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 oneself.”

Could Israel and Palestine co-host the World Cup ten years from now? What would be possible if Israel and Palestine reached a two state agreement? Help us make it happen – imagine 2018!

OneVoice launched imagine: 2018 to inspire Israelis and Palestinians to visualize what the region would look like in 10 years if a peace agreement were to be signed in 2008. The objective is to challenge people to regain hope and discard the assumption that the conflict is intractable, by enabling them to picture some of the tangible, everyday benefits of a peace agreement. The imagine: 2018 initative involves parallel essay contests in Israel and Palestine & an international film project:

2018 in Palestine2018 in IsraelDirector’s CutAbout OneVoice

The OneVoice Movement is an international mainstream grassroots movement with over 650,000 signatories in roughly equal numbers both in Israel and in Palestine, and 2,000 highly-trained youth leaders. It aims to amplify the voice of Israeli and Palestinian moderates, empowering them to seize back the agenda for conflict resolution and demand that their leaders achieve a two-state solution guaranteeing the end of occupation, establishing a viable independent Palestinian state, and ensuring the safety and security of the state of Israel – allowing both people to live in peace with all their neighbors.

Celebrity supporters of the OneVoice Movement’s most ambitious initiative to date – One Million Voices to End the Conflict record a Public Service Announcement promoting the unpredecented People’s Summits taking place on October 18th, 2007.