After the news of him being cast to guest star on the TNT cop drama ‘Southland’ due to some successful meetings and auditions back around Hanukkah, Oz Zehavi is packing up and going for a 2 month stay in Los Angeles for further meetings and several more auditions. He will stay in LA until the end of April, and will also spend Passover away from his family.
“It is a perfect window of opportunity for Oz,” a source close to the heartthrob told Israeli website Walla. “He doesn’t want to miss it, and these things are impossible to run as a telecommute.”
Also it was reported that while he’s staying in LA, Oz plans to sublet his Tel Aviv apartment, and we’re pretty sure there are a lot of female fans in Israel who are fighting over it.
Zehavi,29, an actor and model from Rishon Le’Zion, started as a television host on a teen show on Channel 2, and earned his fame in 2007 when he starred in the successful Israeli teen drama ‘The Island.’ Since then he took part in 4 Festigal shows, modeled for one of the strongest fashion brands in Israel, ‘Renuar,’ and starred in 2 successful adult dramas, ‘Asfur’ and ‘Haim Acherim’ (‘Another Life’). Zehavi was chosen in 2010 as the hottest Israeli celebrity by Pnai Plus magazine (the Israeli equivalent to ‘Entertainmnet Weekly’).
A small event on Monday in eastern Turkey, less than an hour’s drive from the Iranian border, signaled a lull in the hostility that has been characterizing Israel-Turkey relations for over three years.
Three months after the devastating earthquake in the province of Van which killed over 600 people and left tens of thousands homeless, representatives of Israel’s Defense Ministry joined senior officials in the province to inaugurate a student village, built from 130 prefabricated cabins that were supplied by Israel as humanitarian aid in the wake of the earthquake.
The Ankara government had originally refused Israel’s offers of aid, immediately following the 7.2 magnitude quake. This was interpreted by many in Israel as yet another direct snub by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but it was actually an exhibition of Turkish national pride, as the government turned down offers of assistance from other countries as well. The trauma of the 1999 Izmit earthquake that killed tens of thousands and left Turkey helpless had not been forgotten, and the Turks were eager to prove to themselves and the world that they had evolved since then. Indeed, the response of rescue teams from around the country was impressive and within 24 hours thousands of search and rescue workers had arrived in the distant province.
But once the immediate rescue operations were carried out, Turkey was faced with the mammoth task of preparing alternative housing for tens of thousands of citizens facing a bitter winter outdoors. The international aid policy was reversed and shipments of Israeli prefabricated cabins were dispatched.
This did not signal a total change in the official Turkish policy regarding Israel, the senior diplomats have yet to return to the embassies in Ankara and Tel-Aviv, Hamas leaders are still honored guests and Turkey is still trying to prevent Israeli participation in NATO exercises, but as one senior defense official said this week, “The fact that the anti-Israel rhetoric is much less voluble and they are not engaged actively right now in trying to cause us harm, is in itself an improvement. The real reason though is not a re-warming in the relationship but the fact that Turkey is much too busy right now monitoring the situation on its border with Syria.”
Defense Ministry officials who participated in the ceremony on Monday in Van reported that “the atmosphere was very warm and friendly,” and it is hard to believe that such an event would have taken place when relations between the two countries were at rock-bottom last year, following failure to reach an agreement on an apology over the deaths of nine Turkish activists, killed by Israeli naval commandos during the May 2010 raid on the MAVI Marmara ferry en route to Gaza.
On the other hand, the representatives on both sides were relatively low-level, with the Israeli delegation headed by the head of emergency-preparedness at the Defense Ministry greeted by the deputy governor of Van Province. One reason for the relatively low-profile of the ceremony was its proximity to the Iranian border in a period when Israeli representatives are under threat of terror attacks. One defense source said that “this isn’t the beginning of spring in Turkey but it may be the end of winter.”
Television really is going to the dogs, thanks to an Israeli media company.
Canines in San Diego, California, will now have a chance to be entertained by TV images of happy dogs, people playing soccer and relaxing piano music while their owners are at work. All of this can be accessed through a television network intended solely for dogs that was launched on Monday. “We love our dogs so much that we feel guilty about leaving them alone at home,” said Gilad Neumann, CEO of DOGTV.
He said the content is backed up by research, which shows that the programs shown on the network relax dogs and stimulate their imagination, thus keeping them healthy and satisfied.
The network is operated by Jasmine TV, a subsidiary of Yossi Uzrad’s Israel-based Jasmine Group international holding corporation.
Unlike other channels, every frame and every sound on DOGTV has been calibrated for all dogs, said Nicholas Dodman, the network’s chief scientist and program director of the animal behavior department of clinical sciences at Tufts University in Massachusetts.
Dodman said the network provides the visual and audio stimulation dogs need during the day, since dogs left home alone tend to be depressed. This is expressed in a loss of appetite or lack of interest in playing, especially when the house is empty.
The digital TV channel, which will run 24 hours a day, is currently being offered for free. It is broadcast by Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications.
In Britain, meanwhile, a dog food commercial is targeting the dogs rather than their owners for the first time, the Daily Telegraph reported on Monday.
The commercial will feature sounds that are too high-pitched for the human ear to hear, and is expected to have man’s best friend barking at the screen whenever it airs.
The tradition of celebrating Valentine’s Day is underdeveloped in Israel, but a local social network catering to Tel Aviv’s international community is aiming to change this reality, the group’s founder says.
International Israel, lead by former Israeli model and writer Timor Bar, is organizing a special event on February 14th to mark Valentine’s Day, under the theme of “Art of Seduction.
“Most bars and clubs in Tel Aviv don’t pay too much attention to Valentine’s Day,” says Bar, who is organizing the event in order to offer foreigners in Israel the opportunity to experience an exciting night while meeting other out-of-towners.
In line with the sexy atmosphere, the event will start at Tel Aviv’s Sex Boutique, a well-known local night venue on the city’s Dizengoff Street. From there, participants will head to other locations for a night of fun, dating games, drinking and mingling.
“Party-goers can expect top shelf champagne, chocolates and flowers, among other things,” says Bar. “Most importantly, they can expect many people from all over the world who will be meeting together and celebrating.”
Bar’s social network aims to introduce foreigners to the excitement offered by Tel Aviv. The group comprises members from North America and Europe, including new immigrants, tourists, local embassy staff, students, and interns.
International Israel’s main activity is a pub crawl that offers foreigners the opportunity to fully experience Tel Aviv’s dynamic night life while meeting other people who arrived in Israel from abroad.