The Prime Ministers Part II Premieres in LA
The Prime Ministers: Soldiers & Peacemakers, the second of a two-part documentary based on Ambassador Avner’s bestselling book, had its Los Angeles Premiere June 15, 2015. The 600-seat Directors Guild of America Theater was sold-out for the event, which was hosted by the film’s producer, Moriah Films, the film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The late Ambassador Avner narrates The Prime Ministers: Soldiers & Peacemakers. Michael Douglas provides the voice of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and Christoph Waltz provides the voice of Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Premieres previously took place in Jerusalem, New York, Chicago, and Toronto.
For further information on The Prime Ministers: Soldiers & Peacemakers, please visit the Films Page.
Ambassador Yehuda Avner (1928-2015) was an Israeli prime ministerial advisor, diplomat, and author. He served as speechwriter and secretary to Israeli Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir, and as advisor to Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. Ambassador Avner served in positions at the Israeli Consulate in New York, and the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, and as Israel’s Ambassador to Britain, Ireland and Australia. In 2010, he turned his insider stories about Israeli politics and diplomacy into a bestselling memoir, The Prime Ministers, which subsequently became the basis for a documentary film.
Ambassador Avner was born in Manchester, England. He immigrated to British Mandatory Palestine in 1947, and fought in Israel’s War of Independence in 1948. He was among the founders of Kibbutz Lavi in the Galilee.
The Yehuda Avner Chair in Religion and Politics was established at Bar-Ilan University in 1995. Ambassador Avner received an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University in 2012.