Leonardo Dicaprio's aides have confirmed the movie star held secret talks with Israel's Vice Premier Shimon Peres during his chaotic trip to his girlfriend BAR RAFAELI's homeland last week (beg11MAR07). Peres, Israel's former leader, requested a meeting with the TITANIC star after learning of his visit, and asked the actor and activist to use his star power to help promote conservation and peace in the Middle East. According to sources, DiCaprio was thrilled to meet the Israeli dignitary and promised to help on both issues. DiCaprio's representatives have confirmed the meeting took place, which was a high point of an otherwise troubled trip for the actor. Two of his bodyguards face charges after fighting with photographers during DiCaprio's visit to a holy site, and the actor was forced to cut short his trip on Thursday (15MAR07) after learning his aunt had died. He flew to Germany for the funeral.