What are the media outlets saying about Glenn's speech to the Knesset, the legislative body in Israel? Well, despite the protests by some leftist bloggers, the mainstream media has focused heavily on the warm reception Glenn's speech.
Outspoken American TV and radio personality Glenn Beck found a friendly audience Monday in the Israeli Parliament as he spoke to a group on how Israel can improve its international image.
But he was serious when he said, "Here is the truth (about the) Israeli -Palestinian conflict -- at the ruling class, (the conflict) is about the destruction of Israel and about the end of the Western way of life, period."
Beck spoke as a guest of the Knesset's Committee on Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Affairs. In addition to mostly right-wing Knesset members, the committee room was packed with guests who were strong Glenn Beck fans, applauding enthusiastically as he entered the room.
One Knesset member from the centrist Atzmatut party who came to thank Beck was Einat Wilf. When asked about having the controversial talker at Israel's parliament, she responded, "These days we need all the help we can get."
"I don't think anyone can contest that Glenn Beck has the ability to reach tens of millions of people and to convince them, and as Israel finds itself in an intellectual battle for its own story, as Zionism continues to be under attack, we need to understand how to make sure that our truth is heard ... and anyone who can help us with that is more than welcome," Wilf said.
The topic of the day was attacks on Israel's "legitimacy," and whatever suggestions Beck might have on getting Israel's message out to a world that seems less and less inclined to listen. The star offered more reassurance than advice, emphasizing that Israel is doing well in what was the very first country to recognize it after independence.
He found himself among friends. Legislator after legislator thanked him, both in English and in Hebrew. Outside, an ultra-orthodox businessman hired a crane to hoist a banner over the Knesset lawn. "Thank you, Glenn Beck," it said, above the signature, "The Jewish Nation." The Hebrew lettering over both read: "The Left is Afraid and Rightly So" with three exclamation points.
Beck, for his part, began by apologizing to the committee for not wearing a tie, and then proceeding with his presentation, arguing that “politics as we know it is over” and that America had much to learn from Israel. “The media is skewed [in America],” he joked, “I thought you could only cook your food over a burning bus.” He went on to explain the American reaction to 9/11 and the “normalcy bias” that made Americans more vulnerable to ignore attacks, and quoted the Book of Ruth to express his solidarity with the Israeli people: “Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people are my people; your God is my God; where you die, I will die.”
The Jerusalem Post wrote:
Conservative pundit Glenn Beck was met with praise from coalition and opposition MKs, when he addressed the Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs committee on Monday, but some seemed to think he was not right-wing enough when it comes to Israel.
More than one MK spoke out against a Palestinian state in the committee meeting, but Beck told Channel 10 news later that evening that he would not oppose such a state.
"I'm not against a Palestinian state. I'm not here for a political solution," he said. "There's something bigger than politics here. I don't think in my lifetime I've seen a more clear definition of evil that has been dismissed," he added, referring to the massacre of the Fogel family in Itamar earlier this year.
During the meeting, Beck leaned over and whispered to his assistant: "Can you believe how much God plays a role here?"