Unfortunately, Gitai (Kadosh, Free Zone) never challenges his subjects' more provocative claims, as when still-serving Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely says that the Israeli military should not leave the Gaza settlements: "disengagement isn't the solution." As an interviewer, Gitai tentatively pushes back but then immediately gives up after she sternly states "I don't see any moderation from Palestinian society. There's only radicalization. I live in the real world, not a fantasy, Amos."
Even the most affecting human interest stories Gitali has collected would benefit from a few pointed follow-up questions, including his brief discussion with an Iraqi immigrant whose son was killed by Palestinian military action. Personal loss may be a universal experience, but what does Gitai's subject mean when she says that Israelis don't understand the "Arab mentality" while the members of an "Arab home" are all characteristically willing to serve lunch to their hungry neighbors at 11 a.m.? Another interviewee may be right when she says that "every community has its own narrative," but not every story's meaning is clear without thoughtful explication.