It’s Good to Die (and Kill) for your Country
We meet the film’s protagonists, Itamar and Bassam. Itamar is an Israeli and former soldier in the Israeli army. Bassam is a Palestinian who, as a young boy, was a terrified witness to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. Standing in Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Itamar speaks of his identity as a Jew with the holocaust narrative and an Israeli with stories of the establishment of the State of Israel. He later describes an incident when in the army - along with fellow-soldiers - he fired into a jeep approaching a roadblock, killing its Palestinian occupants. Only after active military service was Itamar "not OK" about feeling nothing and he explains why.
Bassam describes his earlier desire to exterminate all Israelis, his involvement in the First Intifada and the origins and development of his personal resistance to the State of Israel. He explains how his identity as a Palestinian first took shape while in an Israeli prison.
Jessica Benjamin puts these two different stories of trauma into context; she refers to the Moral Third, a concept she explains in the Introduction and which the film team incorporates into the Ethical Mindset.