Author Matti Friedman takes the reader directly into the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. He specifically discusses the Israeli battle against Hezbollah along the border towns with Lebanon, where he was based at an outpost known as "The Pumpkin."
Below are my four takeaways:
1. Peace between the nation of Israel and the Palestinians and most of the Middle East is complex and goes back to Biblical times.
2. When the soldiers returned home, they weren't sure if they were welcome as heroes or victims. The death of several soldiers being transported by helicopter changed the thinking of the family members of some of the soldiers. Meaning their actions and their orders from their leaders were in question by the general public, especially the mother's group protesting. This reminded me of the Vietnam War and the War in Iraq.
3. Life at the Pumpkin and most war zones are a mixture between two extremes: bored and dangerous.
4. Friedman does a wonderful job taking the reader full circle. He discusses what it was like to live at the outpost and in foreign areas hoping one day to revisit in a time of peace. The battle rages on, but he completed a visit back to the Pumpkin as well as the little cafe his fellow soldiers hoped to visit.
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