Javier Bardem Apologizes For Anti-Israel Letter

Javier Bardem has joined his wife Penelope Cruz in saying “Oops.”

Bardem, Cruz and Pedro Almodovar were the three most famous Spanish celebs who signed a letter earlier this week calling Israeli operations in Gaza “genocide” against the Palestinians. But as many an NFL referee has said, on further review, Bardem changed his mind.

Yes, while, he said, he was “critical of the Israeli military response,” but meant to say he had “great respect for the people of Israel.” His signature was only “a plea for peace.”

Some thought his remarks anti-Semitic, which is the “antithesis of who we are as human beings.”

Obviously, there’s no way to tell whether Bardem/Cruz just didn’t read the letter before signing it, wanted to jump aboard the growing European Israel bashing wagon or believed the letter’s contents and are just now backing off fearful of a backlash.

In any case, here is his four paragraph statement:

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