10. ‘Fauda’Watch it
This intense Israeli espionage drama takes its title from the Arabic word for “chaos”—and it’s all too apt. Fauda focuses on a team of Mista’arvim, the term used for Israeli combat soldiers who go undercover dressed as Arabs in order to carry out military operations.
The series, which recently announced its long-awaited fourth season, begins with a call of duty: After retiring from the Israeli Defense Force to grow grapes on a countryside vineyard with his family, Doron (Lior Raz) gets coaxed back into action when the arch-enemy he thought his unit killed turns up alive and is possibly planning to attend his brother’s wedding. Inspired by the real-life Hamas activist Ibrahim Hamed, it’s Tawfik’s complex and controversial characterization that helps set Fauda apart. It’s a sophisticated, suspenseful series that shines a light on both sides of the West Bank conflict.
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