Oscar-winning actor, Jon Voight, has been a longtime supporter of Israel and critic of President Obama, and has not been afraid to go on the record with his opinions, so it is no surprise he spoke out about in the days before the Israeli election urging the re-election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The actor, who has voiced his concerns in open letters to President Obama in the press and in videos, pulled no punches, saying, “President Obama does not love Israel. His whole agenda is to control Israel.”

In a one-minute video released online, Voight was blunt and to the point. “I love Israel. I want to see Israel survive and not be overtaken by the madmen of this world” he said, in a reference to the existential threat posed to the tiny democracy by Iran’s ongoing pledge to destroy it.

Voight’s words came as world powers continued to meet in Switzerland to work out a deal limiting Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. Netanyahu has been highly critical of the process and was invited to speak at a joint session of Congress over the objections of the Obama White House.

President Obama declined the opportunity to meet with the Israeli prime minister while he was in Washington and claimed to have been “too busy” to watch Netanyahu’s speech on television.

“He does not want Bibi Netanyahu to win the presidency,” Voight says.

Drawing a comparison to the British Prime Minister of the 1930s who famously made a deal with Hitler claiming to have achieved “peace in our time,” Voight referred to Netanyahu’s opponent in the election, “Those who like Yitzhak Herzog who believe that deal-making is the solution to what Israel faces are as wrong as Neville Chamberlain believing he made a peace deal with Hitler.”

Voight’s voice was full of emotion as he ended the video, “I pray to God to keep Israel safe. And America, as well.”

He has visited Israel in 2008 in honor of the 60th anniversary of its founding, calling it “a moral beacon” and in 2008 he visited Israel in honor of the 60th anniversary of its founding calling Israel “a moral beacon.” Last August, he signed a letter in support of Israel Gaza War.

Voight won the Academy Award and the Cannes Film Festival award for best actor in the 1978 anti-war film, “Coming Home,” but may be better known today as the often-estranged daughter, Angelina Jolie.


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