‘Fauda’ Returns: How a Show About an Israeli Counterterrorism Unit Became a Global Sensation (Video)

As Season 2 of the Israeli drama arrives in the U.S., TheWrap explores the “Fauda” phenomenon in a three-part video series sponsored by Netflix

Last Updated: May 29, 2018 @ 6:15 PM

“Fauda,” the buzzy hit Israeli drama about a counterterrorism unit operating in the West Bank, is back.

Season 2 of the highly-anticipated thriller drops Thursday, just in time for some hardcore binging this Memorial Day weekend.

Written by Israeli veteran journalist Avi Issacharoff and the series’ lead actor, Lior Raz, the show centers around a team of “mista’arvim,” Israeli commando soldiers who speak Arabic and operate undercover inside Palestinian territory. The high-octane drama — with both Arabic and Hebrew dialogue — tells opposite sides of the same story.

“Fauda,” which means chaos in Arabic, was acquired by Netflix in 2016 and has since dazzled critics for its unvarnished portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

From the beginning, Raz and Issacharoff set out to tell a different kind of story, where both sides are portrayed equally. The plan seems to have worked. The series has been embraced by both Israelis and Palestinians, who let’s face it, don’t tend to agree on much.

If you haven’t seen the first season, don’t worry, TheWrap has you covered.

In this three-part series, presented by Netflix, we look at how the show came about, the real-life soldiers behind the series, and what to expect from the upcoming season.

“Fauda” season 2 drops on Netflix Thursday, May 24 at midnight PT.