Gene Simmons on 'Outnumbered': My Mother Was a Holocaust Survivor
The "Outnumbered" panel today discussed the latest developments in the Israel-Hamas conflict and #oneluckyguy Gene Simmons shared some of his powerful back story, which has influenced his views on the situation in Gaza.
“I was born in Israel and came to America as an eight-and-a-half year old boy with my mother, who’s a Holocaust survivor. When she was 14, she was in the camps of Nazi Germany,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said.
“A mother who loses a child is always about family and less about politics," he continued. "On either side, it's a terrible thing that's happening.”
“The best thing to do is get Hamas out of the equation and get some decent, moderate people in charge who can police it,” he recommended.
Simmons added that Israel and Egypt were able to work out their differences with moderate leaders and now coexist in peace.
“That’s really what you want: To have mothers to be able to raise their children in peace," he said. "There are always going to be differences, but there’s no reason why they can’t live side-by-side.”
Harris Faulkner was moved by Simmons' personal story and noted the terrible, unifying force of parents losing children.
“When a mother loses her child – I don’t care what side of the border you are – it's heartbreaking and lasts for generations," Simmons said "The anger does not go away.”
"What it's really about is mothers and their children. We all [should take] a step back and understood that it's about the human condition and loving your children and giving them the best opportunity to grow up in a peaceful environment."
Watch the clip above.