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December 3, 2014 3:17 pm

Jewish Professional Dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Israel ‘Promotes Peace First and Foremost’ But Somehow, They’re Always in Conflict

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Professional ballroom dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Photo: Reporter.

Jewish professional ballroom dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy said on Tuesday he believes Israel promotes peace above all else, but the Jewish state still seems to find itself repeatedly in the midst of conflict.

“Whether contrary to what the world might see or feel at the moment, the Jewish nation promotes peace first and foremost and somehow they are constantly in conflict,” he told The Algemeiner in an exclusive interview. “I am hoping that there will be a day when everybody goes to sleep without worrying about any sort of rockets flying by or any of that and there’s no sort of retaliation.”

The former Dancing with the Stars competitor was born in Ukraine but raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he attended yeshiva in Borough Park. He enjoys visiting Israel and said his favorite part about the Jewish state is the Wailing Wall. Chmerkovskiy said the whole Israel “is very special and has nothing to do with Judaism” but rather “it has to do with a multitude of religions” coexisting together.

When asked what he loves the most about his Jewish heritage, Chmerkovskiy said he enjoys the freedom of having diverse friendships.

“My best friend is Muslim, that’s my favorite part about being Jewish,” he told The Algemeiner. “That I’m allowed to do that and I can be free to live a happy, unrestricted life and nobody frowns upon me.”

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  • Maribeth

    Looks like they’ve photoshopped his face to make him look more Jewish. hmmm

  • Sire

    Belied all thy promises and brought
    war and suffering like the world had never seen before.
    The Perversity of Yahweh.
    Intolerance became carnage.
    As thine disease spread across the land.
    Millions of bodies rising to thine kingdom
    “Thy Will Be Done”.
    The vile sickness of this God.
    Thine devoted followers
    slaughtering all who oppose.
    A being of self-described “love”
    whilst thy church is bathed in pagan blood.
    The Perversity of Yahweh.
    So the masquerade of thine benevolent form
    is hence forever destroyed.

  • Nancy Leip

    This past year I watched ‘The Royal Tour’ hosted by P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu and I would recommend everyone watch this program. It was aired on KBTC in my hometown. I have not been to Israel but I’m sure the average traveler would not be able to see the areas that Benjamen Netanyahu showed us in this film — best travel film I’ve ever seen! I have more respect for Benjamen Netanyahu than any other leader on this earth! God Bless Israel and P.M.Netanyahu. Check the Internet, it was aired in April, the American Interviewer was Peter Greenberg.)

  • Myrna Kardon

    I love Maks and he is one of my people. Sooo sexy!!!! I met him in chicago last June and i was sooo thrilled!

  • Marj

    As Jewish, I applaud how he speaks about the freedoms of being Jewish and the idea of Israel as a force for peace. It can be a divisive subject without easy answers.

  • Deneva

    peace be with you. And YAWEH too.

  • Deneva


  • Sharon K

    Nice to hear what Maks has to say on the topic. Here’s to hoping his wish for Israel comes true!