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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. Pastor Evans

    This is what happens when you give a michrophone and a T.V. show to a Morman (religion), with no spiritual revelation from God, and people buy into this ignorance! REPENT, for the Kingdom of God is at hand (within everyone's reach if they choice to lay hold of it)!

    August 25, 2011 at 8:38 am |
    • Frankie

      Aah, I am pretty confident that this happens when sheep give a microphone to any Shepard.

      August 25, 2011 at 10:02 am |
    • Civiloutside

      I'm fairly certain the Mormons are just as positive that their religion is the product of divine revelation as you are that yours is.

      August 25, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  2. Stephen from Lachine

    Anyone ever notice that Glenn tries to dress like Stephen Harper, Canadian PM. He actually looks like him.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  3. Didyahnotice

    That second chick they interviewed was pretty cute. Had a Sarah Silverman thing happening.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  4. lamoral

    Ask yourselves 1 question why do you fight so hard to disprove something you say doesn't exist in the first place?

    August 25, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • Frankie

      Very simple. Because you don't keep your "god" to yourselves, constantly try to influence public policy, and your beliefs are dangerous and borderline child abuse in many cases. Oh, one more thing: It is funny as hell!

      August 25, 2011 at 8:30 am |
  5. Lex

    Israel needs all the friends it can get, at least until Obama is out. Don't kick a gift horse in the mouth.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • Frankie

      I have many Jewish friends that have higher morals than to accept gifts from people who have ulterior motives!

      August 25, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  6. ZeroCool

    I can't imagine anyone in Israel even knows who Glenn Beck is. Quite a bit of arrogance on Beck's part to assume his pseudo-celebrity status extends beyond American borders.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:24 am |
  7. demonfeed

    Beck wants to instigate a war. He would love to see a holy-war to make his little doomsday prophecies right.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:16 am |
  8. Aezell

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

    This mixed emotions come from the fact that he's a disgusting human being. It's like having Hitler root for your football team, you'd probably say thanks but no thanks.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  9. Marcus

    I thought this guy's 15 minutes of fame was over? Do people still actually listen to him?

    August 25, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • Frankie

      Why not, he speaks the ""TRUTH"". Please see the extra sarcasm!

      August 25, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • Shemp Howard

      This is what would have happened if Jim Jones and Marshall Applewhite had Facebook and Twitter....more of these "rallies". I implore you to listen to just 5 minutes of this lunatic and you'll see how this guy is more unliked than Joe Besser. He shows us WHY religion is so destructive and controlling. The sheep just need a shepherd.

      He's nothing more than a salesman, who isn't good at selling anything...so he just spouts crazy and goes with it. Same principal of Fight Club. How's he going out is the real query....cult suicide or self inflicted gunshot wound? Place your bets...

      August 25, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • IAmForLiberty

      Lots of people still listen to him.

      August 25, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  10. Nookster

    He said if we don't have religious believes life he does, we will go to hell. Thats a lie! And by the way you seem pathetically stupid.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  11. Just a thought

    Why is it that these freaks, Beck and Limbaugh, are former pill-popping drunks? Everyone should be able to see that Beck doesnt care about Isreal as much as h cares about promoting himself in any way possible.
    His ratings and popularity at home is dying sonow he will use Isreal's cause to promote his own.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:05 am |
    • IAmForLiberty

      You are mixing your pleasures. Rush became addicted to oxy cotton after ear surgery. Glenn was an alcoholic. The fact is both of them overcame their addictions. What about you?

      August 25, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  12. John Mason

    Please tell me one thing that he lies about, I dare any of you to do so and back it with fact. I'll even pay $100.00 to your favorite charity if you can do so. I'm looking for the one liberal who can back up their hatred for Mr. Beck with fact...any takers?

    August 25, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • Lefty

      Feb 22, 2011: Glenn Beck continues to claim that George Soros, Code Pink, American socialists, marxists, progressives, and maybe even Obama, are plotting with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood to create a global Caliphate that will threaten to take over the entire world with militant Muslim fanatics.

      August 25, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • herbert juarez

      glenn beck accuses George Soros ,as a Jewish child, a victim of the Nazi's both himself and his family of being in collaboration with the Nazis.
      send your $100.00 to the nearest branch of the Jewish anti defamation league.

      August 25, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • herbert juarez

      Van jones is a communist
      send your $100.00 to the committee to re-elect Barak Obama

      August 25, 2011 at 8:23 am |
    • Machiavelli

      Politifact lists several times in which Glenn Beck made statements proven as false. Just picking one we see that on November 12th 2009, Glenn Beck said that the health care reform bill would provide insurance to dogs. After investigating this, Politifact found nothing in the bill that says this. The best they could come up with is funding to veterinarians to train them on recognizing and reporting things like swine flu and mad cow disease.

      I'd prefer the donation to be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) please.

      August 25, 2011 at 8:23 am |
    • STOPIM

      "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 UN."

      Two lies right there. And if you do not see it, then there is no sense in even discussing issues with you. You are blind with hate.

      August 25, 2011 at 8:32 am |
    • BAHAHA

      hahahaha you just got pwnd via CNN message board...maybe take what just happened today to heart and throw that Glen Beck shrine you have in the trash, you have been brainwashed now transcend above his pointless ramblings and realize like the rest of us have that he is a man with no good in his heart, just total control, and he uses emotions and fear to do that and we all know how that turned out the last time someone did that...

      August 25, 2011 at 9:42 am |
    • Isolate

      We don't HATE Glenn Beck, on the contrary, we find him highly amusing. I look forward to his Conspiracy of the Day the way I look forward to the Republican Noise Machine's buzz word of the day. Beck isn't worthy of hatred any more than Bozo the Clown is. He exists only to tell his gullible fans what they want to hear, and he was well paid for it until even FOX News reached its limit of credibility. Now he just goes wherever he finds the highest bidder to keep himself in the limelight.

      I'm sure he shovels the old LDS pitch that Mormons originated in Israel, a myth even the LDS church has given up since the advent of DNA testing.

      August 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  13. Frankie

    "In Israel there is more courage in one small square mile than in whole of Europe," Really? Because there are people that disagree, at least in principle, with the notion that a State, Jewish or not, would be built on the displacement of others (in this case Palestinians)? Israel is there now and it is not going anywhere. It has, obviously, the right to defend itself. However, it does have the moral responsibility to stop the expansion policy. Where is it going to end? The Torah is very specific about a Jewish State borders from the Euphrates to the Nile. I think the Arabs should be uneasy (and I am not talking about the dictators so please spare me the irrelevant comments.).

    August 25, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  14. NoHater

    I don't understand how supporting Israel is hateful. Can someone at CNN explain that to me? Or quote any of Beck's words that were hateful toward anyone? I see hateful speech here, not uttered by Beck, but by his critics.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  15. Reggie

    Beck misues the bible.GOd plainly says he will punish Them in end times. And also does anyone else fidn it weird.You deny Jesus Christ who was god.And you are denied by other nations. Apostasy toward jesus is a abomanation. The worse crime is denying who god is.Turn from sins and repent .And reconzize your Savior Jesus Christ

    August 25, 2011 at 7:58 am |
    • jasie

      The Bible plainly states how we should view Israel.

      August 25, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • Frankie

      The book of Flying Spaghetti Monster clearly tells us how we should view ketchup.

      August 25, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • jim

      Reggie, you are a first class loon! Go find a mountaintop to sit on and wait for the end.

      August 25, 2011 at 8:23 am |
    • Sybaris

      Your perfect god....... impregnates another mans wife to recreate itself in flesh, disappears for 33 years then commits suicide by cop to atone for creating imperfect beings that, in its omniscience, should have known would be imperfect.

      Your call.

      August 25, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • Frankie

      @Sybaris: Short, sweet, and to the point. I LOVE IT!

      August 25, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • Isolate

      Could you express that coherently so we can understand your point? You've managed to pack half a dozen dangling modifiers into a few lines.

      August 25, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
  16. factntruth

    I am amazed at all the lies found here in these posts. Beck is a racist? Name an occasion. Beck was fired? No – he left to start his own digital network. Beck is a liar? Name one time he lied. Hate? I never see that from this man – only from those that dislike him. It's time for the children who post these things to grow up. If you disagree with something, back it up with fact and reason – not name calling and lies. Personally I feel the world needs far more people like Glenn Beck who indeed backs up what he says with research, and even then tells everyone not to take his word for it – go do your own research! He warns people against hatred and the mob mentality like we see here in these posts. So, you can choose to live with the misinformation and lies and run with the angry mobs (because your arguments have no merit) or you can become a well informed individual who can offer opinions based on fact. No matter which side of an issue you stand on, people will listen to those presenting ideas based on history, fact, and truth. People will never listen to a hate filled mob, or spoiled lying children.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:54 am |
    • jasie

      Amen!

      August 25, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • RF

      No amount of proof will convince you that Beck is a dangerous man with delusions of grandeur. He has a slippery grip at best on reality given his many comments on his tv and radio show (Onstar is a government plot) No doubt you will keep believing what you believe about Beck but most other people have no delusions abut this man and his level of sanity.

      August 25, 2011 at 8:04 am |
    • Frankie

      @factintruth, I am sure you also think that Fox News is "fair and balanced"! If a statement that reads: "In Israel there is more courage in one small square mile than in whole of Europe," is not bigotry, I don't know what is. I don't know if Beck is hateful, but his defenders are way too supportive of a man who uses a lot of inflammatory remarks (sure, some may be factual, others, not so much). And if you don't see that, you will only see what you want to see, I guess.

      August 25, 2011 at 8:12 am |
    • Frankie

      "In Europe there is more courage in one small square mile than in whole of USA" Now, do you see bigotry?

      August 25, 2011 at 8:14 am |
    • montyross

      democrats know more than republicans, can you see the bigotry......

      August 25, 2011 at 8:27 am |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'Hate? I never see that from this man'
      are you kidding me? are you seriously kidding me? Did you watch his program? He hates all things liberal, he compares then to nazis on numerous occasions, when he isnt calling them communists that is.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • Newo

      lol, he lied about being fired

      August 25, 2011 at 9:22 am |
    • The Real Tom Paine

      I have done my own research, and Beck is invariably wrong. He takes words others have written completely out of context: the sad fact is, he gets others to believe he is some kind of sage. He's someone who has done more damage to conservative causes by pretending to be something he's not: an intellectual. Bill Buckley would have had him for lunch.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:23 am |
    • Isolate

      People concerned with history, facts and truth know that Beck isn't. What he calls "research," wouldn't pass muster in the Weekly World News. He knows his audiences aren't bright enough to do their own research or they wouldn't be listening to him in the first place. You want proof? Go to Snopes and search for "Glenn Beck." You'll find two of Beck's conspiracy theories dissected and declared false. The man makes up a howler a minute.

      August 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  17. Idan

    in israel we don't like the support of the racist beck for we know his intentions.

    israel is a liberal cause, not a religous one!

    August 25, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • jim

      Yeah, and Judaism is a political party.

      August 25, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • palval

      You don't happen to be Muslim, by any chance?

      August 25, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  18. saywho

    elephants like nuts.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • BAHAHA

      whoa...I think you just made a fact right now

      August 25, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  19. Jimbo

    "The threats are mounting and evil is growing, darkness is falling..." Frodo and Sam have entered the realm of Mordor... and the Ringwraiths are once again in their saddles...

    Wonder if Beck understands just how pompous he sounds?

    August 25, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • Winston5

      I was totally thinking LOTR when I read that, good catch. Beck's a smacked as$.

      August 25, 2011 at 8:13 am |
    • Frankie

      Thanks for the laugh. Right on!

      August 25, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • Newo

      YES!!!!!!!!!!!

      August 25, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  20. Cohen

    What a BROWN NOSER, he knows which side of his toast is BUTTered.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:47 am |
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