In Israel, Michael Douglas voices concern on Iran nukes and BDS movement

( American actor Michael Douglas expressed concern about the growing danger of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and the threat of boycotts targeting Israel during an address to hundreds of young Jewish leaders in Israel on Wednesday.

American actor Michael Douglas (left) holds up a picture along with former Israeli president Shimon Peres and Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky during his address to hundreds of young Jewish leaders at the Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv. Credit: Peres Center for Peace. 

"I am a U.N. ambassador for peace and I would like to say that from my experience the biggest problem in the world are nuclear weapons,” Douglas told the young leaders during an event held at the Peres Center for Peace in Tel Aviv.

Douglas said he is “very concerned about the attempts of boycotting Israel” and urged Israeli lawmakers to put differences aside and “work together” to address the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres also condemned the BDS movement during Wednesday's event at the center bearing his name, calling it an “anti-peace movement.”

Douglas is in Israel this week to accept Israel’s Genesis Prize on June 18 from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The actor is being honored for his professional achievements as well as his passion for Jewish heritage and Israel. Douglas, who was not raised with any religious affiliation, is the son of Jewish Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas. In recent years, the younger Douglas has identified as a Reform Jew, and his son with actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (Dylan) celebrated a bar mitzvah in Jerusalem last year.

"I am always amazed at how many Jews are not in Israel. The most important thing is to come here and feel Israel. Everyone has his own narrative, and I encourage all of you to find your Jewish narrative and keep it in the future,” Douglas said.

Posted on June 17, 2015 .