Below is the transcript for the Q&A portion of Glenn's visit to the Knesset in Israel. GBTV subscribers can watch the FULL video of Glenn's Knesset speech by clicking here.
Glenn Beck – Knesset Transcript Q&A
Speaker: I want to ask MK…to address shortly and ask the other speakers to speak shortly because we have a lot of people wanting to speak and also we have MK…from…who joined us……..I just want to ask you to use the translation some of the speakers would speak in Hebrew. And it should be one for Hebrew, two for English. And I also want to…Joe Kerry the Chief-of-Staff for Glenn Beck. And Raj who is heading the Glenn Beck production, by the way I think it’s for us the … in Israel we are going to watch out what you are doing. Because I think it’s the first time you’re going to have a network on the internet. We have a lot of criticism with the media in Israel. So if it work for you maybe we will try to imitate it here in Israel. So we going to watch out at what you are doing there in the US. Ok MK …..
MK 1: Ok say a few words in English. And after that in the meeting I speak in Hebrew. It is an honor and privilege to welcome Mr. Glenn Beck to the Knesset. Mr. Beck is the … and influential media personality in the United States and throughout the world. He is a staunch and courageous supporter of Israel. He makes it his life’s work to report the truth on all issues and in regard to Israel he is an outstanding … (integrity and professional vision?) I would like to say a few words to the group that came with you and to thank them. I would like to thank Doctor Joseph Freager is with us. Doctor Paul… and Mrs… she’s here also. Doctor Kim special from the United States for this important occasion. Thank you. And now a few words in Hebrew.
MK Nissim Zeev (Shas Party): (29:34) In the weekly Torah portion, we see the issue that the God of All Spirit will enumerate every person. When Moses learns that the Almighty tells him he will die and (29:30) will not continue and enter the Land of Israel and will not continue leading the people, he said “who will go before them, who will lead them. Show me the man who’s most worthy to lead the nation of Israel.” (30:15) The most important issue for a leader is that he doesn’t leave a vacuum when he leaves his position. He is concerned with continuity, he is concerned with the “next generation” that God forbid he leaves the nation without a leadership. (30:31) And this image of a sheep without a shepherd, why is there a sheep without a shepherd because we can see really that the sheep has a shepherd. We see the man. It’s not written: without a shepherd rather who does not have a shepherd. (30:45) Because it’s possible the shepherd himself can lead down a path that’s not a path, to places that God forbid all the sheep can get lost. Therefore the strength of the leader comes from his determination, his path, and the messages he conveys. I want to say we have one clear message: we are the children of the Land of Israel not from 1948. (31:16) we are from Joshua son of Nun, from when Joshua conquered the Land of Israel. We are more than 3,000 years, the nation of Israel, the Jewish people, are in the Land of Israel. We only returned to our land after 2,000 years of exile, but we have to know that we don’t need to be defensive and have to always explain ourselves. (31:42) I would like to thank you, Sir. Your holy work that you are doing. If only we had a media here like you to broadcast in the United States the position of the State of Israel. Thank you very much. 31:55 [Inaudible] [Applause]
Danon: Thank you very much to MK Nissim Ze’ev 32:00
I’d like to before [turning to] Deputy Minister [Inaudible]. We have in the audience Mr. Shlomo Perl. I didn’t see it but I heard you put up a sign outside the Knesset on a crane. So if you would like 20 seconds to tell us what brought you here. I’m saying now that we’re not going to put up a sign on a crane for every guest that comes to the committee (32:23). Unless you Mr. Perl come here from – where are you from? – Jerusalem. You can move forward and tell us in 20 seconds what brought you here. (32:35)
33:15 (In Hebrew)
MK 2: I thank you so much for what you’re doing for Israel and I hope you continue for many years.
MK 3: (Hebrew)
Shlomi Perl: (32:38) First I’d like to thank MK Danny Danon for inviting here a personality such as Mr. Glenn Beck. My name is Shlomi Perl, age 29, from Jerusalem, the father of a 6-year-old girl. I’m the partner in a hi-tech company. Naturally, in hi-tech companies, we make connections overseas. Over time, our relations develop beyond the business and we always talk a little politics at some point. When I’m asked the famous question: is it true what they say about you in the news? I’ve stopped answering that question. I don’t go into descriptions or arguments. I simply say to them: watch Mr. Glenn Beck’s show for one week and then we’ll talk. Believe me that’s enough. In English I’d like to thank Mr. Glenn Beck. (33:15) I thank you so much for what you’re doing for Israel and I hope you’ll continue for many years.(3:22) (Applause)
Danon: Thank you. If we don’t make it [outside in time], Shlomo, then send us the photo of what you did outside…
… he paid. We had nothing to do with it [putting up the sign on the crane] Member of Knesset Michaeli. We said before you came, to those who came from overseas - we won’t pay for your flight, and to those who brought the crane – it’s at their expense and their responsibility. (33:44) Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara, please.
MK 3: It’s so important my friend. When we outside this country we have a feeling sometimes that all the world did not understand that this part of the world was the Jews was two states this is the three states. And what happened with the Palestinian never was a state of Palestinian here in this area. From my position, I’m not Jewish. I’m feeling more Jewish than all the Jews…I want to thank you very much.
Danon: Thank you very much Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara. All the more power to you. I’d like to include our guests, not just members of Knesset. We have here a student from Afula. Afula, Glenn, is far away it’s about one and a half or two hours drive. We have a student named, Alon Kimchi. Alon you’re from the group “What is Real,” is that how you say it in Hebrew?
MK 4: What Israel is group of student, from diverse political view, who aim to send delegation abroad to campuses. We started in Israel and (parted ways?) in England. It was amazing success. The first time activists find diversity of Israeli students that came from different political view. I think it’s the first time this organization involves left and right in one cause that we believe in. And we don’t have an agenda we don’t represent individual and Israelis. I believe Israel is being represented abroad, but not Israelis. We are a diverse group, and we have different ethnic background. And we involve Jewish and non-Jewish in this organization. We are headed now to South Africa after it Canada and United States, finishing again in England. We all pay on our own. We start from bottom only student, we have more than 100 students that join us and it’s getting bigger. And ask any new organization dealing with logistic bureaucracy, knowledge and funding. We sacrifice a lot to do it, because we believe it is a joint effort from all different people in society, mainly student, because this is the call on the assault on Israel’s legitimacy. So I’m coming here, MK, Parliament, and all the people let’s do it together. Student, non-Student academy and that’s it…
Danon: Thank you very much Alon. Good job. You are invited to the 24th of August in Jerusalem. I’d like to invite MK Einat Wilf, please.
MK Einat Wilf (Ha’atzmaut): I’ll speak in Hebrew in the Knesset. Thank you for the visit and the willingness to defend Israel. It’s certainly very important that this be perceived as something that crosses party lines. I have certainly believed for a long time that there is a desire to translate the arena in which the conflict against Israel is taking place from those arenas in which those efforts have failed: whether they be military arenas or economic arenas or terror arenas, to an arena that’s a consciousness struggle, intellectual, in the media. It’s taking place in the media, in international organizations, in academics. And the goal is primarily to [Inaudible] the Zionist idea. It’s not the State of Israel it’s more than that, it’s the Zionist idea. The basic idea of the Jewish people as a nation with a right to a country of its own in the only place that it was ever sovereign. (39:38) And we in the State of Israel are only now starting to wake up to this shifting of arena where the conflict is occurring, and to the right way to fight it. I liked what you said about the truth. I want to believe it, because in my experience so far, in the struggle between the truth and a good story, the good story will win. So the question is, how to make sure it’s both the truth and a good story. I still think the story of the State of Israel and the Zionist story is the better story but that’s the thing. (40:25) I would like to request one thing of you. It’s very important to me that in the defense of Israel in the world we are not fighting from the point of view of the victim. As a Zionist, I don’t want to win the contest of who’s the bigger victim. That’s also not the contest we established a state in order to win. It’s important to emphasize Zionist history. I would want the figure of Herzl to be a much more recognized figure in the world. And that the emphasis be on how people took their fate into their hands and not on the question of the suffering and victimhood. And therefore I absolutely appreciate and thank you for willingness to join this struggle, both for the truth, for the better story and at the end the justice of the Zionist way. Thank you very much.
Danon: Thank you MK Einat Wilf. I bet you want to address (41:1)
Glenn Beck: Yea you said a good story beats the truth. Not now, or soon not now. The story has to be so gnarled and twisted that it just doesn’t ring true anymore. And truth is the underdog now. And underdogs always win. Underdogs always win. And the second thing is you mentioned victim hood. I did something last week that I’ve never ever wanted to do. I would have paid money not to do it in my whole life. I went to Auschwitz. And I’m doing a documentary on it. And it profoundly changed me, but not because of the victims. I wasn’t looking for the story of the victims. I was looking for the story of the hope. And I was looking for the story of the individuals who stood against beyond Goliath. Who was it that stood. That is the story that needs to be told. And that is the quintessential American story. Not the government. And the quintessential Jewish story. Not the Israeli story alone, but the Jewish, as people. The fundamental question today is the question that our founders struggled with, and when we set forth our founding documents what they were trying to answer was the age old question, ‘Can man rule himself’? I answer yes and I’d imagine everybody here answers yes as well. That is the struggle of today. Can the individual survive? Can he rule himself? It’s not what has happened you it’s not the struggle that you went through. It’s not the victim that you can become. That’s old think. That’s what people are holding onto now that want power. That won’t win, because man has tasted freedom. Real freedom. Only about 5% of the whole world has tasted the freedom that we have. And what have you done with it.
Glenn Beck: Israel. They don’t say poor me. They come…I mean is it just me who has driven about 15 miles outside of Jerusalem and seen nothing. I mean I’ve lived in Arizona. No no this is nothing. There is nothing there. You took a barren patch of land and made it a garden. It is the ultimate story. Yes man can rule himself. Yes man can be down. Yes he can pull himself back up. Yes he can take nothing and build it into something great. Amen. Amen.
MK 6: (Hebrew)
Danon: MK Yulia Shamalov Berkovitch, please.
MK Yulia Shamalov Berkovitch (Kadima): (44:20) Danny. I thank you with all my heart that you’re here. You said the name of the game is the truth. I came here from the world of media. I set up two large media bodies and then I came to the Knesset. In both of these fields to my regret, the truth is not the name of the game. And in many cases in places I go and things I deal with I hear “you won’t survive politics, because in politics they don’t seek the truth.” And I insist to go on with it, because I believe in my heart that people in the end know the truth deep inside and know that everyone is pulling the wool the other. I want to tell you from here to take advantage of your being here and this forum to say (45:31) that your arrival in Israel is no less important than what you do in the United States. Because here today in the 21st Century the citizens of this country have lost faith, faith in themselves, faith in each other, faith in the world and faith in the Creator. And I think that when a person like you comes here it’s no less important than what you do there. Here you give people hope, that is believe it there are things and not all you see is the truth. Believe that there are people who love you. But it’s very important to convey the message from here that says as the chairman asked: (46:28) how is it that only you spoke about Itamar and nobody else did. First, because you’re a special person. And to your credit it can be said that sometimes when I saw the things you did I simply would be moved. But it’s very important we know from here, Mr. Chairman, that if we in Israel don’t believe in our own truth it will be very, very difficult to explain the truth outside. And unfortunately we are in a situation now where we don’t believe in our own truth. And I thank you with all my heart, and may people like you be multiplied both here and in the world. And to make one point to everyone who is filming here. (47:20) And I do this in many meetings with newspaper editors and especially with young reporters, I tell them: Put aside what’s interesting. Go with the truth. Because at the end you are sleeping on your pillow and you have to face up to what you did today and how you influenced the public in your little place. Because the media has a great responsibility. And it’s about time they also told the stories, but just the true stories. Thank you very much. (47:59) (Applause)
Danon: MK Yulia Shamalov Berkovitch, the truth is we have to struggle, all the parties, that the truth will be in the media, in politics and in education, in every place to which we can return the truth. MK Michael Ben-Ari, please.
MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union): (48:15) Thank you very much Mr. Chairman. Thank you very much, Glenn Beck. The things that were said here caused me an internal, personal feeling that I can remove myself from here and give you this chair to you and you will do an excellent job in public relations …
Danon: (laughing) What party will he be? There will be problems what party he’s in, MK Ben-Ari.
Ben-Ari: Wherever he is he’ll do well. I have no doubt. I want to focus on one central issue from the perspective of Glenn Beck that unfortunately we don’t really see here. I’d like to tell a short story. A year, a year and a half ago, Mr. Mike Huckabee came here from the United States. We were in Har Bracha, and a some Jews were sitting there saying “When you’re President of the United States” – it was thought then he’d be a candidate. Since then we know that’s not the case. “When you’re President of the United States you’ll help us in this way and that way.” When I stood to talk, those things really bothered me. I see that you discern things that other people find difficult to discern.(49:33) The process that we’re in the past 100 years is an historic process that the hand of the Creator is involved in in the strongest way possible. Those who know Mark Twain’s descriptions of his pleasure tour in the Holy Land. (49:51) He describes the desolation and that he walks great distances and sees nothing besides miserable, unfortunate people. And we’re talking about only 130 years ago. And in the Holy Land today, when he comes to Jerusalem, he’s stuck in traffic jams. And if he doesn’t know to thank the Creator who brought these traffic jams, he doesn’t understand anything.
Danon: (50:19) Just to clarify: do you bless the fact that you’re in a traffic jam in the morning?
Ben-Ari: I do bless when I’m in a traffic jam. I learned from my father, may he rest in peace, we lived near a main road where there were many cars and he said, go down and “May the city of Zion be filled – we lived in Tel Aviv – but for him …
Ben-Ari: … When he came here and saw the desolation in the land, for him, every structure that was built, every road that was paved was for him the manifestation of the word of the Lord and the prophets [Inaudible]. I told Mr. Huckabee, look behind, you see the entire valley of Shechem [Nablus]. The Holy One, Blessed be He is fulfilling His promise to the nation of Israel to return to its land. One who helps us – God bless him, will receive from us every blessing in the world. Will receive from us every embrace in the world. Because he is part of a historical divine process, the return of the people of Israel to its land. 51:20 and I think one of the essential things that you said that there’s nothing more significant than telling the truth. Many times I try to tell the truth and I receive abuse from the whole world. So I see how the truth permeates in the end and is the only thing that influences, so we bless you, we embrace you, and I’ll talk to the Speaker of the Knesset about my chair. (51:44)
Danon: Thank you very much. Take note Ben-Ari that every morning in the traffic jam to Jerusalem, we’ll call you to make sure you’re blessing. MK Tzipi Hotoveli please.
Danon: MK Aryeh Eldad, please.
52:08-57:40 Member of the Knesset
Thank you for all your words, thank you for your support and thank you for the thing you said about the truth and my truth is in Hebrew...so I’ll speak hebrew.
(Continues in Hebrew)
57:40-57:50 (Danny talks in Hebrew)
It’s correct that we need to speak our truth. It’s true that opposite our truth there is somebody presenting a different truth. And the world is becoming more and more a place that rejects the truth. It says: “there isn’t one truth. There’s your truth, there’s his truth, there’s your narrative, there’s his narrative.” We are in a post-modern era. And people seriously are opposed to the truth. (52:55) But I will still state my truth. And my truth is that the Land of Israel belongs to the nation of Israel. And it’s true that the occupation must be ended. We must end the occupation. The Muslim occupation of the Land of Israel that began [Applause]. Friends, honestly, it’s not appropriate to clap hands.
Danon: We don’t clap hands. Not for Mr. Glenn Beck. Not for Members of Knesset. Anyone who wants to can at the end clap hands but right now we’re in the middle of a meeting. Please.
Eldad: The Speaker of the Knesset, Rubi Rivlin, said several times that it’s not permitted to clap hands in the Knesset because in the end we might be tempted to think we’re right. [Laughter] That’s not true. (53:48) I think we need to end the occupation of the Land of Israel, the Muslim occupation of the Land of Israel that began more than 1,300 years ago. And I also believe in the “Two-State Solution.” But I always remember that there already is a Palestinian state and it’s in Jordan. Jordan is a Palestinian state. 80% of the inhabitants of Jordan are Palestinian. It was established on ¾ of the Jewish national homeland given to Britain for administration in 1918, in 1920 in San Remo, in the conference after the First World War. So there already is a Palestinian state and another one is not needed. But you also said that in the end we’re all human. (54:42) We’re all people. And I have a problem with that statement – not because it’s not true – I’m a doctor. I know physiologically it’s completely true. But one must understand there are people whose motivations are different from your motivations. (55:02) I treat burns. I once treated a suicide bomber – you won’t be able to translate this to English – a “schlimazel” [inept, unlucky, unfortunate] suicide bomber. A suicide bomber who didn’t succeed at doing what he wanted to. He went in the winter with a backpack to explode himself on one of the streets of Jerusalem. He got off the bus and he saw in Mea Shearim [neighborhood] in Jerusalem a wedding hall. People were leaving a wedding. He told me, because he was only wounded in the attack. He spoke to me because I was the doctor treating him. He told me, “I walked toward the hall’s entrance, but there weren’t enough children there. So I went to the farther group. Over there were many mothers with strollers and babies and children. But on the way I slipped in a puddle and I fell and the bomb on my back got wet so I didn’t explode, rather it just burned and I got burned.” (56:18) He was in my care for three months. And therefore I say, there are people who don’t behave like the rest of us that at the end of the day we just want good. There are people who are motivated by other forces, different from yours and mine.
When a woman I treated to whom I sent skin from the skin bank in Jerusalem and her life was saved in Soroka hospital after her family burned her because they accused her of disloyalty to the family. (56:56) They saved her in Soroka hospital – she was from Gaza. And four months later they invited her back to the hospital for follow-up. She returned with a bomb on her body in order to explode at Soroka hospital because her family told her that if she explodes in the hospital that saved her life they’ll forgive her. So we’re talking about people who behave differently. (57:25) That are motivated otherwise. And if we in the end think that everyone’s the same and we’ll forget how our enemies behave then they truly will be able to defeat us. Thank you very much. (57:41)
Danon: Thank you very much Member of Knesset Aryeh Eldad. Member of Knesset Tzipi Hotoveli, please.
57:50-1:03:45 First of all, thank you so much for coming here, thank you so much for representing Israel in the best way. I would like to thank my friend Danny Dannon for hosting this wonderful event. I must tell you my first conversation with our Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was about telling the truth and I was quite young and naive and I said you know if we’re only going to say the truth then we’re going to win and then he told me this very interesting sentence that I remember since then and the sentence was “The truth never wins, the truth only wins if you say it out loud and long time enough and you keep on telling it.” I think it’s one of the most important things we must remember. I’ll switch to Hebrew because the Israeli state is hosting you and this is our language and we’re proud of it. (Continues in Hebrew)
1:03:45-1:04:02 (Danny talks in Hebrew)
Danon: Thank you MK Hotoveli. I would like to ask Dan Diker, the Secretary General of the World Jewish Congress. First of all congratulations, Dan. You were elected Secretary General. We wish you luck in this important position. (1:03:56) Please briefly.
Dan Diker, Secretary General, World Jewish Congress: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I prefer to speak in English directly to Mr. Glenn Beck.
1:04:02-1:05:19 Mr. Beck thank you so much for coming to speak. As the Secretary General of the world Jewish congress representing 100 communities around the world including the Israeli public on the issues of vital Jewish concern. You know we live in a time and an area that has been defined as the arab spring, which some seem to refer to as an optimistic viewing of what’s going on around us. But what we know for sure is that the whole concept for freedom began 3000 years ago when a reluctant leader named Moses demanded from an Egyptian tyrant named Pharoah freedom, and it really as the Jewish people it defined in that moment of history the concept of freedom under law and freedom under God for all people. And its particularly powerful today because the language of human rights, the language of civil rights and equality is being used against us when it really were we who for the past 3000 years have really offered the world the concept of freedom and certainly political freedom. 1:05:19- and its this message that we have to i think export to the world that our particular Jewish rights, our Jewish spring is something that has to be included along with the universality of human rights, equal rights and civil rights which if you walk the streets and you do walk the streets you see a thriving, open, liberal, forgiving society in which doctors are saving the lives of those who try to murder them and you have freedoms in this country for minorities, women and gays and other members of other minorities that are an example to the world. So I think that for the Jewish people and for it’s nation state we are very proud to have you as a guest and very proud about what we represent. I hope that the openness and the universality of human rights, equal rights and civil rights and the particularity of Jewish rights can be exported together so the world understands that connection. Thank you so much.
10:06:14-10:06:20 (Danny talks in Hebrew)
Danon: (1:06:13) Thank you very much, Dan. Dan Diker, the Secretary General of the World Jewish Congress. Member of Knesset Marina Solodkin.
10:06:20-1:07:30 Good afternoon and hello, Mr. Chairperson you have very good taste inviting such wonderful people headed by Glenn and this group. I have to say to you that we have very much in common the Israelis and the American people. Our values are based on bible and we are very democratic. You see I came 20 years ago from former soviet union, a soviet jew. After the Iron curtain was fallen and I have to say to you I’m 15 years in the Israeli Knesset, you understand? And I want to send my love to the former President George Bush we meet him here in the previous years 2009 I think in Knesset and I want to send my love to Mr. Obama and ask him in a way asking him to free Jonathan (Pallard?) Thank You
1:07:30-1:07:59 (Danny speaks in Hebrew) Thank you Member of Knesset Marina Solodkin. we need to convene toward summation. I would like to ask of Shlomo Mostofsky, president of Young Israel in the United States, briefly. Please Shlomo. Please sit at a table Shlomo so we can hear you.
Shlomo Mostofsky, president of Young Israel in the United States: Thank you minister Danon.
Danon: Not a minister yet.
1:07:59- I’d like to thank Mr. Beck for coming here today and I was very glad to hear other member of the Knesset today talk about Jonathan (Pallard?) as a president of a national council I represent approximately 140 synagogues in the United States and 50 here in Israel and one of the major projects that we’ve been working on is trying to free Mr. Pollard. We were very saddened to see that even when his father passed away the United States wouldn’t let him out of prison to attend his father’s funeral and while you’re talking about justice (Inaudible), Jonathan Pallard these are injustices that the world has to notice these are injustices that have to be spoken about. You cannot make peace with people who do not want to make peace. Land for peace does not work when peace is spelled p-i-e-c-e and this is something that someone like you can spread around the world I know that here in Israel people have been speaking out but somehow people don’t want to listen but I find when I speak to people in the United States who aren’t Jew and I tell them what’s going on people do want to hear the truth it has to be spoken and I thank you very much for doing so.
1:09:18 Glenn: It just parting word and again thanks. You said that what I’m doing here is just as important as what I’m doing in America...I would correct you and say this is more important. As goes Israel, goes the rest of the world. I also am extraordinarily clear as a man who also worships the one God. Of the times that we live in and I’m wildly clear that Gods hand is at work and all it requires is each one of us to stand up with our own little puzzle piece. For evil to conquer we have to remain silent but if we can stand together and just say we believe in not killing each other, we believe in common decency and link arms. God will do the rest. Thank You.