Israeli President Shimon Peres made it to New York City earlier today, as part of his visit to the U.S. prior to the AIPAC Policy Conference this weekend, and what better way to start his trip than with a visit to “The View” for an interview with Barbara Walters. That’s right, “The View.” Peres was… More ▸
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JTA’s Ben Harris interviewed Jason Alexander about his experience in Israel:
When Shimon Peres asked Jason Alexander if he could call him as George, it seemed like a textbook example of Israeli chutzpah directness. But Peres actually deserves some credit. At least he had the decency to ask.
“Most people don’t ask, they just call me George,” Alexander told JTA . “They actually think that’s my name. That line between fantasy and reality gets blurred. “
There were several such moments during Alexander’s four-day trip to the Holy Land last week as part of a delegation from One Voice, a New York-based organization aimed at empowering moderates in the Middle East to pressure their leaders into accepting a two-state solution. Alexander was in the region to lend his celebrity to Israeli and Palestinian grassroots efforts toward a resolution. But media outlets in Israel and around the world appeared more interested in the “Seinfeld” star than in peacemaking.
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By Lashon Holly
Jason Alexander aka George Costanza met in Jerusalem this week with Israeli President Shimon Peres (he also visited with Palestinian officials in Ramalah). Alexander was representing the organization OneVoice, which seeks to help reach a two-state solution by training “Israeli and Palestinian youth in leadership skills, non-violent activism, and democratic principles.”
Here’s the official version from the president’s office:
President Peres turned to Jason Alexander with a smile and said jockingly, please allow me to call you George. He then said: “George, on the show you and Jerry Seinfeld conduct yourselves like two different states – each of you has a differing world view and creative thoughts. What is your advice to advance the peace process in the Middle East?”
Alexander answered the President by saying that it is correct that he and Jerry Seinfeld represent two different worlds and it is extremely difficult to have a relationship like this, but my advice to you is not to give up. Even with the disappointments it is important to continue in the difficult effort of advancing peace which is so important. I too, through comedy and humor, try to contribute my part by advancing the idea of two states for two people.
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