In Music, Politics, Religion, and Diplomacy, Israel Is Becoming Part of the Middle East

November 29, 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).

Touching on everything from North African influences in popular music to the recent elections and the Abraham Accords, as well as his own experiences, Matti Friedman revisits the themes of his 2014 essay “Mizraḥi Nation,” about the ways non-Ashkenazi Jews have shaped the Jewish state. Friedman, in conversation with Robert Nicholson, also expresses his hope that Israel will become both a “more liberal state and a more traditional society.” (Audio, 55 minutes.)

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