Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight told a pro-Israel rally in Las Vegas on Tuesday that President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry do not have Israel’s back in the conflict with Gaza and Hamas.
Voight said the Obama administration is inaccurately portraying Israel as the aggressor.
“Our President Obama said he would transform America, he certainly has for the worse, not for the better,” Voight said outside of the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas to boos from the audience.
“President Obama and Secretary Kerry are sending the wrong messages to the entire world. They do not really have Israel’s back covered as they say they do. Instead of telling Hamas to stop sending rockets into Israel aimed at its civilian population, they say Israel has to stop killing civilians. What a travesty of justice,” he added.
According to the Israel Defense Forces, Hamas and other Palestinian militants have fired more than 1,840 rockets toward Israel since July 8.
“We have serious concerns about the rising number of Palestinian and civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives,” Obama said on Monday. “That is why it now has to be our focus and the focus of the international community to bring about a cease-fire that ends that fighting and that can stop the deaths of innocent civilians, both in Gaza and in Israel.”
Obama sent Kerry to the region to negotiate a deal to end the fighting. Kerry met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.
Voight encouraged “every patriotic American,” Jewish or not, to show their outrage with the Obama administration’s reaction to the situation.
“We will not tolerate propaganda, lies about Israel being the aggressors and suppressors of the Palestinians and Hamas must understand they cannot keep sending missles into Israel year after year,” he said at the “We Stand With Israel” rally, sponsored by the Israeli American Council.