Hmmâ€¦I am wondering if my comments right now are influenced by seeing Munich over the weekend. I felt Spielberg was reaching for a particular audience, specifically the hard conservative Israelis. While the movie isn’t sympathetic to the Palestinians, it’s not unsympathetic to them either. But really, it creates very thin Palestinian characters without really exploring what it is they are doing. I believe Spielberg chose this route because he wanted to appeal to those conservatives, who really don’t give a damn what the Palestinians feel or want or need. Rather, the movie showed everything a right-wing Israeli would see: murders, terror, etc. It also expressed the rage, anger, and frustration of the conservatives as well. But then it showed what the logical extension of all those feelings, what those ideas would lead to, and not on a social level, but a deeply personal one, especially how loving Israel can make you less Jewish.
As such, I don’t think this is an Israel-Palestine movie. It’s something that has been done rarely: an Israel-Israel movie. It’s an attempt in my mind to bridge the gap between the deep divisions in Israeli society. Or maybe not bridge, but convince the other side. Hence, its appeal and its focus are tightly played on the self-destructive nature of revenge, typical in some ways of many revenge movies recently (with the notable exception of Quentin Tarrantino), but also elevating that sensibility and relating it to a concrete social dilemma.