Glenn Beck said on his radio program Tuesday he “about lost (his) mind” when he heard CNN’s Christiane Amanpour compare Israel to South Africa during the coverage of former South African leader Nelson Mandela’s memorial.
“I honestly can’t help but think right now about Israel and the Palestinians…” Amanpour said. “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under so much … pressure these days, and probably feels to a great extent that his country is isolated in the same way that apartheid South Africa was isolated. This is how you get over those (conflicts), by understanding the story of the other, by having a political process of resolution that is not just about domination or a zero-sum game…”
Beck responded in disbelief: “Ah, so the Palestinians are Nelson Mandela…”
Beck has criticized Christiane Amanpour in the past for what he describes as an “anti-Israel worldview,” and he doubled down on Tuesday.
“Every time she has the opportunity to take Israel down, she does,” Beck said. “Look at that! She’s talking about Nelson Mandela and out of the blue, ‘I can’t help but think about Israel, and how Israel should learn from Nelson Mandela.’”
Beck countered that the way he sees it, Mandela taught the world that it must respect the right of other people to “exist.” Many Palestinians still want to wipe Israel and the Jews off the map, Beck said, specifically referencing the founding documents of Hamas.
Beck also took umbrage with President Barack Obama’s speech at Mandela’s memorial service, saying Obama “made it all about himself.” But more than that, Beck disagreed with the president’s statement that the world “will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again.”
“The president should’ve said one man did make a difference,” Beck said. “And don’t let me or anyone else tell you that you cannot make a difference, because you can!”
The radio host said “governments fear the individual,” and “that’s why governments tell you, ‘you can’t do it.’”
“They fear the next Nelson Mandela, and I tell you you are the next Nelson Mandela,” Beck told his audience. “You are the next Martin Luther King; you are the next Gandhi; you are the next Abraham Lincoln; you are the next George Washington.”
“Your life belongs to you,” Beck concluded. “Nelson Mandela taught us one thing: that one man makes a government quake. One man staking his claim and being his highest self brings the world to its knees. One man makes a difference. Be that one man.”
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