A new 55-minute documentary, hosted by former Harvard lecturer Dr.
Tal Ben Shahar, examines the accomplishments and fortitude of the
modern state of Israel.
“The Israel I came back to was not the Israel I left,” Shachar said,
recalling his previous visit 15 years earlier. “Israel had not only
joined the 21st century; in many ways it was now leading the way,”
“When people think about Israel they think about war or religion, or
even falafel, Shachar said. “But when I think about Israel I think
about the triumph of the human spirit.”
“Israelis, surrounded by enemies, turned a desert with hardly any
natural resources into a flourishing, productive and caring society.”
“The technology coming out of Israel is being used to connect the
world, green the planet, save lives, and have fun,” he said.
“Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference” will be
screened on PBS affiliate stations, in theaters, and in 85
communities in the United States, China, and India. The documentary
will make its world premiere on the evening of April 16 at the School
of Visual Arts in Manhattan, where Ben-Shahar will address the
The documentary was produced by The Jerusalem Online University in
conjunction with award-winning documentarian Raphael Shore
(“Relentless,” “Obsession,” and “The Third Jihad”).
Shore stressed that he doesn’t expect the documentary to change
minds, but to give “the 70 percent of people who are indifferent
about Israel, or feel fatigued by the discussion,” the basis to form
an opinion. “Our goal is to create positive relationships with Israel
and show the human face of Israel beyond the conflict,” he said.
Reflecting on his teaching experiences at Harvad, Shachar
explained, “I can’t tell you how many students came to me and said
how they felt so proud of Israel, of being Jewish, or of supporting
the Jewish state. It changed the conversation around the country. And
that’s what this film is about: changing the conversation, changing
the focus. We know that focus creates reality. It’s not about
ignoring Israel’s faults, but we have a lot to celebrate.”
The film “is about the heart of the Jewish people reaching out the
heart of the world. That’s not hasbara [public relations]; that’s
education,” asserted scriptwriter Rebecca Shore.