A documentary about the Israel Defense Forces.

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A documentary about the Israel Defense Forces.

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"Tsahal" is the abbreviated form of Tsva HaHagana LeYisrael (the Israel Defense Forces, or IDF). An alternative English spelling is "Tzahal". See more »

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Engaging documentary

I saw this documentary in a preview screening and saw Claude Lanzmann interviewed after the screening. IMO this is an engaging documentary by an engaging film-maker. The subject matter is absorbing and well-presented, without the hyperbole common in television news reporting. The New York Times described the film as a "ruminative, epic-length examination of the Israeli Army and what it demonstrates about Israel's national identity". The documentary includes interviews with Arik Sharon and Ehud Barak. contains fascinating insight into the minds of senior Israeli military officers (for current operations circa 1994), and offers their historical insight into previous IDF operations. This film really should be made available on DVD - not just for its engaging subject matter, but for its contribution to the documentary medium.


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