A day after Israel clashed with protesters along four borders, professional fearmonger Glenn Beck announced his attempt to bring thousands of supporters to his “Rally to Restore Courage” in Jerusalem this August, urging his conservative base to get more involved in the region’s politics. Beck, who hosted a “Rally to Restore Honor” in Washington last year and was subsequently parodied by comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, has been dumped by Fox News and now is apparently taking his political/religious revival meeting on the road, first stop the Holy Land. —KDG
The announcement on Monday came a day after Israeli troops clashed with pro-Palestinian demonstrators along its borders. The fighting left 13 dead and hundreds wounded.
Mr Beck, a Christian, has criticised the Obama administration for not lending Israel enough support.
Mr Beck’s “rally to restore honour” in Washington last August drew supporters of the conservative Tea Party movement. Organisers of the event said 500,000 people came to the National Mall to hear Mr Beck, while CBS News estimated 87,000 attended.
That rally featured a blend of evangelical and political messages that Mr Beck has honed through his radio broadcasts, Fox News television show and books. Mr Beck is estimated to make $32m a year from his businesses.