It’s kind of hard to continue claiming that Israel is isolated on the international stage when those at the heart of global entertainment are raising massive amounts of money to support the Israeli military.
Perhaps its a sign of the times, when support for the “Palestinian cause” is waning, that the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) raised more money than ever before at its annual Western Region Gala last week.
The Western Region Gala naturally encompasses Hollywood, where, despite its overtly liberal veneer, the Israeli military has many supporters.
This year’s sold-out event welcomed more than 1,200 friends of the IDF, including prominent actors and singers like Ashton Kutcher, Pharrell Williams, Gerard Butler and Katharine McPhee. By the end of the evening, the FIDF had raised a whopping $60 million.
According to a press release by the organization, those funds will be used to “provide much-needed and well-deserved services such as academic scholarships to combat veterans, financial assistance for soldiers in-need, support for Lone Soldiers throughout their service and upon release, crucial aid for wounded veterans and the families of fallen soldiers, weeks of rest and recuperation for entire IDF units, as well as educational, cultural, and recreational facilities.”