Yitzak Rabin with Henry Kissinger
Israel’s Modern History is “The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers”
By Skip Sheffield
If you are interested in the history of modern-day Israel, “The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers” will be a movie documentary for you.
The film is a follow-up to Moriah Films’ “The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers.” It is largely narrated by the late Ambassador Yehuda Avner, who passed away in March of this year, and who wrote the book on which this series is based.
“The Prime Ministers” begins with a flashback to Nov. 14, 1947, when a civilian cargo ship was attacked by Palestinians, referencing Israel’s turbulent, precarious past. The bulk of the action begins in 1974 with the election of Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin, who was Israel’s first native-born leader. Rabin negotiated the first bilateral treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1975, and helped launch its daring rescue of hostages in Entebbe in 1976.
Yehuda Avner signed on to continue as roving Ambassador when Menachem Begin became Prime Minister in 1977. The documentary looks back on American Presidents Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Bush, and documents the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995. Michael Douglas recreates the voice of Rabin and Christoph Waltz speaks as Menachem Begin. One comes away from this film with an undeniable admiration for the courage and resilience of Israel’s people.