by Teresa Neumann : May 15, 2008 : Staff – Haaretz
The emotional actor is brought to tears as he meets with Israelis.
Jon Voight(Israel)—Haaretz News reports that Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight is currently in Israel to express his fervent support for the Jewish people during Israel’s 60th anniversary celebrations.
According to the report, on Tuesday, the actor visited Sderot, the western Negev town that suffers regular Qassam rockets strikes from the Gaza Strip and on Monday, he met with terror victims, and welcomed a group of children brought to Israel through Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl program.
A video, available for viewing by clicking on the link below, shows an emotional Voight brought to tears by his passion for Israel.
GLENN: Are you more concerned about the economy and spending or are you more concerned about, for instance, the Middle East and Israel?
VOIGHT: Well, I’m concerned about all of that but I really, I’m really concerned about Israel. His attitude toward Israel really reveals that he knows nothing but the history of Israel and its importance to the United States. He spoke at Cairo University in a speech on June 4th and then he said there will be no dictating to other countries, you know, only forging partnerships and yet he certainly dictates to Israel to freeze all settlement activity which, you know, means no natural growth and that means strangling these towns to death, these thriving towns close to the 1949 armistice line that everybody, every negotiation over the past decade has envisioned Israel retaining. So he’s really destroying their ability to negotiate and to give and recommending that Israel gives more land away. Hasn’t he understood that every time Israel has given land in order to secure peace that all of the response has only been violence? Hasn’t he understood all of this? That Gaza has attacked Israel, they gave Gaza as a peace gesture and, you know, Hamas has used it to attack the south of Israel? It’s one wonders where he gets his information from and what his point of view is.
GLENN: John, why you’re awfully passionate about Israel. I am as well.
VOIGHT: I am indeed, yeah.
GLENN: Because there’s a lot of people that will say, geez, these people having warring for 5,000 years, why should we even get involved? Why should we even care?
VOIGHT: Well, you know, certainly they are arguably our greatest ally in the world. We depend on their intelligence. We depend, we’re very tied to them, and they are the only democracy in that part of the world. And there are other aspects as well. But when we look at, you know, what Hitler said, Hitler in Mein Kampf laid it all out, didn’t he? There are some people who read Mein Kampf. Winston Churchill said, you know, they said, well, how did you know? He said, well, I read his book.
VOIGHT: Well, we have heard Ahmadinejad and the Imam speak from Iran, wipe Israel from the geography of the land, from time. Israel is going to die they say. Aren’t we listening? Are we taking them seriously or not?
You know, it’s funny that you bring this up today because I was just meeting with the writers for television earlier this morning and I said this is where I’m headed today. And it’s that very point. I was driving in this morning and I’m hearing all of the news and I keep seeing these signposts pass. Nobody has everybody is in denial on everything.
GLENN: They are, “Oh, well, we’re going to be able to grow our way out of it. Well, we’ll have to spend some money temporarily here. Well, we can just make friends with these people and we are denying everything that people are actually telling us. Somebody said it was Gretchen Carlson from Fox News who I adore. She is going to be on later. She was on yesterday’s show and she said, you know, Obama never said he would do these things. I said, yes, he has. Yes, he has. Nobody wants to say that the man is a Marxist. Okay, so he’s not a Marxist. He’s a progressive! This is semantics.
VOIGHT: Yes, it is.
GLENN: If you go back and you read what they said. What they said they were going to do in the early 20th century which Hillary Clinton in her own campaign speech said, you know, “I’m an early 20th century American progressive.” If you read what they said they were going to do, they’re doing it right now, and I feel like I read Mein Kampf as well, and when I read Mein Kampf, I read it because I wanted to know, did the German people know. Yes! Yes, they knew. Unless they were like, “Oh, well, no, he doesn’t mean that,” which is exactly what we’re doing now. Everybody’s just saying, “Well, no, they don’t… Ahmadinejad really doesn’t mean that.” Or, “He’s really not going to actually destroy the free market system.” Yes, he is. Yes, he is.
VOIGHT: Oh, yes.
GLENN: So how do you wake people up, John?
VOIGHT: I don’t know. I’m doing my best and you’re doing your best for sure, Glenn. It really is frightening. I mean, when Obama says you don’t know if you’re hearing properly when he says that Iran is perhaps entitled to nuclear power. And after all of these statements
GLENN: Yet we’re not.
VOIGHT: We’re seeing him head down this road. And you say, well, wait, we’ll check in December and see how far it’s gotten. It’s so alarming, it’s quite it’s almost unbelievable that we’re witnessing this kind of behavior.
GLENN: John, what is your life like
VOIGHT: Pretty good.
GLENN: Because you are in you’re in the hornet’s nest. You might as well just be covered in the honey.
An open letter from actor Jon Voight to President Obama:
June 22, 2010
You will be the first American president that lied to the Jewish people, and the American people as well, when you said that you would defend Israel, the only Democratic state in the Middle East, against all their enemies. You have done just the opposite. You have propagandized Israel, until they look like they are everyone’s enemy — and it has resonated throughout the world. You are putting Israel in harm’s way, and you have promoted anti-Semitism throughout the world.
You have brought this to a people who have given the world the Ten Commandments and most laws we live by today. The Jewish people have given the world our greatest scientists and philosophers, and the cures for many diseases, and now you play a very dangerous game so you can look like a true martyr to what you see and say are the underdogs. But the underdogs you defend are murderers and criminals who want Israel eradicated.
You have brought to Arizona a civil war, once again defending the criminals and illegals, creating a meltdown for good, loyal, law-abiding citizens. Your destruction of this country may never be remedied, and we may never recover. I pray to God you stop, and I hope the people in this great country realize your agenda is not for the betterment of mankind, but for the betterment of your politics.
With heartfelt and deep concern for America and Israel,
Jon Voight says Angelina needs to get help. The actor says his daughter has ”mental problems,” that he knew her marriage to Billy Bob Thornton was doomed, and that he hasn’t seen his grandson
By Gary Susman | Aug 02, 2002
In an emotional interview on Thursday’s ”Access Hollywood,” Jon Voight went public about his estrangement from daughter Angelina Jolie, pleading with her fans and handlers to see that she gets help for unspecified ”mental problems” now that she’s split with husband Billy Bob Thornton. He blamed himself for failure to act on her behalf, and he also begged his daughter to let him see his grandchild, the baby she and Thornton adopted just months before she filed for divorce last month.
Voight says his daughter, who won an Oscar for playing a mental patient in ”Girl, Interrupted,” began showing signs of mental illness as an infant. (He divorced Jolie’s mother before their daughter was a year old but says he remained a presence in her life.) He said he was ”brokenhearted…because I’ve been trying to reach my daughter and get her help, and I have failed and I’m sorry. Really I haven’t come forward and addressed the serious mental problems she has spoken about so candidly to the press over the years, but I’ve tried behind the scenes in every way.”
He said he had confronted his daughter a number of times. During the making of ”Girl,” he said she told him, ”You can’t help me! You can’t help my pain!” They had a brief reconciliation when they worked together on ”Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” but it didn’t last. He said he tried to greet her recently at a Hollywood party, but her manager blocked him and said, ”She doesn’t want to see you.” (The manager tells the story differently, telling ”Access Hollywood” that he interceded because Voight ”aggressively, physically grabbed her against her will.”)
Because of his estrangement from his daughter, Voight said he hadn’t yet seen his grandson, Maddox, the year-old Cambodian boy Jolie and Thornton brought back to the U.S. in May. ”That is the greatest pain,” he said. ”I’d love to help out with the baby.”
Billy Bob Thornton, Voight’s son-in-law of two years, has problems too, Voight said. ”I never had the feeling that they were going to make it because of both of their serious problems, and they’ve both been very public about them, so I never really held out any hope.”
Jolie responded to Voight’s comments in a statement, saying ”I don’t want to make public the reasons for my bad relationship with my father. I will only say that, like every child, [brother] Jamie and I would have loved to have had a warm and loving relationship with our dad. After all these years, I have determined that it is not healthy for me to be around my father, especially now that I am responsible for my own child.”
Jolie is currently preparing to shoot the ”Tomb Raider” sequel, and producer Lawrence Gordon told ”Access Hollywood” that he was unaware of any problems she had that would jeopardize the big-budget franchise. ”I have an excellent team around her,” Gordon said. ”If there was a problem, I would know it.”