Daily Israel Report

Glenn Beck at Knesset: Biblical Esther and Ruth Guided Me

American news personality Glenn Beck tells a Knesset committee that the Biblical Esther and Ruth have guided him as he stands up for Israel.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 7/11/2011, 12:48 PM / Last Update: 7/11/2011, 12:57 PM

American news personality Glenn Beck told the Knesset Aliyah and Absorption Committee Monday that the Biblical Esther and Ruth have guided him as he stands up for Israel.

“Esther knew she had no choice but to come out and speak,” he said, referring to Queen Esther’s risking her life to save the Persian Jewish community. "I knew I had no choice but to speak the truth. I came here in 2002, looked for the truth, and when I got home and told it, I received my first death threat."

Speaking of Ruth, a non-Jew who followed her Jewish mother-in-law Naomi from Moab to Israel despite the difficulty, Beck said, “Your people are my people and where you go, I will go. Your G-d is my G-d. I invite the People of Israel to stand with your G-d."

At the end of the session, he said: ”We have to believe in common decency, link arms, and G-d will do the rest.”

Beck spoke at the committee hearing at the invitation of committee chairman Danny Danon (Likud) and Shas Knesset Member Nissim Ze’ev. The panel wanted to hear Beck’s views on fighting the worldwide campaign trying to make Israel seem illegitimate. Arutz Sheva had live streaming from the meeting both on English and Hebrew sites.

“The world has changed. People now have power,” Beck told the committee. He explained that the Internet has allowed people to be more accessible to the truth, which he said has been censored by mainstream media.

“The world is being changed by a few guys in the basement writing on the Internet. The truth will set you free. Forget the [mainstream] media,” Beck added.

“Rulers want to control, and that is where there is trouble,” Beck told the committee and guests. “I am truly humbled and disturbed by what people say to me on the street… People sincerely thank me for saying the truth. What is disturbing is that if a guy just gets on television or radio and says that [and gets thanked for telling the truth], Israel and Western life is danger.”

Before introducing Beck, MK Danon thanked Dr. Joseph Frager, Dr. Paul Brody and Odeleya Jacobs, three United States Zionist activist figures who were key figures instrumental in bringing Beck to Israel, for their support. The three are the organizers of the yearly Israel Day Concert in Central Park. MK Nissim Ze'ev made a point of thanking them as well.

Beck said that the demands of the Palestinian Authority are another excuse for the world to continue a centuries-old campaign of anti-Semitism, which he said is “going through the roof. The Holocaust was just one part of the history of anti-Semitism. The United States has an economic problem now and the Jews will be blamed.”

The Arab-Israeli conflict is “about the end of Western civilization and the destruction of Israel,” according to Beck.

He asked Israelis to join him in Jerusalem on August 24 when he is scheduled to hold a “Restoring Courage” rally, similar to the Restoring Honor rally in Washington last year. Four presidential candidates will attend, joining people from all over the world, including Bahrein, he noted. The rally next month will be views worldwide on at least 700 remote viewing stations.

All photos: Josh Hasten