A little more than forty days after the massacres of October 7, it is an Israeli society still in shock, bereaved and anguished by the situation of the hostages, which shares and collectively experiences its trauma in the public space and on social networks . The time has not yet come for the call for peace: Israel is at war and united as one man behind its army.
Singers, artists, actors… The influential world of Israeli culture is not left out in affirming the legitimacy of the fight against Hamas. In a country where the experience of compulsory military service constitutes a social and identity cement, time is also showing that we are doing our part for the defense of the country.
The time of armed mobilization
“With Yohanan Plesner and Avi Issacharoff, we joined hundreds of courageous “Brothers in Arms” volunteers to help the people of southern Israel. We extracted two families from the bombed town of Sderot,” says Lior Raz, co-creator and main actor of the hit series Fauda, on October 9 on X.
Former member of the elite Douvdevan unit, a group of agents infiltrated into the Arab population, Lior Raz was inspired by this experience to create Fauda (“chaos”, in Arabic), with Avi Issacharoff, a specialist journalist Palestinian affairs.
The series, broadcast on Netflix from 2015, has been very successful, both in Israel and in the rest of the world, and offers its actors a unique voice and visibility on social networks. Some are increasing the number of videos and speaking engagements, sometimes blurring the lines between reality and fiction. “A word from the captain,” writes Itzik Cohen, who plays Gabi Ayub, captain of the Shin Bet, in the description of a video posted on Instagram where he insists: “Hamas is the Islamic State. »
Fiction, a tool of influence
Fauda’s official X account also relays the civic commitment of its team, as with this video of actor Idan Amedi, khaki uniform on his back and gun in hand: “It’s not a scene from Fauda, it’s real life,” he says before asserting: “We will not surrender until we have won. » The account also announced the death of the series’ producer, Matan Meir, in fighting in Gaza.
“This says a lot about the place of fiction in the public space,” explains Pauline Blistène, lecturer in strategic communication in the department of war studies at King’s College London. “It’s no longer just about entertainment, but about tools of influence. We see the power of Fauda as an entry point into reality, and as a tool for raising awareness of the country’s security issues. »
Episodes that stick to reality
Certain episodes stuck to reality several times: tunnels in Gaza and the taking of three hostages in season 3; bloodbath in Jenin in season 4, broadcast as the city suffered a deadly army assault in July…
“A few months ago, we were working on the content for season 5, and someone proposed an idea: around ten Hamas fighters storming the border and seizing a village,” says Avi Issacharoff during one of the many conferences he has given online since the start of the war. “The series aims to be realistic, and such an attack seemed unimaginable to me given the work of our intelligence services. » Reality has surpassed fiction.