GLENDALE, CA: Steven Spielberg has enlisted the help of one of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon?s top aides to help promote his upcoming film Munich in Israel.
Eyal Arad, who helped plan the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, is now part of a small list of U.S. policy and opinion makers tapped by Spielberg to assist in the promotion of the film.
Munich chronicles the Israeli response to the murder of 11 of its athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
Arad said he has already arranged a Tel Aviv screening for the widows of the murdered athletes. He said Israel is an important market for the film, which "has generated a lot of interest. Naturally that sort of interest can entail some negative reactions as well as positive reactions."
Some of those negative reactions are coming from former members of Israel's intelligence community. Avi Dichter, a former head of the Shin Bet intelligence service compared the film to a children's adventure story, proclaiming "there is no comparison between what you see in the movie and how it works in reality."
The film, based on the 1984 book Vengance by George Jonas, centers on a team of Israeli hitmen exacting revenge after the massacre of Israeli athletes by Palestinians during the 1972 Munich Olympics. Historians in Israel and elsewhere have disputed the movie's depiction of these events.