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Seinfeld star tells Israeli youth to "imagine" peace

Jewish-American in Jerusalem meets "Imagine 2018" participants

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One of the Jewish-American stars of the hit television comedy Seinfeld was in Jerusalem Wednesday to support Israeli-Palestinian community peacebuilding efforts aimed at getting youth to imagine a peaceful future.

Actor Jason Alexander, who played quirky sidekick George Costanza for nine seasons, was in Jerusalem to attend a OneVoice meeting where he spoke about the "Imagine 2018" project in which Palestinian and Israeli youth "imagine" what would happen if a peace treaty had been signed in 2008.

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.

The actor said stressed that "if you can make people laugh, you can heal wounds," adding that the most important thing in any difficult situation was "the ability to laugh at one's self."

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

Jason Alexander