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Shimon Peres gave the lecture, but Ashton Kutcher assigned the reading.
In an unlikely meeting of the minds, Israel's Vice Premier met with Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher last week in Berlin, where the Punk'd star was promoting his latest film, Coast Guard adventure The Guardian, with co-star Kevin Costner.
According to Ayelet Frish, a Peres spokesperson who traveled with the politician on his state visit to Germany, Kutcher and Costner invited the former Israeli prime minister to meet with them after learning that he, too, was in the German capital on business.
Peres and the two film stars hastily arranged a meeting at Kutcher and Costner's hotel, where the 83-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner delivered a lecture requested by the two actors on topics including Israel's establishment and subsequent wars, Peres's relationship with founding Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and recent fighting between Israel and Hizbullah. Peres also told his small celebrity audience about US-Israel relations, threats posed to Israel by Iran and Hizbullah, and his views on diplomatic affairs involving China and North Korea, Frish said.
Costner, a two-time Academy Award winner for his work on 1990's Dances with Wolves, warmly recalled a trip he took to Israel years ago, and both actors told the former Labor party leader they considered Israel a "wonderful country." Kutcher, whose screen credits include The Butterfly Effect and Dude, Where's My Car?, told Peres he would like to visit Israel with his wife, actress Demi Moore.
The former star of That 70s Show then presented Peres with his personal copy of the Zohar, a collection of writings about the meaning and structure of the universe considered among the most important in Kabbala. Kutcher and Moore famously joined the ranks of Madonna, Britney Spears and other celebrity Kabbala students several years ago.
A frequent lecturer on topics related to Israel's security and diplomatic efforts, Peres is also well-accustomed to speaking with famous faces.
The Oslo Accords advocate reportedly met with Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman during a visit to Los Angeles this summer, and participated in a panel discussion with singer Barbra Streisand during a visit to New York last month.