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The “vaporization of Israel” and the end of the Western way of life as we know
it could be on the horizon, American broadcaster Glenn Beck warned in an
interview with The Jerusalem Post in the capital’s David Citadel Hotel on
Beck came to Israel to prepare for “Restoring Courage,” his
Jerusalem mega-event set for late next month. He also addressed the Knesset’s
Diaspora Affairs Committee, toured Gush Etzion and Sderot, and met with hi-tech
entrepreneurs and Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon.
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supporters] see tragedy coming down the pike unless we take a stand,” Beck said.
“Many of us were asleep for a long time. There are Americans who still
say it will never happen, and everything will work out because we are America.
But I know Americans outside of Washington who know that’s not necessarily true
– not unless you change that behavior. We are waking up to what could be on the
horizon: and what could be on the horizon is the vaporization of Israel and the
end of the Western way of life as we know it,” he continued.
the way to prevent such a tragedy was to stand together, be righteous and decent
and protect one another. To that end, he is organizing three separate events in
Jerusalem under the Restoring Courage banner.
One will be for American-
Christians and will be viewed in hundreds of churches in the US.
said the event is intended to “get the Christian community in America to wake up
and start standing up [for Israel].”
Another event will be more
political, featuring Democratic Senator Joseph Lieberman, Republican
presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Herman Cain, and at least two other
candidates whom Beck declined to reveal.
He said the event would be
attended by more than 30 American national political figures, 70 international
politicians and citizen delegations from 100 countries around the world,
At Beck’s request, Americans will be getting together
to watch the event, bringing Jews and Christians together.
More than 700
viewing parties have already been organized.
“If it’s just an event, we
failed,” he said. “It’s a launch of a movement of decent, like-minded,
freedom-loving peaceful people who know the answer won’t come from Washington or
Copenhagen. It’s not going to come from our political leaders, but from
the people. It’s a freedom movement, something the Tel Aviv hi-tech people
and the most Orthodox in Jerusalem would understand and come together
Beck vowed that the event would be bipartisan and would not develop
into a rally against US president Barack Obama. Even though he is one of Obama’s
fiercest critics, Beck makes a point of not criticizing the American
administration when he’s abroad.
“Now that we’re a global community, this
answer doesn’t seem to make sense because a lot of people here in Israel watch
my program, but I don’t talk about the policies of my country outside my
country,” he said.
“If you want to know my opinion of the policies of the
president, you can go to YouTube and see what I said in New York, and will
continue to say in New York. There won’t be politics in this event. There will
be values, virtues and principles.”
The world leader whom will more
likely be a central focus of speeches at the event will be Iranian President
Much like Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Beck
does not shy away from using Holocaust terminology when warning about Iran’s
Beck, who visited Auschwitz on his way to Israel for a
documentary on Righteous Gentiles, says the world must learn from
“I was on the radio four years ago saying we’re passing all the
exits,” he said.
“Soon it’s a cliff. You’ve got to turn the car around.
Someone needs to find a solution. Come what may, will we be brave enough?
I told Netanyahu when Bush was president, the Americans won’t do it. No one else
is going to do it. Those [Iranian] people will build trains again [for
the Jews]. [Ahmadinejad] said the Jews will burn in the fires of the Islamic
fury. I think that’s pretty clear.”