Last week, I made an audio recording endorsing the re-election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel’s general election on Jan. 22.

I explained in the endorsement, “You might think I’m a tough guy in my films, but in a rough neighborhood like the Middle East, Israel has his own tough guy. His name is Bibi Netanyahu” (the prime minister’s nickname).

Netanyahu’s leadership and strength were evident as far back as 1967, when he was a part of the Israel Defense Force’s elite commando unit, Sayeret Matkal. And they were just as obvious in public service through the years, as I added in my endorsement: “Bibi brought the pressing issue of Israel’s security to the world, speaking loudly and clearly to the United Nations and in Congress, bringing the world together to put sanctions on Iran. He has raised a wall along the whole southern border of Israel, stopped the missiles from raining on Israel and showed Hamas they will not be tolerated. He also made the bravest decision in securing the release of Gilad Shalit,” an Israeli sports columnist and former soldier who was abducted inside Israel by Hamas militants.

I concluded the audio recording by encouraging Israeli citizens: “So vote for Benjamin Netanyahu, because a strong prime minister is a strong Israel.”


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