VIDEO - Former prime minister Shimon Peres said Wednesday during a joint Tel Aviv press conference with American actress Sharon Stone, who arrived in Israel on Tuesday, that "We don't look at her being here as a visit but as a mission to support peace and help children.
“As a politician, I discover children and adults admire artists more than politicians, and artists can really help enhance tolerance and peace," Peres said.
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Stone, for her part, told Peres “I admire you, sir, so greatly, it’s beyond discussion or I would just sit here in a puddle of tears. That I can sit here beside you is my greatest achievement.”
Stone added that she plans on doing everything in her power to promote joint projects for Israeli and Palestinian children.
"The future of our children depends on now," she said. "We can't go on killing in the name of our children's future. They need us to make a decision today and never turn our backs on it that is the instinct of the maternal, of creation, of peace."
Stone, who will celebrate her 48th birthday while in Israel, asked to host a 500 dollar-a-plate dinner party for the county’s leading businessmen; proceeds will go to funding the projects for Israeli and Palestinian children in education, culture and sports.
'It's time for women to be part of negotiations'
“On my birthday I like to be of service, to give something to children in a non-partisan, non-political way,” she said.
Stone is not expected to visit the Palestinian Authority due to security concerns.
When asked whether she regards herself a feminist, the Hollywood superstar said "I don't want to be a man. Equal for me is distinctly separate. I want us to be in a partnership, not dominating one another. We were meant to be a team. That was the plan from the beginning. We don't need to both be men in the room. But we both need to be in the room.
“It's time for women to be part of negotiations, because they have a different language," she said. "Imagine 'I was considering going to war, let's discuss, let's consider the other angles.'"
As to her upcoming movie “Basic Instinct 2” Stone said “I'm naked (in the movie); usually that's what people really want to know, so we can move on to the next question."