More to this than meets the eye.
Yes, portraying Jews in any kind of good light could be considered “ground breaking” in a Middle East overly saturated with koranic /islamic texts that demonize Jews in the most unflattering of ways (canonical islamic Jew hatred/antisemitism).
The steamy Egyptian soap tells a Romeo and Juliet tale of a beautiful daughter of a well-to-do Jewish merchant and a dashing Muslim army commander falling in and out and in love again in old Cairo during the earth-shaking 1948 Arab-Israeli war and its aftermath.
Notice the fact that it’s a Jewish woman and a Muslim male that are the main characters, not a Jewish man and Muslim woman. Islamic supremacy, racism and apartheid is in full measure here, it just takes a trained eye to see it.
NOTE: Elder of Ziyon observes that the female actress fears her role might be misconstrued as her being pro-Israel, thus ruining her career.