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Friday, September 19, 2014
PBS tours Israel through eyes of Netanyahu
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One major error was not emphasizing that the holiest site to the Jews is not the Western Wall but the Temple Mount where Solomon’s Temple and then the second Temple, later built by Herod stood. (This point was clarified for Mr. Greenberg in an interview with The Jewish Star).

This is the fifth “Royal Tour” Greenberg has filmed. The others were Jordan, New Zealand, Jamaica, Peru and Mexico. “A diverse mix,” he said in an interview with The Jewish Star.

“The angle is the unprecedented access, to look at the country through the eyes of its leader.” He said that it was not viewed before airing by the prime minister or the government and the first time it would be viewed would be on Tuesday night at the premier in Los Angeles. Greenberg noted that it was screened now since Netanyahu is in the U.S. now; both Greenberg and Netanyahu will be at the premier.

Greenberg was born in Manhattan, went to public school and Bronx High School of Science. He is Jewish but said he had an “ecumenical background.”

He summers on Fire Island and is a volunteer firefighter there. He said that he has been visiting Israel as a journalist since 1970 and has covered events throughout the Middle East, notably, the Yom Kippur War, Camp David, Sadat’s assassination and has “been all over Israel.” He is currently working on five other countries for this series.

Each film requires about a year and a half involving research, planning, logistics, taking into account holidays, politics, weather and scheduling. He filmed in Israel now, he said since Israel is a “pivotal country at a pivotal time and the leader was willing and had the time and patience to do it.”

“The opportunity of dealing with a leader up close and personal” enables viewers to see him as a “human being, it humanizes the country and the leader” and makes the country “more accessible to the audience.” They are “exposed to a country as never seen before.”

When they see this type of programming and they want to learn more as a result, he said, then, “I’ve done my job.”

“We covered a lot of ground in 56 minutes,” said Greenberg.

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