Netflix has picked up “Fauda”, the nail-biting Israeli television series about a deep-cover unit of the Israeli Defense Forces. The streaming site will began airing the drama’s first season, which played to critical acclaim on Israeli satellite network Yes last year, on Dec. 2 2016.
Netflix has also purchased rights to “Fauda’s” second season, which is in production.
“Fauda” follows a close-knit unit of mista’arvim, the commando unit of the Israel army whose soldiers are trained in the language, dress and mannerisms of Palestinians, and whose undercover work is hailed in Israel for scuppering terror attacks and guiding military operations.
The show was the most-watched in Yes history and also earned a best drama statue at the 2015 Israeli version of the Emmys.
The series was created by Avi Issacharoff, a journalist and Arab affairs specialist, and actor Lior Raz. The show broke barriers in Israel by giving its Arab characters equal screen time and equally complex.