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Conan goes undercover for hit Israeli TV series

US talk show host tweets he filmed a scene for the ‘Fauda’ television drama about a covert security unit

American television host, comedian and producer Conan O’Brien visits the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, August 28, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
American television host, comedian and producer Conan O’Brien visits the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, August 28, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

American comedian and talkshow host Conan O’Brien revealed Tuesday that he was making an appearance in a hit Israeli television drama that follows the action-packed world of undercover security operations in the country.

O’Brien tweeted that he had filmed a scene from the “Fauda” series, describing it as one of his favorite shows.

He included a photo of himself posing next to the show’s lead actor Lior Raz, who wrote the series with Times of Israel correspondent Avi Issacharoff. Its first season aired in 2015.

Twitter users responded to O’Brien by noting that the tall, pale, ginger-haired celebrity does not look a typical Israeli or Arab, making him an unusual character for a show with a storyline all about blending in.

“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 — 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.

It has won six Ophir Awards — the Israeli equivalent of the Oscars and Emmys.

O’Brien arrived in Israel late last week to film an episode for his “Conan Without Borders” series.

For the show, being shot at locations across Israel, O’Brien is spending five days in the country.

Over the last several days O’Brien has posted several videos to social media of him practicing Hebrew, visiting key sites, and trying shakshuka as well as the “great” Israeli beer Goldstar.

On Monday, O’Brien visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem before joining Netanyahu and his wife for dinner at the prime minister’s residence.

It is O’Brien’s first trip to Israel, although the comedian has often poked fun at the Jewish state, including joking that then-candidate Trump canceled a trip to Israel in 2015 since “they already have a wall and a fear of Muslims.”

O’Brien has previously filmed a number of his “Conan Without Borders” specials for his show outside the US, including most recently in Mexico in March.

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