The Blaze: Gush Katif was a cluster of 21 Israeli communities in the Gaza Strip the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin thought were vital to Israel’s border security. In August 2005, however, under the auspices of then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gush Katif as well as four additional communities in Samaria, thus displacing some 9,000 residents from their homes. Gush Katif was also a thriving agricultural zone with 4,000 greenhouses producing some of the countries best organic produce. After the IDF left, thousands of Palestinians looted the area and laid it to waste.
In order to raise awareness and to prevent further destruction of additional Jewish communities across Israel under the guise of “concessions,” the thriving Jewish community of Crown Heights, Brooklyn hosted a fundraiser for the Gush Katif Museum and to assist traumatized families still reeling from their forced evacuation.
One of the evening’s keynote speakers was none other than Glenn Beck.
Dubbed by those who introduced him a righteous gentile and one of Israel’s “greatest friends,“ Beck spoke to the crowd about both the ”honor“ and ”responsibility” we incur for having been born into these tumultuous times, and noted that it is indeed “1938 all over again.”
The resounding message of the evening was clear: All of Eretz Israel (the land of Israel) belongs to the Jewish people.
He said that while many think him fearless, he is in truth most afraid of the consequences we may suffer for going against God and abandoning a life of uprightness. For Beck, there is no other choice but a path of righteousness. That righteousness is defending the innocent: Israel