Podcast: Matti Friedman on How Americans Project Their Own Problems onto Israel

The Israeli journalist joins us to talk about his recent Atlantic essay on how when Americans look at Israelis they see a reflection of themselves.

People walk past a mural of George Floyd on March 31, 2021, painted on a section of Israel’s separation barrier in the city of Bethlehem. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images.

People walk past a mural of George Floyd on March 31, 2021, painted on a section of Israel’s separation barrier in the city of Bethlehem. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images.

Observation
June 11 2021
About the authors

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 latest book is Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel (2019).

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