Jon Voight: No Such Thing as ‘The West Bank’, it is Judea and Samaria, the “Heart of Israel”

Legendary actor and mensch Jon Voight is currently in Israel to shoot a new movie. And as usual, he has shown himself to be one of the strongest supporters of Israel out there, let alone that Hollywood has ever seen.

Judea and Samaria should not be called the West Bank, it is the “heart of Israel,” American actor Jon Voight said during a visit to Mount Gerizim in the Samaria region on Wednesday during work on a film.

Voight, 83, met with Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan, who gifted him a bottle of wine.

“This is not just a bottle of wine, it is [fulfilling] the prophecy of Jeremiah,” he said.

Dagan spoke with Voight about the strategic and biblical importance of Judea and Samaria, which he said should become part of Israel’s sovereign territory.

There are those, he said, “who want to change Israel to a country that is just nine miles” wide, Dagan said.

Voight was impressed by the map which Dagan unfurled for him.

“This is Israel!,” Voight said emphatically as he looked at Judea and Samaria on the map. “It’s right in the center,” he said.

This map “shows Judea and Samaria, how prominent they are in Israel how important they are. When you call that the West Bank, it doesn’t make any sense. It’s the heart of Israel,” Voight said.

He also visited the archeological part at Shiloh, where the Tabernacle was housed before the first Jewish temple was built in Jerusalem. 

“This is one of the holier sites. I feel so much energy here. It is just amazing that you can pick up a shard in your backyard that is 3,000-5,000 years old,” Voight told a Binyamin Regional Council spokeswoman Eliana Passentin.

He said he was imagining the ancient ceremonies of worship that had taken place there. 

That above report was from the Jerusalem Post, who strangely went with the following headline, which goes against what Voight actually said.

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi is also in Israel, and she was hosted by Israeli President Isaac Herzog and his wife for lunch.

Oh how I wish Jon Voight had also been invited. That would have been the most awkward meal since

Update: See video from the visit here.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media