Many people may not know that KISS bassist Gene Simmons, was born and partially raised in Israel. He was actually born in Haifa with the name Chaim Witz. He recently visited his homeland for an episode of “Gene Simmons: Family Jewels”, which airs on A&E.
He was recently asked by CNBC’s Jane Wells what he thought about President Obama’s suggestion that Israel’s borders be redrawn to pre-1967 levels, Simmons replied, “He has no f**king idea what the world is like because he doesn’t have to live there. When you grow up you find out that life isn’t the way you imagined it, and President Obama means well. I think he’s actually a good guy.” The God of Thunder has much to say about the U.N. as well: “The most pathetic body on the face of the planet.” Simmons called the U.N. a “paper tiger” that allows dictators to spread propaganda.
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The new season of “Family Jewels” premiers with a special one-hour episode on Tuesday, June 14 at 10:00 PM ET/PT. Season six, which continues the longest running celebrity family-based series on television, begins with a shocking moment for America’s most traditional, non-traditional family. With both kids away at college and Gene’s rock star ego at an all time high, Shannon Tweed decides she needs to re-evaluate their relationship and leaves her longtime boyfriend.
In the new season, viewers will get a fly-on-the-wall look at the state of Gene and Shannon’s relationship as well as personal corners of their life that have never been explored. From Gene’s emotional visit to Israel where he meets his father’s side of the family that he’s never met (including a visit to his estranged father’s grave), to tracing Shannon’s humble roots in Saskatoon, SK as well as visits to the troops and a very special, relationship telling, trip to Belize.