Benjamin Netanyahu Arrives in L.A. for Tour of Paramount, Movie Screening

Peter Greenberg and Benjamin Netanyahu
Peter Greenberg and Benjamin Netanyahu
 Nina Dietzel

How do you improve on a state visit to Hollywood?

If you’re Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, you punctuate an official visit to California by attending the screening of a television special in which you star. Fresh from his meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Netanyahu lands in Los Angeles Tuesday afternoon and will travel to Paramount Studios in Hollywood for a reception and screening of Israel: The Royal Tour, a Public Broadcasting Service special.

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The film was produced by CBS travel editor Peter Greenberg and is described as “an unprecedented look inside Israel” with the prime minister acting as an onscreen guide. It will air over PBS on March 6.

The Melrose Avenue event is being hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, and the guest list also will include Israeli first lady Sara Netanyahu; Uzi Landau, the country’s minister of tourism; Israel’s consul general in Los Angeles, David Siegel; Mel Rogers, president and CEO of PBS SoCal; and the federation’s president Jay Sanderson.

An early evening reception will be followed by brief remarks by Netanyahu and an 8 p.m. screening, after which the prime minister and his party will tour the studio. The prime minister will travel to the Bay Area on Wednesday morning. Then he's back in L.A. on Wednesday evening for a gala fundraising reception.

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According to City News Service, motorists were advised by police to avoid the following areas:

On Tuesday:

-- Santa Monica Boulevard between the San Diego (405) Freeway and Melrose Avenue, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.;

-- the 405 Freeway between Wilshire Boulevard and the Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m.;

-- Melrose Avenue between La Cienega Boulevard and Van Ness from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, motorists should avoid:

-- Santa Monica Boulevard between the 405 Freeway and Melrose from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and from 4 to 11 p.m.;

-- the 405 Freeway from Wilshire to the 105 Freeway, also from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and from 4 to 11 p.m.;

-- the Santa Monica (10) Freeway between the 405 and Pacific Coast Highway from 6:30 to 10:45 p.m.;

-- PCH between the 10 Freeway and Malibu Canyon Road from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

On Thursday, motorists were advised to avoid:

-- Santa Monica Boulevard between the 405 Freeway and Melrose from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.;

-- Pico Boulevard between Roxbury and Castello from 8:45 to 10 a.m.;

-- the 405 Freeway between Wilshire and the 105 Freeway from 12:15 and 12:45 p.m.

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