Netflix has picked up Fauda (Chaos), the thrilling Israeli television series focusing on an undercover counterterrorism unit of the Israeli Defense Forces, according to reports. The global streaming site has said it will label the show a Netflix Original Series, marking the first time an Israeli series earns this title.
Fauda has scored critical acclaim in Israel. The first season comprised 12 episodes. The second season, now in production, has also been bought by Netflix.
The first season followed the story of an IDF commando unit, whose soldiers were trained to assimilate themselves into the Palestinian community. Their mission: to capture a Hamas operative known as ‘The Panther.’
Netflix will air the series in its original languages of Arabic and Hebrew, with English subtitles. The US premiere is set for Nov. 28.
Avi Issacharoff, a journalist and Arab affairs specialist, and actor Lior Raz, created the small screen series.
Fauda won six Ophir Awards — the Israeli Academy of Film and Television’s highest prize — including for Best Drama Series, and for best cinematography, special effects, editing, soundtrack, and set design.