According to Natalie Portman in the Guardian, "living in Israel is really beautiful. One of the most shocking things is how peaceful it feels."
That's the first nice thing I've read about Israel in the paper in at least four years, or at least the first nice thing which hasn't been followed by three negative Palestinian quotes. It's buried at the bottom of the article, but hey, it's a start!
In any case, the profile reveals that Portman (real name: Natalie Hershlag) is just starting work on a movie with Israeli Director Amos Gitai ('Kadosh'), which, rumor has it, is called 'Free Zone.' As Harry, to whom I tip my hat, says, this is good news for Israeli cinema. Portman will play "a Jewish-American girl" -- not that much of a stretch -- although I assume she'll have to do at least some acting in Hebrew (which can be difficult although she speaks it fluently)?