When Jerry Seinfeld last came to Israel, in 1971, there wasn’t much fanfare surrounding the then-17-year-old Massapequa resident’s visit or his volunteer stint at Kibbutz Sa’ar.
“Nobody wanted my autograph and nobody wanted to take their picture with me,” he told reporters in Tel Aviv this week, as the now-superstar comedian promoted his film, “Bee Movie.”
Seinfeld was swarmed by fans, above, at the film’s premiere and posed with comedian Eyal Kitzes, who provided the Hebrew voice-over for Seinfeld’s “Bee” character, Barry B. Benson.
At a time when the country is fixated on the Annapolis conference, Seinfeld’s visit drew major buzz in Israeli and international press and he met with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert before Olmert departed for the United States.
According to media reports, Peres complimented Seinfeld on his eponymous television show, which has a huge following in Israel, while the funny man quizzed the elder statesman about how he preserves his health. During his four-day visit, Seinfeld is expected to return for a visit to Kibbutz Saar. Describing his youthful work there, Seinfeld said “They just let me hack away at those banana leaves and no, I didn’t meet the prime minister even once.”