Former Fox host Glenn Beck called the Israelis who have been protesting the country's rising cost of living communists this week. "The 200,000 on the streets of Tel Aviv ... Who are these people?" Beck asked Stu Burguire on the Glenn Beck Program on Wednesday.
Analyzing the protesters' demands, Burguire concluded "they are obviously from the hard left," while Beck described demonstrators' demands for new taxes on higher incomes as an example of hating the rich. To the protesters' demand to enshrine the right to housing in the constitution, Beck added ironically that "that worked out well for the Soviets."
Beck also wondered who was financing the ongoing protests, suggesting involvement of "leftist global financing" and possible support from "extremist Islamist movements."
Yet the conservative pundit also offered a solution for Israel's current social crisis. "Let's just develop in Judea and Samaria," the host said. "Judea -- they now call it I think the West Bank or something -- but its real name is 'Jew'-dea," Beck said.
Protesters in Israel have been rallying for four weeks, demanding the government to take action against the high cost of living and raising families in the Israeli state. On August 6, over a quarter million people gathered in Tel Aviv. Last weekend, rallies were held in more than a dozen Israeli cities. The Associated Press reported that large parts of Israeli society are represented in the protests, and that a large number of the right-wing camp also joined the demonstrations.
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