This book explores the interrelations between male friendship in everyday life and the place of fraternal friendship in Israeli national sentiments. The author analyzes selected stories of friendship across the life course and in unique war experiences, following in-depth interviewing with Israeli veterans. Conducting participant observations in sites of commemoration he then examines the symbolism of friendship in rituals for the fallen soldiers, the commemoration of Yzhak Rabin, and the infatuation with recovering bodies of missing soldiers. This important study finds that although some settings, most noticeably in the military, encourage the production of male intimacy and desire, it is often displaced through humor and aggression. However, homosocial desire is outright acknowledged and celebrated once associated with heroic death. Declaring the friendship for the dead epitomizes the political blood pact between men, taking precedence over the traditional blood ties of kinship and matrimony. This book underscores nationalism as a homosocial-based emotion of commemorative desire.