Matti Friedman

Matti Friedman is the author of a memoir about the Israeli war in Lebanon, Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War (2016). His new book, Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel (Algonquin) comes out in March.

Playing Defense in Lebanon

A new book explores the changing tactics, and essential continuities, in Israel’s decades-long but mostly undeclared war against Hizballah.

Dec. 27 2018 12:01AM

Israel and the Moral Striptease

Self-flagellation, if performed at the behest of someone else, with money from somewhere else, is no longer just self-flagellation. Israelis would do well to remember this.

July 20 2015 12:01AM

The Latest "Breaking the Silence" Report Isn't Journalism. It's Propaganda.

The Israeli NGO won international attention last week for claiming to expose IDF malfeasance in Gaza. It exposed something else.

May 14 2015 12:01AM

From Mosul to Jerusalem

By winning wars and becoming sovereign, the Jews of the Middle East have inverted the regional order of things, and been spared the fate of other native minorities.

June 22 2014 9:20PM

Mizrahi Nation

Long shut out of the country’s story, Middle Eastern Jews now make up half of Israel’s population, influencing its culture in surprising ways. Who are they?

June 1 2014 9:30PM