John Kerry with popcorn, Israeli National News, Jack Engelhard, December 31, 2016
I suppose Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” will have to be re-spooled. So will a hundred more Bible-themed films.
With a simple abstention on the part of Samantha Power at the UN, the history of the world has been rewritten.
Jewish and Christian cultures have been cleansed out of existence…and will remain so until Donald Trump fixes this and brings the United States back to its senses.
Apparently the Bible got it all wrong and so did Hollywood, according to Barack Obama, John Kerry and Security Council Resolution 2334, which denies Jewish rights to Judea/Samaria and Jerusalem and instead hands all of it over to the Palestinian Arabs (who were invented in 1964, by the way).
So as of Friday, December 23, when that maneuver was passed by the UN, no Jews fit the picture. Only Arabs may answer the casting call as stars and extras.
DeMille made two versions of the Biblical Exodus, the first in 1923 and then again in 1956. Both times, using Jewish and Christian theologians as technical advisers, he used the Hebrew Bible as a blueprint – and both times those were Hebrews emerging from slavery in Egypt onward toward the Promised Land that was first Canaan and finally Judea/Israel.
The heroes were Jews. No Palestinian Arabs in sight.
So what’s to be done when we watch those films again – by which I also mean Otto Preminger’s 1960s “Exodus” and Melville Shavelson’s 1966 “Cast A Giant Shadow” where this time it’s about modern Israel being re-captured and still the heroes are Jews – as principally played by Paul Newman and Kirk Douglas.
Can we still cheer? Can we still be entertained? Can we still learn? How – when everything has been turned upside down?
To moviegoers, is Moses still a hero? Is King David still a hero, as depicted in the 1951 film “David and Bathsheba,” starring Gregory Peck and Susan Hayward.
Again, no Palestinians in sight, and no demands for a two state solution from either the Bible or Hollywood.
Or are we to root for Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas when that movie comes out?
Arab terrorists — who last month tried to burn Israel to the ground — are the world’s heroes.
That’s where we are today, as Sci-Fi writer Richard Matheson imagined a world taken over by mutants.
There were no Palestinians anywhere near Jerusalem for King Vidor’s 1959 epic “Solomon and Sheba,” starring Yul Brynner and Gina Lollobrigida. Solomon builds a Jewish Temple, in Jerusalem, to fulfill the oath from his father David and according to the measurements provided by Hebrew Scriptures.
Well, that will have to be revised and rewritten, won’t it, to please Obama, Kerry, Article 2334, and the 14 nations that voted to expunge Jerusalem from Jewish sovereignty going back to the Bible. Hollywood often goes back to the Bible and now Christianity has likewise been expunged.
In movies such as “Ben-Hur and “The Robe” and “King of Kings” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told” – still no Palestinians.
All the action takes place in and around Jerusalem, which was ruled by the Romans but populated by the Jews.
But there were no Jews in Jerusalem, if you ask John Kerry…or even if you ask the entire United Nations.
Our story as told through Hollywood for Christians and Jews, must now be told from a far different point of view.
Plus the old reliable classics, if they are ever to be shown again, will never be seen with the same eyes.
So buy your popcorn and watch Yasser Arafat deliver the Sermon on the Mount, and behold Mahmoud Abbas divide the Red Sea.
The victors, as we know, write the history. The victors also write the screenplay.
But there are many more pages to go and do not bet on them having the final word.
The first and last Tycoon will not be found at MGM or Paramount Pictures or at the UN. He is keeping score and He has other plans.