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Jon Voight Speaks About Romney Endorsement

‘Honest, charitable, pro-Israel’

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Jon Voight speaking in Israel last year.(Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

On Saturday, the actor Jon Voight, who in recent years has become an outspoken supporter of Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu, endorsed Mitt Romney for president. When I profiled Voight in October, I found his passion on the subject of Israel fully credible: he really does give a damn. And he is, as befits a close political ally of Mike Huckabee, significantly right-wing when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Because he’s honest, because he’s charitable, because he’s pro-Israel,” Voight replied when I asked him today why he had endorsed Romney. “He’s a great guy, a great man. A very religious man, a very righteous man, and he has a passion for Israel. Not that other candidates don’t—I think they’re very similar on Israel, thank God.”

(Voight’s friend Huckbabee was a chief rival of Romney’s in 2008, the Christian conservative for those who didn’t want a Mormon candidate. But Voight isn’t a Southern evangelical; he’s a New York Catholic.)

“He’s a friend of Benjamin Netanyahu, and that speaks well, because I think Benjamin Netanyahu is a great man,” Voight added. “I think it would be a big relief for all Israelis who have any understanding of present politics to have a President Romney.”

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Are you sure this was Jon Voight the actor, and not Jon Voight the periodontist?

John Voight the self parodyist.

I’m sure his daughter is proud.

Jim Hedrick says:

Did you know that the founder of Gov. Romney’s Mormon religion ran for president of the USA just like he is. It was Joseph Smith back in 1844. Believe it or not.

I think Mormons are looney tunes.

david burke says:

It sounds like Jon Voight has taken leave of his senses and left all his brains to his daughter…

Common Sense says:

This might mean something if Jon Voight weren’t such a right-wing head case. He may be officially a Catholic, but he quotes the Book of Revelation like a Pentecostal. He referred to Rudt Guiliani as an angel sent by God. He called Gen. Wesley Clark a lying fool. He praises George Bush and calls Pres. Obama a lying anti-Semite. This guy maks Atilla the Hun look like a liberal. Why do we have to praise every idiot who comes out pro-Israel? There is truth in looking a gift horse in the mouth. In Voight’s case, you’d find a foot in it.

salemst says:

Voight’s a great man and glad to have him as a staunch advocate for Israel. He’s exactly correct on Mitt Romney, a man of impeccable character as we observed here in Massachusetts. We are blessed to have 3 Republican candidates wh’d be great friends to Israel

Definitely has my vote

Ellis Jayus says:

Jon Voight is a fine actor…loved him in Deliverance, Midnight Cowboy, Coming Home, Conrack, Odessa File, MI…but he is the lightest of lightweights when it comes to political endorsements. Ironic, isn’t it, that Romney is such a family man while JV had no relationship with his own child. Look up some of Voight’s other “endorsements” and you will understand wht this one holds about as much weight as a baggie filled with air…hot air, no less.

Ed Lobel says:

Just why do you think Jon Voight’s opinion is so important? It’s just an opinion and his statements are seriously flawed! To say Willard Romney is honest is about as truthful as saying Arafat loved everything about Israel! Willard is having a really hard time keeping his non truths up to date. He really does say one thing one day and something different the next day. He says he has created 100,000 jobs and that simply is a made up number and the real number is a lot closer to zero than 100,000!
Is Willard really charitable? How can you really tell? His being a Morman in good standing does mean he donates at least 10% of his income to the Morman Church, but does he support other charities that benefit non Mormans?
I have no doubt he loves Isreal, but for what reasons does he love it? Remember this is a man who, along with his family went around to Jewish graves and proceeded to baptise dead Jews into his religion simply because he wanted to as instructed by his church.
At various times during my career I worked for orthodox Jewish owners who were very charitable. They realized they had non Jewish employees and money that they donated from the company included non Jewish charities as they thought it right!
Say what ever you want, but I have yet to hear anything about the other party not being anything but strong and suportitive of Isreal and exstremely generous when it comes to charity.
Just so you understand that it is all not one sided, I do give Willard a lot of credit for being totally involved when one of his partners teenage daughter went missing, he flew the entire Bain staff to New York and organized a search for the missing girl. This was something remarkable! Of course the money spent was from Bain and not from Willard, but that is not what counts.

Angela Jolie’s father, John Voigt


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