- Stars of Netflix’s “Fauda” about an undercover Israeli army unit have rejoined the IDF in real life.
- Lior Raz helped extract families from a town in southern Israel with heavy rocket fire.
- Idan Amedi posted a video in uniform saying, “This is not a scene from ‘Fauda.’ This is real life.”
Israeli stars of “Fauda,” a Netflix show about an elite undercover Israeli army unit, have rejoined the Israel Defense Forces following Hamas’ October 7 terrorist attacks in Israel that killed at least 1,300 people and injured over 3,600. Hamas also took hostages, including a number of women, children, and elderly people, who remain in Gaza.
Before co-creating and starring in “Fauda,” actor Lior Raz, who plays Doron Kavillio, served in the covert Duvdevan counterterrorist unit upon which the show is based. Days after Hamas’ attacks, he drew upon his military experience to help extract families in southern Israel from heavy rocket fire as a volunteer with Brothers in Arms, a group of Israeli veterans who oppose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government.
On October 9, Raz posted a video to X showing him, along with “Fauda” co-creator Avi Issacharoff and Israel Democracy Institute president Yohanan Plesner, taking cover from incoming rockets fired from Gaza.
Idan Amedi, who plays Sagi in the series, said in a separate video posted to the official “Fauda” account on X on October 12 that he was called up to join the IDF reserves on the day of the attacks.
“As you can see, I’m in slightly different attire today,” Amedi said while wearing his green IDF uniform and holding a gun. “This is not a scene from ‘Fauda.’ This is real life.”
The “Fauda” production team was impacted by the attacks. Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos shared at an October 12 Bloomberg conference that “Fauda” sound editor Lior Waitzman was killed by Hamas militants, The Wrap reported.
“On Saturday morning, he went out biking, stopped and texted his wife that there’s been a shooting and that was the last she heard from him. Because he was a victim of that terrorist attack,” Sarandos said.
Netanyahu formally declared war against Hamas, launching a counterattack during which at least 2,670 Palestinians have been killed and 9,600 more have been injured in air strikes in Gaza, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health.