U.S. pundit moves pro-Israel rally from Western Wall

13:14, July 20, 2011      

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American conservative political commentator and television, radio pundit Glenn Beck announced on Tuesday that he would move a pro-Israel rally that was to be held near the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City, to a less volatile location.

The rally, set for Aug. 24, is one of several events he is planning, in a show of mass support for Israel by his listeners and viewers in the United States.

After consultation with Israeli security officials, Beck expressed his concern on his daily radio show that holding such a mass event alongside the Western Wall and Temple Mount compound - known by Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and the site of the Muslim's Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque - might spark a "Third World War."

Beck, known for his ironclad support of Israel, said on his program that he decided to move the event, called "Restoring Courage," when he learned that "40,000 Muslims would be on top of the Temple Mount," The Jerusalem Post newspaper reported.

Beck visited Israel in July and addressed Knesset parliament members at the Aliyah and Absorption Committee, where he noted his belief of the dangers of increased Middle East conflict for the West and Israel.

The upcoming rally is similar to the one organized in Washington, D.C. last year called "Restoring Honor" that gathered more than 300,000 attendees.

Though Beck did not disclose where "Restoring Courage" would finally be held, he said the organizers where considering moving it to the Mount of Olives, or other locations, such as Solomon's Pool, just outside the Old City walls, or Teddy Stadium, and broadcasting a live video to the Western Wall Plaza area.

The rally's main goal, as written on the commentator's web page, is to "demonstrate to the world that Israel does not stand alone."

Source: Xinhua
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