Recommended Books, Documentaries and more


Looking for books and documentaries on Israel and the Middle East? The BICOM team as compiled a list of useful and interesting material to keep you engaged over the next couple weeks


Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel, Dan Ephron (2015)

Be Strong and of Good Courage, Dennis Ross and David Makovsky (2019)

Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel, Matti Friedman (2019)

Ben Gurion: Father of Modern Israel, Anita Shapira (2014)

A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion, Tom Segev (2020)

Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations, Ronen Bergman (2018)

Doomed to Succeed, Dennis Ross (2015)

The Netanyahu Years, Ben Caspit (2017)

City on a Hilltop: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement, Sara Yael Hirschhorn (2017)

Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier Leader, Statesman, Itamar Rabinovich (2017)

The Rise of the Israeli Right, Colin Shindler (2015)

Bibi: The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu, Anshel Pfeffer (2018)

A Tale of Love and Darkness, Amos Oz (2005)

The Arab-Israeli Conflict in American Political Culture, Jonathan Rynhold (2015)

Winning the War of Words: Essays on Zionism and Israel, Einat Wilf (2015)

Start Up Nation, Dan Senor and Saul Singer (2011)


The Gatekeepers (2013) – Dror Moreh

  • The Gatekeepers tells the story of the Israeli internal security service, Shin Bet (known in Hebrew as ‘Shabak’), from the perspective of six of its former heads.

The Oslo Diaries (2018) – Mor Loushy, Daniel Sivan

  • This documentary is about the 1990 peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

King Bibi (2018) – Dan Shadur

  • King Bibi explores Benjamin Netanyahu’s rise to power, relying solely on archival footage of his media performances over the years: from his days as a popular guest expert on American TV, through his public confession of adultery, and his mastery of the art of social media.

Waltz with Bashir (2008) – Ari Folman

  • In this animated film, Ari Folman is encountered with brief visions about the 1982 Lebanon War in which he served as an infantry soldier. Folman wonders why he is not able to recollect his experiences.


Movies and TV Shows

Foxtrot (2017)

Fauda (2015-)

Prisoners of War [Hatufim] (2009-2012)

Bethlehem (2013)

Munich (2005)

Beirut (2018)

Lebanon (2009)

7 Days in Entebbe (2018)