In the early summer of 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon. The First Lebanon War—as it would later be called—would ultimately lead to thousands of casualties, an 18-year-long Israeli presence in Southern Lebanon, and growing political disillusionment. In a way, it ushered in a new era in Israel, one in which the necessity of wars was publicly doubted, and leaders’ intentions were questioned and scrutinized.
But for two Jerusalem families, who just happened to share a surname, the first days of war were an even more devastating emotional whirlwind. They each went through an unimaginable cycle of shock, grief, hope, and despair. By the end, the war had formed an oath of blood between them, a covenant of sorts.
Samuel Thrope brings us the biblical-like saga of Yuval Harel, or rather of three different Yuval Harels, whose lives, fates, and stories became eternally intertwined.