I am saddened to hear that Glenn Beck will be ending his show with Fox News later this year. As the most hated cable news host among the Left—and especially leftist Jews—Beck has emerged as the mediums most pro-Israel commentator. This was very welcome news for me, as when he first began broadcasting for Fox News a few years ago he focused almost exclusively on domestic issues, advocating strict libertarian policies for America. For the most part he steered clear of issues related to defense and international relations. As such, I feared he was in the mold of Ron Paul.
But then something changed. About a year ago, when the flotilla incident occurred, Glenn Beck was out in front reporting on Israel’s right to self-defense, while so many others in the mainstream media (not Fox News) were ambiguous or hostile toward the Jewish state. I decided to watch Keith Olbermann on one of the nights following the incident, and his entire coverage was relegated to a bias interview with one of the “peace activists” on the ship. Check out this clip:
Conversely, Glenn Beck did two consecutive shows devoted to defending Israel’s actions in the flotilla incident, as well as educating his audience about the creation of Israel, the history of the Jewish people and anti-Semitism. Check out this segment from one of his shows, wherein he stands by Israel’s defensive actions on board the ship:
Furthermore, during the last couple months, Glenn Beck has devoted large segments of his shows to how the tumultuous uprisings in the Middle East will affect Israel’s security. Unlike much of the brain-dead liberal media (mostly on MSNBC) who blindly cheer these revolutions, Beck—with the fate of Israel on his mind– is engaging the issue with a healthy dose of skepticism. Beck understands that Egypt, under the ousted President Mubarak, kept peace with Israel for 30 years. Now, the virulently anti-American and anti-Israeli Muslim Brotherhood is poised to take power. In addition, Egyptian Presidential Candidate Mohamad ElBaradei—the lauded “progressive” among Western leftists—said on Monday: “if Israel attacked Gaza we would declare war against the Zionist regime.” It looks like Beck’s skepticism about the fate of Israel vis-à-vis the Egyptian uprising is well founded.
On his show, Beck repeatedly states that Israel is the only country in the Middle East that shares America’s values of freedom and human rights. Last week, Beck began the show with the statement, “tonight I stand with Israel” and then asked: “Tens of millions of Arab have suffered atrocities at the hands of their own countries… but Israel is the evil one—that is the obstacle to peace?… How many homosexuals have been stoned to death by the Israelis…How many terrorists are wearing a yarmulka?”
His clarity about Israel’s significance and its moral superiority to its adversaries is refreshing.
After the brutal slaying of five Jewish family members in the West Bank, Glenn Beck delivered this heartfelt segment, when so many others in the mainstream media were silent:
This Friday, once again, Beck will be devoting much of his show to educating his audience about Israel’s significance. There is absolutely nothing like this from liberal cable news hosts. Even Bill Maher, who normally defends Israel against the venom of his radical guests, said on Friday he understands how some could view the Jewish state as “thugs” for being an “occupying army.”
The truth is that if one wants to find consistent pro-Israel coverage on cable News, Glenn Beck (and Fox news) is the show to watch. The problem is that for so many leftist Jews, hate of the right overwhelms their love Israel.
About a week ago I posted on my Facebook page that Beck was doing a show on Israel that night. One of my liberal friends responded that he loves Israel but would not watch because of his disdain for Beck. I reflected on how sad this was, that his hate of Beck was stronger than his love of Israel. He disagreed and said this simply was not the case. But what other way is there to explain his outright refusal to watch the show?
There are many people on the Left who I vehemently disagree with, including Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz. However, if they ever decided to devote an entire show to defending Israel, I would gladly watch, as my love of Israel transcends our political disagreements. This is sadly not the case with so many Jews on the left. It’s too bad because there are many on the left who would gain valuable insight from Beck’s shows on Israel; every poll indicates that liberals lag behind conservatives in support for Israel. In this time when Israel is isolated internationally, decried as an apartheid state on college campuses, and constantly threatened with annihilation, Beck’s voice is so necessary and precious. One of the most popular political commentators in America is using his fame for great good—to bring awareness and respect to the Jewish state.
Glenn Beck clearly understands and agrees with Alan Dershowitz’s statement: “If Israel’s military enemies—Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, and other terrorist groups and nations—were to lay down their arms, stop firing rockets, stop sending suicide bombers, and stop threatening to wipe Israel off the map, there would be peace. If Israel were to lay down its arms, there would be genocide.” No other statement better captures the essence of the Arab/Israeli conflict. And no other cable news host has been more steadfast in his support of Israel. Glenn Beck will be sorely missed at Fox News.