Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck has not slowed down at all since ending his show on Fox News in June.
His newest venture is GBTV.com, an Internet based, subscription channel for his video and audio programming. GBTV officially launches on September 12, 2011.
Until then, Beck is planning a media event in Israel called "Restoring Courage," to take place on August 24.
The purpose of the event is to stand with Israel and encourage others of all faiths to do so, at a time when so much of the world is turning against Israel.
Beck spoke with Dr. Pat Robertson about his "Restoring Courage" event on Thursday's "The 700 Club," July 28. Check your local listings for show times.
For more information on Beck's "Restoring Courage" event in Israel, click here.
Read the transcript below.
Pat Robertson: Glenn Beck joins us now from New York with more on the "Restoring Courage" event. Glenn, it's good to have you back on "The 700 Club."
Glenn Beck: Thank you, sir.
PR: What are you doing in Israel? What's this all about.
GB: It was back in January when Tunisia was about to fall, and I said we are witnessing our Arch Duke Ferdinand moment, which started World War I and then snowballed into World War II. And I was reading the scriptures, I was reading Ruth and Esther. And those two books came together in my head.
First, what needs to be said, your people are my people, where you go I will go, your God is my God. We need to stand with the people of Israel.
The second thing was when Mordacai said don't worry about it, you don't have to go and tell the king. God will accomplish this some other way. But it's really, you've been put here for a reason. I realized I had to follow my promptings and go stand there, even if I have to stand there alone.
Stand in the most sacred place on earth and say, "Your God is my God, where you go, I will go, where you die, I will die and there I shall be buried."
PR: Let's go back to that Arch Duke Ferdinand reference you were talking about. That launched World War I and that was a bloody mess. Do you see a trigger to World War III coming up?
GB: I don't know about World War III. You guys have been talking about this for a while. You are the only people saying it besides me, and that is, this is evil.
What's happening in the Middle East right now, what's happening in Iran, is evil. And I really believe there is a caliphate in the works, and it is intent on overthrowing Israel first, and then the Western way of life.
Earlier this week, Iran said they have no choice but to annihilate the "Little Satan" (Israel) - they have no choice, one of their brigadier generals said this week. So we're either going to learn from the past and deal with it and make the right choice, or bury our heads in the sand. And it will lead to the things that happened in the last century.
PR: I spoke out about that caliphate and there's no question that's the goal of these people. But when you speak out about militant Islam, you get a firestorm of media criticism. Why do you think that is?
GB: We live in a world that doesn't want to face the truth. There is a book out now, written by Eric Lawson, the Garden of the Beast, and it's about the early history of Germany and how it relates to our German ambassador.
And when you see what the Germans and the American press did to anyone who spoke out against Nazi Germany at that time, they were ridiculed and dismissed and sometimes killed. I don't think we are at that point, but we are in a world that is making the same exact mistakes.
I don't believe Muslims are evil or trying to kill everyone who disagrees with them. But I do believe there are Muslims who believe that, and those regimes - and Iran is one of them - who would behead anyone who steps out of line with their distorted view of their religion. That's who you have to stand against.
PR: Do you suppose the Israelis are going to take action against Iran ?
GB: I don't know. Three years ago I interviewed Benjamin Netanyahu, and I said you're being set up. America won't move, and the world won't move. It'll be up to you. And he said we have a right to live, we have a right to exist, and if we have to move in the end, we will.
Let me put it this way - 2,000 years ago Israel was going to be destroyed and then it would rise again and it would come up as dry bones and nobody knew how that was going to work. I certainly couldn't have told you in 90 years how this was going to work. Nowhere in the scriptures does it say Israel will be destroyed.
So I think it's going to stand. How it's going to stand, what happens next, I have no idea. Fear the Lord. He doesn't lose.
PR: You spoke to the Knesset - what did you tell them?
GB: Basically the same thing. That there are millions of Americans that are standing up with them and for them. That is the message of "Restoring Courage," … That we will do the right thing and stand with them. The other message I brought to them is believe in yourselves. Stop believing the press. Believe in yourselves.
PR: Glenn Beck, thank you for being with us. If you want to know more about "Restoring Courage," go to our web site for details.
--Published July 28, 2011.