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Title: Estranged engagement: Israel and Palestine during the second intifada.
Authors: Wong, Jan Ee
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: Analysing the IDF's strategies to mitigate Palestinian terrorist activity as physical manifestations of how Israel conceptualizes its security reveals its conflicted attitude towards the other - the Palestinians. Israel's inability to either fully expel or integrate the Palestinians, and the insecurity that it tries to (over)compensate for, has led to it adopting tactics and counterterrorism measures which create an image of Israel as a malevolent occupier in the minds of the Palestinians and the international community while simultaneously believing itself to be prejudiced against and victimised. And so it is for the Palestinian suicide bombers and militants demonized for their tactics of choice while believing themselves to be fighting for survival, national liberation and against oppression. Borrowing Julia Kristeva's concept of the 'foreigner', I argue that this is precisely what each party views the other as - a problematic and hopefully impermanent presence. The schizophrenic and contradictory behaviour on the part of both Israel and Palestine are expressions of the complex, intertwined and binary nature of their relationship. Understanding this crucial element - that both parties are mutually defined and influenced by the other and yet irreconcilable - may be helpful in explaining and understanding, to some extent, the perpetual failure of efforts to arrive at an acceptable political resolution.
Description: 44 p.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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