Embracing the Obvious Truth

40482_proOriginally published by the Jerusalem Post

It isn’t hard to understand the truth about Israel and Hamas.

Four-year-old Daniel Tragerman was murdered on Friday afternoon in his home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz by Hamas terrorists.

They shot him with a mortar launched from a school in Gaza’s Zeitoun neighborhood. At the time of the launch, the school was filled with civilians who had fled to the school for shelter.

They fled to the school for shelter because they were forced to vacate their homes.

They were forced to vacate their homes because Hamas terrorists were launching mortars and rockets at Israeli civilian sites, like Daniel Tragerman’s home, from their apartment buildings.

The moral and ideological divide between Israel and Hamas is so self-evident that the only way to ignore it is by embracing and cultivating ignorance.

This week Richard Behar published an in-depth investigative report in Forbes documenting how the US media is doing just that. As Behar demonstrated, the media is collaborating with Hamas in its war against Israel.

Behar cited example after example of how the US media, led by The New York Times have systematically ignored, obfuscated and downplayed Hamas’s war crimes while swallowing whole its bogus statistics and accusations against Israel.

The greatest threat to faux reporters like the New York Times Israel bureau chief Jodi Rudoren and her colleagues are people who refuse to accept their distortions and insist that the truth be told.

The most dangerous of the truth tellers are the non- Jews who stand up for Israel.

This week, former British Labour MP Denis MacShane published an op-ed in Haaretz where he spoke to this point. MacShane argued that for Israel to win the information war being waged against it must cultivate non-Jewish defenders.

In his words, “The British media… is awash with defenders of Hamas and Palestinian resistance. Hardly any are Muslims. In contrast, the prominent journalists – Jonathan Freedland, Daniel Finkelstein, Melanie Phillips, David Aaronovich – who support Israel are, well, Jews.”

MacShane argued that because they are Jews, readers dismiss them.

They “shrug their shoulders and think privately: ‘They would say that, wouldn’t they.”

Israel has an enormous reserve of support among non-Jews. But due to the mainstream media’s commitment to dishonesty and deliberate cultivation of public ignorance and moral blindness in their coverage of Israel, for many, the price of defending Israel is becoming prohibitive.

Israel’s enemies in the West do their best to reinforce this perception.

Consider the case of Jon Voight.

The celebrated Oscar-winning actor is an outspoken champion of Israel. Earlier this month, Voight published an open letter to Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in Variety where he harshly criticized the Spanish performers for their public statement condemning Israel and siding with Hamas in its war against the Jewish state.

In his words, “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.”

Voight was viciously attacked for speaking out.

Last week, two UCLA professors, Mark LeVine and Gil Hochberg, co-authored an article published in The Huffington Post assaulting him for his views and his temerity to suggest that Israel is a moral, embattled democracy fighting genocidal forces committed to its destruction.

The two Jewish academics are supporters of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

The principal aim of the BDS movement is to make it socially unacceptable to support Israel. In 2010 LeVine and Hochberg signed a petition calling for California state universities to divest from companies that do business with Israel.

Online Hollywood commentators, such as Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, opined that Voight, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role in Showtime’s Ray Donovan series, was liable to lose his Emmy bid due to his support for Israel.

Hochberg and LeVine’s assault on Voight was a long-winded voyage into the post-Zionist and anti-Zionist literary moonscape. Their principal criticism of Voight was that he refuses to accept this intellectual wasteland’s rejection of the known facts of history.

Voight is not an academic, nor has he ever claimed to be an expert on Middle Eastern history. He is a non-Jewish American concerned about the future of America.

That is why he stands with Israel. Voight recognizes that when Israel is under assault, and its right to defend itself is denied while terrorists are supported, the US is endangered. And so he feels compelled to speak out, regardless of the price.

In his response to the threats to deny him the Emmy due to his support for Israel Voight told USA Today, “I’m not speaking to get awards. I’m speaking because I’m concerned about my grandchildren and the life they’re going to live, and the country they’re coming in to. I want to protect them.”

Another non-Jewish champion of Israel is former US senator and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. Both during his tenure in the Senate and since, Santorum has spoken out strongly against Iran’s nuclear program, insisting that it is a serious threat not only to Israel, but to the US itself.

Like Voight, Santorum recognizes that the fate of the US is directly tied to the fate of Israel.

For his trenchant support for Israel, and his outspoken concern about Iran’s nuclear program, as well as his support for domestic issues where he has not shied away from taking controversial, inconvenient position, Santorum’s critics have demonized him.

But undaunted, he continues to speak out.

Last week, Santorum led a solidarity mission to Israel. The majority of his colleagues were non-Jewish opinion shapers from Iowa, the first state to hold Republican presidential contests. Santorum explained that his goal in coming to Israel was not simply to show Israelis that the American people support us. It was to build support among Republicans in Iowa for a robust US engagement in foreign affairs based on supporting Israel, fighting America’s enemies and preventing the forces of hatred, like Hamas and Iran, from expanding their power.

Santorum’s chief concern is that weary of foreign policy failures, more and more Republicans are embracing the isolationism most identified with Senator Rand Paul. Paul is currently polling well in Iowa.

Over the weekend Paul referred to Hillary Clinton as “a war hawk,” and said, “I think the American public is coming more and more to where I am.”

Santorum is convinced that if Iowans are educated about the nature of the threats emanating from the region, and of Israel’s singular contribution to the cause of freedom and stability, their position can become the basis for a Republican foreign policy that rejects isolationism and embraces US leadership in world affairs as the only way to secure the US and strengthen its embattled allies.

In other words, like Voight, Santorum’s support for Israel is rooted in his concern about America, and its future. Like Voight, Santorum recognizes that the growing penchant among elite opinion shapers to ignore truth in the pursuit of moral relativism and fake sophistication or isolationism constitutes a danger to America.

This week the New York Times descended to yet another low, reporting as fact totally unsubstantiated accusations by the son of a senior Hamas terrorist that Israel tortured him and used him as a human shield during a brief incarceration.

But it appears that the jig may be winding down.

More and more people are following the lead of men like Voight and Santorum, and insisting that the truth be told.

This week more than 190 Hollywood luminaries followed Voight’s courageous lead and signed a public statement condemning Hamas.

Quin Hillyer, a reporter for National Review who accompanied Santorum on his mission, wrote Monday, “My visit to Israel last week confirmed that Iran and its fellow jihadists have good reason to see Israel and the United States in the same light. Israelis and Americans share the same humane, Western values…

“Israel is an oasis in a desert – in the physical, topographical sense but also metaphorically. It’s an oasis of reason, human decency and justice appropriately grounded in mercy.”

MacShane is right. It is vital for more non-Jews, who refuse to deny the truth that screams out to be told, to stand up to the lies and publicly stand with Israel. It is the job of Israel and Jewish communities throughout the world to empower them by among other things, reducing the power of Israel’s enemies to make them pay a price for their decency.

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  • rebaaron

    Let’s go to it.

  • BMS

    Thank goodness for actors like John Voight who are not afraid to stand up for the ONLY democracy in the Middle East, Israel. It takes a lot of courage nowadays, especially with the rise of anti-Semitism both internationally and alarmingly and unfortunately under this President, in the United States, to speak the truth.

    • Dallasyaherd

      Voight is not the only non-Jewish celebrity, to take a stand for truth. The absolute great German descended John Steinbeck who had family murdered by racist Arabs, just for being Christian and worse they were even nice to middle eastern Jews, stood up for Israel. You can’t beat him, as a supporter.
      The Woz, co-founder of Apple, and one of the inventors of the Graphic User Interface, stood up for Israel. Poet and genius Eric Hoffer stood up for Israel, better written support than anyone I have ever read. Kathy Ireland stood up for Israel. But it definitely is mostly Jews who are vocal, while many non-Jews have a quiet feeling, but myself an- my own first atitude – about Israel, as they should.
      Which is our real problem antisemites always demand absolute fanaticism, we demand nothing, but hope for some support. That’s why they are winning. Because they do what they accuse and always had, Arabs are the best lobbiers and switchers of history in history. They threaten and get violent and lie casually to defend themselves, against anyone who defends Israel.

  • hawk1

    Bless Jon Voight. “The two Jewish academics are supporters of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.” Truly a world turned upside-down.

    • Dallasyaherd

      ur more jewish than them, in the best sense.

  • Hank Rearden

    I respect Jon Voight for speaking out. It is a courageous thing to do. He knows it can damage him in Hollywood and he is doing it anyway.

    Why the academic community has chosen to support barbarism is a mystery, although it was among the first to do so in Germany. It is certainly no recommendation for much of what higher education is doing. Presumably, they think that if decency goes down, barbarism will not arrive at their doors.

    Islam crushed out the light of learning several hundred years ago and it is now not clear whether the “achievements” of Islam intellectually were not the dying embers of the ancient world before Islam could stamp them out.

    Jon Voight is a recognizable and well-loved face. His speaking out means a lot.

  • Raymond_in_DC

    “In contrast, the prominent journalists [in Britain] – Jonathan Freedland, Daniel Finkelstein, Melanie Phillips, David Aaronovich – who support Israel are, well, Jews.””

    Let’s at least give a nod to Robin Shepherd, a non-Jew, who lost his post at Chatham House over his support for Israel, and subsequently released “A State Beyond the Pale – Europe’s Problem with Israel”.

  • s;vbkr0boc,klos;

    Clear away the suffocating smog of propaganda and you have it in black and white. The Hamas Charter and its utterly naked genocidal barbarism. Hamas are Nazis on steroids.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      Are they “nazis on steroids” or just moslems following the tenets of their faith?

      • Ironboomer

        Good question! The time factor is relevant. In the Middle Ages Turkey was a haven for the Inquisition. Now Islam is as stale as a five hundred year old cookie.

        • Dallasyaherd

          I don’t believe Turkey was a haven for anything. I have come to the full realization that everyone has been lying for Muslims for a thousand years, it didn’t start this century. People use Maimonodes as an example of Islam behaving like humans to Jews, but actually Maimonodes had to run away from 3 countries for being Jewish in Muslim countries, and was almost killed twice, which led him to write a long justification for converting to Islam. Islam ahs always been tricky lying evil.

          • IslamDownpressesHumanity

            Maimonides converted to islam? I had thought that was a lie made up by islamic-fascists?

      • billobillo54

        They are Moslems following the tenets of their faith. Islam=Nazism on steroids.

  • William

    Hmm isn’t Caroline Glick the ‘reporter’ who posted a fake Obama-Netayahu phone transcript on an Israeli news site? Consider the source.

    And Rand Paul is right, Hitlery is a HUGE war hawk.

  • William

    Isn’t Voight a birther? I know he’s been saying nutty stuff about the US government lately.

    • nightspore

      Ding-dong, the troll is back. So you’re shilling for Hamas, too?

      (Seriously, have you no idea how obscene this sort of name-calling is in this context? Or as the man said, “Have you no shame?”)

    • Atikva

      Whatever “nutty stuff” Mr. Voight may have said about the current US government, you beat him in this area – piece of cake.

      And if Mr. Voight is one of the large majority of Americans who are convinced that Mr. Obama occupies fraudulently the White House, so what? You think that your traditional socialist tactics of spewing insults at and scarlet-lettering your opponents instead of disproving their affirmations will make an iota of difference?

  • mtnhikerdude

    We are losing our Nation to denial and Insanity better known as The Left’s “Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies Mind Set”. I see no recovery solution.
    By 2016 we will have been “Detroited” !

  • 11bravo

    Islam is evil – what else needs to said? All of the academics know they are wrong, but why do they keep siding with the barbarians – what’s in it for them?

  • billobillo54

    A major source of the problem of the west and others supporting Hamas and defaming Israel, or asserting moral equivalency between the two has to do with the failure of the Christian Church, Christians, The United States, western governments, Israel, Jews and Judaism in asserting the obvious truth that Islam, at its core foundation and as it really is, is Nazi-like. I can see all of the liberal relativists snarking and sneering. Here’s a clue for you: Islam will not be defeated apart from war and war will only be successful if CHRISTIANS unite against Islam. Western agnostic relativism leads to moral equivalency between Hamas and Israel or between The Muslim Brotherhood and the U.S. or between Iran and the west which will eventually lead to the only outcome possible in that equation: MUSLIM SUPREMACY.

    • Eugene Saunders

      The liberal churches have failed to teach moral values, such as:

      “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil.” (Exodus 23:2)

      “…all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)

      • billobillo54

        I am a conservative evangelical. My support for Israel is deep and my perception that Islam is closely associated with the antichrist is accurate. There is hardly a whisper of criticism against Islam from the pulpits and even condemnation for those who would dare mix politics with faith and condemn Islam. The Roman Catholic Church is the same with the major thrust of its hierarchy favoring the Palestinian Authority, the PLO and Fatah over the Israelis. The fight against Islam is spiritual but it must also be POLITICAL AND CULTURAL.

        • Eugene Saunders

          It seems to me that the liberal churches are infected with the heresy of ANTINOMIANISM, the belief that there is no moral law whatsoever. God is okay with whatever you do, no matter how diabolical. Antinomianism is far more destructive than atheism. An atheist, if he is rational, can see that evil actions do harm to individuals or to society, and thus such actions are to be condemned as immoral. The antinomian Christian has no such understanding. He lives in a fantasy world in which everything is morally neutral, chanting his mantra, “God loves everyone equally.” Therefore, I think it is reasonable to say that antinomian Christians really worship Satan.

          • billobillo54

            I’m not addressing immoral, amoral or hedonistic Christians. I’m addressing Christians who have saving faith, live moral lives, participate in and love the Church, perform good works in Christ’s Name and have sound, conservative political beliefs that proceed from the Scriptures. The lack of understanding as to the nature of Islam is destructive. Also, the idea that politics is somehow unspiritual and that pacifism is spiritual and sound doctrine (which is sometimes just an excuse to be cowardly, lazy and ignorant) is a pervasive and destructive attitude.

  • Fed Up

    “Israel has an enormous reserve of support among non-Jews.”

    Shortly after 9/11 Benjamin Netanyahu came to America via S. Florida to show Israel’s support and solidarity. He didn’t go to Abe Foxman’s bunch at the ADL, B’nai B’rith, AIPAC, Jewish politicians or celebrities or even a synagogue. No, his first appearance on US soil days after 9/11 was before the largest, fastest growing non-denominational, evangelical church in Broward county (Ft. Lauderdale area), FL.

    Why? Because, as he thanked the 5,000 souls who turned out, Israel knows who it is in America who really supports her not with words alone but with money, visits, charities and a deep, abiding moral and political support- conservative American Christians.

    The locus of real anti-semitism in the US is not on the right. It is on the left in all the usual liberal strongholds of media, arts and academia as amply detailed in this story. Now that Israel is again fending off attacks and world-wide condemnation it’d be nice if, like Netanyahu, more people of courage like Voight and Santorum acknowledged who their real friends are.

    • billobillo54

      Mr. “Fed Up” you are 100% correct.

  • Paul Kidd

    I stand with Israel for a completely different reason. Mine is because Jesus Told me to. I have a deep seated love for Israel that ONLY Jesus through His Holy Spirit can instill. I understand that MOST Jews don’t believe in Jesus YET, but trust me, YOU WILL!!! Stand strong oh Israel, the Land and People of the Covenant between God, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God will NEVER let you be destroyed and Jesus WILL Save those of you who come to Him in the SOON to begin Tribulation/Great Tribulation! I pray for all of you each and every night and love you with all of my heart! God has Given me an ENORMOUS social media footprint and I use it to lead the lost to Jesus and support Israel globally as well. God will ALWAYS Bless Israel!

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    G-d Bless Jon Voight!

  • 3Storms

    Voight needs to stop trying to reach out to his liberal-loon daughter and just accept that she’ll always have a million excuses to build a wall to keep him out of her life.

  • Dallasyaherd

    Those who call themselves Jews who are part of the BDSM mentioned above are not Jews, I promise. They are part of the new fake left conspiracies which rule the world currently, look up the Gamliel foundation of Jesuit Greg Gelluzo, who is a close friend of Soros, Jesuits have played Jews in order to kill them for a thousand years and more, just the majority of Jews have never caught on to this, they get their “precedent” from the Bible where Gamliel a real Jew questioned the killing of Jesus, so they pretend to be Jews to kill them because they are the “real” defenders of Jesus by killing every Jew, asa section of the Catholic Church always had.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      What’s BDSM? I thought it’s something practiced by people who like wearing black leather and gimp suits (kinda like the matrix).