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Our friend Dave Perkins “Big Dave from D” is on a plane heading to Israel — as I write this.  He’s attending Glenn Beck’s “RESTORING COURAGE” mega event on 8-24 in Jerusalem.  Am I envious?  Hah!  I’m positively covered in green…

From The Washington Times:

SHALOM, MR. BECK

It is Beckapalooza, Part 2. Glenn Beck has arrived in Israel in preparation for Restoring Courage, which the former Fox News host describes as a “nonpolitical, nondenominational gathering to stand up for Israel,” to be staged in Jerusalem on Aug. 24. Planned since May, the three mega-events will unfold a year after Mr. Beck, wearing a bulletproof vest, staged “Restoring Honor” at the Lincoln Memorial. The patriotic rally drew between 87,000 and a half-million people, depending on the hostility of the news source behind the report.

The version in the Holy Land is shaping up to be the proverbial big deal. Mr. Beck, who bases his rationale for the gathering on the biblical book of Ruth, has received the public blessing of Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, who told him, “God bless you. … A lot of angels are smiling on you.”

Mr. Beck was greeted in his arrival in Israel on Sunday by Knesset member Danny Danon, Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon and other Israeli officials. Among those reported to attend: ambassadors from 70 countries and 36 U.S. lawmakers, including Sens. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, and Republicans Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, Jim DeMint of South Carolina and James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma.

Also on the expected guest list: celebrity conservatives Jon Voight, Ted Nugent and Chuck Norris — not to mention those who back Mr. Beck’s quest to support Israel. A dozen group tours to the events — including one hosted by presidential hopeful Herman Cain — are sold out. In addition, hundreds of group “viewing parties” — private gatherings to watch the rally live on GBTV, Mr. Beck’s new subscription broadcast network — have been organized in all 50 states and 34 foreign countries.