Netflix purchases rights to hit Israeli drama ‘Fauda’
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Netflix purchases rights to hit Israeli drama ‘Fauda’

Written by ToI’s Avi Issacharoff, series about Shin Bet agents in the West Bank will be available to stream worldwide in December

The cast of 'Fauda,' the YES drama about undercover agents in the West Bank, co-created by Avi Issacharoff, who writes for The Times of Israel (Ohad Romano)
The cast of 'Fauda,' the YES drama about undercover agents in the West Bank, co-created by Avi Issacharoff, who writes for The Times of Israel (Ohad Romano)

The hit Israeli TV series “Fauda” will soon be available for streaming on Netflix, which purchased the rights to it from the YES satellite TV company.

“Fauda” (Arabic for “chaos”) has been lauded for its realism, its extensive use of Arabic, and the empathy viewers are forced to have for the Hamas characters. The show is about a team of Israeli undercover operatives called mista’arvim, the term used for Israeli agents dressed like Arabs, who are trying to capture Abu Ahmed, a notorious (and fictional) Hamas terrorist.

The show’s counter-terrorism agents live in a constant state of fear, never knowing when their cover could be blown, forcing them to have to get out, fast.

The series is written by Times of Israel correspondent Avi Issacharoff and the series’ lead actor, Lior Raz. Its first season aired in 2015.

Avi Issacharoff, left, and Lior Raz, the co-creators of Israeli TV series 'Fauda.' (Courtesy YES)
Avi Issacharoff, left, and Lior Raz, the co-creators of Israeli TV series ‘Fauda.’ (Courtesy YES)

“It’s a dream come true,” Issacharoff told the Walla news site, thanking the people involved in negotiating the deal. He also extended his gratitude to all those who took part in the show’s creation and production.

The first (and so far only) season of “Fauda” will be available to stream on Netflix on December 2, 2016. Additionally, a premiere event for the show is scheduled for November 28 in Los Angeles.

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