These Americans changed this man’s life – the result is FAUDA

by Michael Sax

Fauda is a wildly popular Israeli TV show that has gained viewers around the world. A lot of factors go into making a hit TV show, and we reveal some of the behind-the-scenes right here.

Fauda – TV show plot

The show follows an elite IDF unit as they try to catch a Hamas arch-terrorist known as “The Panther.”  The show’s creators based the plot on their experiences doing military service in the IDF’s Duvdevan Unit. In the show, the main characters are part of a special counter-terrorism undercover unit. This unit is commonly tasked with performing intelligence gathering, law enforcement, and hostage rescue missions, that uses disguise and surprise as their main weapons.


One of the main actors is Yakov. Yakov grew up in Arad, a small town in Israel. He attended a boarding school since both his parents had passed away. Yakov later served in the IDF and became a combat soldier. After his service, he wanted to become an actor and attend acting classes. However, he was unable to afford the education. That’s when he heard about FIDF, or Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

FIDF – Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces

The FIDF’s mission states that it: “offers educations, cultural, recreational, and social services programs and facilities that provide hope, purpose, and life-changing support for the soldiers who protect Israel and Jews worldwide.”  One of their programs is the IMPACT! scholarship. This grants four-year academic scholarships to combat and combat support soldiers from low socioeconomic backgrounds.  It enables them to achieve their dreams of higher education.  Yakov was one of the people who benefited from the program. The scholarship enabled him to complete his education. Additionally, when the program sponsors traveled to Israel, Yakov met them and got to thank them personally. This program is a win-win for all. It allows people outside of Israel to thank and support the IDF soldiers who are defending us. In conclusion, Yakov’s education enabled him to thrive as an actor after he sacrificed his life countless times for the Jewish people as a soldier.

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