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Israeli television

Are Israelis subjected to much American television? Have you ever seen a show called NCIS?

If so, I'd love to know how Israelis feel about the only Israeli character on American television.

I'm not sure how I feel about her. On one hand, she's really cool, but on the other hand, the story... Oh. My. God.

If you're not familiar with the show, Ziva David is an incredibly attractive, Mosad assassin who killed her Palestinian half-brother (their father is the head of Israeli Intelligence) when she learned that he was a triple-agent for Hamas. After killing Ari, she remained in the States and was assigned to work with the Navy Criminal Investigative Service.

And she can kill you 16 different ways with a paperclip.


Yep. We get tons of American TV in Israel. There is actually a local web forum dedicated to JAG and NCIS. I watch NCIS from time to time (it's mostly re-runs anyway). I didn't know the background story behind the Ziva character. I did know that she was supposed to be an assassin for the Mossad.

IMO all the characters in that series are extreme. Abby, Ducky, McGee, Jenny Sheppard (in Israel she is still alive) are all literally unbelievable and incredible. :)

So they invented an unbelievable story for Ziva as well? Well, that's the show's trademark. It's still fun to watch, so long as you don't believe people with such characteristics are real. What really bugs me about Ziva is that they attribute silly mistakes in idioms and slang that no foreigner speaking English would really make.
Those mistakes often do seem contrived. On the other hand, I wonder what odd mistakes I'll make in Hebrew as a result of inventing absurd associations to remember words.

I couldn't remember the word for "suit" until I started telling myself that I always wear a halifa in Haifa, and I finally stopped saying "the boy is wearing his automobile," by picturing Mick Jagger strutting around a stage in tight pants.