With shades of the Mossad and special security forces in the Irgun, the hugely popular television series “Fauda” is based on the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) special undercover units called “mista’arvim,’ where Israeli Jews pose as Arabs, blending into the community in order to carry out anti-terror operations. The Los Angeles audience of the 29th annual Israeli Film Festival was privileged to an evening of watching the final three episodes of this past season’s series, gaining buzz and recognition, much akin to the show, Homeland.
Series creators Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff are genius in creating this timely story of the Fauda (meaning chaos in Arabic); literally the chaos and upheaval, and thick tension in the air, as a result of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As we, the audience enter the personal lives and hearts of the families on each side, we see how each member, whether soldier, civilian, or family member is truly affected, heart and soul, and how hatred escalates with each planned suicide bombing. How true it is that art imitates life, and how this television series can impart important messages on attaining ultimate peace, or at least serving as a catharsis for the viewers glued to the screen during these awe inspiring episodes.