Glenn Beck opened the second hour of his three-hour show yesterday with a combination of sarcasm and harsh criticism for the way Barack Obama’s White House last week went through its website and cleansed references to Jerusalem as a part of Israel.
For example, a caption of a photo that once read “Vice President Joe Biden laughs with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, Israel” was changed to read “Vice President Joe Biden laughs with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem”.
Beck opened his second hour by saying:
“From the Old City of Jerusalem, [emphasis added:] Israel. I’m sorry. I know that the White House disagrees that Jerusalem is in Israel. I don’t know where they think it is. It’s just like ‘Jerusalem, Outer Space.’ It is Jerusalem, Israel! And really pretty much everybody’s clear on that except for the White House website, which has just scrubbed ‘Israel’ from everything on the website that … If Israel is preceded by ‘Jerusalem, Israel,’ now it is just ‘Jerusalem, No-Man’s-Land'”
34-year-old Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer Ilya Rakhman of Center City Philadelphia appreciates Beck’s bringing up this subject and his general tireless support of Israel and the Jewish People. According to Rakhman, “Glenn Beck’s recognition of Israel’s sovereignity over all of Jerusalem speaks to me especially because, as an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, I identify myself with Zionism first and foremost. That is how my Jewish connection was most strongly defined in the Ukraine. Thus, I am grateful for his efforts to ensure that Americans, Jewish and not, appreciate the importance of Israel to the identity of Jews all over the world.”
The three major Restoring Courage events begin on Sunday.
On Sunday at 1:00 PM EST, Beck will host “Restoring Courage: The Courage to Love” from the Roman amphitheater in Caesaria. This event will feature Pastor John Hagee, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, historian David Barton and other religious leaders in a program which has, as its foundation, the Biblical stories of Ruth and Esther. The goal, according to Beck’s “Restoring Courage” site, is to “inspire its audiences to display loyalty, courage and love as they stand up for Israel and the Jewish people.”
Next Monday at 1:00 PM EST, the event that will take place is the Holocaust-oriented “Restoring Courage: Courage to Remember.” This event will include the screening of a documentary film that explores the life-long impact of the Holocaust on its victims. That will be followed by a panel discussion and candle-lighting ceremony.
The main “Restoring Courage” event, “Restoring Courage: The Courage to Stand,” will occur next Wednesday at 1:00 PM EST. At that time, Beck will host an event at the Davidson Center in Jerusalem just steps from the Western Wall and the Temple Mount. “The Courage to Stand” will call for unity among all faiths, and, according to the site, “will honor Israelis who have displayed courage in their struggle for survival and peace. It will also issue a challenge to all citizens of the world to stand with and declare their support for Israel. Joining Glenn will be religious leaders, esteemed speakers and entertainers including the Rabbi of the Western Wall, Shumuel Rabinovitch, Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight, internationally renowned singer Dudu Fisher, and the Jerusalem Great Synagogue Choir.”
(Next Tuesday night at 8 PM, Beck’s GBTV will broadcast a special filmed about the stop Beck and his wife Tania made in Auschwitz on their way to Israel.)
Audio from Beck’s Monday, August 15 program is available to GlennBeck.com subscribers via this link.
Coverage of the various Restoring Courage events will be available via gbtv.com.
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