In the film "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," Adam Sandler plays an Israeli spy named Zohan Dvir who fakes his own death to pursue his dream of becoming a hairstylist in New York City. While in New York, he meets a Palestinian girl named Dalia and falls in love with her. Although not official, the film might have been intended to spur the ending of the violence between Israeli and Palestinian people. The marriage between Zohan and Dalia may be seen as a symbol of unity between Israelis and Palestinians.
The film offers a satirical solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that goes beyond two states, suggesting that Israelis and Palestinians can flourish together side by side by realizing how much they have in common and toiling toward the same goals.
There are rumors that Adam Sandler was in love with a Palestinian girl in real life.
(2018) ‘You Don’t Mess With the Zohan’ was Adam Sandler’s liberal Zionist manifesto
Whatever else you can say about the somewhat mixed legacy of his work, you certainly can’t question Adam Sandler’s credentials as an avatar of Jewish cultural pride. Chalk that up to his famous Hanukkah song, which name-checked an array of famous Jews, his Hanukkah-themed animated comedy “Eight Crazy Nights” and the 2008 film “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.”
In “Zohan,” Sandler played an elite and legendary Israeli soldier who longs for a peaceful life. The film, which was released 10 years ago this week, was full of in-jokes about Jews and Israel — hummus practically serves as a supporting character — but it also actually expressed a liberal Zionist viewpoint that continues to disappear from modern Mideast discourse.
Gil Troy wrote that the film’s “happy ending comes when our hero abandons his country and his identity, joining the all-American intermarried mélange.”
“Zohan” coherently expresses a liberal Zionist worldview. Today, Israel is increasingly becoming a wedge issue — conservatives are expected to support Israel and all of its actions unconditionally, while liberals are expected to condemn all that Zionism stands for. This leaves liberal Zionists, or those wishing for a peaceful two-state solution and a more left-wing Israeli government, without much of a political home.
So much discourse about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict these days is either framed in terms of Israel heroically defending itself from invading hordes or heartlessly carrying out massacres — views that are simplistically whittled down to terms like “pro-Israel” and “anti-Israel.” “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” shows us something we rarely see anymore in media or culture: an Israeli hero who is proud of his country and heritage and wants the best for both, but is also sick of fighting and desires peaceful coexistence.
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About the conflict
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a complex and long-running conflict between two self-determination movements, the Jewish Zionist project and the Palestinian nationalist project, both claiming the same territory.
Some key points about the conflict:
- The conflict dates back to the end of the nineteenth century and has endured since the mid-20th century.
- In 1947, the United Nations adopted Resolution 181, known as the Partition Plan, which aimed to divide the British Mandate of Palestine into Arab and Jewish states. On May 14, 1948, the State of Israel was created, leading to the first Arab-Israeli War.
- The war ended in 1949 with Israel's victory, but it resulted in the displacement of 750,000 Palestinians and the division of the territory into three parts.
- The conflict has seen various attempts to resolve it as part of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and broader Arab-Israeli conflict.
- The conflict has been marked by periods of violence and military confrontations, such as the clashes in the Palestinian territories in 2014, which led to a major offensive in Gaza.
- The history of the conflict is complicated and has been the subject of ongoing debate and litigation between the two sides.
What is your opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the vision communicated in the film Zohan?