My review of Glenn Beck’s 3rd rally. For my review of the first of the three, click here.
(Video clips and updates at the bottom.)
Glenn Beck’s third and final rally for his ambitious ‘Restoring Courage’ project took place today at the southern end of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. An additional big screen live feed broadcast was held at a much larger venue about a mile away, just off Yafo road. That’s where I was. Every seat was filled. As in the other shows, this one, too, contained a delightful mix of speakers, videologues, and lovely music.
First of all, let it be known that in this rally, as with the prior two, Glenn and his participants were always respectful and dignified. The affection they demonstrated for Israel and the Jewish people was absolutely sincere, and touched the heart of every fellow Israeli I spoke with that had attended.
Each rally was terrific—informative, entertaining, inspired, and inspiring. The final one, whose theme was courage, was especially powerful. It began with an original musical composition that blended the three Abrahamic traditions into one beautiful and stirring piece. The composition even incorporated the blowing of the shofar, or ram’s horn, which, at such a holy spot, no doubt strummed the deepest chords in every Jew’s heart who was there. I know it did mine.
Glenn saved his major address for this final show. It was deeply moving, filled with hope and encouragement. (Full transcript here.) The audience, made up of both Christians and Jews, erupted into applause dozens of times, including a number of standing ovations.
Beck skillfully intertwined various Biblical tropes in his speech, but the metaphor of the ‘pillar of fire’ that led and protected the Israelites during their wandering in Sinai was particularly effective. The message, as I chose to interpret it, was that the pillar of fire, never really vanished when the Israelites left Sinai. It still travels in the heart and soul of every individual who consciously chooses right over wrong, justice over injustice, love over hate, and good over evil. Truth is the fire, and all that is required to reignite that flame is the courage to choose.
The leftwing media is going to pan and downplay the event, distort what took place, and ridicule him and those who attended, but that’s a given. They don’t get Glenn Beck and never will. He is a threat to them, because he dares to speak the truth. Worse still, he dares to defy the narratives the media tries to program us with; one of the worst being, their villainously dishonest and immoral representation of Israel.
In none of Beck’s rallies did he venture into prescriptive politics. The three themes he chose were love, remembering, and courage, themes that few politicians know anything about anyway.
But this doesn’t mean he didn’t speak his mind, and do so with conviction. When he struck at the idiocy that passes for enlightened commentary or politics, he did so with raw, unambiguous honesty:
“Some may ask: Why not leave this work up to others – the well-connected and well-educated and well-heeled, our political leaders or the media?
Well, I ask you: Whom do you trust to do this sacred work?
Who will protect your rights better? A king, president or you?
Who will protect the truth? A reporter, producer or you?
Who will protect and teach your children to seek truth? A textbook committee, an education bureaucrat, or you?
Did a commission of wise men stop the Holocaust? Did a committee of Congress end Jim Crow?”
Beck has neither patience nor respect for the “international community,” or the contemptible United Nations, nor especially the UN’s hypocritical and corrupt Human Rights Commission. He was probably referring to the upcoming Durban 3 when he said this:
“Far too many politicians are willing to look away. The shape shifters are at work. They have turned day into night, good into evil. They have changed the very meaning of words.
In New York, the so-called leaders of the world talk about abuses of human rights. But what they will do is abuse the very meaning of the phrase “human rights.”
“Human rights,” they say. But who will they focus on? Libya? Syria? North Korea? No.
They will condemn Israel. Tiny Israel. Democratic Israel. Free Israel. Israel, which values life above all other things.
Israel, as usual, is the exception.”
“These international councils, these panels of so-called diplomats, condemn Israel not because they believe Israel needs to be corrected. They do so because it is convenient.
Everyone does it. In some countries, it’s a crime not to.”
Diplomats and other sanctimonious moral midgets also received Beck’s righteous wrath. Of them he said:
“The diplomats are afraid, and so they submit. They surrender to falsehood. The truth matters not. To the keepers of conventional wisdom, a sacrifice of the truth is a small price to pay. What difference does it make if we beat up on little Israel? These are the actions of the fearful and cowards.
But I stand here to tell you this: Fear is the pathway to surrender. And to overcome fear, we must have courage.”
Every speaker at each event was excellent, but one stood out at Wednesday’s: A Christian Arab pastor in Bethlehem. This man was the perfect example of courage. He dared to bless Israel, and to speak some hard truths about the mentality of hate that infuses this part of the world. I’m sure nearly every person in the audience was awed by his bravery, and equally feared for his life. What he did and said took tremendous guts. May Hashem look after him and his family.
The renowned Israeli singer, Dudu Fisher, capped the evening with a stirring rendition of the song ‘Sabbath Prayer,’ from Fiddler on the Roof. It was the perfect song by a powerful voice for the end of a profoundly inspiring evening.
The far-Left radical Israeli group of losers and lunatics known as ‘Peace Now’ showed up to protest. Here are these pathetic clowns.
Speaking of losers, Liberal rag, Haaretz, live-blogged the event. You can skim through the minute by minute progress of the show, here. The writers are full of snark and condescension, but that is to be expected from the smug Leftists at Haaretz.
There were counterprotestors, too, however; Israelis who came out to support Beck, and challenge the nutjobs. Watch The below video of Dr. Simcha Shalom Brooks, a Jewish academic focusing on Biblical history and archaeology defending Glenn Beck. Listen to the shocking revelation she mentions near the end about how she was treated by fellow academics in Britain once they learned she had expressed support for Glenn Beck’s rally.
Talking Points Memo did a respectable piece on the event, here.
CBS did a fair story, here.
Here are some powerful moments near the end of the address.
Glenn talks of future plans, and how he plans to continue his fight for Israel, no matter the price.
A couple of news reports:
Story, photos, and video of Glenn ‘backstage,’ preparing for the event, here, at The Blaze.
Israel Hayom > Glenn Beck tells ‘Israeli friends’: You must not lose hope. Eli Hazan, editorial > Restoring courage is the smart thing to do. Israel blogger Olehgirl was also at the event. Barry Rubin also attended, and posted his thoughts. Yisrael Medad and Eli Pollak writing at the Jerusalem Post – ‘The anti-Beck Crusade’. Fern Sidman at Noisy Room wrote about the story.
Author Mike Evans defends Glenn Beck from the liberal-Left media cabal at the Jerusalem Post. A MUST READ is Caroline Glick’s piece, Glenn Beck’s revealing visit, where she defends Glenn Beck and castigates the despicable Left for both their intellectual dishonesty and their moral cowardice.
Alex Joffe, a research scholar with the Institute for Jewish and Community Research, defends Glenn in ‘Demonizing Glenn Beck’ at Jewish Ideas Daily.