Hard hit

‘Fauda’ a smash in 3rd season as 1 million Israelis watch debut

Drama about elite IDF unit that embeds itself in Palestinian community to prevent terror attacks will reach international audiences on Netflix sometime in 2020

The cast of the Israeli series 'Fauda,' which is available on Netflix. (Ohad Romano/via JTA)
The cast of the Israeli series 'Fauda,' which is available on Netflix. (Ohad Romano/via JTA)

JTA — The first episode of the third season of the hit drama “Fauda” was viewed by Israelis about 1 million times in the 48 hours after it first aired.

The Israeli drama, in Hebrew and Arabic, received a 12.6 percent share of viewers during its debut on Thursday night, according to a trade website, citing the Yes satellite company.

“Fauda” focuses on a commando unit of the Israel Defense Forces whose members embed themselves in the Palestinian community, gathering intelligence and preventing terror attacks. Netflix has aired its first two seasons with English subtitles. The third season will be aired on Netflix sometime in 2020.

The third season will focus its attention on Gaza.

The show was broadcast Thursday night on the Yes Action Channel and then was available on Yes VOD and on the Yes YouTube channel.

Its creators are Avi Issacharoff, the Arab affairs analyst for The Times of Israel, and actor Lior Raz, who stars in the show. Both men served in the IDF unit depicted in the series.

Last week, the series was ranked eighth on The New York Times list of the 30 best international television shows of the decade.

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