As the movie ended in Tel Aviv last evening, evidently I (a Jewish American), along with my husband (an Israeli, Sabra and a veteran), and many others could not bear to be in the same room with Samuel Maoz.
Maoz’s latest Foxtrot is such a disappointment, in my opinion. The only thing I can do now is exercise my right of freedom of speech, except my version is as close to reality as can be, very different from Maoz’s delusional mindset.
It is so disturbing and incredibly deplorable to see such a film. The sad fact that Israel and their army has to tolerate this sort of sick distortion on display for the world to see is very discouraging. One thing we should strive for, collectively in the country, is to be encouraging of one another. I went to see the film because I could not imagine that it would be as bad as I heard it is. When we should be standing together, sadly we are all on opposite sides. I needed to see for myself such a pathetic view from an Israeli, who insists that he wrote this film out of love.
One thing that I did take away from Foxtrot is that there is a story to not only be told, but rather be clarified. It needs to be told from someone who firstly, truly writes from love for Israel and not from deep rooted, horrific demons as Maoz obviously possesses.
Unfortunately, people in the world are looking for sick stories about Israel and the army. More unfortunate is that here in Israel, we have too many like Maoz who are twisted enough to write them and tell them. The only danger we are in is being surrounded by the negativity that stories and movies like Foxtrot portray. When will we all learn to agree to disagree in moderation, but not to become enemies of each other right here in Israel. Obviously we have enough hatred around us already. The only thing any sensible person can really take from this entire distorted story called Foxtrot is that Maoz needs serious psychological help. Whether it is his trauma from Lebanon, that he mentions or being the son of Holocaust survivors that sadly has left a permanent mark, he needs to find help to sort it out.
Israel does not need traitors like Maoz up on the screen in front of the world. We need to stop this madness quickly. The world will react negatively to Israel and it’s citizens from this deplorable film and that is just not fair to the rest of us. It is really a shame that we will all have to bear the brunt of the response to the movie Foxtrot, which is nothing more than a pathetic man’s cry for himself and the tension in his mind rather than anywhere else.