By Matt Lennox May 20, 2016 The term “asymmetric warfare” refers to any conflict where there is a large disparity between belligerents. This disparity may be reflected in size, organization, equipment, tactics, strategic objectives and even philosophical beliefs. To put it a little more crudely, asymmetric warfare...

By Max J. Rosenthal May 21, 2016 In 1999, a Canadian-Israeli teenager named Matti Friedman went to war as an Israeli soldier. He manned a small hilltop outpost called the Pumpkin, one of a string of Israeli bases that stretched across southern Lebanon and served as both...

By David Holahan May 4, 2014 Matti Friedman, author of Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story, was there at the beginning, in 1998, fighting for Israel in the non-war against the non-state fighters of Hezbollah in ungoverned south Lebanon. It was, in his telling, the beginning of much of what...

By Ilene Prusher May 23, 2016 A good war memoir never makes war look glamorous. Rather, it puts you in the shoes of the soldier or civilian at those incredible moments when life hangs by a thread, unpacks a few of the conflicting political forces at play...

By Bret Stephens May 6, 2016 From 1985 to 2000, the Israeli military occupied an 11-mile-deep “security zone” in southern Lebanon, in an effort to prevent the area from becoming a staging ground for attacks by Hezbollah into Israel itself. Some 250 Israeli soldiers were killed fighting...

JERUSALEM—“We have two flowers and one oleander. We need a thistle.” Listening to the Israeli military frequencies when I was an infantryman nearly two decades ago, it was (and still is) possible to hear sentences like these, the bewildering cousins of sentences familiar to anyone...

Review: In ‘Pumpkinflowers,’ a New Style of Middle East Combat By Jennifer Senior, Books of the Times During the 1990s, Matti Friedman and his fellow Israeli soldiers fought in a string of conflicts that never collectively earned a name. These battles existed in historical parentheses, wedged between...

A bunch of events coming up in the U.S. and Canada following the publication of Pumpkinflowers on May 3: May 3, New York, 7pm: A discussion with the great journalist and editor David Samuels at the Manhattan JCC. Details here. May 4, New York, 6pm: A discussion...

A starred review of Pumpkinflowers from Publishers Weekly: Friedman, an Israeli journalist and writer, recounts the history of a hilltop bunker in southern Lebanon that was held by the Israeli army during the 1990s, beginning with the biography of a young soldier stationed there and transitioning into...