beck is a nutbag. Why do people keep giving him an audience. Oh...I forgot the TP Party.....they enjoy BS.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:46 am |
  3. Alexei Averchenko

    He thinks he can outsmart ZOG in its lair? How naive of him!

    August 25, 2011 at 7:36 am |
  4. M.A.

    "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."

    It's all what we believe, right Glenn?

    August 25, 2011 at 7:34 am |
  5. Alon

    back is a racist.

    most israelis don't know who glenn beck is and those who know tend to dislike him for his bigotry.

    israel is a liberal cause, not a religous cause.
    and in israel we want PEACE

    August 25, 2011 at 7:33 am |
    • MCR

      Agreed, Alon.

      I cringe when Beck and company express their undying support for Israel. I'd rather Israel had the support of reasonable, intelligent people (which it does) than the unconditional love of nutjobs.

      Support for Israel in the US is bipartisan and strong, despite Beck's efforts to depict it as otherwise.

      August 25, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  6. bazzoola

    This is a joke. Any person in the US who wants fame would go beg in Israel for support!
    Sarah Palin few months ago, tea baggers, etc.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  7. It_flyer

    Jerusalem has not seen this kind of leadership since Jesus himself. From this moment forth I will pray to both Jesus and Glenn Beck

    August 25, 2011 at 7:29 am |
    • A nadim

      The Messiah has finally arrived. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Two thirds of Jews will now convert to Christianity and those opposed to Jesus will be dealt harshly (polite word). Jesus is here.

      August 25, 2011 at 7:39 am |
    • Kate

      you are joking correct?

      August 25, 2011 at 7:42 am |
  8. Johnson

    I thought the real Jerusalem for Mormons was St. Loui, Missouri! Isn't Jesus returning with the angel Moran to St. Louis?

    August 25, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  9. jim

    what's this guy going to do next, hang on the cross ?

    August 25, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  10. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Wouldn't YOU also want to have your country/cause advocated by a paranoid, conspiracy theoriest doomsday sayer from outside your religion?

    August 25, 2011 at 7:28 am |
    • MCR

      No, actually. Fortunately, Israel's just cause is supported by the majority of elected representatives in the US from both parties. It is not, and should not be, a wedge issue.

      August 25, 2011 at 7:49 am |
  11. John


    August 25, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  12. Ramon F Herrera

    With Maher, Colbert and Stewart the act begins with jokes until you realize they are serious...
    ...with Beck, Palin and O'Donnell it is the other way around.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:17 am |
    • Ramon F Herrera

      Some far conservatives despise Bill Maher because they do not get his humor...
      ... the others, because they do.

      August 25, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  13. Ramon F Herrera

    Mr. Beck was fired from Faux by 300+ companies that withdrew their advertisement. Long live free enterprise!

    August 25, 2011 at 7:05 am |
  14. sean burns

    How many Christers showed up, anyway?

    August 25, 2011 at 7:05 am |
  15. Ramon F Herrera

    Did far conservatives invent hypocrisy or was it the other way around?

    August 25, 2011 at 7:02 am |
  16. angrysmell

    "countries with nuclear weapons do not need to extend olive branches." – jesus of nazareth

    August 25, 2011 at 6:53 am |
  17. Andrew Murphy

    What an idiot

    August 25, 2011 at 6:53 am |
  18. Forrest

    You that haven't even listened to GB and choose to write him off are missing out. Glenn is trying to bring people together and stand up for a persecuted people. You may not agree with his stances, however there is no hate in the positions he espouses.

    August 25, 2011 at 6:49 am |
    • herbert juarez

      If it wasn't for hate(and goldline) beck wouldn't have a position!

      August 25, 2011 at 6:53 am |
    • angrysmell

      i've listened to him. he's a whack job. that's why i stopped listening to him.

      August 25, 2011 at 7:08 am |
    • Mark in Atl

      I listen to Beck all the time- and what I hear is a steady stream of hate,fear, and paranoia. Can I write him off now?

      August 25, 2011 at 7:09 am |
    • Forrest

      You guys just sound like a bunch of ideologues who can't handle someone who is standing up for values, religious belief, and I truly hope that what Glenn has said comes to pass: Critics will pray for the return of the day when he was only on at 5:00!

      August 25, 2011 at 7:19 am |
    • Michael

      II am an independent conservative and listened to Beck a few months because someone highly recommended him. All he really talked about was how Obama couldn't do anything right, he predicted our currency would have collapsed by now, and he kept up with these inane conspiracy theories, and comparing everyone to either the Weimar Republic, Nazi Germany, or Soviet Union, or all three.
      It's a bad kind of message he sends. I don't think he's stupid, quite the opposite, but the people that blindly follow him are what get to me the most. Perhaps that's my trouble. I don't like to be told what and how to think.

      August 25, 2011 at 7:22 am |
    • Forrest

      Look around...a lot of what Glenn has said has already occurred. And Obama has done one thing right...getting Osama. Other than that, let's just say I'd rather he stay on that golf course the next 14 months 🙂

      August 25, 2011 at 7:27 am |
    • Hoosur

      Mr. Gump, you just don't get it...

      August 25, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  19. Ramon F Herrera

    Mr. Beck:
    Thou shalt not use my name to spread hate.
    -Signed: Jesus H Christ.

    ps: Dad is really pizzed at you as well.

    August 25, 2011 at 6:48 am |
    • ramfire98

      Dear Ramon,

      Get off the PC and get a life.


      August 25, 2011 at 7:07 am |
    • Ramon F Herrera

      Esteemed Ramfire:

      So Mr. Beck can use Jesus Christ, but I cannot? Then you wonder why far conservs are considered hypocrites.

      August 25, 2011 at 7:11 am |
  20. volksmaniac

    Once again , people on this forum would rather attempt to denigrate Beck than have a discussion about the article . Small people tend to try and compensate for their shortcomings by trying to make others seem less than they are , thus making themselves feel better about themselves . The average person easily sees through this , and ends up dismissing what the small minded person says .

    August 25, 2011 at 6:45 am |
    • Ramon F Herrera

      Every research indicates that liberal people are more intelligent. The better the school, the more liberal. Small minds are on your side.

      August 25, 2011 at 6:50 am |
    • herbert juarez

      beck denigrates beck
      beck the original model of the small minded person
      beck who has made a fortune trying to make others seem less than they are

      August 25, 2011 at 6:51 am |
    • Ramon F Herrera

      So, Mr. Beck demands a protagonic role, but only positive comments about him are allowed?
      Then you wonder why you rightwingers are considered to be hypocrites.

      August 25, 2011 at 6:52 am |
    • Ramon F Herrera

      "than have a discussion about the article ."

      I rather you discuss Beck than me.
      -Signed: The CNN author of the article.

      August 25, 2011 at 6:54 am |
    • Andrew Murphy

      And your point is? Only small minded people disagree with this idiot Glen Beck? Next you'll be telling us that God speaks directly to him and through him.......

      August 25, 2011 at 6:57 am |
    • sean burns

      So it seems YOU would rather denigrate the people that comment negatively on this article than have a discussion about Beck yourself. You had nothing to say about the article yourself! What a phony hypocrite.

      August 25, 2011 at 7:04 am |
    • Greg Gilbert

      Ramon: But there are two types of liberal. Political liberal is really not the correct term of liberal and not what those studies are talking about. I'm a fiscal conservative but I'm liberal.

      August 25, 2011 at 7:24 am |
    • Isolate

      So you've already dismissed everything Beck said?

      August 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
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