Israeli settlements are an absurd provocation, says Richard Gere
Hollywood star Richard Gere has lashed out at Israel over its settlements in territory that Palestinians want for a state.
The Pretty Woman star was in Jerusalem for the premiere of a new film by Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar in which he stars.
Gere was quoted in the Haaretz newspaper as saying "settlements are such an absurd provocation ... and they are certainly not part of the program of someone who wants a genuine peace process".
The international community mostly views settlements as an obstacle to creating a Palestinian state alongside Israel in territory it captured in the 1967 war.
Israel says settlements along with other core issues like security should be resolved in peace talks.