The actress Sharon Stone was due to arrive in Israel on March 8, 2006, as a guest of The Peres Center for Peace, reports said Saturday. She will also be a guest at the 10th annual Women's Festival in Holon. Stone said that she was interested in the events in the Middle East and the chances for peace in the region. "This is an opportunity for me to learn about the situation from up close," Stone told reporters. Former prime minister Shimon Peres noted that Stone had been awarded for her human rights activism and that "she is a good model for how women can contribute to the world."