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Gantz, What About Avera Mengistu?

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24.01.2020

The story of Naama Issachar writes itself every day. With just a little more effort, I’ll have a pilot for a Netflix series: A pretty young woman is arrested at the Moscow airport on her way home to Israel from India. A search of her knapsack finds nine grams of marijuana. She’s accused of drug smuggling, and a court sentences her to seven and a half years in jail.

To escalate the tension, there’s a surprising plot twist, and the story changes from “Midnight Express” to “North by Northwest”: A Russian hacker whom Vladimir Putin wants to extradite appears in the third episode. Israel refuses to capitulate to Russian pressure to arrange a prisoner swap, and with a heavy heart, decides instead to extradite him to the United States, where he’s wanted for fraud.

Some people identify with Naama’s mother, because they’re parents of a son or daughter of the same age who toured the Far East and returned via a connecting flight. The question, “What if this were my child?” is very powerful. Other people have just returned from a trip to India via the Moscow airport themselves. The question,........

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