Gere: Chance for Mideast Peace Is Now

Actor Richard Gere (search) told Israel's foreign minister Wednesday that Palestinians and Israelis must put the past behind them and take advantage of what he called a "special moment" to make peace.

Gere met with Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom (search) during his third visit to the region in recent months.

"There is a great instinct and need on both sides of this conflict to find a peaceful solution that is suitable, that is genuine, that is real, and it can be found and this is a moment," Gere said.

Since his arrival several days ago, Gere met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (search) and Israel's two vice-premiers, Shimon Peres and Ehud Olmert. Gere also toured Israel and the West Bank in March and June of last year.