Jason Alexander (Seinfeld’s George Costanza) went to Israel recently to promote peace between Arabs and Jews, hopefully with less disastrous results than if George embarked on such a path. The project he’s pushing is an Internet poll [http://www.silentnolonger.org] intended to create grassroots momentum for peace and “embolden moderates on both sides,” yadda, yadda, yadda. And it’s not just Alexander — the One Voice project is also backed by Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Anniston.
In fact, it almost turned into a Seinfeld episode — on Wednesday, Alexander went to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian peace activists and entertainers right in the middle of an Israeli raid, amid gunfire and hurled rocks. He was so clueless he didn’t even notice the shooting, though he later said that, and I am not making this up, “It confirms what we have been saying, there is a very definite will for peace on both sides.”
Now, it’s bad enough when celebrity idiots wade into the deep waters of public policy in this country, but we at least have some strategic depth, a margin of error. Israel just can’t afford such clownish antics.