Kudos to Roseanne for her willingness to admit her previous view of Israel was based on ignorance.
And for her honesty and courage in challenging the Israel-hating BDS movement.
Roseanne still considers herself a socialist, though, so we need to send her copies of Tammy’s The New Thought Police and The Death of Right and Wrong to complete her transformation from Leftist to Independent Conservative.
True to form, it was no holds barred when Roseanne Barr recently discussed her about-face on Israel at a public event in the San Francisco Bay Area. Barr, who was previously vociferously critical of the Jewish state, attributed her former views to ignorance.
“I sought to be moral, but I was entirely incorrect and wrong,” she told a standing-room only crowd of about 170 at a February fundraiser for the Israel advocacy group StandWithUs at an Oakland synagogue.
As the comedian, author and TV personality elaborated on her position as a staunch advocate for the Jewish state, it came as no surprise to readers of her blog and her 288,00-follower Twitter feed, where she frequently shares her support of Israel and bashes anti-Zionists and backers of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement against Israel.
“If nobody ever tells you you’re wrong, you don’t know you’re wrong,” Barr said in explanation of her former anti-Israel stance. “If nobody ever confronts you with the actual facts, you might have no idea that you’re mouthing canards and bulls**t. It’s confrontation that keeps us honest. And without it, you know, I don’t think we can be honest….
With a home in Los Angeles and another in Hawaii, where she owns a macadamia nut farm, Barr said she is considering establishing another home in Israel when she visits.
“I always saw myself living there, at least part-time,” she said. I’m excited to be going to Israel and spending a couple of weeks there. I’m kind of leaving my head open to whatever happens.”
….In Oakland, Barr elaborated on her attachment to her heritage. “Judaism is very important to me,” she said. “I always try to speak for the high moral ground for Israel, Jewish people and Judaism… That’s why it’s very disappointing and soul-crushing when you’re wrong, but that was why I have to make it right.”
YouTube: Roseanne Barr tells it like it is re: BDS