Stories from Israeli Soldiers Stationed in Lebanon

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A picture taken from the Lebanese southern village of Kfar Kila shows Israeli soldiers standing on their side of the border on May 1, 2012.

This is a rebroadcast of an interview that originally aired on May 4, 2016. 

Matti Friedman, an award-winning Israeli Canadian journalist, tells the story of a group of young Israeli soldiers stationed near a hill in Lebanon called “the Pumpkin” during wartime in the late '90s. His book Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story has been compared to Tim O’Brien’s writings on the Vietnam War. He combines details from his own life with larger narrative of ongoing war in the Middle East.