At Hollywood Premiere, Netanyahu Launches Doc on Israeli Tourism

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Fresh from meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama and attending the AIPAC conference in Washington, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a Hollywood premiere - for a TV documentary that showcases Israel for tourists.

Arriving in Los Angeles for the screening only a few days after Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, Netanyahu quipped "Is this the Oscars?"

The film, which premiered at Paramount Studios, features none-other than Netanyahu himself as tour guide, according to AFP.

In "Israel: The Royal Tour," Netanyahu takes CBS journalist Peter Greenberg to key stops on the Israeli tourist trail, such as the Red Sea, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, a hi-tech center and the ancient fortress at Masada.

In the one-hour movie, Netanyahu pulls an achilles tendon while playing soccer, AFP said. Greenberg has done "Royal Tour" films on Jordan, New Zealand, Mexico and Peru.

Greenberg said the prime minister did not have any control of the film's contents.

"It's not only a vehicle to increase tourism, it's also to dispel various calumnies about the state of Israel and to show the real face of the Jewish state," AFP cited Netanyahu as saying.

Netanyahu also swung through Silicon Valley Wednesday, where he met with high-tech leaders and signed a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown.

Sitting next to Netanyahu, Brown said their agreement builds on their respective strengths in research and technology to confront critical problems both Israel and California face including drought and cybersecurity.

Netanyahu planned stops at Stanford University, Apple Inc. in Cupertino, a meeting with WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum, a Jewish Ukrainian immigrant who sold his company to Facebook Inc. for $19 billion last month.

He will return to Los Angeles and travel back to Israel on Thursday.

Netanyah greets members of the Los Angeles Jewish community as he arrives for a reception at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California, March 4, 2014.Credit: AFP

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