John Wayne’s commitment to Conservative values cemented his support of Israel.
Indeed, there was a time when even Hollywood liberals supported Israel publicly, and through generous charitable contributions. Tragically, classic liberalism is dead, replaced by a postmodern Democrat party—progressivism—that is radically left and infused with the classic Jew-hatred of Marxist-Lenninism.
In Scott Eyman’s compulsively readable biography of John Wayne, we glimpse Wayne’s activism on behalf of the Jewish state.
… Wayne always considered himself a working actor, and he remained on the lookout for parts that didn’t require a full-scale commitment. Shortly before the [lung] cancer had been discovered , Wayne helped writer-director Melville Shavelson set up a movie about [modern Israel’s first General] Mickey Marcus, an American Jew who had fought with the Haganah to found Israel. Shavelson was amused, because, he noted, “If God set out to print a million photographs of Jewishness, he would use John Wayne as the negative.”
But Wayne was enthused by the freedom-fighting foreground of the story. “You could call Jerusalem the Jewish Alamo,” said Shavelson. “You out of your mind?” snorted Wayne. “That picture lost so much money I can’t buy a pack of chewing gum in Texas without a co-signer. Let’s not remind anybody.”
Shavelson asked Wayne to appear in a small part in the picture, to which Wayne agreed, but he went further than that. He personally called Kirk Douglas (b. Issur Danielovitch) and asked him to look at the script. Batjac [Wayne’s production company] took a profit position in the picture, which was financed by the Mirisch Corporation for United Artists.
Unfortunately, Cast a Giant Shadow (1966) failed to earn back its negative cost, and there were no profits for Batjac.