Jesse Eisenberg flew to Israel this week (beg21Jul14) shortly before U.S. authorities imposed a travel ban due to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, and he has refused to let the violence ruin his trip.
The Social Network star jetted to the region for his first ever visit to Israel amid escalating tensions and bloody military strikes, which prompted America’s State Department to urge citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Israel.
Eisenberg made the trip for the premiere of the Hebrew adaptation of his 2013 Off-Broadway play The Revisionist on Thursday night (24Jul14), and he took part in a question-and-answer session at the end of the show.
During the event, the actor/writer revealed he decided against cancelling his visit in light of the military action, telling the audience at the Beit Lessin Theater in Tel Aviv, “If there was any sign that I would be endangered somehow, I would have hesitated to come, but that wasn’t the case. Israel is a wonderful country, and it is an unfortunate time, of course, for people living here, but for me this has been a very good week.”
Eisenberg also revealed he had been sightseeing with a friend and enjoyed a day trip to Jerusalem, according to the Israel Hayom.
Stars including Neil Young, Paul Anka, and the Backstreet Boys have all cancelled concerts in Israel due to the violent clashes between Israeli and Palestinian fighters in recent days.