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Mr. Alexander said, that through comedy and humor, he hopes to help advance the idea of two states for two people.

Mr. Peres playfully asked the actor if he could call him “George.” Mr. Alexander laughed, and pointing to a crowd of reporters, said: “You can. Not them.”

He met with Mr. Peres during a visit to the Holy Land with a delegation from OneVoice, an international grass-roots group working with mainstream Israelis and Palestinians to encourage peace.

Tensions run high in ‘Dancing’ ballroom

The latest episode of “Dancing With the Stars” included insults, an animal comparison and two nearly perfect performances.

A heated exchange between professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy and head judge Len Goodman stole the spotlight from first-place finishers Ricki Lake and J.R. Martinez.

Mr. Chmerkovskiy and his partner, soccer star Hope Solo, landed near the bottom of the judges’ leaderboard Monday. With 20 points out of 30, they finished just ahead of Chaz Bono, in last place with 19 points.

One of the seven remaining celebrities was to be dismissed during Tuesday’s episode.

When Mr. Goodman called Miss Solo’s rumba “your worst dance of the whole season,” Mr. Chmerkovskiy suggested the judge get out of the dance business.

Mr. Chmerkovskiy told one of the show’s hosts that the judges seem to pick on certain contestants, and he kept up the conversation after Monday’s live episode.

“The judges have their favorites,” he said. “They always have.”

Mr. Bono’s professional partner, Lacey Schwimmer, agreed.

“They always have their favorites, and this season it’s completely clear who they are. I won’t name names, but we are not one of them,” she said. “I’m actually proud of what Maks said. A lot of us don’t get the chance to stand up for us and our partners.”

Miss Schwimmer cried backstage during Monday’s episode and was still upset after the show, when she complained about the judges’ “rude” remarks about Mr. Bono.

“Every week he gets referred to as an animal,” she said. “They always comment on his personality, and last I checked, this was a dancing show.”

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