“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
It takes immense courage to speak out in defense of Israel and the Jewish people. Those who have the audacity to do so face scrutiny, ostracism, and taunting in the process. Celebrities, media figures, and philanthropists are equally chided by their peers for supporting Israel. For example, Katy Perry recently came under fire for a pro-Israel tweet:
I am! My prayers are for you guys tonight, SHALOM! RT @ luvmikapenniman: @katyperry #prayforisrael please pray with us
Perry later retracted her message and tweeted:
Like Katy Perry, many people are hesitant to take a courageous stance. They fear that they would alienate their fan base or lose money. Sadly, standing for principles or standing up for the truth is largely frowned upon in today’s world. Nevertheless, supporting a cause like Zionism elevates one as a human being. Having pro-Israel beliefs may not be popular, but it will embolden one to go great things.
One man felt compelled to stand with Israel this August and entreated Americans to do the same. That man was Glenn Beck. The former Fox News personality announced plans for “Restoring Courage” events in Israel this past May. Many accuse Beck of being “anti-Semitic” for criticizing leftist billionaire George Soros, while others dismiss him as a “crazy Mormon, right-wing zealot.”
Both allegations—especially the former—are wrong.
“Restoring Courage” took place from August 21 to August 24, and comprised three events: Courage to Love, Courage to Remember, and Courage to Stand.
Jews, Christians, Americans, Israelis, politicians, actors, and other notables participated in the event. Israeli music spiced things up. Happiness was omnipresent. Unity was greatly exhibited. Beck affirmed that he would stand with Jews if Hamas and Hezbollah get their way and carry out a Second Holocaust.
“I will stand with Israel. I will stand with the Jewish people. And if they want to round us up again,” Beck says alluding to the Holocaust, “I will proudly raise my hand and say “Take me first.”
Beck also admonished the United Nations and called for a new global human responsibility movement by proposing a Declaration of Rights and Responsibilities.
“In Israel, there is more courage in one small square mile than in all of Europe,” Beck said. “In Israel, there is more courage in one soldier than in the combined cold hearts of all the bureaucrats in the United Nations.”
Sadly, many leftists in Israel criticized the event. For example, Haaretz’s Yossi Sarid smeared Christian Zionism and “Restoring Courage”:
Beck, Hagee and their swarm are anti-Semites, who are not even aware of their anti-Semitism and the extent of its ugliness. Or maybe they are. In recent years this anti-Semitism has not been directed mainly against Jews, for they have found the Arab substitute for it. Now they are using the Arabs to scare Israel and the Muslims to scare the world. And the white, Aryan lion will devour them and their undercover envoys such as Barack Hussein.
Jerusalem Post Deputy Managing Editor Caroline Glick countered Sarid’s remarks below:
What was most remarkable about Beck’s message was its rarity. Beck did not say anything factually inaccurate. The vast majority of Israelis certainly would find nothing controversial in any of his assertions. Yet despite his honesty, and his reasonable interpretation of Israel’s strategic and diplomatic circumstances, Beck’s is a voice in the wilderness. One almost never comes across a foreigner – or even an Israeli – who is willing to speak such basic truths in public.
Following the event, Beck unveiled his campaign and made two pivotal stops en route to Dallas, Texas. He traveled to South Africa on Thursday to show what apartheid looks like to counter claims that Israel is an apartheid state. Additionally, he attempted to enter Venezuela despite opposition from Hugo Chavez.
Americans should look to Beck for inspiration. Undoubtedly, he is one of our nation’s treasures. We are indebted to him for pursuing the truth against all odds.
Be sure to follow Beck’s movement on GBTV, which formally launches on September 12, 2011.