The Shmooze

Glenn Beck Pledges Support in Address to Israeli Parliament

By Nathan Burstein

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He and Fox News have gone their separate ways, but Glenn Beck still has fans in Israel’s parliament.

The former TV host addressed the Knesset’s Committee on Immigration and Diaspora Affairs today, telling legislators that American media coverage of the Middle East is biased, and that the Arab-Israeli standoff boils down to an existential clash of civilizations. “In America, the media is skewed on Israel,” Beck told his hosts. “The Israeli-Palestinian conflict … is about the destruction of Israel and the end of the western way of life. Period.”

The conspiracy-minded TV personality also tried out some Yiddish, saying he’d been a “typical shlub American” before the September 11 attacks inspired him to learn about the Middle East.

Though he’s been criticized in the past for invoking the Holocaust in attacks on political opponents, Beck was warmly received by right-wing Knesset members.

He’ll return to Israel later this year to host a rally in Jerusalem called “Restoring Courage.”


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