Richard Trank, shown at right, has placed his ducks in a row and achieved, I suspect, what he wanted to create: one hagiographic portrait. There's not a negative word whispered anywhere about Herzl, his life, work or personality. It's all good -- and for a very good cause. One that, we might suggest, has simply morphed from The Jewish Question into The Israel Question. While this will please many people, a chance at creating a more definitive, nuanced, thoughtful and inclusive documentary has been lost. While there is mention of the Palestine state, there is not a word spoken about the Palestinians themselves, except a nod to them found in Herzl's writings telling us that the final, realized Israeli state will be better for everyone. Oh, really?
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