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Beck on Israel: ‘Never’ Ever Call Judea and Samaria the ‘West Bank’


"They will blame the Jews."

  • Glenn Beck responds to an interview given by Huffington Post contributor Frank Schaeffer to MSNBC’s Martin Bashir in which Schaeffer laments "faith-based politics" citing Israel perpetuates such politics.
  • Schaeffer asserts Israeli "settlers" in West Bank are "jeopardizing world peace"
  • Israel National News covers Glenn's explanation as to why Judea and Samaria must never be referred to as "West Bank"
  • Glenn asserts the term "West Bank" is an attempt by the Arab world to link Judea and Samaria to Jordan
  • Glenn says the term "West Bank" erases the Jewish historical link to Judea and Samaria and is an attempt to wash away its "Jewishness"
  • Glenn points out there is no such thing as "indigenous Palestinians"

Arutz Sheva reports:

American talk show host Glenn Beck explained to his audience on Friday why Judea and Samaria should not be referred to as the West Bank, as the Arabs and mainstream media customarily do.

Beck made his comments in response to an interview given by Huffington Post contributor Frank Schaeffer to MSNBC’s Martin Bashir.

The interview dealt with the influence of religion on politics, and Schaeffer said that he believes such an influence exists, saying, “I think that the faith based politics is an immensely destructive thing. What do you think Iran, Saudi Arabia, or the settlers in the West Bank of Israel, who refuse to move and are jeopardizing world peace, are about? This is faith-based politics. We want reason-based politics.”

The staunchly pro-Israel Beck, who played the clip on his show, said: “Does anybody know why they call it the West Bank? Technically, what is the West Bank? I don’t think anybody in America knows.


The term West Bank dates from the establishment of the kingdom of Jordan on the east bank of the Jordan in 1922. It refers to Judea and Samaria by their location on the west bank of the Jordan River and is an attempt by the Arab world to link them to Jordan, although they were originally slated to be part of the state of Israel. Jordan has given up all demands for Judea and Samaria, which it occupied from 1949-1967, when they were united with Israel after Jordan attacked the Jewish state in the Six Day War.


“They [the Arabs] are really really brilliant,” added Beck. “This is really being played very well…There’s no history of Palestinians [in that area]. You know what Palestine is named after? The Philistines. There were the Philistines. That’s why they came up with the name Palestine later.”

The Philistines were a warlike, sea people whose origins may have been Minoa, an island off Greece, and who lived on the southern coast of Israel, far from Judea and Samaria, during the time of the Bible after their attack on Egypt failed. They were the Jews’ worst enemy during the time of the Judges and Kings, but were absorbed into conquering empires and disappeared as a distinct people by the 5th century B.C.E.

Listen to Glenn slam Schaeffer's comments and deliver his own thought-provoking comments about the history Judea and Samaria below:

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