Avi Issacharoff

Journalist & Co-Creator of Netflix's Fauda

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Along with his co-creator Lior Raz, Avi Issacharoff developed the hit series Fauda, which was picked up by Netflix and broadcast worldwide to critical acclaim in 2016. Highlighting the similarities between the two groups that are often overlooked by the public, the show’s portrayal of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on-screen reflects both the disparate motivations as well as the shared humanity of both parties.

Beyond this experience, however, Issacharoff possesses an even more refined view of the history and context of the ongoing dispute, having served previously as the Palestinian and Arab affairs correspondent for Haaretz, and currently as the Middle East analyst for The Times of Israel. He has also authored two award-winning books on the subject.

His on-the-ground experience, award-winning journalism, and efforts to bring the story to the screen with Fauda make Avi Issacharoff one of the most clear-eyed and discerning voices in the ongoing discourse surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

About Avi Issacharoff

Avi Issacharoff is the Middle East analyst for Walla website, the leading portal in Israel and for The Times of Israel, an Israeli based news website in English.

Avi co-created and wrote the action-drama series Fauda (“chaos” in Arabic), which won 11 Israeli Academy Television Awards in 2018 including Best Drama, Best Actor, and Best Director. The series tells the story of an undercover elite Israeli unit and their attempts to capture the number one Hamas terrorist in the West Bank. In 2016, Fauda was bought by Netflix and aired all over the world.

Issacharoff and his writing partner, Lior Raz, are also creating two additional new series for Netflix. One is a straight-to-series untitled CIA drama. Set to premiere in 2018, the untitled drama is inspired by actual events and follows a high-stakes global operation by the CIA and Mossad to track down and kill one of the world’s most wanted terrorists. The second project being developed is a political espionage thriller which revolves around a happily married man whose life is turned upside down when his wife is killed in a mysterious hit-and-run accident.

From 2006 to 2012, Issacharoff was the Arab affairs columnist for Ha’aretz newspaper. He was also the Middle East Affairs correspondent for Israeli Public Radio between the years of 2000 to 2006. And in 2002, he won the “best reporter” award for the “Voice of Israel” after covering the Second Intifada.

Additionally, in 2004, together with Amos Harel, Avi wrote The Seventh War: How We Won and Why We Lost the War with the Palestinians. A year later, the book won an award from the Institute for Strategic Studies for containing the best research on security affairs in Israel. In 2008, Issacharoff and Harel published their second book 34 Days: The Story of the Second Lebanon War, which won the same prize.

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  • Fauda: From Dream to Reality
  • The Revolutions in the Middle East & the Media
  • Gaza vs. West Bank, Hamas vs. Fatah
  • Inside Stories of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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