Every day we see news accounts “reported” by reputable journalists. There is typically one frame in the post-10/07 War: ‘Gazan Palestinians are the victims of Israel.’ How does this happen? How do journalists actually operate in Gaza and around the world? And is this a window into what had Hamas figured out long before 10/07 — that the forces of barbarism could manipulate the intentional press reaction to their massacre of 10/07?

That is why we wanted to sit down with Matti Friedman, who is one of the most thoughtful writers when it comes to all matters related to Israel, the broader Middle East, and also trends in the world of journalism. He is a monthly writer for Tablet Magazine and a regular contributor to The Atlantic. His newest book is called “Who by Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai.” Before that he published “Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel,” and before that “Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story of a Forgotten War.” Matti’s army service included tours in Lebanon. His work as a reporter has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus, and Washington, DC. He is a former Associated Press correspondent and essayist for the New York Times opinion section.

But it was his time covering Hama’s takeover of Gaza that led him to study with great detail how Hamas manipulates the media, NGOs and the international community, and how they are working from the same playbook right now, perhaps quite masterfully.

Matti Friedman’s published works that we discuss in this episode:

“There Is No ‘Israeli-Palestinian Conflict'” — The New York Times — https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/opinion/israeli-palestinian-conflict-matti-friedman.htm

“An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth” — Tablet Magazine — https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/israel-middle-east/articles/israel-insider-guide

“What The Media Gets Wrong About Israel” — The Atlantic — https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/11/how-the-media-makes-the-israel-story/383262/

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