What's scary is that I think a lot of eole agree with him on this. Heck, based on a number of comments I've seen on Facebook I know lenty of eole who agree with him.
So I'd just like to throw out five thoughts to hel ull this discussion in a more sane direction.
1. Even if you believe the Bible commands you to "stand with Israel," the Bible does not command you to suort militaristic, unjust, aartheid olicies of the Israeli government. The Bible does not command you to suort the oression of the Palestinian eole. It's an absurd argument to say that for a Christian to live out his beliefs he must suort the Israeli government's actions n.
2. Jews/Judaism and the nation-state of Israel are not interchangeable. It's an imortant distinction, yet eole like Beck seak as though they are one and the same.Only about 42% of the world's Jewish oulation lives in Israel. More Jews live in America (45% of world population) than in Israel. Israel itself is only 75% Jewish. And if the Palestinians in the occupied territories were counted, Jews would not even be a majority in Israel. Which leads to the next point...
3. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin etanyahu demands that Palestinians "recognize Israel as a Jewish state," he is implying, among other things, that Palestinians within Israel will always be second-class citizens. To put that in perspective, imagine people demanding that Ireland "recognize orthern Ireland as a protestant state." Imagine Alabama demanding to be recognized as a Baptist state.
4. The most humane and sensible solution to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is also the most radically left-wing. I'm talking about a "one-state solution." It goes like this: Make all Palestinians citizens of Israel, incorporate the Palestinian territories into Israel's territory, and allow the refugees to return from Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and elsewhere. Have a secular, democratic government that protects minority rights and freedom of religion. In other words, do what is just and stop treating one group as superior to another. Isn't this also the most "American" solution? You could say that a "one-state solution" is what ended up happening in the segregated American South and in apartheid South Africa. This solution also recognizes the facts on the ground--that Jews and Palestinians are going to live intermingled one way or another. But the strongest opponents to a one-state solution are those on both sides whose positions of privilege would be threatened by democracy and tolerance.
5. Israeli public opinion is much more "Pro-Palestinian" than you think. Most Israelis support a two-state solution with pre-'67 borders. Most Israelis support direct negotiations with Hamas. Most Israeli's support dismantling most of the Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories as part of a peace deal. So whoever wants to "stand with Israel" should stand with the Israeli people against their right-wing government.
That's all for now. But next time you hear someone being called an Anti-Semite because they are arguing for democracy and justice for Palestinians and Israelis alike, step into that discussion with some of these points. It will hurt Glenn Beck's feelings. And make him cry. Literally.