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Glenn Beck Gears Up For Big Jerusalem Show

By Nathan Burstein

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Glenn Beck’s back in Israel this week, in a trip that will conclude tomorrow with a program held at Jerusalem’s Davidson Center, not far from the Western Wall. This is the second visit by Beck since the end of his inflammatory run as a host at Fox News, and the first since July, when he was warmly greeted by right-wing members of the Knesset.

Struggling for relevancy in the U.S. since the end of his Fox News show in June, Beck hasn’t drawn significant attention from regular Israelis — despite effusive expressions of support for the country, and his decision to weigh in last week on ongoing social protests across the country. (Ready as usual to employ polarizing, highly questionable language, he compared the mostly middle-class demonstrators to communists.)

Tomorrow’s Jerusalem event is intended as the climax of the trip, and will feature an eclectic lineup ranging from John Voight, the actor and big-time Israel supporter, to Shmuel Rabinovitch, the rabbi of the Western Wall. The event is sold out, Beck’s Web site reports, but it can be viewed live online, via GBTV.com. (That’s short for Glenn Beck TV.)

Beck is presumably using today to prepare for tomorrow’s big show: Rather than live-streaming today’s activities, GBTV is airing a program about Beck’s visit to Auschwitz with his wife, Tania.


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