Posted: Aug 24, 2011 8:06 PM by Gene Cotton
JERUSALEM (AP) - Former Fox TV personality Glenn Beck has capped a contentious visit to Israel with a rally alongside Jerusalem's most disputed holy site.
More than 2,000 people turned out next to the compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary to hear Beck issue a strong call for support of the Jewish state.
Beck, who is Mormon, said Jews should feel assured that they "were led to this land by God." His speech Wednesday marked the final leg of his "Restoring Courage" tour of the Holy Land.
Israeli religious figures and left-wing politicians urged Israelis to shun his embrace. Religious Jews worried that he came to spread the Christian gospel, while dovish Israelis rejected Beck's support for West Bank Jewish settlements and his criticism of peace efforts.