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* IResembleThatRemark: Implied. When British soldiers forcefully evacuate several kibbutzes in the wake of a large anti-guerilla operation, one of the evacuees begs Len to let them go. When he refuses, she spitefully calls him "Nazi!" - just before a soldier loads her onto a crowded truck and smears a number on her forehead with paint.
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:The ever-so [[ByTheBookCop duty-bound]]]] Len ends up [[spoiler:getting arrested by Hyman (a Jewish NCO who was falsely suspected of spying for the Irgun) for going AWOL during the evacuation of Haifa]].



* IResembleThatRemark: Implied. When British soldiers forcefully evacuate several kibbutzes in the wake of a large anti-guerrilla operation, one of the evacuees begs Len to let them go. When he refuses, she spitefully calls him "Nazi!" - just before a soldier loads her onto a crowded truck and smears a number on her forehead with paint.
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:The ever-so [[ByTheBookCop duty-bound]]]] Len ends up [[spoiler:getting arrested by Hyman (a Jewish NCO who was falsely suspected of spying for the Irgun) for going AWOL during the evacuation of Haifa]].



* NotSoDifferent: The series makes this point explicit regarding Jewish militants in the 40s and Palestinian militants in the early 2000s. Both are {{fighting for a homeland}} and willing to use brutal tactics in doing so. They are viewed as freedom fighters by supporters, terrorists by enemies. Further, the British some used tactics to fight the Jewish militants that modern Israel also uses against Palestinians. The series implies that both conflicts will only end with the militants getting a homeland.

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* NotSoDifferent: The series makes this point explicit regarding Jewish militants in the 40s and Palestinian militants in the early 2000s. Both are {{fighting for a homeland}} and willing to use brutal tactics in doing so. They are viewed as [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters freedom fighters by supporters, terrorists by enemies. enemies]]. Further, the British used some used tactics to fight the Jewish militants that modern Israel also uses against Palestinians. The series implies that both conflicts will only end with the militants getting a homeland.



* StealthInsult: Upon departing from a successful raid on a kibbutz, Len and his comrades are bidden farewell by a chorus of schoolchildren singing to them in Hebrew and presenting them anemones. [[spoiler:Only when they return to base do they find out that the flowers were meant to mock them - the red petals stood for the color of their berets, and the black stigma for the color of their hearts.]]



* StealthInsult: Upon departing from a successful raid on a kibbutz, Len and his comrades are bidden farewell by a chorus of schoolchildren singing to them in Hebrew and presenting them anemones. [[spoiler:Only when they return to base do they find out that the flowers were meant to mock them - the red petals stood for the color of their berets, and the black stigma for the color of their hearts.]]


* DressingAsTheEnemy: The Irgun waive a large amount of British military surplus (mostly their own, left over from their time in the Jewish Brigades), and regularly disguise themselves as soldiers. One time, [[spoiler: an Irgun lieutenant dons a British officer's uniform to manipulate a (kidnapped) Len into revealing the military's secret plans]].

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* DressingAsTheEnemy: The Irgun waive have a large amount of British military surplus (mostly their own, left over from their time in the Jewish Brigades), and regularly disguise themselves as soldiers. One time, [[spoiler: an Irgun lieutenant dons a British officer's uniform to manipulate a (kidnapped) Len into revealing the military's secret plans]].



* NotSoDifferent: The series makes this point explicit regarding Jewish militants in the 40s and Palestinian militants in the early 2000s. Both are {{fighting for a homeland}} and willing to use brutal tactics in doing so. They are viewed as freedom fighters by supporters, terrorists by enemies. Further, the British some used tactics to fight the Jewish militants that modern Israel also uses against Palestinians. The series implies that both conflicts will only end with the militants getting a homeland.



* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: In the 40s, the Zionist militias ambush servicemen on leave, bomb public places, kidnap soldiers, lynch them, booby-trap their corpses, and [[spoiler:massacre Muslim neighbourhoods]]. In the 2010s, almost exactly the same things happen at the hands of the Palestinian militants.

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: In the 40s, the Zionist militias ambush servicemen on leave, bomb public places, kidnap soldiers, lynch them, booby-trap their corpses, and [[spoiler:massacre Muslim neighbourhoods]]. [[spoiler:slaughter entire Palestinian towns]]. In the 2010s, 2000s, almost exactly the same things happen at the hands of the Palestinian militants.



* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In-universe. When [[spoiler:Len and his comrades get ambushed and gunned down as they ride through a Jewish neighbourhood]], absolutely ''none'' of the passers-by reacts, and casually continue running errands, reading their papers and sipping their coffee on the cafe terraces. [[note]]Considering that most of them experienced these sorts of atrocities ''daily'' in concentration camps and ghettos, it's safe to assume that they learned to cope with it long ago.[[/note]]
* StealthInsult: Upon departing from a successful raid on a kibbutz, Len and his comrades are bidden farewell by a chorus of schoolchildren singing to them in Hebrew and presenting them anemones. [[spoiler:Only when they return to base do they find out that the flowers were meant to mock them - the red petals stood for the colour of their berets, and the black stygma for the colour of their hearts.]]

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In-universe. When [[spoiler:Len and his comrades get ambushed and gunned down as they ride through a Jewish neighbourhood]], neighborhood]], absolutely ''none'' of the passers-by reacts, and casually continue running errands, reading their papers and sipping their coffee on the cafe terraces. [[note]]Considering that most of them experienced these sorts of atrocities ''daily'' in concentration camps and ghettos, it's safe to assume that they learned to cope with it long ago.[[/note]]
* StealthInsult: Upon departing from a successful raid on a kibbutz, Len and his comrades are bidden farewell by a chorus of schoolchildren singing to them in Hebrew and presenting them anemones. [[spoiler:Only when they return to base do they find out that the flowers were meant to mock them - the red petals stood for the colour color of their berets, and the black stygma stigma for the colour color of their hearts.]]


''The Promise'' is a 2011 British four-part miniseries, directed by [[Film/WhiteOleander Peter Kosminsky]] and released by Creator/ChannelFour, that juxtaposes two different periods of the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict - its beginnings in the post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII British Mandate of Palestine, and the (then-)current contentious situation between the [[UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} State of Israel]] and the semi-autonomous [[UsefulNotes/PalestinianTerritories State of Palestine]] - and comments on just how much or how little things have changed ever since then.

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''The Promise'' is a 2011 British four-part miniseries, directed by [[Film/WhiteOleander Peter Kosminsky]] and released by Creator/ChannelFour, that juxtaposes two different periods of the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict - its beginnings in the post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII British Mandate of Palestine, and the (then-)current contentious situation between the [[UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} State of Israel]] and the semi-autonomous [[UsefulNotes/PalestinianTerritories State of Palestine]] UsefulNotes/PalestinianTerritories - and comments on just how much or how little things have changed ever since then.



Not to be confused with the [[Film/ThePromise2016 2016 miniseries of the same name]].

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Not to be confused with the [[Film/ThePromise2016 2016 miniseries film of the same name]].



* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Erin witnesses a group of Muslim schoolgirls getting stoned by Jewish settler boys while some IDF soldiers just stand idly by and watch [[note]] The logic being that they're stationed in the settlements to defend settlers from Muslims, not the other way around[[/note]]. When she pressures them to do their job and shoves them, they just waggle a baton in her face.

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* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Erin witnesses a group of Muslim schoolgirls getting stoned by Jewish settler boys while some IDF soldiers just stand idly by and watch [[note]] The watch.[[note]]The logic being that they're stationed in the settlements to defend settlers from Muslims, not the other way around[[/note]]. around.[[/note]] When she pressures them to do their job and shoves them, they just waggle a baton in her face.



* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:The ever-so [[ByTheBookCop duty-bound]]]] Len ends up [[spoiler:getting arrested by Hyman (a Jewish NCO who was falsely suspected of spying for the Irgun) for going AWL during the evacuation of Haifa]].

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* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:The ever-so [[ByTheBookCop duty-bound]]]] Len ends up [[spoiler:getting arrested by Hyman (a Jewish NCO who was falsely suspected of spying for the Irgun) for going AWL AWOL during the evacuation of Haifa]].



* HistoryRepeats: In the 40s, British soldiers are shown blowing up the houses of known Zionist guerilla sympathisers with dynamite. [[spoiler: In the new teens, Israeli soldiers have adapted the same technique for dealing with the houses of Islamists]].

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* HistoryRepeats: In the 40s, British soldiers are shown blowing up the houses of known Zionist guerilla sympathisers with dynamite. [[spoiler: In the new teens, Israeli soldiers have adapted the same technique for dealing with the houses of Islamists]].Palestinian militants]].



* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: In the 40s, the Zionist militias ambush servicemen on leave, bomb public places, kidnap soldiers, lynch them, booby-trap their corpses, and [[spoiler:massacre Muslim neighbourhoods]]. In the 2010s, almost exactly the same things happen by the hands of Islamists.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: In-universe (and RealLife), in modern Israel, the Irgun and Lehi are considered heroes of Israeli history, whereas Islamist suicide bombers are celebrated as martyrs in the streets of Gaza.

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: In the 40s, the Zionist militias ambush servicemen on leave, bomb public places, kidnap soldiers, lynch them, booby-trap their corpses, and [[spoiler:massacre Muslim neighbourhoods]]. In the 2010s, almost exactly the same things happen by at the hands of Islamists.
the Palestinian militants.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: In-universe (and RealLife), in modern Israel, the Irgun and Lehi are considered heroes of Israeli history, whereas Islamist Palestinian suicide bombers are celebrated as martyrs in the streets of Gaza.



* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In-universe. When [[spoiler:Len and his comrades get ambushed and gunned down as they ride through a Jewish neighbourhood]], absolutely ''no one'' of the passers-by reacts, and casually continue running errands, reading their papers and sipping their coffee on the cafe terraces. [[note]]Considering that most of them experienced these sorts of atrocities ''daily'' in concentration camps and ghettos, it's safe to assume that they learned to cope with it long ago.[[/note]]

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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In-universe. When [[spoiler:Len and his comrades get ambushed and gunned down as they ride through a Jewish neighbourhood]], absolutely ''no one'' ''none'' of the passers-by reacts, and casually continue running errands, reading their papers and sipping their coffee on the cafe terraces. [[note]]Considering that most of them experienced these sorts of atrocities ''daily'' in concentration camps and ghettos, it's safe to assume that they learned to cope with it long ago.[[/note]]



** The same goes for the portrayal of Islamist fighters operating within modern Israel, who are unquestionably mass murderers, but act as much out of desperation as zeal.

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** The same goes for the portrayal of Islamist Palestinian fighters operating within modern Israel, who are unquestionably mass murderers, but act as much out of desperation as zeal.


Unsurprisingly, given [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement the highly flammable subject matter]], this series roused some controversy upon airing, with some accusing it of taking an exceedingly pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli stance, or even downright antisemitism (ironic, since Kosminsky himself is a Jew), while others just see it as a brutally honest and well-researched commentary on the moral vacuum that the conflict has turned the region into, brought on by decades of precedents and repetition.

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Unsurprisingly, given [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment the highly flammable subject matter]], this series roused some controversy upon airing, with some accusing it of taking an exceedingly pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli stance, or even downright antisemitism (ironic, since Kosminsky himself is a Jew), while others just see it as a brutally honest and well-researched commentary on the moral vacuum that the conflict has turned the region into, brought on by decades of precedents and repetition.


As Erin sets off, she finds the diary of her secretive and estranged grandfather Len - now eighty years old and paralysed by a stroke - who was in Palestine himself for a few years, stationed as a soldier in the 5th Airborne Division during the end of its British colonial tenure.

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As Erin sets off, she finds the diary of her secretive and estranged grandfather Len - now eighty years old and paralysed by a stroke - who was in Palestine himself for a few years, stationed as a soldier in the 5th 6th Airborne Division during the end of its British colonial tenure.

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Not to be confused with the [[Film/ThePromise2016 2016 miniseries of the same name]].


''The Promise'' is a 2011 British four-part miniseries, directed by [[Film/WhiteOleander Peter Kosminsky]] and released by Creator/ChannelFour, that juxtaposes two different periods of the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict - its beginnings in the post-WorldWarTwo British Mandate of Palestine, and the (then-)current contentious situation between the [[UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} State of Israel]] and the semi-autonomous [[UsefulNotes/PalestinianTerritories State of Palestine]] - and comments on just how much or how little things have changed ever since then.

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''The Promise'' is a 2011 British four-part miniseries, directed by [[Film/WhiteOleander Peter Kosminsky]] and released by Creator/ChannelFour, that juxtaposes two different periods of the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict - its beginnings in the post-WorldWarTwo post-UsefulNotes/WorldWarII British Mandate of Palestine, and the (then-)current contentious situation between the [[UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} State of Israel]] and the semi-autonomous [[UsefulNotes/PalestinianTerritories State of Palestine]] - and comments on just how much or how little things have changed ever since then.

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[[caption-width-right:350:History Repeats Itself.]]

Erin, a rather average English girl who just graduated from school, decides to accompany her Jewish friend Eliza to Israel, where the latter, being half-Israeli herself, is due to report to her mandatory service in the Israeli Defence Forces.

As Erin sets off, she finds the diary of her secretive and estranged grandfather Len - now eighty years old and paralysed by a stroke - who was in Palestine himself for a few years, stationed as a soldier in the 5th Airborne Division during the end of its British colonial tenure.

Armed with her grandfather's memories, Erin proceeds to experience the controversial ethnic strife that has plagued the land for sixty-plus years for herself - in all its ugliness, brutality, injustice, and surprising subtleties - periodically stopping to look back on how things used to be two mere generations ago...

''The Promise'' is a 2011 British four-part miniseries, directed by [[Film/WhiteOleander Peter Kosminsky]] and released by Creator/ChannelFour, that juxtaposes two different periods of the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict - its beginnings in the post-WorldWarTwo British Mandate of Palestine, and the (then-)current contentious situation between the [[UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} State of Israel]] and the semi-autonomous [[UsefulNotes/PalestinianTerritories State of Palestine]] - and comments on just how much or how little things have changed ever since then.

Unsurprisingly, given [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement the highly flammable subject matter]], this series roused some controversy upon airing, with some accusing it of taking an exceedingly pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli stance, or even downright antisemitism (ironic, since Kosminsky himself is a Jew), while others just see it as a brutally honest and well-researched commentary on the moral vacuum that the conflict has turned the region into, brought on by decades of precedents and repetition.
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* BeenThereShapedHistory: Len helped liberate the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, [[spoiler:survives the infamous King David Hotel bombing, and witnesses the Massacre at Deir Yassin first-hand]].
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment:The Jewish private Hyman receives a "regimental scrubbing" from his comrades in the 40s, getting forced into an empty bathtub and violently scrubbed with steel wool.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: ''The Promise'' refers to Len's promise [[spoiler:to bring Mohammad's son Hassan out of Haifa alive and return the house's key to the family - which he failed to do in 1948.]] On the other hand, it also ironically refers to the (theologically) Zionist assertion that "the promised land" Israel was bestowed upon the Jews by God.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: The Irgun waive a large amount of British military surplus (mostly their own, left over from their time in the Jewish Brigades), and regularly disguise themselves as soldiers. One time, [[spoiler: an Irgun lieutenant dons a British officer's uniform to manipulate a (kidnapped) Len into revealing the military's secret plans]].
* TheGuardsMustBeCrazy: Erin witnesses a group of Muslim schoolgirls getting stoned by Jewish settler boys while some IDF soldiers just stand idly by and watch [[note]] The logic being that they're stationed in the settlements to defend settlers from Muslims, not the other way around[[/note]]. When she pressures them to do their job and shoves them, they just waggle a baton in her face.
* IResembleThatRemark: Implied. When British soldiers forcefully evacuate several kibbutzes in the wake of a large anti-guerilla operation, one of the evacuees begs Len to let them go. When he refuses, she spitefully calls him "Nazi!" - just before a soldier loads her onto a crowded truck and smears a number on her forehead with paint.
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler:The ever-so [[ByTheBookCop duty-bound]]]] Len ends up [[spoiler:getting arrested by Hyman (a Jewish NCO who was falsely suspected of spying for the Irgun) for going AWL during the evacuation of Haifa]].
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Israelis are portrayed as having inherited their situation from the British - that of an organised armed force fighting a constant battle against a violent insurgency.
* HistoryRepeats: In the 40s, British soldiers are shown blowing up the houses of known Zionist guerilla sympathisers with dynamite. [[spoiler: In the new teens, Israeli soldiers have adapted the same technique for dealing with the houses of Islamists]].
* NothingPersonal: Erin meets an old Irgun veteran and asks him why he attacked her grandfather's comrades. He tells her, rather bluntly, it was because the soldiers stood in the way of the Irgun's ends - no more and no less. After everything that the Jewish refugees had to suffer through during the Holocaust, they would not take a "No" for an answer from the British.
* RedHerring: It is revealed that there is a Zionist informant operating from inside Len's unit. It's strongly implied to be [[spoiler: Private Alec Hyman, the sole Jew among them, who suffers constant abuse from vengeful comrades. But Hyman is entirely loyal - it turns out to be Jackie Clough instead, who was seduced by a female Zionist and later defects to join the Irgun's ranks.]]
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: In the 40s, the Zionist militias ambush servicemen on leave, bomb public places, kidnap soldiers, lynch them, booby-trap their corpses, and [[spoiler:massacre Muslim neighbourhoods]]. In the 2010s, almost exactly the same things happen by the hands of Islamists.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: In-universe (and RealLife), in modern Israel, the Irgun and Lehi are considered heroes of Israeli history, whereas Islamist suicide bombers are celebrated as martyrs in the streets of Gaza.
* SickbedSlaying: Inverted. A trio of Irgun fighters infiltrate a British military hospital, disguised as doctors, to rescue one of their own from captivity. But their cover gets blown and they're promptly killed in a firefight with police and soldiers.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: In-universe. When [[spoiler:Len and his comrades get ambushed and gunned down as they ride through a Jewish neighbourhood]], absolutely ''no one'' of the passers-by reacts, and casually continue running errands, reading their papers and sipping their coffee on the cafe terraces. [[note]]Considering that most of them experienced these sorts of atrocities ''daily'' in concentration camps and ghettos, it's safe to assume that they learned to cope with it long ago.[[/note]]
* StealthInsult: Upon departing from a successful raid on a kibbutz, Len and his comrades are bidden farewell by a chorus of schoolchildren singing to them in Hebrew and presenting them anemones. [[spoiler:Only when they return to base do they find out that the flowers were meant to mock them - the red petals stood for the colour of their berets, and the black stygma for the colour of their hearts.]]
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters:
** The Irgun and Lehi militias of the 40s, naturally. The movie portrays them as extremely ruthless, relentless and violent, [[KnightTemplar though nevertheless as nuanced men of principle]].
** The same goes for the portrayal of Islamist fighters operating within modern Israel, who are unquestionably mass murderers, but act as much out of desperation as zeal.
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