NEW YORK – Could the director of "Schindler's List" find himself in trouble with some Jews?
"Munich" tells the true story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and kill the Palestinian terrorists who planned the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.
In addition to showing Israel's retaliation, "Munich" depicts the Israeli operatives' doubts about what their mission will achieve -- two factors that could ignite the Jewish community.
Spielberg explained his motive in a statement, saying: "By experiencing how the implacable resolve of these men to succeed in their mission slowly gave way to troubling doubts about what they were doing, I think we can learn something important about the tragic standoff we find ourselves in today."
"Munich" is based on several sources but was written by playwright Tony Kushner (search), who sits on the board of a group that calls for the cutoff of U.S. military aid to Israel.
Spielberg's rep claims Kushner was hired for his talent, not his ideology. And several consultants on the film, including former U.S. ambassador Dennis Ross (search), think the Jewish community will be impressed by the film.
"I think when [you] look at responses to terror you also want to be crafting what you do very carefully, and if there is a message from the film that some people will walk away with I think it will be that,” Ross told FOX News.
For now, Spielberg is far from the debate. He's still shooting the film in Malta and Budapest, racing to meet a Dec. 23 release date in hopes of making next year's Oscars.
FOX News’ Lisa Bernhard contributed to this report.
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