Israel’s backers must reach out, Beck tells Knesset committee


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Talk show host Glenn Beck told a Knesset committee that advocates for Israel must reach out to synagogues and churches alike.

In an address to the Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee, Beck also quoted the book of Ruth, saying, "Where you go, I shall go, Your people is my people, your God is my God."

Beck addressed the committee Monday at the invitation of its chairman, Danny Danon of the Likud Party.

"We invited Glenn Beck to our committee because he has done such a wonderful job of explaining the basic truth on his programs," said Danon, the Knesset’s deputy speaker. "Israel has always been and always will be the homeland of the Jewish People, and any attempts to delegitimize this right should not be accepted by fair and free people around the world."

Beck’s visit, including his address to the Knesset committee, reportedly is being filmed for his online show, which will be used to promote his announced "Restoring Courage" rally to be held in Jerusalem in late August.

Herman Cain, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, and U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) have said they will attend the rally.

Beck’s show on Fox aired for the final time at the end of June.

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