Star Broadcaster is First Adelson ‘Defender of Israel’

Former Fox News host Glenn Beck makes fiery, teary speech after receiving award from philanthropists Miriam and Sheldon Adelson.

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Click photo to download. Caption: Far left, star broadcaster Glenn Beck, recipient of the first Dr. Miriam & Sheldon Adelson Defender of Israel Award. Far right and second from right, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson. Holding the award is Zionist Organization of America President Mort Klein. Credit: Jacob Kamaras.

NEW YORK—If Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson put their name on something, “it must stand for a lot,” according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Those were Netanyahu’s words in a video message for Sunday’s Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) gala, where the Adelsons presented star broadcaster Glenn Beck with the first “Defender of Israel Award,” sponsored in their names.

Noted philanthropist and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson—whose causes include Birthright-Israel, Holocaust remembrance, medical research, and Jewish education—is a past recipient of ZOA’s Herzl Gold Medallion, which is usually reserved for Israeli prime ministers and other heads of state.

Adelson, also the publisher of Israel Hayom (now Israel’s largest daily newspaper), said there is “no greater supporter of Israel in the media today” than Beck.  When Palestinians murdered five members of the Fogel family in last March’s Itamar massacre, Beck dedicated an entire show on Fox News to the tragedy and “displayed the pictures that almost every other television network ignored”—Palestinians celebrating the event by handing out candies in the streets—Adelson said.

Click photo to download. Caption: Dr. Miriam and Sheldon Adelson share the podium at Sunday night's Zionist Organization of American gala in New York City. Credit: Jacob Kamaras.

Beck, who during the past year left Fox and went on a highly publicized tour of Israel, told the audience he will announce his future career plans on Dec. 8. During an hourlong, fiery, and often teary-eyed speech, Beck said leaving the network “was the hardest decision I ever had to make,” but that “it’s time for action, words are meaningless.” 

Calling himself a “proud Zionist,” Beck focused on the pro-Israel community’s need to stop thinking about the Arab-Israeli conflict in a collective manner, but rather, to understand the power of the individual.

“Stop thinking of it so big,” Beck said. “It’s personal.”

According to Beck, the right question to ask is “How much trouble is the individual Jew in?” rather than “How much trouble is Israel in?”

Beck said he went into the television business because he thought, “If I could show it in video tape, then others would see the errors of their ways.”

“How foolish,” he said.

A number of Jewish organizations themselves, Beck lamented, avoid referring to Hitler and the Nazis.

“If you fail to teach and then fail to apply what you’ve learned, evil will grow again,” he said.

When the Arab Spring began in Tunisia, Beck said he predicted the phenomenon would “sweep across the Middle East” followed by riots in Europe, then in the U.S. Beck was mocked, and told himself the following: “Fall on your sword.”

“It is personal, and it has only just begun,” he said of the Arab Spring’s impact.

Beck said the media does not pay attention to hatred, but “we must.” When a member of the Los Angeles teachers union’ spoke of driving Jews out of American during an “Occupy” protest, the footage was picked up three times on local networks but never on national news, Beck noted.

Taking up the cause of Israel has “profoundly changed my life,” Beck said. He explained that there is now an “18-month window” to change the course of the world in Israel’s favor.

“When that window closes, you’re done,” he said.

Returning to his previous question—“How much trouble is Israel in?”—Beck flipped the query around, asking: “How much trouble are her enemies in?”

“This will not be solved by politicians,” he said. “This will be solved by friends, and neighbors, and God.”

Asked after Beck’s speech what he thinks is missing from news coverage on Israel, Sheldon Adelson’s response to JointMedia News Service was short and to the point.

“The truth,” Adelson said.

Jacob Kamaras is the Editor-in-Chief of JNS.

Posted on November 21, 2011 and filed under U.S..