US Actor in Israel Tells Youth to ‘Imagine’ Peace

American Jewish actor Jason Alexander, from the hugely successful television comedy series Seinfeld, was in Jerusalem on Wednesday to attend a OneVoice meeting where he spoke about a project in which Palestinian and Israeli youth "imagine" what would happen if a peace treaty had been signed in 2008.

Alexander was in the American Colony hotel in east Jerusalem to meet with participants of the "Imagine 2018" project, started by the OneVoice international peace movement.

The project, launched a year ago, called on Palestinian and Israeli youth aged between 13 and 18 to compose short stories imagining what the Middle East would look like in 10 years following a supposed peace agreement.

"Holding to this conflict is harder than where we can go," Alexander told a press conference on Wednesday. "The hope is the younger generation. They are an integral part in creating, if not the beginnings of peace, then the fruits of peace."

Out of 50 Israeli and Palestinian stories that were published in two books, several were chosen to be made into films.

"It’s not enough to just envision or publish you have to take vision and make it real. And the only way to do that is through film, so what they envisioned can be seen by others," Alexander, who is Jewish himself, said.

Alexander, who played the quirky George Costanza for nine seasons of hit comedy Seinfeld, stressed that "if you can make people laugh, you can heal wounds."

The actor said he believed the most important thing in any difficult situation was "the ability to laugh at ones self."

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