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Review: Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot document Yoni's life story
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 29, 2012
2.5 2.5 Stars

Whatever your opinion of the policies of Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, you can't deny that his brother Yoni was a hero, a courageous man whose conflicts and triumphs mirror those of his homeland. Torn between a desire for a "normal" life and duty to his country, between a promising future in academia and his talents as a warrior, he chose the military. In 1976 he was killed leading the commando raid that freed 102 Israelis held hostage by Palestinian terrorists at Uganda's Entebbe airport. For the most part, documentarians Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot do this potent story justice. Intercutting the events of the raid with a chronology of Netanyahu's life, they build suspense and provide some insight into their complex subject. Too bad they heighten already compelling material with an obnoxious soundtrack and other manipulative devices, emphasizing in the end not the tragedy of dying for one's country, but the glory.

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