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      Beck Tells Israelis: ‘Square your Shoulders!’

      Media personality Glenn Beck visits Etzion Bloc, gives Israelis a pep talk.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 7/13/2011, 5:32 PM / Last Update: 7/13/2011, 6:18 PM

      American Christian Zionist media host Glenn Beck continued his visit to Israel Wednesday with a tour of the Etzion Bloc – a part of Israel that was occupied by Jordan between 1949 and 1967.

       

      He was guided by MK Tzipi Hotovely, local authority head Shaul Goldstein and Yesha Council head Danny Dayan. 
       
      Beck visited “the lone oak tree,” a symbol of the Etzion Bloc’s history of courage, and also toured one of the stores owned by retailer Rami Levy. The theme that Dayan, Goldstein and Levy tried to convey to Beck was that of peaceful coexistence with the Arabs.
       
      Beck, on the other hand, seemed like he was trying to give demoralized Israelis a pep talk. As he toured a Rami Levy supermarket he tried to impart the message to an Israeli shopper: “You're either a good state or a bad state. What are you doing here? Stand up. Square your shoulders. We have a right to exist, we have a right to be here. And we're good...”