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False Flag

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The first season of False Flag, an Israeli spy thriller about five ordinary citizens who wake up in Tel Aviv to discover they are all suspects in the assassination of an Arab leader, was loosely based on a real Mossad covert operation. It was terrific, but viewers don’t have to see it to enjoy Season Two, which involves new characters, a different set of murders, and even more feints, black ops, terrorist plots, Mossad internal rivalries, and overlapping conspiracies that touch everyday people living on the West Bank, in ultra-Orthodox communities, and in Tel Aviv café society, and deep inside the Israeli government. The 10-part season is suspenseful, brutal, and, in some moments, surprisingly funny, a little like Hitchcock on the Dead Sea. Britain used to be the unrivaled master of espionage fiction; on television, at least, Israel now has the edge. —Alessandra Stanley

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