The Israel Jon Voight knows and loves is a model of 'grace under fire'

Academy-award winning actor, Jon Voight, spoke candidly about his experience of the true character of the 60-year-old State of Israel at the 23rd Israel Film Festival Gala in Hollywood.

Recently-returned from a visit to Israel for its 60th birthday, Mr. Voight feels that Israel has borne the brunt of the mainstream-media's misunderstanding of Islamist imperialism's rejection of an autonomous, Jewish-led democracy in a region dominated by Islamic supremacism.

The true nature of Israel and its challenges- which Mr. Voight has experienced first-hand- isn't accurately presented by mainstream news-reportage, he asserts.

To obtain a truer understanding, he encourages people to visit Israel themselves- or begin by viewing some of the Israeli films featured in the Festival.

The Israel Film Festival runs in Los Angeles from June 11-26, in New York from Nov 5-20, and in Miami from December 10-18.

Mr. Voight has been added to this season's cast of the Fox TV series, "24," as nemesis to Jack Bauer (Kieffer Sutherland).

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