One of the most recognizable conservatives in Hollywood, veteran actor Jon Voight has no patience for others in his profession who are quick to side with Hamas terrorists in the ongoing conflict in Gaza. He recently penned an editorial piece published by The Hollywood Reporter in which he lambastes two fellow actors for their stance on Israel’s part in the war.
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem were among several entertainment industry professionals to sign an open letter bemoaning the plight of Palestinians in Gaza while blaming Israel for “genocide” in the region.
Beyond mere anger at the pair’s willingness to support such an assertion, Voight wrote that he is “heartsick” that they “could incite anti-Semitism all over the world and are oblivious to the damage they have caused.”
He then offered a brief history lesson on the numerous threats Israel has faced since regaining statehood in 1948. Not only did Palestinians immediately target the Jewish nation over predetermined borders at that time, Voight noted that they have faced relentless invasions by surrounding enemies throughout the subsequent decades.
“Each time the Jews prevailed but not without great loss of life,” he wrote. “And when Israel was not fighting a major war, it was defending itself against terrorist campaigns.”
Despite the constant threat, Israel has made numerous concessions in an unrequited effort to make peace.
“What was the response? The Palestinians elected Hamas, a terrorist organization, and they immediately began firing thousands of rockets into Israel,” Voight explained.
Ultimately, the Israeli government saw no alternative aside from mounting a military campaign to neutralize the Palestinian offensive, he wrote, urging Cruz, Bardem, and others who signed the letter to take an honest look at the situation in Gaza – and at their own motives in speaking out against Israel.
“You should hang your heads in shame,” he asserted. “You should all come forth with deep regrets for what you did, and ask forgiveness from the suffering people in Israel.”
Voight pointed out that each of the letter’s signers were able to achieve success and fame due to America’s democratic structure. Instead of celebrating that freedom where it exists elsewhere, he lamented that these activists instead “defamed the only democratic country of goodwill in the Middle East: Israel.”
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