Glenn Beck arrives ahead of Jerusalem rally

Sunday, August 14, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Popular and controversial American commentator Glenn Beck arrived in Israel on Sunday ahead of his "Restoring Courage" mega-rally in Jerusalem next week.

The rally will take place simultaneously in Jerusalem's Old City and at the main square outside the Jerusalem Municipality next Wednesday, August 24.

Attending will be numerous leading American politicians and celebrities, including Sen. Joe Lieberman, rock musician Ted Nugent, and actors John Voight and Chuck Norris.

Beck was inspired to hold the rally during a surprise visit to the region earlier this year to help Israel celebrate its 63rd Independence Day.

Beck suggested that he was discouraged to see Israel behaving as though it had no choice but to give in to dangerous international dictates. The rally is intended to encourage Israelis to stand for their right to exist safely and securely in this land, a right that Beck attributes to the biblical mandate given to Israel.

During a subsequent visit last month, Beck was reportedly astounded to see how much God and faith in the Bible played a role in Israeli politics.

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