Glenn Beck Ignites Hope in Israel

Fern Sidman is the New York correspondent for the Arutz Sheva (Israel National News) Web site and staff writer at The Jewish Voice newspaper. Her articles frequently appear in a number of Jewish newspapers and magazines throughout the US.


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On Sunday, August 21st, former FOX News talk show host and conservative commentator Glenn Beck delivered an address laden with palpable emotion at the Roman amphitheater in Caesarea, Israel, as part of the first fixture leading up to his “Restoring Courage” rally in Jerusalem on August 24th. Speaking to over 3,000 mostly American attendees, Beck exhorted his audience at the monumental venue built in the first century by Herod the Great to “not only love Israel but love the Jewish people as they are.”

Declaring that the entire world is “reentering the age of miracles of God,” he received thunderous applause when he said, “While there may not be a political solution, the good news is the God of Israel ain’t running for office.”  While not directly addressing the geo-political realities that Israel faces or his staunch opposition to the creation of an independent Palestinian state, Beck said, “Let the Jewish people know, no matter what our governments may say, we are not our governments, we stand with you. We bring truth, we bring peace, we bring support, we bring comfort.”

Simultaneously broadcast to over 80 countries throughout the world and close to 1,200 viewing parties, Beck’s remarks focused on the religious teachings that inspired him in his heartfelt love for Israel, namely the Books of Esther and Ruth. “When Ruth told her mother-in-law Naomi, ‘wherever you goest I shall go, your people shall be my people and your G-d shall be my G-d’, those words were a driving force for me.”

Joining Beck on stage were Pastor John Hagee, an American evangelical icon and founder and president of the Christians United For Israel (CUFI); American born Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of Efrat; David Barton, a world renowned historian; and Dr. Mike Evans, an award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author who has sold over 23 million books. Providing musical entertainment for the evening was Grammy nominated R&B/soul/gospel singer Vernessa Mitchell, who was joined by a vibrant cadre of Israeli singers and musicians.

“The Jews are still the apple of God’s eye, still the chosen people, still the covenant people,” declared Pastor Hagee to a standing ovation as he took the podium. In a powerful statement on the ubiquitous campaign aimed at delegitimizing Israel and its growing isolation in the international community, he drew an analogy with the late President John F. Kennedy and his historical “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, when Hagee announced “Ani Yisraeli” (I am an Israeli). He then led the rally participants in chants of: “I am an Israeli!”

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, formerly of the Lincoln Square Synagogue on Manhattan’s upper west side, spoke of Jewish appreciation for the support of the Christian pro-Israel community, and in particular, that of Glenn Beck, who, Riskin said, is a “deeply patriotic American, a true friend of Israel.” Lauding the stoic character of the Christian supporters of Israel, Rabbi Riskin said, “We are not alone. We are Jews and not Christians. You Christians, nevertheless, have the courage to love us in our otherness. We are profoundly grateful for your courage to love us and stand with us.”

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  • IamJoseph

    When the Temple is touted as a Zionist myth, it is attacking Christianity first and foremost. The Jews have survived without the Temple, but can Christianity, when the Gospels states one Jesus visited this "MYTHICAL" Temple? Silent Christians manifest a condoning of this grotesque Muslim lie aimed to foster genocide of Jews and history per se. Mostly it targets Christians in a totally negating mode, and must be confronted head on upon the Regimes which foster such evils.

  • John of Indonesia

    So do I, so do I. I stand with you too Israel!

  • Harvey

    We must stand with Israel,God has commanded that we do so.Anyone that is aganist Israel is aganist me.
    Thats pretty plain and easy to understand,why cant people understand that our God is in charge and everyone will kneel before him on judgement day.JUST YOU AND GOD,WHAT WILL BE YOUR EXCUSE ON THAT DAY.

  • tanstaafl

    Jews view us as neighbors and fellow humans. Muslims view us as possible converts, dhimmis or corpses.

  • OLDR RAY

    Glenn Beck is a true US patriot and a solid friend of Israel . Not like Joe Lieberman and Congressman Cantor (who fled the rally) , no"sunshine soldier "this man. Glenn Beck is the real thing . A "winter soldier" indeed.

    • Figaro

      Go and read about Glen Beck's past before you make such comments about him.

  • Paul and Dee

    As christians, my wife and I support Israel.

  • Steve Chavez

    Every American Jew should be supportive of this latest Beck mission. Why would they be offended for defending Israel? The ones that aren't, will make excuses, and who can't support anything of Beck, ARE FAKE JEWS AND FAKE JEW SUPPORTERS!

    THEY WILL PUBLICLY TAKE OFF THEIR MASK FOR ALL TO SEE! Take out your notebook and write down all their names. DOES OBAMA SUPPORT BECK? The unmasking of Obama!

  • Lois W Lillico

    I have enjoyed every session so far, watching on my computer. I stand with Israel!!

  • StephenD

    From a White, American Christian with all the foibles and follies that goes with it, if you would have me, I'd stand shoulder to shoulder with you against the very gates of hell.
    Viva Israel!

  • whitesheperd

    Beck is a freind of Israel and so am I

  • LindaRivera

    Yes! ALL who LOVE Israel, are Israelis!

    Among the nations, Israel is unique and special. The world, indeed, the universe belongs to our Awesome, Glorious Creator. But Israel in particular, is G-D's Land. All who attempt to give away, take or steal any part of Israel will face the wrath of G-D.

  • oldtimer

    Why don't you write GOD!!! What is with the G-D. As a Christian, I am not ashamed to write God out. It is a title of respect and we are disrespecting the title. We don't use his name and now we can't even write out His titles.
    Jerusalem is God's favorite place, that's why we must stand with Israel.

    • rulierose

      well, learn something: Jews don't write out the name of the lord because it could be thrown away or destroyed. that's why the G-D. it has nothing to do with "shame."

      doesn't really matter to me or to anyone else whether YOU approve of it!

      • Neils60

        Rulierose, Your last sentence wasn't necessary. The "oldtimer" has a legitimate question, which you answered correctly. However, your last sentence made you sound like a putz.

        • oldtimer

          Thank you for your post. God is not God's name, which out of respect, Jews don't use, I know that and understand that, but what I want to know why is God, a title not name, not spelled out? I have only just recently seen this being done. I think it is a legitimate question and should not be ridiculed. We don't write l-ve or h-pe.

    • aspacia

      I believe writing God's name is forbidden in Torah, Yahweh.

      • oldtimer

        Thank you. I knew using the sacred name was forbidden, but not anything else. I thought that it was another way of giving in to those who want to take God out of everything. Sorry.

      • YeshuaisAdonai

        Actually the only commandment regarding God's name is to not use it in vain. Contrast this with the fact that God's name is mentioned thousands of times in the Bible. The reason many people do not know this is because Jewish scribes later changed the tetragrammaton YHWH to Adonai out of fear of inadvertently misspelling it or mispronouncing it. To solve this issue they substituted God's name for Adonai (english: Lord). But there is nowhere in all of the Bible a condemnation for saying God's name.

        • aspacia

          Interesting. I will go to ask a Rabbi, but your are probably correct as I am not Jewish nor an expert.

          Thanks for the information.

        • oldtimer

          Mark 7:13

  • Choi

    GOD BLESS GLENN BECK and ALL SUPPORTERS of ISRAEL.
    GOD DAMN THE LEFT and the JIHADISTS THEY ENABLE.
    In EVERY COUNTRY ,THE LEFT are TREASONOUS 5th Column QUISLINGS in BED WITH THE DEVIL!

    • Figaro

      See that is the problem. Who are the "Left"?? If only Christians will realise that no political party represents the entire biblical position of Christ, we will make some progress in this country. God LOVES everyone and wants ALL people to come to believe in Christ Jesus. This includes people on the Left, Right, Center and Jews who are not Christian believers.

  • JudyBeth

    Judaism and Christianity adhere to Judeo-Christian Values and Principles which instill faith, hope, charity-LOVE-into the hearts of followers. If people truly have love in their hearts, their actions will express that love. No other religion, except the aggressive geo-political pseudo-religion of Islam practiced by Muslims, preaches hatred and the killing of those who reject Islamic domination! For much more information, check out the website: http://www.Faithfreedom.org. Check out e-book by Wm Federer "What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur'an". Educate others! Speak-up and speak-out against the threats to Israel, America, and ALL of the persecuted people of the World. Bless Glenn Beck for daring to "Live Out Loud" and put his FAITH into actions! Can we do anything less? Meet the challenge to make a difference in the lives of others, now!

  • aspacia

    Yes, as a Deist supporter of Israel I do admire Beck's huevos. Frankly, I will not go to any part of the Middle-East because I am opinionated, seldom keep my opinions to myself, and would probably be attacked by a Muslim.

    Unfortunately, Mum is in 4th stage cancer and I am elected to scatter1/2 her ashes on Plymouth Hoe, and my numerous, warm, pleasant relatives will want me to visit them in the various parts of the UK where they reside. It sure is not anything like I remember from years ago. My 6'2" son and 6' significant other will be with me, but alas no gun allowed in the UK. I would feel safer if we were packing.

  • Ghostwriter

    I'll be honest. I've never seen an Israeli burn an American flag or scream "Death to America" every five minutes. They actually care about this country and it's people. The majority of the Muslim world doesn't. I've never seen anyone in a Muslim country condemn any terrorist act against America or Americans. Why do you think that many in this country have such a negative view of their religion?

  • Sound&Fury

    Unfortunately, many liberal Jews in the US show more concern about the next sale at Saks Fifth Avenue than they do the welfare of the state of Israel. How does one explain their political views otherwise? I hope Israel realizes that the evangelical Christian community are their true friends, who as the rabbi said so eloquently, loves them in their otherness.

  • Lisa Richards

    As a Christian, I am a spiritual Jew, I worship a Jew and proudly stand with God's chosen people–Israel. God Bless Israel.

  • Joe

    "When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, 'Oh shut up' I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining." -Glenn Beck

    • alan g

      its all a matter of perspective.

      • Kay

        What perspective is that?? I feel really sad about where the Evangelical Christians in this country are going. John Hagee is aligning himself with a Mormon??? And we applaud Beck because he says the things we want to hear?? We are selling ourselves to the Republican Party, for what?? No one party represents the views of Christianity…it is difficult to speak and live the truth when you align yourself with politicians. Check out Jesus' life, and the people he moved with and influenced and you will see how far off we have become as Christians. Where is the love for the poor, where is the mercy on the sinful, where is the comfort to the sick and lost. Instead we condemn gays, and lesbians, and people on social welfare. We have no pity for the poor or the struggling. We will give our money to politicians who say what we want to hear and live their lives any way. We hate people who don't agree with our opinions and call them anti-American, enemies of this country etc. Where is the faith, hope and love – the greatest of which is love. If we go back to Jesus' principles, we WILL change this country.

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  • Kay

    No LAWS can save this country. True repentance and forgiveness, love and mercy is what will save this US of A. Christians need to go on their knees in prayer, and show the Christ-like love for others. Love covers a multitude of sins. We need to start really reading the Bible for ourselves and not rely on preachers who are more like rock stars to tell us what to do and not to do!!!

  • Kay

    I feel really sad about where the Evangelical Christians in this country are going. John Hagee is aligning himself with a Mormon??? And we applaud Beck because he says the things we want to hear?? We are selling ourselves to the Republican Party, for what?? No one party represents the views of Christianity…it is difficult to speak and live the truth when you align yourself with politicians. Check out Jesus' life, and the people he moved with and influenced and you will see how far off we have become as Christians. Where is the love for the poor, where is the mercy on the sinful, where is the comfort to the sick and lost. Instead we condemn gays, and lesbians, and people on social welfare. We have no pity for the poor or the struggling. We will give our money to politicians who say what we want to hear and live their lives any way. We hate people who don't agree with our opinions and call them anti-American, enemies of this country etc. Where is the faith, hope and love – the greatest of which is love. If we go back to Jesus' principles, we WILL change this country.

    • JudyBeth

      Glen Beck was raised a Catholic. He's embraced the "Great Commission" to go into the World, be a servant as Jesus came to serve, heal & teach mankind about a loving Heavenly Father. Millions of Christians are in evangelical missionary work with US churches in urban areas&across the World. They're meeting the needs of sick, poor, struggling. Christian churches run/establish hospitals, family/children services, clinics, shelters/food patries, adoption agencies in America & across the World. Every aspect of Christian involvement in society is affected by secular gov't regulations/decisions. Recently, Iran seized & burned 6500+ Bibles, arrested & continues persecution of non-Muslims. The truth is that conservatives who openly speak of their faith are maligned as are politicians of any party affiliation. Christians are needed in gov't. I pray you'll find ways to put your concerns into action! Nobody can do everything, but start somewhere. I worked for a food pantry, and eventually in many other endeavors to give others a "hand-up" and HOPE. You can, too.

    • 1mrsdash

      Kay — I applaud Pastor Hagee for welcoming Glenn Beck into the big tent of pro-Israel (aka pro-Jew) alliances. The Catholics and Protestants have finally stopped their counterproductive doctrinal war with each other. The Protestants need to stop fighting the Mormons. We should all be on the same side. And once we get a few INFLUENTIAL Muslims on our side, the proxy war against humanity — by way of the Jews and the God of Israel and Eretz Yisrael — will be won.

      Then we all can concentrate on life and living it again.

  • http://www.eyeonzion.com Yocheved

    Here is a personal message from Israeli broadcaster and TV producer Yishai Fleisher to those who choose terror – his message is the kind of courageous and positive approach that seems so needed in Israel. What do you think? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ1xy-mfxKM

    • 1mrsdash

      Great video — all sane people wish Yishai and his family and his country much success in the battle for a peaceful co-existence. That is all they ask. I can't wait to visit Israel and the Western Wall and especially Masada one day. But not today, because I am all out of dinero. :(

  • 1391406

    THe day of the lord is coming ::history reminds us of the pass , old folks remember and watch
    young people ask what happen there , and why , ? the wise will teach the lazy will wait to be
    lead to the slaughter , The message of courage is a wake up call, or rally around Israel
    for the hour is near ..