Glenn Beck, Jerry Falwell, And Israel

I wrote this over on Media Matters. Some interesting bedfellows.

In recent months, Glenn Beck has spent a lot of time talking about Israel and has been busy promoting a pro-Israel rally scheduled to occur later this month in Jerusalem. But Beck — who has insisted that “there is no one more pro-Israel or more pro-Jew than I am” — has close ties to the activities and legacy of the late Jerry Falwell, the controversial televangelist who infamously claimed that the Antichrist was likely a living male Jew.

In 1999 Falwell told attendees at an evangelical conference in Tennesee that the Antichrist was “probably” alive and “of course he’ll be Jewish.” Soon after, Falwell issued a non-apology apology and said, “I apologize not for what I believe, but for my lack of tact and judgment in making a statement that served no purpose whatsoever.”