Leonard Cohen, the Yom Kippur War, and What the West Gets Wrong about the Recent Flare-Up in Gaza https://mosaicmagazine.com/picks/israel-zionism/2022/08/leonard-cohen-the-yom-kippur-war-and-what-the-west-gets-wrong-about-the-recent-flare-up-in-gaza/

August 23, 2022 | Matti Friedman
About the author: 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).

When the Yom Kippur War broke out in 1973, the Canadian musician Leonard Cohen rushed to Israel from the Greek island where he was living, hoping to find some way to help his people in their moment of danger. Two of the country’s leading pop stars soon found him in a Tel Aviv café and urged him to accompany them to the frontlines to perform for the troops. In a wide-ranging conversation with Dan Senor, Matti Friedman discusses his recent book on Cohen’s experience, what the Yom Kippur War was like for Israelis, the context of the recent fighting in Gaza, and his own insights from a career reporting on the Middle East. (Audio, 52 minutes.)

Read more on Call Me Back: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/who-by-fire-with-matti-friedman/id1539292794?i=1000576485248