AF Exclusive: Jon Voight Interviews President Trump on Anniversary of Middle East Peace Accord

Voight’s interview to be broadcast on JLTV and Newsmax.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Actor Jon Voight interviewed former President Donald Trump in a discussion about the Abraham Accords for a special that will air on Jewish Life Television (JLTV) on the two-year anniversary of the accords being signed.
  • The actor credited his producer, Steven Paul, with making the interview with the former president happen and spoke about the importance of Americans, regardless of religion, understanding the significance of the Abraham Accords.
  • Voight called the story of the history of the nation of Israel from Biblical times up to the signing of the accord an “extraordinary” one, saying he hopes his project will give viewers a greater appreciation for the nation’s origins.
  • “The Abraham Accords” interview with Trump will premiere Wednesday, September 15, 2022, Th, 8:00 PM ET/PT. JLTV is available through SP7 streaming and cable providers including Charter/Spectrum, Comcast/Xfinity, Cox, and DirecTV nationwide. Viewers can find JLTV’s channel in their provider’s lineup by visiting JLTV’s channel guide.
  • The special will also air on Newsmax this Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
VOIGHT’S TAKE:
  • Voight spoke with American Faith about the origins of the nation of Israel, beginning with the time of Abraham and the biblical story of his journey from his homeland to become the father of a nation, noting the promise in God’s words to Abraham that He would bless those who blessed Abraham and curse those who cursed him.
  • That is what Voight called the beginning of the “adventures of this family from Abraham to Isaac, to Jacob, to the nation of Israel today.”
  • The Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning actor went on to talk about the promises laid out in the Bible that were made to the Jewish people about their homeland: “This promise of God’s foretelling of the time when this little group would become a multitude and be slaves, in Egypt, and then God would have to send someone to get them and bring them to this land Canan (which was Israel). The entire story is, an extraordinary story.”
  • Speaking about JLTV, Voight emphasized how the network’s programming is not exclusively targeted for a Jewish audience but for people from all backgrounds: “It’s open. And it’s friendly to all religions,” Voight said before adding that JLTV has a “large evangelical Christian audience.”
  • Near the end of the conversation, the actor signaled he was hopeful about the current state of the world, saying, “You know, people sometimes say God is no longer intervening in the affairs of humankind. I say, ‘Oh no! He’s very, very active—always in our affairs.”
BACKGROUND:
  • The Abraham Accords were signed two years ago by Israel, Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates to “pursue a vision of peace, security, and prosperity in the Middle East and around the world,” according to the American State Department’s declaration on the signing.
  • The Accords were said to “encourage efforts to promote interfaith and intercultural dialogue to advance a culture of peace among the three Abrahamic religions and all humanity” and the signers agreed that “the best way to address challenges is through cooperation and dialogue and that developing friendly relations among States advances the interests of lasting peace in the Middle East and around the world.”
  • The nations involved in the accords put forward their signatures as a confirmation that they would support “science, art, medicine, and commerce to inspire humankind, maximize human potential and bring nations closer together.” Ultimately, the accords are meant to “end radicalization and conflict to provide all children a better future.”