Fresh off his final broadcast at Fox News and ahead of his Restoring Courage rally in Jerusalem, conservative commentator Glenn Beck paid a visit to the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem today, expressing his staunch support for Israel, warning of rising anti-semitism, and declaring that the "Israeli-Palestinian conflict, at the ruling class, is about the destruction of Israel and the end of the western way of life." The address to a packed Knesset committee, which was organized by Danny Danon, a member of Israel's right-wing Likud party, featured several memorable moments:
- Goatee: The post-Fox News Beck, as you can see from the picture above, is now sporting a goatee.
- Inventing Beck: In introducing Beck as a friend of Israel, Danon declared, "If we had no Glenn Beck today ... we should have invented Glenn Beck."
- No Tie: Beck began his speech by apologizing for not wearing a tie, explaining that he left it in Poland and was worried about his appearance until he bumped into an Israeli politician wearing short sleeves. "I thought I could wear a bathing suit here--this is a great country," Beck explained. The tie discussion begins just under a minute into this clip (Danon's line on inventing Glenn Beck is 20 seconds in):
- Biblical References: In expressing solidarity with the Israeli people, Beck drew from the Book of Ruth, informing his audience, "Where you go, I will go. Where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people are my people. Your God is my God. Where you die, I will die. And there shall I be buried." The dramatic performance begins 15 seconds in: