Trauma and the Making of Israel's Security

  • Hannah Starman

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Abstract

The thinking that resulted in this thesis has its roots in the first televised images that marked my childhood. The destruction of Beirut under the Israeli fire was the news item during my first school holidays. I was seven years old and I remember seeing Menachem Begin's impassionate speeches, thinking that they made sense. Knowing that Hitler was the ultimate evil, and hearing that Arafat was like Hitler, how could it be wrong to destroy him? But when I looked among the images of people in Beirut to find the Nazis, all I could see were people who looked poor, quiet or scared. Nothing like the tall and erect Nazis, shouting out orders in their uniforms and shiny boots. I was confused. And this confusion bred a lifelong interest in what was really going on in Israel. How could a people that had suffered so much cause so much suffering? Why were they telling the world that they were fighting the Nazis? And why did the world believe them?
Date of Award18 Feb 2002
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Aberystwyth University
SponsorsORS COMMITTEE
SupervisorTimothy James Dunne (Supervisor) & Kenneth Booth (Supervisor)

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