Actress and comedian Roseanne Barr said at the Jerusalem Post Conference on Sunday that she hopes one day to make aliya and run for prime minister of Israel.
“I want to move to Israel and run for prime minister,” she told interviewer Dana Weiss. “I do have that fantasy. If God calls me, I’ll go.”
Barr later said that she’s not entirely sure about the political run, but she definitely hopes to move to the Holy Land one day.
“I want to make aliya, I do, and before all the stuff is sold – all the real estate,” she said. “I still have this fantasy of being an old Jewish lady living in the Jewish homeland... I want to buy a farm there and maybe bring my family.”
Of course, Barr won’t be moving just yet, since she just signed on to another year of her smash hit TV show, the revival of Roseanne. Barr said it’s true she committed to another year “but you never know what’s going to happen.”
Weiss asked Barr about the phone call she got from US President Donald Trump after the premiere of her show scored excellent ratings.
“He said ‘Congratulations on the ratings.’ He’s really into ratings like I am,” said Barr. And then the actress said she had a message for Trump – to thank him for his decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
“I want to thank you on behalf of my mother, and all the Jewish people,” she said, “for moving the embassy to Jerusalem.” Barr said Trump told her that “a lot of presidents have promised it, and I got it done.”
She said she believes “it’s the first step toward peace in the world. I really do.”
Weiss also asked Barr about the recent scandal surrounding Natalie Portman’s decision not to attend an upcoming awards ceremony in Jerusalem.
“I asked a lot of Israeli friends what they thought,” said Barr, “and they said, ‘Oh I wish she would have said it in Israel.’ Israel is a country where dissent is allowed,” Barr said, adding that she felt Portman’s decision played into the hands of the BDS movement.
Nevertheless, she said, “we have to be able to talk to the young people in America because they’re way off, they’re way out there,” she said. “We have to figure out a way to reach them instead of turn them off.”
“I happen to think that Judaism is the way,” Barr added, noting that in order to reach Portman, “I would make her a lovely meal, and then I would talk to her about Jewish history and Torah.”