Lieberman Big Beck Rally in Jerusalem; Romney Isn't

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June 15 2011 9:45 AM

Lieberman Big Beck Rally in Jerusalem; Romney Isn't

This story on the line-up at Glenn Beck's August event in Israel seems too good to be true, and it is . Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney will not attend it, according to his campaign. But Joe Lieberman has confirmed that he will, and Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain will be off the presidential campaign trail, temporarily, to fly over.

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Those hoping for a VIP ticket will be disappointed to find out that the 600 prime seating spots at the Davidson Center have all been sold out – for $5,000 a pop. The rest of the spectators will have to settle for a spot at the stadium, or at the Sultan's Pool archeological site. The main events will be broadcast on giant screens for a better view. The rally is open to the general public with free admission.

A series of musical performances, designed to lure Israeli audiences, are expected at the rally, and Beck said he intends to recruit some US star power for the event as well. A pyrotechnic show and free snacks and drinks are anticipated as well. 

 

The event is also being promoted by Danny Danon, deputy speaker of the Knesset, who has been strengthening ties with American conservatives. He joined Cain as a dinner speaker for this month's Faith & Freedom Coalition conference in D.C. And it really should be said that a trip to Israel is the opposite of a "break" from the campaign. Evangelical angst about Obama and Israel have elevated this as an issue in the GOP race -- an issue that no one who's not named "Ron Paul" or "Gary Johnson" differs from Netanyahu on. Beck's big D.C. rally ended up being a fairly forgettable pep rally for faith ; this might be more interesting.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.