In Pumpkin Flowers, Matti Friedman provides a brief, finely written account of an army outpost in Israel’s security zone in southern Lebanon in the 1990s and the men who served there. ‘Pumpkin’ was the outpost’s name, while ‘flowers’ was the Israeli army’s code word for wounded soldiers. The term, writes Friedman, reflects “a floral preoccupation in our military intended to bestow beauty on ugliness and to allow soldiers distance from the things they might have to describe.” The Pumpkin itself was far from poetic, a “rectangle of earthen embankments the size of a basketball court” where there was “nothing unnecessary to the purposes of allowing you to kill, preventing you from being killed, and keeping you from losing your mind in the meantime.”
Multiple senior officials in recent days have said that the Iranian nuclear deal will help the Islamic Republic fund its global terrorist operations, including the financial backing of Hamas and other regional groups, according to a briefing by an Israeli intelligence group.
In the wake of Islamic State’s recent successes in Syria and Iraq, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah termed the extremist jihadi group over the weekend “an existential threat.”
JERUSALEM—Sounding an uncharacteristic note of pessimism, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that if the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad falls then Hezbollah will fall too, according to a report today in the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar.
The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from a former deputy prime minister of Lebanon known for defending Hezbollah, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.
Israel has warned Hezbollah that it will hold the Lebanese militia responsible for any attack abroad on Israeli institutions or citizens that might be carried out in retaliation for the helicopter attack last week that took the lives of 12 Hezbollah and Iranian military personnel in Syria, including an Iranian general.
JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Hezbollah fighters detonated a bomb on Lebanon’s border with Israel on Tuesday, wounding two Israeli soldiers and drawing artillery fire in response.
A top Iranian official renewed Tehran’s support for “Islamic resistance”–a byword for attacks on Israel, if not the country’s destruction–saying that it is a “religious and human duty.”
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah rejected on Tuesday the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS), despite the Lebanese terror group’s own violent opposition to ISIL.
Lebanese Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah has only used unmanned aerial vehicles for reconnaissance purposes–until now.