Thursday, August 7, 2014

Jon Voight stands up for Israel

Jon Voight had enough and ripped a few Hollywood celebrities in the Hollywood Reporter this week:


My name is Jon Voight and I am more than angry, I am heartsick that people like Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused.

They are obviously ignorant of the whole story of Israel’s birth, when in 1948 the Jewish people were offered by the UN a portion of the land originally set aside for them in 1921, and the Arab Palestinians were offered the other half. The Arabs rejected the offer, and the Jews accepted, only to be attacked by five surrounding Arab countries committed to driving them into the sea. But the Israelis won. The Arabs tried it again in 1967, and again in 1973, launching a sneak attack on the holiest Jewish holiday. Each time the Jews prevailed but not without great loss of life. And when Israel was not fighting a major war, it was defending itself against terrorist campaigns.

And yet Israel has always labored for a peaceful relation with its Arab neighbors. It voluntarily returned the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt in return for peace, and gave the Palestinians all of Gaza as a peace gesture. What was the response? The Palestinians elected Hamas, a terrorist organization, and they immediately began firing thousands of rockets into Israel.

After years of trying to make peace, the wars they had to fight, being attacked by their enemies, and still being attacked, and finally after years of running into bomb shelters and having hundreds of civilians killed by suicide bombers, civilians being killed in their sleep, stabbed to pieces, finding enough is enough and finally retaliating, instead of my peers sticking up for the only democratic country in that region, they go and take out poison letters against them.

You have forgotten how this war started. Did Hamas not kidnap and kill three young teenagers for the sake of killing, and celebrated after the killing? What a travesty of justice.

I am asking all my peers who signed that poison letter against Israel to examine their motives. Can you take back the fire of anti-Semitism that is raging all over the world now?

You have been able to become famous and have all your monetary gains because you are in a democratic country: America. Do you think you would have been able to accomplish this in Iran, Syria, Lebanon, et cetera? You had a great responsibility to use your celebrity for good. Instead, you have defamed the only democratic country of goodwill in the Middle East: Israel.

You should hang your heads in shame. You should all come forth with deep regrets for what you did, and ask forgiveness from the suffering people in Israel. Letter

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well said. I think the big news is Jimmy Carter saying " Hamas is a legit political party". That old mad has been a whore for Arab money since the 60's.

Anonymous said...

Leon Wieseltier has a morally persuasive reflection on Gaza. One does not have to believe "Hamas good, Israel bad" to have serious problems with how Israel has conducted its war. Snippet:

I know about asymmetrical warfare, and the theory of the just war, and the criterion of proportionality, and the doctrine of double effect, and the rest. I have no new argument to offer to this deliberation. I am pleased that the deliberation may vindicate Israel. But my heart is not in it. I do not know how to do the arithmetic of conscience. Officials in Gaza say that 1,834 Palestinians have been killed. An IDF spokesman says that “approximately 900 militants in combat” have been killed. That leaves about 900 dead civilians. Is that doctrinally acceptable? Is it “mowing the lawn”? What is the concept which can confidently prescribe that when three Hamas operatives are on a motorcycle at a school where people are waiting in line for food supplies, the trigger should be pulled? If the villains can be identified, so can the people. There are no concepts that can catch up with the murder of children. After all, even Satan has not yet devised the proper vengeance for the death of a child. I have been surprised by the magnitude of the indifference in the Jewish world to the human costs of Israel’s defense against the missiles and the tunnels. Some of the e-mails I have received have been lunatic in their lack of compassion. According to a poll by the Israel Democracy Institute, 95 percent of Jewish Israelis believe the war in Gaza is just. It is easy to see why: Self-defense is also a moral duty. But only 4 percent believe that the Israeli military has used excessive force. This makes me queasy. Unanimity, or close to it, is no guarantee of truth. No excessive force, anywhere?

Anonymous said...

I am always curious about the proportionality of one side vowing to exterminate the other while the other side begs for
PEACE - NO KILLING !!

Israel wants peace with its neighbors, it wants an end to
war. How can this happen if one side refuses to allow the other to even exist ???

Anonymous said...

The BIBLE says that Jews are the chosen people and Israel will never lose a war again. I understand what this means but for the people who don't y'all should get your heart in the right place and believe it.

Anonymous said...

Anderson, point made but there is no such thing as a " Palestinian" as their is no nation of Palestine. Can you point it out on Bing or Google maps? 1977 interview with Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Zahir Muhsein. Here’s what he said:

The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism.
Arafat himself made a very definitive and unequivocal statement along these lines as late as 1993. It demonstrates conclusively that the Palestinian nationhood argument is the real strategic deception – one geared to set up the destruction of Israel.

In fact, on the same day Arafat signed the Declaration of Principles on the White House lawn in 1993, he explained his actions on Jordan TV. Here’s what he said: “Since we cannot defeat Israel in war, we do this in stages. We take any and every territory that we can of Palestine, and establish a sovereignty there, and we use it as a springboard to take more. When the time comes, we can get the Arab nations to join us for the final blow against Israel.”

The residents of Gaza knew what Hamas was when they elected them. Israel left Gaza in 2005. All Jews were expelled. Did the people in Gaza seize the chance of building a free and prosperous state? Did they encourage industry, trade and tourism, and peace with their neighbors? Did they set up a liberal parliamentary democracy, with freedom of speech, freedom of sexuality and freedom of religion?

No, of course not. After Israel gave them what they wanted in 2005,Gaza got worse, not better. They looted their own infrastructure, elected Hamas, continued teaching their children to hate Jews, and did not stop but rather escalated terror attacks on Israel. Let them fire more rockets or break that cease fire. I expect it will be far worse when Israel strikes back this time!Their chickens have come home to roost.

Anonymous said...

I've grown numb to all of this over time. Of course it's sad, but this fight over the most dangerous real estate in the world will never end. The Islamic energizer bunny of Hamas. It just keeps going and going and going and going.

Come to think of it, Hamas is just an ear on the energizer bunny of Islamic extremism. I guess that would make ISIS the other ear. It's all subjective from there.

Anonymous said...

Their last names told me everything I needed to know. Their photos confirmed what I suspected, and googling their religious backgrounds yielded no surprise at all. Cruz and Bardem have exactly the mindset that one expects.

Baby Bush told us we needed more of these people, because they have "Family Values" (with a family like HIS, he should be telling us about "values"...). Apparently, the values of Traditional Americans are not good enough for the Republicans and the Democrats, and they want to 'elect a new people', by importing new ones to replace us.

When we open our borders, we can expect to import more mindsets like those of Cruz and Bardem.

Anonymous said...

I can't speak for Jon Voight but I did buy his 1989 LeBaron convertible.

Anonymous said...

Is this Jon Voight the actor of John Voight the periodontist?

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