Prisoners of War (2009–2012)
"Hatufim" (original title)

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After 17 years in captivity, Israeli soldiers Nimrode Klein, Uri Zach, and Amiel Ben Horin return home to the country that made them national icons. They work to overcome the trauma of ... See full summary »

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Gal Zaid ...
 Haim (15 episodes, 2009-2012)
Yael Eitan ...
 Dana (13 episodes, 2009-2012)
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 Jamal (12 episodes, 2009-2012)
Sendi Bar ...
 Iris (12 episodes, 2012)
Hadar Ratzon Rotem ...
 Leila Qasab (12 episodes, 2012)
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 Talia Klein (11 episodes, 2009-2012)
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 Nurit Halevi-Zach (11 episodes, 2009-2012)
Assi Cohen ...
 Amiel Ben-Horin (11 episodes, 2009-2012)
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 Yael Ben Horin (11 episodes, 2009-2012)
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 Uri Zach (11 episodes, 2009-2012)
Yoram Toledano ...
 Nimrod Klein (11 episodes, 2009-2012)
Guy Selnik ...
 Hatzav (10 episodes, 2009-2012)
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After 17 years in captivity, Israeli soldiers Nimrode Klein, Uri Zach, and Amiel Ben Horin return home to the country that made them national icons. They work to overcome the trauma of torture and captivity while settling back into their interrupted family lives. Meanwhile, the military psychiatrist assigned to them finds discrepancies in the soldiers' testimonies, and launches an investigation to discover what they are hiding. Written by magicaltriplet

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Secrecy rules OK
17 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

3 Israeli soldiers are captured by a Syrian group of terrorists called Children of Jihad, when a mission goes wrong and turns out to be a trap.... They spend 17 years in captivity where they are both physically and psychologically abused and tortured . They are released after a deal involving transfer of POWs is agreed but only two of them make it home.… They are accompanied by a coffin which contains the barely recognisable remains of the third. Initially they are housed in an IDF facility where they are debriefed by a military psychologist whose job it is to interview all returning POWs. Some discrepancies in their respective stories leads the doctor to believe that they are holding something back and he encourages his beautiful assistant to befriend one of the guys and find out what she can. What subsequently develops is a painstakingly intense study of the difficulties and traumas that POWs and their families experience as they try to come to terms with the lost years and the changes that time has had on all of them, This takes up most of season 1 and requires a great deal of patience on the part of the viewer who may have been expecting something other than a "soap" . But it is well worth the effort and asks searching questions about the nature and wisdom of faithfulness and personal loyalty in the most extreme circumstances.

In season 2, the pace is upped as it is revealed that there might be other forces in play and that there may have been some kind of covert mission involved all along, as too many coincidences happen too often. The story switches between Damascus and Jerusalem as events in both the past and the present reveal that there is more than just the lives of these unfortunate soldiers, at stake…and the question of national security is weighed against the personal well-being of a country's people. Who decides the identity of those who "Need to know"?. Is traumatic personal anguish justified in the need for secrecy ? Isn't the withholding of information about loved ones, itself a form of betrayal ?

The show expertly moves between the continuing personal stories of the individuals who are living out their own dramas and IDF attempts to unearth the facts about the possible manipulation of events and causes a clash between the Israeli military and Mossaad, as the conflict between these bitter neighbouring countries continues….

A third season is in the process of being written.


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