Glenn Beck expresses fear of Muslims in Jerusalem
American talk show host says security concerns prompted move away from the Temple Mt.; suggests event may be held at Mt. of Olives.Talkbacks (56)Conservative radio and former Fox News commentator Glenn Beck announced that he is moving a mass rally planned for August from the Southern Wall of Jerusalem’s Old City. On his radio show Monday, Beck said that warnings from security officials led him to fear that the event could turn violent and possibly result in the outbreak of “World War III.”RELATED:
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Beck hoping to make Jerusalem mega-event bipartisanThe August 24 event has been billed “Restoring Courage” and it was originally slated to take place at the Southern Wall excavation site in the Old City of Jerusalem. Organizers said it will also be shown by video at another site in Jerusalem, such as Teddy Stadium, Sultan’s Pool, or Sacher Park.Beck’s website said “Restoring Courage” would “unite the people of the world in standing with Israel and remind us of the need to have faith, honor and courage in our own lives
Explaining the decision to move his event, Beck said process of moving the event began “whenwe heard that 40,000 Muslims would be on top of the Temple Mount.”“We knew there was trouble,” he said, recalling a stone-throwing incident that took place during a previous visit to the Old City.
Beck said he decided to move the event “becausecourage must be coupled with wisdom. The last thing we want is for anyone to be injured in any way or for any kind of conflict” to break out.”
The talk show host said he hopes the event will be a turning point in the lives of many people, “but we’d prefer if that turning point isn’t World War III.”
Although Beck didn’t give a new location for the rally, he said it would either be inside or outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, adding, “It may be on the Mount of Olives.”
Noting that “this is a country that has experienced the death of Yitzhak Rabin,” Beck said, “obviously, that would be horrific in nature if something like any kind of violence would happen” at the rally.