Comedian Jackie Mason is not in a mood for jokes when it comes to “settlers,” whom he says protect Israel. “Anyone who is against them is an enemy,” he said in a video speech on behalf of a proposed new museum for the expulsion victims of Gush Katif.
John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and television personality Glenn Beck spoke at the Thursday night banquet in New York to raise money for the musuem.
People who make aliyah to Israel and become settlers are the front line of defense,” said Mason, who is an ordained rabbi.
Referring to American Jews who live in Judea and Samaria and were among those expelled from Gaza in 2005, Mason said, “They sacrifice comforts they had in America and gave them up to be on the front lines of Israel.”
He quoted Ariel Sharon, before he contradicted his own nationalist policies and launched the expulsion program, as having told him, “They are doing for more Israel than anybody in the country.”
Mason also said that Israel “not only faces Arabs, they face the obnoxious hate of all anti-Semites all over Europe who think that settlers are the cause of the problem of peace in the area.
“Nobody can accept the fact that Jews belong there and Israel has the right to exist. They don’t even get support from America any more. Now we have a president of the United States who is giving Israel nothing but problems…
“The problem is Hamas and enemies trying to destroy Israel…. Anyone who calls them, [settlers] a problem is an enemy of Israel.”