Glenn Beck: The story of Israel





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Israel is an amazing place.

It's very similar to us. It's different, sure, but different like how we're different from, say, Canada — rather than how we're different from Egypt or Iran. Those are worlds apart.

But Israel's problems are very similar to ours. For example:

They've got a political system that's crippling the country. We've got one of those, too. Israel has three major political parties and the way it works is kind of like how the coalitions are made on the show "Survivor." They don't really care which side it is; they look at where power can be formed and then co-opt whichever side it is.

Their welfare system is threatening to collapse the economy. Almost 20 percent of Israeli men aged 35 to 54 aren't working; 27 percent of Arab men and 65 percent of Orthodox Jews don't work, mostly because they opt for a life of "state-subsidized religious study." It's bankrupting the system and these people living off the state end up being political pawns.

The Temple Mount is where many believe God first talked to man; where Abraham prepared to sacrifice Isaac as an offering; where Solomon built the first Temple; where Mohammed ascended into the sky; where Jesus turned over the tables; where Christians believe the antichrist will stand and where Jesus will return. It's only 45-acres and it's got everything: Islam, Christianity, Judaism.

You may not believe in any of this stuff, but isn't it odd that a country the size of a postage stamp could throw the world into chaos? Fiji is about the same size; New Jersey is slightly bigger. Name a country that was foretold it would play a great role, then be destroyed, then come back again.

Israel was gone for centuries and when does it come back into the picture? 1917, World War I. Most of Europe was preparing for war. They all wanted to go to war. The U.S. also wanted to get involved. Why? Because we knew we'd become one of the world's players. We were loaning them money which, in turn meant, much like the IMF is doing to Greece right now, we could tell them what they had to do. They had that giant IOU hanging over their head. The second reason: Progressives actually believed war in Europe would provide some sort of collective salvation.

But Europe couldn't afford the war. Some of the rich and powerful in the Jewish community including eventual first president of the state of Israel, Chaim Weizmann, were key in helping fund and equip the British war effort. Germany had the market cornered on acetone, a key ingredient for arms production. Britain could very well have lost the war, but Weizmann invented a fermentation process that allowed the British to manufacture their own liquid acetone. So, understandably, the British were extremely grateful and sympathetic towards Weizmann.

Weizmann also was a leading voice for Israel's statehood. On November 2, 1917, the Balfour Declaration was signed. It was a formal statement by the British government, saying that they'd create a Jewish homeland in British-occupied ancient Palestine. One of Woodrow Wilson's pet projects, the League of Nations, ratified the declaration in 1922. This declaration and ratification caused Jews to be optimistic about the eventual establishment of a homeland. Jewish immigrants started pouring in during the '30s and Arabs became fearful that the region would become a national homeland for the Jews.

By 1936, fighting had broken out between Jews and Arabs. Anti-Semitic sentiment was spreading throughout the Middle East and Persia. Toss Hitler into the mix and the Jewish people were getting it from all sides. Hitler's top propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, epitomized the hate. He wrote that they needed to "throw out the Jews" and to "give them a serious beating." He said, "We see Jewry as a direct threat to every nation"; "Jewry is a contagious infection" and "there can be no peace in Europe until the last Jews are eliminated from the continent."

The hatred wasn't just contained to Hitler. Persia and Germany were allies at one time and eventually Persia changed their name to Iran. That name change came at the suggestion of Iranian diplomats in Berlin to the Persian foreign ministry in Tehran; the idea was that Iran was considered to be the birthplace and the original homeland of the Aryan race. The significance of this is that Iran, in Farsi, means the land of the Aryans.

Now, World War II is over. Harry Truman comes to office in 1945. Truman was a religious, biblically Christian man. He's best friends with a Jewish man named Eddie Jacobson. They'd been friends since 1905, but had fallen out of touch for more than a decade when circumstances involving World War I brought them together. They operated a regimental canteen together and it went so well they made a pact that after the war they would go into business. They never wrote any of their agreements down, a handshake was always good enough. After the war they kept their word and opened Truman & Jacobson's Gents' Furnishings in 1919. In 1922 they went out of business. But instead of filing for bankruptcy, they decided to pay back all their own debts. It took them until 1937. They recalled that, "It took a lot of sacrifice, but both of us are glad that the old firm of Truman & Jacobson doesn't owe anybody a dime." That's the kind of men these guys were: honorable.

From the beginning, President Truman made his sympathies for the Jewish people clear and supported the Balfour Declaration. Again, he was a Bible-fearing man and the Jews were viewed as an extension of us, for no other reason than the Bible told us so. But Truman was being pressured from all sides not to intervene on behalf of the Jews — by the Soviets and even by the State Department, who didn't want America to intervene because they feared Arab nations would restrict oil supply to America.

But Truman strongly believed that because of the Holocaust and the oppression suffered by the Jews, they needed a homeland. As the United Nations prepared to pass the resolution to create the state of Israel, the Arab League Council directed governments to send troops to the border. Nevertheless, Truman believed this was the right thing to do and ordered the State Department to support the U.N. resolution.

On November 29, 1947, the partition plan was passed in the U.N. General Assembly. U.N. Resolution 181 defined the outline of a settlement. In 1947, U.N. partition divided the area into three entities: a Jewish state, an Arab state and an international zone around Jerusalem.

At midnight on May 14, 1948, the provisional government of Israel proclaimed the new state of Israel. On that same day, Truman recognized the provisional Jewish government as the de facto authority of the new Jewish state. Truman believed he was doing the work of God. Truman is the reason we have Israel — he felt he was born for that mission.

That's how we got Israel. And it only took a day before the fighting began. On May 15, 1948, the Arab states issued their response statement and Arab armies invaded Israel and the fighting has gone on ever since. And so have the lies, distortion, propaganda and deception with every country.

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The great beyond. What does it hide from us? Do unknown lifeforms linger in the dark? In other words, was David Bowie right? Is there life on Mars? The head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department contends that, yes, there is. Well, not that there's life on Mars. I'll explain in just a minute.

In an academic article for the Astrophysical Journal Letters, Dr. Avi Loeb, the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department, claimed that an alien probe entered our solar system. He claimed that it is masked as the space rock Oumuamua (Ow-moo-ah-moo-ah), "the first interstellar object to enter our solar system." It turns out that "space rock" is way more than a musical genre.

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In his own words:

Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that 'Oumuamua is a lightsail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment.

His evidence? pointed to the space rock's abnormal acceleration, activity which he gathered via the Hubble Space Telescope.

He added that "the lightsail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargo between planets."

Sounds a bit like Star Wars, no? Or are you more of a Star Trek fan? Either way, it's an odd thing to hear from the head of Harvard University's Astronomy Department. Typically, we hear these sorts of things from the darker corners of the History Channel.

Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore.

"I don't care what people say," Loeb said. "It doesn't matter to me. I say what I think, and if the broad public takes an interest in what I say, that's a welcome result as far as I'm concerned, but an indirect result. Science isn't like politics: It is not based on popularity polls."

Honestly, I believe the guy. Well, I'll say that, at this point, I'm not really surprised. It's 2019. I'm not surprised by anything anymore. Heck, I welcome alien lifeforms. Maybe they can give us some advice on how to get our world together.

The third annual Women's March is approaching, and the movement has shown signs of strife. It's imploding, really. An article in Tablet Magazine revealed deep-seated antisemitism among the co-chairs of the movement, which is funny for a movement that brands itself as a haven of "intersectionality." The examples pile up, and just yesterday there was another. I'll tell you about it in a minute.

The Women's March has been imploding, and it started at the very top. Four women have come to represent the diverse face of the movement, the co-chairs: Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Bob Bland.

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Increasingly, we've learned that anti-Semitism is common among these women.

Teresa Shook, who founded the Women's March has repeatedly asked them to step down: The co-chairs "have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship," Shook wrote. "But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."

Tamika Mallory gave us the latest example, by continuing to stand by Louis Farrakhan. Check out Tamika's arrogant, nonsensical response. But the real problem came at the end of Mallory's rambling non-answer.



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Later this week I'll go over the entire controversy on Glenn TV. It's harrowing, really. For now, I'll leave you with this. Critics of 4th wave feminism have argued that the radical identity politics of the left will lead to the exact kind of mistreatment that feminists claim to be against. That argument has been written off as using the slippery slope fallacy. But, as we see with the Women's March, it is in fact a brutal reality.

Remember how serious Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi were last week, when they gave their "rebuttal" to President Trump's address? They made it seem like this government shutdown is apocalyptic. A lot of Democrats have done the same. On social media and CNN at least. Thirty Democrats, however, took a different route. Puerto Rico. For cocktails at the beach.

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A group of 30 Democrats have turned the government shutdown into a live-action interpretation of a Jimmy Buffet song:

Nibblin' on sponge cake, Watchin' the sun bake.

No, seriously. In the words of Press Secretary Sarah Sanders:

Democrats in Congress are so alarmed about federal workers not getting paid they're partying on the beach instead of negotiating a compromise to reopen the government and secure the border.

A photo of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez at a resort beach has gone viral.

They arrived via chartered jet. They're staying at a seaside resort, and attended the ridiculously-priced and overhyped play "Hamilton," where tickets for opening night "ranged from $10 to $5,000," according to the Associated Press. They even attended several afterparties.

Of course, the official occasion seems legit. They're in San Juan for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC. According to a memo for the gathering:

This year's winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!

Also in attendance, about 109 lobbyists, from a number of places, including "R.J. Reynolds, Facebook, Comcast, Amazon, PhRMA, Microsoft, Intel, Verizon, and unions like the National Education Association."

Donald Jr. said it well:

And of course no one says anything. I'm not even in government and I'd get killed in the press if I was on vacation right now. Why won't they cover their democrat buddies lobbyist sponsored vacation in the islands???

Maduro takes office and Venezuelans vote with their feet

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Venezuela continues to collapse. A country that used to have the world's largest oil reserves is now in rags. Its money is worthless, with inflation near one million percent. People must work an average of five days at minimum wage just to afford a dozen eggs. But there is one person still pumped about Venezuela's future – its noble president, Nicolas Maduro! I'll tell you why he's still enthusiastic in just a minute…

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro had a stellar 2018. Here are some highlights:

  • Running water and electricity only work occasionally and prices for basic goods doubled.
  • Doctors, engineers, oil workers, and electricians fled the country en masse. Over 48,000 teachers also left the country.
  • Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Peru alone.

Maduro created a new digital currency called the "petro." One petro is supposed to equal the price of a barrel of oil, about $60. U.S. Treasury Department officials call the petro a scam. Who could've seen that coming?

Maduro also announced a 3,000 percent minimum-wage hike. Even Ocasio-Cortez might roll her eyes at that one. Or find it inspiring.

And just yesterday, a Human Rights Watch report detailed how Venezuelan intelligence and security forces are arresting and torturing military personnel and their family members who are accused of plotting against Maduro. The torture includes: "brutal beatings, asphyxiation, cutting soles of their feet with a razor blade, electric shocks, food deprivation, [and] forbidding them to go to the bathroom."

It's so bad in Venezuela that even The Washington Post admits Venezuela's problems are mostly due to "failed socialist policies." But President Nicolas Maduro gave a televised New Year's address calling 2019, "the year of new beginnings." He's pumped, you see, because today he will be sworn in for his second six-year term as president. He was "re-elected" last May in an election that the international community declared illegitimate.

Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency.

Maduro doesn't have many friends left at home or abroad. Thirteen nations released a statement last week urging Maduro not to take office and saying they would not recognize his presidency. This week, the U.S. added more Venezuelan officials to its sanctions list.

In a press conference yesterday, Maduro said:

There's a coup against me, led by Washington. I tell our civilians and our military to be ready. Our people will respond.

I think the people of Venezuela who have the means are already responding – by leaving.