Op/Ed: The right kind of friend for Israel

by Mike Evans

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Jerusalem never did like Jeremiah. The prophet was threatened and attacked by his own brothers, was beaten up at the order of a priest in the Temple and was imprisoned by the king – all for delivering the word of God that people did not want to hear.

A modern-day Jeremiah has had to contend with the equivalent. The liberal-leftist media in Israel has stooped to a new low in demonizing Glenn Beck before his “Restoring Courage” rallies in Caesarea and Jerusalem. Their false statements abounded, such as those concerning his relationship with his former Fox network.

The simple truth is that he is launching his own network, GBTV, with the assistance of a number of Fox execs who left with him. In fact, Fox and Beck’s production company, Mercury Radio Arts, have announced plans to produce joint TV projects that will be shown on Fox News.

Israelis may not be too familiar with Beck, but they should know that a Gallup poll last year found that more Americans admired him than admired the pope. The same poll found Beck more admired than Billy Graham, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush. Beck did come in a close second behind Nelson Mandela.

Another specious charge by the liberal-Left media cabal was that Senator Joe Lieberman decided not to participate in “Restoring Courage” due to so-called ideological reasons. In fact, a family crisis made it impossible for the senator to attend.

This kind of low-grade reporting just shows how Israel has been living in the media stone age for far too long. Instead of repeating Abba Eban’s quip about the Palestinians never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity, Israel’s information apparatus should wake up to the fact that it is the one missing one opportunity after another.

If the Palestinians had not been able to display their narrative all the way up to next month’s General Assembly, in the absence of Israel’s narrative, you wouldn’t need a Glenn Beck to come here and lead a rally to restore anything.

No Christian has ever risked more of his reputation and resources, or put his life on the line to the degree that Glenn Beck has for Israel. How dumb can the liberal-Left media be? Beck is seen and heard on more than 2,000 TV and radio stations and via 16 satellites.

The main event of “Restoring Courage” took place on Wednesday night. It was a worldwide media event viewed by more than 1,000 viewing parties in more than 60 countries. These include the UK, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Hungary, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Expressions of support have come in from across the US political spectrum, including Lieberman, publisher Mort Zuckerman and Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Thanks to Beck, you can be sure that this worldwide audience got a rare glimpse at the beauty of Israel. Aside from restoring courage, events like this are what both religious and secular Israelis pray for: golden opportunities to promote tourism, to encourage the world to buy Israeli products, and see the kind and loving nation that actually lives here, unlike the image that anti-Semites like to promote.

You might wonder who is pulling the strings when such a man as Glenn Beck is so persecuted. Perhaps his own Via Dolorosa is connected to another street – J Street.

As a speaker at two “Restoring Courage” events, I had something to say from the evangelical point of view. But it was a Jewish speaker, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin of Efrat, who simply and eloquently described Beck as “a deeply patriotic American, a true friend of Israel.”

He expressed what I would like to think are the true feelings of Israelis. “We are not alone,” Riskin said. “We are profoundly grateful for your courage to love us and stand with us.”

The Left-liberal media like to point out how Beck is often overcome with emotion to the point of weeping. Well, even though Jeremiah was called the “weeping prophet” because of his lamentations, he also gave Israel a positive message, in Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans that I have for you… declares the Lord,” plans for your welfare and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope.

Mike Evans is a New York Times bestselling author and has served for decades as a key liaison between millions of evangelical Christians and Israel.

Washington DC is the LONELIEST city in America!

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Glenn ended 2022 talking about the "loneliness epidemic" and its sobering correlation to skyrocketing suicide rates. New Chamber of Commerce data reveal Americans are lonelier than ever—and those living at our nation's capital are the loneliest.

According to the data, there are 36 million Americans living alone, equal to 10 percent of the entire country. When measuring the percentage of U.S. cities whose residents live alone, D.C. ranks the highest. Out of D.C.'s 316,565 residents, nearly HALF of the residents live alone. 48.3 percent of D.C. workers are still working remotely, further isolating its residents from meaningful interactions.

D.C.-commuter city Alexandria ranked third on the list of the U.S.'s top five loneliest cities, while Virginia's capital ranked fourth. St. Louis, Missouri came in second place, and Cincinnati, Ohio was number five. Meanwhile, Fontana, a town in California's San Bernadino Valley, is the least lonely city in America, with only 11 percent of its residents living alone.

New data shows that Washington D.C. is the loneliest city in AmericaCourtesy of the Daily Mail UK and the Chamber of Commerce

This data resonates with Glenn's poignant 2022 message: "We have built a society that does NOT connect." We are in a dangerous situation where our physical isolation is coupled with our digital replacements to meaningful human interaction and relationships. Soberly recounting the 30 percent growth in suicides nationwide in 2022, Glenn said:

We have lost touch with each other, physically, with each other. We thought this would bring us closer, but social media is making us divide ourselves and get further apart from each other. We don't have friends, we have "Facebook friends," we have "likes." Humans need human interaction. Humans need to develop compassion. Humans need positive input.

Even if our current circumstances force us to live alone, it's more important than ever to pursue quality human interactions and cultivate new, meaningful ways to spend our time. Glenn said, "We all should be spending an hour learning something new every day." Glenn said he's going to be learning the piano with his hour. He also encouraged his audience to serve others, pointing to the direct correlation of service and a personal sense of fulfillment. While our digital world steals so much of our time, energy, and joy, we have to "get back to basics" by pursuing things that bring true fulfillment, like quality relationships, hard work, and service.

Glenn just dropped a sneak peek of the beginning stages of his newest painting on Instagram. Titled "We've been here before," the painting depicts the mugshots of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., comedian Lenny Bruce, and Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. All three men were arrested either for their political views or speech.

No American citizen, no matter their opinion, should be denied their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. As Glenn so aptly wrote, "Jailing people for speech, petition/redress and thought—when will we learn? It was wrong then, it is wrong now ... History repeats itself IF you don’t know it."

Did you know Glenn is also an avid artist? Check out more of his amazing artwork, HERE!

White House PRESSURED Facebook to CENSOR Tucker Carlson over COVID-19 vaccine reporting

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Last November, Glenn interviewed Louisianna AG Jeff Landry about his investigations into corruption regarding the government's COVID-19 response. Today, Landry tweeted THIS bombshell: the White House pressured Facebook to censor Tucker Carlson and others who criticized the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines.

Landry tweeted a screenshot of internal emails between Biden's Director of Digital Strategy, Rob Flaherty, and a Facebook employee, whose name was blacked out in the post, revealing that Flaherty pressured the Facebook employee to censor Tucker Carlson in an effort to "reduce" COVID vaccine misinformation. The email from Flaherty to the Facebook employee reads:

Since we've been on the phone — the top post about vaccines today is tucker Carlson saying they don't work. Yesterday was Tomi Lehren saying she won't take one. This is exactly why I want to know what "Reduction" actually looks like — if "reduction" means "pumping our most vaccine hesitant audience with tucker Carlson saying it doesn't work" then...I'm not sure it's reduction!

The Facebook employee, signaling further action regarding Flaherty's request, responded, "Thanks—I saw the same thing when we hung up. Running this down now."

Though perhaps Landry’s post would have come as a surprise several months ago, news of big government’s collusion with social media to censor conservatives has become “expected” since the bombshell Twitter Files dropped. The files revealed that the Biden admin and FBI pressured and—in some cases—PAID Twitter to censor content, like the New York Post's Hunter Biden’s laptop story, conservatives spokespeople like Charlie Kirk and Dan Bongino, and even permanently suspending Trump's profile altogether. Fox News host Tucker Carlson has just joined the list of high-profile conservatives who have been silenced by this collusion.

News of big government's collusion with social media to censor conservatives has become "expected" since the bombshell Twitter files.

While many politicians are "all talk" when it comes to holding the deep state and Big Tech accountable, Landry and other State AGs have actually started taking the Biden admin and Big Tech to task. Landry and former Missouri AG Eric Schmitt sued the Biden admin in May 2022 for pressuring and colluding with social media giants to suppress free speech—long before the Twitter Files broke. When Schmitt was sworn in as Senator on Jan 5, 2023, he was replaced by Andrew Bailey, who, during his swearing-in ceremony said, "We now have hard evidence that President Biden’s Administration colluded with social media companies to censor differing viewpoints and silence ‘misinformation.'" Landry, Schmitt, and Bailey are leading the legal fight to hold the Biden admin accountable for using Big Tech to censor and suppress the American people.

"We now have hard evidence that President Biden’s Administration colluded with social media companies to censor differing viewpoints and silence ‘misinformation.'"

As Glenn wrote regarding the Twitter files, "The press doing the bidding of the government is what they had in Soviet Russia or what they have in China and North Korea today." The Twitter Files and Landry's work continue to reveal that our government collusion is looking for like the global enemies of free speech. However, unlike our enemies, we have more hope and opportunity to hold these bad actors accountable through the work of freedom-loving and justice-seeking officials like Jeff Landry, Eric Schmitt, and Andrew Bailey.

On today's program, despite what Democrats (and even some Republicans) may say, the chaos that ensued last week over the GOP's pick for House speaker was great for America. Why? Because by pushing back against Kevin McCarthy's nomination for the role, Freedom Caucus members ensured several huge wins for House Republicans. Glenn lists those wins in this clip — like a 72-hour reading period on all bills presented to Congress and an upcoming vote on term limits. "This is our government," Glenn said, adding that he wanted to see what the government does. Thanks to the chaos in the people's house, Republicans received a commitment for a committee to study potential FBI abuses against the American public. Thanks to the House Freedom Caucus, Glenn says, "America: you won."

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