Nicole Kidman has made a public stand against terrorism – and accepted a high-level offer to visit Israel.
The actress was joined by 84 other Hollywood stars, directors and studio bosses yesterday in a powerfully-worded full-page advertisement in the Los Angeles Times newspaper.
It specifically targeted “terrorist organisations” such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Palestine.
“We the undersigned are pained and devastated by the civilian casualties in Israel and Lebanon caused by terrorist actions initiated by terrorist organisations such as Hezbollah and Hamas,” the ad read. “If we do not succeed in stopping terrorism around the world, chaos will rule and innocent people will continue to die.
“We need to support democratic societies and stop terrorism at all costs.”
The ad was also signed by celebrities including Michael Douglas, Dennis Hopper, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Danny De Vito, Don Johnson, William Hurt and Ridley Scott plus News Corporation chairman and chief executive Rupert Murdoch and Paramount Pictures chairman Sumner Redstone.
News Corporation is the parent company of News Limited, publisher of The Daily Telegraph.
And who did it take to “recruit” Nicole? The very person you would expect to entice a beautiful Hollywood starlet to Israel.
It also emerged yesterday that Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres had persuaded Kidman to visit Israel.
The pair met at a conference held by Mr Murdoch in California last month.
“We will be happy to have you,” Mr Peres told Kidman. “Maybe you can be tourism ambassador to the Galilee.”
Kidman asked Mr Peres about the country’s prospects for the future.
“We will come out stronger from this conflict (with Hezbollah),” he said.
I guess things did not work out with Sharon.